During the Dance of the Dragons, Tyraxes was the dragon tied to Prince Joffrey Velaryon. Tyraxes was thriving and getting bigger and bigger every year, but he was still slightly smaller than Vermax and Arrax. He had recently learned to fly long distances with its owner by the time of the Dance of the Dragons, but he wasn’t quite big enough for combat just yet.
The Whole Journey and Story to the Death
Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Targaryen were Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen‘s three sons by her husband, Prince Laenor Velaryon. The rival faction at court, which backed her stepmother Alicent Hightower and her children, spread the accusation that Rhaenyra’s three sons were not Laenor’s but were bastards born to Ser Harwin Strong.
To show that Rhaenyra and her sons were the heirs to the throne, Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys I, ordered that a dragon egg be put in the crib of each boy so that the boys could bond with the dragons that hatched from the eggs.
Those who questioned Rhaenyra’s paternity also questioned whether the eggs would ever hatch, but they were quickly disappointed when each of the sons hatched. The hatchlings were named Arrax (bonded with Lucerys), Vermax (bonded with Joffrey), and Tyraxes. No one knows when each one hatched, but the most recent one must have done so by at least 120 AC.
Joffrey repeatedly begged his mother to let him ride Tyraxes to war, but she wouldn’t let him. Later in the war, Jacaire sent Joffrey and their cousin Rhaena of Pentos to the Vale of Arryn to be cared for by Jeyne Arryn, the Lady of the Eyrie. It took Joffrey and Rhaena two Tyraxes from Dragonstone to Gulltown and then to the Eyrie.
Rhaenyra summoned Joffrey, who went back to the capital with Tyraxes, after she reclaimed King’s Landing from the Greens. Tyraxes made his home in the Dragonpit during their time in the city. During the riots, he hid there while people who wanted to kill dragons rushed after him. Its fire killed so many people that the bodies soon blocked the front door to Tyraxes’s den.
The crowd came in from the back, making the Tyraxes lose. In the end, Tyraxes kills himself by suffocating on his own chains. Several men and one woman said they had killed him. His followers cut off the membranes of his wings after he died so they could be used to make dragonskin cloaks.