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Brynden Rivers
Brynden Rivers

"After much bloodshed, Daemon was killed by an alliance of his half-brothers on the Redgrass Field."
Varys[src]

Brynden Rivers is one of the infamous Great Bastards of King Aegon IV Targaryen, also known as "Aegon the Unworthy".

Biography[]

Background[]

On his deathbed, Aegon the Unworthy legitimized all of his bastard-born children, causing a crisis of succession that later led to all-out war. During the Blackfyre Rebellion that followed, Brynden Rivers sided with his half-brother King Daeron the Good and fought against Daemon Blackfyre at the Battle of Redgrass Field, killing him with an arrow volley.[citation needed] During this same battle he lost an eye at the hands of his other half-brother Bittersteel.

Game of Thrones: Season 1[]

Brynden, along with his siblings, is mentioned in the House Targaryen entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

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In the books[]

Roman Papsuev - Brynden Rivers

Brynden Rivers by Roman "Amok" Papsuev.©

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Brynden Rivers was often called "Bloodraven". While King Aegon IV had many bastard children, the mothers of four of them were also noblewomen, which encouraged Aegon to formally acknowledge their children. The four Great Bastards were Daemon Blackfyre (whose mother was Daena Targaryen), Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers (whose mother was a member of House Bracken), Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, and Shiera Seastar (whose mother was Serenei of Lys, from an ancient Valyrian noble family). Brynden's own mother, Melissa Blackwood, was the best liked of King Aegon's many mistresses, and she cultivated many friendships at court; even the King's wife Naerys, her brother Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and her son, the future King Daeron II, befriended Melissa. These friendships allowed Brynden to gain admittance and acceptance at court.

He was called "Bloodraven" because he had a winestain birthmark covering much of his cheek, which was said to be shaped like a raven and showed blood red against his pale skin (it wasn't really perfectly shaped like a raven, but sort of like when you look at a cloud and try to see shapes in it).

After Aegon IV foolishly legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed, there was strife between them and his legitimate heir Daeron, who was to become King Daeron II. These tensions would ultimately split the realm apart in the devastating civil war known as the Blackfyre Rebellion. Bloodraven sided with Daeron II, while half-brother Bittersteel sided with Daemon Blackfyre.

Bittersteel and Bloodraven hated one another, mainly because they both competed for the love of their half-sister Shiera Seastar. Bloodraven asked her to marry him dozens of times and she refused, but she did let him into her bed - though she had many lovers. Shiera, however, completely rejected Bittersteel, and for this he never forgave Bloodraven. It also didn't help that Bittersteel's mother was a Bracken and Bloodraven's mother was a Blackwood, as those two noble families had been feuding for thousands of years. Bittersteel became a great champion and general for the Blackfyres, while Bloodraven became a great champion and general for the Targaryens.

The Blackfyre Rebellion ended in 196 AC with the Battle of the Redgrass Field, in which Daemon Blackfyre and his eldest two sons were slain. It was Bloodraven's private company of archers, known as the Raven's Teeth, who rained arrows down upon Daemon Blackfyre and his two eldest sons, killing them. Many called Bloodraven a kinslayer for this, though no one knew exactly whose arrows had killed Daemon - he was pierced by many. Bittersteel responded with a ferocious counter-charge and engaged Bloodraven in an epic duel, in which Bloodraven lost an eye. However, Bloodraven's intent was not to defeat Bittersteel, but simply distract him and play for time until reinforcements arrived under Prince Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen: already fighting Prince Maekar's forces in front, Breakspear caught Bittersteel's remaining forces from the rear in a pincer's movement. The battle was lost but Bittersteel managed to escape, and became one of the major leaders of the surviving Blackfyre forces as they fled into exile in the Free Cities. Daemon left behind five sons and multiple daughters, so Bittersteel became their guardian, secreting them across the Narrow Sea with his dwindling followers.

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  1. Conjecture based on information from The World of Ice & Fire; may be subject to change.

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