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Getting Ready For House of The Dragon : Meet The Dragons – Part 7

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Ever since HBO announced the beginning of production of House of The Dragon, fans all over the world have been on their toes. And they should be, it is the first prequel series to have received the green light after all. With just a year left in the official release of the upcoming show, it’s time we get on the hype train. House of The Dragon shows potential, and there’s one factor it will greatly improve on Game of Thrones, that is the number of dragons. Over the last few weeks, here at Wiki of Thrones, we provided you with information about various dragons, that might appear in the prequel series. This is the concluding piece of the article series. If you feel like we missed out on any of these fantastic beasts, please mention them in the comments, we might bring them up in future posts.

Today’s article covers the wild dragons that were present at the time of Dance of the DragonsCannibal, Sheepstealer and Grey Ghost. They might make an appearance on House of The Dragon.

Cannibal:

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Cannibal’s exact age is unknown, but it is said to be the oldest and largest of all the wild dragons. He was black as coal, with menacing green eyes. He was known to be very hostile, even towards fellow dragons. It may be because of the fact Cannibal descended from a different line of dragons, and lived at Dragonstone way before the arrival of Targaryens. He was known to attack smaller dragons, devour dragon cadavers and dragon eggs. No one dared to tame him due to his fearsome reputation. Cannibal was one of the four dragons that survived the Dance of the Dragons, but was never seen after the war.

Sheepstealer:

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Sheepstealer was a wild male dragon during the Dance of the Dragons with a taste for mutton. It lived at the back of Dragonmont and would hunt between Driftmark and Wendwater. The smallfolk of Dragonstone named it for a self-evident reason. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, he was one of three wild dragons living on Dragonstone.

Sheepstealer’s colouring was an ugly mud brown. He was not aggressive towards humans unless provoked, but could be vicious and ill-tempered. Sheepstealer was not a young dragon by the time Nettles bonded with him, well over fifty years old.

Sheepstealer had never been tamed before the arrival of a bastard girl named Nettles. She eventually managed to tame the dragon, through a cunning method. She left out a freshly killed sheep for the dragon every morning, causing the dragon to grow accustomed to her presence until he allowed her to mount him. Along with Rhaenyra Targaryen’s other dragonriders, Nettles and Sheepstealer took part in the Battle of the Gullet.

Nettles fled along with Sheepstealer from Westeros when Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen labelled her a traitor. The dragon and its rider were last seen flying over the Bay of Crabs. They were never found again.

Grey Ghost:

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Grey Ghost was a wild male dragon that dwelt in a smoking vent high on the desolate eastern side of the volcano called Dragonmont. He was named by Dragonstone’s smallfolk who could rarely find him. He was never claimed nor ridden by anyone. Grey Ghost was a pale grey-white, the colour of morning mist.

He was a notably shy dragon who avoided men and their works for years at a time. He preferred to feed on fish and was often glimpsed flying low over the narrow sea, snatching prey from the waters.

Grey Ghost was never captured or tamed as he was ever an elusive creature. He was killed and partially devoured by Sunfyre upon the latter’s return to Dragonstone.

Honourable Mention

Morning:

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Morning was a she-dragon that hatched during the Dance of the Dragons. It belonged to Lady Rhaena Targaryen, the daughter of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon. Morning’s scales were pale pink, but with black horns and crest. During the third month of 135 AC, Morning was big enough for Rhaena to ride.

Morning was one of four dragons to survive the Dance of the Dragons – and the only one still controlled by the Targaryens. By the start of 134 AC, Morning had grown much and had made her lair in the Dragonpit. On the third day of the third month of 135 AC, Rhaena rode upon the back of Morning for the first time. Morning died around 153 AC of unknown causes.

What are excited to see in House of The Dragons besides the dragons? Tell us in the comments below!

Dragons are intelligent creatures. They can be trained to serve as battle mounts and understand vocal commands. They are said to be capricious and have to be trained to keep them from destroying everything around them. 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 five dragons from the Dance of The Dragons lore – Tyraxes, Vermax, Stormcloud, Morghul and Shrykos. They are most certainly to appear in the House of The Dragon.

1. Tyraxes :

Tyraxes was a young male dragon ridden by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen’s youngest son Prince Joffrey Velaryon. It was slightly smaller than Vermax or Arrax, large enough to fly long distances with a rider but not fit for battle yet. Rhaenyra forbade Joffrey to fly Tyraxes into battle because of the same reason. Tyraxes bonded with Joffrey somewhere around 120 AC.

During the Dance of The Dragons, Tyraxes was chained most of the time in his lair. He had only flown once when Joffrey flew to Vale to get his cousin Rhaena of Pentos. Tyraxes killed loads of dragon-slayers before he was killed by the mob in the Storming of the Dragon Pit.

2. Vermax :

Vermax was a young male dragon claimed by Prince Jacaerys Velaryon, the oldest son of Rhaenyra Targaryen. He was claimed by the young prince somewhere around 120 AC and was big enough to ride during the civil war. Jacaerys flew north on his back, as a messenger for his mother, to negotiate an alliance with Lady Jeyne Arryn, Lord Manderly, and Lord Cregan Stark. His mission was successful.

Jacaerys used Vermax in battle, during the Battle in the Gullet. Vermax attacked a fleet, but he flew too low and went crashing down into the sea. Jacaerys and Vermax were never seen again, presumably dead.

3. Stormcloud :

Stormcloud was a young male dragon bonded with King Aegon III Targaryen, a half-brother of Jacaerys Velaryon. During the civil war, it was decided by Prince Jacaerys that his half-brothers Aegon and Viserys Targaryen should be sent to Pentos for their safety. In 129 AC the duo left for Pentos in a ship, but were attacked on the way by enemy warships.

Prince Aegon somehow managed to survive and flew to Dragonstone, desperately clinging to his dragon’s neck. Stormcloud, however, was badly injured. His body was riddled with countless arrows and a scorpion bolt to his neck. The dragon died within an hour while trying to save the young prince. Aegon never flew again after Stormcloud’s death.

4. Morghul :

Morghul was a young dragon bound to Princess Jaehaera Targaryen, wife and cousin of King Aegon III Targaryen. At the time of the Dance, Morghul was big enough to fly but was never ridden. He was killed in the Storming of the dragon pit by the ‘Burning Knight‘. Morghul killed scores of attackers before being slain by the dying knight’s spear.

5. Shrykos :

Shrykos was a young she-dragon bound to Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, son of King Aegon II Targaryen. She was young enough to fly but was never ridden. She was kept in the dragon pit bound with chains. The dragon was slain by the angry mob that ransacked the pit during the Storming. The final blow was dealt by a woodsman known as Hobb the Hewer who leapt onto her neck driving his axe into her skull. Shrykos killed loads before dying by Hobb’s axe, who struck her seven times calling out the name of each of the Seven.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Which other dragons would you like to see in House of The Dragon? Tell us in the comments below!

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.

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.

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.

Which other dragons would you like to see in House of The Dragon? Tell us in the comments below!