Welcome to the next instalment of Three Heads of the Dragon, and the third in our essay series discussing the Dance of the Dragons. We previously discussed Rhaenyra and Alicent, the two ambitious women at the core of the conflict, as well as their political moves to shore up support for their faction, and then we hit Aegon II and the military campaign of the greens campaign. Now, we turn ourselves to the blacks faction and their military campaign, as well as their top commander and the first true ‘pretender’ to the Iron Throne, a mantle that would take seventy years and another Daemon to be taken up again.
The Blacks were the faction of House Targaryen and their loyalists who supported the ascent of Rhaenyra Targaryen as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms during the Dance of the Dragons. For reasons of royal edict they marched, for alliance, for vengeance and personal satisfaction they marched. They were opposed by the greens for reasons of law, for reasons of ambition, and for reasons of hate.