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Rhaego Targaryen by Morgainelefee Rhaego Targaryen by Morgainelefee
Here comes a little piece of (imagined) fanart. I must admit that I also fell in Game of Thrones trap.
I was watching Season I while my second child was just few weeks old and, I would say obviously, I felt disturbed by Danaerys miscarriage of her son Rhaego:
“Monstrous. Twisted. I pulled him out myself. He was scaled like a lizard. Blind, with leather wings, like the wings of a bat. When I touched him, his skin fell from his bones. Inside, he was full of graveworms.” - Mirri Maz Dur -

So I decided to change the story and make him newborn, alive and healthy. Just, the scales and the wings aren't really a malformation, but a sign of the dragon blood inherited from his mother. As she saw him in a vision, his skin is bronze like his father's, and his hair are instead of the Valyrian blond type.
However, don't ask me how she could deliver such a scaly child without so much pain. Maybe she just delivered a dragon egg, ahah. It would be easier.
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
wonder how he looked if he had lived to be a grown adult. Would be awesome to fly alongside the dragons 
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think he would have been strong, handsome (despite wings and scales), blond with dark violet eyes and bronze skin.
Probably his personality was getting impulsive and violent, with a hint of Targaryen madness coming from his uncle. A powerful warrior but probably not really a very nice guy. A little like Dany's dragons.
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
usually depends on how he would be raised or if he either gain such traits from a dragon more likely as he was not born of incest thankfully, which is kinda gross how they could do that for generations, the visions the people get can be different and not always true as they seem. Unlike Joffrey is very much likely have such madness despite being a spoiled brat and would've been close to becoming the new mad king I think. just my opinion really
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course education would matter as genetic does, I was also thinking that he would have been raised in the khalasar, and that Khal Drogo has and will give his contribution in both terms. That's why I wasn't expecting a gentle man or a very intellectual one.
Both Danereys and Drogo are smart and tender in their own way but in that environment what is more important is being a powerful warrior.
A guy grown being aware to have dragon blood will probably be fierce, somehow arrogant, fearless and very aware of his strength, so he will not care too much for being politically careful.

I also wondered how the Targaryen survived so well (madness apart) despite massive incest. If GRR Martin looked at how some European monarchs looked like after some inbreeding (17th century) he had seen how sick those people became.

Well, at the end that's just fantasy :D
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Degamer-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
To b be honest the way he was described "Scaly" and " Bat Wings" I always thought he was born half dragon
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy to read your comment, because I thought exactly the same, also seen how Dany is unaffected by fire (what I've understood, in much higher extent than hers Targaryen ancestors).
It would have been interesting to see what a half-dragon khal could have achieved if he'd born alive.
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Degamer-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
What I wonder is was he already going to be  born like that.
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahah, I think the only way is to ask GRR Martin :D

My opinion is that he was going to be born half-dragon anyway. Scales and bat-wings -in my opinion!- aren't coming from Mirri maz Dur's curse , or magic, whatever one can call it. She just called death and that's why the baby's flesh was corrupted and full of worms.
A half-human half-dragon king could have eventually been the only one able to be the "stallion mounting/conquering the world". Probably he was going to be born extremely strong, savage ("dragons cannot be tamed, even by their mother") and enduring. People would have been terrified.
One can begin to speculate if the maegi could see all of that, and chosen to sacrifice the baby to avoid a cruel khal dominate the world. The Targaryen are a family with extremely wise but also very mad people: maybe Rhaego could have been one of the latter kind?
Well, here I'm doing a lot of speculations :D But it's amusing to build up some side-stories.
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JrOeKnEeRe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!
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ShamanGirl1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I love how cute you made him!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It was difficult for me to not imagine him cute, even if he has dragon wings and scale :)
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ShadyDarkGirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing and touching
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
If only he was born alive. Stillbirth is the saddest thing on Earth
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree (also because I know a couple which suffered of this), it was so sad to watch.
And, for story sake, a little Targaryen heir would have done things much interesting. Now Dany is the only one of her house, and it sounds like they are out of the Game of thrones anyway (I didn't read the books, ma logic tells me it should be like that).
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I think Martin wanted to do it for character development
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MyBellaLove16 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013

This is just so beautiful. You captured his innocence here so well. He's just so small and perfect looking. I love the idea that his part of the dragon blood had become visible on him. It's a lovely theory. I can easily see Dany holding this baby in her arms and loving him with all her heart. It’s just such a lovely picture; so vivid and realistic. 

