Romania’s Sandra Izbasa won the gold medal in women’s vault gymnastics at the Olympic Games in London.
… with Robb and Bran and Rickon dead, Jon Snow was the only brother that remained to her. I am a bastard too now, just like him. Oh, it would be so sweet, to see him once again. But of course that could never be. Alayne Stone had no brothers, baseborn or otherwise.
GREAT BASTARDS OF AEGON IV TARGARYEN [x]
Aegor “Bittersteel” Rivers
He was the natural son of King Aegon IV by his fifth mistress, Lady Barba Bracken. Younger than Daemon Blackfyre, older than Bloodraven. Bittersteel was also a warrior, and looked the part. He was only half Tagaryen, so he got the purple eyes, but his hair was black. As a adult he wore a beard, cropped very short, little more than a shadow on his face and jaws. He was tall and well made, but lean and lithe as a panther.
Aegor was angry his whole life, but reserved particular loathing for Bloodraven, whose mother, Mylessa Blackwood, had replaced his own as their father’s favourite. Aegor also loathed Bloodraven even further when Shiera Seastar, the half-sister of both Bloodraven and himself, chose Bloodraven over him.
In the Blackfyre Rebellion, he sided with his other half-brother Daemon Blackfyre. During the Battle of the Redgrass Field, Aegor commanded the right of Daemon’s host. Upon Daemon’s death, Aegor rallied his troops and charged Bloodraven’s archers, taking out his half-brother’s eye in the process.
Managing to recover Blackfyre, the Targaryen family sword, Bittersteel fled Westeros at the end of the rebellion to the free city of Tyrosh, with Daemon’s remaining sons. He served a year with the Second Sons before leaving to create the famous mercenary organization the Golden Company to stop the loss of support for the Blackfyres as the other exile lords began to join other mercenary companies. Despite the notorious unreliability of sellswords, the Golden Company is reputed to have never broken a contract, and reference to their founder can be seen in their words; “Beneath the gold, the bitter steel.”
On his deathbed, Bittersteel commanded the men of the Golden Company to boil the flesh from his skull, dip it in gold and carry it before them when they cross the sea to retake Westeros. His successors had followed his example.
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