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Sand Snakes

From left to right: Obara Sand, Tyene Sand, and Nymeria Sand.

The Sand Snakes are the eight bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell. Although noble-born bastards are often ignored by their parents, Oberyn has acknowledged all his daughters and has loving relationships with each of them. They are all loyal members of House Martell. Their nickname comes from the bastard surname used for noble bastards in Dorne and the nickname of their father, the "Red Viper".

The youngest four of the Sand Snakes are all daughters of Prince Oberyn's paramour, Ellaria Sand.

The Sand SnakesEdit

Family TreeEdit

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Oberyn Martell
Ellaria Sand
Trystane Martell
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8 bastard daughters

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Sand Snakes are infamous throughout Dorne. Their names, in order of age, are Obara, Nymeria, Tyene, Sarella, Elia, Obella, Dorea, and Loreza. Obara was born of a prostitute from Oldtown, Nymeria of a noblewoman from Volantis, Tyene of a septa, Sarella of a trader from the Summer Isles, and the rest of Ellaria Sand. Despite inheriting widely different appearances from their birthmothers, they are all said to have their father's eyes. Being Dornish bastards, they all have the surname "Sand" and are associate members of their father's House.

The oldest four are close friends of Prince Doran Martell's daughter and heir, Princess Arianne.

Each of the eldest four Sand Snakes inherited or took after one of their father's famous traits. Obara has her father's martial prowess. Nymeria inherited Oberyn's good looks, sex drive, and cunning. Tyene has her father's skill with poisons. Sarella inherited her father's keen intellect.

The younger four Sand Snakes do not appear prominently in the first five novels, due to their ages, although Elia is just old enough to share her half-sisters' rapport with Princess Arianne.

See alsoEdit

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Lord: Prince Doran Martell Heir:
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Seat: Sunspear Lands: Dorne
Title(s): Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear
Ancestors:Princess Nymeria · Prince Mors Martell · Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell
Current members:Prince Trystane Martell · Ellaria Sand · Obara Sand · Nymeria Sand · Tyene Sand · Sarella Sand · Elia Sand · Obella Sand · Dorea Sand · Loreza Sand
Deceased members:Prince Lewyn Martell · Princess Elia Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell
Household:Princess Myrcella Baratheon · Septa Eglantine · Ser Arys Oakheart · Areo Hotah
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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