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] 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.

Baratheon support for the Targaryens was initially strong. A knight of the House was elevated to the Kingsguard, saving the life of King Aenys I Targaryen during the Faith Militant uprising.

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Borros Baratheon sided the House with Aegon II Targaryen and the greens despite his late father Boremund's support of the blacks and relation to Rhaenys Targaryen (through Jocelyn Baratheon).[3] There was talk of one of Borros's daughters wedding Prince Aemond Targaryen, a green prince, but it is unknown if this occurred before the prince's death.

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, the Baratheons remained loyal to the Targaryen dynasty, providing much of the force commanded by Prince Baelor Targaryen at the decisive Battle of the Redgrass Field.

Nine years before the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Lord Baratheon held a tourney to celebrate the birth of his grandson. 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.

Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, daughter of Aegon V Targaryen, married into the House and birthed Lord Steffon Baratheon, continuing the close ties between the dragon and the stag. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen defeated Lord Steffon Baratheon in a tourney at Storm's End that was eventually won by Ser Barristan Selmy. Lord Steffon also went on a journey across the narrow sea to find a bride for Prince Rhaegar, a voyage that would be his last.

Robert's Rebellion

The rebellion that removed the Targaryens from power, however, was started on behalf of Steffon's son, Lord Robert Baratheon, and his foster-brother, Eddard Stark. The Baratheons and their bannermen were instrumental in the conflict, along with Houses Arryn, Stark, and Tully, and, eventually, House Lannister. The Battle of Summerhall and Siege of Storm's End were fixtures of the stormlands theater.

King Robert Baratheon

After the war, the house spawned two cadet branches: one seated on the Iron Throne under King Robert I, and another on the Isle of Dragonstone headed by Lord Stannis Baratheon. During the Greyjoy Rebellion against Robert's rule, 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. With Robert and Stannis holding their own titles, the young Renly Baratheon became Lord of Storm's End. Some time after he achieved manhood, he 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, leaving Mathis Rowan to continue the siege with a token force. Cersei is replaced as Tommen's regent by Ser Kevan Lannister 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, and marches on Winterfell. His wife, Queen Selyse Florent, and heir, Princess Shireen Baratheon, travel to Castle Black from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.

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.

Tommen's regent, Kevan Lannister, is murdered in King's Landing by Varys.

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:

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. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Princess and the Queen.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen
  5. The Hedge Knight.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon V.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Nine Mistresses of Aegon IV, the Unworthy.

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