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Rhaenys Targaryen on the back of Meleys, as depicted by Jordi Gonzalez Escamilla in The World of Ice & Fire

Alias The Red Queen
Allegiance Alyssa Targaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen
Died In 129 AC, at Rook's Rest
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Meleys, called the Red Queen, was a she-dragon ridden by Princess Alyssa Targaryen[1] and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen.[2]


Her scales were scarlet and the membranes of her wings were pink. Her crest, horns, and claws were bright as copper. She had grown lazy but was fearsome when roused. Meleys was old, cunning and no stranger to battle.

Because dragons never stop growing as they age, Meleys was apparently one of the eldest and largest dragons during the Dance of the Dragons. Vhagar, last of the original three Targaryen dragons, easily overpowered Arrax - a juvenile dragon who had only recently grown large enough to carry a rider. Even Caraxes faced a tough fight against Vhagar. In contrast, it was believed that in a one on one fight, Vhagar would have a difficult time fighting Meleys.[2]


Princess Alyssa was the first to ride Meleys, after her wedding to Prince Baelon. When she gave birth to a son, Viserys, in 77 AC, she strapped him to her chest and took him aloft upon Meleys. She did the same in 81 AC with her second son, Daemon Targaryen. Princess Alyssa died in childbed in 84 AC, and by 89 AC, her niece Rhaenys had claimed Meleys.

Princess Rhaenys rode Meleys during the Dance of the Dragons. She fought against Vhagar and Sunfyre in the Battle of Rook's Rest. Although not as large as Vhagar, against that dragon alone she might have stood a chance at victory. Meleys was killed fighting both dragons, however. Her head was later drawn through the city of King's Landing on a cart, awing the crowds of smallfolk into silence.[2]

Known dragonriders of Meleys


  1. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Princess and the Queen.