Aegon's first test
|Place||near the Blackwater Rush|
Decisive Targaryen victory|
Duskendale and Maidenpool bent the knee to Aegon
Aegon's first test marked the first substantial hostilities during Aegon Targaryen's war of conquest toward the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. It was a one-sided battle, however, due to the presence of Aegon's dragon, Balerion.
Aegon Targaryen, Lord of Dragonstone, landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, where he built the Aegonfort on the northern bank of the river. Aegon's manpower varied from hundreds to three thousand depending on the source. Nearby Rosby and Stokeworth both submitted to House Targaryen after minimal resistance.
Opposition came from Lord Darklyn of Duskendale and Lord Mooton of Maidenpool, who joined their power and marched south with three thousand men. Aegon sent Orys Baratheon to meet them on the march with the Targaryen soldiers, whilst he descended on them from above with Balerion. Lords Darklyn and Mooton were both killed in the overwhelming Targaryen victory.
After the deaths of their lords, Mooton's brother, Jon, and Darklyn's son yielded their castles and swore their swords to House Targaryen. Visenya, one of Aegon's sisters, claimed the riches of Duskendale, which at the time was the principal port on the narrow sea, greatly expanding the Targaryens' resources. After the submission of a dozen local castles, Lord Aegon was proclaimed King Aegon I Targaryen at the Aegonfort.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.