House Martell

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House Martell
None (Dorne).svg
Coat of arms A gold spear piercing a red sun
Words "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken"
Seat Sunspear
Lord Doran Martell
Region Dorne
Title Prince of Dorne
Heir Arianne Martell
Overlord Robert Baratheon
Founder Mors Martell & Nymeria of the Rhoynar
Founded 1000 years ago

House Martell is a fictional noble family from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. House Martell is the ruling house of the kingdom of Dorne. Their seat is at Sunspear. Their sigil is a gold spear piercing a red sun, and their words are "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken."


House Martell's founding is unknown, except that they were one of the ruling Lords of Dorne which at the time was a coalition of states and petty kingdoms. Lord Mors Martell married the legendary warrior queen of the Rhoyne, Nymeria; thereafter their full surname was changed to "Nymeros Martell." The two united all of Dorne under their rule and House Martell has reigned for the last thousand years. The House follows several Rhoynar customs, using equal primogeniture to determine inheritance and styling their rulers as 'Prince' rather than 'King.'

After two centuries of fighting off Targaryen occupation, House Martell ultmately submitted Dorne to Targaryen rule through marriage between the two houses; their Martell words evoke this feat. King Daeron II, called Daeron the Good, married Princess Myriah Martell, sister of the ruling Prince of Dorne, Maron Martell. In turn Prince Maron married a yet unnamed Targaryen princess, a sister of Daeron. Since then, the Martells have ruled Dorne in the name of the King on the Iron Throne, while keeping the title Prince of Dorne.

House Genealogy

of Dorne
of Norvos
'the Red Viper'
Dorea Sand
Elia Sand

Current members




Doran's sister, Elia, was very close to her brother Oberyn. She married Rhaegar Targaryen, the Prince of Dragonstone and heir to the Iron Throne, and bore him two children: a daughter, Rhaenys and a son, Aegon. She was regarded as a good and gracious woman, although of delicate health. She was present at the Tourney of Harrenhal when her husband selected Lyanna Stark as the Queen of Love and Beauty, although her reaction to what was regarded as an insult to her is unknown.

During Robert's Rebellion, Elia and her children were confined in the Red Keep by King Aerys II as hostages against the obedience of Dorne. When Kings Landing was sacked, and the Red Keep captured, Elia was raped and murdered during the sack of King's Landing by Ser Gregor Clegane, and her children were murdered by retainers sworn to Casterly Rock.

Mellario of Norvos

Princess Mellario Martell is Doran's wife. While traveling in the Free_Cities, Doran met and fell in love with her for her beautiful dark skin. Areo Hotah, Sunspear's captain of the guards, originally accompanied her from her native city as her sworn protector. She was angered when Doran sent Quentyn away to Yronwood to be fostered. Unfamiliar with the foreign custom, she saw it as a "selling of flesh", causing a rift between Mellario and her husband. She has since returned to her family in the city of Norvos.



Quentyn Martell is the elder son of Doran Martell, but not his heir owing to Dornish law. Quentyn was fostered as the ward and squire of Lord Anders Yronwood to make peace with the house, after the previous Lord Yronwood died from poisoned wounds taken in a duel to first blood with Oberyn.

Quentyn is a new POV character introduced in A Dance with Dragons. He has been sent on a journey to the East by Doran to bring back his family's "heart's desire." Doran has not disclosed what that desire is, but refers to it as "vengeance," "justice" and "fire and blood." It has yet to be revealed exactly what Doran intends Quentyn to do, but it is worth noting that "Fire and Blood" are the house words of House Targaryen, and that the cyvasse piece he held was a dragon. This would imply that Prince Quentyn's quest would possibly be to retrieve Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen and the self-proclaimed Queen of Westeros.


Trystane Martell is the younger son and third child of Doran and Mellario. He is dark in coloring, with shiny black hair.

Trystane was betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon in order to ensure Dorne's support of King Joffrey in the War of the Five Kings. The two children reportedly got along well.

Sand Snakes

Past and historic members

  • Myriah Martell. Wife of King Daeron II. Their marriage brought Dorne into the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Maron Martell. He was prince of Dorne. Daeron II gave him his sister in marriage although she was in love with Daemon Blackfire

Houses sworn to House Martell

  • Allyrion of Godsgrace.
  • Blackmont of Blackmont.
  • Dalt of Lemonwood.
  • Dayne of Starfall.
    • Dayne of High Hermitage a cadet branch of the former.
  • Fowler of Skyreach. The Lord of House Fowler is titled Warden of the Prince's Pass. The current Lord of Skyreach has twin daughters, who are companions and bedmates of Princess Arianne.
  • Gargalen of Salt Shore.
  • Jordayne of the Tor.
  • Manwoody of Kingsgrave.
  • Qorgyle of Sandstone.
  • Santagar of Spottswood.
  • Toland of Ghost Hill.
  • Uller of the Hellholt.
  • Vaith of the Red Dunes
  • Wyl of Wyl.
  • Yronwood of Yronwood. House Yronwood is accounted the most powerful of the bannerhouses sworn to House Martell. The Lord is titled Warden of the Boneway and The Bloodroyal.

References and Sources

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