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House Martell of Sunspear

"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"
Martell House Words

House Nymeros Martell is the ruling house of the desert land of Dorne. They are of Andal origin mixed with the Rhoynar race, which invaded Dorne under the command of the Warrior-Queen Nymeria; as such, they led the Rhoynish assimilation wars that dissolved the Dornish Andal petty kingdoms, leaving their rival houses as begrudging but undisputed vassals. They were the only kingdom of the seven to resist conquest by the Targaryens, instead joining the realm via dynastic marriage; in the meanwhile, there were a number of wars between Dorne and the Reach, and the distrust between House Martell and House Tyrell lasts to this day. They now hold a bitter grudge against House Lannister because, during Robert's Rebellion, one of Tywin Lannister's knights raped and murdered their princess, Elia Martell, for the crime of being Rhaegar's wife, and killed her two children (and for protecting her killer). They had taken a mostly isolationist approach to the War of the Five Kings, but eventually get involved (albeit for the moment still indirectly) after the events following Joffrey's infamous wedding. Their sigil is the sun and spear on a gold disc.

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  • The Alliance: Their legal family name is Nymeros Martell, to show that the Andal and Rhoynar halves of the family are in equal footing.
  • Alliterative Name: Manfrey Martell, the current castellan of Sunspear.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes. Despite not being their sigil. Oberyn is called "the Red Viper", his bastard daughters are dubbed "Sand Snakes", while Arianne wears snake-shaped bracelets
  • Best Served Cold: House Martell has been planning to unseat House Lannister for its complicity in the death of Princess Elia and her children by allying with the surviving Targaryens: first by attempting to marry Arianne to Viserys, then Quentyn to Daenerys, and finally, with Golden Company and the presumably dead Aegon VI.
  • Blade on a Stick/The Power of the Sun: Their sigil is a sun with a spear through it; allegedly these are the Dornishmen's two favorite weapons.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The Martells of old used a spear as their emblem, while Nymeria and her Rhoynar used the sun as theirs. Their capitol city is Sunspear.
  • The Clan: For Martells, blood is thicker than water. And, they don't rightly care if it's bastard blood. Harm one, and they all come gunning for you (even if it takes time).
  • Color Motif: Gold representing pride, orange the Dornish sand and red the Martell temperament.
  • Determinator: Martells never let anything get in the way of their goals. This costs them dearly most of the time.
  • Everyone Is Related: All kings from Aerys I to Robert I are descendants of the Martells because of the marriage of Daeron II to the Dornish ruling house. Joffrey I and Tommen I are so supposedly, but only in paper.
  • Femme Fatale: Quite a few.
  • Feuding Families/Sitcom Archnemesis:
    • Traditionally to House Tyrell, an enmity dating back centuries when there were plenty of wars between Dorne and the Reach (before the Tyrells were its ruling House), to the point that having both Martells and Tyrells in the Red Keep presents problems to whoever deals with their lodgings. Oberyn Martell and Willas Tyrell's Odd Friendship is an exception.
    • They were the scourge of the Targaryens for more than one hundred and fifty years until Baelor I bartered the betrothal of the Targaryens and the Martells. When Daeron II became King he had his sister marry the Prince of Dorne, bringing Dorne into the realm peacefully.
  • Foil
    • Targaryens are Valyrian. Martells are Rhoynar: both have forms of Culture Clash with much of the rest of Westeros, if in somewhat differing ways, thanks to the historical Valyrian persecution of the Rhoynar in Essos that drove them to Westeros in the first place. Westeros has changed both (arguably the Targaryens more than the Martells), while they've also kept their distinct flavours. However, they still share more in common with each other than they do with much of the continent.
    • Martells rule a hedonistic kingdom in the desert. Starks rule what is seen as a domain of frozen waste and grim men. Doran, Oberyn and Elia's relationship mirror that of Eddard, Brandon and Lyanna.
      • Even more so then that; whereas the Starks' lineage is infamous due to Torrhen Stark, the King Who Knelt, the Martells are proud to be the only unconquered kingdom of Westeros. And while the Starks are the in-universe poster family for Honor Before Reason, the Martells are marked by their pragmatic and sneaky approach to life. And yet in spite of these differences, both families have a major hate-on for the Lannisters, even though they were on opposite sides of Robert's Rebellion.
      • Additionally, both regions share the fact that they're cultural outliers among the Seven Kingdoms: The Dornish for their aforementioned Rhoynish influences, and the North for being the only kingdom not to have been overrun or assimilated by the Andals.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even by Dornish standards. Ironically averted by their current lord, Prince Doran.
  • Poor Communication Kills: House Martell is almost rocked by a coup because Arianne discovers a letter from her father to her brother implying she will be passed over as ruling Princess of Dorne. Really it meant if all went according to plan, she will be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Something Prince Doran is trying desperately to subvert, which many family members see as weakness. He does want revenge, but is biding his time.
  • Revenge Myopia: It's pointed out that those people who killed Oberyn and Elia are now dead, yet Prince Doran and the Sand Snakes still plot the destruction of House Lannister.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
    • Oberyn was a promiscuous warrior while Doran is a plotter who had been with only one woman.
    • The strong willed Arianne and her peevish younger brother Quentyn.
  • Team Switzerland: Tries to play this in the War of the Five Kings, but grudgingly ally with the Lannisters after they betrothed Trystane to Myrcella. Turns they were never this at all, as it turns out Doran has really just been biding his time until the day when he can finally destroy House Lannister and place House Targaryen back on the throne. Those plans of his have run into a few snags though along the way, however.
  • There Can Be Only One: Subjugated the other royal families to gain absolute mastery of Dorne.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Relations between House Lannister and House Martell and Dorne have been infamously strained since the rape and murder of Princess Elia Martell during Tywin Lannister's sack of King's Landing, as well as the murders of her children. Oberyn's Mutual Kill against Gregor Clegane probably did not help matters either.
  • Voluntary Vassal: Martells were the only one of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros that the Targaryens never managed to conquer. Instead, they joined the Targaryen realm via dynastic marriage and were allowed to continue their own laws, conferring to them a special standing ever since. Their family motto reflects this.

     Prince Doran Martell 

Prince Doran Nymeros Martell
"Who fears to walk upon the grass? But it is the grass that hides the viper from his enemies and shelters him until he strikes."

