After Elia Martell Targaryen was raped and murdered and her children slaughtered at the hands of Gregor Cleagane, Oberyn was hellbent on revenge, his venom building within him for years. He has not forgotten this slight against him by Tywin Lannister. With this vengeance and anger he raised his daughters. They, too, are passionate, sensual, martial, and quick to anger. All with the Red Viper's intense and piercing eyes, each one takes a piece of Oberyn and intensifies it: Obara is vicious and quick-tempered; Nymeria is swift and noble; Tyene is quiet, deceptive, and knowledgeable of poisons; and Sarella is intellectual and curious. Jealous of how the Sand Snakes were raised, Arianne was expected to marry a man of her father's choosing, as a proper princess would, while Oberyn advises his daughters: "If you would wed, wed. [...] If not, take your pleasure where you find it. There's little enough of it in this world. Choose well, though. If you saddle yourself with a fool or a brute, don't look to me to rid you of him. I gave you the tools to do that for yourself" (Chapter 40, “The Princess in the Tower”, A Feast for Crows). It's best not to even marry a Sand Snake unless he's completely worthy of her, and no one has been yet. Bastards are accepted in Dorne and even loved, unlike in most of Westeros. Could this passion lead the Martell clan to rise in the ranks of power or get themselves killed like their family before them?
|House Martell (Trystane, Quentyn, Arianne, Doran, Elia, Oberyn) by Hogan McLaughlin|
|Elia Martell Targaryen by Elia Fernández|
|Arianne Martell by Lauren Oh|
|Arianne Martell by Matt Olson|
|Arianne Martell by Elia Fernández|
|Arianne and Arys by Magali Villeneueve|