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The parley at Storm's End between Stannis and Renly Baratheon, also attended by Melisandre, Catelyn Stark, and Brienne of Tarth

During the War of the Five Kings, Lord Stannis Baratheon of Dragonstone proclaims his claim to the Iron Throne. However, he lacks the strength, as his younger brother Renly has also proclaimed himself to be king, and has gained the loyalty of the men of the stormlands and the Reach. Believing that the lords of the stormlands owe him loyalty, Stannis sails with all his strength to his parental seat and besieges Storm's End.

Renly has gathered his huge army at Bitterbridge. Upon learning of Stannis's move, he splits his army and rides with some twenty thousand cavalry to Storm's End to break the siege. With Lady Catelyn Stark in attendance, Renly and Stannis meet for a parlay, during which Renly offers Stannis a peach. Unable to set aside their differences and unable to yield, Renly and Stannis agree that a battle is set to start at dawn the next day. However, a shadow assassin summoned by Melisandre causes sufficient chaos in Renly's camp. With Renly to lead them, the majority of the host that had accompanied him to Storm's End swears their allegiance to Stannis, although a fifth of Renly's knights returns to Bitterbridge with Ser Loras Tyrell. Storm's End's castellan, Ser Cortnay Penrose, refuses to yield the castle to Stannis, and the siege carries on. Read more...