Orys Baratheon

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Title Lord of Storm's End
Hand of the King
Lord of the Stormlands [1]
Allegiance House Baratheon
House Targaryen
Born At Dragonstone (possibly)
Died In 38AC
Spouse Argella Durrandon
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)

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



Orys was the rumored bastard half-brother of Aegon I Targaryen. He was one of Aegon's fiercest commanders and was regarded as Aegon's only true friend. He rose through the ranks and became Hand of the King after Aegon's landing on mainland Westeros and his coronation.[3]

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, the last Storm King.

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.[4][2]


Valaena Velaryon
Aerion Targaryen
Argilac the Arrogant
Aegon I
Argella Durrandon
Jeyne Westerling
Maegor I
Aenys I
Alyssa Velaryon
Jaehaerys I
Jocelyn Baratheon
7 other children
Viserys I

Quotes about Orys

My shield, my stalwart, my strong right hand[5]
Aegon the Conqueror

References and Notes

  1. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  4. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  5. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
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