- "When Aegon's son faced rebellion from the Vulture King of Dorne, my ancestor, Savage Sam Tarly, led the royal forces on a Vulture Hunt. Heartsbane, our ancestral Valyrian sword, and the pride of our house, soon ran red from point to hilt with rebel blood."
- ―Randyll Tarly
When the Dornish Vulture King rebelled against King Aenys, Sam played a leading part in the Vulture Hunt to defeat him. He wielded the family's ancestral Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane, which was said to run red from point to hilt with rebel blood.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Savage Sam's story is the same.