Being the heir of Rhaegar puts Aegon in front of his aunt, Daenerys, in the Targaryen line of succession for the Iron Throne. He thus officially styled himself Aegon VI.
On the night of Aegon's conception at the Red Keep, a comet appeared in the sky. His father Rhaegar, who had once believed that he himself was the Prince that was Promised, took this as a sign that Aegon was that fabled prince. After his father's death at the Trident, Tywin Lannister's forces sacked King's Landing. Tywin sent two of his bannermen, Ser Amory Lorch and Ser Gregor Clegane, on a hunt to kill the remaining members of House Targaryen. The two knights entered the royal nursery and Ser Gregor slammed the infant against the wall, then proceeded to rape and murder his mother Elia with her son's brains and blood on his hands. Many years later, Lord Varys revealed that prior to the siege of King's Landing, he had swapped Aegon with a peasant child. He hid Aegon from Robert I Baratheon by sending him to the Free Cities to be raised and educated in secret.
Aegon remained in exile under the alias "Young Griff," and was raised by Rhaegar's friend Lord Jon Connington. He was trained in military tactics by Connington, in arms by Rolly Duckfield, in faith by Septa Lemore, and in history and languages by Haldon Halfmaester. Aegon learned to speak several languages, mend his own clothes, fish, and hunt. Most importantly, Aegon learned that ruling was a duty, not a right.
Aegon, or Young Griff, first makes his appearance at age 17 aboard the pole boat Shy Maid with Tyrion Lannister, who was forced by circumstances to offer his services to Young Griff and his companions. Jon Connington, also known as Griff, doesn't trust the incognito Tyrion, but allows the dwarf to stay among the crew. Tyrion, who offered to augment Halden's lessons in geometry, languages, and history while the Shy Maid is en route to Volantis, quickly deduces the two Griffs' true identities and their plans to meet up with Daenerys Targaryen. Young Griff confirms that he is Aegon VI Targaryen, son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell, and tells Tyrion about his childhood and upbringing. Aegon further reveals the plan to marry his aunt Daenerys, in the best Targaryen tradition, and regain the Iron Throne through conquest. After discovering that Daenerys is still in Meereen and not Volantis, Tyrion convinces Aegon to invade Westeros instead with the help of the Golden Company. This plan would make Aegon appear equal to her, rather than the supplicant he seem if he approached her in Slaver's Bay. Daenerys, they postulated, would find out about her brother's son's survival and rush to his aid. Aegon, with Ser Jon and the Golden Campany, set sail towards Westeros.
King Robert's debts from lavish spending and Queen Cersei Lannister's refusal to pay the Iron Bank prevent the Crown's attempt to buy off the Golden Company. Aegon and the Company land in the Stormlands, raise the House Targaryen banner, and quickly take several castles in the region by surprise, including Jon Connington's ancestral home, Griffin's Roost. Aegon has his friend Rolly Duckfield knighted as the first member of his Kingsguard; Ser Jon convinces Aegon to save the six remaining places in the Kingsguard for high born knights from leading families. After their successful siege of Griffin's Roost, Aegon plans the next assualt on Storm's End, the seat of House Baratheon.
Character and appearanceEdit
Unlike his sister Rhaenys, Aegon Targaryen has the classic Targaryen features of silver hair and violet eyes. As a result, his companions dyed Young Griff's hair blue. Aegon, like his father, shows great promise as capable commander and fighter.