Older brother of Oberyn and Elia and ruling Prince of Dorne. Doran is afflicted by severe gout and is confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk. He has a reputation for being extremely patient and cautious. During A Feast for Crows, Doran reveals to Arianne that he's been secretly plotting to destroy the Lannisters and place the Targaryens on the throne.
  • Amicably Divorced: He and his wife are separated because of Culture Clash, particularly sending away their son Quentyn to be fostered by Lord Yronwood, but it's indicated that he still cares for her.
  • Backup Bluff: One of the main reasons for his inaction following the death of Oberyn is the fact that both he and Oberyn himself have oversold the size of the Dornish army for years and they're not nearly as strong as they've shown not only to Westeros, but also to the Dornish themselves, Arianne and the Sand Snakes. Considering that this is how the Dornish dealt with the Targaryens during their wars, his actions are not really that surprising.
  • Best Served Cold: Despite outward appearances, he has not forgiven or forgotten the death of his sister and her children.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark, Doran was angry for his treatment of putting Elia on the bad light which is why he didn't send support to the Targaryens when the rebellion broke out until Aerys II held her and her children hostage in King's Landing which forced Doran to send troops under his uncle Lewyn's command. After Elia died, he and Oberyn plotted revenge against the Lannisters.
  • Blue Oni Red Oni: The calm, collected and scheming Blue to his brother's Oberyn Red.
  • Body Horror: His legs have been deformed and crippled by his gout and cause him constant pain. His knees are red and very swollen, while all his toes are purple and more than twice the size they should be. Even Areo has a hard time looking at them, and he can decapitate someone without even blinking an eye.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Arianne calls out on her father for being unresponsive to her Uncle Oberyn's death, for locking up the Sand Snakes and for passing off her rights to Quentyn. She got the third one wrong when Doran revealed that she's supposed to marry Viserys Targaryen which was one of his plans to return the Targaryens to power and to destroy the Lannisters.
  • The Chessmaster: He's been patiently moving his pieces into place for seventeen years. As he points out, given the small population of Dorne, they cannot really afford a conflict which Doran isn't absolutely sure he'll win.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Though calmer about it, he is as heartbroken and enraged over his sister's death as Oberyn. Now that Oberyn, his little brother, is dead too, Doran probably isn't doing well internally. Who knows how he will take it when he finds out what happened to Quentyn?
  • Fatal Flaw: Doran is too secretive, which causes the people he needs for his plans to be Locked Out of the Loop, and end up being Spanner in the Works for his own plans.
  • Friend to All Children: He doesn't really interact with them, but his favorite pastime is watching children playing in the pools in the gardens. It stems from his belief that all children, highborn and low, are innocent and worthy of protection, and thus any decision that affects the future of the realm must be made with their well-being and future in mind.
  • Genius Cripple: He's described as wheelchair-bound due to extreme gout. And yet, he's more dangerous than any other great lords who are on their feet. Even Tywin speaks of him with respect.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He absolutely hates Tywin and Gregor for the deaths of Elia and her children, but even after both are dead, Doran still wants the utter destruction of House Lannister. What did Tywin do with the Reynes and Tarbecks again?
  • Hidden Depths: He appears to be the Non-Action Guy while he's actually plotting to restore the Targaryens to power and get revenge on Tywin Lannister. Due to his infirmity he acts through his family, particularly Oberyn.
  • Insult Backfire: It's remarkable how little he cares about his nieces The Sand Snakes calling him a lesser man than Oberyn. Instead of dignifying the slights with an answer, he just throws them in jail to keep them out of trouble. They do not take the hint and they still insult him, yet it shows just how much power he actually has over them when they start doing his bidding, all while they cuss him to his face.
  • Marry for Love: He met his wife, Lady Mellario of Norvos, while travelling in the Free Cities. They both quickly fell in love and married, with her following him back to Dorne. However, she could never get used to Dornish customs, particularly fostering children away from home, and eventually returned to Norvos despite the fact that they both still cared greatly for one another.
  • The Needs of the Many: He's perhaps the only Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (including the Starks) who puts the security and wellbeing of his subjects over avenging a bloody vendetta, even the deaths of his own sister and brother. He keeps reminding his children that Dorne has the smallest population of the seven kingdoms and while they can defend their territory well, fighting the Crown is a different matter. As is typical of the series, Doran's price for showing compassion for his subjects and refusing to have them die for his revenge, is to be derided as a lazy and indolent Prince by his own family and subjects.
    Doran: Until the Mountain crushed my brother's skull, no Dornishmen had died in this War of the Five Kings. Tell me, Captain, is that my shame or my glory?
  • No Respect Guy: The Sand Snakes and his daughter Arianne, at first, repeatedly mock him for being patient and lenient, despite him being their liege lord. At one point one of them derides his willingness to forgive and forget, which he points out is the only thing keeping them out of prison.
  • Papa Wolf: There is nothing Doran cares more deeply about than his family. But as a Prince, he is aware that he has to use them for political purposes. His wife Mellario was appalled that he sent Quentyn as a hostage to the Yronwoods after Oberyn got into a fracas with their family:
    Prince Doran: The princely sort.
    • This becomes doubly ironic when we find out that he had sent Quentyn Martell on a quest in A Dance With Dragons which, unbeknownst to him, went From Bad to Worse. Arianne Martell in a preview chapter for the sixth book notes him worrying about Quentyn:
    "Where are the dragons?" he asked. "Where is Daenerys?" and Arianne knew that he was really saying, "Where is my son?"
  • The Patriarch: And a very busy one, considering that the large Martell family has a lot of dissenting opinions within it.
  • Parents as People: Doran really loves his children but he's too caught up in wanting to avenge the deaths of his sister, niece and nephew, let alone not telling his daughter and nieces about his plans. It takes Arianne's attempted crowning of Myrcella as queen to realize his weaknesses.
  • Revenge: His motivation, although he hides it well.
    Doran: I have worked at the downfall of Tywin Lannister since the day they told me of Elia and her children. It was my hope to strip him of all that he held most dear before I killed him, but it would seem his dwarf son has robbed me of that pleasure. I take some small solace in knowing that he died a cruel death at the hands of the monster that he himself begot.
  • Smart People Play Cyvasse: Averted. While he does own a set of his own, he doesn't play, stating that he plays only the games he can win.
  • Wham Line
    Arianne: What is our heart's desire?
    Doran: Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: While he doesn't move his pieces as fast as others, he's shown he can be flexible and adapt to the circumstances. Inadvertently, however, half his plans rely on people that seem to be intent on tempting their fate.

     Princess Elia Martell 

Princess Elia Nymeros Martell

See the House Targaryen character sheet.

     Prince Oberyn Martell 

Prince Oberyn Nymeros Martell

The Red Viper
"I have hungered for a long time. Though not for food. Pray tell me, when will the justice be served?"

