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Lord of Sunspear[1] or Lady of Sunspear is the title of the noble seated at the castle Sunspear in Dorne.


After he ascended the Iron Throne, King Daeron II Targaryen began negotiations with Prince Maron Martell of Sunspear. After two years, Maron agreed to be betrothed to Daeron's sister, Princess Daenerys Targaryen. They were wed in 187 AC in King's Landing, after which Maron officially knelt for Daeron, bringing Dorne under the rule of the Iron Throne.[1][2][3]

The concessions which Maron had won during his negotiations with Daeron and the increasing Dornish influence at court caused Daeron's other lords to grow dissatisfied. These complaints, among others, were reasons causing several lords to oppose Daeron II's rule during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.[3] Dorne sided with Daeron during the rebellion.

At the outbreak of Robert's Rebellion, Prince Doran Martell was slow to lend aid to House Targaryen, as he was furious at the mistreatment of his sister, Elia Martell. He eventually sent ten thousand men to fight for the Irone Throne at the Battle of the Trident.[4] The battle was lost, and a fortnight later Princess Elia and her two young children were brutally murdered by two Lannister knights, Gregor Clegane and Amory Lorch, during the Sack of King's Landing.[5][6][7] Although he prevented his brother Oberyn from starting a new rebellion against their new monarch,[8] in secret they have worked since then on bringing an end to the reign of King Robert I Baratheon, who had condoned the murders, and destroying House Lannister, whom they held responsible.[9] Doran's brother traveled to Braavos to sign a secret marriage pact in his name, exchanging support to Prince Viserys Targaryen for a marriage between him and Doran's heir.[10]

Doran eventually became afflicted with gout, and in 298 AC moved from Sunspear to the Water Gardens. Two years later, Doran's gout has become far worse, and he is no longer able to walk, but instead is usually confined to a wheelchair.[11]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Prince Doran Martell, the Lord of Sunspear, is ordered by King Joffrey I Baratheon to present himself to court to declare his loyalty.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Prince Doran Martell accepts the offer of Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King in Tywin Lannister's stead, of a betrothal between Princess Myrcella Baratheon and Doran's youngest son, Trystane, justice for his murdered sister Elia and her children, and a seat on the king's small council, as well as some castles on the Dornish Marches, in return for his loyalty to the Iron Throne and support of Dorne in the war.[13][14] As part of the deal, he calls his banners.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Prince Doran Martell refuses every suggestion of going to war to avenge his brother Oberyn, who has died in King's Landing while fighting as someone's champion in a trial by battle, as he does not consider his death to have been murder by law.[11] He arrests seven of Oberyn's eight bastard daughters to prevent them from plotting against him, or being used in the plots of others,[11] and later arrests his own daughter and heir, Arianne, after foiling her plot to crown Princess Myrcella Baratheon, with which she hoped to claim Doran's seat.[16]

After having had her confided to solitude for several weeks, Doran reveals that he had been working to restore House Targaryen and rob Lord Tywin Lannister of all he held dear before killing him ever since he learned about his sister's death during Robert's Rebellion. With Viserys Targaryen dead, Doran now wants to ally House Martell with Queen Daenerys Targaryen, and has sent his son Quentyn to Essos to escort her to Westeros.[17][16][9]

A Dance with Dragons

Doran orders his lords and ladies to stall Ser Balon Swann, who is traveling to Sunspear to present Doran with the head of Gregor Clegane, Elia Martell's killer.[9] After Balon has arrived, Doran asks Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand to take the place of their late father and assist him in his plans.[18]

Lords of Sunspear

The known Lords of Sunspear are:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. So Spake Martin: Targaryen History (April 20, 2008)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  18. 18.0 18.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.