House Martell Fancasts I like

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Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud as Doran Martell

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Persian actress Nazanin Boniadi as Arianne Martell

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Or… Moroccan actress Emmanuelle Chriqui as Arianne Martell

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Indian/Dutch actress Janina Gavankar as Nymeria Sand(GRRM APPROVED)

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Burmese/Indian/Malay/British actess Zuleikha Robinson as Obara Sand(I know she is much too pretty, but her acting is amazing for Obara)

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Turkish actress Naz Elmas as Tyene Sand

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British actress Kehinde Fadipe as Sarella Sand

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Or… Tanzanian/Chinese Chipo Chung as Sarella Sand

I don’t have any male actors I love for Quentyn and Trystane, so if you guy have any suggestions please tell :)

The World of Ice and Fire - A pile of dead along the Rhoyne.

Against their fires, the Rhoynar could not stand. Tens of thousands burned whilst others rushed into the river, hoping that the embrace of Mother Rhoyne would offer them protection against dragonflame … only to drown in their mother’s embrace.

Artist: Arthur Bozonnet

Jewelry for Queen Nymeria of the Rhoyne, conqueror of Dorne. 

The Martells of old used a spear as their emblem, while Nymeria & the Rhoynar used the sun as theirs. These were combined, when Nymeria wed King Mors Martell, into a gold spear piercing a red sun on an orange field.

Gods of Essos and Westeros → Mother Rhoyne

“They are the Rhoynar,” Arianne explained, “and their Mother was the river Rhoyne.”

Myrcella did not understand. “I thought you were the Rhoynar. You Dornishmen, I mean.”

“We are in part, Your Grace. Nymeria’s blood is in me, along with that of Mors Martell, the Dornish lord she married. On the day they wed, Nymeria fired her ships, so her people would understand that there could be no going back. Most were glad to see those flames, for their voyagings had been long and terrible before they came to Dorne, and many and more had been lost to storm, disease, and slavery. There were a few who mourned, however. They did not love this dry red land or its seven-faced god, so they clung to their old ways, hammered boats together from the hulks of the burned ships, and became the orphans of the Greenblood. The Mother in their songs is not our Mother, but Mother Rhoyne, whose waters nourished them from the dawn of days.

“I’d heard the Rhoynar had some turtle god,” said Ser Arys.

“The Old Man of the River is a lesser god,” said Garin. “He was born from Mother River too, and fought the Crab King to win dominion over all who dwell beneath the flowing waters.”

Stone men are people inflicted by greyscale in the area known as the Sorrows. They are known to congregate on the Bridge of Dream. Thrice each year the triarchs of Volantis send a galley upriver to feed the ones afflicted, but many of the crew often succumb to the disease themselves. Their leader is believed to be the Shrouded Lord.

The Shrouded Lord, also known as His Grey Grace and the Prince of Sorrows, is a mysterious figure. Many say his is just a legend. He spreads greyscale through the grey kiss, although he does not bestow his kiss lightly. According to some rumors, he is thought to be Prince Garin himself, risen from his watery grave. Others believe that there have been numerous Shrouded Lords, and when one dies another one takes his place; the one currently holding the title is a corsair from the Basilisk Isles. there is yet another version of the tale, in which the Shrouded Lord was a statue at first, and a grey woman from the fog kissed life to it with lips as cold as ice. They say the Shrouded Lord will grant a boon to any man who can make him laugh. 

Mother Rhoyne

On thousand ships so long ago we left you
By Nymeria’s flames made orphan
In pauper’s streams now in vain we seek you
Among Dorne’s windy sands adrift

Some stranger’s oars your currents now caress
As they flow past our cities once resplendent
"There ghosts do dwell" fearfully they whisper
By NySar’s golden domes where sly crows nest

Weeping grey tears of loss for us that left you
Your cruel lord in misty shrouds your garb
And watch his cursed subjects turn to stone
Your sorrows, our sin that never is forgiven

by MrsManderly

anonymous asked:

I've seen somewhere that in TWoIaF, Nymerya is described as a commander and princess instead of warrior and queen... do you think it has something to do with grrm plans for Arya?