The younger brother of Prince Doran, Oberyn comes to King's Landing to take up his brother's seat on the small council, and to obtain justice for Princess Elia's murder. He is a fierce and hot-tempered man who has founded his own mercenary company, studied at the Citadel, and fathered many bastard children (all female). When Tyrion is accused of Joffrey's murder, Oberyn volunteers to champion him in a trial by combat, knowing that he will face Gregor Clegane, the rapist and murderer of Elia.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Judging from how everyone in Dorne mourned him so passionately, Oberyn was very loved by the Dornish. He was a huge hit among fans too.
  • Absurdly Youthful Father: A Rare Male Example. He is slightly after forty years old during the third book when he dies and his eldest daughter Obara we meet shortly after is stated to be almost thirty.
  • Action Dad: Father of eight children, all of whom are following in his footsteps as warriors one way or another. He took a hand in personally training several of them as well.
  • Anything That Moves: "Oberyn Martell? He has bastards all over Dorne, and beds with boys as well."
    • Also apparently applicable his mistress, as Oberyn casually mentions that they've been looking for a blond woman for a threesome. In the context of screwing the queen. As spoken to her brother. And then proceeds to insult the queen. Very accurately, in fact.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Even his friends call him the Red Viper, the nickname he got after allegedly poisoning his sword in a duel. Even if the rumor wasn't true, he doesn't hesitate to use the tactic against Gregor Clegane.
  • Badass: He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in all of Westeros, and proves this by utterly dominating Gregor Clegane, until his Suicidal Overconfidence comes to bite him.
  • Badass Bisexual: Many nobles question his manliness due to his sexuality, but Oberyn's sexual preferences obviously have absolutely no impact on his fighting skills.
  • Badass Bookworm: Spent time at the Citadel and forged six links of a maester's chain until he got bored of it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Implied with his need to avenge Elia's death, though Elia was slightly older than him.
  • Bi the Way: The most flagrant example of Dorne's more liberated view of homosexuality. His paramour Ellaria Sand is the same way. To him, it's not a big deal. To non-Dornish, he's a Depraved Bisexual.
  • Blade on a Stick: He fights with a poisoned spear at times. Also, when he does an Ogami Itto imitation, he asks a young Obara to choose between him and the girl's mother (a prostitute) by pointing to her choices: a spear, or the girl's crying mother. When she chooses the spear, he says: "I told you she was my daughter".
  • Broken Ace: A peerless warrior, poet, scholar. A loving father and beloved brother. One of the most famous men in Dorne. And possessed by a need to avenge his sister, nephew and niece so great it borders on madness.
  • Byronic Hero: He's intelligent and charismatic. He lives and loves dangerously by nature and doesn't care what others think of him or his lifestyle. He's also driven by a single-minded obsession to avenge his sister's death and bring back the head of her killer, to the point that even though it leads to his death, he still gets the last laugh with a slow-acting poison that leaves Gregor in excruciating pain as he dies.
  • The Casanova: Possibly the biggest one in the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He poisons his weapons and has no qualms against fighting dirty. Unfortunately, he forgets to be pragmatic when it really counts.
  • Cool Uncle: To Arianne, according to The World Of Ice And Fire app. She loved him and is closer to his bastard daughters rather than her brothers. She even called out her own father for being very passive to his brother's death and demanded justice.
  • Cultured Badass: In addition to being a feared warrior, he spent years traveling the world, studied at the Citadel, and studied rare poisons and (according to rumor) dark arts.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Came very close to pulling one off. And on Gregor Clegane, no less.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Depraved Bisexual: Most of the other nobles of Westeros view him this way, as a combination of his crippling of the heir to Highgarden, his frequent use of poisons in battle and, well, just see Anything That Moves and Bi the Way. He's just quite loose for the general setting, and he seems to prefer his women the same way. Also because his long-term paramour—basically his wife, except they're not married—is a bastard daughter, which makes her a completely unfit consort in the eyes of the rest of Westeros for even a household knight, let alone the younger brother of one of the great lords.
  • The Dragon: To Doran himself. He plays his Hot-Blooded reputation so House Martell's rivals and enemies won't suspect the two actually work together.
  • Foil:
    • If Robert Baratheon had not physically degenerated and had been a good parent, he'd be Oberyn.
    • Like Arya Stark, Oberyn specializes in an acrobatic form of combat and wants to avenge his murdered family.
    • To Ned Stark, as he was the opposite party on the incident of the Queen of Love and Beauty on the Tourney at Harrenhal (Ned being Lyanna's brother, Oberyn being Elia's). They both traveled later to King's Landing on royal ordnance after pacts of betrothed were arranged between their families and the Crown (Sansa and Joffrey; Myrcella and Trystane) and neither left alive to tell the tale.
  • Fragile Speedster: Oberyn's fast enough to maneuver around The Mountain until the Mountain tires out and leaves himself open to be severely wounded, but he's killed the moment he decides to take his time and get close to him.
  • Genius Bruiser: Oberyn is a noted warrior as well as a former student of the Citadel.
  • Good Counterpart: To Gregor Clegane. They lead similar lives (loose cannon Warrior Prince beholden to a royal family/loose cannon Black Knight beholden to the royal family) and generally do the same kind of things (lots of sex and lots of fighting with very different styles), but Oberyn is very obviously A Lighter Shade of Grey whereas Gregor is pure evil. And Oberyn doesn't commit rape.
  • Good Parents: One of his better qualities was that he was a good father to his illegitimate daughters (the Sand Snakes). He took responsibility for them, raised them to take care of themselves, and allowed them freedom that most legitimate girls in Westeros can't even dream of. His mistress Ellaria Sand is also a good mother.
  • Hidden Depths: While Oberyn plays his evil reputation to the hilt, there are hints in ADWD from his brother and his paramour that he wasn't as violent or thoughtless as people believed.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerkass: He poisons his weapons. Also, his behavior to Tyrion was very haughty and bullying at first. Not to mention the above interaction with Obara's mother.
  • Kidanova: Not stated directly, but indicated. His older brother is 52 and ten years older than him, so Oberyn is roughly 42. The oldest of the Sand Snakes is almost 30. Do the math.
  • Madness Mantra: When his duel with The Mountain is near it's climax, "You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children." becomes this for him. It's clear that he isn't just trying to psych his opponent out anymore. He's overwhelmed with nearly twenty years of insane fury over the injustice that was done to his family.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Runs Dorne in his brother's absences despite Princess Arianne being heir.
  • Master Poisoner
  • Mutual Kill: Him vs. Gregor Clegane; Clegane won the fight, but was done in by poison.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Oberyn loves this trope.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Sadly, it was the worst, and last decision of his life.
  • Nerves of Steel: Absolutely fearless when entering a duel with the most feared knight in Westeros, Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" Clegane.
    Ellaria Sand: You're going to fight that?
    Oberyn Martell: I'm going to kill that.
  • Not So Different: From Tyrion Lannister. They are both seconds sons, both highly educated with acerbic wits, both are known for their sexual escapades, and both hate Tywin Lannister and the majority of House Lannister's actions. Leads to an awesome but short-lived case of Enemy Mine between the two near the last act of A Storm of Swords.
  • Odd Friendship: With Willas Tyrell, apparently, both sharing a passion for horses.
  • Overprotective Dad: Averted. His daughters are completely free to chose whichever lovers they want. He also doesn't bother stepping in if the relationship goes wrong because he knows they can take care of themselves.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Normally, the type of slow, horrifying death he inflicts via manticore poison would be either a Kick the Dog or Moral Event Horizon, but when the person you do this to is Gregor Clegane, who in universe is known for killing Oberyn's nephew and raping his sister before he killed her it's this instead.
  • Pet the Dog: Does this on a few occasions, most notably by championing Tyrion, voicing regret for accidentally injuring Willas Tyrell in a jousting match (and revealing that the two are friendly and regularly correspond despite the hatred between Houses Martell and Tyrell) and expressing a sense of guilt over turning Elia against one of her other suitors, because this led her to marry Rhaegar instead, and we all know how that turned out...
  • Poisoned Weapons: He frequently employs them, as Gregor Clegane discovers.
  • Rated M for Manly: Undeniable.
  • Really Gets Around: He's never been married, so he has no trueborn children, just eight baseborn daughters by five different women, known collectively as The Sand Snakes. However, it's implied by other characters that he loves them as much as any father would. He does have a "paramour," Ellaria Sand, but as far as can be known she never stopped him from having sex with other people.
  • Rebel Prince: His reputation for consorting with low women and other men and use of poisons (considered cowardly) aren't exactly Prince Charming qualities.
  • Red Baron: Known as "the Red Viper."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni : The proud and explosive Red to Doran's Blue.
  • Revenge: For Elia's death.
  • Remittance Man: Was one during his younger years; became a mercenary captain in Essos.
  • Revenge Before Reason: To the point where it gets him killed.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Three-Way Sex: His paramour Ellaria Sand and he are very open to experimentation, and Oberyn specifically notes the urge to share a beautiful blonde. However when Cersei is suggested to him he flatly turns her down, saying he'd prefer to share a bed with a hundred scorpions.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Tyrion tries to warn him about how powerful a warrior Gregor Clegane is, Oberyn nonchalantly states that he's killed big men before. To be fair, the fight was totally under his control. He just took his need to dominate his enemy too far and left himself open at the worst possible moment.
  • The Unreveal: He is mentioned to have founded his own sellsword company; whether it's still in operation, whether he leads them, or who are its members is not mentioned in the books.
  • War Hawk: Oberyn pressed for war when Elia and her children died. He also keeps doing things that might provoke war by flaunting his bastard paramour and hinting that his family is trying to turn Princess Myrcella against the Iron Throne.
  • Warrior Prince: This should be obvious by now.
  • Why Don't You Just Stab Him?: Oberyn had already killed The Mountain so he decided to take his time. He really shouldn't have.
  • Your Head Asplode: This is how The Mountain kills him. In the most graphic way imaginable.
  • You Killed My Sister: His motive for fighting The Mountain. He's basically an Inigo Montoya Expy, so it fits rather well.