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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
I'd really liked if he were born alive. He's one of the few children in GoT who was truly coming from a lovely marriage. But GRR Martin is often too cruel with a lot of characters, I noticed. :(
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brietolga Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, wow, wow! :jawdrop: It's just incredibly beautiful art! All your works! :iconflyingheartsplz:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are really sweet! Thank you so much for these kind words :hug:
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brietolga Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You absolutely deserve them! :hug:
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xXBuboXx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! He looks perfect :) Maybe if was a very soft egg? Ahaha Poor Danny!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Wel, reptilians do lay soft egg, maybe dragons do the same! However, deliver a child seems to be always a painful story :)
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xXBuboXx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaha poor Danny no matter what! :p
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MarinaSchiffer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute... and sad T^T
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Shazta-Shiroku Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww soooo cute, I was also disturbed bby the miscarriage
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure that he would have been a very cute baby (especially with such beautiful parents :) )
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Shazta-Shiroku Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed!
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*me dies at seeing the pic*

Awesome!!!

I think I have to write a story now!!!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
Could you please tell me when you have written it? I'd love to read your version!
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lydaday Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing job
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Eledhwen-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's interested to see what inspired you for this piece of work (I love Game of Thrones :iconpweaseemoteplz:). I really love how this cute baby looks.

And I also wish for Daenerys she delivered a dragon egg :D.
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love GoT too, cannot wait to watch season 3!
But, about Danaerys' baby, I was so sad about the miscarriage. Looking at my baby, I wanted to give Dany hers back :).
And then, how would the story have been with Rhaego alive and maybe half-dragon? One should write an alternative version :D
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Eledhwen-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, can't wait too ! We quickly finished to see the season 2 ... It's hard to wait 1 year at least :(.

I was sad for her too ... Also when she lost Khal Drogo(I like so much this character too. With Daenerys, they are my favorite ones).

I would love to know what will be their live if the both didn't die ...

Curious also to know how Rhaego would look like (maybe as you drew it ? :meow:) ... In Season 1, I was in a hurry to see if he'll have dragon wings. So really deceived when I knew Dae lost him :(.

But this is what I like in this series: Heroes can die too. This is not a series when we can easily imagine who will disappear or not.
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samoholic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is amazing, and Game of Thrones is definitely a show I need to get into and catch up to already!
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank you!
GoT is definitively worth watching. I was disappointed by the first episode (I thought it was too stereotyped), but the following are really very good. I appreciate the political intrigues over all.
Now I wait for the 3rd season to came.
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RoseRed77 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Aw, what a cute little dragon-human baby. Did you see any of season 2?
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
Yes, here in Sweden we had season 2 on pay-TV this summer. I couldn't stay away from it
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RoseRed77 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Ok, cuz they show Baby Rhaego in the finale and I remember thinking "He looks nothing like what that witch bitch said, he looks just like his poppa" :tighthug:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean when Danaerys meets them in the house of the Undying?
I've seen it too, and I was kind of (slightly) disappointed. A little bit because of the missing dragon-like features (Ok, *my* interpretation is that they are from Danaerys' dragon blood, but probably GRR Martin didn't mean so), then because in Danaerys' vision Rhaego is blond, with purple eyes, and has copper skin. So he should look like *both* parents, and not only like a Dothraki.
(well, it's not such an important detail, indeed :) )
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RoseRed77 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Was her vision in the show or in the books? I havent gotten around to reading any of the books. I thought it was strange that he had nothing of Dany, but he was such an adorable baby and it was such a heart-wrenching scene that I put much more thought into it at the time lol
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is in the books (which I didn't read, but I found quoted in the site Wiki of ice and fire).
Maybe they did it intentionally in the show, so that Dany could understand that it was only an illusion, and not a real sight, but it is only my hypothesis :).
That scene was enourmosly touching for me too, even if I'm aware it's just fiction.
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RoseRed77 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yeah, thats what I think, too. They did it to emphasize that its an illusion.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Awesome picture with great shading and lighting. The skin looks convincingly soft, in places where it's not scaly!

I don't think it would be much worse giving birth to this so long as the wings are soft and pliable like newborn bats, and is delivered head first so the scales points are not digging anywhere.

Though some reptiles, like rattlesnakes and boa constrictors, do give birth to live young. The young are encased in a sort of amniotic egg sack.
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind comment!
Another deviant had the same hypothesis, which i think is good. Your point about rattlesnakes biology is also interesting. Maybe there could be a book about scientific aspects of ASOIAF, I think I read somewhere else questioning about why Rhaego should be blond, since in our world brown hair wins over blond
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azzacanth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist
blonde isn't the targaryen silver of course :D
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good idea for a drawing!:clap:
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Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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