Oberyn Martell, also known as The Red Viper, is the Prince of Dorne and brother to Elia of Dorne, the murdered wife of Rhaegar Targaryen. He is named the Red Viper for using a poisoned sword to kill a man in a duel to first blood.
Appearance and Character Edit
Oberyn has a lined face with thin eyebrows, black "viper" eyes and a sharp nose.His hair is lustrous and black with only a few silver streaks and recedes from his brow into a widow's peak.
Oberyn is a forceful, lusty man with a quick wit and barbed tongue. He studied at the Citadel for a while, and apparently forged several maester links but eventually grew bored and left the order. Oberyn had traveled the world, and even founded his own mercenary company. He had a very close relationship with his sister Elia, and they were inseparable as children. Some rumors hold that he is bisexual. His squire (and one of his many rumored lovers) is Daemon Sand.
Oberyn rides a black stallion with a tail the color of fire. He wears a pale red silk cloak and a shirt armored with overlapping discs of bright copper. His helm is adorned with a copper sun and he owns a steel round shield in the Dornish style that is decorated with the sigil of House Martell.
Oberyn is an exceptional fighter, his speed and skill with both spear and sword are renowned. In battle, along with his brightly-polished round shield, Oberyn wields an ash spear eight feet long with a steel spearhead and spike. He chooses to wear lightly armored greaves, vambraces, gorget, spaulder and steel codpiece, in addition to supple leather and flowing silk. He wears a helm without a visor and scales of gleaming copper over his byrnie.
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A Storm of Swords Edit
He rides to Kings Landing to attend the wedding of King Joffrey, but also seek justice for his murdered family members. However Tywin Lannister refuses to give up Ser Gregor Clegane, The Mountain That Rides, because he is such an effective murderer. So Oberyn decides to act as champion of Tyrion Lannister against Ser Gregor in hopes to attain the revenge he yearns. He uses a spear covered in poison, the spear being the sigil of house Martell, to counter the arm span of Gregor and his own speed to counter the Mountain's ferocity. He shouts "Elia of Dorne you raped her, you murdered her. You killed her children." After wearing down the Mountain he goes in for the kill and stabs Ser Gregor through the chest, but as he stands over him, The Mountain, pulls him down, tells him how he murdered Elia, then bashes his skull in with a fist. As his spear is poisoned, the Mountain dies.