by Henning Ludvigsen, Fantasy Flight Games ©.
The prince who came too late
|Born||In 281 AC, at Sunspear, Dorne|
|Died||In 300 AC, at Meereen|
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
Prince Quentyn Nymeros Martell, better known simply as Quentyn Martell, is the second child and eldest son of Prince Doran Martell.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Quentyn Martell
Quentyn is short and stocky with a plain face. He is very serious and does not smile easily. Ser Barristan reflects that he "seemed a decent lad, sober, sensible, dutiful … but not the sort to make a young girl's heart beat faster."
At a young age, Quentyn was sent to be fostered by Lord Anders Yronwood, whom he served as a page and squire. He was given his knighthood by Lord Yronwood, turning down the offer of Prince Oberyn Martell, at the age of 18.
A Feast for Crows
Quentyn is believed to be in the Boneway with the host of Lord Yronwood. However, he has crossed the narrow sea in secret. Arianne Martell knows he has crossed the sea and erroneously believes Quentyn is recruiting mercenaries to displace her as heir of Dorne, with the approval of their father.
A Dance with Dragons
Quentyn has been sent across the narrow sea with Cletus Yronwood, Ser Gerris Drinkwater, Ser Willam Wells, Ser Archibald Yronwood and Maester Kedry to bring Daenerys Targaryen to Dorne. Cletus and Willam are slain when their ship, the Meadowlark, is boarded by corsairs and they fight to repel them. Kedry dies as well.
When Quentyn and his companions reach Volantis, Gerris pretends to be a wine merchant looking for a ship to take him and his two "servants" to Meereen. Every captain they try to convince to take them on this journey refuses, and in the end they are forced to consider seeking passage on the smuggler's ship Adventure. No trade ships are leaving for Meereen due to the fighting pits now being closed and the slave trade there banned. Quentyn and his two companions join the Windblown, a mercenary company hired by Yunkai, as a way to reach the Queen.
Quentyn and his companions fight incognito beside the Windblown when they lay siege to Astapor and win the battle. Quentyn is given the nickname "Frog" by the other Windblown. When Quentyn, Gerris and Yronwood are planning to desert the mercenaries, the Tattered Prince, leader of the Windblown, summons them. At first they believe that they are discovered, but soon it becomes clear that the mercenary captain has other plans for them. They are to join a group of Westerosi, all of them part of the company, pretending that they want to leave the Tattered Prince and fight for Daenerys. With this move, the Tattered Prince wants to make sure that if the tides turn he will be still on the winning side.
Once the trio reach Meereen they, along with the other feigned Windblown turncloaks, are presented by Daario to Daenerys in her audience chamber as recruits to the Stormcrows, Once presented Quentyn and his two companions reveal themselves to the Queen as Westerosi knights. Quentyn then hands over to Daenerys a parchment containing a pact that was sealed over 15 years ago, signed by Willem Darry and Oberyn Martell with the Sealord of Braavos witnessing the signatures. The pact was for Viserys Targaryen to wed Princess Arianne Martell in return for Dorne's support in helping him regain his Iron Throne. With Viserys dead, Quentyn now offers himself as a husband for Daenerys in return for the support of Dorne. Daario Naharis mocks Quentyn, saying he is a boy and Daenerys needs a man. This angers Quentyn's companions. Quentyn tries to convince Daenerys that it's not too late to abandon her upcoming marriage to Hizdahr zo Loraq and go back to Westeros. The Queen, however, does not accept Quentyn's proposition. Although Daenerys is courteous to Quentyn and his companions, she urges the Dornish envoy to go home. Later, Barristan Selmy notes that if Gerris were the prince the events may have turned in complete different direction since he is more attractive than Quentyn.
After Daenerys disappears on Drogon's back, Ser Barristan Selmy advises the three Dornishmen to go back to Westeros and forget about the pact, but Quentyn turns the friendly advice of the old knight down, stating that he does not wish to return to Dorne empty handed.
Quentyn's companions are keen to return to Dorne but Quentyn refuses to go. He does not want to return having failed. Quentyn hatches a plan, he hopes that since he has dragon blood in his veins he will be able to tame at least one of Dany's dragons. He goes over to the Tattered Prince, enlisting the Windblown's help in seizing Rhaegal and Viserion. The Tattered Prince agrees in return for Pentos. Quentyn agrees.
However, when Quentyn enters the dragon pit and attempts to tame Viserion, he turns his back on Rhaegal. Too late he realizes his mistake and turns as Rhaegal bathes him in dragonfire. The Windblown mercenaries flee, and both dragons escape. Quentyn dies in Daenerys Targaryen's bed four days later covered in burns. Upon seeing the extent of the prince's injuries, Ser Barristan thinks it would have been better if Rhaegal had just eaten him alive.
Quentyn's father, Doran Martell, is very much aware of his duties as prince of Dorne. Although he seems to love his children, they nevertheless have to play their part in that duty. Quentyn was fostered to the Yronwoods to mend the relation between them and the Martells. While Quentyn was raised by the Yronwoods, he received letters from his father reminding him about his duties. His father also told him to be prepared to become the next prince of Dorne. At this time Doran secretly planned to have Arianne, Quentyn's elder sister, marry Viserys Targaryen.
Later Quentyn goes to the east to marry Daenerys Targaryen as ordered by his father. When his journey is difficult he reminds himself of the trust his father has put into him and feels he cannot disappoint him. This motivates Quentyn to continue the journey regardless of the danger.
Quotes about Quentyn
Your brother Quentyn has a harder road to walk.
She wants fire, and Dorne sent her mud. You could make a poultice out of mud to cool a fever. You could plant seeds in mud and grow a crop to feed your children. Mud would nourish you, where fire would only consume you, but fools and children and young girls would choose fire every time
Quentyn had never felt so much a boy as when he'd stood before Daenerys Targaryen, pleading for her hand. The thought of bedding her terrified him almost as much as her dragons had.
Quotes by Quentyn
I want to go back to Yronwood and kiss both of your sisters, marry Gwyneth Yronwood, watch her flower into beauty, have a child by her. I want to ride in tourneys, hawk and hunt, visit my mother in Norvos, read some of those books my father sends me. I want Cletus and Will and Maester Kedry to be alive again. 
– Quentyn's thoughts
References and Notes
- See the Quentyn Martell calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Quentyn Martell.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 59, The Discarded Knight.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 60, The Spurned Suitor.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 68, The Dragontamer.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.