Queen's men

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Ser Axell Florent, by Kristina Carroll © Fantasy Flight Games

The queen's men are members of Stannis Baratheon's court who have converted to the faith of R'hllor. In contrast, Stannis's followers who remain loyal to the Faith of the Seven are known as king's men.

Culture

Queen Selyse Florent was among the first in Dragonstone to convert, and it was initially by her insistence that Stannis Baratheon took notice of the red priestess, Melisandre. Calling them the "queen's" men alludes to the fact that Selyse is a vocal supporter of Melisandre and of her god, R'hllor, arguably more so than Stannis himself, and helps in telling them apart from the so-called king's men who are also supporters of Stannis's cause yet have kept the Faith of the Seven.[1] However, an alternate interpretation is that the queen they are loyal to is not Selyse but rather Melisandre, who is in many senses closer to Stannis than Selyse.[2]

The queen's men often have a fiery heart, the emblem of the Lord of Light, embroidered on their breasts signifying their allegiance.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Justin Massey, by Paolo Puggioni © Fantasy Flight Games

Alf of Runnymudd, a builder of the Night's Watch, is one of the first to convert to the faith of R'hllor after Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre are established at Castle Black.[4]

Known Queen's Men

Quotes

The king's men were as earthy and impious as any other soldiers, but the queen's men were fervid in their devotion to Melisandre of Asshai and her Lord of Light.[7]

—thoughts of Samwell Tarly

One realm, one god, one king! STANNIS! STANNIS! ONE REALM, ONE GOD, ONE KING![8]

—queen's men

They would as gladly burn me as those logs and broken branches.[2]

Asha Greyjoy's thoughts

References