Aerys II Targaryen
Aerys II by Amoka©
|Okres panowania||262AC - 283AC|
|Nazwa||Aerys Targaryen Drugi Tego Imienia|
|Inne tytuły||Król Siedmiu Królestw|
|Zmarły||283AC, w The Czerwona Twierdza in Królewska Przystań|
|Poprzednik||Jaehaerys I Targaryen|
|Potomkowie||Rhaegar, Viserys, Daenerys.|
|Ojciec||Jaehaerys I Targaryen|
Aerys II Targaryen, also called Aerys the Mad, the Mad King, and King Scab, was the seventeenth and the last member of Targaryen dynasty to sit the Żelazny Tron, ruling from 262AC to 283AC. He showed great promise at the start of his reign, bringing peace and promise to the realm, but later grew mad and became increasingly unstable following the brief uprising known as the Bunt w Duskendale, when he was held prisoner for several months by a rebellious lord. After that, his rage could no longer be held in check.
Character and appearance
In his youth, Aerys II was charming, generous, handsome and resolute, although quick to anger. As he grew older, Aerys became ever more manic and cruel, prone to furious outbursts and tirades. He became jealous and suspicious. After the Defiance of Duskendale these characteristics became more pronounced. He developed a fascination with fire, and burning people alive which would also arouse him. His marriage to his sister-wife Rhaella, while never happy, became cruel during his later reign, and he took to forcing himself upon her when she was not receptive to his advances (especially after killing someone via fire).
During the last years of his life, Aerys was very thin (he was fearful of being poisoned) and gaunt, with a long, scraggly beard. Due to his growing fear of blades (since he was always cutting himself on the Żelazny Tron) he did not trim his fingernails and they grew to several feet in length. He refused to let blades or razors in his presence bar the swords his Gwardia Królewska Rycerzs carried. He wore the elaborate smok-emblazoned crown of Aegon IV. 
Aerys was born to Prince Jaehaerys, the second son of King Aegon V. While still a teenager, Aerys was married to his sister Rhaella in the Targaryen tradition. The marriage was arranged by his grandfather, Aegon V Targaryen, after he heard a prophecy that the Prince that was Promised would be born from their line. According to Ser Barristan Selmy, who was present at the wedding, there was no fondness between the two. In 259AC, Rhaella became pregnant and gave birth to their son Rhaegar (later in life they would have another son Viserys, and a daughter Daenerys).
Rhaegar was born in blood and grief during the blaze known as the Tragedy of Summerhall that killed King Aegon V, his heir Prince Duncan and many others. Aerys' father Jaehaerys only ruled for three years before he passed away, and Aerys became king as Aerys II Targaryen.
Aerys's reign began in 262AC with great promise. Under his father and grandfather, the court at Królewska Przystań had become stuffy, filled with old men, so he brought sweeping changes, replacing many at court with younger faces. Impressed by the ruthlessness of the young Lord Tywin Lannister in dealing with houses rebelling against Casterly Rock, Aerys named Tywin as the King's Hand.
The first dozen years of Aerys' rule were peaceful. The realm recovered from the tragic events at Summerhall and grew both rich and strong. However, events and problems arose which turned the character of Aerys' reign into something very different.
Aerys had heard disturbing rumours regarding his rule and even a boast that it was the Hand who truly ruled the realm (a boast that cost Lord Tywin's captain of guard Ser Ilyn Payne his tongue). Jealous of the respect and even fear afforded to Tywin, Aerys resolved to rely less on his Hand and solve some problems himself. In 276AC, Aerys attended a tournament held in Lannisport, the tourney staged by Tywin Lannister to welcome the King to the West. Aerys' son and heir Rhaegar (then aged seventeen) competed and performed well in the joust. At the tournament Tywin proposed a marriage between his daughter Cersei and Rhaegar but Aerys' fear of Tywin's power led him to reject the offer.
The Defiance of Duskendale
- Zobacz także: Bunt w Duskendale
In late 276AC, Lord Denys Darklyn of Duskendale, under the influence of his Myrish wife, decided to withhold port taxes from the crown. Aerys was determined to settle this issue himself. Taking a small force (with only one Gwardia Królewska Rycerz), Aerys personally marched to Duskendale to arrest and execute Lord Denys. Lord Denys panicked and took Aerys as prisoner. The king was held for six months while Tywin amassed an army and besieged the town in what became known as the Bunt w Duskendale. Eventually Ser Barristan Selmy of the Gwardia Królewska managed to rescue the king. In his fury, Aerys ordered every last branch of House Darklyn to be utterly destroyed, its members tortured at excruciating length before being burned alive.