    Prince Lewyn Martell 

Prince Lewyn Martell

See the Historical Kingsguard character sheet.

Doran's family

    Lady Mellario of Norvos 

Lady Mellario

The estranged wife of Prince Doran Martell and mother of Arianne, Quentyn and Trystane, now residing at Norvos.

See the Norvos entry at the Free Cities character page.

    Princess Arianne Martell* 

Princess Arianne Nymeros Martell
"I want Sunspear, and my father's seat. I want Dorne. I want justice."

As Prince Doran's eldest offspring, Princess Arianne is the heir to House Martell and all of Dorne. She's also unmarried at the age of 23. She believes her crippled father Doran means to pass her over in favor of her younger brother Quentyn, and so plots to secure her own rights. She seduces the Kingsguard knight Arys Oakheart, with a scheme to crown Myrcella and kickstart a war. She fails and he is killed. She is imprisoned in a high tower by her father, who reveals that he has been planning a Batman Gambit to return the Targaryens to power.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She admits to herself she was really attracted to Gerold Dayne because he was dangerous
  • Arranged Marriage: An engagement was arranged between her and Viserys Targaryen by Prince Doran and Ser Willem Darry years before the series. Viserys's "crowning" put an end to it.
  • Beautiful All Along: It's mentioned that Arianne had a very awkward adolescence, being pudgy and unremarkable. Her prayers for beauty were answered indeed.
  • Buxom Is Better: Small frame and curvy in all the right places. She knows this and everybody knows this.
  • Childhood Friends: With Tyene Sand, Andrey Dalt, Sylva Santagar, and Garin, which is why she recruits them - save for Tyene, who is imprisoned at the time - for her plot to crown Myrcella.
  • Daddy's Girl: Although not in keeping with recent events. In A Dance with Dragons they are closer than ever.
  • Determinator: She will do anything to get what she wants.
  • Diamonds in the Buff: Appears for her secret tryst with Arys Oakheart wearing only a snake bracelet around her forearm.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Arys Oakheart's death. It shows that while Arianne is scheming and uses her sexuality for personal gain, she absolutely does not want any harm to befall on her friends and loved ones. Arianne is filled with regret afterwards.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Femme Fatale: To the point of Crippling Overspecialization at times. Because, y'know, seduction and murder isn't really a universal solution.
  • Foil: To Cersei Lannister. They're both the daughters of powerful lords that resent being marginalized because they're women, are very promiscuous and use their sex appeal to their advantage, consider themselves more clever than they really are, are (wrongly) convinced that a relative is trying to undermine/harm them, and hatch plots that end disastrously for themselves and others. They both even make the mistake of trusting attractive men that later turn on them. Where they differ though is that Arianne genuinely loved the man she slept with for her plans and regrets that people got hurt and killed when those plans fell apart; while Cersei doesn't care for any of the people she sleeps with for her plans and makes excuses whenever anyone gets hurt or killed because of her. In addition, Arianne stands to become the official ruler of Dorne with power in her own right, while Cersei has no power in her own right and has to rule behind the scenes through the claim of her underage son- which will only last until said son comes of age.
  • Girl in the Tower: Her father punished her for her failed scheme to place Myrcella on the throne by imprisoning her in a tower where all of the servants were ordered not to speak with her. Her father eventually let her out though.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: She was able to deal with being imprisoned in the tower well enough, as it was quite comfortable. The fact that no one would even speak to her was what eventually broke her.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Incest Is Relative: Is heavily implied to have had a crush on The Red Viper, her uncle.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Or at least Femme Fatale In Love.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: So my plot was useless because we are still loyal to the Targaryens this whole time? Thanks, Dad?
  • Luxury Prison Suite: As she's a highborn lady and heiress to Dorne, the tower she's imprisoned in after her plot is found out is very comfortable, except for how none of the servants would speak with her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She often wears revealing clothing.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She greatly regrets her Queenmaker plot because it got Arys killed and Myrcella maimed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Myrcella wouldn't have lost her ear had it not been for Arianne's rash plan. Her father admits it was also partly his fault though, as he did not know Darkstar's intentions.
  • Out-Gambitted: After her coup goes belly up.
    Arianne: I was a foolish willful girl, playing at the game of thrones like a drunkard rolling dice.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her clothes are lavish.
  • Politically Active Princess: Not that her actions in AFFC actually do much good.
  • Really Gets Around: She's pretty promiscuous. The fact that she's a highborn lady who still manages to be this without stigma from her peers and family is indicative of Dorne's comparative liberality.
  • Rebellious Princess: To an extent. While she appreciates her highborn status and wants to rule Dorne in her own right, she possesses a fiery personality and rebels against what she thinks is her father plotting against her.
  • Regal Ringlets: She often styles her hair this way.
  • She's All Grown Up: In a preview chapter of The Winds of Winter, we learn she went through a very awkward phase as a teenager.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Smug Snake: She'd like to think she's The Chessmaster, but the fact that her plan to crown Myrcella falls flat on its face moves her into this territory. Her confinement to the top of a tower for several weeks with the servants forbidden to speak with her, along with her father revealing his true plans to her leads her to look back on her behavior and acknowledge that she was this.
  • Spanner in the Works: A minor one to Doran's plans. Myrcella losing an ear and getting a huge facial scar surely was not part of his intentions.
  • The Unfavorite: She feels herself to be this, thinking her father would rather make her younger brother Prince of Dorne because he is a male. She even suspects her father has been trying to have her married to lower lords and make Quentyn his heir. She was horribly wrong. The only reason her father was going to make Quentyn Prince of Dorne was because his plans for her were that she would become queen marrying Viserys Targaryen.

     Prince Quentyn Martell* 

Prince Quentyn Nymeros Martell

"The hero sets out with his friends and companions, faces danger, comes home triumphant. Only some of his companions don't return at all. The hero never dies, though. I must be the hero."

