After the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Queen Alicent and Ser Criston Cole of the Kingsguard summoned the small council. The discussion quickly turned to Rhaenyra’s coronation. Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, insisted that Prince Aegon the Elder should be crowned king, while Lord Lyman Beesbury, the master of coin, argued for Rhaenyra’s coronation.
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Other council members joined the debate. Ser Tyland Lannister claimed that the oaths made to Rhaenyra in 105 AC were invalid due to the passage of twenty-four years. Lord Jasper Wylde pointed out that King Jaehaerys I had chosen male heirs over female ones twice before. Ser Otto argued that Rhaenyra’s husband, Prince Daemon, would rule if she became queen. Both Hightowers maintained that Rhaenyra’s rule would lead to the death of Alicent’s children and themselves.
Septon Eustace revealed that Criston coerced Prince Aegon into accepting the crown, claiming Rhaenyra would kill his family if he refused. Grand Maester Orwyle predicted war, believing Rhaenyra wouldn’t relinquish her claim, especially with dragons at her disposal. When Lyman declared his unwillingness to listen to plans against Rhaenyra and tried to leave, Otto ordered his arrest.
According to Orwyle, Lyman was confined in the black cells, where he succumbed to illness. Eustace alleged Criston killed Lyman with a dagger, while Mushroom claimed Criston pushed him from a window. Regardless, Lord Beesbury became the first casualty of the Dance of the Dragons.
Following this event, the green council pledged loyalty to Aegon, arresting Rhaenyra’s supporters in King’s Landing. Ravens were sent to anyone potentially loyal to Aegon. Meanwhile, Rhaenyra remained on Dragonstone, unaware of the unfolding events.