|Died||In 130 AC, at the Dragonpit|
|Book(s)||The Princess and the Queen (Mentioned)|
Tyraxes was the dragon bound to Prince Joffrey Velaryon during the Dance of the Dragons. Tyraxes died in the Dragonpit when it was invaded by a half-crazed angry mob after a one-handed prophet called the Shepherd began to rant against all dragons everywhere. Tyraxes was the third dragon to die in the pit.
Tyraxes was still young during the Dance of the Dragons, slightly smaller than Vermax or Arrax. It was only recently able to fly long distances with a rider, and not quite big enough for combat yet. Joffrey repeatedly begged his mother to ride to war on Tyraxes but she forbade it, though he did fly on Tyraxes from Dragonstone to the Vale, also carrying his cousin Rhaena of Pentos.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen's three eldest sons (each by Laenor Velaryon) were Jacaerys (born 114 AC), Lucerys (born 115 AC), and Joffrey (born 117 AC). The rival faction at court who supported her stepmother Alicent Hightower and her children spread the accusation that Rhaenyra's three sons were not really Laenor's, but bastards fathered by Harwin Strong. In an effort to confirm that he considered Rhaenyra and her sons the true heirs to the throne, her father King Viserys II decreed that a dragon egg would be put in the cradle of each of the boys, to bond with the dragons that hatched from them. Those who doubted the paternity of Rhaenyra's sons also doubted that the eggs would ever hatch, but they were quickly disappointed, as each of the eggs soon hatched in turn. The hatchlings were named Vermax (bonded with Jacaerys), Arrax (bonded with Lucerys), and Tyraxes (bonded with Joffrey). The exact date each hatched is not known but the last seems to have hatched by no later than about 120 AC.
At the start of the civil war Prince Jacaerys flew north as a messenger on Vermax. Tyraxes retreated into his lair roasting every would-be dragon slayer as they rushed after him. His entrance was made impassable by the corpses. The mob entered a back entrance instead. The dragon's chain entangled Tyraxes as he turned and was slain.
Known dragonriders of Tyraxes
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