Gerold Dayne

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Gerold Dayne
Mathia Arkoniel DarkstarDayne.jpg
Darkstar by Mathia Arkoniel ©

Alias Darkstar
Title Ser
Knight of High Hermitage[1]
Allegiance House Dayne of High Hermitage
Race Dornishmen
Culture Dorne
Born In or between 270 AC and 274 AC[2]
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Ser Gerold Dayne, known as Darkstar, is the head of a knightly cadet branch of House Dayne.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Gerold Dayne

Gerold Dayne has an aquiline nose, high cheekbones and a strong jaw. He keeps his face clean-shaven. He has thick silver hair that falls to his collar like a silver glacier, divided by a streak of midnight black. His eyes appear black but at closer vantage they are a dark purple - dark and angry. Arianne Martell finds him so fair to look upon that she had not believed half the tales she’d heard of him.[3] In 300 AC, Gerold Dayne is in his late twenties.[4]

Arianne thinks to herself that if there is a handsomer man in Dorne she does not know him. He has a cruel mouth and a crueler tongue. He is a cruel man. Arianne considers that if she were to take him as consort her father would question her good sense, but their children would be as beautiful as dragonlords.[5]

Recent Events

Darkstar by Mathia Arkoniel ©

A Feast for Crows

Ser Gerold allied himself with Arianne Martell when she attempted to crown Myrcella Baratheon as a new Queen of Westeros. She admits to her other companions that she only included him for his fighting prowess and his keep. During their travels, they were surprised by Areo Hotah, who ordered them to surrender. While Ser Arys Oakheart rode to his death, Ser Gerold attempted to kill Princess Myrcella but failed, succeeding only in slicing off her ear and scarring her face.[5] He escaped capture.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

Balon Swann, with the help of Obara Sand, is currently hunting Darkstar to bring him to justice. Under Arianne's instruction, Myrcella has blamed Darkstar for the death of Ser Arys Oakheart.[7]

The Winds of Winter

Darkstar is mentioned by Arianne when she travels to the Stormlands. Daemon Sand mentioned to her that Oberyn Martell considered "Darkstar" poison, Daemon mentions it was a pity Oberyn didn't kill him.[8] Arianne thinks privately to herself that Dayne was her most grievous sin, the one that she most regretted as,

With one stroke of his sword, he had changed her botched plot into something foul and bloody.

Quotes by Gerold

Men call me Darkstar, and I am of the night.[5]

– Gerold, to Myrcella Baratheon, when asked if he is the Sword of the Morning

I was weaned on venom, Dalt. Any viper takes a bite of me will rue it.[5]

– Gerold, to Andrey Dalt

Quotes about Gerold

Only a beast would harm a little girl.[9]

Arys Oakheart, to Doran Martell

References and Notes

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