The stormlands are one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms on the continent of Westeros. The Kingdom of the Storm was a sovereign nation until the War of Conquest, in which the last Storm King was slain. The region is so-named for the savage and frequent autumn storms that batter the coast after beginning in the Summer Sea.
The stormlands are ruled from the castle of Storm's End by House Baratheon. Notable bannermen of the region include Buckler, Caron, Connington, Dondarrion, Errol, Estermont, Penrose, Selmy, Staedmon, Swann, Tarth, and Wylde. Noble bastards raised in the stormlands are given the surname Storm.
- See also: Category:Places in the Stormlands
The stormlands are bordered to the north by the crownlands, west by the Reach, south by Dorne and the Sea of Dorne, and east by Shipbreaker Bay and the narrow sea. They are one of the smaller regions of Westeros, a land of harsh mountains, stony shores, and verdant forests, including the kingswood and the rainwood along Cape Wrath. Major rivers include the Slayne and part of the Wendwater.
The Dornish Marches, located in the south-west in a long salient along the Red Mountains, serve as an effective buffer zone between the stormlands and their old enemies of the Reach and Dorne. For centuries it was a regular battleground, changing hands more than once until Dorne became part of the Seven Kingdoms.
A few islands, including Tarth and Estermont, are also considered part of the stormlands. Ships coming across the narrow sea avoid the notorious Shipbreaker Bay and its storms, though the seas along the stormlands can be clear and blue. The waters around Tarth are particularly famed for their clear blue color, earning Tarth the name "Sapphire Isle."
People and Economy
Although it is rainy, the region is fertile enough. There are no cities in the stormlands due to the strong martial culture of the storm lords, but larger fortresses such as Bronzegate are often supported by several small towns. The Weeping Town is a thriving port on the Sea of Dorne. The kingsroad runs north from Storm's End to King's Landing in the crownlands.
According to a semi-canon source from 2005, the population of the stormlands is diffused, and the region can perhaps raise some thirty thousand men. In 206 AC, House Dondarrion on its own was able to raise nearly four thousand infantry and eight hundred cavalry.
The stormlands were the domain of the Storm Kings of House Durrandon, whose territory in eastern Westeros once stretched from Cape Wrath to the Bay of Crabs. King Arlan III Durrandon vanquished the river kings of House Teague, extending the Storm Kings' domain north to the Neck. For thousands of years the Dornish Marches of the stormlands were the first line of defense against Dornish incursions from the south, so they have strong martial traditions and a number of strong castles, especially the marcher lords.
However, the power of the Storm Kings declined over centuries due to pressure from the Kingdom of the Reach to the west and Dorne to the south. The Storm King Arrec Durrandon lost the riverlands to Harwyn Hardhand of the Iron Islands. Arrec's grandson, King Argilac Durrandon, killed King Garse VII Gardener at Summerfield and also fought alongside Pentos and Tyrosh against Volantis during the Century of Blood.
Argilac the Arrogant was the last Storm King, however, as he was slain in the Last Storm during Aegon Targaryen's War of Conquest. Argilac's lands, titles, sigil, and house words were given to Orys of House Baratheon, who married Argilac's daughter, Argella Durrandon. Under Targaryen rule, the Baratheon storm lords continued to battle the Dornishmen until their incorporation into the Seven Kingdoms by King Daeron II Targaryen.
Robert's Rebellion saw the Baratheons raise a rebel alliance against Targaryen rule. When Lord Robert Baratheon returned from the Vale of Arryn to call his banners, he first had to defeat his recalcitrant bannermen at Summerhall before marching north to his eventual victory at the Trident. Robert's middle brother, Stannis, defended Storm's End during a siege by Lord Mace Tyrell of the Reach. Robert claimed the Iron Throne, forming the royal House Baratheon of King's Landing. Stannis took and was given Dragonstone, while the youngest brother, Renly, succeeded Robert as Lord of Storm's End.
A Game of Thrones
King Robert I Baratheon dies after hunting boar in the kingswood. Rather than kneel to the new king, Robert's alleged son Joffrey, Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, escapes King's Landing and allies with the Tyrells of Highgarden.
A Clash of Kings
During the War of the Five Kings, the storm lords almost unanimously support Robert's youngest brother, Renly, before switching allegiance to the middle brother, Stannis, after Renly's death at Storm's End.
A Storm of Swords
Most of Stannis's bannermen kneel to King Joffrey I Baratheon after Stannis's defeat in the Battle of the Blackwater. Aside from the garrisons at Storm's End and Dragonstone, the remaining lords loyal to Stannis travel with him to defend the Wall and Castle Black from wildlings. King Joffrey dies at his wedding, and he is succeeded by his younger brother, Tommen.
A Feast for Crows
Lords Mace Tyrell and Mathis Rowan lay siege to Stannis's garrison at Storm's End. Mace returns to King's Landing when he hears that his daughter, Queen Margaery Tyrell, has been arrested, leaving Mathis to continue the siege.
A Dance with Dragons
Aside from Stannis's garrison at Storm's End, the stormlands hold to the peace of King Tommen I. Led by Jon Connington and Aegon Targaryen, however, the Golden Company invades Estermont and Cape Wrath, quickly taking Griffin's Roost, Greenstone, Rain House, and Crow's Nest.
House Baratheon of Storm's End.
House Buckler of Bronzegate.
House Cafferen of Fawnton.
House Caron of Nightsong.
House Connington of Griffin's Roost.
House Dondarrion of Blackhaven.
House Errol of Haystack Hall.
House Estermont of Greenstone.
House Fell of Felwood.
House Foote of Nightsong.
House Grandison of Grandview.
House Mertyns of Mistwood.
House Morrigen of Crow's Nest.
House Peasebury of Poddingfield.
House Penrose of Parchments.
House Rogers of Amberly.
House Selmy of Harvest Hall.
House Staedmon of Broad Arch.
House Swann of Stonehelm.
House Tarth of Evenfall Hall.
House Trant of Gallowsgrey.
House Whitehead of the Weeping Town.
House Wylde of Rain House.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The World of Ice & Fire.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, House Baratheon.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 So Spake Martin: The Stormlands
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- ↑ A Game of Thrones: d20-based Open Gaming RPG.
- ↑ The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ House Tyrell, with the Reach behind them, is said to field seventy thousand men after the Battle of the Blackwater (A Storm of Swords, Tyrion V). When they still supported Renly, he had an army of ninety thousand strong (A Clash of Kings, Catelyn II), suggesting that some twenty thousand might have been stormlanders.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 The World of Ice and Fire sample
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.