Nymeria was a princess of the Rhoyne (like how Arya is technically a princess now,) but she became a queen later. To quote TWoIaF:

Nymeria herself remained the unquestioned ruler of Dorne for almost twenty-seven years, her husbands serving only as counselors and consorts. She survived a dozen attempts upon her life, put down two rebellions, and threw back two invasions by the Storm King Durran the Third and one by King Greydon of the Reach…

She was the ruler of Dorne. As for the warrior tidbit, it’s not really clear. I’ve spoken about the inconsistencies in describing Nymeria here, but in TWoIaF:

Nymeria, the fierce and beautiful warrior queen who had led her people across the world to keep them free.It is said that, amongst the Rhoynar who came to Dorne with Nymeria, eight of every ten were women … but a quarter of those were warriors, in the Rhoynish tradition, and even those who did not fight had been hardened during their travels and travails.

To me, that seems similar to the way Arya is a “warrior”. Despite a lack of physical strength or actual training in combat/arms, a hardened life in a kill or be killed existence and an expectation that you have to protect yourself, yeah, that sounds more like the way in which Arya is a “warrior”. 

But do I think that has anything to do with what GRRM plans for Arya? Oh, yeah. Seriously click on that meta link because it sums up my thoughts pretty well on the Nymeria/Arya connection

Really, all you need to remember in my mind to confirm the Arya/Nymeria connection is going somewhere is that 1) the direwolves are “a part of the Stark” as stated repeatedly and were the basis of the whole series, 2) Arya is the only Stark who named her direwolf after someone, a real person. It’s going somewhere, I’m positive. Read the linked meta because that maps it out pretty extensively.

For what’s not in that meta, there’s some speculation about Arya and Hardhome that kind of go with the Arya/Nymeria connection, which you may or may not know of. Basically here are the basic facts-

“I know why the Sealord seized the Goodheart. She was carrying slaves. Hundreds of slaves, women and children, roped together in her hold.” Braavos had been founded by escaped slaves, and the slave trade was forbidden here.

“I know where the slaves came from. They were wildlings from West-eros, from a place called Hardhome. An old ruined place, accursed.” Old Nan had told her tales of Hardhome, back at Winterfell when she had still been Arya Stark. “After the big battle where the King-Beyond-the-Wall was killed, the wildlings ran away, and this woods witch said that if they went to Hardhome, ships would come and carry them away to someplace warm. But no ships came, except these two Lyseni pirates, Goodheart and Elephant, that had been driven north by a storm. They dropped anchor off Hardhome to make repairs, and saw the wildlings, but there were thousands and they didn’t have room for all of them, so they said they’d just take the women and the children. The wildlings had nothing to eat, so the men sent out their wives and daughters, but as soon as the ships were out to sea, the Lyseni drove them below and roped them up. They meant to sell them all in Lys. Only then they ran into another storm and the ships were parted. The Goodheart was so damaged her captain had no choice but to put in here, but the Elephant may have made it back to Lys. The Lyseni at Pynto’s think that she’ll return with more ships. The price of slaves is rising, they said, and there are thousands more women and children at Hardhome.” Arya, ADWD

  • She’s going to have to go to somewhere when returning to Braavos and wind up at the Wall conflict, Hardhome’s possible
  • Thousands of women and children in Hardhome stranded and dying in need of salvationre/sea travel potentially… why that sounds like Princess Nymeria’s crew, doesn’t it?
  • The Hardhome plot is still affecting Jon and the Wall’s plotline and doesn’t have an obvious solution at the moment but needs to be resolved somehow
  • Jon was all set to go save those at Hardhome before he was stabbed, partially for “Arya”- seems like a good connector of those storylines and a fair bit of irony especially since Jon thinks of dealing with Hardhome while contemplating sending “Arya” to Braavos with protection because she’s just a child (dramatic irony there) on the same page

Those are just the bare basic facts and why people are speculating this. The fact is that Arya is the ultimate wildcard character. Jon, Dany, Tyrion, Bran, Sansa, Jaime, Cersei, and so on- you can kind of guess where their characters are going. In fact, the outlines seem pretty obvious, you can at least wager a guess.

Arya is a wildcard and her character could go in many different directions to affect the plot. All we really know is that she will greatly affect the plot- the hows, whys, and whens are yet to be determined though.

Do I think Arya/Hardhome speculation will happen? I definitely think it’s possible, but so are a lot of things with Arya’s storyline.

But yeah, I’m sure that the Arya/Nymeria connection is worth speculating about and going somewhere. 

