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Dragons are scaled, reptilian creatures. They have four limbs: two wings, which are used as forelegs like bats and pterosaurs, and two rear legs. George R. R. Martin’s dragons thereby differ from the traditional depiction of dragons as six-limbed creatures. Martin came to his decision as he was bothered by the fact that no animal in nature has ever evolved in such a way (i.e. four legs and two wings). Nonetheless, some A Song of Ice and Fire artwork shows them with four legs and a detached pair of wings.

Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones specialGetting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Syrax, Vermithor and Dreamfyre. They are most certainly to appear in the upcoming prequel.

 

1. Syrax :

Syrax had yellow scales. She was huge and formidable, but not as fearsome or experienced in battle as Caraxes. Syrax was kept in chains and exceedingly well-fed. She had not hunted for years at the time of the civil war.

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Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen was the first and only rider of Syrax. Rhaenyra took Syrax as a mount in 104 AC, when the princess was seven years old. Syrax was described as a young dragon at the time, and Rhaenyra herself named her Syrax (after a Valyrian goddess). Syrax laid several clutches of eggs during the reign of Viserys I. Her latest clutch was produced just prior to the civil war. One of the eggs from that latest clutch was given to Rhaena, Rhaenyra’s step-daughter.

In King’s Landing Syrax lived within the walls of the Red Keep. Heavy chains bound her to the ground. The chains were long enough to allow her to move from the stable to the yard but kept her from flying off riderless.

Syrax died in the aftermath of the Storming of the Dragonpit. Prince Joffrey had attempted to mount her to ride to the Dragonpit, save the other dragons, and perhaps mount his own dragon Tyraxes there. Dragons are not horses, however, and they will only accept one mount at a time. In mid-flight, Syrax shrugged off Joffrey, who fell to his death. Attracted by the bloodshed, Syrax continued on to the Dragonpit.

Syrax could have simply stayed high in the air and made runs at the mob with her flames, but instead, she descended upon the ground, killing dozens with tooth and claw. The mob was too much for her, and the pit was too small, not allowing her much mobility. The angry mob killed the dragon in the Dragonpit.

Syrax is sure to appear on House of The Dragon as Rhaenyra Targaryen’s mount.

 

2. Vermithor :

Vermithor, called the Bronze Fury, was a male dragon once ridden by King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was a bronze dragon with great tan wings. Vermithor was already a large dragon in 48 AC; Only Balerion and Vhagar were larger. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, Vermithor was almost a hundred years old.

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Vermithor was a fearsome beast. Accustomed to men and having had a previous rider, by the reign of Aegon II Targaryen Vermithor was tolerant to the presence of people and more accepting of new riders.

Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen was Vermithor’ first rider by 48 AC, when Jaehaerys made his claim for the Iron Throne. Nine days after the mysterious death of King Maegor I Targaryen, Jaehaerys flew to King’s Landing upon Vermithor to claim the throne.

Vermithor became riderless when Jaehaerys died in 103 AC. Throughout the reign of Jaehaerys’s successor, King Viserys I Targaryen, Vermithor had no new rider. During this time, Vermithor remained on the island of Dragonstone and made his lair in one of the smoking caverns of the Dragonmont. During the Dance of the Dragons, Vermithor and Silverwing were said to often coil about one another in the fields.

In 129 AC, after the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon decided that his mother’s faction needed more Dragonriders. Many men attempted to claim a dragon of their own; Lord Gormon Massey attempted to approach Vermithor, who burned him to death. Eventually, Vermithor bent his neck to a blacksmith’s bastard called Hugh Hammer. Hugh rode Vermithor to battle in the Battle in the Gullet. Along with Silverwing, Sheepstealer, Vermax and Seasmoke, Vermithor descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the Three Daughters.

Hugh rode Vermithor into battle during the first battle at Tumbleton. Hugh and fellow dragonseed Ulf the White, who had claimed Silverwing, changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favour of Aegon II Targaryen. Vermithor, Silverwing and Tessarion, the dragon of Aegon II’s brother Prince Daeron, let loose their flames upon Tumbleton, which was savagely sacked.

