The Red, Red Mountains
House Dayne of Starfall
Of all the houses sworn to the Martells, few are as storied as the Daynes—and perhaps none as burdened by recent loss. The seat of House Dayne is Starfall Castle, which lies on the Torentine where it pours into the Summer Sea. The Daynes possess Dawn, a greatsword as pale as milkglass that legend tells was forged from the heart of a fallen star thousands of years ago. Both blade and star are depicted on the house’s arms. Unlike other storied weapons, Dawn does not simply pass from one head of the house to the next. Instead, only those members of the family who have proven themselves worthy are permitted to wield the weapon. These men are known as Swords of the Morning.
The last Sword of the Morning was Ser Arthur Dayne, one of the most famed and feared members of Aerys II Targaryen’s Kingsguard. When the outlaw Kingswood Brotherhood became a serious threat to the safety of the smallfolk, Ser Arthur was one of the men sent to put an end to them. During a battle that ultimately broke the brigand band, the Sword of the Morning clashed with the Smiling Knight, a fierce fighter considered insane. Such was the strength of Dawn, the Smiling Knight’s own sword was rendered useless. When Ser Arthur halted his attack to allow the Smiling Knight to fetch another weapon, his opponent quipped it was the Kingsguard’s blade he wanted. Ser Arthur assured him that he would have it and then gave him every inch.
Ser Arthur was a close friend of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and was sent to the Tower of Joy with Ser Oswell Whent and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower at the outbreak of Robert’s Rebellion. When the rebellion succeeded, Eddard Stark came south with six companions. The Kingsguard refused to surrender, even though a new king was now seated on the Iron Throne. A melee ensued, and the Sword of the Morning did not live to see another one. Of the men who fought, only Stark and one of his bannermen survived.
Eddard Stark then traveled to Starfall to return Dawn to the Daynes. Soon after learning of his death, Ser Arthur’s sister Ashara leapt to her death from the Palestone Sword, one of the towers of Starfall. Her body was never recovered.
Allyria is sister to Ashara and Ser Arthur and is betrothed to the Lord of Blackhaven, Beric Dondarrion. Lady Allyria’s nephew, Edric, is serving as Lord Beric’s squire. Although he has not yet reached his teen years, Edric is the current Lord of Starfall. Like many of the other members of House Dayne, he has pale blonde hair and blue eyes so dark they may well be purple.
No new Sword of the Morning has been named since Ser Arthur’s death.