Ellaria Sand: Before the Seven Kingdoms, before the Iron Throne, there was Dorne. Twelve thousand years ago, the First Men crossed the land bridge from Essos to here. Of course, they were men, so they soon broke it.
He saw in her a strength to match any man, including his rivals. After she accepted his marriage offer, she set fire to her ships. For fifty leagues, the coast was bright as day, and in the burning light, Princess Nymeria named Mors Martell the Prince of Dorne, in the style of her people. Dorne would be her home or her grave.
For many years, Nymeria and Mors waged war against all rivals. The Jordaynes, Blackmonts, Qorgyles, and even the mighty House Yronwood. They sent no fewer than six self-styled "kings" to The Wall in golden chains. After Mors fell in battle, Nymeria took command of his armies and united Dorne in two years.
She ruled for twenty-seven more, and though she married again, those husbands were little more than councilors and consorts. Dorne was Nymeria, and Nymeria was Dorne.
She survived a dozen attempts on her life, put down two rebellions, and threw back two invasions. And when at last, she died, her eldest child succeeded her (her daughter, not her son), and Dorne followed her because Nymeria had proven that women were equal to men, if not better.
When his sister-wife, Rhaenys, flew her dragon south and demanded Dorne's surrender as well, Princess Meria Martell warned, "I will not fight you, nor will I kneel to you. Dorne has no king. Tell your brother that."
Rhaenys threatened that the next time the Targaryens would come with fire and blood. Meria replied, "You may burn us, my lady, but you will not bend us, break us or make us bow. This is Dorne; you are not wanted here. Return at your peril!"
Generations later, another foolish Targaryen invaded Dorne. He died as well. Eventually, we did join the Seven Kingdoms, but when we wanted and on our terms. If dragons could not conquer us, why should we fear lions?
"Unbowed, unbent, unbroken." The words of House Martell. The words of Dorne. Men may forget, but women always remember. When we were divided, Nymeria united us. When we were invaded, Meria defended us.
- The World of Ice and Fire sourcebook (2014) specifies that Nymeria indeed had four daughters by Mors Martell, and a younger son from her subsequent marriage to Davos Dayne, but it was her eldest daughter by Mors Martell who succeeded her.
- While Aegon I's dragon Balerion was described as black in the main novels, the color of the other two Targaryen dragons during the Conquest (Vhagar and Meraxes) were not given in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. The World of Ice and Fire finally did confirm, however, that Meraxes had silver scales - and indeed, this featurette accurately depicts Meraxes as being silver-white colored. As seen in the video, Meraxes died when a very lucky shot from a scorpion-bolt pierced her through the eye while in mid-flight, driving into her brain and killing her instantly.
- Princess Nymeria
- Lord/Prince Mors Martell
- King Yorick V Yronwood (indirectly mentioned)
- King Vorian Dayne (indirectly mentioned)
- King Garrison Fowler (indirectly mentioned)
- King Lucifer Dryland (indirectly mentioned)
- King Benedict Blackmont (indirectly mentioned)
- King Albin Manwoody (indirectly mentioned)
- Ser Davos Dayne (unnamed)
- King Aegon I Targaryen (mentioned)
- Queen Rhaenys Targaryen
- Meraxes (unnamed)
- Princess Meria Martell
- King Daeron I Targaryen (indirectly mentioned)
- Obara Sand (unnamed)
- Nymeria Sand (unnamed)
- Tyene Sand (unnamed)
- Prince Oberyn Martell (indirectly mentioned)
- House Martell
- House Jordayne (mentioned)
- House Blackmont (mentioned)
- House Qorgyle
- House Yronwood (mentioned)
- House Targaryen
- House Lannister (indirectly mentioned)
- Rhoynish Wars (indirectly mentioned)
- Rhoynar migration
- Nymeria's War
- War of Conquest
- First Dornish War (indirectly mentioned)
- Conquest of Dorne
- Second Trial by Combat of Tyrion Lannister (indirectly mentioned)
- First Men (mentioned)