- "You hear that, little boy? Your mama wants you dead."
- ―Cheese to an infant Maelor
Maelor was the youngest child of Aegon II Targaryen and his sister-wife, Helaena Targaryen. He presumably had a very close relationship with his mother. After Lucerys Velaryon was killed by Jaehaery's uncle Aemond Targaryen, his step-father Daemon Targaryen hired two assassinates to kill Aegon's and Helaena's children. One was a former Goldcloak and the other was a rat-catcher who knew all the sewers around King's Landing. This meant that they both had perfect recognition of the layout of the Red Keep. After breaking into the royal apartments, they found Helaena putting her children to bed. They demanded a son for a son. Helaena pleaded that they kill her instead, but they refused. She named Maelor as the victim. However, Cheese just told Maelor that his mother wanted him dead, and some believe that Helaena named Maelor because Jaehaerys was heir to the Iron Throne, or because Maelor was just too young to understand. This request became an act of defiance against the Greens, as Blood just beheaded Jaehaerys with a single blow. By the time the guards had came, the Queen was cradling her son's body. Jaehaerys' death would eventually led to his mother's insanity and suicide. He presumably died some time before his father, as his cousin Aegon III Targaryen suceeded his father as King.
In the books Edit
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 story, Maelor himself was given a pearl ring from Viserys's finger to play with.
The Dance of the Dragons Edit
After King Viserys I died in King's Landing, Maelor's father, Prince Aegon, was crowned as King Aegon II Targaryen, despite Aegon's older sister Princess Rhaenyra having been the King's proclaimed heir. This caused a war 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 mother's chambers every night with Maelor, Jaehaerys, and Jaehaera. Once Helaena and the children had arrived, they locked the doors and killed the guards, 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. 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 the Clubfoot, smuggled Maelor and his sister Jaehaera to safety, charging Ser Rickard Thorne of the Kingsguard to bring Maelor to Oldtown. At Bitterbridge Rickard was brought down by a mob, and Maelor was torn apart as the people of the mob each sought to claim him as their own prize.