Good day folks, I wanted to write a little bit about what pieces the Prince Doran possess in the game of thrones.
The prince has kept all his plans secret from the start, and adding the different pieces together results into a very confusing picture.
1- The prince Doran declared to his daughter that he first planned to marry her to Viserys Targaryen.
Viserys is not aware of the pact at the beginning of AGOT, indeed, ser Willem Darry didn't tell him. So, Viserys is begging for an army to conquer the 7 Kingdoms.
2- The prince had been plotting for years to the downfall of Tywin Lannister. That what he said to his nieces.
3- Doran is aware of the drawbacks of the dornish armies when it come to open fields battles. Also, the number of his armies and his wealth don't match the most powerful houses of the Kingdoms.
4- The prince and his brother seem to have built an important network in the 7 kingdoms ("a friend" informs him of Cersei's secret plot to murder him) adn in the free cities (the Sealord of Braavos himself witnessed the agreement between Oberyn and ser Willem Darry).
5- The prince tries to reach Dany through his son because she has dragons. Something he couldn't expect until the end of AGOT.
We don't know much about the potential allies of the Martells.
However, 1,2,3 and 5 gathered together don't make sense. Doran Martell planned to overthrow the king and to destroy his powerful allies in favour of Viserys and his daughter since the downfall of House Targayen.
However, he doesn't seem to have powerful supporters to his aim in the 7 Kingdoms and Dorne itself cannot even defy one of the greatest houses. Furthermore, he didn't expect that the Targ children would hatch dragon eggs.
So, the question is How could he expect to put Viserys on the Iron Throne ? With no great armies, no great fleet, no great wealth, no great allies.
It leaves us 2 options:
1- The prince has lost his wits and spend his time daydreaming at the pool.
2- The prince has secretly prepared an invasion.
Here are my gut feelings:
1- The fleet of the Martells has never been mentioned. Which let us suppose they don't have any or not a significant enough to been mentioned. However, in the reports given by GRRM about the war of the ninepenny kings, the dornishmen have played a significant role in the targ victory against the golden company especially by mobilising a substantial fleet. So, what happened to the dornish fleet ? The fleet of the dornish has not been defeated, not even used during the rebellion, so what happened to it.
I think, the fleet might be sleeping somewhere.
2- At the end of ADWD, there is rush to get sellwords all over the free cities. To act in slaver bay or to support a king or an other. The role of the company are growing more and more significant in the book. Could it be that Dorne has booked a company long ago, or could they have a secret army trained in secret ? Obviously, that would make sense to the ambitions of Doran about the IT, but they are no answer to these questions. However, Doran maintains that he 's been working closely with his brother all along. So, when Oberyn went in "exile" across the narrow sea, he signed the pact with ser Willem. It is known, that the Red Viper joined the second sons, and then he left them to form his own company. What happened to it ?? Just some game Oberyn played to pass time ??? Or some other secret the 2 brothers kept ??
Anyways, people think Doran is feeble and weak, that might be true but I won't put my money on it.
Do you think the prince has something up his sleave ?? If yes, what that might be ??