by Kim Sokol, © Fantasy Flight Games.
The Prince Who Came Too Late
|Allegiance|| House Martell|
|Born||In 281 AC, at Sunspear, Dorne|
|Died||In 300 AC, at Meereen|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
Prince Quentyn Nymeros Martell, better known simply as Quentyn Martell, is the second child and eldest son of Prince Doran Martell.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Quentyn Martell
Quentyn is short-legged and stocky, thickly built, with a plain face, brown hair, brown eyes, and stubble on his cheeks. He has a high forehead, broad nose, and square jaw. He does not smile easily. Ser Barristan reflects that he "seemed a decent lad, sober, sensible, dutiful… but not the sort to make a young girl's heart beat faster." Daenerys Targaryen feels he looks solemn. She does not consider him handsome, though she thinks he seems pleasant and well-spoken. In Meereen, he dresses plainly.
Quentyn is cautious of nature. When sent on a mission to Meereen by his father, Prince Doran Martell, Quentyn is filled with doubts, fears and insecureties. He does not want to be remembered as a failure, and can't bear the thought of his father's disappointent, nor does he want his friends to have died for nothing. When in Lys, Quentyn plays the role of a merchant, but the mummery chafes at him, and the next time the ruse is required, the role of merchant is granted to one of his companions.
Quentyn was born the second child of Prince Doran Martell and his wife, Lady Mellario of the Free City of Norvos. At a young age, Quentyn was sent to be fostered by Lord Anders Yronwood, whom he served as a page and later squire. Quentyn was fostered at Yronwood to repair the relationship between House Martell and House Yronwood, which had been damaged by the outcome of the duel between Quentyn’s uncle Prince Oberyn and Lord Edgar Yronwood, more than a decade before. Lord Edgar and Prince Oberyn had both taken cuts during this duel, but while Oberyn recovered, Lord Edgar’s wounds had festered and he had eventually died, leading to whispers that Oberyn had fought with a poisoned blade. Sending Quentyn to Yronwood was to settle this blood debt. However, Quentyn was very young when he was sent away. Too young, according to his mother. His fosterage was one of the strains on his parent's marriage. When Quentyn first arrived at Yronwood, he had been smitten with Lord Anders' eldest daughter, Ynys. His crush lasted until the day she wed, and left Yronwood. His first kiss, he received from one of the Drinkwater twins, though Quentyn never knew which one had been the one. Once, when Quentyn had already been at Yronwood, Prince Doran had written him a letter in which he instructed Quentyn to do all his maester and master-at-arms required of him, as Quentyn would one day rule Dorne, and therefore needed to be strong of both mind and body. Quentyn has been riding horses since he was six, and has been trained with spear and sword and shield since he was old enough to walk.
At Yronwood, Quentyn became befriended Lord Anders' eldest son, Cletus, Cletus' cousin Archibald, Gerris Drinkwater, and Willam Wells. Quentyn received his knighthood at the age of eighteen, from Lord Anders Yronwood, turning down the offer made by his uncle, Prince Oberyn.
Amongst the people in Dorne, Quentyn is little known.
A Feast for Crows
Quentyn is believed to be in the Boneway with the host of Lord Yronwood. However, in truth, he has crossed the narrow sea in secret. His sister, Princess Arianne Martell, is aware that he has crossed the sea and erroneously believes Quentyn is recruiting mercenaries to displace her as heir of Dorne, with the approval of their father. After Arianne’s coup fails, she is arrested and confined for several weeks. When she confronts her father, she reveals that she is aware that Quentyn travelled across the Narrow Sea, and that Prince Doran had considered Quentyn his heir. Doran then tells Arianne the truth about the situation, and reveals what Quentyn has been sent east for.
A Dance with Dragons
Quentyn has been sent across the narrow sea with Cletus Yronwood, Ser Gerris Drinkwater, Ser Willam Wells, Ser Archibald Yronwood and Maester Kedry to bring Daenerys Targaryen to Dorne. They left from the Planky Town in Dorne, where they boarded a ship. They changed ships in Lys, boarding the Meadowlark . However, the ship is boarded by corsairs, and during the fight to repel them, both Cletus, Willam, and maester Kedry are slain.
Quentyn and his companions spend more time in Volantis than they had expected, due to the conflicts in Slaver's Bay, attempting to find a ship willing to bring them to Meereen. Gerris pretends to be a wine merchant looking for a ship to take him and his two "servants" to Meereen, but every captain they try to convince to take them on this journey refuses, and in the end they are forced to consider seeking passage on the smuggler's ship Adventure. While the war has not yet reached Meereen, no trade ships are leaving for the city as the fighting pits are closed and the slave trade has been banned. Eventually, Quentyn and his two companions join the Windblown, a mercenary company hired by Yunkai, as a way to reach Daenerys.
When serving beside the Windblown, Quentyn is given the nickname Frog by the other Windblown. Quentyn and his companions fight incognito beside the other members of the sellsword company as they lay siege to Astapor and win the battle. Quentyn, Gerris and Yronwood are planning to desert once they are north of Yunkai, but before they can even reach the city, the Tattered Prince summons them, ordering them and the other Westerosi from the company to defect to Daenerys's side. With this move, the Tattered Prince wants to make sure that, should the tide turn, he will be still on the winning side. The feigned Windblown turncloaks are eventually found by the Stormcrows, and Daario Naharis brings them to Meereen.
