|Aegon III Targaryen|
King of the Seven Kingdoms
Aegon the Dragonbane
|King of the Seven Kingdoms|
131AL - 157AL
Slender gold band
Pale, lean, never smiling
Aegon was the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and the grandson of King Viserys I. His mother expected to inherit the throne upon Viserys' death, but instead her younger half-brother was crowned as Aegon II. The resulting dynastic civil war became known as the Dance of Dragons. Aegon was scarred during this war by witnessing his mother being swallowed whole by his uncle's dragon, and developed a fierce hatred and terror of the creatures afterwards.
Aegon II died not long after Rhaenyra, and Aegon inherited the throne as Aegon III. Since Aegon II had children, it is likely that Aegon III's succession was due to negotiation and compromise between the supporters of the two factions or Aegon's children were killed during the course of the war.
Aegon III's reign was relatively free of incident, and was mainly concerned with mending the rift in the kingdom caused by the civil war. He was a competnent if unspectacular ruler. During his rule the last Targaryen dragon, a little sickly green creature, died and her three eggs did not hatch. This, combined with his well-known hatred of dragons, led to Aegon III being called the 'Dragonbane' by some.
Upon his death in 157 AL, Aegon III was succeeded by his young son Daeron, the Young Dragon.
Character and appearanceEdit
Aegon III was apparently doted on by his mother, and her death in front of him was a shocking event that left an indelible mark on his character. He was sombre for much of his life after this point, rarely smiling, and traditionally dressed in black as a symbol of mourning. Not much more is known of his character, although he does seem to have successfully kept the kingdom reunited following the divisions of the civil war.
In appearance, Aegon III was pale, lean and unsmiling. He had a short beard but no moustache. He dressed in black throughout his life, down to his gloves, and wore a three-headed dragon on a golden chain around his neck. To avoid division, he did not wear either of the crowns of Rhaenyra or Aegon II, instead preferring a simple, unormented golden band.