The Captain of the Guards

“The blood oranges are well past ripe,“ Prince Doran observed in a weary voice, when the captain rolled him onto the terrace. 

After that he did not speak again for hours.

Then, from the far side of the palace, the captain Areo Hotah heard the faint drumbeat of boots on marble.

Obara. He knew her stride; long-legged, hasty, angry. She had been heard to boast that she could master any horse in Dorne … and any man as well.  Areo Hotah blocked the way.

"My lady, no farther. The prince does not wish to be disturbed.”

“You are in my way, Hotah. Does he know that my father is dead?”

“He does. He had a bird.”

“Everywhere, women tear their hair and men cry out in rage. The same question is heard on every tongue—what will our prince do to avenge his murdered brother?”

"He does not wish to be disturbed,” Areo Hotah said again.

“Hotah,” said Obara Sand, “you will remove yourself from my path, else I shall take that longaxe and—”

“Captain,” came the command, from behind. “Let her pass. I will speak with her.” The prince’s voice was hoarse.

“My father has been murdered.”

“He was slain in single combat during a trial by battle. By law, that is no murder.”

“He was your brother. What do you mean to do about his death?”

“You would have me go to war?”

“You need not even leave your chair. Let me avenge my father. Let my sisters and me march to sack Oldtown”

“Obara, look at the children, if it please you.”

“It does not please me. I’d get more pleasure from driving my spear into Lord Tywin’s belly.”

"Look,” the prince repeated. “I command you.”

“Your father played that same game once. Quick as a water snake. I oft saw him topple boys much bigger than himself. He reminded me of that the day he left for King’s Landing. He swore that he would do it one more time, else I would never have let him go.”

“As if you could have stopped him. The Red Viper of Dorne went where he would.”

“I wish I had some word of comfort to—"

“Let me use the spear; I ask no more. You have slept too long already.”

Obara turned upon her heel and strode off as angrily as she had come.

A Feast for Crows Chapter 2 (The Captain of the Guards)


All of Prince Oberyn’s daughters have his viper eyes. The color does not matter.

the older sand snakes + taking after their father

Will the real Sandsnakes please stand up?

(Based off their appearance from the books: Obara, Nymeria, Tyene, and Sarella Sand. Each is incredibly distinct, with wildly different skills, appearances, and personalities. They are actual strong female characters, rather than being a squad of stupid, murderous teenagers like in the show.)

August 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6: A Short Plot Summary.
  • Book Sand Snakes: Strong independent characters that mirror Dornish culture and the memory of Oberyn Martell
  • Show Sand Snakes: Ellaria's Angels

anonymous asked:

I've got a ridiculous question- why did Obara's mother claim that Oberyn wasn't her father and she had thousands of others, but name her after Oberyn?! Is it possible she changed her name after she left Oldtown with Oberyn?

I always took that scene not that Obara’s mother truly believed Oberyn was not her daughter’s father, but that she wanted to keep her daughter with her and was attempting to sow doubt in Oberyn’s mind so that he would leave and Obara could stay with her. I mean, this was a man who had, presumably, been out of her life for a number of years (their conversation suggests to me that Oberyn and Obara’s mother had not spoken since before Obara’s birth), and now had come back suddenly to take Obara away, presumably permanently. While Obara’s mother might have named her daughter in honor of her highborn lover (the way Barra’s mother named her for Robert Baratheon), and maybe even hoped that such a sign would lead to Oberyn freeing them from the whorehouse and providing for them, after several lonely years without Oberyn seemingly caring at all about either of them, Obara’s mother might well have been very loath to surrender her daughter to him. That’s why I think she tried to suggest Oberyn was not Obara’s father: if he believed Obara was his, he would take her, and her mother would be left completely alone, trapped forever in an Oldtown brothel.

- NFriel

A prickly, hot-tempered woman who is given to martial pursuits as she considers herself a warrior, wielding a spear, a whip, and a round shield of steel and copper. She is hard, quick, and strong. She is fond of wine and is a confident rider who uses spurs, often to the point where the animal is bloody, and always rides stallions. Obara is a big-boned woman near to thirty, long-legged, with close-set eyes and rat-brown hair.