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House Dayne is a noble house from Dorne and a vassal to House Martell of Sunspear. Their seat is the castle of Starfall.

Their ancestral weapon is Dawn, a blade forged from the metal of a fallen star. The Dayne knight that bears the sword is granted the title of "the Sword of the Morning".

House Dayne's sigil consists of a white sword and a falling star on a purple field.

History

House Dayne can trace its roots back to the Dawn Age. Starfall is built on an island at the mouth of the Torrentine River, where the first Dayne is said to have tracked a falling star and found a magical stone.[1] In present-day Westeros, House Dayne is best known for their ancestral sword, Dawn, and the "Sword of the Morning" who wields it.

Although considered "stony" Dornishmen, who possess fairer coloring than the rest of the Dornish population, the Daynes' appearance is different even from this exclusive group; many have blue or purple eyes, and hair color ranges from dark to pale blond.

House Dayne fought several battles with houses from the Reach. King Vorian Dayne was defeated by House Martell in Nymeria's War, though because of his honor, Nymeria sent him to The Wall with golden fetters and married his heir, Davos Dayne. Since then, House Dayne has been fiercely loyal to House Martell. They assisted the Martells in unifying Dorne and subduing other Dornish houses. During Aegon I Targaryen's War of Conquest, Lord Joffrey Dayne led an army to Oldtown.[2]

The Martells and their vassals rallied behind the Targaryens in Robert's Rebellion. The legendary knight Arthur Dayne was killed in the Showdown at the Red Mountains, one of the last battles in the war. Although killing or disarming all of his opponents with ease, he was stabbed in the back by Howland Reed, whom he thought he had mortally wounded early in the fight, and subsequently killed by Eddard Stark.[3] Dawn was subsequently returned to Starfall by Lord Stark.

Known members

Ancestors

  • King Vorian Dayne, the Evening Star, last King of the Torrentine. defeated by Nymeria Martell and sent to the Wall.
  • Davos Dayne, son of King Vorian and a previous Sword of the Morning. Married to Nymeria Martell after his father's defeat.
  • Ser Joffrey Dayne, led a force to attack Oldtown during the First Dornish War.

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In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, members of House Dayne are Stony Dornishmen, whose characteristics mostly resemble the rest of the Seven Kingdoms in look, customs and traditions (being composed of the same First Men/Andal mixture). Unlike the rest of the more Rhoynish-looking Dornishmen, however, they have pale skin with hair ranging from dark brown to pale blond and they often have violet eyes, though according to George R.R. Martin they are not of Valyrian descent.

Members in the books:

  • Ser {Arthur Dayne} aka the Sword of the Morning, his uncle. Died at the Tower of Joy.
  • {Ashara Dayne}, his aunt. The manner of her death remains a mystery.
  • Allyria Dayne, his aunt.
  • Ser Gerold Dayne aka Darkstar, from a lesser branch of the family seated at High Hermitage. Is known to be a highly skilled knight. Attempted to murder Myrcella Baratheon (who survived but was terribly disfigured), when Arianne Martell's plan to crown her failed. Currently is on the run, being pursed by Obara Sand.

See also

References

  1. The World of Ice and Fire, Kingdoms of the First Men.
  2. House Dayne (Histories & Lore)
  3. "Oathbreaker"