- "But the foolish boy had Vermax hooked like a trout and dragged into the sea, where he soaked up even more arrows than sea-water."
- ―Viserys Targaryen
Vermax 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 eldest son Jacaerys Velaryon.
Vermax was one of the twelve dragons, on the island of Dragonstone and one of the six who had a rider. Vermax's was Prince Jacaerys 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 the Vale of Arryn and The North, in order to recruit supporters for Rhaenyra's faction, the Blacks. He was successful. After Aegon III Targaryen and Viserys II Targaryen, were ambushed by Greens on the way to Essos, only Aegon returned and Viserys was captured by the enemy. Jacaerys vowed to rescue his younger brother, taking his dragon, to the enemy fleet. However, the Green archers shot Vermax numerous times until he fell into the water below. The archers continued to shoot at both Vermax and Jacaerys until they died beneath the water.
In the books
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 Vermax being the counterpart of Jacaerys Velaryon, Rhaenyra's first son. Vermax was said to grow larger with each passing year.
The Dance of the Dragons began several years later and Vermax and Jacaerys were sent north to meet with Lady Jeyne Arryn, Lord Manderly and Lord Cregan Stark and were successful in their mission. The fool Mushroom claims that Vermax laid a clutch of eggs in the crypts of Winterfell, though since Vermax was male this tale is likely false.
Jacaerys and Vermax fought in the Battle of the Gullet, in which the dragon attacked a fleet but flew too low and crashed into the sea. Both dragon and rider were killed, though it is unknown exactly how and why Vermax fell.
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