Oberyn Martell

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Oberyn Martell
Alias The Red Viper
Title Prince of Dorne
Allegiance House Martell
Died In 300 AL, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Storm of Swords

Prince Oberyn Martell, known as the Red Viper, was Doran's hot-headed younger brother. He has eight bastard daughters, called the Sand Snakes, the four youngest of which by his current paramour Ellaria Sand. Some rumours hold that he is bisexual.[1]


Oberyn had a very close relationship with his sister Elia, and attempted to raise Dorne for Viserys after her murder. He has desired revenge ever since.[2] When he was young, Oberyn was fostered at Sandstone.[3]

He had been called "the Red Viper" since Lord Yronwood died from wounds sustained in a duel with him, causing rumours that he poisons his weapons.[4] He was a forceful, lusty man with a quick wit and barbed tongue. Oberyn had travelled the world, founded his own mercenary company, and even studied at the Citadel. He became an enemy of House Tyrell after accidentally injuring Willas's leg in a tourney, though Willas himself holds no grudge against him.

Prince Oberyn was unhorsed by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen at a tourney at Storm's End.[5] He was unhorsed by Ser Barristan Selmy at a different tourney at Storm's End.[6]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Oberyn went to King's Landing to take his brother's seat on the small council, and to obtain justice for his sister's murder as promised by Tyrion Lannister. Oberyn rebuked the Lannisters' empty promises, and his incendiary presence threatened the peace of the city.[7] When Tyrion was accused of Joffrey I's murder, Oberyn was one of the judges. The day before a judgement was pronounced Oberyn offered to be Tyrion's champion in a Trial by Battle if Tyrion would tell who was guilty of the murder of Elia Martell. Tyrion took him up on his offer. He denied any involved of his father but told Oberyn that Ser Amory Lorch had killed Rhaenys and Ser Gregor Clegane had killed Elia and Aegon.[8] At that time Oberyn knew already that Ser Gregor would be his adversary.

Despite his enormous physical disadvantage, Oberyn managed to wound Clegane several times and cripple him. As Oberyn prolonged Gregor's death, trying to wring a murder confession from him, the prostrate Clegane managed to grab hold of Oberyn and smash his armoured fist into Oberyn's face, killing him.[9] Oberyn achieved posthumous vengeance by having coated his spear in a special kind of poison, leaving Clegane to die slowly and in tremendous agony.[10]


Oberyn has a lined face with thin eyebrows, black "viper" eyes and a sharp nose.[11] His hair is lustrous and black with only a few silver streaks and recedes from his brown into a widow's peak.[12]


of Dorne
Ellaria Sand
Obara Sand
Tyene Sand
Elia Sand
Dorea Sand
Sarella Sand
Obella Sand
Loreza Sand

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