In Dorne, Prince Doran Martell tells his daughter Arianne that he has heard how a great fleet, mostly Volantene ships, has set sail from Lys, and that there had been talk about elephants. Believing that it might be Daenerys, Doran states that, if Quentyn is with her, he will bring her up to the Greenblood if he can.
In Meereen, Daario Naharis tells Queen Daenerys Targaryen that the Frog has a gift for her. He brings the feigned turncloaks, Quentyn and his friends amongst them, to Daenerys in her audience chamber and presents them as recruits of his Stormcrows. Quentyn and his friends reveal that they are knights, but ask for privacy in order to reveal their names. After court is cleared, Quentyn hands over his "gift"; a parchment containing a secret pact, signed by Ser Willem Darry and Prince Oberyn Martell, with the Sealord of Braavos witnessing the signatures. The pact was for Viserys Targaryen to wed Princess Arianne Martell in return for Dorne's support in helping him regain the Iron Throne. With Viserys dead, Quentyn now offers himself as a husband for Daenerys in return for the support of Dorne. Daario mocks Quentyn, angering Quentyn's companions. Daenerys orders Quentyn and his friends to be treated courteously, and reveals her upcoming marriage to Hizdahr zo Loraq. She gives the Dornishmen a room in the pyramid. While Barristan Selmy believes Quentyn's arrival changes everything, Daenerys disagrees, and wonders about Quaithe 's prophecy, and the "sun's son".
Quentyn approaches Daenerys the next day, the day of her wedding, wondering if he has displeased her. Daenerys tells Quentyn that one day, she will come to Westeros and look to Dorne for help. Quentyn reveals to Daenerys and her court that the other Windblown who had joined the Stormcrows had done so under false pretenses, and the feigned turncloaks are arrested.
Quentyn and his companions are present at the feast held to celebrate the signing of the peace between Meereen and Yunkai. Queen Daenerys invites him to meet two of her dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion. The dragons frighten Quentyn, but nonetheless he tells Daenerys about his own Targaryen ancestry. Daenerys tells him that he does not belong in Meereen, and urges him to return home, as her court is not a safe place for him. Quentyn refuses, and tells Daenerys about her namesake during their journey back up the pyramid.
Quentyn tries to speak with Daenerys on the day Daznak's Pit is opened, but is denied an audience. He visits the opening of Daznak's Pit, the day Daenerys disappears with Drogon, and is later present when King Hizdahr is presented with Captain Groleo's head. Barristan Selmy questions Quentyn about his possible involvement in the poisoned food, but soon concludes that Quentyn is innocent. With Daenerys gone, Selmy advises the three Dornishmen to return home and forget about the pact, but Quentyn turns the friendly advice of the old knight down, stating that he cannot return to Dorne empty handed.
Quentyn's companions are keen to return to Dorne but Quentyn refuses to go. He does not want to return having failed. He hatches a plan, hoping that he will be able to tame at least one of the dragons due to his Targaryen ancestry. For this purpose, he arranges a meeting with the Tattered Prince, hiring the Windblown's help in seizing Rhaegal and Viserion. The Tattered Prince agrees, asking for Pentos in return. Quentyn signs an agreement. Dressed as Brazen Beasts, Quentyn and his companions go to the pit where the dragons are kept. The Tattered Prince had given them the code word to be used by the Brazen Beasts that day (dog), but with Barristan Selmy's coup occurring at the same time, the Brazen Beasts guarding the door are not aware of the code word. Gaining access to the dragons, Quentyn eventually attempts to tame Viserion, but Rhaegal attacks Quentyn from behind, and bathes him in dragonfire. The Windblown mercenaries flee, and both dragons escape. Missandei takes care of Quentyn, but he dies in Daenerys Targaryen's bed four days later, covered in burns. Upon seeing the extent of the prince's injuries, Ser Barristan thinks it would have been better if Rhaegal had just eaten him alive, as his death would haven been quicker and less painful in such a case.
Quotes about Quentyn
|“||Your brother Quentyn has a harder road to walk.||”|
|“||She wants fire, and Dorne sent her mud. You could make a poultice out of mud to cool a fever. You could plant seeds in mud and grow a crop to feed your children. Mud would nourish you, where fire would only consume you, but fools and children and young girls would choose fire every time||”|
Quotes by Quentyn
|“||I want to go back to Yronwood and kiss both of your sisters, marry Gwyneth Yronwood, watch her flower into beauty, have a child by her. I want to ride in tourneys, hawk and hunt, visit my mother in Norvos, read some of those books my father sends me. I want Cletus and Will and Maester Kedry to be alive again. ||”|
|“||Quentyn had never felt so much a boy as when he'd stood before Daenerys Targaryen, pleading for her hand. The thought of bedding her terrified him almost as much as her dragons had.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 60, The Spurned Suitor.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
- ↑ See the Quentyn Martell calculation.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Quentyn Martell.
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 68, The Dragontamer.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.