- "Aegon the Unworthy legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. Inevitably the greatest of these, Daemon Blackfyre, declared himself the rightful heir, and ignited yet another war for the crown."
House Blackfyre was a cadet branch of House Targaryen, founded by Daemon Blackfyre, a bastard son of King Aegon IV Targaryen, following his legitimization. Their sigil was a black three-headed dragon on a red field, the reversal of the Targaryen heraldry.
- Daemon Blackfyre, legitimized bastard son of King Aegon IV
- Maelys Blackfyre, dubbed 'Maelys the Monstruous', the last Blackfyre
Daemon Blackfyre's ancestors
|Aegon III Targaryen|
|Viserys II Targaryen|
|Daeron I Targaryen|
"Daeron the Young Dragon"
|Baelor I Targaryen|
"Baelor the Blessed"
"Daena the Defiant"
|Aegon IV Targaryen|
|Aemon Targaryen |
"Aemon the Dragonknight"
of Aegon IV by different women: Bloodraven, Bittersteel, and Shiera
|Daeron II Targaryen|
"Daeron the Good"
"Daenerys of Sunspear"
Daemon Blackfyre's descendants
|Daemon II Blackfyre|
"Maelys the Monstrous"
House Blackfyre is among the noble houses listed in the The Lineage and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Blackfyre is mentioned, though it is extinct by the time the series takes place, and features more prominently in the Tales of Dunk and Egg prequel stories. House Blackfyre is infamous for their repeated and unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the Targaryen dynasty in a series of conflicts collectively known as the "Blackfyre Rebellions". There were five Blackfyre Rebellions, with the largest and greatest being the first rebellion led by Daemon Blackfyre. The rebellions took place across a span of over sixty years, ending in the fifth and final rebellion when the last male member of House Blackfyre was killed in battle by the young Ser Barristan Selmy.
A full family tree of House Blackfyre has not been revealed, probably because it would spoil information from as-yet unpublished Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas.
The World of Ice and Fire sourcebook (2014) did provide a little new information. Daemon Blackfyre was actually married to Rohanne of Tyrosh, a marriage arranged by Aegon IV and the Archon of Tyrosh. Daemon's great love was his half-sister, Aegon IV's trueborn daughter Daenerys. Her brother King Daeron II, however, made her enter into a marriage-alliance to bring Dorne under the authority of the Iron Throne for the first time. Many think that this sparked great resentment in Daemon against his half-brother, for breaking up his great love. Others point out that Daenerys didn't actually seem to return Daemon's affections, and that he was already married to Rohanne of Tyrosh before his father died, so he could not lawfully marry Daenerys no matter who Daeron II did (leading some to go even further and suspect that Daemon assumed that he could revive the Targaryen practice of polygamous marriages). The TV series didn't know about Rohanne of Tyrosh in Season 1 because the World book had not been released yet (so a prop book listed Daemon's wife as one "Serena Blackfyre", leaving the situation dubious in the TV continuity).
Daemon Blackfyre had seven sons and multiple daughters. His two eldest sons, Aegon and Aemon, died alongside him at the Battle of the Redgrass Field. Leadership of "House Blackfyre" as a political faction afterwards largely came under Daemon's half-brother and great champion, Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, who fled east across the Narrow Sea with Daemon's remaining children.
Daemon's third son, Daemon II, was an ineffective dreamer, more skilled at music and court culture than politics or warfare (he was also secretly a homosexual). For all these reasons Bittersteel did not support him with his remaining forces. The "Second Blackfyre Rebellion" that Daemon II attempted to start was really more of a failed plot and ultimately a fiasco, ending with his capture. Bittersteel later crowned Daemon's fourth son Haegon as king in exile.
Haegon led the Third Blackfyre Rebellion, during which he was killed. Bittersteel fought by his side and was captured, but later escaped, and on returning to the Free Cities he crowned Haegon's eldest son Daemon III as the new king in exile.
On the death of King Maekar years later, a Great Council was convened to sort out of the complicated succession between his four sons and their heirs. In the midst of this, Daemon's fifth son Aenys Blackfyre presented himself as a candidate, hoping to legitimately gain the Iron Throne. Aenys was promised safe passage to King's Landing to at least present his candidacy before the council, but instead he was immediately arrested by Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers (half-brother and great rival of both Daemon I and Bittersteel), who promptly executed him. Brynden knew he would be exiled to the Night's Watch for killing Aenys under a flag of peace like this, but it was a price he was willing to pay to remove one more potential Blackfyre pretender.
Haegon's son Daemon III Blackfyre remained king in exile through these events, and later launched the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion (again aided by Bittersteel) against Maekar's son, King Aegon V Targaryen. Daemon III was personally slain in battle by Ser Duncan the Tall of the Kingsguard.
The names of Daemon I's last two sons are unknown. He had more than one daughter, but only one is named: Calla Blackfyre, who married Bittersteel.
Little information has been provided about the later generations of Blackfyres. Ultimately, the fifth and last Blackfyre rebellion, known as the War of the Ninepenny Kings, was led by Maelys Blackfyre, called "Maelys the Monstrous" because of his monstrously large size, and because he had a small second head sprouting out of his neck (a vestigial conjoined twin that he had absorbed in the womb). The exact relationship between Maelys and previous generations of Blackfyres is unclear (though by chronology he was probably a grandson of Daemon I, though through which son is unclear). It is said that Maelys killed his "cousin" - yet another "Daemon Blackfyre" - to assume leadership of the Blackfyres, though it isn't stated exactly how they were related.
Daemon apparently had the habit of giving his sons important-sounding names taken from previous Targaryen monarchs, to stress what he saw as his line's true claim to the Iron Throne: Aegon (for Aegon I and Daemon's own father Aegon IV), Aemon (which sounded similar and was the name of Daemon's famous uncle, Aemon the Dragonknight, held to be the best knight of all time), even homonyms like "Haegon" because he had already named a son "Aegon". Daemon did name his third son after himself, and apparently in subsequent generations it was common for the Blackfyres to name their sons after Daemon I - both to stress their claim to the throne through him, and also to harken back to the glory days of the first rebellion, when Daemon I came the closest the Blackfyres ever did to taking the throne. During the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion, this made for an obvious contrast: Daemon I's grandson "Daemon III" launched an invasion of Westeros in another attempt to carry on Daemon I's legacy...but by that point Daemon I's memory had faded, and other than empty names, little was left to the Blackfyre cause.
Houses from the Crownlands
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