House Dayne

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House Dayne of Starfall
House Dayne.svg
Coat of arms A white sword and falling star crossed on lilac (Purpure, a blazing star bendways surmounted by a sword bendways sinister argent)
Seat Starfall
Lord Edric Dayne
Region Dorne
Title Lord of Starfall
King of the Torrentine (historical)
Overlord House Martell
Cadet Branch House Dayne of High Hermitage
Ancestral Weapon Dawn

House Dayne of Starfall is a noble house from Starfall in Dorne. They are among the principal houses sworn to House Martell.[1] The Sword of the Morning is a title given to a Dayne knight who is considered worthy of wielding the greatsword Dawn, a blade said to be created from the heart of falling star. Their blazon is a white sword and a falling star, crossing on a lavender background.[2] A cadet branch of the family are the Daynes of High Hermitage.


The Daynes, who originate in the western Red Mountains,[3] would be considered "stony" Dornishmen by Daeron II Targaryen.[4] Their hair has been described as pale blond (Edric), dark (Ashara), and silver with a streak of black (Gerold). Daynes have been observed with dark blue (Edric) or purple eyes (Ashara and Gerold). Despite their purple eyes, according to George R.R. Martin, the Daynes are not of Valyrian descent.[5]


Kings of the Torrentine

Horsemen of Starfall by artist Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games.

House Dayne of Starfall are one of the most ancient houses in the Seven Kingdoms, claiming ancestry dating back ten thousand years to the dawn of days.[6] Though their fame largely rests on their ancestral sword, called Dawn, and the men who wield it.[7] The first Dayne is said to have raised Starfall on an island at the mouth of the Torrentine, having tracked a falling star there and found a stone of magical powers. His descendants, thereafter, became the First Men Kings of the Torrentine and Lords of Starfall.[8]

The Daynes have taken part in many battles between Dorne and the Reach. In particular, they have been killing Oakhearts for thousands of years and King Samwell Dayne, called the Starfire, once burned Oldtown.[6][9] The last Dayne King, Vorian Dayne, known as the Sword of the Evening, was defeated in Nymeria's War and sent to the Wall. Afterwards the Daynes supported Nymeria against King Yorick V Yronwood. Nymeria's third husband was Ser Davos Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. Nymeria, Princess of Dorne, was later succeeded by her eldest daughter by her first husband, Mors Martell, not her son by Davos.[10]

Targaryen Era

Knights of Starfall by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games.

During the First Dornish War, Ser Joffrey Dayne led a Dornish army to the walls of Oldtown, razing the fields and villages outside it.[11] Lady Clarisse Dayne was suggested as a potential wife for King Maegor Targaryen.[12]

Ulrick Dayne, a Sword of the Morning, was considered an exceptional knight by Ser Eustace Osgrey, comparable as a swordsman to Daemon I Blackfyre and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight.[13]

While journeying to Casterly Rock for the brokerage of their marriages, Prince Oberyn Martell and Princess Elia Martell visited Starfall.

Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning and the deadliest knight of Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard, led the campaign against the Kingswood Brotherhood. He won over the smallfolk of the forest, and rooted out the bandits. During the climactic skirmish, Arthur killed the psychotic Smiling Knight in a duel. Afterwards, he knighted Jaime Lannister. Arthur broke twelve lances against his good friend Prince Rhaegar Targaryen in a tourney at Storm's End.

Arthur's sister, Lady Ashara Dayne, was one of Elia Martell's handmaidens, and came to the great tourney at Harrenhal with her. There she danced with a member of the Kingsguard, Lord Jon Connington and Eddard Stark. In the jousting, Arthur lost to Prince Rhaegar, the eventual champion. Ser Barristan Selmy was also infatuated with Ashara, and planned to name her queen of love and beauty if he won the tourney.

Robert's Rebellion

House Dayne's loyalty to House Targaryen during the War of the Usurper led to the deaths of some of its most famed members. Ser Arthur died at the tower of joy, killed by Lord Eddard Stark, who was possibly aided by Lord Howland Reed. Afterward, Eddard returned Dawn to Starfall.[10] Ashara had been a lady-in-waiting to Princess Elia Martell for a few years when she went back to Starfall for unknown reasons. Given Dawn and the news of her brother’s death by Eddard, she threw herself into the Summer Sea from the Palestone Sword. Her body was never recovered. According to her sister, Lady Allyria, Ashara loved Eddard. Many believe her or the wet-nurse Wylla to be the mother of Eddard's bastard, Jon Snow.[14][15]

The current Lord of Starfall, Edric Dayne, is the nephew of Arthur. Edric was sent to squire for Lord Beric Dondarrion after the betrothal of the Lord of Blackhaven to Edric's aunt, Allyria.[16][15]

Recent Events

Fallen and Reborn by Jen Zee ©

A Game of Thrones

Maids and soldiers at Winterfell tell stories about Ser Arthur Dayne and his sister, Lady Ashara Dayne.[17]

While at King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark has a fevered dream involving Arthur at the tower of joy.[18]

A Clash of Kings

Bran Stark recalls that Arthur was the finest knight ever seen by his father, Eddard.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys Targaryen discusses Arthur with Arstan Whitebeard; Viserys Targaryen told her that Arthur was the only knight in the realm who was the peer of their brother Rhaegar, Prince of Dragonstone.[20]

Traveling through the riverlands, Arya Stark meets the brotherhood without banners. She learns that Lord Edric Dayne accompanied Lord Beric Dondarrion in his mission to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice. When their band was ambushed at the Mummer's Ford, Beric was killed. Edric defended his body, however, allowing it to be recovered and later accidentally revived by Thoros of Myr. Edric has accompanied his fellow survivors, constituting an outlaw fellowship dedicated to guarding the smallfolk of the riverlands from the cruelties of war.[15]

While reading the White Book in the Red Keep, Ser Jaime Lannister recalls Arthur with great respect.[21]

A Feast for Crows

Princess Arianne Martell enlists Ser Gerold Dayne of the High Hermitage for her plot to crown Myrcella Baratheon. Gerold resents that he is not regarded as highly as Arthur was. When Arianne's plan collapses at the Greenblood, Gerold wounds Myrcella and flees.[6]

When Lady Stoneheart takes command of the brotherhood without banners after Beric dies his final death, Edric and a group of others leave the brotherhood. Their whereabouts are unknown.[22][23]

A Dance with Dragons

Prince Doran Martell tasks Obara Sand with leading Ser Balon Swann to High Hermitage to hunt Gerold Dayne, who is also accused of killing Ser Arys Oakheart.[24]

Ser Barristan Selmy counts his loss to Prince Rhaegar in the tourney at Harrenhal, and the war that resulted from the prince's actions thereafter, to be his greatest failure. Barristan wanted to name Ashara queen of love and beauty if he won the tourney, but instead Rhaegar chose Lyanna Stark.[25]

House Dayne at the end of the third century

House Dayne Reserves - illustrated by Ryan Barger. © Fantasy Flight Games.

The known Daynes during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Unknown Dayne

Historical Members

See also