History of the Baratheons
|World of Westeros - History|
|Monday, 11 January 2010 14:38|
Rich in a history poorly known outside its borders, the Stormlands were the homelands of the Storm Kings, who reigned across great swaths of Westeros before the Targaryens deposed them. The domain of the Storm Kings was extensive, at its peak reaching nearly as far north as Moat Cailin on the northern marches of the Neck. Arrec the Storm King lost this northern territory three centuries after it was first conquered. The founding father of the present ruling house was Orys Baratheon, who killed Argilac the Arrogant, the last of the Storm Kings. Orys was rumoured to be the bastard brother of Aegon the Dragon and rose quickly through the ranks to become one of Aegon’s fiercest commanders. At the conclusion of the Wars of Conquest, Orys was rewarded by Aegon with Argilac’s castle (Storm’s End), lands and daughter, whom Orys married. Orys adopted her family’s banner, honour, and words, “Ours Is the Fury.”
During the rule of the Targaryens, the Baratheon scions seem to have kept the Stormlands peaceful as they themselves did service to whomever sat the Iron Throne. Since Orys’s advancement, the Baratheons have continued to do well. Many Baratheon descendants were famous throughout Westeros, such as Ser Lyonel Baratheon, the Laughing Storm. They similarly did well for themselves in marrying into the families of the other high lords, although they were the youngest of the Great Houses. 120 years ago, a Baratheon daughter married a Lannister in a union that produced three daughters and a son. 30 years after this union, Gowen Baratheon, the third son of the reigning Lord of Storm’s End, married Tya Lannister. This marriage was far less fortunate; the sole issue of the union, a son, died in infancy.
The Baratheons would ultimately rise to rule over all the Seven Kingdoms. Robert’s Rebellion — also called the War of the Usurper — was started, at least in part, over Robert Baratheon. The first offense occurred when Prince Rhaegar absconded with Robert’s betrothed, Lyanna Stark. The second, unforgivable affront was when Aerys II demanded Robert’s head and that of Eddard Stark. The extraordinary personal relationship between the man who would become king and the Lord of Winterfell was forged during their time as foster brothers in the Eyrie. Robert’s Rebellion strengthened that bond.
During the war, the Stormlands was the site of one of the most brutal campaigns of that conflict — the siege of Storm’s End. It was King Robert’s brother Stannis who held the keep during a year-long siege by the Lords Tyrell and Redwyne. At the end, Stannis and his men were forced to eat rats and suck on boot leather to survive until the siege broke.
To lock his hold on the throne, stag joined with lion again and Robert married Cersei Lannister. Their union has produced three children, Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella ... although they are the children of Jaime and Cersei Lannister and not truly Baratheons.
After King Robert’s death, many make a claim to the Iron Throne. Both Stannis, the middle brother, and Renly, the youngest brother, put themselves forward, but it was Prince Joffrey, eldest son of King Robert, who inherited the Iron Throne, supported in his claim by his mother’s family.