Tyene Sand

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Tyene Sand
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Tyene Sand by Elia Fernández

Allegiance House Martell
Culture Dornish
Born In 276 AC or 277 AC[1]
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
TV series Season 5

Tyene Sand is the bastard daughter of Prince Oberyn Martell and a septa. She is one of the infamous Sand Snakes.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Tyene Sand

Tyene is regarded as treacherous, while maintaining a sweet and pious persona. Areo Hotah thinks Tyene looks as sweet as summer strawberries. She is fair, with golden hair, blue eyes and an almost otherworldly innocence about her.[2] She has soft pale hands but they are as deadly as Obara's callused ones, if not more so. She shares her father's knowledge of poisons and it is her chosen weapon.


When Tyene was in the cradle her mother read to her from the Seven-Pointed Star. Princess Arianne Martell once crossed the Mander with three of the Sand Snakes to visit Tyene's mother.[3]

Tyene and Arianne once fled Sunspear to try to marry Arianne to Willas Tyrell at Highgarden, but they were caught by Tyene's father, Oberyn Martell, at Vaith.[4]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Tyene comes to see Prince Doran Martell in Sunspear to demand vengeance for her slain father. After Doran states that he will think about her proposal, she asks for his blessing. After he lays his hand on her head, Maester Caleotte searches for scratches and puncture marks, demonstrating a fear of her knowledge of poisons.

Shortly thereafter, Tyene and her sisters are detained by Doran's guards, as a gesture of good will towards King's Landing.[2]

A Dance with Dragons

Tyene and her sisters are released from their cells in the Spear Tower and are present at the feast when Ser Balon Swann presents the head of Gregor Clegane to Prince Doran. She refuses to drink when Ricasso raises a toast to King Tommen Baratheon. Doran is sending Tyene (disguised as a septa) to King's Landing to try and befriend the new High Septon.[5]

Quotes by Tyene

Tyene maintains a sweet and pious persona. © FGG
White suits my colouring. I look so ... pure.[5]

Quotes about Tyene

She rose as they entered, dressed in a clinging gown of pale blue samite with sleeves of Myrish lace that made her look as innocent as the Maid herself. In one hand was a piece of embroidery she had been working on, in the other a pair of golden needles. Her hair was gold as well, and her eyes were deep blue pools . . . and yet somehow they reminded the captain of her father's eyes.[6]

Her gown was cream and green, with long lace sleeves, so modest and so innocent that any man who loked at her might think her the most chaste of maids.[5]


Princess of Dorne
Mellario of Norvos
Rhaegar Targaryen
Various women
Oberyn "the Red Viper"
Ellaria Sand
Rhaenys TargaryenAegon Targaryen
Obara SandNymeria SandTyene SandSarella Sand
Elia SandObella SandDorea SandLoreza Sand

References and Notes

  1. See the Tyene Sand calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards, p 50.

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