Prince Doran's second child. In A Feast for Crows, Arianne discovers that he has been assigned a mission: he has been sent to woo Daenerys and bring her back to Westeros with her three dragons. He narrates in A Dance with Dragons, so be aware that everything in spoiler markings here is from that book.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted, which is a problem when All Girls Want Bad Boys. He's shy around girls and has only kissed a girl once, despite his friends pointing out that Daenerys would actually prefer a man with experience.
  • Arranged Marriage: The same one Arianne was stuck in. Because Viserys is dead, he's sent in his sister's stead.
  • Boring but Practical: This is Ser Barristan's assessment of him as a potential suitor for Daenerys.
    Barristan's narrative: Short and stocky, plain-faced, he seemed a decent lad, sober, sensible, dutiful... but not the sort to make a young girl's heart beat faster. [...] She wants fire, and Dorne sent her mud. You could make a poultice out of mud to cool a fever. You could plant seeds in mud and grow a crop to feed your children. Mud would nourish you, where fire would only consume you, but fools and children and young girls would choose fire every time.
  • Butt Monkey: He doesn't even know how to talk to girls, but is sent across the sea on a mission that could determine the fate of Westeros, to woo "the most beautiful woman in the world". He arrives just in time to watch her marry someone else. Things get worse for him from there. It doesn't help that he is constantly described as being less attractive than his best friend and feels way out of his depth on such a mission.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He dies due to extremely severe burns after being toasted by Rhaegal. It is even remarked that his eyes boiled and became a pool of pus and his flesh melted off and part of his skull was exposed.
  • Determinator: He will do anything to win Daenerys's. He gets himself killed in the process.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Barristan has to tell him that he has overstayed his welcome when all suspicions are raised when someone attempts to poison Daenerys or Hizdahr, as he's been flagged as a culprit. Not wanting to return to Dorne empty-handed, Quentyn attempts to woo the remaining dragons, which earns him third-degree burns.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Daenerys is already betrothed by the time he arrives, and then he dies horribly.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He gets tongue tied when he meets Dany due to her extreme beauty. Though his point is ostensibly important and beneficial, he fails to deliver partly because of this.
  • The Dutiful Son: All he did was meant to fulfill his father's hopes, it ended up getting him killed.
  • The Everyman: Out of his depth, under-confident, not especially attractive, and even a bit nerdy.
  • Idiot Hero: Compensates for all his above shortcomings with idealism and sheer moxy. It does not save him.
  • Man on Fire: He doesn't live to tell the tale.
  • Missing Mom: At an early age, Quentyn was sent to Lord Yronwood as a diplomatic gesture by his father on account of Oberyn killing Lord Anders Yronwood. This drove a wedge in his parents marriage and she ended up leaving Doran and living in Norvos. Quentyn contemplates visiting Norvos to meet his mother, but he ends up dead instead.
  • Prince Charmless: Quentyn just doesn't have the stuff to win Daenerys' heart.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Daenerys' other potential suitor Victarion Greyjoy, who also contrast with Daario and Hizdahr, her suitors in Meereen.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Of the "naïve and well-meaning" variety.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The Martell plot gets an awesome reveal at the end of A Feast for Crows, and Quentyn travels across the known world to reach his queen, losing close friends in the process, gets a foreshadowing scene with Dany where she mentions that even though she is married to Hizdahr zo Loraq, "the dragon has three heads"... and then he gets himself burned to a crisp when he attempts to take Rhaegal and Viserion from their pit.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Quentyn is a good friend, a brave person and a dutiful son, but he is girl-shy, small and plain-looking. His offer to become Dany's betrothed fails because he both doesn't drive his point through due to stage fright and being Distracted by the Sexy at the sight of Dany, and also because he isn't a handsome guy to say the least.
  • Spanner in the Works: To his own father's plans. Though in his defense, he did everything his father expected him to do but just unlucky for, in Barristan's words, having come too late. His failure of wooing Daenerys leads him to plan an ill-conceived dragon heist that led to his death and unleashing dragons on the city leading to lots of deaths.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Not only does Quentyn think he's in a heroic tale of good and evil, he thinks that he's The Hero, when his status as The Everyman reduces him to The Chick and even The Load. It takes Rhaegal charbroiling some sense into him to disabuse him of the notion, but it also gets him killed.

     Prince Trystane Martell 

Prince Trystane Nymeros Martell

Prince Doran's second son and youngest child. He is the younger brother of Arianne and Quentyn.
  • Arranged Marriage: He is betrothed to Princess Myrcella Baratheon, Queen Cersei's daughter.
    • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Although they are both too young for the wedding to actually take place, he and Myrcella immediately became inseparable friends after her arrival in Dorne.
  • Flat Character: Unlike his older siblings, he doesn't really have that much characterization (or appearances in the text).
  • Graceful Loser: When playing Cyvasse with Myrcella.
  • Nice Boy: According to the accounts given of him, he's a good-natured boy who doesn't mind losing games of Cyvasse (the setting's equivalent of chess with some blitzkrieg and stratego thrown in) to his betrothed.

Oberyn's Family

     Ellaria Sand 

Ellaria Sand
"Even weeping, she has a strength in her."
Areo Hotah

Oberyn's paramour, the bastard daughter of Lord Harmen Uller, and the mother of his four youngest bastard daughters (Sand Snakes).
  • Bi the Way: While in King's Landing she and Oberyn are eager to share a beautiful blonde woman for Three-Way Sex, and Oberyn later hints to Tyrion that Ellaria possibly lusts after Cersei Lannister.
  • Brainy Brunette: Down-to-earth and practical, with black hair.
  • Ethical Slut
  • Good Parents: Her and Oberyn are this. She loves and takes good care of her own four daughters, and seems to get along very well with the four oldest Sand Snakes (who are Oberyn's daughters from earlier love affairs).
  • Mama Bear: Towards her four young daughters.
  • The Mistress: Subverted, since Oberyn isn't married to anyone during the time they're together. However, it's implied that Ellaria would have remained his mistress if an Arranged Marriage with Cersei had gone through.
  • The Mourning After: After Oberyn is brutally killed by Gregor Clegane. What's worse? She watched it happen.
  • Nice Girl: Quite polite and charming with, as her (sort of) brother-in-law Prince Doran puts it, "a gentle heart" which he claims is more valuable than pride or valor.
  • Only Sane Woman: Back in Dorne she attempts to reason with the oldest Sand Snakes, who want violent revenge for their father's death. She doesn't see the purpose in getting revenge, and brings up some excellent points for why it wouldn't benefit anyone.
    "I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?"
  • Parental Substitute: Serves as a mother figure for Oberyn's older daughters.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Widow Woman: Subverted in that she and Oberyn weren't married. But since Dornish culture considers the paramours of highborn men to be almost-wives, Ellaria is essentially treated as Oberyn's widow once she goes home to Dorne after his death.

