Utkar22 wrote: That is why Stannis was given Dragonstone, and Renly Storm's end?
It is slightly more complicated then that. Dragonstone was a castle surrounded by notable Loyalists to the Targaryens- the Velaryons , the Celtigars and etc. Robert needed a man's strenght to rule there , not a boy , who could easily be deposed. Robert was paranoid of a Targaryen invasion , and thus his actions reflected it. It was also given to signfy Stannis's postion as the heir , until Joffery was born , of course. Stannis didn't take it that way though. Dragonstone commanded few lords and was situated in a desolute rock in the sea , and by right , when Robert became king , in his eyes, Storm's End should have been his. He viewed it as an insult given to him unfairly after he had failed to capture Viserys and Danearys. Robert thought he was doing Stannis a favour , by giving him the more "prestigious" castle, but Stannis thought otherwise. As GRRM says -"Stannis always resented being given Dragonstone while Renly got Storm's End, and took that as a slight... but it's not necessarily true that Robert meant it that way. The Targaryen heir apparent had always been titled Prince of Dragonstone. By making Stannis the Lord of Dragonstone, Robert affirmed his brother's status as heir (which he was, until Joff's birth a few years later). Robert could just as lawfully retained both castles for his sons, and made Joffrey the Prince of Dragonstone and Tommen the Lord of Storm's End. Giving them to his brothers instead was another instance of his great, but rather careless, generosity."