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Maegor I Targaryen was the third king of the Targaryen dynasty to sit on the Iron Throne.

Early lifeEdit

Maegor was the only son of Aegon the Conqueror by his sister-wife Visenya and the half-brother of Aenys I. Unlike his half-brother, Maegor was more like his father and grew up to become a strong warrior, being knighted by his father at age sixteen, the youngest at the time. Unlike his brother, he refused to bond with any dragon other than Balerion, as he considered the Black Dread as the only dragon worthy of him, and waited for his father to die to bond with the beast. He intended to marry his niece Rhaena Targaryen, only for the High Septon to propose his niece Ceryse Hightower instead, but the marriage proved to be infertile, this caused him to seek other brides.

As Hand and as KingEdit

Upon his half-brother Aenys' ascension to the Iron Throne, the Faith of the Seven launched a major uprising against the Targaryen dynasty. Whilst they accepted Aegon on the throne due to his strength and his conversion to the Faith, they could not stomach the thought of his sons, born of incest, following him.

Aenys I proved too weak and indecisive to handle the crisis and appointed Maegor as the Hand of the King, with responsibility for putting down the rebellion. The reveal that he had wedded Alys Harroway while still married forced his brother to exile him to placate the Faith, leaving his wife Ceryse behind. In Pentos he met a courtesan named Tyanna.

When Aenys died in 42 AL, his mother Visenya brought him back from exile and Maegor took the throne (despite Aenys having a son) and continued the oppression wherever he could, earning him the name 'Maegor the Cruel'. When his nephew Aegon challenged him for the Throne, he killed Aegon and his dragon Quicksilver in a brief battle above the God's Eye.

Maegor's answer was to massacre those found rebelling against the crown, unleashing a wave of violence rarely seen in Westeros before or since. Tens of thousands, maybe more, died as Maegor set out to crush the rebels with every ounce of force he could muster. He accepted no parley and no pleas for mercy. He used the mighty Balerion to incinerate any rebel forces that opposed him.

When Maegor's second wife Alys gave birth to a deformed monstrosity, he executed her, her father Lucas Harroway, the bed maids, the Grand Maester (that had assisted the birth) and every member of House Harroway he could find. His marriage with Tyanna of Pentos proved to be just as barren as the first two.

He put the Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon and her two youngest children Jaehaerys and Alysanne under the watchful eye of his mother Visenya and took Alyssa's second son Viserys as squire.

During his reign Maegor began the construction of a new keep within the main castle complex in King's Landing, he hosted the builders a great feast, and shortly after executed all of them to ensure none of its secrets came out. Completed after his death, this fortress was dubbed Maegor's Holdfast. He also began the construction of the Dragonpit, but the massive fleeing of builders and stonemasons from the city forced him to use criminals from the dungeons, working under the supervision of builders from Tyrosh and Myr.

The passing of his mother Visenya in 44AC and the escape of Alyssa, Jaehaerys and Alysanne from Dragonstone angered him so much he killed his second nephew Viserys by torturing him to death for 9 nine days, leaving his body in the open to force Alyssa to come out.

The death of Ceryse made Maegor marry three women at the same time, all three of them were widowed by his actions and who's fertility was proven; Elinor Costayne and Jeyne Westerling, and his own niece Rhaena. Jeyne died giving birth to an eye-less, winged child and Elinor survived giving birth to two stillbirths. When Tyanna confessed she had poisoned the other brides, he killed her with Blackfyre and fed her heart to his dogs.

DeathEdit

Jaehaerys support grew enormously, and most of his Bannermen, and two members of his Kingsguard, had abandoned him. The escape of Rhaena on Dreamfyre, who took her daughters and Blackfyre with her, left him a broken man.

Maegor died in 48 AL, allegedly bleeding to death after injuring himself on the Iron Throne. The smallfolk whispered that the throne itself had rejected and killed him for his crimes. He was succeeded by Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Aenys' son, who made peace with the Faith and ended the war.

Character and appearanceEdit

Maegor was a resolute, firm and commanding warrior who expected immediate and total obedience. He was not a diplomat and did not believe in concessions or negotiations. He was merciless. He had a dissolute side, taking multiple wives both within and outside his line, but had no children, all his wives giving birth to monstrosities and stillbirths. Only 2 of his six known wives survived him. The Targaryen tendency towards madness which emerged in later generations may have touched him.

Maegor was very tall, even taller than his father, but with a thicker, broader appearance, although this was due more to muscle than fat. He had short hair and a short beard closely matched to his jawline. He rarely laughed or smiled, and often looked angry, suspicious and sometimes paranoid. His entire reign as Hand and King was a period of warfare, and he took to wearing a breastplate covered by a surcoat prominently displaying the Targaryen symbol and colours to remind people of the authority of the ruling house. He inherited his father's sword and crown.

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