     The Sand Snakes 

Oberyn's eight bastard children by various women, who are all female. They have yet to play much of a role in the story, other than agitating for war against the Lannisters after Oberyn's death and being imprisoned by Doran for it.
  • Action Girl: Obara Sand most notably, but the narrative implies that all of them are quite capable of defending themselves in one way or another.
  • Amazon Brigade: The oldest Sand Snakes.
  • Badass Adorable: Dorea Sand, an eight-year-old girl who carries around a morningstar.
  • Badass Princess: Despite being bastards, Dorne holds illegitimate children in higher regard than the rest of Westeros, and they are treated almost as if they were Prince Oberyn's trueborn children.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ellaria claims that her daughters Elia and Obella look up to the four eldest Sand Snakes as their idols. Ellaria's youngest daughters Dorea and Loreza look up to Elia and Obella.
  • Daddy's Girls: They all love Oberyn and remain loyal to him even after his death.
  • Little Miss Badass: Eight-year-old Dorea Sand is already wielding a morningstar, using it to knock blood oranges off trees at the Water Gardens.
  • Moral Myopia: The eldest Snakes are very vocal about wanting to utterly destroy House Lannister — one of them specifically listing killing several members not because they were at fault of Oberyn dying or Elia killed, but to achieve a "symmetry" between killed members of both houses — but are horrified when they hear Cersei is planning to have Trystane killed.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Sand" is the Dornish surname given to bastards, and "Snakes" is because they are the daughters of Oberyn Martell, "The Red Viper".
  • Politically Active Princess: Though they are illegitimate, Obara, Tyene, and Nymeria are a prince's daughters who take active roles in Dornish politics. Doran even selects Nymeria to take her father's vacant Dornish seat on the Seven Kingdoms' Small Council and sends her off to King's Landing.
  • Sibling Team: Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Obara and Sarella (Tomboys) and Nymeria and Tyene (Girly Girls).

    Obara Sand 

Obara Sand
"Give me back my spear, Uncle. Cersei sent us a head. We should send her back a bag of them."

The eldest Sand Snake, she is the daughter of a whore in Oldtown. She fights with a whip and spear.
  • The Big Girl: She is the largest of the Sand Snake and the most physically adept out of them.
  • Brawn Hilda: Obara Sand possesses no beauty or elegance, but is stated to be a fearsome warrior.
  • Daughter of a Whore: She was born to a whore in Oldtown that Oberyn bedded. When he came to claim her, the whore refused to give Obara up, but Oberyn slapped her and threw a spear at Obara's feet. He pointed at the weapon and then to her crying mother, and let her choose between a spear or tears as her weapon. Obara chose the spear and left her crying mother behind forever.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In order to get revenge for her father's death, Obara wants to attack and burn Oldtown, the second-largest city in Westeros, which had absolutely nothing to do with Oberyn's death. It's also her birthplace and she hates it.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is the most outwardly aggressive of the Sand Snakes and cares little for hiding her true feelings or subtlety.
  • Jerkass: She's the most brash of the Sand Snakes and she very casually talks about how her mother drank herself to death a year after Obara willingly left her to go live in Dorne with Oberyn.
  • War Hawk: Demands that Doran declare war on the Lannisters and their supporters after Oberyn's death, and along with her sisters she tries to stir up discontent in Sunspear to force the issue. She ends up being imprisoned briefly because of this.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two of them:
    • Blade on a Stick: Her father asked her to choose a weapon, a spear or her tears. She chose the spear, which she pairs with a round steel and copper shield.
    • Whip It Good: She is also extremely skilled with a whip.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She dresses like a man, usually in clothing it would be easy to fight in, but most people in Dorne don't have a problem with that aspect of her personality.

    Nymeria Sand 

Nymeria Sand

Lady Nym
"It ends in blood, as it began. It ends when Casterly Rock is cracked open, so the sun can shine on the maggots and the worms within. It ends with the utter ruin of Tywin Lannister and all his works."

Daughter of a noblewoman from Old Volantis. She specializes in using knives as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Of the Sand Snakes, nobody would call her the most obviously Hot-Blooded one. Not that she fades into the background, as such, but she makes you work to get to know her.
  • Braids of Action: Favours keeping her hair out of trouble by trapping it in braids.
  • Femme Fatale: Like most of the others.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Lady Nym".
  • Knife Nut: She is mentioned to always have a dozen daggers on her person.
  • Lady of War: A looker, well-educated, fairly distant and graceful. But, you really need to focus on where the daggers are, just in case they end up in you.
  • Lipstick Lesbian / Bi the Way: Nymeria was found to be abed with the Fowler twins, which isn't too much of a hint, until one checks the appendices and discovers that the Fowler twins are both female.
  • Ms. Fanservice: On par with Arianne. She often wears very revealing clothing, which Areo Hotah likes, not because of the fanservice, but because it makes it easier to spot if she is carrying any knives.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: She is named after Nymeria, the ancient warrior queen who helped House Martell gain control of Dorne.
  • Unknown Rival: To Tywin Lannister.
    Nymera: I could wish that he died at my hand. If he had, his dying would not have been so easy.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: A trait she inherited from her father, and she is definitely one of the more villainous Sand Snakes, wanting to kill innocent Tommen.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Wants to assassinate Tywin, Cersei, Jaime and eight year old Tommen.

    Tyene Sand 

Tyene Sand
"We could kill him, to be sure, but then we would need to kill the rest of his party too, even those sweet young squires. That would be... oh so messy."

Daughter of a Septa and the closest of the Sand Snakes to Princess Arianne Martell. She specializes in poisons, which she learned from her father.
  • Badass Adorable: Her innocent appearance and manners cover up a deadly killer.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: By reputation.
  • Childhood Friends: With Arianne, Andrey Dalt, Sylva Santagar, and Garin. Arianne notes that she and Tyene were best friends doing everything together; they learned to ride together, to fight together, got drunk for the first time and would have lost their virginity together had their willing partner Drey not gotten too excited and climaxed the moment Tyene pulled his pants down.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: For those who see past her innocent persona, her blue eyes are definitely this.
  • Cute and Psycho: She shows shades of this, particularly when she asks if Gregor Clegane suffered as he died in a tone any other woman would use to ask if her dress was pretty.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Possibly. Her skin tone is never described, but considering her father was stated to be olive-skinned and she spends an awful lot of time in a place famous for its relentless sun, she'll have a tan relative to others in Westeros even if she tries to stay indoors. note 
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Has golden blond hair and blue eyes and an innocent appearance and manner befitting the daughter of a Septa, which fools others into thinking she is not dangerous like her sisters. In truth, she is the most sadistic and calculating Sand Snake.
  • Femme Fatale: In a rather distressing way, yes.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes / Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She isn't really, but she invokes these tropes, using her wide blue eyes and blonde hair to appear sweet, innocent, and pious.
  • Lady of War: She might count, due to her demeanor, though she prefers poisons and plots to direct combat in warfare.
  • Master Poisoner: Her reputation as one is so well known that when Doran puts his hand on her head for a blessing, a Maester immediately checks for puncture marks afterwards.
  • The Mole: In A Dance With Dragons, Doran sends her to King's Landing to infiltrate the Great Sept of Baelor as a Septa and learn about the new High Septon and how he may affect their plans.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Her specialty, like her father before her.
  • Preacher's Kid: She is a septa's daughter. This is the reason for why Doran sends her to spy on the new High Septon.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Areo Hotah thinks of her as one, noting how childish she seems, with her little giggles and feigned innocence masking her dangerous nature.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She exploits her pure, sweet appearance. Nobody would expect a Master Poisoner to look so innocent.
  • War Hawk: Like Obara, she wants war with the Lannisters, but prefers starting a defensive one rather than an offensive one by crowning Myrcella Queen, forcing the Lannisters to try invading Dorne. She ends up being imprisoned briefly because of this.
  • Woman in White: She is rather pleased when Doran dispatches her to infiltrate the Great Sept of Baelor as a Septa because of the outfit.
    Tyene: White suits my colouring. I look so ... pure.

