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.
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.
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
It would have been interesting to see what a half-dragon khal could have achieved if he'd born alive.
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 But it's amusing to build up some side-stories.
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).
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.
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.
Wel, reptilians do lay soft egg, maybe dragons do the same! However, deliver a child seems to be always a painful story
I think I have to write a story now!!!
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
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 ? ) ... 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.
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.
Yes, here in Sweden we had season 2 on pay-TV this summer. I couldn't stay away from it
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 )
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.
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.
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