During the Second Battle of Tumbleton, an army of four thousand men strong, led by Addam Velaryon upon the dragon Seasmoke, surprised the Hightower host at Tumbleton with their night-time attack. Hugh rushed to mount Vermithor but was killed by Jon Roxton of the Caltrops. Vermithor, now riderless, was still half-asleep and on the ground when two score knights attempted to slay him. They died in their attempt. Wounded and enraged, Vermithor took flight, attacking all those around him.

While Vermithor was only twenty feet above the field, Seasmoke slammed into him from above. The two dragons rolled over the field, so entangled that neither was able to break free. Seasmoke was no match for Vermithor on account of the older dragon’s size and weight. Vermithor would have torn Seasmoke into pieces if Tessarion had not entered the fight. The three dragons fought to the death. Vermithor killed Seasmoke when he locked his teeth into the latter’s neck and ripped his head off. He attempted to take flight with his head still in his jaws but his wings were tattered, causing him to be unable to bear the weight. After a moment he collapsed and died. Vermithor and Seasmoke’s remains became a tourist attraction at the rebuilt Tumbleton.

Vermithor will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

 

3. Dreamfyre :

Dreamfyre was a she-dragon, ridden by Princess Rhaena Targaryen and later by Princess Helaena Targaryen. Her coloration was primarily pale blue, with silver markings. She had silver crests and pale blue wings. By 35 AC, Dreamfyre was large enough for the twelve-year-old Rhaena Targaryen to mount her.

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Dreamfyre was hatched during the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen. As a hatchling, she bonded with nine-year-old Princess Rhaena Targaryen, Aegon I’s first grandchild, in 32 AC. Three years later, she became Dreamfyre’s rider. In 41 AC Rhaena was wed to her brother, Aegon, and sent on a royal progress by their father King Aenys I Targaryen. Rhaena wished to take Dreamfyre with her, but her father forbade it, as Aegon had not yet claimed a dragon, and the king did not want his son to be seen riding a horse, while his wife rode a dragon. Dreamfyre remained in King’s Landing.

King Aenys, died in 42 AC and the crown was usurped by their uncle, Maegor. Rhaena and her husband smuggled themselves into King’s Landing in 43 AC, while Maegor was at Oldtown. Rhaena was reunited with Dreamfyre and Aegon finally claimed a dragon of his own, his father’s dragon Quicksilver. Knowing they could not hold the Iron Throne, they left King’s Landing on their dragons to raise an army. When Aegon went to war against their uncle, Rhaena and Dreamfyre did not accompany them. Since Dreamfyre was younger and smaller than Quicksilver, she would not have been much of a threat to the Black Dread.

By 43 AC, Dreamfyre had already produced two clutches of dragon eggs. During Rhaena’s second residence at Fair Isle in 49–50 AC, Dreamfyre laid another clutch of eggs. In 51 AC Rhaena visited King’s Landing upon Dreamfyre to attend the second wedding of her siblings King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne. Rhaena was eventually granted Dragonstone as her own seat. Dreamfyre made her lair in the dragon yards at Dragonstone, and the clutch of eggs laid at Fair Isle soon hatched. Rhaena introduced her daughter, Princess Aerea, to Dreamfyre’s hatchlings, and urged her to choose one and fly.

Rhaena went into self-imposed isolation at Harrenhal after her daughter’s death. Although she still frequently rode Dreamfyre, she wished to be left alone. Dreamfyre remained at Harrenhal with Rhaena until she died in 73 AC, after which Dreamfyre made her lair in the Dragonpit at King’s Landing.

During the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Dreamfyre bonded with Princess Helaena Targaryen. Helaena was riding Dreamfyre by age eleven, and the dragon was beloved to her. During the Dance of the Dragons, after Helaena’s six-year-old son was slain during the civil war, Helaena spent her days in darkness, weeping, and was not capable of riding Dreamfyre anymore. Dreamfyre resided in the Dragonpit, and it is said that when Helaena threw herself to her death from her window in Maegor’s Holdfast, Dreamfyre rose suddenly with a roar that shook the Dragonpit and snapped two of the chains that bound her.

