Meleys, known as the Red Queen, was a dragon, apparently female, ridden by Alyssa Targaryen, then by Rhaenys Targaryen. When she was young, she was one of the fastest dragons Westeros had ever known.
As she grew older, however, she became lazy, but still proved formidable if bothered.
Her scales were scarlet and her wing membranes pink. Her crest, horns and claws were coppery.
Meleys grew up in Fossedragon during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. In the year 75, she was first ridden by Princess Alyssa Targaryen, just after her marriage to her brother Baelon Targaryen.
Alyssa loves to fly on the back of a dragon, it is her favorite activity after sleeping with her husband. In the year 77, Alyssa flew on Meleys with her first son, Viserys, nine days after his birth.
In the year 81, when her second son, Daemon, was born, she waited only half a moon before taking him to fly with her on Meleys. Alyssa Targaryen died in 83 giving birth to her third son, Aegon.
In 87, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Alyssa's niece, became the dragoness of Meleys at the age of thirteen; on her back, she joined her grandfather Jaehaerys I at Highgarden on his royal wanderings.
They then traveled together to the Shield Islands. In the year 90, Rhaenys insists on riding her dragon to her wedding with Lord Corlys Velaryon.
In the year 129, when the Dance of the Dragons breaks out, Meleys has become lazy, but she is still terrible. At the first meeting of the Black Council, which supports the claims of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen counts her among the dragons ready to fight.
In the same year, the castle of House Staunton, Repos-des-Freux, was besieged by the forces of Aegon II Targaryen, led by the Hand, Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Lord Staunton barricades himself and calls for help from Peyredragon, while the surrounding villages and fields are burned. Princess Rhaenys comes to the aid of Rhaenyra Targaryen's supporters on Meleys.
Archers, crossbowmen and scorpions fire, but although about twenty shots hit her, Meleys is not hurt, just angry. The trap finally closes, however: King Aegon II himself, riding on the Sunfire, and his brother Aemond, riding on Vhagar, suddenly appear and charge at Rhaenys and her dragon. Rhaenys bravely faces them.
The sky fills with balls of dragon-fire, looking like multiple small suns. Meleys grabs Sunfire by the throat, while Vhagar runs at them both. The three creatures fall to the ground: Meleys is smashed, and a charred body not far from her is identified as that of her dragoness.
Meleys' head is carried back to King's Landing as a trophy, the procession plunging the crowd into an uneasy silence. Many King's Landing residents then fled the city.
Feux-du-Soleyl never really heals from the wounds inflicted by Meleys.