Obara Sand

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Obara Sand
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Obara Sand by Elia Fernández

Allegiance House Martell
Culture(s) Dornishmen
Born In 271 AC or 272 AC (age 28)[1], at Oldtown[2]
Father Oberyn Martell
Mother An Oldtown whore
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Played by Keisha Castle-Hughes
TV series Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7

Obara Sand is the bastard daughter of Oberyn Martell and an Oldtown whore. She is the eldest of the infamous Sand Snakes. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is portrayed by Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Appearance and Character

Obara is a big-boned woman near to thirty, long-legged, with close-set eyes and with the same rat-brown hair of her mother[3] which she sometimes ties in a knot.[4] She strides quickly and angrily.[3][4] Obara has callused hands and can have a mannish look.[4]

A prickly, hot-tempered woman,[5] Obara is given to martial pursuits as she considers herself a warrior. She wears a mottled sandsilk cloak of dun and gold over brown riding leathers and wields a spear, a whip, and a round shield of steel and copper.[3] Instead of a gown, fierce Obara prefers men's breeches, a calf-length linen tunic, and a belt of copper suns.[4]

Obara is a confident rider who uses spurs, often to the point where the animal is bloody, and she always rides stallions.[3] Obara is also fond of wine.[5]


Obara chose her father, Oberyn Martell, over her mother, a prostitute, when Oberyn came to Oldtown to claim her. Obara's mother drank herself to death within a year.[3]

Obara spent part of her youth at the Water Gardens.[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Obara Sand by Tristan Denecke © Fantasy Flight Games

Obara meets Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, at the Water Gardens, demanding vengeance for her father, Oberyn Martell, who was slain by Ser Gregor Clegane in King's Landing. Obara wants to slay Gregor's liege, Lord Tywin Lannister, and burn Oldtown. Doran says he will think about it. After more visits by her half-sisters, Doran orders the arrest of all the Sand Snakes.[3] The elder sisters are detained in the Spear Tower in Sunspear.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Obara and her sisters are released from the Spear Tower and are present at the feast when Ser Balon Swann presents the Mountain's skull to Doran. She places Gregor's skull on top of a marble column because Maester Caleotte cannot reach it.[4] When a toast is raised by Ricasso to King Tommen I Baratheon, Obara allows her wine cup to be filled before upending it onto the floor and leaving.[4]

When discussing Gregor's death with her sisters, Areo Hotah, Arianne Martell, Ellaria Sand, and Prince Doran, Obara vouches for war against House Lannister, causing Ellaria alarm.[4] Doran has Obara lead Balon to High Hermitage so he can hunt and kill Ser Gerold Dayne for his attack on Princess Myrcella.[4]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Areo Hotah joins Obara during her journey.[6]

Quotes by Obara

Choosing the Spear by Tristan Denecke © Fantasy Flight Games

The day my father came to claim me, my mother did not wish for me to go. 'She is a girl,' she said, 'and I do not think that she is yours. I had a thousand other men.' He tossed his spear at my feet and gave my mother the back of his hand across the face, so she began to weep. 'Girl or boy, we fight our battles,' he said, 'but the gods let us choose our weapons.' He pointed to the spear, then to my mother's tears, and I picked up the spear. 'I told you she was mine,' my father said, and took me. My mother drank herself to death within the year. They say that she was weeping as she died.[3]

—Obara to Doran Martell

Give me back my spear, Uncle. Cersei sent us a head. We should send her back a bag of them.[4]

—Obara to Doran Martell

Quotes about Obara

Obara Sand always walked too fast. She is chasing after something she can never catch, the prince had told his daughter once, in the captain's hearing.[7]

—thoughts of Areo Hotah

Quick and strong as she was, the woman was no match for him, he knew ... but she did not, and he had no wish to see her blood upon the pale pink marble.[3]

—thoughts of Areo Hotah

Hotah studied each of them in turn. Obara, rusted nails and boiled leather, with her angry, close-set eyes and rat-brown hair. Nymeria, languid, elegant, olive-skinned, her long black braid bound up in red-gold wire. Tyene, blue-eyed and blond, a child-woman with her soft hands and little giggles.[4]

—thoughts of Areo Hotah


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