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Aegon I Targaryen with Blackfyre

King Aegon I Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Conqueror and Aegon the Dragon, was the first King on the Iron Throne. As Lord of Dragonstone, Aegon participated with his dragon Balerion in the struggles between the Free Cities towards the end of the Century of Blood. Afterwards, he turned his attention west, and began planning to unite the Seven Kingdoms. In 2 BC, he began his Conquest, aided by his two sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys, and their two dragons, Vhagar and Meraxes. Over the course of two years, managed to subdue six of the seven kingdoms and unite them under his rule. Only Dorne managed to resist the Targaryens. Thus, Aegon began the First Dornish War in 4 AC. This devastating war lasted until 13 AC, and knew many tragedies and deaths. After Aegon agreed to a peace in 13 AC, his rule continued in peace. The Dornish War is seen as Aegon's one great defeat; However, it had one positive result: the formation of the Kingsguard in 10 AC, after Aegon and Visenya had been attacked on the streets of King's Landing by assassins.

On the site of his arrival in Westeros during his Conquest, Aegon had constructed a castle named the Aegonfort, which he ordered torn down towards the end of his reign, so construction of the Red Keep could begin. The city of King's Landing formed around his Aegonfort, and grew into a prosperous port. But although his Iron Throne was located in the new capital, Aegon preferred to spend time on Dragonstone. Both in the present day, as in his own time, Aegon was seen as an enigma. He had only one true friend, his rumored bastard half-brother Orys Baratheon. He entrusted his sisters with the every-day rule of the kingdoms; Aegon himself spend half of each year on progression through his kingdom, until 33 AC. By each of his sisters, Aegon had one child; Aenys, by Rhaenys, and Maegor, by Visenya. Although Aegon's reign had largely been peaceful since 13 AC, dissent was boiling underneath the surface. Although Aegon, his sisters, and their dragons had been enough to subdue all, the reigns of his sons proved to be far more troubled. Read More...