Posted 17 September 2006 - 03:01 PM
Okay, a couple of extra points here.
First, I am presuming that the information that you have on Westeros.org is going to serve as the general base of information for starting off with. Secondly, do you happen to know how accurate the information is on Wikipedia.com regarding the heading House Targaryen? The information that I found there just today had various pieces of information that I still did not have even after all of this time. Which, naturally, lead to some more questions. Of course.
The entry said that a Great Council passed over Aerion Brightflame's infant son, as well as his older brother Dareon the Drunkard's idiot daughter, in favor of Aegon V, the Unlikely. Now, I realize that the process of succession has not always been a smooth road, given the previous Dance of the Dragons that occurred between Rhaenyra and Aegon II. But, while I can understand the council's passing over the idiot daughter for the reasons of both being female and unfortunately mentally retarded, what was the major concern with Aerion's bastard son?
I understand that he was a bastard, which is a major strike against him. And probably would have been enough on it's own. But the argument that the council was afraid that his father's insanity would somehow have been more prevalent to be passed down to him seems specious. Aerion was the brother to Aemon, and look at the contrast there. If brothers could be so different, why couldn't son from father?
I realize that eventually, how far down each branch of a specific family tree needs to be decided; where you say that knowing great-Aunt Gertrude's sixth removed progeny just isn't important any more. BUT. With that in mind, what are the odds of either of these two aforementioned progeny having successfully continued the Targ line in some way?
In the previously mentioned Wikipedia entry, it is mentioned that Shiera Seastar is the daughter of Aegon the Unworthy and the ninth and last of his mistresses, Lady Serenei of Lys. Obviously, learning who the other eight mistresses were and their progeny is something of interest to me. I know of one other, the sixth, Mylessa Blackwood, mother of Brynden Rivers. I need to double check to see if Aegor's mother is mentioned.....and does Daena the Defiant count as one of them?
Okay, other than reminding me that Bittersteel's real name was Aegor Rivers, no mention of his mother is found in the Wikipedia stuff that I found. So add that to the endless details about which I will dwell.....