Maelor Targaryen, art by Enife.
|Born||In 127 AC, King's Landing|
|Died||In 130 AC, Bitterbridge|
|Father||Aegon II Targaryen|
Prince Maelor Targaryen was the second son and third child of King Aegon II Targaryen and his sister-wife and Queen Helaena Targaryen. Maelor had older twin siblings, brother Jaehaerys, and sister Jaehaera.
Maelor possessed a dragon egg.
Maelor was born in 127 AC, the third child of his parents, Prince Aegon and Princess Helaena Targaryen. In 129 AC, on the third day of the third moon, Maelor, his two elder siblings, and his mother, went to visit their grandfather, King Viserys I Targaryen. While Viserys told Maelor's siblings a fictional tale[N 1] about their great-great-grandsire, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Maelor himself was given a pearl ring from Viserys's finger to play with.
The Dance of the Dragons
After King Viserys I died, in King's Landing, Maelor's father was crowned as King Aegon II Targaryen, despite Aegon's older sister Princess Rhaenyra having been the king's proclaimed heir. This caused a civil war that became known as the Dance of the Dragons.
With his father now king, the two-year-old prince became second in line to the Iron Throne. Later that year, Maelor's elder brother Prince Jaehaerys was murdered. The assassins Blood and Cheese had snuck into the Tower of the Hand, where Queen Helaena would visit her mothers chambers every night with Maelor, Jaehaerys, and Jaehaera. Once Helaena and the children had arrived, they locked the doors and killed the guardsmen, and forced Helaena to choose which of her sons would die. Helaena, after having offered herself, eventually picked Maelor. The two killers chose Prince Jaehaerys anyway and cut off his head with a single swing of a sword. This left young Maelor with the knowledge that his mother had been willing to sacrifice him. With Prince Jaehaerys dead, Maelor became King Aegon II's heir and the de facto Prince of Dragonstone.
During the fall of King's Landing, the master of whisperers Lord Larys Clubfoot smuggled Maelor and his sister Princess Jaehaera to safety, charging Ser Rickard Thorne of the Kingsguard to bring Maelor to Oldtown. At Bitterbridge Rickard was brought down by a mob, while the manner of Maelor's death is disputed: Mushroom claims Willow Pound-Stone accidentally crushed Maelor to death, Eustace says he was chopped into six pieces by a butcher, and Munkun writes that Maelor was torn apart by the mob.
Lady Caswell, after hanging those responsible for the prince's death, had the corpse of Ser Rickard and Maelor's head sent to Queen Rhaenyra at King's Landing, while Maelor's dragon egg was sent to Lord Ormund Hightower at Longtable.
In response to Maelor's death, Daeron the Daring and the green army commanded by Lord Ormund sacked Bitterbridge.
- See also: Images of Maelor Targaryen
- ↑ Elio Garcia has stated that George R. R. Martin confirmed to him that this story was made up by Viserys to entertain his grandchildren.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.