House Martell of Sunspear is a legally extinct Great House of Westeros. It ruled the peninsula of Dorne in the far south of the continent from their castle Sunspear. Though loyal to the Iron Throne, the Martells were never conquered by the Targaryens and pursued a more isolated role in wider political events since Robert’s Rebellion.


…Archmaester Brude, who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. “One is hot and one is cold, yet these ancient kingdoms of sand and snow are set apart from the rest of Westeros by history, culture, and tradition. Both are thinly peopled, compared to the lands betwixt. Both cling stubbornly to their own laws and their own traditions. Neither was ever truly conquered by the dragons. The King in the North accepted Aegon Targaryen as his overlord peaceably, whilst Dorne resisted the might of the Targaryens valiantly for almost two hundred years, before finally submitting to the Iron Throne through marriage. Dornishmen and Northmen alike are derided as savages by the ignorant of the five ‘civilized’ kingdoms, and celebrated for their valor by those who have crossed swords with them.”…


asoiaf meme: [2/2] pre-series characters ➢ nymeria, queen of the rhoynar

“That is Nymeria’s star, burning bright, and that milky band behind her, those are ten thousand ships. She burned as bright as any man, and so shall I.”

House Toland, Lords of Ghost Hill, Sworn to Martell

House Toland is a Dornish noble house sworn to Sunspear, one of the Martells’ principal bannermen, Its seat is Ghost Hill. Their arms depict a green dragon biting its tail on gold, it is claimed to symbolise the cyclical nature of time however it is actually a subtle jab at the Targaryens. House Tolands successfully resisted the dragons of Aegon the Conqueror during the War of Conquest through a successful ruse. When Aegon arrived atop Balerion Lord Toland sent out his champion to face Aegon. After Aegon slew the man, he learned that the man was Lord Toland’s mad fool, and that Lord Toland himself had escaped. In later days, the Tolands would change their banner of a ghost to take a new banner, showing a dragon biting its own tail, with the colors green in gold in memory of the motley of their brave fool. 

The current Lord of Ghost Hill is Lady Nymella Toland, she is an ally of Doran and hosts Arianne and their party when they stay at Ghost Hill on their way to meet Jon Connington. Lady Nymella has two daughters the youngest Teora is said to have prophetic dreams, when Arianne Martell and her companions arrive at Ghost Hill a feast is held in their honour and Teora, who is present, tells Arianne; “They were dancing. In my dream. And everywhere the dragons danced the people died”

I got this magnificent Game of Thrones sketchbook, and it only seems right to fill it exclusively with Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire characters. Here’s a small batch from the first go-around. The names are in the tags, but see if you can guess. 


What Nymeria Princess of the Rhoyne, Dar Sara

Nymeria ruled in Ny Sar a city on the River Rhoyne. When the Valyrian Freehold conquered the Rhoyne with their dragons, Nymeria led the surviving Rhoynar into exile from Essos. For a time Nymeria and her refugees lived on Abulu, one of the Summer Islands now known as the Isle of Women. She then brought ten thousand ships across the narrow sea to the shores of Dorne in southern Westeros. She struck an alliance with House Martell of Sunspear, taking Lord Mors as her husband and burning the Rhoynar fleet, to signify the end of their roaming. The Martell-Rhoynar alliance conquered the rest of Dorne.Nymeria sent six defeated Dornish kings to join the Night’s Watch. Nymeria became the first Queen of Dorne