- "When Aegon's son faced rebellion from the Vulture King of Dorne, my ancestor, Savage Sam Tarly, led the royal forces on a Vulture Hunt. "
- ―Randyll Tarly
The Vulture King was a Dornish rebel who seeked to overthrow King Aenys Targaryen. The king's loyal supporter Sam Tarly, went on a "Vulture Hunt" in order to track down and kill the Vulture King. During this hunt, he happened upon Sam, who later killed him on the battlefield with his ancestral sword Heartsbane.
In the books
The Vulture King was a Dornish outlaw who gathered thousands of followers to rise against King Aenys I Targaryen. He scored a number of early victories against the marcher lords, as Deria Martell, Princess of Dorne, largely ignored the insurrection, leading to his support swelling up to nearly thirty thousand strong. After the Vulture King divided his host, Lord Orys Baratheon, along with marcher lords like Savage Sam Tarly, managed to hunt down the rebels during the "Vulture Hunt".