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The eight bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell the Red Viper of Dorne. They're a fan favorite, not mine personally, but to each his own.


Obara Sand, Oberyn's oldest, and beefiest daughter. She inherited his warrior's spirit. She wields a spear and a whip, presumably only one at a time. Maybe she attaches the whip to the spear and spearwhips people to death. Spearwhip™.

Nymeria Sand is Oberyn's second daughter. Also known as Lady Nym. Also known as Mad Madame Nym. She inherited his charm and beauty. And probably his legendary ability to get freaky.

Tyene Sand inherited her father's penchant for poison, as well as his venomous biting wit. All in all the short end of the snake. She's also treacherous, which in this saga is like saying she breaths oxygen.

Sarella Sand inherited hisssssss desire to freak out the squares. Hiss.

He has four younger daughters, named Elia, Obella, Dorea and Loreza. Pick whichever ones you want to assign the names to they're totally interchangeable.

I am what you'd call not happy with how this turned out but...I just had to say goodbye to it. I don't find the Sand Snakes particularly inspiring to be honest, and I think this reflects that. I took my best shot though.
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HighEmpress Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really did agreat job capturing their essence, no matter how unispiring they are haha!
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Thanks haha
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AjaxTelamoneis Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. I love your Obara especially; she is my favorite Sand Snake, and this comes closest to showing her like I imagined her.

I also really like how you managed to make them still look like they could be related, even while preserving their differences!

Like, I can see the same prominent cheekbones on Obara and Nymeria, the same narrow, pointed jawline on Tyene and Nymeria, and Sarella having kind of a cross between Tyene's and Nym's sharp pointed chin and Obara's big square jaw.

I also love Nym's jewelry, Tyene's hair and Sarella's bow. The lines of the bow are very graceful.

(I also feel like Obara looks just right for her age -- I am thirty myself and I'm beginning to have forehead lines and crow's feet, and I imagine Obara is outside A LOT under the brutal Dornish sun, which I do not imagine is kind to a lady's skin, LOL.)
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Oh really? I get the most criticism over Obara haha. I just like depicting GRRM's not-so-beautiful characters. 


Also your compliments are too generous, I really didn't think about any of that stuff I just drew some ladies. Thank you so much!
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AjaxTelamoneis Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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OberynsParamour Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Um hi. I'm obsessed with your work
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Um hi. That makes me feel really really special.
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OberynsParamour Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I spent 45 minutes browsing your gallery today at work..oops :)
I also shared on twitter with my asoiaf followers
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
wow! Link me? You went a little bananas but I appreciate it.
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gunnar-santos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Really awesome. I won't say anything about Obara because I think you've seen enough about that haha. One question though, why did you draw Tyene in a Septa-esque style? Is it because her mother used to read to her from the Seven-Pointed Star? Or did I miss something in the books?
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Also, forgot to say this because it's a spoiler but she basically IS a Septa.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
They say she is just sort of proper. Not that she literally is a septa, I was just going for a feel.
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gunnar-santos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Ahh, I guess i didn't pay much attention on my reading then. I definetly need to re-read.
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Hastur66 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
The Sands of Dorne! :D
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ArfArfPsycho Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really great. Love the sand snakes.

The only qualm I would have is that Obara is only near thirty. She looks a great deal older than that here. But bravo regardless. :)

And your descriptions are second to none :')
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Yeah, that is true. But when a character is described as ugly, it just sparks something in me and I have to make them as unappealing as possible. I was going for a more leathery look but she does look like she's 60. 

Thank you! I hear that from time to time but I never remember what I even wrote.
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jbrav88 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Nym can get pretty freaky. She mentions that when she heard that Oberyn had died, she was in bed with the Fowler twins. Sounds kinky enoug already, but if you look in the appendix it says that the Fowler twins are girls.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Say whaaaaa? Talk about tasting the Dornishman's wife!
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plantashes Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
The descriptions...so funny! The Sand Snakes aren't my favorites, but they look awesome here
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UrukkiSaki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nymeria Sand's only nickname is Lady Nym. Mad Madame Nym nickname doesn't exists in the books. And she isn't crazy or something like that... And you changed the order of Tyene and Sarella, because Sarella has to be that one with the bow. Sarella is also Alleras of the Oldtown, and they call her/him the Sphinx because of his dark skin. Anyway, I like your characters, you are a great artist! :) Spearwhip! :D
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
It's a joke. [link]

And they're not in any order. Thank you
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UrukkiSaki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! Anyway, I really like your work, it's very original! :)
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you!
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LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
The best about your pictures (That are brilliant) are your descriptions. They make me lol so hard XDDD
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Thank you! That's high praise
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Vulcanoid Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Obara looks too much like a man for my liking. It might be because of her eyes. I always imagined her with shorter hair, tall and lean in a muscular sort of way, not heavy like a lumberjack. She wields a spear after all and if she's anything like her father, she's quick, not strong.

