Princess Arianne Martell

Heir to Sunspear


Arianne Martell is the eldest daughter of Prince Doran Martell and, by Dornish custom, is heir to Sunspear. While she presents the face of the dutiful daughter to the world, she is a cunning schemer and dangerous force in the aristocracy of her lands.

Arianne is a striking woman, fully grown, and the object of desire for many suitors. She has long black hair that falls in ringlets to the middle of her back. She is short, just a bit taller than five feet, having inherited her diminutive size from her Norvoshi mother. When attending to matters of politics, she conceals her lush and curvaceous body with flowing silks, jewels, and other ostentatious displays of wealth.

Whether there is truth to her beliefs that her father would have preferred a son instead of a daughter is uncertain, but Arianne believes it, and this knowledge has defined her life. Instead of crippling her with doubts, however, it has made her fiercely independent and tears away any reservations about using the full extent of her resources to get what she wants, including using her physical treasures to seduce and dominate her lovers. She is calculating and clever, a devious player of politics, using lust and love as her weapons and twisting information to suit her ends.

The wedge created by Doran’s perceived intentions aside, Arianneis equally distraught by her father’s methods of rule. She sees him as a weak prince, a ruler who would rather appease his rivals or think to inaction, rather than respond to affronts made to their family. The years under his rule, in Arianne’s eyes, have made Dorne weak, and his inaction shames them all. Arianne believes that her father’s withdrawal to the Water Gardens will possibly give her a chance to prove herself. But as Doran has also given more responsibility to a number of his lesser servants, including his steward and castellan, will Arianne find the influence and power she seeks over Sunspear, or will she feel impotent to take action on behalf of her people?


As Doran Martell’s eldest child, Arianne is his heir in name, but her father’s actions suggest otherwise. For one, to secure her place as the head of House Martell, any marriage she would entertain would have to mirror her own standing. But Arianne soon learned, by her father’s maneuverings, that he had other plans, including marriage pacts that would carry her from Sunspear and thus pass her over and give the seat to Doran’s second born, Quentyn. The proverbial last straw was when she discovered a letter she believed was addressed to Quentyn, suggesting that he would rule after his father. This knowledge, while devastating, hardened her resolve, and if her father would pass her over, he would find doing so difficult.

Princess Arianne Martell

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