A Song of Ice and Blackfyre
Yeah, more Game of Thrones Spoilers…
In the comments to my last post, Maxwell James brought up a theory about Aegon and Varys that I had not thought of before – partly because I haven’t read all the Dunk and Egg short stories, and partly because I didn’t pay enough attention to House Blackfyre. Here’s the scoop via the Wiki of Ice and Fire page:
House Blackfyre was founded by Daemon Blackfyre, the bastard-son of Aegon IV after he was legitimized by his dying father. Daemon inversed the Targaryen arms for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword Blackfyre that his father gave him when he was fourteen. The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king Aegon I and all his successors. Among the traits passed on to the Blackfyres by the Targaryens were the platinum blond hair, violet eyes and the premonition-like dream ability.
It is not known if lands were bestowed on Daemon.
In 195 AL Daemon and his friends and allies revolted against Daeron II, his half-brother, using the old rumor that Daeron was the son of Aemon the Dragonknightinstead of Aegon IV and that the gift of the ancestral weapon Blackfyre proved that Aegon wanted Daemon to succeed him.
Ultimately the rebellion failed and Daemon and his two eldest sons perished on the Redgrass field. His surviving sons fled to the Free Cities with a number of supporters. The Second Blackfyre Rebellion took place in 212 AL. It never spread beyond the walls of Whitewalls, but several key Blackfyre supporters were killed. The remaining sons and their descendants attacked the Seven Kingdoms a number of times (as many as five Blackfyre rebellions have been mentioned).
The last attack was in 257 AL when Maelys the Monstruous joined forces with a number of ambitious men and invaded the Stepstones as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. Aegon V sent an army that defeated the rebels. Maelys the Monstruous was killed in single combat by Ser Barristan Selmy.
So the theory goes that Varys and Illyrio are in fact allies of the exiled House Blackfyre and that Aegon is not in fact Rhaegar’s long-lost son, but a Blackfyre heir. Maybe Varys has blood ties to the Blackfyres as well, maybe Illyrio also, or maybe it’s more complicated.
This would also explain the loyalty of the Golden Company since they are essentially a relic of the old Blackfyre power base.
Then there’s Aegon’s appearance. He looks like a Targeryen, but so do the Blackfyres. And it would explain why Varys is working to seat Aegon rather than Dany. (If Varys is also a Blackfyre, it would explain why he shaves his head, too.) “Beware the mummer’s dragon” is a prophecy that would also take on a lot more meaning.
Of course this would also mean that the long-con I wrote about in my last post is actually a much more complicated one than I at first thought, and that the dragons eggs really upended a lot of the plans Varys and Illyrio were making.
Barristan Selmy killed the “last” Blackfyre. That’s significant also, I think.
And finally, notice above that the House was named after a Valyrian sword – the first sword of the Targaryen conquerors. Ned Stark’s Valyrian blade was called Ice.
There is some significance in that as well – Blackfyre and Ice.