Many attribute Aerys' madness to his experience with the rebels during the Defiance of Duskendale, which began the rot in his reign. Aerys no longer trusted his son Rhaegar, his wife, and especially his Namiestnik Króla, Tywin Lannister. After this event Aerys never left the Czerwona Twierdza for many years. Hearing about the talents of Varys from across the narrow sea, Aerys appointed the eunuch as the Master of Whisperers, so he could alert the king to any perceived threats. Aerys became brutal and capricious, indulging his fascination for fire, notably the magical and highly flammable substance called Dziki ogień.
The War of the Usurper
- Zobacz także: War of the Usurper
After not leaving the Czerwona Twierdza for almost five years, Aerys attended the Turniej w Harrenhal in 281AC, only because Varys claimed Prince Rhaegar planned on using the tournament as an excuse to gather lords to him to cast down his father (it is unknown whether this is true or not)..
A year after the tourney at Harrenhal, Prince Rhaegar supposedly kidnapped Lyanna Stark and took her south. Her eldest brother Brandon and several friends, the sons of prominent northern lords, rode to Królewska Przystań. Brandon on arriving roared for Rhaegar to "come out and die." Rhaegar not present, but Aerys was. Aerys had them all arrested for plotting his son's murder and demanded their fathers present themselves at court to answer the charges against their sons. They did so, but Aerys capriciously had them all executed. He had Rickard Stark burned alive by wildfire as his son Brandon watched. Brandon was strapped to a device that strangled him the more he struggled to try and free his father. This brutal act, accompanied by Aerys' seeming sanction of Lyanna Stark's abduction, started a chain of events that later became known as the War of the Usurper.
Aerys's Hand at the start of the rebellion was Lord Owen Merryweather, who was soon replaced for his failure to contain the unrest in its early stages. Aerys next turned to Lord Jon Connington, a close friend to Rhaegar, but he lost to rebel forces at Kamienny Sept in the Bitwa Dzwonów and was replaced by Lord Qarlton Chelsted.
Following the rebel victory at the Bitwa Dzwonów, Aerys, now fearful that the rebels might actually win, hatched a plan to have his pyromancers create a huge reserve of wildfire and secret it around the city of Królewska Przystań, planning to burn the entire city down (and kill all of its half million inhabitants) rather than surrender the city intact. Lord Qarlton Chelsted upon discovering the plot confronted Aerys, and when he failed to dissuade him from this course of action resigned his handship, flinging his chain of office at Aerys' feet. Aerys had him burned alive.
During this period the Cech Alchemików of Królewska Przystań gained unprecedented power and authority. Aerys made the head of the Alchemist's Guild, Lord Rossart, his final Namiestnik Króla. According to Jaime Lannister, Aerys would have bathed in wildfire himself if he dared.
After the royal army was defeated and his son and heir Rhaegar slain at the Bitwa nad Tridentem, Aerys sent his pregnant wife Queen Rhaella and Prince Viserys to Smocza Skała, though he kept Princess Elia and her children at the Czerwona Twierdza as hostages to ensure Ród Martellów and Dorne remained loyal to the Targaryens.
Mere hours before the lead elements of the rebel host led by Eddard Stark arrived, 12,000 Westerland forces under Lord Tywin Lannister reached the city and pledged themselves to the Targaryen cause. Aerys ignored Varys' plea that he not admit Tywin's forces to the city. Instead, he acted on the advice of Grand Maester Pycelle and made the mistake of opening the city gates. However, the Lannisters were lying about their faith from the beginning, and once inside, the Lannister army proceeded to sack the city.
Aerys, aware that it was the end, ordered his pyromancers to ignite the wildfire beneath the city and burn Królewska Przystań to the ground with all its people rather than let the rebels take the city. Jaime Lannister stated that Aerys, in his madness, did not believe he would die, but like Aerion Targaryen believed the fire would allow him to be reborn as a smok so he could crush his enemies. However, before the orders could be carried out, Ser Jaime slew the pyromancers. He then betrayed his Gwardia Królewska oath and slew King Aerys at the foot of the Żelazny Tron, so he could not give the orders to burn the city to someone else. Jaime's actions prevented the genocide of the city's population.
The Gra o Tron TV series deviated from the books, by removing Aerys's father Jaehaerys I Targaryen and making him son of King Aegon V Targaryen, rather than his grandson. The reason for this appears to be to simplify the relationship between Maester Aemon and the other Targaryens. Additionally, an actor was cast to play Aerys II in a flashback in Season 1, but the scene was cut for time and pacing.
|“||The traitors want my city ... but I’ll give them naught but ashes. Let Robert be king over charred bones and cooked meat.||”|
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