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Monday, June 29, 2015

Game of Thrones

Sigil - House Martell
 House Martell

House Martells full name is Nymeros Martell of Sunspear denoting it is in the line of Nymeria.  It is located in South-Eastern Dorne at Sunspear.  Their words are Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken and their sigil is a combination of Nymeria's Sun and the Spear of the Martells.  House Martell was founded by an Andal Morgan Martell and led the defeat of the First Men in the area of the Greenblood River and the Broken Arm.  The Martells were not kings at this time but vassals of Kings from Houses Jordayne, Allyrion and Yronwood.  

During the Rhoynish Wars Nymeria the Rhoynish warrior queen invaded Westeros, married Mors Martell and united Dorne under their rule.  Under Rhoynish customs there was no King only a Prince and title passed to the oldest child regardless of gender.  The Palace at Sunspear was also built in Rhoynish fashion. 

During the War of Conquest the Martells remained unconquered and were independent for 200 years after the Targaryens united Westeros.  The Dornish eventually joined the Targaryens when King Daeron II married Myriah Martell and Prince Maron Martell married Daeron's sister Daenerys.

Elia Martell married Rhaegar Targaryen even though Tywin Lannister thought she should marry Jaime and Cersei marry Rhaegar.  Rhaegar subsequently "kidnapped" Lyanna Stark and Elia died at the hands of the mountain - Gregor Cleagane during the rebellion of Robert Baratheon.  

Following the murder of Joffrey Baratheon Oberyn Martell is killed by Gregor Clegane in a trial by combat for Tyrion Lannister.

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