House Vaith

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House Vaith of the Red Dunes
House Vaith.svg
Coat of arms Three black leopards standing on a yellow pile on orange
(Tenné, on a pile or three leopards statant sable)
Seat Vaith
Lord Daeron Vaith
Region Dorne
Title Lord of the Red Dunes
Overlord House Martell
Founded Andal Invasion

House Vaith of the Red Dunes is a Dornish noble house. Their seat, also named Vaith, is placed on the river with the same name. West of Vaith are the deep sands of Dorne;[1] the head of House Vaith has the title Lord of the Red Dunes.[2]

Neither their arms nor words appear in the books, but according to a semi-canon source they blazon their shield with three black leopards standing on a yellow pile on orange.[3]


The Vaiths were adventuring Andals who settled in the hills east of the deep dunes and sands of Dorne. The nearby river soon took their name.[4]

During the War of Conquest, Queen Rhaenys Targaryen flew upon Meraxes to Vaith but found the castle abandoned.[5] During the First Dornish War, Lord Harlen Tyrell and his army marched from the Hellholt to capture Vaith, but they disappeared in the sands.[6] During the Dragon's Wroth, Lord Vaith was murdered for the Iron Throne's ransom on his head.[7]

Cassella Vaith was the third mistress of King Aegon IV Targaryen.[8] Old Lady Vaith was reportedly mad during the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen, though according to Egg, Ser Duncan the Tall could have been more courteous in what he said to her.[9]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Arianne Martell plans to cross the Dornish desert with Myrcella Baratheon via Vaith, the Hellholt and Sandstone, but they are intercepted on the Greenblood by Areo Hotah.[1]

House Vaith at the end of the third century

The known Vaiths during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Andals Arrive.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Conquest.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Sworn Sword.
  10. Depending on whether Dunk and Egg got Vaith before King Daeron's death.