Dawn

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Dawn by Henning Ludvigsen, Fantasy Flight Games ©

Dawn is the famous ancestral greatsword of House Dayne, whose wielder is given the title Sword of the Morning.[1]

History

According to legend, the founder of House Dayne tracked a falling star to the mouth of the Torentine, and Starfall was then constructed where a magical stone was discovered.[2] The greatsword Dawn was forged from the heart of this fallen star[3] and has possibly been wielded by Daynes for ten thousand years.[4] The sigil of the Daynes depicts the white sword and falling star.[5]

The blade is as pale as milkglass,[1] unlike dark Valyrian steel, but is similar in strength and sharpness.[6] Unlike other houses who have ancestral swords, House Dayne does not pass its sword from lord to heir. Only a knight of House Dayne who is deemed worthy can wield Dawn, and the Sword of the Morning is envied throughout the Seven Kingdoms.[6]

The last known user of the sword was Ser Arthur Dayne, a chivalrous knight in the Kingsguard of Aerys II Targaryen.[7] The Smiling Knight of the Kingswood Brotherhood tried to claim Dawn from Arthur, but the robber knight was killed by the Sword of the Morning.[8] After Arthur died in combat at the tower of joy during Robert's Rebellion, Eddard Stark rode to Starfall to deliver Dawn to Arthur's sister, Ashara Dayne.[9]

Quotes

Dawn remains at Starfall, until another Sword of the Morning shall arise.[10]
- George R. R. Martin

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne: Kingdoms of the First Men.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  5. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  9. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
  10. So Spake Martin: Valyria-related Subjects (January 01, 2002)

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