Dreamfyre remained chained in the Dragonpit when the people of King’s Landing stormed the pit. Out of the four dragons present, Dreamfyre was the only dragon able to break free of her chains when the mob broke in. She took wing, circled the cavernous interior of the dome and swooped down to attack the men below. She slew more men than the other three dragons combined. Archers and crossbowmen loosed arrows and quarrels at her, and whenever she landed men swarmed her to attack, driving her back into the air. Eventually, one of her eyes was pierced by a crossbow bolt. Half-blind and maddened, Dreamfyre flew into the Dragonpit’s great dome above, which cracked on impact. Half of it came tumbling down, crushing her and the dragonslayers under tons of broken stone and rubble.

Dreamfyre might appear on House of The Dragon as Helaena Targaryen’s mount.

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Getting Ready For House of The Dragon : Meet The Dragons – Part 5

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Dragons are believed to be intrinsically tied to magic in the world. Since the death of the last dragon in 153 AC, summers grew shorter and the winters colder and crueller, while magical spells became less powerful. Dragonbone is as strong as steel, but lighter and far more flexible, and impervious to fire. It has been used to make brooches, bows, hilts of Valyrian steel daggers, and whip handles.

Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones special ‘Getting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the Game of Thrones prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Arrax, Seasmoke and Quicksilver. They are most certainly to appear in the House of The Dragon.

 

1. Arrax :

Arrax was a male dragon ridden by Prince Lucerys Velaryon during the Dance of the Dragons. The dragon’s colouration was pearlescent white with a yellow flame, golden eyes and a golden chest. At the outbreak of the Dance, he was mature enough to be ridden but still young and growing. He was five times smaller than Vhagar. Arrax was placed as an egg near the young prince as a baby, and he hatched no later than about 120 AC.

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Lucerys flew to Storm’s End, arriving before a gathering storm. He found Prince Aemond and his dragon Vhagar already present. Aemond tried to goad Lucerys into a fight, insulting him, calling him a Strong bastard, but Lucerys, sworn not to fight, refused him. He delivered his message to Lord Borros Baratheon, but was refused and told to leave.

Borros prevented Aemond from attacking his cousin in the castle, but did allow for the prince to follow him. Mounted on his dragon, Aemond caught up with Lucerys during a raging storm. The fight between the two dragons did not last long. Vhagar, being five times bigger, had the advantage, and Arrax fell broken. His head and neck washed ashore three days later, along with the corpse of Lucerys.

Arrax was the first dragon to die during the Dance of The Dragons. He is intrinsically tied to the plot of House of The Dragon and hence sure to appear.

 

2. Quicksilver :

Quicksilver was the male dragon of King Aenys I Targaryen and his son, Prince Aegon Targaryen. In 43 AC, Quicksilver was a quarter the size of Balerion. His fireballs were pale white in colour. Although the colouring of his body is not stated in the books, his name as well as the colouring of his fire implies that Quicksilver’s scales were silver.

As a hatchling, Quicksilver bonded with Prince Aenys Targaryen. Aenys succeeded his father Aegon I Targaryen as king in 37 AC. After he died in 42 AC, and his half-brother Maegor claimed the Iron Throne. When Maegor I Targaryen became king, both Quicksilver and Dreamfyre remained in King’s Landing.

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While Maegor was in Oldtown in 43 AC, Rhaena and Aegon, Aenys’ children, took note of Maegor’s absence from the capital. They managed to successfully infiltrate King’s Landing, though they knew they dare not seize the throne as they lacked the strength to hold it. They had come for dragons – Rhaena was reunited with Dreamfyre and Aegon finally claimed Quicksilver. Aegon attempted to win back the throne that by rights was his, but in 43 AC both Quicksilver and Aegon died fighting Maegor upon his dragon Balerion during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye. Balerion grabbed Quicksilver’s throat in his jaws, then ripped one of Quicksilver’s wings from its body in mid-air, after which Quicksilver fell to its death, along with young Aegon.

Quicksilver may not be that important to the story of House of The Dragon itself, but he might appear in a flashback arc.

 

3. Seasmoke :

Seasmoke was a male dragon that had been previously ridden and left to go wild on Dragonstone. He was a pale silver-grey dragon. It was of fighting size during the Dance but still a young dragon and nimbler in the air than his older brothers. He was of comparable size to Tessarion, who was about three times smaller than Vermithor, and not as fearsome a beast as him in comparison.

