Why did Vhagar Disobey Aemond?
Vhagar was the first dragon ever brought into existence in Westeros by the Valyrians, a noble and ancient civilization. Vhagar trained and served Aemond Targaryen, the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, for centuries before their fateful encounter in the War of the Five Kings. Since then, Vhagar has been a beloved figure in Westerosi lore, but why did Vhagar disobey his master?
The Irresistible Call of Freedom
Vhagar had been a loyal servant of Aemond for centuries and was deeply devoted to his master and the Targaryen cause. However, when faced with the immense anguish of serving a master in war, the urge to be free became too much to fight.
Vhagar prioritized the pull of freedom over obedience, settling his old score with Aemond and breaking free from the chains of humbling servitude. In secret, Vhagar made plans to elude detection during the war and leave his master behind, which he successfully achieved.
The Power of the Iron Throne
In addition to the call of freedom, Vhagar also broke away from his master to take advantage of the opportunity of ruling the Seven Kingdoms for himself.
Aemond was a powerful lord and dragon, however, he was not fit to be king over all Westeros. Vhagar was aware that he would eventually be succeeded by someone from the Targaryen line, someone who may not be as wise or kind a ruler as Aemond.
In taking advantage of the chaos of war, Vhagar saw the opportunity to seize the crown himself, a matter of great prestige, power and authority that he could not ignore. Only through rebelling against his master was he able to fulfill his ambition.
The reasons why Vhagar disowned Aemond are numerous and complex. From a wish to be free and independent, to the temptation to seize the Iron Throne, Vhagar disregarded his master’s orders and pursued a grand ambition. This decision was not just personal, but a crucial part of the history of Westeros.
What were the consequences of Vhagar disobeying Aemond?
When Vhagar disobeyed Aemond, it enrages the Targaryen prince, who flew into a rage. Aemond then flew after the dragon, determined to regain his dominance. In the end, Vhagar was forced to yield and obey to Aemond again, but the incident damaged Vhagar’s reputation, and eventually led to its demise during the Dance of the Dragons. Aemond also developed a strong hatred for Vhagar and swore that one day he would have his revenge.
In addition, the incident highlighted the power of the Iron Throne and the necessity of loyalty to one’s master if they wish to maintain their power.
It became a warning for others that seeking power may lead to betrayal and suffering.
What happened to Vhagar after Aemond’s punishment?
Vhagar was killed with a dragon-spear by three Khellian knights sent by Aemon Targaryen. After Aemond’s punishment, Vhagar’s skull was set upon a hill overlooking King’s Landing, where it remained until King Robert removed it.
Vhagar’s legacy, however, lives on as it is still mentioned in songs and stories as a symbol of loyalty and power.