Stannis Baratheon by Amoka©
|Full Name||Stannis Baratheon the First of His Name|
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands |
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
|Born in||265 AC|
|Royal House||House Baratheon of Dragonstone|
|Books||A Game of Thrones|
|Played by||Stephen Dillane|
|TV series||Season 2|
Lord Stannis Baratheon is the elder of Robert Baratheon's younger brothers. He served on his brother's small council as Master of Ships, After the death of Robert, he styled himself king of the Seven Kingdoms as Robert's heir, though he has difficulty getting support for his claim.
Appearance and Characteristics
Stannis is a large man, like his brothers, with a bald head and a shadow of a beard across his large jaw. He is a brooding, humourless man known for a hard and unyielding sense of justice, who is obsessed with slights real and imagined and grinds his teeth regularly.
Stannis was born around 265 AC. His stubbornnes and determination are legendary and served him well during Robert's Rebellion, when he successfully held Storm's End against Mace Tyrell's siege under desperate conditions. After the war, Robert gave Stannis charge and building a fleet to capture Dragonstone. After the fall of the castle, Stannis was given Dragonstone instead of the wealthier Storm's End which was given to Renly Baratheon. Stannis perceived this as an insult, though Dragonstone is the traditional holding for the king's heir. Robert also made Stannis his Master of Ships on the small council. During the Greyjoy Rebellion, Stannis trapped and destroyed much of Iron Fleet. He also subdued Great Wyk in his brother name.
During his wedding to Lady Selyse Florent, King Robert deflowered Delena Florent in their wedding bed. This coupling led to Edric Storm, the only acknowledged bastard of the king. Stannis insisted that he was a blight upon the honor of his wife's House and promptly shipped him off to his other uncle, Lord Renly, at Storm's End.
Despite Stannis's loyalty and service to his brother Robert, Robert gave Stannis little in return; instead of thanking him for holding Storm's End against the Tyrells he thanked Eddard Stark for lifting the siege instead. Instead of thanking Stannis for capturing Dragonstone for him, Robert blamed Stannis for the escape of Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen (even though they fled long before Stannis's fleet even arrived). According to Cersei Lannister Robert even meant Stannis recieving Dragonstone as a slight. Stannis helped Jon Arryn in ruling the kingdom but got little or no acknowledgement or thanks from his elder brother.
Prior to the events of the first book A Game of Thrones, Stannis suspected Kings Roberts children from his marriage to queen Cersei Lannister were not his brothers children. He confided his suspicions to Lord Jon Arryn the Hand of the King and they investigated that matter together. Stannis did not bring his suspicions to Robert, as he knew coming from him Robert would not believe the charges (Robert had no love for his brother Stannis), but would listen if the charges came from Jon Arryn whom Robert loved. They visited several of Robert's baseborn children in the city and Stannis pointed out that all had black hair and they looked like Robert, while Lord Jon consulted the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms of past marriages of Noble Houses and discovered the same was true whenever a Baratheon wed, there sons/daughters would have black hair.
After determining that the children were infact not Roberts, Lord Jon meant to act and even planned for his son Robert Arryn to be fostered with Stannis on Dragonstone. Before action could be taken however, Lord Arryn was poisoned before he could bring the evidence before Robert.
A Game of Thrones
After the murder of Jon Arryn, Stannis fled to Dragonstone to gather his strength and plan his next move. During Eddard Stark's investigation of Lord Jon's death, Lord Eddard discovered that Stannis and Lord Jon had spent a great deal of time together.
A Clash of Kings
On Dragonstone with many of his wife's Florent relatives acting as his counselors, he gathered what strength he could. During this time, Selyse fell under the influence of the sorceress Melisandre, who proclaimed Stannis to be Azor Ahai reborn, a messianic figure of the R'hllor faith. When Robert died, Stannis claimed the Iron Throne as Robert's heir; however most of the Baratheon bannermen followed his more charismatic brother when Renly also claimed the throne.
Stannis converted to the R'hllor faith, seeking only the power that Melisandre promised would follow, and prepared for war. His switch to the faith of R'hllor divided Stannis's own men into two faction King's Men who still worshipped the Faith of the Seven and Queen's Men who worshipped R'hllor. Stannis had hundreds of letter sent to every Lord throughout Westeros proclaiming himself a King and claiming (correctly) that Cersei's children were not Robert's children.
He rode to treat with Renly, but could not convince him to renounce his claim. That night, Melisandre used her magic to birth a shadow incarnation of Stannis, which assassinated Renly in his tent. Swallowing his sense of justice, Stannis recruited most his brother's treasonous host into his own army and launched an amphibious assault on King's Landing. His forces were defeated at the cusp of victory when Lannister and Tyrell reinforcements unexpectedly arrived, seemingly led by Renly's ghost (it was in fact Garlan Tyrell wearing the deceased Renly's armour).
A Storm of Swords
Stannis returned to Dragonstone, his host broken. There, Melisandre urged him to sacrifice Edric Storm to complete a spell that she claimed would raise dragons from stone and grant him more power. Stannis though initially reluctant was about to follow through with the ritual when his Hand, Davos Seaworth, smuggled the boy away and urged Stannis to take his remaining forces north to defend the Wall.
Stannis agreed, and arrived at the Wall just in time to crush a wildlings assault at the Battle of Castle Black. He stayed at the Wall to negotiate a settlement compromise with the wildlings and offered to legitimize Jon Snow as heir of Winterfell if he would support Stannis's rule. The offer fell through when Jon was selected as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Stannis continues to seek support in the North for another attempt at the throne.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Stannis sends Davos Seaworth to White Harbour to treat with Wyman Manderly on his behalf. Stannis receives many rejections from his demands of fealty answers from the Northern Lords although he does win the support of a portion of House Umber led by Mors Umber. Stannis has Mance Rayder (actually unknown to Stannis, a glamoured Rattleshirt) burned for the crime of being a deserter of the watch, he then offers the remaining freefolk a choice, bend the knee or go back to the wild, since the Others are in the wild, nine of every ten bend the knee.
Stannis was counselled by Arnolf Karstark via raven messages to join his strength to his and attack the Dreadfort. Stannis agreed and planned on attacking the Dreadfort when Ramsay Bolton marches south to take Moat Cailin (unknown to Stannis was that Arnolf Karstark was working for the House Bolton and was trying to lure Stannis into a trap). Jon Snow however when hearing the plan persuedes Stannis not to go down this course as Jon knows how strong the Dreadfort is even with a small garrison.
Instead Stannis goes west to take Deepwood Motte which is currently in Ironborn hands. Jon Snow advises him to go through the mountains and win the support of the mountain clans Flint, Wull, Norrey and Liddle who were loyal to Eddard Stark, Stannis wins over several of there commanders such as Old Flint and Big Bucket. Stannis now has an additional three thousand men and attacked Deepwood Motte in what became known as the Retaking of Deepwood Motte. Stannis took several ironborn captive such as Asha Greyjoy he then returns Deepwood Motte back to House Glover this act gained him popular support in the Notrh and earned him the support of House Glover and House Mormont. His army marched on Winterfell but were slowed by the relentless snow storms.
In the Siege of Winterfell he was allegedly killed along with most of his army as tauntingly reported to Jon Snow by Ramsey Bolton. His last known location is in a snowed in village 3 days west of Winterfell. It is unknown however if Stannis is really dead though or it was just a lie written by Ramsay.
References and Notes
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard
- A Dance with Dragons, The Wayward Bride
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen
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