As for the others, Tyene is simply.... perfect.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Well they say she has a bun, I believe. Also, I don't think she looks overmuch like a man. Some women are this bulky, especially fighting women. Maybe she looks a little older than I intended, but she is the oldest I believe. Or maybe not. Anyway, women are hard to draw haha.
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
A spear with a whip on the end of it? Now that would make for a really cool weapon.
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abolfazlmustang Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
nice work
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cnicht Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you forgot that Sarella is in oldtown, disguising herself as a boy (Alleras/the spinx) and is going to play some major plot roles with Sam and Jaqen Hgar (who was the alchemist who killed and took on the persona of Pate). !!!! much much much more interesting than the line you gave her in your description! "inherited hisssssss desire to freak out the squares. Hiss." =/ not suitable. should be more like "is above the petty vengefulness of her sisters, stealthy and intelligent."
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
You're making a lot of assumptions for things that haven't come to pass. I chose to describe her based on what we know of her not what you want to happen. Also disguising herself as a boy to get into the Citadel is inheriting her father's desire to disrupt the establishment. It's an apt description.
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cnicht Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She doesn't want to disrupt it, she wants to be a master but only boys are allowed. She's already forged several links for her chain, which is no small feat and implies she's dedicating herself to learning... Not disrupting. There are several mentions of her throughput the book and the references make note of her preference of learning rather than sparring with her sisters. She is more in tune with the big picture of the world rather than the little squabbles like her sisters. I would defiantly consider her to be the most interesting of the sand snakes and the most mysterious.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
The establishment. The establishment being the Citadel does not allow women to enter it. She is pretending to be a man, therefore, she is disrupting the status quo. I didn't say she was disrupting other students or making a mess of things. She's disrupting social norms. i.e. "freaking out the squares." by doing what she wants regardless of rules. That's all that line indicates, that's all you should take away from it.
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WampusCrandle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
MY FAV!!!!

The Sand Snakes - I can't wait for more in the last two books!
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
They certainly got more interesting!
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I know you don't find these ladies to be very inspiring, but I absolutely love them. They've got a real "Charlie's Angels" thing about them. I sincerely hope we get to see more of them in The Winds of Winter. Nymeria is going to be part of the Small Council. Tyene is going to be a septa, working with the new High Septon. Obara is hunting down the Darkstar. And then there's the Sphinx.....

All of this, perhaps even Sarella's little game, is being done at the behest of Prince Doran Martell. Which now makes him in my book one of the most terrifying forces in the series. The positions he has placed his nieces in, and given their various reputations and capabilities, is a recipe for calamity for King's Landing and the Lannisters alike.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I definitely agree they are much much more interesting in A Dance with Dragons. You're right, they are the Charlie's Angels to Doran's Bosley. And in that sense, I like them. If they do what he tells them haha. Doran rules, I really like the reveal that Oberyn and Doran always worked together and used Oberyn's status as a loose cannon to do all the things Doran as the symbol of Dorne couldn't. They are like, two of the best characters to emerge in the later books.
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
"His desire to freak out the squares." You're gonna have to explain that one to me. Keep in mind that yes, I know perfectly well what this litte Sphinx is up to.
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It was a Simpsons reference, to the episode where Homer finds out his mother was a hippie and meets her two old friends and they go cruising around town to "freak out squares". Squares being, normal people.
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh, I get it. Um, are the other maester novices frightened of him/her?
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well, she is doing something "unconventional". Just like Oberyn would have.
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Of course! I feel dumb now.
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Fuckyeah maester's chain around Sarella's neck......
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
You notice the deetz!
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Deetz?
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Details
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Just what are you up to, you little sphinx.....
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renzgarcia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
[link]

Elia Sand is fourteen
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Sir-Heartsalot Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
what's your point.
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