How Does Jacaerys Velaryon Die in Fire & Blood? Here’s What Happened to Him

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Prince Jacaerys Velaryon was introduced in House of the Dragon as the eldest son of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen with her first husband, Ser Laenor Velaryon. However, he had to endure being called a bastard throughout his entire life because he and his two brothers were rumored to have been sired by Ser Harwin Strong. Nevertheless, Jace proved to be a great asset to his mother during the Dance of the Dragons, even though he never lived to see the end of the war. So, how does Jacaerys Velaryon die in the Fire & Blood book?

Jacaerys Velaryon dies in the Fire & Blood book after his dragon Vermax crashed into a burning ship during the Battle of the Gullet while they were fighting the Triarchy. Jace was able to jump off of Vermax before the crash. However, while he was in the water, the Triarchy peppered him with crossbow bolts.

The death of Jacaerys Velaryon meant that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen had lost her first heir to her crown, as the responsibility passed down to Joffrey Velaryon. Of course, Jace was not only Rhaenyra’s heir but was one of the most responsible out of the ones that fought for her, as she lost one of her best dragonriders and commanders. That said, let’s talk more about how Jacaerys dies in the book.

What Happened To Jacaerys Velaryon In Fire & Blood?

In the ten-year gap between episodes 5 and 6 of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra Targaryen had her firstborn son with Laenor Velaryon. His name was Jacaerys Velaryon. He was the one who became Rhaenyra’s heir to the Iron Throne, as he was her eldest son. 

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But the problem was that, throughout his entire life, Jace had to live with the fact that people were looking down on him and his first two brothers because they were believed to have been sired by Ser Harwin Strong, who was Rhaenyra’s rumored lover. After all, Jacaerys and his brothers looked nothing like Laenor Velaryon.

Nevertheless, King Viserys still believed that his grandsons were the legitimate sons of Laenor, as he upheld Rhaenyra’s status as his heir. That means that Jace was still Rhaenyra’s heir once the crown was going to be passed down to her. As such, he was groomed to be a king and to be a great leader, regardless of whether or not he may have been a bastard that was sired by Harwin.


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One of the things that made it clear that Jace was groomed to be a good leader was the fact that he held his tongue during the time when Prince Aegon was insulting him and his betrothed, Baela Targaryen. Instead of fighting back, he became the bigger man.

Meanwhile, after the Greens had taken over the Iron Throne following the death of King Viserys, Prince Jacaerys was the first to recommend to Rhaenyra to send him and his brother to the lords of the Great Houses so that they could convince them to honor the oaths that their houses made to Rhaenyra 20 years ago. In that regard, he was sent to the Arryns of the Eyrie and the Starks of Winterfell. It was said that he befriended Lord Cregan Stark of Winterfell when they bonded and hunted together.

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During the war, he was also the one who called for more dragonriders to aid the Blacks in their efforts against the Greens, as they had lost dragonriders during the early part of the Dance of the Dragons. In that regard, it was Jace who allowed the dragonseeds, such as Nettles, Ulf the White, and Hugh Hammer, to claim some of the riderless dragons.

Jacaerys was also the one who arranged for his younger half-brothers, Aegon and Viserys, to be sent to Pentos during the war so that they would be safe there. However, the Triarchy attacked the ship that was going to bring the boys to Pentos, as only Aegon the Younger escaped due to his dragon. Viserys was believed to have been killed but was actually kept by different noble families in Essos.

The Triarchy continued to make things difficult for the Blacks when they attacked the Velaryon fleet that was blockading King’s Landing in the Gullet. As such, Jacaerys and the dragonseeds had to break the Triarchy’s attack with their dragons.

How Does Jacaerys Velaryon Die?

During the Battle of the Gullet, Jacaerys rode his dragon Vermax to burn the ships of the Triarchy. It seemed that the Blacks were going to win that battle easily. However, according to the book, Vermax flew too low because he was quite possibly hit in the eye by a crossbow bolt or was pulled down by a grapnel.


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Because of that, the dragon crashed into one of the burning ships that the dragons burned down during the battle. Vermax died on impact, but Jacaerys was able to jump off of the dragon before the crash. He clung onto a wooden plank while he was in the water.

That was when some of the Triarchy soldiers peppered him with crossbow bolts while he was in the water. Jace was killed right then and there as his body sank into the sea. His death meant that Rhaenyra had lost another son and now had to pass on her title as her to Joffrey Velaryon, who was her thirdborn son.

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