Prince Doran Martell is the head of House Martell, Lord of Sunspear and the Water Gardens, as well as being Prince of Dorne. His children are Arianne Martell, Quentyn Martell and Trystane Martell. He is the older brother of Oberyn Martell and Elia Martell.
Doran is unable to walk due to a bad case of gout that has left his knees, toes and hands reddened. Due to this he travels mostly by palanquin, or by use of a wheeled chair designed by Maester Caleotte. He is considered shapeless and soft, and looking older than he truly is.
A Feast for CrowsEdit
Doran learns of his brother's death after a letter arrives at the Water Gardens from King's Landing, although he does not read it straight away. He decides that he has to return to Sunspear to rule during a tumultuous time for Dorne. He is confronted by his nieces in turn, first Obara Sand, who wants all out war, then by Nymeria Sand, who would assassinate Tywin Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister and Tommen I Baratheon, and lastly Tyene Sand, who would have him crown Myrcella Baratheon, and name Trystane as her king. Doran has Areo Hotah put all the Sand Snakes under arrest.