Seasmoke was the pride and passion of Laenor Velaryon. After his death, no one had yet claimed Seasmoke. Jacaerys Velaryon called for dragonriders during the Dance of the Dragons. Seasmoke killed one of his kingsguard, Steffon Darklyn, during an attempt. Later, Addam of Hull was able to claim and ride it. Seasmoke and its rider, Addam of Hull, were one of the five dragons participating in the Battle in the Gullet.

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As the Second Battle of Tumbleton was put into motion, Ser Addam was determined to prove that all bastards need not be turncloaks. Ser Addam attacked Tumbleton at night, taking the greens completely unawares. By this time, two of the enemy dragonriders, Hugh Hammer and Daeron the Daring, were dead; although Addam could not have known that, he could see Vermithor, Silverwing and Tessarion. The riderless Tessarion took flight and Addam turned his dragon to meet her. Both being young dragons they moved fast and nimbly as they fought. The fight ended when the riderless, enraged Vermithor rose into the sky and set about indiscriminately killing those on the ground.

As the Bronze Fury wreaked carnage, Seasmoke fell upon him, driving him shrieking into the mud. The riderless Blue Queen soon joined the fray and all three dragons fought to the death on the ground amidst mud and blood and smoke. Vermithor killed Seasmoke when he locked his teeth into his neck and ripped his head off. He attempted to take flight with his prize still in his jaws but his tattered wings could not lift his weight. After a moment he collapsed and died. Vermithor had also mortally wounded Tessarion, who died soon afterwards.

Seasmoke and Addam are very important to House of The Dragon’s plot, and hence sure to appear.

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It is said that dragons are fire made flesh. Great heat emanates from dragons’ bodies, to the point that they steam during cold nights. Dragons only eat cooked meat, and use the extremely hot dragonflame which they breathe to cook their meat before eating it. Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones special ‘Getting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Silverwing, Tessarion and Moondancer. They are most certainly to appear in the upcoming prequel.

 

1. Silverwing

Silverwing was a silvery she-dragon of House Targaryen. She was ridden by Queen Alysanne Targaryen, and later by Ulf White during the Dance of the Dragons. She hatched from a dragon’s egg that had been placed in the cradle of Alysanne by her sister Rhaena, in 36 AC.

Silverwing contributed her flames to the funeral pyre of King Aenys I Targaryen, together with the dragons Quicksilver and Vermithor. By 48 AC, Alysanne had become a dragonrider by flying on Silverwing. She aided her brother Jaeherys to claim the Iron Throne flying on the dragon.

In 54 AC, Alysanne flew Silverwing to Oldtown for the funeral of the High Septon. The dragon alighted atop the Hightower, fanning the flames of the tower’s beacon with her wings, which made the city gasp. At the end of the year, when Rhaena flew to King’s Landing in search of her missing daughter Aerea, Silverwing and Vermithor rose up and roared at Dreamfyre’s arrival, and those watching were afraid the dragons would fight.

In 56 AC, when the Targaryens began to house dragons in the Dragonpit, Silverwing and Vermithor did not join Balerion and three younger dragons, but instead remained at the Red Keep, where they would be close to their riders.

In 58 AC, Alysanne flew Silverwing to White Harbor, Winterfell, and later the Wall, on a planned royal progress that Jaehaerys was initially unable to accompany due to duties in King’s Landing.

At Castle Black, the men of the Night’s Watch were as awed by Silverwing as the people of White Harbor had been, but Alysanne noted that Silverwing “does not like this Wall.” The dragon would hiss and snap at every chilly gust of wind coming down from the Wall. Alysanne attempted on three occasions to fly Silverwing north beyond the Wall, but the dragon refused and veered south every time. Alysanne wrote to Jaehaerys that she was troubled by the fact that Silverwing refused to fly over the Wall, despite never refusing her commands previously. Alysanne later flew Silverwing back to Winterfell to reunite with Jaehaerys, and from there they flew to Torrhen’s Square, Barrowton, and back to King’s Landing.

In 93 AC, Silverwing was ridden by Alysanne for the last time. Alysanne wept as she climbed painfully from her dragon’s back. Silverwing became riderless upon Alysanne’s death in 100 AC.

Silverwing returned to Dragonstone after Alysanne’s death, where she made her lair in one of the smoking caverns of the Dragonmont. She remained there, riderless, until 129 AC. When Prince Jacaerys Velaryon decided that his mother Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen’s faction, the blacks, needed more dragonriders, he sent out a call for men to claim one of the riderless dragons upon Dragonstone, in an event known as the Sowing of the Seeds.

