Dorne is the large peninsula which makes up the southern-most part of Westeros, and is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms. The lords of the ruling House Nymeros Martell style themselves "Prince" and "Princess" in the Rhoynish fashion.
The Martells rule from their capital, Sunspear, outside of which sprawls the shadow city.
The Conquest and Since Edit
Aegon I Targaryen invaded Westeros and in his War of Conquest subjugated all of the Westerosi kings one by one, except Dorne. One of Aegon's sisters, Rhaenys Targaryen, flew on her dragon, Meraxes, above the Dornishmen guarding the Prince's Pass, but each Dornish castle she visited was abandoned. When she came to Sunspear, she was met by Princess Meria Martell, who warned that the Targaryens would face peril if they attacked Dorne.
In 4 AC, however, Aegon I announced another campaign, which became the First Dornish War. Whereas other kings and lords had taken to the field against Aegon, or clustered in castles, the Dornish refused to give open battle and allow Aegon to deploy his dragons. Instead, they turned to ambush and raids, striking quickly and then slipping back into the desert or through the mountain passes, where even the dragons could not find them.
Aegon's younger sister-wife, Queen Rhaenys, participated in this war, which eventually lead to her death. Meraxes was also killed, being hit in the eye by a scorpion at the Hellholt. In time, Aegon pulled away from Dorne.
In 110 AC, Dorne joined the Triarchy in the war against Prince Daemon Targaryen for control of the Stepstones.
A century and a half after the Conquest, King Daeron I Targaryen, the Young Dragon, managed to do what his ancestor could not and successfully subdued the kingdom. Unfortunately, Dorne almost immediately rose in rebellion. In the resulting conflict, forty thousand soldiers gave their lives and Prince Baelor Targaryen was murdered under a banner of peace.
Recent Events Edit
The Principal Houses of Dorne Edit
Though the Martells rule Dorne, and have for thousands of years, the lords who pay them fealty are an ancient and storied people. Strong, deadly, and rightfully proud, the many nobles of Dorne have histories and lineages as ancient as the very sands of their realm - the greatest of these houses are listed below.
House Dayne of Starfall Edit
House Allyrion of Godsgrace Edit
House Blackmont of Blackmont Edit
House Fowler of Skyreach Edit
House Jordayne of the Tor Edit
House Qorgyle of Sandstone Edit
House Santagar of Spottswood Edit
House Toland of Ghost Hill Edit
House Uller of Hellholt Edit
House Vaith of Vaith Edit
House Yronwood of Yronwood Edit