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"Ours Is The Fury. These are the words of the black stag of Baratheon; a battle cry echoed throughout the land in rebellion when I, Robert Baratheon, the First of His Name seized the Iron Throne from the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, ending a dynasty nearly three-hundred years old."
Robert Baratheon[src]

House Baratheon[1] of Storm's End is a Great House of Westeros that traditionally rules the Stormlands on the eastern coast of Westeros, aptly named for its frequent storms.

House Baratheon became the royal house of the Seven Kingdoms (as House Baratheon of King's Landing) after Robert Baratheon led a rebellion against the Targaryen dynasty. At the end of the rebellion, Robert ascended the Iron Throne as Robert I and married Cersei Lannister after the death of Lyanna Stark.

House Baratheon became officially extinct after the deaths of Stannis Baratheon and his family, but was revived when Robert's last known bastard was legitimized by Queen Daenerys Targaryen as Gendry Baratheon.

House Baratheon's sigil is a crowned black stag on a gold field and their house words are "Ours is the Fury."[2][3]

History[]

Background[]

House Baratheon was founded by Orys Baratheon, a general in the army of King Aegon I Targaryen, the founder of the Targaryen dynasty who conquered the Seven Kingdoms. Orys Baratheon was also rumored to be Aegon's bastard half-brother. He defeated Argilac the Arrogant, the last of the Storm Kings, and captured his castle of Storm's End. For his accomplishments, Orys was made Lord of Storm's End and founded House Baratheon. Orys took the sigil and words of the defeated House Durrandon as his own, cementing his rule over the Stormlands by marrying Argella Durrandon, the daughter of the fallen Argilac.

Orys Baratheon leadering his troops in Storm's End

Orys Baratheon leading his troops in Storm's End.

House Baratheon lineage

A history book with information on the early members of House Baratheon.

Robert Baratheon led a rebellion against King Aerys II Targaryen, resulting in the overthrowing of the Targaryens. Robert became the new king; Renly became Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, ruling the Stormlands from Storm's End; Stannis formed the cadet branch House Baratheon of Dragonstone.

Robert in the Iron Throne

Robert Baratheon on the Iron Throne.

Game of Thrones: Season 1[]

Robert at Winterfell

The Stark household kneels before King Robert.

Robert Baratheon travels to Winterfell to ask his old friend Eddard Stark to serve as the new Hand of the King. Robert also seeks to unite Houses Baratheon and Stark once and for all by marrying Sansa to his eldest "son" and heir Joffrey.[4]

Ned deduces that Robert's children with Cersei are actually bastards born of incest between Cersei and Jaime;[5] he sends a message to Stannis, informing him of this, as he has been revealed to be the rightful heir to the throne.

Robert is mortally wounded during a hunt. Following his death[6] and Ned's execution, the War of the Five Kings begins.[7]

Game of Thrones: Season 2[]

Both Stannis and Renly Baratheon declares themselves the rightful kings.

Renly Stannis Parley

The Baratheon brothers parley in the Stormlands.

Following the unsuccessful parley between them, Renly is killed by a shadow.[8] The Tyrells form an alliance with the Lannisters. Stannis is defeated by the combined Lannister-Tyrell army at the Battle of the Blackwater.[9]

Stannis Melisandre 2x10

Melisandre shows Stannis the future in the flames.

Game of Thrones: Season 3[]

Lannisters overrun the Stormlands

The Lannisters and Tyrells have taken over the Stormlands.

Gendry, a bastard son of Robert, is brought to Dragonstone and forcibly used for the leech ritual.[10] Davos sets Gendry free, and persuades Stannis to assist the Night's Watch.[11]

Game of Thrones: Season 4[]

Stannis attacks

Stannis, with the Iron Bank now funding him, moves north.

After receiving a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos[12] and hiring sellswords, Stannis marches north and defeats the wildling army at the battle for the Wall.[13]

Game of Thrones: Season 5[]

5x10 Stannis Defeated Promo

Stannis's death brings an end to the true legal bloodline of House Baratheon.

Stannis is defeated by the Boltons at the battle in the ice. Brienne kills Stannis, ending the legitimate bloodline of House Baratheon.[14]

Game of Thrones: Season 6[]

Though House Baratheon is in fact no more, King Tommen of the still surviving cadet branch House Baratheon of King's Landing continues to use the Baratheon name to legitimize his rule, thus leaving House Baratheon still legally intact.

Tommen Baratheon(Lannister) jumps out of his window, Season 6 Episode 10.

Tommen's suicide marks the legal end of House Baratheon.

Following Tommen's death, House Baratheon becomes legally extinct.[15]

Game of Thrones: Season 7[]

Gendry Eastwatch

Gendry, the last person with Baratheon blood, is found by Davos.

Tyrion and Davos travel to King's Landing, and find the unrecognized bastard Gendry, the last living person with Baratheon blood through his father.[16]

Gendry

Gendry fights against a wight.

