was the only daughter and second child of Lady and Lord Templeton. Both her father and brother were abusive to her, and Rowena grew up in relative fear of them both. When the plague came, Rowena’s mother sent her to the Eyrie to stay with the new queen, Ashara Dayne, where the two became friends. Both Rowena’s parents and her brother were killed in the plague, leaving her as the only remaining member and heir of House Templeton.
Ryon Dayne, the king and Ashara’s husband, suggested a match between Rowena and his best friend, Dominick Toland of Dorne. The match would be beneficial for all. The match would help solidify Dayne rule in the Vale. Dominick would easily agree to take Rowena’s surname so that her house would live on. Dominick would become lord consort of a Valish house as opposed to being multiple in line for accession to rule of House Toland.
Their marriage was very lonely for Rowena at first. Dominick has an unique take on the world in the sense that he does not allow things to weigh down his heart, and he has an interesting take on “honor”. He has no qualms with taking a man’s life, so long as he tries to show mercy at first. He has no qualms with sleeping with other people, so long as he is honest and open with his various lovers. Once he was married to Rowena, this sense of loyalty involved asking her permission before starting an affair with anyone; if she said no, he was respectful of that.
I sort of imagine their relationship to be similar to Daenerys/Khal Drogo in the books in the sense that Rowena was a timid girl who felt powerless in her own life, and Dominick helped her find herself/her own power/come into her own. Their marriage was not one of love at first, but over the years, it slowly grew into that, and while Dominick surely found other people attractive, his second thought would be of his wife and whether she would find them attractive as well.
In terms of current events, Dominick left with most of the men from the Vale to fight in the south, along with their heir and eldest child, Luceon. Rowena and their other three children (Ryanna, Layla, and Symond) stayed in the Vale and attended both the nameday celebration of Queen Ashara and the celebration of the birth of Ashara’s twins. At the latter, however, Jasper Arryn orchestrated a massacre. When Symond was threatened, Layla tried to intervene, with the end result of both of their deaths. Whether Rowena saw this or was involved in it in any way is entirely up to you.
Many Valish lords and their troops abandoned the cause in the south in order to return to the Vale to what was left of their families, but Dominick did not, choosing instead to stay by Ryon’s side in the belief that it would ultimately be the best thing for his family. Luceon was lost in the fighting as well, though he is not dead—simply no one knows where he is. When the city of King’s Landing was sacked, Dominick made the painful decision to flee with Ryon and some of the Targaryens, again believing it would be the best path for his family.
Rowena is clever and may assume these facts, thought Dominick would not have had time to write why he fled the city. She also may believe him dead. Her position is a tenuous one. With Jasper the supposed king in the Vale, her house is in a rough position, and she tries to stay as neutral as possible in any sort of civil war going-ons.
Overall, their relationship is one based on respect and love, and in that order. When Dominick first approached Rowena about taking others as lovers, she refused, but over time, she was alright with it so long as he was okay if she took lovers as well; neither of them take lovers the other has not vetted first. All of their children are from their union except Ryanna; she is the product of an affair Rowena had, but Dominick does not care about this and loves her as his own daughter.
I like Yael Grobglas, Hannah New, or Jennifer Morrison as faces, though this is largely up to you, so long as they are fair-haired (as in red, light brown, or blond—not black or dark brown). Dominick and Rowena’s relationship can be as kinky as you like (Dominick is literally the chilliest person around, so I can’t imagine he would say no to anything). Rowena is my most wanted want ad on this site so pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee take her.