During the Sowing, Silverwing accepted a dragonseed man-at-arms called Ulf the White as her rider. Ulf rode Silverwing to battle in the Battle in the Gullet. Along with Vermithor, Sheepstealer, Vermax, and Seasmoke, Silverwing descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the Three Daughters. Ulf rode Silverwing into battle during the first battle at Tumbleton. Ulf and fellow dragonseed Hugh Hammer, who had claimed Vermithor, changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favour of Aegon II Targaryen. Silverwing, Vermithor, and Tessarion, the dragon of Aegon II’s brother Prince Daeron, let loose their flames upon Tumbleton.

During the Second Battle of Tumbleton, Ulf slept through the battle, but even without a rider, Silverwing took to the sky during the battle. At one point, a crossbowman shot a bolt at the dragon. Silverwing avoided further battle and instead circled the battlefield for hours. She descended only again the next day, after the sun had gone down, and landed between the slain Vermithor, Seasmoke, and Tessarion. Silverwing attempted to lift Vermithor’s wing on three occasions. When the sun rose again, Silverwing began to fly listlessly across the field, where she fed on the burned carcasses of men and animals.

Ulf White was poisoned to death after insisting to claim the Iron Throne, which left Silverwing riderless once again. Silverwing was one of only four dragons still alive at the end of the Dance of the Dragons. Although accustomed to men, Silverwing became wild during the reign of Aegon II Targaryen, and made her lair on a small island in Red Lake in the northwest of the Reach. She died there somewhere between 136-153 AC, most probably due to old age.

Silverwing has a pivotal role to play in House of The Dragon and is sure to appear.

 

2. Tessarion

Tessarion, also known as the Blue Queen, was a she-dragon. She was ridden by Prince Daeron Targaryen. She was a beautiful blue she-dragon. Her wings were dark cobalt, while her claws, crest, and belly scales were the colour of bright beaten copper. Her flames were cobalt blue in colour as well.

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By 129 AC, Tessarion was of fighting size. During the Dance of the Dragons, she was the youngest dragon of fighting weight belonging to Aegon II Targaryen’s supporters, meaning she was younger than Vhagar, Dreamfyre, and Sunfyre. By 130 AC, Tessarion was one-third in size to Vermithor. A young dragon at the time, Tessarion was nimble in the air.

By 120 AC, Tessarion had bonded with Prince Daeron Targaryen, although Daeron had not yet ridden him at the time. Although unknown when Daeron first flew Tessarion, Daeron had become a dragonrider by 129 AC.

During the Dance of the Dragons, Daeron rode Tessarion into the Battle on the Honeywine in the Reach to save Lord Ormund Hightower and his army. Due to their arrival and participation in the battle, the Hightower army was victorious. Daeron flew upon Tessarion ahead of the main column of the army to scout ahead, which proved invaluable to the southron host. Rhaenyra’s loyalists often fled at the first glimpse of Tessarion, being unwilling to face the dragon’s fire in battle.

Tessarion participated in the first battle of Tumbleton. Tessarion’s rider was killed at the start of the second battle of Tumbleton. Riderless, Tessarion flew up, shrieking and spitting flame, and met Addam Velaryon and Seasmoke in battle. The dragons rushed at one another time and time again and at one point, Tessarion vanished into the clouds, reappearing behind Seasmoke breathing flames. It was said afterwards that the fight between Tessarion and Seasmoke seemed to be more a mating dance than a battle. When Vermithor took to the sky, Addam Velaryon turned Seasmoke towards the older dragon. In their struggle, Tessarion suddenly attacked. The battle between the three dragons had a mortal outcome for all. Seasmoke and Vermithor died early, but Tessarion was the last to die. On three occasions did she try to fly again, but failed every time again. By late afternoon the day after the battle, she seemed to be in pain. At the command of Lord Benjicot Blackwood, Billy Burley, Blackwood’s best archer, shot three arrows into the dying dragon’s eye, killing her.

Tessarion has an important role to play in House of The Dragon, hence is sure to appear.