Gendry joins the group which goes Beyond the Wall to capture a wight.[17]

Game of Thrones: Season 8[]

House Baratheon is legally restored when Queen Daenerys Targaryen legitimizes Gendry, who fought at the Battle of Winterfell. Gendry is named Lord of Storm's End.[18]

As the new head of House Baratheon, Gendry consolidates control over the Stormlands. Later, he participates in a Great Council in the Dragonpit along with one of his bannermen, Lord Une, and agrees to the ascension of Bran Stark as the new King of the Andals and the First Men.[19]

Members[]

Note: Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen are claimed to be the children of King Robert Baratheon, but actually were born of incest between Queen Cersei and her twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. Thus, Stannis was Robert's lawful heir before his death. With the deaths of Stannis and Shireen, the bloodline of House Baratheon became legally extinct (Lord Gendry Baratheon was an unacknowledged bastard of Robert Baratheon and thus was not entitled to claim the Baratheon name). With the death of Tommen, the people of Westeros believed that House Baratheon was completely extinct until Daenerys Targaryen's legitimization of Lord Gendry.

Historical members[]

Military strength[]

Baratheon man-at-arms

House Baratheon troops at the Blackwater.

House Baratheon men-at-arms are equipped with long padded beige gambesons and nasal helmets with stag crests, and they carry triangular shields. Other men-at-arms have kettle steel helmets instead of nasal helmets, and some are often seen wearing pauldrons and gorgets as well.

Wealthier Baratheon soldiers, or knights from the Stormlands in general, equip themselves with plate armor parts and helmets with brims and cheek guards. Renly himself, while campaigning, wears a much more expensive version of this armor, with the addition of a brigandine cuirass. Baratheon soldiers from Dragonstone, in contrast, protect themselves with grey mail and plate armor alongside tear drop shields; their grey helmets, however, are similar to those of the Stormlanders.

Stormlanders are known for being brave and hardy warriors, as exemplified by the Baratheons. In Robert's Rebellion and Greyjoy Rebellion, House Baratheon plays an incredibly significant part, since in both wars Robert Baratheon is leading his side to victory.[20][21][22][23]

In the beginning of the War of the Five Kings, Renly assembles troops of both the Stormlands and the Reach, a total of about 100,000 men.[24] After his assassination, many of the Stormlords and at least two houses of the Reach (House Florent and House Fossoway) join Stannis.[25] Stannis's forces number at least 10,000 before the Battle of the Blackwater,[26] and there are presumably more troops, left to guard Stannis's castles while most of his troops attack the capital, resulting in the Battle of the Blackwater.

Vassal houses[]

Houses from the Dornish Marches

Houses from Blackwater Bay

Family tree[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-OrmundBaratheon
Ormund
Baratheon

Deceased
 
House-Baratheon-Main-Square
Lady
Baratheon
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-SteffonBaratheon
Steffon
Baratheon


Deceased
 
House-Baratheon-Main-Square
Cassana Baratheon
née Estermont House Estermont
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Unknown
Lovers


 
Famtree-RobertBaratheon
Robert
Baratheon

Deceased
 
Famtree-CerseiLannister
Cersei
Lannister
House Lannister
Deceased
 
Famtree-JaimeLannister
Jaime
Lannister
House LannisterKingsguard
Deceased
 
Famtree-StannisBaratheon
Stannis
Baratheon
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Deceased
 
Famtree-SelyseBaratheon
Selyse Baratheon
née Florent House Florent
Deceased
 
Famtree-RenlyBaratheon
Renly
Baratheon
Renly Baratheon
Deceased
 
Famtree-MargaeryTyrell
Margaery
Tyrell
House Tyrell
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Gendry
Gendry
Baratheon


 
Famtree-Unknown
Bastards

Deceased
 
Famtree-Barra
Barra

Deceased
 
House-Baratheon-Main-Square
Son

Died in infancy
 
Famtree-JoffreyBaratheon
Joffrey
Baratheon
House Baratheon of King's Landing
Deceased
 
Famtree-MargaeryTyrell
Margaery
Tyrell
House Tyrell
Deceased
 
Famtree-MyrcellaBaratheon
Myrcella
Baratheon
House Baratheon of King's Landing
Deceased
Famtree-TommenBaratheon
Tommen
Baratheon
House Baratheon of King's Landing
Deceased
 
Famtree-MargaeryTyrell
Margaery
Tyrell
House Tyrell
Deceased
 
Famtree-StannisStillbornSon
Petyr,
Tommard,
and Edric
Baratheon
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Stillborn
 
Famtree-ShireenBaratheon
Shireen
Baratheon
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Deceased
 
 
 
 

In the books[]

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Orys Baratheon was the rumored bastard half-brother of King Aegon I Targaryen, the conqueror of the Seven Kingdoms. Orys led an army which slew the last of the Storm Kings, Argilac the Arrogant, and captured his castle of Storm's End. For his loyal service, Orys was made a lord and allowed to found his own Great House, marrying the daughter of Argilac and taking his sigil and words for his own. At just under 300 years, this makes House Baratheon the youngest by far of the Great Houses.

