A sworn house to House Martell whose loyalty to House Targaryen during the War of the Usurper led to the death of many of its famed members. Their seat is the stronghold of Starfall. They are famed for possessing the greatsword Dawn, said to be forged from the heart of a falling star. Its wielder is titled the “Sword of the Morning”, but the honor is not passed on by heredity (no new Sword of the Morning has been named since the death of the last during Robert’s Rebellion). Their sigil is a sword and a falling star on a lavender background. A branch of House Dayne are the Daynes of High Hermitage.
Once betrothed to Beric Dondarrion. Aunt to Edric Dayne.
Known as “The Sword of the Morning”, a legendary member of the Kingsguard and wielder of the Dawn. He was killed fighting Eddard Stark and his companions at the Tower of Joy, but the exact circumstances are unclear. He was one of Prince Rhaegar’s closest friends. A highly esteemed knight and swordsman, he led the campaign that destroyed the Kingswood Brotherhood, and killed the Smiling Knight.
Sister of Ser Arthur, possessing great beauty and purple eyes. Suggested to be the lover of Eddard Stark and mother of Jon Snow. While the latter is a dubious proposition, the former connection was lent some credibility by the children of Howland Reed, one of Eddard’s staunchest bannermen and closest friends during the War of the Usurper. She committed suicide at the conclusion of Robert Baratheon’s rebellion by leaping from the Palestone Sword, a tower of Starfall.
Lord of Starfall and Head of House Dayne. Squire to Beric Dondarrion. He had dark blue, almost purple eyes and pale blond hair, indicating a heritage similar to that of the Targaryens (the only other family to have purple eyes and extremely pale hair).
Called Darkstar, he is the Knight of High Hermitage and an infamous fighter. He has the purple eyes of the Dayne family. Gerold was a member of Arianne Martell’s plot to place Myrcella Baratheon on the Iron Throne; when the plot was foiled by Prince Doran Martell, Gerold attempted to kill Myrcella before escaping, scarring her face in the process. Has shown jealousy towards his cousin Arthur Dayne, annoyed that he is the only Dayne that is remembered.