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"Every man standing around the Painted Table urges her to plunge the realm into war."
―Rhaenys Targaryen[src]

The Black Council[1] is the Small Council of Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. It was formed by the Blacks who were present on Dragonstone upon their learning of the coronation of Aegon II Targaryen in King's Landing, and was rival to the Green Council.


Upon learning of the green coup from Princess Rhaenys Targaryen when she arrived on Dragonstone, the Blacks who were already on Dragonstone, consisting of a number of lords and knights, formed their own rival council in support of Rhaenyra: the Black Council. Rhaenyra herself went on to bear the crown of her father.[2] It is much more of an ad hoc council than a formal one. It was more loosely formed than the old Small Council, consisting of Rhaenyra's own immediate advisors in her court at Dragonstone.[2]


The royal family members:

At the outset of the Dance of the Dragons:

Additionally, there were a number of lords, ladies and knights, including:

In the books[]

In Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin, the Black Council is largely the same, though it also includes Prince Joffrey Velaryon, who is slightly older in the timeline.



  1. "The Black Queen" picks up shortly after "The Green Council," which takes place in 132 AC.

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