Desiring Nectarines Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 Or at least, did he believe she was? There's not a lot of evidence one way or the other and we will probably never know the truth, but the father/daughter relationship seems to make more sense with the circumstances and what we know of Daemon than the romantic explanation for their closeness. Don't get me wrong, I can absolutely buy Daemon shagging a girl less than half his age, but the details seem off. When she's given a death sentence, and leaves, he isn't just a bit upset, he basically commits suicide. Caraxes is also peculiarly upset. This speaks of a particular closeness, more than one would expect for an affair lasting a few months, and especially for a man of the world such as Daemon. And after all, what was he expecting to happen? Assuming the Blacks win the war, then Rhaenyra is queen, who isn't going anywhere, and even if he killed her (which would seem out of character) then his own son is next in line. There's no future in a relationship with Nettles even in the best-case scenario. Nothing worth mourning to the extent he does. Nor can we call her "the daughter he never had" or the like, because he has daughters, and Baela in particular is a sufficient chip off the old block that he shouldn't need to go finding surrogate children in random bastards. But if there's one thing Daemon does seem to care about, it's family. And Nettles, if his, would be not only his child, but his oldest child, giving her a particular status. There might be an element of his making up for lost time, but also of training her up so she can take her "rightful" place at court after the war. A belief of this type on Daemon's part might also go some way to explain why the Blacks deploy their dragons so poorly after the capture of King's Landing. Assuming they want their four most powerful dragons in the field (and assuming also that Sheepstealer is more potent than Seasmoke) and that they need to be grouped for security, in retrospect it always looks like a liability to put the two most obviously loyal dragonriders together, and the two mercenaries together. There is perhaps a legitimate reason for pairing Vermithor and Silverwing, but this decision is utterly disastrous and the sort of thing you might expect someone like Daemon to anticipate... But if he believes Nettles to be his child, then keeping her by his side where he can protect her (not to mention teach her important stuff) would assume paramount importance and perhaps overshadow any caution he might otherwise have about the two betrayers. She could of course be another close family member but not his... but then whose? Only Daemon and Viserys are adult male Targs around the time of Nettles's birth, and of the two Daemon seems by far the more likely candidate, for various, mostly obvious, reasons. After that we're getting into cousins. There's Corlys Velaryon, but why would Daemon care about Corlys's bastard girl when Corlys himself doesnt seem to? And Laenor. Now, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Laena on her deathbed (who Daemon seemed to care for) extracted an oath that he would look after Laenor's kids like his own - which might go some way to explain why he reacted so surprisingly strongly to the deaths of his stepsons - and that conceivably Nettles was Laenor's bastard and therefore fell within the scope of the oath... but Laenor does not seem like the kind of man who fathers bastards, for, again, obvious reasons. Addam Velaryon's parentage was rightly doubted. Of all the explanations I can think of for why Daemon and Nettles played out like they did, this is the one that seems to me to make the most sense. As I say, we'll almost certainly never learn the truth (hard to see how it would ever come up) but is there anything I'm missing - or does anyone else have any thoughts on the subject. P.S. For those wedded to Mushroom's story, I should note that just because she was his daughter doesn't mean he didn't shag her. He is a Targaryen, after all. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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