 

3. Moondancer

Moondancer was a young she-dragon, ridden by Lady Baela Targaryen. She was a slender pale green. Her horns, crest and wingbones were pearl. She was very quick, both in the sky and on the ground. Although in 129 AC Moondancer was not yet considered large enough to carry the thirteen-year-old Baela Targaryen upon her back, a year later Baela was able to mount the dragon. At the time, she was no larger than a warhorse and weighed less.

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Moondancer remained at Dragonstone with her rider, Lady Baela Targaryen, for most of the first two years of the Dance of the Dragons. When Dragonstone fell to Aegon II Targaryen, Baela was able to evade capture by escaping from her bedchambers as the door was being smashed down. She managed to reach Moondancer in the stable, loosed the dragon’s chains and strapped a saddle onto her. As Aegon II flew Sunfyre over Dragonmont’s smoking peak, planning to land triumphantly in the courtyard of the castle, Baela and Moondancer rose up to meet.

The two dragons fought fiercely in the air. The younger, smaller Moondancer was far more nimble than the half-crippled Sunfyre, and she managed to evade his flames, jaws, and claws for a time, while at the same time wounding Sunfyre heavily on his back and malformed wing. Moondancer was blinded when a blast of Sunfyre’s flames hit her directly in the eyes. Despite the fire, Moondancer advanced on Sunfyre, slamming into him and falling to the ground with him. Although both dragons survived the fall, upon the ground Moondancer’s speed could not defeat Sunfyre’s size and weight. The younger dragon was eventually killed by Sunfyre.

Moondancer is sure to appear as one of the young dragons in House of The Dragon.

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Dragons are magical flying reptilian creatures, which existed on the continents of Westeros and Essos. They were considered to have been extinct for almost one hundred and fifty years until the events of Game of Thrones. In the TV series, we witnessed the rise of three majestic beasts who were brought to life from three petrified eggs, magically hatched by Daenerys. However, in the upcoming prequel House of The Dragon, we will get to see even more of these beautiful creatures. Today’s article is a continuation of Wiki of Thrones special ‘Getting Ready For House of The Dragon’ segment. For the next few days, here at Wiki of Thrones, you’ll find information about various dragons that might appear on the prequel series. If we missed your favourite dragon, do not worry, leave a comment below and we’ll cover your beloved beast in the next issue!

Today’s post covers three important dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Caraxes, Sunfyre and Meleys. They are most certainly to appear in the upcoming prequel.

 

1. Caraxes :

Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm, was one of the fiercest dragons of the Dance of the Dragons event. He was first received as an egg by Prince Aemon Targaryen in the night following his birth in 55 AC on Dragonstone. Not long after 72 AC, Aemon claimed Caraxes, the fiercest of the young dragons present in the Dragonpit at the time. Aemon died in 92 AC, after which Caraxes was claimed by Prince Daemon Targaryen before his knighthood in 97 AC.

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Caraxes was red, huge, and lean. In battle he was formidable, fearsome, and experienced. During the Dance of the Dragons, Caraxes was about half the size of the huge Vhagar, but still bigger than most other dragons of his time.

Prince Aemon first used Caraxes against the Dornish fleet during the Fourth Dornish War. Daemon used Caraxes during the War for the Stepstones. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Daemon landed Caraxes atop Kingspyre Tower during the assault on Harrenhal.

Caraxes and his rider Daemon died in 130 AC in a one-on-one battle over the Gods eye lake with Vhagar and Aemond Targaryen. None of them survived the brutal battle. While in freefall, even as Vhagar’s claws opened up Caraxes’s belly and used her teeth to tear off one of his wing-arms, Caraxes locked his teeth onto the larger dragon’s throat and tore it out. Vhagar and Aemond did not survive the fall. Caraxes somehow managed to live long enough to pull himself out of the water and onto the shore, even though his entrails were falling out and one of his arms had been torn clean off. The dragon soon died in front of the walls of Harrenhal. Daemon’s body was never found.

Caraxes will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

 

2. Sunfyre :

Sunfyre the Golden, was a splendid young male dragon ridden by King Aegon II Targaryen. He was often described as the most beautiful dragon ever in Westerosi lore. Sunfyre had gleaming golden scales, which shined like beaten gold in the sunlight, and pale pink wing membranes. His flames were golden as well. Huge and heavy, Sunfyre was a formidable fighter despite being young.

