Elia Sand

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Elia Sand
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Elia Sand by Cristina Vela © Fantasy Flight Games

Alias(es) El[1]
Lady Lance[2]
Allegiance House Martell
Culture(s) Dornishmen
Born In 285 AC or 286 AC[3]
Father Prince Oberyn Martell
Mother Ellaria Sand
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (appendix)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (appears)
Elia Sand and her namesake, Elia Martell.
Art by eliyadoodles

Elia Sand, known as El by her family[1] and Lady Lance by others,[2] is the oldest bastard daughter of Prince Oberyn Martell by his paramour, Ellaria Sand. She is one of the Sand Snakes.[4]

Appearance and Character

Elia wears her hair in a black braid,[2] and has her father's eyes.[5]

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.[2]


Elia was born in 285 AC or 286 AC[3] 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.[6] Elia and Obella worship their eldest sisters—Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene—and in turn are worshipped by their younger sisters, Dorea and Loreza.[1]

Recent Events

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.[5]

Princess Arianne Martell mentions to Ser Arys Oakheart that she is not permitted to see her cousins by her father, Doran.[7] Elia is sent with her mother and three younger sisters to the Water Gardens, where she and Obella become the terror of the pools.[8]

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.[1]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Now fourteen years old,[1] 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.[2]

Quotes by Elia

Valena: Are you half horse, child? Princess, did you bring a stable girl?

Elia: I'm Elia. Lady Lance
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.

Arianne: And after that find the bath house.[2]

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.
Joss: We are on a ship, and without horses.
Garibald: And ladies do not joust.
Elia: I do. I'm Lady Lance.

Arianne: You may be a lance, but you are no lady.[2]

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?[1]

The girl was mad for horses, which might be why she often smelled like one, to the despair of her mother.[2]

—thoughts of Arianne Martell


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