    Sarella Sand 

Sarella Sand

Daughter of a trader from the Summer Isles. She has a reputation for being very curious.
  • The Ghost: She has yet to appear, although she has been referred to as "playing a game" in Oldtown. Interestingly, there is an effeminate, Dornish student of the Citadel in Oldtown named Alleras, which is Sarella backwards, he has a widow's peak like Oberyn, and his father was from Dorne and his mother was from the Summer Isles. Guess what the fandom's assuming.
  • Mixed Ancestry
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Maybe; see above.

    Elia Sand 

Elia Sand

Lady Lance

Oberyn and Ellaria's fourteen-year-old daughter, and a jouster-in-training.

Historical Martells (BC)

    Morgan Martell 

Lord Morgan Martell

An Andal adventurer and the first Martell in historical record. He seized domains of Houses Wade and Shell.

    Princess Nymeria 

Princess Nymeria
"Our wanderings are at an end. We have found a new home, and here we shall live and die."

A legendary warrior queen who managed to unite the Rhoynar people and lead them to escape the expansion of Old Valyria, fleeing across the Narrow Sea in allegedly ten thousand ships. Upon landing, she then married Mors Martell and with his support conquered the rest of Dorne. After the death of Mors, she was married two more times, to Lord Uller and Davos Dayne respectively. Nymeria had four daughters by Mors Martell (the eldest of which succeeded her as ruler of Dorne) and at least one son by Davos Dayne.
  • Action Girl: Played With. Nymeria was not a warrior, but she was said to be a brilliant commander.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Mors Martell. After Mors' death she took two more husbands, the aged Lord Uller and Ser Davos Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Neither of them ruled after marrying her, as she was the unchallenged ruler of Dorne.
  • Badass Princess
  • The Exile: By choice, knowing that if she and her people remained in Essos, the Valyrians would kill or enslave them all.
  • Famous Ancestor: To the Martells.
  • Foil: To Aegon the Conqueror, from a Valyrian family that fled before the Doom and conquered most of Westeros, uniting six of the seven Kingdoms, and keeping Valyrian traditions such as brother-sister marriages. Nymeria fled with her people from Valyrian expansion and united Dorne, keeping Rhoynar traditions such as gender-neutral inheritance, which is now practiced throughout Dorne.
  • Founder Of The Princedom: Nymeria and Mors unified Dorne under the rule of House Martell. Nymeria was responsible for introducing many Rhoynar customs (including gender-equal primogeniture) to Dorne.
  • The High Queen
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: In-universe. Nymeria wasn't a hands-on warrior, however she is commonly remembered as one.
  • Lady of War: She even put down two rebellions, and stopped three invasions: two by Durran III the Storm King, and one by Greydon Gardener, King of the Reach.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only Rhoynar ruler that understood fighting the Valyrians was a lost cause.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Valyrians defeated the Rhoynar she led the exodus of her people from Essos to Dorne, not before trying to settle on the Basilisk Isles, Zamettar and Yeen on Sothoryos, and on the Isle of Women in the Summer Isles.

    Prince Mors Martell 

Prince Mors Martell

A petty lord in the region of Dorne. He married Princess Nymeria as part of the deal for his aid in conquering Dorne, becoming the first Prince of House Martell. Mors and Nymeria had four daughters together (the eldest of which became the ruler of Dorne in turn).
  • Alliterative Name
  • Arranged Marriage: With Princess Nymeria in exchange for the Martells' aid in conquering Dorne.
  • Character Death: He did not live to see all of Dorne united, as he fell in battle to King Yorick V Yronwood in the ninth year of the war. Nymeria finished the conquest two years after his death.
  • Famous Ancestor: His recognition of how the Rhoynar could increase the power of House Martell dramatically led to him marrying Nymeria and beginning the conquest of Dorne.
  • Founder Of The Princedom
  • Last of His Kind: He was the last head of House Martell that was fully Andal. When he married Nymeria, their offspring were henceforth Andal/Rhoynish and deemed in equally important status.
  • Love at First Sight: According to the singers, he fell in love with Nymeria almost immediately, captivated by her beauty, power, and drive to keep her people free.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He saw the power of the Rhoynar as an opportunity to rule Dorne unopposed. Falling in love with Nymeria was the icing on the cake; he took a gambit and won every possible price, even if he did die before Dorne was fully conquered his line has ruled Dorne since.

Historical Martells (AC)

     Princess Meria Martell 

Princess Meria Nymeros Martell

The Yellow Toad of Dorne
"I will not fight you, nor will I kneel to you. Dorne has no king. Tell your brother that."

Princess of Dorne during the War of Conquest, she was old, blind and nearly bald. She offered to aid Aegon against Argilac the Arrogant, but she would not bend the knee. She managed to keep the Targaryens from invading Dorne by having the men launch guerilla attacks on the invading army instead of facing them directly. Meria had a son, Nymor, who succeeded her as ruler of Dorne.
  • All There in the Manual: Only mentioned in The World of Ice & Fire.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass Boast: After Rhaenys Targaryen flew to Sunspear to demand Dorne's surrender, Meria refused, causing Rhaenys to vow to return with "fire and blood".
    Meria: Your words. Ours are Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken. You may burn us, my lady...but you will not bend us, break us, or make us bow. This is Dorne. You are not wanted here. Return at your peril.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when Rhaenys returned to Dorne years later as a warrior. Meria made good on her boast, and ensured that Rhaenys disappeared in Dorne. To this day, no one really knew how Rhaenys died. After Rhaenys's disappearance, Aegon did burn Dorne. Badly enough to have its own name: Dragon's Wroth.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones
  • Cool Old Lady: Eighty years old during Aegon's Conquest, yet she still threatened a dragonrider without fear.
    • During the First Dornish War, she continued to lead Dorne against the rest of Westeros. The war only ended shortly after her death in 13 AC (where she's in her 90s). It is also in this war that her threat against Rhaenys was carried out.
  • Destination Defenestration: The way she killed poor Lord Rosby. The guy thought Sunspear was empty.
  • Expy: Her warnings towards Queen Rhaenys Targaryen to keep their hands off Dorne are reminiscent of the warnings Moses gave to the Egyptian Pharaoh to keep his hands off the Israelites. Much like the Egyptians, the invading armies at Dorne suffered multiple "plagues", though not as tied to divine intervention as in the Bible.
  • The High Princess
  • In Universe Nickname: The Yellow Toad of Dorne, coined by King Argilac the Arrogant of the Stormlands.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Averted by her in the First Dornish War. Her successor was the one who sued for peace after her death.
  • Lady of War: Lacks the grace due to her advanced years, but otherwise fits the bill.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She was the only ruler of Westeros who managed to keep the Targaryens from conquering her kingdom during the War Of Conquest.
    • During the First Dornish War, Aegon The Conqueror named Lord Rosby as Warden of the Sands when he found Sunspear to be emptied much like the other castles at Dorne. Meria, bordering 90 years old and blind as a bat, overpowered Lord Rosby, bounded him, dragged him to the top of the Spear Tower and threw him out the window.
    • Deconstructed during the First Dornish War. After her death, her successor sued for peace (as an equal), after Dorne incurred the Dragon's Wroth.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To the Targaryens.

