Sand Snakes

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The Sand Snakes by Sir-Heartsalot © (Elia's age is incorrectly depicted)

The Sand Snakes are the infamous bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell by various women, the name alluding to their father's nickname, “the Red Viper”, and to their surname Sand, given to bastards in Dorne. Some daughters of his were born of septas, others of noble women and others still of prostitutes. Despite the variances in their birthmothers and appearances, they are all said to have their father's eyes.

The oldest Sand Snakes are companions and confidantes of their cousin, Princess Arianne. The youngest four are Oberyn's daughters by his paramour, Ellaria Sand.



Eight sand snakes, in order of age:


All of the Sand Snakes have their father's eyes - by Magali Villeneuve. © Fantasy Flight Games

After the death of their father by Ser Gregor Clegane, the oldest of the Sand Snakes, Obara, Nymeria and Tyene, began to pressure Doran Martell to declare war in retribution, and became involved in various plots to effect the same, including agitating the Dornish populace. Concerned that their efforts would undermine his own schemes, Prince Doran had the oldest ones confined to tower cells in Sunspear, with the exception of Sarella, who was in Oldtown.[1] The youngest four, however, were isolated in the Water Gardens with their mother, to prevent them from being used in the plots of others and drawing Dorne into a war.

See Also


It would gladden my heart if I could assure you that the Sand Snakes were alone in wanting war, but I will not tell you lies, ser.

– Prince Doran Martell


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  2. The Winds of Winter, Arianne sample chapter
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