House Baratheon

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House Baratheon of Storm's End
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Coat of arms A black crowned stag, on a gold field
(Or, a stag salient, crowned, sable)
Words Ours is the Fury
Seat Storm's End
King's Landing (House Baratheon of King's Landing)
Dragonstone (House Baratheon of Dragonstone)
Current Lord King Tommen I
King Stannis I (disputed)
Region Stormlands
Title Lord of Storm's End
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands
Heir Princess Myrcella
Princess Shireen (disputed)
Overlord Baratheons of King's Landing
Cadet Branch Baratheons of King's Landing
Baratheons of Dragonstone
House Bolling (possibly)
House Wensington (possibly)
Founder Orys Baratheon
Founded 1 AC
This article is about the main branch of the family, whose seat is Storm's End. For cadet branches, see House Baratheon of King's Landing and House Baratheon of Dragonstone.

House Baratheon of Storm's End is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal house in the stormlands, which they rule as Lords Paramount of the Stormlands. Their seat, Storm's End, is an ancient castle raised by the Storm Kings from the now-extinct House Durrandon. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold.[1] Members of the family tend to be tall and powerfully built, with black hair and blue eyes, as well as strong, square jawlines. They are known for their mercurial tempers, and their words are "Ours is the Fury".

After Robert's Rebellion, House Baratheon split into three branches: Lord Robert Baratheon was crowned King and took residence at King's Landing, thereby creating House Baratheon of King's Landing. Robert gave the seat of Dragonstone to his younger brother, Stannis, creating House Baratheon of Dragonstone. Robert's youngest brother, Renly, became the Lord of Storm's End, continuing House Baratheon of Storm's End.


Targaryen Era

House Baratheon is the youngest of the great houses, tracing its descent from Orys Baratheon, one of Aegon I Targaryen's fiercest generals, and rumored to be his bastard brother. Through the female line, the Baratheons are descended from the Storm Kings, as Orys slew Argilac the Arrogant, last of the Storm Kings, and married his daughter Argella Durrandon. Orys adopted the sigil and words of his wife's ancestral line.[2][3] The line of the Storm Kings dates back to the Age of Heroes when their kingdom was founded by King Durran I "Godsgrief", a legendary hero.[4]

Ser Raymont Baratheon, a younger son of an unknown Lord Baratheon, was a member of the Kingsguard of King Aenys I Targaryen, and saved the life of his king during the Faith Militant uprising, when the Poor Fellows attempted to murder the king in his bed.[5]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Borros Baratheon sided the House with Aegon II Targaryen and the greens, despite his late father, Lord Boremund's support of the blacks and relation to Rhaenys Targaryen (through his sister, Jocelyn Baratheon).[6][7][5] Prince Aemond Targaryen was sent to Storm's End, to get Lord Borros to side with Aegon II, by offering a betrothal between himself and one of Lord Borros' four daughters. It is unknown whether this marriage occured prior to Aemond's death the next year. Lord Borros was reluctant to face the dragons during the war, but marched with his army towards the end of the war, seizing King's Landing for Aegon II during the Moon of the Three Kings, restoring the city to order. He was promised that his eldest daughter would marry King Aegon II, who had lost both his Queen, Helaena Targaryen, as well as both of his sons, during the war. Borros then marched against the approaching riverlander army, and fought in the Battle of the Kingsroad, where he was killed by young Lord Kermit Tully.[5][8][9]

Having been injured in Dorne, King Baelor I Targaryen stayed at Storm's End for more than half a year to regain his strength, before travelling on to King's Landing.[10]

In 200 AC, Lord Baratheon held a tourney to celebrate the birth of his grandson. In 209 AC, the heir to Storm's End, Ser Lyonel Baratheon, called the Laughing Storm, participated in the Ashford tourney and fought on the side of Ser Duncan the Tall during a trial of seven.[11]

A daughter of Lord Lyonel was betrothed to crown prince Duncan Targaryen in 237 AC. Duncan broke the betrothal when he married Jenny of Oldstones in 239 AC. This angered Lord Lyonel, causing him to declare independence, naming himself the new Storm King. His short, bloody rebellion ended when he was defeated by Ser Duncan the Tall in single combat, Duncan renounced his claim to the throne, and King Aegon promised that Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, his youngest daughter, would marry Lyonel's heir, Ormund Baratheon. Rhaelle was send to Storm's End to serve as cupbearer to Lord Lyonel, and as lady companion to Lord Lyonel's wife. The wedding took place in 245 AC, and a son, Steffon, was born the next year.[12][5]

Steffon served in his youth at the court of King's Landing, and became a close friend to his cousin, Prince Aerys Targaryen. He fought in the War of the Ninepenny Kings in 260 AC, where his father, Lord Ormund, died in his arms, slain by Maelys I Blackfyre.[13][5]

Lord Steffon's eldest son, Robert, was fostered by Lord Jon Arryn at the Eyrie, together with Eddard Stark from Winterfell.[14] Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Steffon Baratheon in a tourney at Storm's End that was eventually won by Ser Barristan Selmy.[15] After the Defiance of Duskendale, King Aerys II Targaryen summoned Lord Steffon to King's Landing and named him to the small council. In 278 AC, Steffon was sent to Volantis, to find a bride for Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He was accompanied by his wife, Lady Cassana Estermont. They failed their mission, and died upon their return, when their ship sank in Shipbreaker Bay.[16][5][17]

