Elia Sand by Cristina Vela © Fantasy Flight Games
|Born||In 285 AC or 286 AC (age 14)|
|Father||Prince Oberyn Martell|
A Storm of Swords (appendix)|
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (appears)
Appearance and Character
Elia has a wild and haughty personality. She is fond of horses and jousting, and her weapon of choice is the lance. Her cousin Princess Arianne Martell thinks her sobriquet of Lady Lance was given to her by her father. Elia rides a black filly.
Elia was born in 285 AC or 286 AC the fifthborn daughter of Prince Oberyn Martell and the first by his longtime paramour Ellaria Sand. Elia was most likely named after her late aunt, Elia Martell, whom Oberyn was close to. Elia and Obella worship their eldest sisters—Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene—and in turn are worshipped by their younger sisters, Dorea and Loreza.
A Feast for Crows
After the death in King's Landing of Prince Oberyn Martell, Elia, her mother Ellaria Sand, and six of her seven sisters (Sarella Sand is outside of Dorne) are taken into custody by Areo Hotah. While Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, does not think Elia and her younger sisters will be a danger to his rule, he fears they might be used by others in plots.
Princess Arianne Martell mentions to Ser Arys Oakheart that she is not permitted to see her cousins by her father, Doran. Elia is sent with her mother and three younger sisters to the Water Gardens, where she and Obella become the terror of the pools.
A Dance with Dragons
When the Mountain's skull is delivered to Sunspear, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand continue to demand more vengeance against the Lannisters. Ellaria worries how the cycle of violence would affect her daughters.
The Winds of Winter
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Now fourteen years old, Elia joins Arianne on her journey to meet with Jon Connington. Lady Lance outraces Arianne and Valena Toland on horses to Ghost Hill, covering herself in chalk and dust. While traveling on Peregrine, Elia flirts with and challenges Ser Joss Hood and Ser Garibald Shells, so Arianne sends her below deck to end the conversation.
Quotes by Elia
Valena: Are you half horse, child? Princess, did you bring a stable girl?
Elia: I'm Elia. Lady LanceArianne: And after that find the bath house.
Valena: The girl jouster. Yes I've heard of you. Since you were the first to the yard, you've won the honor of watering and bridling the horses.
Joss: Someone needs to spank that child.
Elia: I am almost a woman grown, ser. I'll let you spank me, though ... but first you'll need to tilt with me, and knock me off my horse.Arianne: You may be a lance, but you are no lady.
Joss: We are on a ship, and without horses.
Garibald: And ladies do not joust.
Elia: I do. I'm Lady Lance.
Quotes about Elia
Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end?
—thoughts of Arianne Martell
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- The Winds of Winter, The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
- See the Elia Sand calculation.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.