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|House Dayne of Starfall|
|Coat of arms||Purpure, a sword across a falling star white|
|Current Lord||Edric Dayne|
|Title||Lord of Starfall|
|Cadet Branch||House Dayne of High Hermitage|
House Dayne of Starfall is a noble house from Starfall in Dorne. They are among the principal houses sworn to House Martell. The Sword of the Morning is a title given to a Dayne knight who is considered worthy of wielding the greatsword Dawn, a blade said to be created from the heart of falling star. Their sigil is a sword and a falling star on a lavender background.
A cadet branch of House Dayne are the Daynes of High Hermitage. In appearance, members of the family are stony Dornishmen whose characteristics mostly resemble the rest of the Seven Kingdoms in look, customs and traditions. Unlike the rest of the more Rhoynish-looking Dornishmen, they have pale skin with hair ranging from dark brown to pale blond and they often have violet eyes.
House Dayne claims ancestry dating back ten thousand years to the dawn of days. They have taken part in many battles between Dorne and the Reach. In particular, they have been killing Oakhearts for thousands of years.
On the journey to Casterly Rock for the brokerage of their marriages, Prince Oberyn Martell and Princess Elia Martell visited Starfall. Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning and the deadliest knight of Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard, led the Kingsguard during their campaign against the Kingswood Brotherhood. He won over the smallfolk of the forest, and rooted out the bandits. During the climactic skirmish, Arthur killed the psychotic Smiling Knight in a duel. Afterwards, he knighted Jaime Lannister. Arthur broke twelve lances against his good friend Prince Rhaegar Targaryen in a tourney at Storm's End.
Arthur's sister, Lady Ashara Dayne, was one of Elia Martell's handmaidens, and came to the Tourney at Harrenhal with her. There she danced with a member of the Kingsguard, Lord Jon Connington and Eddard Stark. In the jousting, Arthur lost to Prince Rhaegar, the eventual champion. Ser Barristan Selmy was also infatuated with Ashara, and planned to name her queen of love and beauty if he won the tourney.
House Dayne's loyalty to House Targaryen during the War of the Usurper led to the deaths of some of its most famed members. Arthur died at the Tower of Joy, killed by Lord Eddard Stark and Lord Howland Reed. Ashara had been a lady-in-waiting to Princess Elia for a few years when she went back to Starfall for unknown reasons. Given Dawn and the news of her brother’s death by Eddard, she threw herself into the Summer Sea from the Palestone Sword. Her body was never recovered. According to her sister, Lady Allyria, Ashara loved Eddard. Many believe her or the wet-nurse Wylla to be the mother of Eddard's bastard, Jon Snow. see: Jon Snow/Theories
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Daenerys Targaryen discusses Arthur with Arstan Whitebeard; Viserys Targaryen told her that Arthur was the only knight in the realm who was the peer of their brother Rhaegar, Prince of Dragonstone.
Traveling through the Riverlands, Arya Stark meets the brotherhood without banners. She learns that Lord Edric Dayne accompanied Lord Beric Dondarrion in his mission to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice. When their band was ambushed at the Mummer's Ford, Beric was killed. Edric defended his body, however, allowing it to be recovered and later accidentally revived by Thoros of Myr. Edric has accompanied his fellow survivors, constituting the brotherhood without banners, an outlaw fellowship dedicated to guarding the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the cruelties of war.
A Feast for Crows
Princess Arianne Martell enlists Ser Gerold from the Daynes' cadet branch for her plot to crown Myrcella Baratheon. Gerold resents that he is not regard as highly as Arthur was. When Arianne's plan collapses at the Greenblood, Gerold wounds Myrcella and flees.
A Dance with Dragons
Ser Barristan Selmy counts his loss to Prince Rhaegar in the Tourney at Harrenhal, and the war that resulted from the prince's actions thereafter, to be his greatest failure. Barristan wanted to name Ashara queen of love and beauty if he won the tourney, but instead Rhaegar chose Lyanna Stark.
House Dayne at the end of the third century
The known Daynes during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Edric Dayne, Lord of Starfall.
- Ser Gerold Dayne, cousin of Arthur and Edric from an unknown distant relative.
References and Notes
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher (Areo I).
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker (Barristan III).
- ↑ The Sworn Sword.
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