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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 
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.
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
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
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
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.
Degamer-EXE Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
What I wonder is was he already going to be  born like that.
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.
JrOeKnEeRe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Morgainelefee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!
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