Ser Cortnay Penrose - by Joshua Cairos. © FFG
Castellan of Storm's End
|Died||In 299 AC, at Storm's End|
A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
Cortnay is completely bald with a red, spade-shaped beard and a weathered face.
An older man, Cortnay is a seasoned commander and stubborn. Brienne of Tarth and Ser Davos Seaworth consider Cortnay to be a good and brave man. Cortnay is fond of Edric Storm, Robert Baratheon's bastard son and his own ward.
According to a semi-canon source, Cortnay was fostered at Storm's End in his youth and participated in Robert's Rebellion. A friend of both Robert and Renly Baratheon, Cortnay remained at Storm's End after Renly was named its lord to help run the day-to-day operations.
While Renly was performing his duties in King's Landing as master of laws, Ser Cortnay was named the castellan of Storm's End. He took a part in raising Edric Storm, the acknowledged bastard of Renly's brother, King Robert Baratheon. Cortnay first met Brienne of Tarth when she was a child while visiting Evenfall Hall, and again when Lord Selwyn Tarth sent her to Storm's End.
A Clash of Kings
As Renly Baratheon marches towards King's Landing, Stannis Baratheon lays siege to Storm's End, held by Cortnay. As the castle has a strong garrison, is well-provisioned, and held by the seasoned Cortnay, Renly's lords encourage him to continue towards the capital, though Renly refuses to decline Stannis's challenge. However, Renly dies before giving his brother battle. Cortnay sends out ravens with a plea for help in breaking Stannis's siege, offering to bend the knee to whomever would send him aid. He demands to see the Renly's corpse before opening Storm's End's gates.
When Cortnay parleys with Stannis and his lords beneath the walls, Stannis demands Cortnay turn over the castle and Robert Baratheon's bastard, Edric Storm, but Cortnay refuses, instead tossing his glove at Stannis and challenging him to a single combat duel. Stannis refuses this, and Cortnay tells him to elect a champion, insulting those who have joined Stannis after having sworn allegiance to Renly. Rather than risk losing the duel, Stannis warns Cortnay that he will take the castle only by storm—a threat to which Cortnay replies by reminding Stannis of Storm's End's name.
After the parley, Stannis tells Davos Seaworth that Melisandre has seen Cortnay's death in the flames of the future. That night, Stannis sends Davos and Melisandre to have the castellan assassinated by one of Melisandre's shadows. Cortnay's lieutenant, Lord Elwood Meadows, immediately gives up the castle and Edric Storm.
Quotes by Cortnay
A man who changes kings and gods the way I change my boots. As do these other turncloaks I see before me.—Cortnay to Alester Florent
—Cortnay to Stannis Baratheon
May the Others bugger your Lord of Light, and wipe his arse with that rag you bear. —Cortnay to Melisandre
Quotes about Cortnay
Stannis: A smuggler must be a fair judge of men. What do you make of this Ser Cortnay Penrose?
Davos: A stubborn man.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Cortnay Penrose.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide: The Stormlands
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.