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"Arrax was struggling to stay aloft in the gale when a roar shook the very foundations of Storm's End."
―Robert Baratheon[src]

Arrax was one of the dragons that belonged to House Targaryen, which fought during the great civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, during which he was the mount of Rhaenyra Targaryen's son Lucerys Velaryon.

Biography

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Arrax is decapitated by Vhagar

Arrax was one of the twelve dragons, on the island of Dragonstone and one of the six who had a rider. Arrax's was Prince Lucerys Velaryon. During the House Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, on Rhaenyra Targaryen's orders, he flew the young prince to Storm's End in order to gain the support of Borros Baratheon, the Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. However, after arriving, Borros almost immediately sent Lucerys away, having already made a pact with Aemond Targaryen. During their way back to Dragonstone, a storm began just after they rose into the sky. Arax was struggling, as Aemond arose on his dragon Vhagar, who was five times Arrax’s and fought in over a hundred battles. As the castle watchers of Storm's End looked up at the sky, it was illuminated by a single flame, and then followed by a shriek that even drowned out the thunder. Then, Vhagar clasped her teeth so hard around Arax's neck, until he was decapitated. His rider would later fall from his mount and drown in Shipbreaker Bay.[1]

In the books

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In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Queen Alicent Hightower and her children spread an accusation that the three sons of her stepdaughter Rhaenyra Targaryen were not the sons of Rhaenyra's husband Laenor Velaryon, but bastards fathered by Ser Harwin Strong. To show that he considered Rhaenyra and her sons to be the true heirs to the Iron Throne, King Viserys I Targaryen had a dragon egg placed in the cradle of each boy during their infancy. People who doubted the boys' paternity did not expect the eggs to ever hatch and were disappointed when each of the eggs hatched, with Arrax being the counterpart of Lucerys Velaryon, Rhaenyra's second son.

The Dance of the Dragons began several years later and Arrax and Lucerys were killed in the skies over by Shipbreaker Bay by Prince Aemond Targaryen and Vhagar. Arrax's head and neck and Lucerys' body washed up beneath the cliffs beneath Storm's End three days later.

Arrax's color wasn't stated in text, but the artist commissioned for the 2021 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, Sam Hogg, asked for clarification from George R.R. Martin's team and was told that Arrax's coloration was "pearlescent white with yellow flame, golden eyes and a golden chest"[2] This meant that Arrax looked similar to Viserion, but not exactly: Viserion is more of a cream-white than pearlescent white, and while Viserion's secondary color is gold, he has gold highlights on his horns and spinal crest - in contrast, Arrax's horns and spine were also white, while specifically his chest/underside was gold.

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