House Baratheon of Dragonstone

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House Baratheon of Dragonstone
House Baratheon of Dragonstone.svg
Coat of arms A black stag enclosed within a fiery heart on yellow (Or, within a heart enflamed proper a stag sable)
Seat Dragonstone
Head King Stannis I Baratheon
Heir Princess Shireen Baratheon
Overlord House Baratheon of King's Landing (284299 AC)
Founder Stannis Baratheon
Founded 284 AC

House Baratheon of Dragonstone is a cadet branch of House Baratheon of Storm's End. Its seat is Dragonstone, the island castle that sits off the mainland to the northeast of King's Landing, and the Great House commands the allegiance of the lords of the narrow sea.[1] Its founder and current head is Lord Stannis Baratheon, who seized the island at the end of Robert's Rebellion and received it as a reward from his brother, King Robert I Baratheon.


House Baratheon of Dragonstone was formed in 284 AC after Robert's Rebellion when the new king, Robert I Baratheon, named his younger brother, Stannis, Lord of Dragonstone.[2] Stannis took the title as a slight,[3] since he would have preferred the richer lands of Storm's End, the ancestral Baratheon castle, but Robert wanted a strong leader in the old seat of House Targaryen. Robert instead awarded Storm's End to the youngest brother, Renly.[2]

Around 287 AC, Lord Stannis took Selyse Florent to wife. During Greyjoy's Rebellion in 289 AC, Stannis, as Robert's master of ships, led the Baratheon fleets to victory in a sea battle off Fair Isle. Since then Stannis and Selyse have conceived their daughter, Shireen, although their marriage remains loveless.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Stannis Baratheon is the first to suspect that Queen Cersei Lannister's children are not also those of King Robert I Baratheon.[4] While investigating the matter with the Hand of the King, Lord Jon Arryn,[5] Stannis agrees to foster Jon's son, young Robert Arryn, on Dragonstone.[6] Neither this nor the moment of revealing the information to Robert Baratheon arrives, however. Lord Arryn is poisoned and Stannis retreats to Dragonstone shortly after the king leaves to offer the position of Hand to Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell.[7]

Before Stannis can return to King's Landing, King Robert dies and the realm poises for war. Stannis, his wife Selyse, and daughter Shireen are mentioned among the nobles that Cersei's eldest child, Joffrey I Baratheon, commands to do him fealty or be named traitors.[8] While Stannis's intentions are unknown, it is reported that he has been gathering ships, sellswords, and a shadowbinder to his island.[9]

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon by John Goodenough © Fantasy Flight Games

Sending letters throughout the realm, Stannis proclaims himself the rightful King of Westeros over Queen Cersei's baseborn abominations.[10] He is advised by Melisandre of Asshai, a red priestess of R'hllor, the Lord of Light. Originally, Stannis uses the crowned stag of the Baratheons as his sigil, but during the War of the Five Kings, he takes for his personal banner a crowned stag enclosed within a red heart surrounded by a blaze of orange fire on a field of sun yellow.[4]

Although the poor lands of Dragonstone allow for little support for his claim, the religion and magic of Melisandre has given focus to Stannis's cause, allowing for the assassination of his brother Renly and the defection of most of Renly's bannermen at Storm's End.[11][12]

The red religion has become a point of conflict among the house's sworn swords and lords bannermen, with its supporters and fervent believers labeled queen's men, and those who cleave to the Faith of the Seven called king's men. The house's subsequent contest against House Baratheon of King's Landing is denied in the Battle of the Blackwater,[13] and Ser Justin Massey and Ser Richard Horpe convince Stannis to retreat to Dragonstone.[14]

A Storm of Swords

After the Blackwater, Stannis's total strength is between thirteen hundred[15] and fifteen hundred[16] men on Dragonstone (more than half of them Florents)[16] and three hundred men at Storm's End.[15]

Queen Selyse and Melisandre burn the traitors Guncer Sunglass, Alester Florent, and the sons of Hubard Rambton, sacrifices to the Lord of Light.[17][18]

The support of Selyse's family, House Florent, has been important for Stannis, but he resents their meddling. He travels to the Wall with most of his men and wins the battle beneath the Wall, beginning his campaign to win the north.[19] By this time Stannis has apparently joined his fiery heart sigil with the traditional banner of House Baratheon, a black stag on "a sheet of beaten gold".[20]

A Feast for Crows

Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon, by Bella Bergolts ©

Lord Paxter Redwyne commands most of the Redwyne fleet at the siege of Dragonstone, which is held by Ser Rolland Storm on behalf of Stannis.[21] Ser Loras Tyrell, who takes command when the siege takes too long, is said to have been gravely wounded during his bloody conquest of Dragonstone.[22]

Lords Mace Tyrell and Mathis Rowan lead half of House Tyrell's strength to Storm's End, which is held by Ser Gilbert Farring for Stannis.[23] The rest of the Redwyne fleet blockade Shipbreaker Bay to prevent the castle from being resupplied.[21] Mace leaves this siege of Storm's End when he hears that his daughter, Queen Margaery, has been arrested by the High Sparrow.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

Aegon Targaryen and the Golden Company invade the stormlands and also threaten Storm's End.[25]

Stannis marches from Castle Black, enlists the aid of the northern mountain clans, and liberates Deepwood Motte from Asha Greyjoy's ironborn.[26] His march on Winterfell, which is held by House Bolton, is slowed in the wolfswood by a fierce blizzard.[27][28]

Queen Selyse remains at the Wall, where she engages in marrying her knights to various wildlings.[29] Ser Axell Florent calls himself the Queen's Hand.[30] Princess Shireen is intrigued by the giant at Castle Black, Wun Wun.[31]

House Baratheon of Dragonstone at the end of the third century

The known Baratheons of Dragonstone during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others


The King's main household

The King's captives and guests

The King's knights and sworn swords marching to Winterfell

The King's knights and sworn swords at Castle Black

The King's household at Dragonstone

  • Ser Rolland Storm, called 'the Bastard of Nightsong', Lord of Nightsong and Lord of the Marches, castellan of Dragonstone. Fate unknown following the siege of Dragonstone.
  • Maester {Cressen}, healer and tutor, an old man. Poisoned himself in an attempt to murder Melisandre.
    • Maester Pylos, his young successor. Fate unknown.
  • Lord {Alester Florent}, Lord of Brightwater Keep and Hand of the King, uncle to Queen Selyse. Imprisoned for treason and burned alive by Melisandre.
  • {Jate Blackberry}, captain of the gate on Dragonstone. Killed at Blackwater.
  • Ser {Hubard Rambton}, a knight sworn to Lord Sunglass. Killed defending the sept at Dragonstone from being burned.
    • {His three sons}. One killed alongside Ser Hubard, the remaining two burned alive by Queen Selyse.
  • Septon Barre, keeper of the sept at Dragonstone. Imprisoned.
  • "Porridge" and "Lamprey", two gaolers. Fate unknown.

The King's household at Storm's End

The King's bannermen at their seats

The King's men across the narrow sea

The King's imprisoned knights


Sworn houses

Sworn to Dragonstone

The Crownlands

The Stormlands

The Reach

The North


  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  9. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.
  14. Theon I (The Winds of Winter)
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon X.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  25. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  26. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  28. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.
  29. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 39, Jon VIII.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen
  33. Ardrian Celtigar bent the knee to Joffrey I and remained in King's Landing.
  34. Lord Sunglass was burned alive under Selyse Florent's orders. His brother and heir fled to Volantis.