FourRavensBlackOnWhite Posted June 6, 2022 Share Posted June 6, 2022 Here I want to lay out the start of a theory that "being blood of the dragon" isn't only a hereditary position but a physical state of being.For this I will only be using the main series (due to time constraint) but any evidence from Fire and Blood would be appreciated!1. The clearest piece of evidence is Dany's taming of Drogon at Daznak's Pit Quote "Let me go!" Dany twisted from his grasp...Running, she could feel the sand between her toes, hot and rough. Ser Barristan was calling after her. Strong Belwas was still vomiting. She ran faster.I am looking into hell, but I dare not look away I cannot let him see my fear. She scrabbled in the sand, pushing against the pitmaster's corpse, and her fingers brushed against the handle of his whip. Touching it made her feel braver."No, " she screamed, swinging the lash with all the strength that she had in her.Dany darted underneath the flames, swinging the whip and shouting, "No, no, no. Get DOWN!" A few things of note here: Dany is not simply "entitled to ride Drogon" because of her blood, but because she conquers him. She sees her goal and heads for it with her blood already up. Yes she is afraid, but as we know the only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.Ambition, violence, strength. Traits that allow her to finally ride her dragon. 2. We also see some other oddities when it comes to dragons interacting with other characters, namely that the dragons "like" Brown Ben Plumm.Dany thinks this is because of his heritage, with a drop of Valyrian blood generations back, but I posit that it has more to do with who he is: a cutthroat intent on taking what he wants from the world.Ambition, Violence, and Strength. More of the same traits that allow Dany to conquer Drogon. 3. Now, what about Quentyn? He has almost the same amount of "dragonblood" as Brown Ben (with Quentyn's ancestor born around 172AC and and Brown Ben's getting married around 176AC) but obviously fails in his mission.Again, I believe this to have more to do with the three qualities above then simply blood. Quentyn's final chapter is rife with fear Quote No, just scared. I do not want to burn.He did not want to do this, but he saw no other way.Use their names, command them, speak to them calmly but sternly These things lack all 3 traits specifically. No ambition, no violence, no strength. Quentyn completely misunderstanding what Dany did in the pit, and arrives with the idea he will mount them like one mounts a horse.Therefore, it is my position that having the blood of the dragon is more a state of mind than lineage (although both may play a role together). As a last aside, I know that all of the Dragon Seeds who obtained dragons were of similar ilk. Netty is considered "foul-mouthed and fearless", Hugh Hammer is clearly strong and ambitious (tried to crown himself), Ulf White was also a schemer who aspired to take what he wanted (i.e. Highgarden over Bitterbridge), and Addam Velaryon is called "relentless and determined".And just to throw one more idea in the pot: does dragon size correlate with these traits of their riders? Was Balerion the largest "because he was born in Valyria and lived free" or because Aegon had almost unlimited ambition? Is Drogon the largest out of chance, or because he is bonded with Dany from the start? Is it true that the dragons began to decrease in size because of captivity or the growing contentedness of House Targaryen? EggBlue and Northern Sword 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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