The Last Dragon, by tragedy-peanut-gallery ©
|Died||In 153 AC, King's Landing|
The last dragon belonging to House Targaryen died young in 153 AC, during the later part of the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen, who was thereafter called the Dragonbane. Her death marked the extinction of dragons in Westeros and beyond, until Daenerys Targaryen managed to hatch three dragons around a century and a half later.
In 152 AC, Ser Arlan of Pennytree, then a young boy, was taken to King's Landing by his grandfather, where he saw the last dragon, as well as her eggs, which he later described as "hard as stone, but beautiful."
The last dragon died in 153 AC in King's Landing. Some rumors claimed that Aegon III poisoned her, as he had been afraid of dragons since the day he had seen Sunfyre, the dragon of his uncle, King Aegon II Targaryen, devour his mother, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.
In the final years of the Targaryen dynasty, nineteen dragon skulls hung on the walls of the throne room. Two of these skulls were from the last hatchlings born on Dragonstone, and were no bigger than a mastiff's skull, and oddly misshapen. Due to the description of the skulls, one of them may be the skull of the last Targaryen dragon.
It is thought by some that magic began to leave the world the day the last dragon died. Ser Arlan believed that summers became shorter after the last dragon died, and winters longer and crueler.
A Game of Thrones
In the Dothraki sea, Daenerys Targaryen recalls how her brother Viserys had told her that the last Targaryen dragons had died a century and a half earlier, during the reign of King Aegon III, the Dragonbane.
A Clash of Kings
In 299 AC, in King's Landing, Tyrion Lannister meets with Wisdom Hallyne the pyromancer, who tells him that the alchemists' production of wildfire is ahead of schedule. Hallyne says that their spells are more effective than usual, and wonders if there are any dragons around, as Wisdom Pollitor had once told him that magic had begun to go out of the world the day the last dragon died.
A Feast for Crows
In 300 AC, in Oldtown, the Citadel novices and acolytes Mollander, Alleras, Roone, Armen, and Leo Tyrell debate the rumors that Daenerys Targaryen has hatched three dragons. Armen says the last dragon died in the reign of Aegon III, and insists that the last Targaryen dragon was the last dragon in the world.
In Braavos, the feverish and rambling Maester Aemon tells Samwell Tarly that he remembers dragons. Sam wonders how that could be possible, since the last dragon died before Aemon was born, and Aemon explains that he saw them in his dreams.
A Dance with Dragons
Tyrion Lannister recalls that as a child, his uncles once asked him what he wanted for a nameday present. When he asked for a dragon, his uncle Tygett replied that the last dragon had died a century before, which so upset young Tyrion that he cried himself to sleep that night.
—Ser Arlan of Pennytree
Some say King Aegon poisoned her. The third Aegon that would be, not King Daeron's father, but the one they named Dragonbane, or Aegon the Unlucky. He was afraid of dragons, for he'd seen his uncle's beast devour his own mother.
The last dragon died over a century ago, lad.—Tygett Lannister, to a young Tyrion Lannister
Mollander: The last dragon in Westeros.Armen: The last dragon in Westeros was the last dragon. That is well known.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: The Eyrie.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- The Hedge Knight.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.