In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Prince Oberyn is hot-headed younger brother of Prince Doran Martell. He has eight bastard daughters, called the Sand Snakes, the four youngest of which by his current paramour, Ellaria Sand.
Oberyn has a lined face with thin eyebrows, black "viper" eyes and a sharp nose. His hair is lustrous and black with only a few silver streaks and recedes from his brow into a widow's peak.
Oberyn is called "the Red Viper" by friend and foe alike due to his penchant for coating his weapons in lethal poisons, so that even a glancing wound will prove fatal.
- Oberyn Martell at A Wiki of Ice and Fire (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
|Lord:||Prince Doran Martell||Heir:|
|Title(s):||Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear|
|Ancestors:||Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell|
|Current members:||Prince Trystane Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell · Ellaria Sand|
|Deceased members:||Princess Elia Martell|
|Household:||Princess Myrcella Baratheon · Septa Eglantine · Ser Arys Oakheart|
|Overlord:||House Baratheon of King's Landing|