House Baratheon has ruled over the tempest-wracked southeastern shores of Westeros, the area known as the Stormlands, ever since. It has produced a number of great and notable warriors, such as Ser Lyonel Baratheon, the Laughing Storm, and married into the royal House Targaryen several generations ago.

When Robert Baratheon's betrothed, Lyanna Stark, was kidnapped by Rhaegar Targaryen, he was enraged and raised his banners in rebellion against King Aerys II, along with Lyanna's brother (and Robert's best friend) Eddard Stark. They were joined by several other houses in a civil war known as Robert's Rebellion. Robert's army smashed the royal host at the Battle of the Trident and put it to rout. The treachery of House Lannister delivered the capital at King's Landing to Robert. With Lyanna killed during the war, Robert agreed to marry Cersei Lannister in gratitude for her father's pledge of fealty.

Robert became King and gave his brother Stannis (one year younger than him) Dragonstone, the ancestral island stronghold of the Targaryens, and his youngest brother Renly (fifteen years younger) the familial seat at Storm's End.

In a very minor difference to the books, after crowning himself King, Renly doesn't alter the colors of the Baratheon sigil. However, he wears a golden stag on green, though not as an official personal sigil.

Following the death of Robert and Renly, the only surviving members of House Baratheon are Stannis, his wife, and his daughter Shireen. No mention has been made in the five current novels of any surviving cousins, who might make claim to rule of House Baratheon. Robert is rumored to have fathered over a dozen bastards, but they are not considered legitimate heirs. Robert does have one acknowledged bastard, Edric Storm, whom he acknowledged because his mother was a member of the nobility. Robert had no part in raising him, instead sending him to foster at Storm's End.

In the TV series, their banner depicts a stag with a crown around its neck, while in the novels, the crown is above its head. A widespread fan assumption for some time was that because the Baratheons were not kings like the Durrandons had been, they stopped using a crown on their stag sigil, and just used a plain stag for the next three centuries - and only recently re-added a crown to the stag, after Robert's Rebellion when Robert overthrew the Targaryen kings. However, when the Baratheons make appearances during the Dunk & Egg novellas (particularly Lyonel Baratheon), they are consistently described as used a crowned stag, even though the Targaryens are still the royal family and they are not. Asked about this in 2015, Elio Garcia (owner of Westeros.org) stated that according to materials that George R.R. Martin sent him when co-writing the The World of Ice & Fire sourcebook, the Baratheons indeed always used a crowned stag sigil, starting from when Orys founded House Baratheon and exactly copied the Durrandon heraldry, through Robert's Rebellion.[27]

The TV series, however, contradicted this in Season 1's "The Wolf and the Lion": when Bran is asked by Maester Luwin about the heraldry of the Great Houses, he explicitly says that the Baratheon stag only has a crown now, after Robert became the king. It isn't clear if this was a deliberate change for the TV continuity, or more probably, if the TV scriptwriters also made the common mistake of assuming the Baratheons didn't use a crowned stag before Robert seized the Iron Throne.

Houses sworn to House Baratheon in the books, yet to appear in the series:

  • House Buckler of Bronzegate
  • House Cafferen of Fawnton
  • House Fell of Felwood
  • House Mertyns of Mistwood
  • House Penrose of Parchments

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Baratheon" is pronounced "Buh-RATH-ee-un".

Gallery[]

References[]

Notes[]

  1. In "Winter Is Coming," which takes place in 298 AC, Sansa Stark tells Cersei Lannister that she is 13 years old and Bran Stark tells Jaime Lannister that he is 10 years old. Arya Stark was born between Sansa and Bran, making her either 11 or 12 in Season 1. The rest of the Stark children have been aged up by 2 years from their book ages, so it can be assumed that she is 11 in Season 1. Arya is 18 in Season 8 according to HBO, which means at least 7 years occur in the span of the series; therefore, each season of Game of Thrones must roughly correspond to a year in-universe, placing the events of Season 8 in 305 AC.
  2. 2.0 2.1 In "The Kingsroad," which takes place in 298 AC, Catelyn Stark states that Eddard Stark went to war with Robert Baratheon "17 years ago;" therefore, Robert's Rebellion occurred in 281 AC.
  3. In "You Win or You Die," Jorah Mormont receives a pardon stating that the current year is 298.
  4. 4.0 4.1 In "Valyria & the Dragons," Viserys Targaryen states that Aegon began his conquest 100 years after the Doom of Valyria in 102 BC, placing it in 2 BC. In "Aegon, First of His Name," Viserys Targaryen states that the maesters divided history into Before and After Conquest following Aegon I Targaryen's coronation in Oldtown; therefore, Aegon's Conquest began in 2 BC and ended in 1 AC.

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