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The World of Ice and Fire | They raised their elegant towns and cities from the headwaters of the Rhoyne down to her mouth, each lovelier than the last.

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We know how GRRM likes to borrow from history and there is one couple I found in World of Ice and Fire that fits the famous historical couple of Isabel I and Fernando II of Castile and Aragon. Nymeria and Mors Martell. Nymeria was the ruler of the Rhoyne and following the Valyrians’ invasion, she and her people fled in hundreds of ship and they traveled for many years until they finally settled on Dorne. Dorne up until this point was a country divided into many different kingdoms. The hardest one to conquer was the one ruled by the Yronwoods who later became the Martells’ subjects as did the other families when Nymeria led a harsher campaign to subdue them. Six kings were forced to abdicate and sent to the wall as punishment. Nymeria and Mors were the first true rulers of Dorne, a unified Dorne.

Like Isabel and Ferdinand, both were feared, loved and respected. Nymeria and Isabel the “warrior queens” of Dorne and Spain respectively never fought a single battle, but they did lead their armies into battle. Nymeria was not afraid to interact with her soldiers and inspect her armies, Isabel would ride into the soldiers’ tent, asking them how they were and inspecting her troops minutes before she and her generals gave the order to engage in battle.

Ferdinand and Mors were militant as well, they had to be for their wives to accomplish all that they set out to do to make their kingdoms and their husband’s (in Nymeria’s case) a unified country.

But there is one important difference to this story. Nymeria didn’t die first. After Mors died she married two more times, one of her husbands was none other than a Dayne, one of the grander Houses of Dorne whose formidable warriors earned the right to be called Sword of the Morning.

Ferdinand outlived his spouse and went on to marry a French royal, this marriage brought him nothing but criticism on the part of his wife’s kingdom and his youngest daughter’s adoptive country, where she sought to marry the next in line to the throne. His marriage worried the English King, the first Tudor monarch who saw this as an affront since England and France had been at war for many years. And he had made accusations against his eldest daughter who now ruled Castile with her husband Philip “the handsome”, claiming she was mad and Philip was an incompetent ruler, ruling in her stead. Of these, the latter was true. Philip was handsome and cultured but he was incompetent. Juana has been judged mad by many male historians and psychiatrists, especially early twentieth century psychiatrists who often used the same judgment for any woman who refused to agree with her husband or voiced opposition to the establishment. (Some of these women were jailed or put in a psychiatric ward where they were turned into vegetables). Modern historians now take a more realistic approach. Juana at best was as Cersei Lannister, she was faithful and dutiful to her husband unlike the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but she exhibited the same kind of behavior. She would throw temper tantrums to get what she wanted and as Cersei, she was fiercely ambitious and she saw no other queen and leader as capable as herself, and much of her later resentments derived from her frustrations of her marriage and the power struggle between herself and her father after Philip died. When his son in law died, Ferdinand took advantage of the situation, hating the way that his daughter was giving Philip a grand funeral that would place him on par with the greatest kings of Castile. This was a political move done to emphasize her great ancestry, but more than that to emphasize her sons’ right to the Castilian *and* the Aragonese throne (which Ferdinand was desperate to take away from her and her sons, but unfortunately for him, he never had any sons by Germaine). This failed and Ferdinand started a campaign to discredit her once more, and he locked her up and she remained locked up when her son took the throne until her death in 1551.

Who knows how Mors would have acted if Nymeria died? Would he have done the same to their daughters? Dorne never had any Salic Law, Nymeria and Mors imposed the law of primogeniture which meant that the first child would inherit everything regardless of his or her gender. But given the power struggle at the time of Dorne’s unification, Mors would have probably faced the same problems as his historical counterpart.

Nymeria and Isabel were amongst the most popular monarchs in Dornish and Spanish history. They could be ruthless but they could also be gentle and they had a natural charisma which won many people over, especially the common people. There is not a lot about Mors but it seems that it was Nymeria who was able to keep a better control of their new kingdom through those two traits as her historical counterpart.It is no wonder then, why Ferdinand faced many problems after his wife died. He did retain control of both kingdoms in the end, but it was never easy and it does make you wonder if Isabel had lived, would things have been better and would she have kept things in order like Nymeria did? Who knows it is one of those what-ifs that GRRM seems to answer with the examples of Mors and Nymeria.