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King Daeron II had four grown sons, three with sons of their own. He felt that having too many potential Targaryen heirs was dangerous, and sent Maekar's third son Aemon to the Citadel to become a maester, despite his father's objections.

Daeron sent the guy who was the only one that didn't have desire to take throne. Or young Aemon is somehow more ambitious than in the series.

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1 minute ago, Dead headofMaelysKinslayer said:

Daeron sent the guy who was the only one that didn't have desire to take throne. Or young Aemon is somehow more ambitious than in the series.

It is probably not that strange, his father clearly took no enjoyment from the throne, his older brothers, uncles and cousins all met tragedy of some kind, his grandfather's reign was blighted by the fact that he was at war with two of his brothers, his great grandfather is probably the only king in the last century who enjoyed his reign and history hated him for it, the generation before that saw the bloodshed of the Dance. 

It is easy to see why Aemon could feel that way. 

 

 

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I'm confused why the king chose Aemon to begin with, what right does he have to send his brothers kid away instead of his own? Yes he is king but the one right a man has over his king is the choice to do what he wants with his own kids. 

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16 minutes ago, Stormking902 said:

I'm confused why the king chose Aemon to begin with, what right does he have to send his brothers kid away instead of his own? Yes he is king but the one right a man has over his king is the choice to do what he wants with his own kids. 

Daeron was Aemon's grandfather, not uncle, more importantly he was the king and patriarch of the family. He would have had control on the matter just as other head's of the House would, we see this with Walder, Tywin and Lady Waynwood. 

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39 minutes ago, Dead headofMaelysKinslayer said:

Daeron sent the guy who was the only one that didn't have desire to take throne. Or young Aemon is somehow more ambitious than in the series.

I'd say it might just be Daeron being paranoid. He was fighting a bloody civil war against his own half-brothers after all, and he did still have a lot of enemies.

I realise Aemon was young but it's possible that Daeron saw the possibility that he could be used against the rightful King at some point in the future, much like Aemon himself feared.

As for why it was only him. Well, the rest were pretty useless really weren't they? Egg was too young to judge but I'm guessing it was easy to tell that Aerion and Daeron weren't exactly leaders of men, even at that early age.

4 minutes ago, Stormking902 said:

I'm confused why the king chose Aemon to begin with, what right does he have to send his brothers kid away instead of his own? Yes he is king but the one right a man has over his king is the choice to do what he wants with his own kids. 

Surely that depends on the King?

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If Aemon had vehemently opposed it, I think Daeron would probably have relented. As for him being the only one who didn't want the throne, I'd say neither Aerys or Daeron the drunkard desires it either.

 

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3 hours ago, Stormking902 said:

I'm confused why the king chose Aemon to begin with, what right does he have to send his brothers kid away instead of his own? Yes he is king but the one right a man has over his king is the choice to do what he wants with his own kids. 

Daeron was Aemon's grandfather, so he did had a say in his life.

Also probably the reason why it was Aemon, who was chosen out of all other Targaryens, is because he wasn't interested in swords, fighting, battles, tournaments, and all that other knightly stuff. He also wasn't interested in politics, and he wasn't ambitious, which would have made him a horrible courtier, or government official. But he was interested in gaining more knowledge, and he was interested in science, books and history. And thus becoming a maester, was an ideal career choice for him. Thus his grandfather didn't casted him away, more like he helped him to find his place in life, to find his calling.

3 hours ago, Dead headofMaelysKinslayer said:

Daeron sent the guy who was the only one that didn't have desire to take throne. Or young Aemon is somehow more ambitious than in the series.

Egg didn't wanted to become a King, he wanted to become a knight, to travel all over the world, and have adventures.

His brother Daeron also wasn't very ambitios. And he hated any sorts of responsibilities. If he ever saw himself as a King, then it was only in his nightmares.

Most likely Aemon was sent to Citadel, because he had an aptitude to become a good maester.

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2 hours ago, Bernie Mac said:

Daeron was Aemon's grandfather, not uncle, more importantly he was the king and patriarch of the family. He would have had control on the matter just as other head's of the House would, we see this with Walder, Tywin and Lady Waynwood. 

Good point Daeron being the head of house Targaryan thus the decision in a feudal setting could fall to him, If Daeron for instance wanted to force lord Hightower to place his son into the citadel it would be illegal to do so even for a king. 

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4 hours ago, Kandrax said:

I think that is strange that Aerys I wasn't sent to Citadel.

He’s too close to the direct line, as a second son. Aemon was the third son of a fourth son, and-for lack of a better term- expendable. Which also explains why Aegon son of Maekar was allowed to marry Betha Blackwood.

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2 hours ago, Angel Eyes said:

He’s too close to the direct line, as a second son. Aemon was the third son of a fourth son, and-for lack of a better term- expendable. Which also explains why Aegon son of Maekar was allowed to marry Betha Blackwood.

One should also consider the possibility/likelihood that Daeron II integrated Aerys in his dynastic plans and arranged a marriage for him long before his eccentricities/interests manifested. He could have been a pretty normal child until he hit puberty.

And, of course, the fact that he was the immediate spare in case Baelor should die makes it very unlikely that a king would remove such a potential heir by sending him to the Citadel.

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10 hours ago, Bernie Mac said:

Daeron was Aemon's grandfather, not uncle, more importantly he was the king and patriarch of the family. He would have had control on the matter just as other head's of the House would, we see this with Walder, Tywin and Lady Waynwood. 

Officially yes.

Unofficially, probably.

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Nothing strange there; whoresbane was third in line to inherit Last Hearth, way ahead of  Aemon's place to the throne and still got sent to be a maester.

If somehow it is Aemon's turn to sit on throne then a council gathers and some papers are signed and ta da he is king, which is exactly what happened but he declined.

Egg being sent off with Dunk is much more curious. He is even lower on the line, true but he has the added risk of dying. You can always unchain a maester but can't always revive the dead.

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11 hours ago, Universal Sword Donor said:

Officially yes.

Unofficially, probably.

What are you talking about? Daeron II is definitely Maester Aemon's grandfather. This is not controversial.

58 minutes ago, Corvo the Crow said:

Egg being sent off with Dunk is much more curious. He is even lower on the line, true but he has the added risk of dying. You can always unchain a maester but can't always revive the dead.

Unchaining a maester isn't something that's done on a regular basis, and it is something that nobody expects to happen. It was a desperate attempt of some schemers to get Aemon in the mix again by offering him to get him out of his vows - not something a king or his government operate when they decide to send a prince to the Citadel.

They do that to neutralize that person as a potential heir.

Another aspect is that a person training to be a maester - just as a septon or a Kingsguard - are not exactly prepared to rule. They did not live the life of a prince but the life of a (potential) servant. That kind of training doesn't exactly prepare you to rule and lead.

In that sense people would likely look for another heir rather than get some son or grandson out of their vows - unless, of course, under really dire circumstances. It should be similarly to legitimizing a bastard and making him your heir. That is a very rare event - usually a title goes to a brother, nephew, cousin when a man dies without legitimate heirs.

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6 minutes ago, Lord Varys said:

What are you talking about? Daeron II is definitely Maester Aemon's grandfather. This is not controversial.

 

 

1 hour ago, The Wondering Wolf said:

Care to explain?

 

I took it as a sarcastic comment, I don't think it was intended as a serious allegation. 

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