Garin (orphan)

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Alias Garin of the Orphans[1]
Allegiance House Martell
Race Rhoynar
Culture Dornish, Orphans of the Greenblood
Born Dorne[2]

Garin is an orphan of the Greenblood. He is named after Prince Garin the Great, a famous leader of the Rhoynar.[1]

Appearance and Character

Garin is loose-limbed and swarthy. He has a long nose, and a jade stud in one of his ears. He has a golden tooth.[1]

Garin has at least one cousin among the orphans of the Greenblood in Planky Town.[1]


Garin was the milk-brother of Princess Arianne Martell, as his mother was Arianne's wet nurse, and has been a close friend and companion to her since their early childhood.[1][3] When Arianne and her friends played the shoulder-riding game in the Water Gardens, her favorite steed was Garin, since if she rode him, nobody could defeat them, not even Nymeria Sand and the Archon's green-haired daughter.[3] When Prince Oberyn Martell brought his niece Arianne, and his daughters Tyene and Sarella Sand to Shandystone, Garin accompanied them. At some point, Arianne broke one of Garin's teeth; she gave him a golden tooth to replace it.[1]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Some of the orphans of Planky Town wonder why Prince Quentyn Martell and his friends are traveling under false names and seeking passage across the narrow sea. One of them, Garin's cousin, climbs through Quentyn's window and picks the lock of his strongbox, finding scrolls sealed with House Martell's sigil. The orphan does not break the seal to read them, but informs Arianne Martell,[1][4] who becomes convinced her father, Prince Doran Martell, plans to replace her as heir.[4]

Garin joins the plot of Princess Arianne Martell to crown Princess Myrcella Baratheon as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. While traveling to their destination, they are intercepted by Areo Hotah, the captain of Prince Doran's guards. Garin is arrested, along with most of his co-conspirators.[1] After his capture, he is sent to Ghaston Grey to await his sentence by Prince Doran. As punishment for committing treason, he is to spend the next two years in Tyrosh, while Prince Doran demands hostages and coin from the other orphans of the Greenblood.[3]