House Dayne of Starfall is a noble house from Starfall in Dorne. They are sworn to House Martell. The Sword of the Morning is a title given to a Dayne knight who is considered worthy of wielding the greatsword Dawn, a blade said to be created from the heart of falling star. Their sigil is a sword and a falling star on a lavender background.
A cadet branch of House Dayne are the Daynes of High Hermitage. In appearance, members of the family are stony Dornishmen whose characteristics mostly resemble the rest of the Seven Kingdoms in look, customs and traditions. Unlike the rest of the more Rhoynish-looking Dornishmen, they have pale skin with hair ranging from dark brown to pale blond and they often have violet eyes.
Starfall is a castle in Dorne and is the ancestral seat of House Dayne. It is located in the western Red Mountains on an island in the Torentine where it pours into the Summer Sea. Starfall, which includes a tower called the Palestone Sword, guards the western arm of Dorne. Northeast of Starfall is High Hermitage, the seat of House Dayne's cadet branch, House Dayne of High Hermitage.
Prior to the First Era
House Dayne claims ancestry dating back ten thousand years to the dawn of days. They have taken part in many battles between Dorne and the Reach. In particular, they have been killing Oakhearts for thousands of years.
The Sword of the Morning is a title of House Dayne bestowed on the knight who bears their ancestral greatsword Dawn. The Sword of the Morning is always a member of House Dayne. The title is not necessarily passed to the lord of the house, but to the knight considered most worthy to wield it, as decided within the House. If there is no Dayne knight considered worthy, the title lies dormant. The last to bear the title was Ulrich Dayne.