Robert's Rebellion

Main article: Robert's Rebellion

Steffon's eldest son, Robert, inherited Storm's End upon Steffon's death, and in the years that followed, was betrothed to Lyanna Stark of Winterfell.[18][19] In 282 AC, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, Robert's cousin, disappeared with Lyanna Stark, causing Lyanna's eldest brother Brandon to ride to King's Landing in anger. He was arrested, and killed together with his father, Lord Rickard Stark, on the command of King Aerys II. The King then demanded the heads of both Lord Robert, as well as Eddard Stark, from Lord Jon Arryn, as both men were in the Vale. Arryn refused, and raised his banners, marking the start of the war that would become known as Robert's Rebellion. Robert became a figure-head, and personally killed Prince Rhaegar Targaryen during the Battle of the Trident in 283 AC. In the early parts of the war, the Battle of Summerhall and Siege of Storm's End were fixtures of the stormlands theater.[20][5][1]

Baratheon Dynasty

Lord Robert was crowned King Rober I Baratheon. House Baratheon was split into three branches: House Baratheon of King's Landing, under King Robert I, House Baratheon of Dragonstone, headed by Lord Stannis Baratheon, and House Baratheon of Storm's End, headed by Lord Renly Baratheon, Robert's youngest brother. During the Greyjoy Rebellion in 289 AC, the combined Baratheon fleet defeated the Iron Fleet in the Battle of Fair Isle, commanded by Master of Ships Stannis. Stannis later subdued Great Wyk in his brother's name. Some time after he achieved manhood, Renly Baratheon was appointed to Robert's small council as master of laws.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, dies suddenly in King's Landing. King Robert I Baratheon and his retinue travel to Winterfell to offer the position to Lord Eddard Stark, Robert's friend from his youth. Lord Renly Baratheon rides north to meet King Robert on his return trip after Eddard accepts the position, while Lord Stannis Baratheon returns to his seat at Dragonstone. Renly participates in the Hand's tourney, riding well before losing to Sandor Clegane.

Later, as Robert lies dying from a kingswood boar's tusk, Renly asks Eddard to support him in a bid for the throne. Lord Stark has discovered that Queen Cersei's children, Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen Baratheon, are not Robert's legitimate children, but they are instead bastards born of incest with Cersei's brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. Eddard insists that it is Lord Stannis who should be Robert's successor as king. After Eddard refuses to support Renly's bid for power, Renly, his 30 men-at-arms, and his former squire Ser Loras Tyrell ride south out of the capital. King Joffrey I names Lord Renly and Ser Loras among the nobles who must do him homage or be declared traitors, and soon thereafter has Eddard executed for treason.

A Clash of Kings

Despite Stannis's better claim to the Iron Throne, Renly is able to rally the stormlands to his cause, as well as House Tyrell and much of the Reach. Stannis has a significantly smaller force drawn mostly from the crownlands. When Renly is assassinated beneath the walls of Storm's End as the brothers' hosts prepare to clash during the War of the Five Kings, he leaves no heirs. Most of the houses sworn to Storm's End, as well as some from the Reach, join Stannis, who unsuccessfully attacks King's Landing in the Battle of the Blackwater. Following their defeat, most houses sworn to Stannis kneel to King Joffrey and the Iron Throne.

A Storm of Swords

Stannis's garrison at Storm's End commanded by Ser Gilbert Farring remains loyal to his cause.

Edric Storm is smuggled out of Dragonstone by Lord Davos Seaworth to prevent him from being burned alive by Stannis's advisor, Melisandre.

Renly's widow, Margaery Tyrell, marries King Joffrey Baratheon. After Joffrey's death, the current head of the house is the young king on the Iron Throne, Tommen I Baratheon - a title disputed by King Stannis.

Aside from a few garrisons, Stannis leads his remaining forces north to the Wall and saves the Night's Watch from wildlings in the Battle of Castle Black.

A Feast for Crows

Queen Cersei Lannister serves as regent for her son, King Tommen I. She sends Lord Mace Tyrell to take Storm's End from Stannis's garrison, although when Tyrell hears his daughter has been arrested he returns to the capital with most of his army,[21] leaving Mathis Rowan to continue the siege with a token force.[22] Cersei is replaced as Tommen's regent by Ser Kevan Lannister[23] after she is also arrested by the Faith of the Seven. Ser Loras Tyrell is said to have taken Dragonstone from Stannis's garrison in a bloody assault.

A Dance with Dragons

After leaving Castle Black, Stannis remains in the North, liberates Deepwood Motte,[24] and marches on Winterfell.[25][26] His wife, Queen Selyse Florent, and heir, Princess Shireen Baratheon, travel to Castle Black from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.[27]

The garrison at Storm's End is Stannis's last force in the south, but it is threatened by Mathis Rowan as well as Aegon Targaryen and the Golden Company.[28][22][29]

The regent of King Tommen I Baratheon, Ser Kevan Lannister, is murdered in King's Landing by Varys.[23]

House Baratheon at the end of the third century

The known Baratheons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unknown exact relations to the main branch:

  • Ser {Harbert}, possibly a Baratheon.[30] Great-uncle of Robert, Stannis, and Renly. Once castellan of Storm's End.

Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others


Historical Members

Houses sworn to Storm's End

Houses sworn to Dragonstone

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 The World of Ice and Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Princess and the Queen.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  9. The World of Ice and Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  10. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Hedge Knight.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  13. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  16. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  18. The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  20. The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  22. 22.0 22.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Mathis Rowan.
  23. 23.0 23.1 A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  24. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
  25. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  26. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  29. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  30. Ser Harbert's last name is never mentioned. He might have been the brother of Lord Ormund Baratheon, making him Steffon's uncle, though it would also be possible he was an uncle to Casanna Estermont, Steffon's wife
  31. 31.0 31.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen
  32. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.

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