Vermax was a dragon that Prince Jacaerys Velaryon rode. Vermax was doing well and growing every year. Vermax lost his anger when he was in close proximity to cold, snow, and ice. The books don’t talk about Vermax’s coloring. Vermax has olive green scales and pale orange wing membranes in the House of the Dragon television adaptation.
Vermax Birth, Appearances and Journey to the Death
When Prince Jacaerys Velaryon was young, there were rumors that he was a bastard because he was fathered by Ser Harwin Strong rather than Ser Laenor Velaryon, who was married to his mother, Rhaenyra Targaryen. Those who worked for Queen Alicent Hightower spread the rumors around the court.
Those who didn’t believe Jacaerys and his brothers’ father was their father also didn’t think the dragon eggs the boys were given would ever hatch. But they were quickly let down when each egg hatched in its own time. Vermax, a hatchling, and Prince Jacaerys bonded.
Contribution to “The Dance of the Dragons” and Death
Vermax was big enough to ride by the start of the Dance of the Dragons. Prince Jacaerys flew north on his back as a message for Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. He had to meet with the Lady of the Eyrie, Desmond Manderly, the Lord of White Harbor, and the Lord of Winterfell, Cregan Stark. The plan worked because all three of them swore allegiance to Rhaenyra and her blacks.
Vermax got cranky in the snow, ice, and cold, so Jacaerys didn’t stay in the north for long, even though Winterfell was a great place to visit. The evidence of Mushroom says that Vermax left a clutch of eggs in the depths of the crypts of Winterfell. However, this story is most likely not true.
Archmaester Gyldayn says it’s hard to tell what sex a dragon is, but she also says that Septon Barth’s idea that dragons can change sex is “ludicrous” and that no other source says that Vermax ever laid an egg.
During the Battle in the Gullet, Prince Jacaerys used Vermax in battle. That’s where Vermax struck the Triarchy’s force, and it looked like they were going to win. But Vermax flew too low and hit a burning kitchen.
He may have been hit in the eye by a crossbow bolt or pulled down by a grapnel. Jacaerys jumped and grabbed the burning shipwreck to get away, but Myrish crossbow fights hit him so hard that he died and fell into the water.