House Vaith

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House Vaith of the Red Dunes
House Vaith.svg
Coat of arms Three black leopards standing on a yellow pile on orange
(Tenné, on a pile or three leopards statant sable)
Seat Vaith
Head Lord Daeron Vaith[1]
Region Dorne
Title Lord of the Red Dunes[1]
Overlord House Martell
Founded Andal Invasion[2]

House Vaith of the Red Dunes is a Dornish noble house. Their seat, also named Vaith, is placed on the river with the same name. West of Vaith are the deep sands of Dorne;[3] the head of House Vaith has the title Lord of the Red Dunes.[1]

Neither their arms nor words appear in the books, but according to a semi-canon source they blazon their shield with three black leopards standing on a yellow pile on orange.[4]


The Vaiths were adventuring Andals who settled in the hills east of the deep dunes and sands of Dorne. The nearby river soon took their name.[2]

During the War of Conquest, Queen Rhaenys Targaryen flew upon Meraxes to Vaith but found the castle abandoned.[5] During the First Dornish War, Lord Harlan Tyrell and his army marched from the Hellholt to capture Vaith, but they disappeared in the sands.[6] During the Dragon's Wroth, Lord Vaith was murdered for the Iron Throne's ransom on his head.[7]

Lord Vaith bent the knee to King Daeron I Targaryen in the Submission of Sunspear during the Conquest of Dorne.[8][9]

Cassella Vaith was the third mistress of King Aegon IV Targaryen.[9] Old Lady Vaith was reportedly mad during the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen, though according to Egg, Ser Duncan the Tall could have been more courteous in what he said to her.[10]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Arianne Martell plans to cross the Dornish desert with Myrcella Baratheon via Vaith, the Hellholt and Sandstone, but they are intercepted on the Greenblood by Areo Hotah.[3]

House Vaith at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Sworn Sword.
  11. Depending on whether Dunk and Egg got Vaith before King Daeron's death.