nymeria of rhoyne

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For nine years Mors fought King Yorick Yronwood. When he fell in battle Nymeria herself took full control of his forces, and after another two years Yorick was forced to submit to the princess. Nymeria married twice more and had both sons and daughters, but it was her eldest daughter by Mors who succeeded her reign. A precedent was set; the Rhoynar tradition of equal inheritance became rooted in Dornish culture and remains so to this day. (TWOIAF PG 25)

What Druselka, a Rhoynish Priestess, would have worn

Druselka took part in the Rhoynar migration, when Princess Nymeria took her people to flee from the Valyrians. 

Nymeria led the Rhoynar first to the Basilisk Isles, where they were attacked by corsairs. She refused the corsairs’ offer to settle on the Isle of Toads, and the Rhoynar continued on to Sothoryos, where they struggled to survive at Basilisk Point, Zamettar, and Yeen. After an unsuccessful year in Sothoryos, the Rhoynar set sail and travelled again, this time for three years. They were welcomed at Naath, but left when they become afflicted with a deadly illness on the isle. Nymeria led them next to Abulu in the Summer Islands, which became known after as the Isle of Women, but they were unable to grow enough food on the isle. When they realised they had to leave Druselka split form Nymeria, claiming she could hear Mother Rhoyne (the gogdess and creator of the Rhoyne) calling her children home. So the people split some choosing to return home to the abandoned and ruined Rhoynish cities, and the others to continue searching for a new home with Nymeria, who eventually arrived in Dorne.

However when Druselka and her followers arrived home they found the Valyrian’s waiting for them to hunt them down and enslave them.

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The Signs as Pre-’Game of Thrones’ Characters (Part I)

Aries//Theon Stark

Alias: The Hungry Wolf
Title: King in the North
Royal House: House Stark

Theon Stark defended the North from the Andals in the Andal invasion. After he defeated Argos Sevenstar in the Battle of the Weeping Water he sailed across the Narrow Sea to the coast of Andalos with Argos body put up on the prow of his ship for everyone to see. Then he continued his revenge by burning Andal villages, displaying the spiked heads of his victims on the coastline as a warning for future invaders. Theon Stark was a superb conqueror and a wise strategist in times of war. In the crypt of Winterfell he is displayed as thin, with long hair and a skinny beard. 

Taurus//Artys I Arryn

Alias: Winged Knight
Title: King of Mountain and Vale
Royal House: House Arryn

Artys I Arryn is a legendary hero, born of true Andal blood. The moon and the falcon were displayed on his shield and falcon’s wings adorned his silver war helmet. He is known as the greatest warrior of his time, cunning, resourceful and loved as well as trusted by those following him into battles. The Andals found their leader in the Winged Knight and fought under him against Robar II Royce, leader of the First Men. In the Battle of the Seven Stars, he possibly killed Robar himself and after their victory, the Andals made him King of Mountain and Vale and thus the Arryn dynasty was born.

Gemini//Shiera Seastar

Allegiance: House Targaryen
Culture: Valyrian

Shiera Seastar was the last Great Bastard of Aegon IV Targaryen and known as the most beautiful woman of Westeros. She had long silver-gold hair, a heart-shaped face, two different coloured eyes (one green and the other blue) and was a great seductress. Lady Shiera was a skilled reader, maintaining a huge library and speaking many languages. People even suspected her to master dark arts. Shiera never married but many suitors fought battles in her favour, the most famous amongst them being Brynden Rivers and Aegor Rivers. It was rumoured that she bathed in the blood of maidens to maintin her beauty.

Cancer//Garth Greenhands

Alias: Garth the Green
Title: High King of the First Men
Culture: First Men

Garth Greenhands is a mythical king who supposedly wore a crown of vine and flowers and made the land bloom. Some legends picture him as the High King who led the First Men across the Arm of Dorne. According to other songs, he was the first human in Westeros or a green god that demands blood sacrifices from is worshippers to ensure a fruitful harvest. It is told that he taught men how to farm, giving them seeds and helping with their harvest. In old lore, he carries a canvas full of seeds with him to fill the world with trees, fruits and flowers. And he did not only bring fertility to the land but to women, making barren ones fruitful, gifting mothers with twins or triplets and making young girls flower at his smile.

Leo//Daena Targaryen

Alias: Daena the Defiant
Title: Princess
Royal House: House Targaryen

Daena Targaryen was the eldest daughter of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera Velaryon and the most famous amongst the three daughters. She was widely admired for her fierceness, her daring nature and strong will. With her striking Targaryen looks and her wild and fearless personality she was definitely one of the most attractive women in Westeros. Daena was a refined horsewoman and very skilled in hunting and archery but she was never allowed to take part in a  tourney even though she wanted to desperately. The Princess admired her father and her brother and always wore a three-headed dragon pendant given to her as a present by the king.

Virgo//Nymeria of Ny Sar

Alias: Nymeria of the Royne
Title: Princess, Queen
Allegiance: House Martell

Before the Valyrian Freehold came and conquered the Rhoyne, Nymeria was the ruler of Ny Sar where her palace stood. She led those of her people who had survived into exile from Essos and lived with them for a while on the Summer Islands as refugees. She then decided to take her fleet to Dorne to strike an alliance with the Martells of Sunspear, marrying Mors Martell and burning the Rhoynar ships. She conquered the rest of Dorne together with the Martells and defeated six Dornish kings. Today she is known as the Warrior Queen and widely admired for her bravery and loyalty towards her people. She’s an idol and inspiration for many women, such as young Arya Stark who even named her direwolf after Nymeria.

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A LONG TIME AGO: Nymeria’s journey was not an easy one. Many of her people turned back and were made into slaves, and hundreds more were lost between the Isle of Toads, Sothoryos, the Summer Isles, and the Stepstones. When at last she landed in Dorne her party was severely depleted. The Lord of the Sandstone, Mors Martell, found himself quickly enamored with the Rhoynish princess. She was beautiful, strong-willed, powerful, and ambitious. The two were wedded soon after. Hundreds of Mors’s men took followed his lead and took Rhoynish women for wives or mistresses. Nymeria set her ships aflame to cement a new truth: Dorne was her home and here her people would flourish. 

(TWOIAF PGS 24-25)

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[requested by anonymous] nymeria of the rhoyne 

To celebrate [her union with Mors Martell, and the integration of her people into the House Martell], and make certain her people could not again retreat to the sea, Nymeria burned the Rhoynish ships. “Our wanderings are at an end,” she declared. “We have found a new home, and here we shall live and die.

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Princess Nymeria named Mors Martell the Prince of Dorne, in the Rhoynish style, asserting his dominion over “the red sands and the white, and all the lands and rivers from the mountains to the great salt sea.” Such supremacy was easier to declare than to achieve, however. Years of war followed, as the Martells and their Rhoynar partners met and subdued one petty king after another. No fewer than six conquered kings were sent to the Wall in golden fetters by Nymeria and her prince, until only the greatest of their foes remained: Yorick Yronwood, Warden of the Stone Way, Knight of the Wells, King of the Redmarch, King of the Greenbelt, and King of the Dornish. (TWOIAF PG 25)

DAY TWENTY: PRINCESS NYMERIA OF THE RHOYNE

Higher on the Rhoyne, in Ny Sar, Princess Nymeria soon received the news of Garin’s shattering defeat and the enslavement of the people of Chroyane and Sar Mell. The same fate awaited her own city, she saw. Accordingly, she gathered every ship that remained upon the Rhoyne, large or small, and filled them full of as many women and children as they could carry (for almost all the men of fighting age had marched with Garin, and died).  

(TWOIAF PG 23)

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