A History of Ice and Fire part 5
Vol 1 – The History of Westeros: http://imgur.com/gallery/njTUt
Vol 2 – House Targaryen: http://imgur.com/gallery/KIXTE
Vol 3 – House Stark: http://imgur.com/gallery/39Yzc
Vol 4 – House Lannister: http://imgur.com/gallery/5IY7a
Vol 6 – House Martell: http://imgur.com/gallery/z9jB0
Vol 7 – North of the Wall: http://imgur.com/gallery/5Ojoq
Vol 8 – House Greyjoy: http://imgur.com/gallery/4t25T
Vol 9 – The Blackfyre Rebellion: http://imgur.com/gallery/Coe5A
*LINKS CONTAIN SPOILERS* Bonus Material:
Theories – Jon Snow: http://imgur.com/gallery/Cfm4Q
Theories – Secret Targs: http://imgur.com/gallery/xPlfy
Sorry about the day hiatus, folks. I had to give myself a little break, these posts take more time than I'd like to admit to compile because of how fastidious I am about sorting information. Please don't go all Mad King Aerys on me and feed me to the flames! 😉
Hopefully the noble stag was worth the wait! (I think so!)
House Baratheon is the youngest of the original great houses, tracing its origin back to Orys Baratheon. Their castle is one of the strongest in the Seven Kingdoms. It is known as Storm's End. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold and their house words are "Ours is the Fury." Orys adopted the home, sigil, and words from his wife's family line, the Durrendons.
Before the Baratheons came the Durrendons, the Storm Kings who ruled over the Stormlands. The first of their line was Durran. Legend has it that Durran won the love of Elenei, the daughter of the god of the sea and goddess of the wind. The god and goddess forbade their love and unleashed their wrath by hammering his kingdom with massive storms, destroying every castle King Durran built along the sea. Durran wouldn't give up though, building larger more powerful fortifications until finally the seventh castle proved stronger than the storms. This castle is now known as Storm's End.
The Durrendon Storm Kings ruled an area known as the Stormlands on the southeastern coast of Westeros. Their castle, Storm's End, sits along the northern shore of Shipbreaker Bay. Rocky and frequented by storms, the bay is named after the large number of ships that have been destroyed in its waters. Storm's End was also known as Durran's Defiance due to the legend surrounding its construction.
The castle itself is surrounded by a massive curtain wall that is nearly 80 feet thick on its seaward side. The stone is so well placed creating a seamless surface that it offers wind no grip. The seaward side also has a 150 foot drop that extends down into the sea. In its history it has never fallen to either siege or storm.
Some believe that it withstood the onslaught of nature's fury because the Children of the Forest aided in its construction, but others believe that a young boy who would later be known as Bran the Builder advised Durran on its construction. It is uknown which of these stories, if any, are true.
The Durrendon Storm Kings ruled up until Aegon's War of Conquest when it was lost due to a king now known as Argilac the Arrogant. Argilac had grown afraid of another king to the west of him, Harren the Black, and proposed an alliance with Aegon. He offered his daughter's hand in marriage as well as dowry lands, though much of the land he promised was controlled by to Harren. Aegon refused his daughter's hand but offered for her wed his bastard brother, Orys Baratheon, instead. Argilac was insulted and offended by this proposition and had the hands of the envoy cut off and sent them back to Aegon with the message "These are the only hands you will receive."
Upon landing in Westeros and proclaiming himself king, Aegon named his best friend and rumored bastard half-brother, Orys Baratheon, Hand of the King. He was one of Aegon's fiercest commanders. When Aegon sent a message to the rulers of the Seven Kingdoms that "there will only be one king" Argilac refused to submit. Aegon responded by sending Orys and his sister-wife Rhaenys, with her dragon Meraxes, to Storm's End.
Argilac had heard about the fall of Harrenhal and knew his walls wouldn't protect him from Meraxes dragon fire. Argilac instead chose to ride out into open battle to meet them on the field. Orys slew Argilac in open combat, defeating the last Storm King. The battle became known as that Last Storm.
Argilac's daughter, Argella, declared herself the Storm Queen and locked herself inside Storm's End. Her household turned against her though, not wanting to share the same fate as their king or the Harrens. They delivered her to Orys naked and chained but Orys proved his chivalry and covered her with his cloak. Orys took Argella as his wife and adopted the banner, honors, and words of his wife's house, forming House Baratheon.
The Baratheons aided House Targaryen many times over the next few centuries. Lord Borros sided with Aegon II Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons. During the Blackfyre Rebellion the Baratheons provided much of the force that was commanded by the Targaryen king's brother, Baelor Breakspear. Princess Rhaelle Targaryen married into the house and birthed Steffon Baratheon, continuing ties between the dragon and the stag.
Robert Baratheon was the son of Steffon and had two younger brothers, Stannis and Renly. Steffon and his wife met an untimely death at sea, their ship sinking right before the eyes of their children in Shipbreaker Bay as it returned from a voyage. Robert in his younger years fostered with Lord Jon Arryn of the Vale where he met the man who would become his closest friend, Eddard Stark.
Lord Rickard Stark, Eddard's father, promised his daughter Lyanna's hand in marriage to him. He fell in love with her immediately. Robert already had a bastard daughter which led Lyanna to believe he would never remain faithful to her, a fact that did not please her.
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