Arianne Martell


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During the Tourney at Harrenhal, the greatest tourney in Westerosi history, Lyanna was chosen by the eventual champion of jousting, Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, as the tourney's "Queen of Love and Beauty". Because Rhaegar was already a married man and Lyanna was a maiden betrothed to Robert Baratheon, his wooing of her was considered an outrageous scandal at the time. One year later, she was said to be abducted and raped by Rhaegar, triggering a civil war that resulted in the overthrow of House Targaryen. At the end of the war, Eddard and six of his companions ventured to the Tower of Joy within Dorne, where Lyanna was located and guarded by three of the most prominent Kingsguard knights. After a fierce skirmish that killed everyone except Eddard and his close friend Howland Reed, Eddard entered the tower and found Lyanna dying in a bed of blood, having just given birth to her infant son, Aegon. Before she died, she revealed that she had in fact eloped with Rhaegar, whom she was in love with and secretly married, and asked Eddard to make a promise to protect Aegon. Eddard later returns her body to be buried at Winterfell's crypt, with a stone statue built in front of her coffin, and raises her son under the name Jon Snow, claiming that he is Eddard's own bastard by a woman named Wylla. Although Robert was persuaded by Jon Arryn to marry Cersei Lannister, he greatly mourns Lyanna for over a decade, causing great strain in his marriage with Cersei.