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For other characters who share the same name, see: Daemon

Ser Daemon Sand is a Dornish knight and bastard of House Allyrion. He serves as Oberyn Martell's squire.


Season 4

Daemon squiring for Prince Oberyn.

Daemon squires for Oberyn Martell during Tyrion's trial by combat, and coats the spearheads of his master's weapons with deadly manticore venom. He witnesses the Red Viper's death at the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane.[1]


Game of Thrones: Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Daemon Sand, also known as "The Bastard of Godsgrace", is Ser Ryon Allyrion's natural born son. He serves Oberyn Martell as squire, and received his knighthood from the Red Viper himself. There are also rumors that he is one of Oberyn's lovers, though this is seldom said to his face.

Daemon is close friends with Arianne Martell, daughter and heir of Prince Doran, and took her maidenhood when they were both fourteen. When Prince Doran learned of this he didn't seek to punish Daemon, but refused to allow him to marry his daughter.

Daemon is first introduced when he arrives at King's Landing among Oberyn's retinue. In A Feast for Crows, Qyburn informs Cersei that Daemon was imprisoned at Doran's command, because he demanded that the Sand Snakes - who were imprisoned to prevent them from igniting a war with the Lannisters - be released. Eventually, Doran has him freed alongside Princess Arianne and the Sand Snakes.

Daemon is present at the feast when Ser Balon Swann arrives at Sunspear to deliver the Mountain's head. He is one of those who express their disapproval by not joining the toast Doran makes to King Tommen.

Currently, he is escorting Arianne to meet the presumed-dead Aegon Targaryen (son of Elia Martell) and Jon Connington; Daemon believe they are impostors.

He is considered to be one of Dorne's finest swordsmen.

House Allyrion belongs to the group known as "Salty Dornishmen", who live along the coasts of Dorne and the Greenblood river system. This group has the most Rhoynar blood of all Dornishmen and generally possess olive skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. Daemon's brief appearance in Season 4 of the TV series did not resemble this, but as it turns out, in the books he is not described as having classic "salty Dornish" features. Instead, he is said to have sky blue eyes and light sandy brown hair. The simple explanation may be that he takes after his non-Allyrion parent in looks, and this parent was either a "stony Dornishman" from the western mountains, or possibly from somewhere outside of Dorne entirely.

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