     Prince Nymor Martell 

Prince Nymor Martell

Prince Nymor was the Prince of Dorne and successor of Princess Meria Martell, ascending to the throne at an advanced age, however. He put an end to the First Dornish War.
  • All There in the Manual: Only mentioned in The World of Ice & Fire.
  • Non-Action Guy: Due to his age and frailty
  • Refuge in Audacity: Offering Aegon peace terms but as equals not as vassal and overlord. Crosses the Line Twice if one takes into consideration the still-unknown contents of his letter to Aegon. In-universe Epileptic Trees from the Maesters range from revealing that Rhaenys had survived and was kept a prisoner at Hellholt under torture, with the letter offering to Mercy Kill her in exchange for peace, to threatening to hire a Faceless Man to kill Aegon's heir.
    • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Based on the observation that Aegon honoured the peace treaty until his death (more than 20 years later), the contents of the letter are more likely to be a lighter version of the trope. note 

     Princess Deria Martell 

Princess Deria Martell

Princess Deria Martell was the daughter of Nymor Martell, and the ruling Princess of Dorne during the reign of King Aenys I (and presumably also during the later years of the reign of Aegon I, as her father was already elderly when her grandmother Meria Martell passed away in 13 AC).
  • All There in the Manual: Only mentioned in The World of Ice & Fire.
  • Badass: Aegon I just as easily could have ordered her quartered the minute she stepped into the Red Keep. She faced a guy with a proverbial nuclear bomb under his armpit and didn't flinch.
  • False Reassurance: As Princess, she once reassured Aenys that House Martell were doing everything they could to put down the rebellion of the Vulture King, which was threatening the Iron Throne. However, as the Vulture King was a Dornishman who never raided her territories, Deria largely left him alone.
  • Nerves of Steel: Being a diplomat to negotiate peace with the Dragon and his court requires you to have this. Doubly so when Dorne was not in a position of strength at the time. note 
  • Noodle Implements: The letter which she presented to Aegon on that diplomatic mission. Whatever was in the letter convinced Aegon to have peace with Dorne as equals, and the peace lasted for more than 20 years, until the Dragon's death. While Aegon never revealed its contents to anyone else, it is unknown if the contents had been lost to Deria's descendants.
  • Number Two/Mouth of Sauron: As her father's heir. Due to his advanced years when he became Prince, she was rather heavily involved in Dorne's affairs ever since her grandmother's death, as can be seen in her diplomatic mission.

     Prince Maron Martell 

Prince Maron Nymeros Martell

Prince of Dorne during the reign of Aegon IV and Daeron II, and brother to Queen Mariah Martell. He married Princess Daenerys Targaryen as part of the marriage deal that brought Dorne under the rule of the Iron Throne. He also had the Water Gardens built as a gift to his wife.

     Princess Daenerys Targaryen 

Daenerys Targaryen, Princess of Dorne

"Whether Daenerys loved Daemon, as those who rose for the Black Dragon later claimed, who could say? In the years afterward, Daenerys was never aught but a loyal wife to Prince Maron, and if she mourned Daemon Blackfyre, she left no record of it."
Maester Yandel

Daughter of Aegon IV and Naerys, and only full sibling to Daeron II. It was said she was in love with her half-brother Daemon Blackfyre and he rose in rebellion when she was denied to him. She married Prince Maron Martell of Dorne, with whom she had several children (the current Martells are their direct descendants).

For Daenerys, daughter of King Aerys II, see here.

For the House Targaryen Ancestors page, see here.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Maron Martell, the Prince of Dorne at the time.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: The whole basis of her and Daemon's "relationship".
  • The High Princess: To the Dornish.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: Being denied Daenerys' hand was purportedly one of the reasons Daemon Blackfyre rebelled against Daeron the Good.
  • Morton's Fork: Under Targaryen custom she would have been married to Daeron himself. There might had not been a rebellion had this been the case, though Dorne wouldn't have finally come into the fold. Either way, there were an awful lot of people still pissed at Dorne for the assassination of Daeron I the Young Dragon.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Daenerys allowed the children of servants and guards to bathe in the Water Gardens - which Prince Maron had built for her — starting a tradition that survives until the present.
  • The Rashomon: Though it's said that Daemon Blackfyre rose in rebellion after being denied the hand of Daenerys... he apparently did so more than a decade after the fact after both he and she had multiple children by their respective spouses. This version was most likely concocted by later historians or by Bittersteel, who was scorned himself by Shiera Seastar in favor of Bloodraven.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: She is said to be one of the reasons Daemon Blackfyre went to war.

     Queen Mariah Martell 

Princess Mariah Nymeros Martell

The sister of Prince Maron. She married King Daeron II as part of the deal that brought Dorne under the rule of the Iron Throne. They had four sons together: Baelor, Aerys I, Rhaegel and Maekar I.


     Areo Hotah* 

Areo Hotah
"Protect. Serve. Obey. Simple vows for a simple man."

Doran's bodyguard and confidante, Hotah was born in Norvos and has served House Martell since his boyhood. A quiet, serious older man, he loves Doran and his children very much. An absolutely devastating fighter, he always keeps his axe sharp.

For the main entry on the Free City of Norvos, see here.
  • An Axe to Grind: Wields a longaxe in combat.
  • Badass Grandpa: He is a fearsome fighter, and utterly destroys Ser Arys Oakheart, a trained knight of the Kingsguard, in a brief battle.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Arianne explicitly tells Arys Oakheart that Hotah is terrifying once he is roused.
  • The Captain: In addition to his bodyguard duties, Areo is the Captain of the Guard of Sunspear.
  • Cargo Ship: In an in-universe version, he is a celibate warrior who is "married" to his axe, which he refers to as his "iron wife". He is rather obsessive about sharpening it.
  • Church Militant: Was trained by the "bearded priests of Norvos."
  • The Dragon/The Lancer: Given the Grey and Gray Morality of the series, it's easy enough to see him as either to Doran.
  • Hired Guns: Formerly.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: How he views Princess Arienne, who he affectionately refers to as "little princess". However, his loyalty to Doran wins out over his love for her and he quickly and efficiently destroys her plot to crown Myrcella and imprisons her, although it pains him greatly to do so.
  • Martial Pacifist: Established very quickly within his first POV chapter. He's peaceful and friendly in behavior and thoughts, but is also constantly evaluating the fighting prowess of those around him in case trouble should happen.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He was the last of six children born to a poor family in Norvos, and was thus sold to the bearded priests.
  • Odd Name Out: Has the distinction of being one of only two POV characters not from Westeros (the other being Melisandre).
  • The Quiet One: His second chapter is even titled "The Watcher."
  • Undying Loyalty: To Doran. It's actually a creed for him.

     Maester Caleotte 

Maester Caleotte

Prince Doran's personal Maester, Caleotte accompanies his prince wherever he goes.
  • The Good Chancellor: Despite being rather meek around the Sand Snakes, Caleotte offers smart and sensible advice to Prince Doran, who respects his counsel.
  • The Medic: He is in charge of treating Doran's gout, and does what he can to ease his pain.
  • Oh Crap!: He gets very frightened when Doran places his hand on Tyene Sand's head to give her a blessing, and rushes to his side after she leaves to inspect his hand for puncture marks.
  • Older Than They Look: His smooth and fat face makes it difficult to tell how old he is.
  • Old Retainer: He has been serving Doran before even Areo entered his service.
  • The Smart Guy: Unsurprising since he is a trained Maester. Caleotte even managed to create a wheelchair for Doran to use which makes getting around much easier and less painful for him.

     Garin of the Orphans 

Garin of the Orphans

A milk-brother of Arianne and one of her closest friends.