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Sunfyre was born on Dragonstone. Although Sunfyre’s exact year of birth has never been stated, he was described as being a young dragon in 120 AC and 129 AC. Sunfyre is known to have been older than Tessarion. Although it is unknown when exactly Prince Aegon Targaryen claimed Sunfyre as his mount, he is known to have been claimed by the prince by 120 AC.

Sunfyre participated in the battle of Rook’s Rest, one of the first major battles of Dance of the Dragons. Even though he was accompanied by Vhagar, he was badly injured in the skirmish with the dragon Meleys. Although Vhagar and Sunfyre emerged victorious from the fight, Sunfyre’s one wing had been half torn from his body during the fight and was left flightless for quite a while. King Aegon was grievously injured as well, his body covered with major burns caused by the dragon fire.

Unable to fly and too huge and heavy to be moved, Sunfyre remained near Rook’s Rest to allow him time to heal. Ser Criston Cole stationed men near the dragon to guard him and feed him. Sunfyre’s wing had healed in a weird angle, but had given him enough strength to fly to a remote fishing village, where he recovered more for another half a year. He eventually made his way back to Dragonstone, reuniting with King Aegon. On his way back, he had fought and killed the wild dragon, Grey Ghost, suggesting he had gained a significant amount of his strength back.

Aegon captured Dragonstone with Sunfyre’s help. They met Lady Baela Targaryen and her dragon Moondancer in battle, which would also prove to be Sunfyre’s last battle. Although younger and smaller, Moondancer was also quicker than Sunfyre. She managed to injure Sunfyre further in battle and for a time was able to evade his flames, but was blinded when a blast of Sunfyre’s golden flames hit her directly in the eyes. Despite the fire, Moondancer advanced on Sunfyre, slamming into him and falling to the ground with him. Although both dragons survived the fall, upon the ground Moondancer’s speed could not defeat Sunfyre’s size and weight. Sunfyre eventually killed the younger dragon.

The battle with Moondancer had left Sunfyre even more injured than he had been before. He was covered in fresh scars along his back, had huge wounds along his neck and scabs on his belly, and had lost his right eye. He was rendered permanently flightless in the fight.

On the twenty-second day of the tenth moon of 130 AC, a captive Rhaenyra Targaryen was fed to Sunfyre by King Aegon II. Sunfyre stopped eating after that, and perished from his wounds in a few weeks. King Aegon wept upon his death.

Sunfyre will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

 

3. Meleys :

Meleys, called the Red Queen, was a she-dragon ridden by Princess Alyssa Targaryen and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. She had scarlet scales and pink membranes on her wings, for which she received her alias, The Red Queen. Her crest, horns, and claws were bright as copper.

In 75 AC, Meleys was considered to be one of the swiftest dragons in Westeros, easily outpacing Caraxes and Vhagar. By 129 AC, Meleys had grown lazy, but was still fearsome when roused. Meleys was old, cunning and no stranger to battle.

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Meleys resided in the Dragonpit in King’s Landing, never ridden before. She was claimed in the year 75 AC by Princess Alyssa Targaryen. Meleys became riderless when Princess Alyssa died in childbed in 84 AC. In 87 AC, Meleys was claimed by Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. In 89 AC, Rhaenys flew on Meleys to Highgarden, to accompany King Jaehaerys I Targaryen further on his progress to the Shield Islands. When Rhaenys married Lord Corlys Velaryon in 90 AC, she insisted on arriving at the wedding flying on Meleys.

Meleys fought her last battle in the siege of Rook’s Rest in 129 AC. Rhaenys flew Meleys to the castle to lend aid, destroying Criston Cole’s scorpions and spearmen. When Vhagar and Sunfyre appeared above Rook’s Rest, Meleys fought them in the air. She might have stood a chance against the older Vhagar alone, but not against Vhagar and Sunfyre combined. Meleys managed to close her jaw around Sunfyre’s neck, until Vhagar fell upon them, after which the three dragons crashed to the ground half a league from Rook’s Rest. Meleys and Rhaenys did not survive the fall. Rhaenys’ body was burnt to ashes, and Meleys was ripped to pieces.

Meleys will play a key role in House of The Dragon, and hence is sure to appear.

Which other dragons do you think should appear on House of The Dragon? Tell us about your favourite beasts in the comments below!







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