Orys Baratheon

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Orys Baratheon
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Alias Orys One-Hand
Title Lord of Storm's End
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands[1]
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Baratheon
House Targaryen
Born At Dragonstone (possibly)
Died In 38 AC
Spouse Princess Argella Durrandon
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)

Lord Orys Baratheon, known as Orys One-Hand, was the founder of House Baratheon and was the first Lord of Storm's End.[2] He slew the last Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, married his daughter and took the Stormlands.

Appearance and Character

He had black hair and black eyes.[3] After the loss of his hand he became crabbed and bitter.[4]


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Orys was the rumored bastard half-brother of Aegon I Targaryen by their father Aerion. He was one of Aegon's fiercest commanders and was regarded as Aegon's only true friend. He rose through the ranks and became the first Hand of the King after Aegon's landing on mainland Westeros and his coronation.[5]

During the War of Conquest Orys and Rhaenys Targaryen, with her dragon Meraxes, were tasked with taking Storm's End. The Storm King, Argilac Durrandon, hearing of the fate of Harrenhal, knew his formidable walls would not protect him from dragonfire. Argilac rode out to give open battle. Orys slew Argilac the Arrogant, ending the reign of the Storm Kings. After the battle, Argella Durrandon, the daughter of Argilac, declared herself the Storm Queen and continued to hold Storm's End until her household turned against her to avoid the same fate of Harrenhal. They delivered her to Orys, naked and chained. Orys, however, covered her with his cloak and treated her chivalrously. Aegon rewarded Orys with Storm's End. Orys took Argella as his wife and adopted the stag banner, honors and words of the Durrandons, Ours is the Fury, forming House Baratheon.[6][2]

Orys later joined Aegon in the First Dornish War, leading an assault on the Boneway that proved a disaster. The cunning Dornishmen launched a night raid, raining rocks, arrows and spears from above. The bodies of the invading army blocked the Boneway from both ends, and Orys, along with many of his bannermen and knights, was captured by a Lord known as Wyl of Wyl.

The Targaryens later would receive a ransom offer for Orys, along with all his knights and bannermen.

Aegon eventually agreed to the demands, and Orys and his men were later ransomed in 7 AC for each man's weight in gold, but once the ransom was paid the men were freed only after having their sword hands chopped off so they would not be able to use them again against Dorne. Orys became known as Orys One-Hand there after. [7]

He was said to have become crabbed and bitter after that, so he resigned his office as Hand of the King and returned to the Stormlands, where it was said he became obsessed with vengeance against the Dornish, especially House Wyl, whose Lord, known as the Widow-Lover, was the one who removed his hand.[3]

He got his opportunity during the reign of Aegon's son King Aenys when a Dornish outlaw king known as the Vulture King sent a huge army to reave the lands north of the Dornish mountains. Orys, eager for revenge against the Dornish, led his forces against him in what became known as the Vulture Hunt.[8]

During the battle at Stonehelm, Orys forces crushed a part of the Vulture King's host and Lord Walter Wyl, the Widow-lover's son, fell into his hands. Orys chopped off Walter's sword hand, then his other hand, followed by both feet, which he called his usury. On his return trip home to the Storm's End, Orys died of the wounds he had taken in the battle, though according to his son Davos Baratheon he had died content, smiling at the rotten hands and feet dangling in his tent. [3]


Argella Durrandon
Unknown Lord
Alyssa Velaryon
Aemon Targaryen
4 Daughters

Quotes about Orys

My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand [10]
Aegon I Targaryen

References and Notes

  1. The World of Ice and Fire.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice and Fire, Andals in the Stormlands.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, House Baratheon.
  5. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  6. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne against the Dragons.
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, Aenys I.
  9. It is currently unknown which "Lord Baratheon" Raymont's father is; either Lord Orys, making Raymont a brother of Davos, or Orys' son, making Raymont a brother of Robar
  10. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin

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