|In 48 AC, King's Landing
When Queen Alyssa Velaryon escaped from King Maegor I Targaryen's imprisonment, the king ordered his knights to give her son, Prince Viserys Targaryen, to his torturers to discover where she was hiding.
Queen Ceryse Hightower died suddenly, so a rumor went around the Red Keep that she had said something to offend Maegor. It was widely believed that the king had ordered Ser Owen to remove her tongue, but Ceryse's struggles caused his knife to slip and slash her throat. Most historians believe this was a slander concocted by the king's enemies to damage Maegor's reputation, however.
Maegor the Cruel gradually lost political support, resulting in a rival threat in his nephew, Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen. Two of his Kingsguard defected to Jaehaerys, and Maegor lost a third guard when Owen was found dead outside a brothel in 48 AC, his member cut off and stuffed in his mouth.
—Maegor I Targaryen and Owen
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.