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Renly: "Why is your stag on fire?"
Melisandre: "The King has taken for his sigil the fiery heart of the Lord of Light."
— King Renly Baratheon and Lady Melisandre[src]

House Baratheon of Dragonstone is an extinct cadet branch of the original House Baratheon of Storm's End and was the ruling house of the island of Dragonstone after the defeat of House Targaryen in Robert's Rebellion. Stannis Baratheon, the head of the house and the Lord of Dragonstone, was a claimant to the Iron Throne in the War of the Five Kings.[1]

Their seat was the island fortress of Dragonstone in Blackwater Bay. The houses of Blackwater Bay, also known as the Lords of the Narrow Sea, are sworn directly to Dragonstone.

Following the deaths of Stannis, Selyse and Shireen Baratheon, House Baratheon of Dragonstone has become officially extinct and leaving the lordship over Dragonstone vacant. House Targaryen retook the island as part of their reconquest of Westeros and the parent house of this branch of House Baratheon revived when the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, Gendry was legitimized by Queen Daenerys Targaryen and she granted him the lordship over Storm's End.

Their house words were "Ours is the Fury,"[2] which they shared with their overlords and fellow cadet branches. However, the most common saying of the house was "For The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors." This was also a common saying of followers of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, who was the official religion of the house due to the influence of the Red Priestess Melisandre.



House Baratheon became the ruling house of the Seven Kingdoms when Stannis's brother Robert Baratheon deposed King Aerys II Targaryen. Stannis fought for Robert in the preceding civil war.[1] He was besieged within the family seat Storm's End. When the siege was lifted Stannis took Dragonstone, the seat of House Targaryen. He was awarded the castle as his own by Robert but was slighted when Storm's End was given to his younger brother Renly Baratheon. Stannis served Robert as Master of Ships on his small council.[3]

Season 1

Stannis left the capital following the death of Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King. Robert died from injuries sustained while hunting. Robert's Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark, uncovered the secret that his purported children were actually fathered by his wife's brother Ser Jaime Lannister. Queen Cersei Lannister had Eddard arrested but he was able to send word to Stannis beforehand.[4] Eddard's arrest triggered war between House Lannister and House Stark.[5] Eddard was executed for treason on the order of Cersei and Jaime's son Joffrey, who Cersei had installed as king.[6] Stannis declared his claim on the throne as Robert's eldest surviving brother.[7]

Season 2

Stannis and most of his household converted to the religion of the Lord of Light, under the influence of his adviser, the Red Priestess Melisandre. Stannis demonstrated his new faith by burning the statues of the Seven gods on the shores of Dragonstone. His conversion alienated some of his followers including his Maester Cressen. Cressen attempted to lure Melisandre into drinking poison, but she was unharmed while he was killed. Stannis was frustrated by his younger brother Renly and the bastard Joffrey also declaring for the throne. He was also faced with Eddard's heir Robb Stark fighting to secede from the Seven Kingdoms as King in the North.[8]

Stannis formed an alliance with the sellsail Salladhor Saan, increasing his fleet to 200 ships. He lacked manpower so he sailed to the mainland to meet with Renly, who had an army 100,000 strong. Stannis was seduced by Melisandre by her promise to provide him with a son.[9] Stannis's parley with Renly was unsuccessful. He tasks his loyal vassal Lord Davos Seaworth with smuggling Melisandre ashore, refusing to say why and ordering Davos not to discuss the mission in future. Once ashore she births a horrific Shadow as Davos cowers in fear.[10] The Shadow kills Renly and Stannis assumes control of the majority of his forces from the Stormlands. However, Renly's allies in House Tyrell returned to Highgarden with their numerous vassals. He plans to move on the capital of King's Landing. Davos urges him to leave Melisandre out of the battle because of rumors that she is controlling him. Stannis is angry with Davos for breaking his orders but accepts his counsel. He names Davos as commander of his fleet for the assault on Blackwater Bay.[11]

During the voyage Stannis also names Davos as his Hand of the King.[12] The fleet fell prey to a trap on its arrival and was decimated by a Wildfire explosion. Davos's command ship was destroyed by the blast. Stannis pressed on with the assault regardless, landing troops using row boats and besieging the city in the Battle of the Blackwater. His forces were eventually routed by the arrival of a host of Lannister and Tyrell reinforcements and the battle lost.[13]

Season 3

Following his defeat at the Battle of the Blackwater, Stannis falls into a deep depression, shunning the company of his bannermen and wife, and allowing no one but Melisandre to see him. When Davos Seaworth returns to Dragonstone, he gets into an argument with Melisandre and attempts to kill her when she mentions his dead son, so Stannis orders him thrown into the dungeon.

Later as Melisandre prepares to depart Dragonstone by boat, King Stannis Baratheon speaks with her. He is worried that his enemies think he is defeated and laughing at him, as Renly laughed at him, and that now even she is abandoning him. She assures him that she still thinks he is the Lord's Chosen, but she must travel to the Riverlands to obtain something vital for his cause. Stannis doesn't understand, but then Melisandre implies that she needs to burn a human sacrifice who possesses a king's blood as an offering to the Lord of Light. She can't kill Stannis himself to achieve this, but any of his brother King Robert's bastard children who managed to survive the purge would be equally suitable.

Melisandre finally arrives back at Dragonstone with Gendry, King Robert's bastard. Stannis is less than impressed by the sight of the bastard boy who is technically his nephew and is bemused when Melisandre orders him fed, bathed, and clothed, believing it pointless as they intend to sacrifice him. Melisandre reveals, however, that it is merely a pretense to keep Gendry feeling secure, in much the same way as keeping a sacrificial lamb from seeing the blade of the knife.

Later Davos Seaworth, still languishing in his cell, is paid a visit by Stannis. Davos protests that Gendry is an innocent who has never done him any wrong, but Stannis argues that the sacrifice of one bastard boy will usher in his victory, which Stannis believes is the only way to save every man, woman and child in Westeros from the coming darkness that will devour everything in its path and asks how Davos can doubt the power of Melisandre's god when Stannis has seen visions of "a great battle in the snow" and Davos saw the creature she gave birth to. Davos speculates that the real reason Stannis came is that deep down, a part of him knows what he's about to do is wrong and he knew Davos would tell him the truth he needs to hear, regardless of how it would be taken. After extracting a promise from Davos that he won't act against Melisandre again, Stannis has Davos released.

As Stannis and Davos enter Gendry's quarters, they find that Melisandre had tied Gendry to the bed and placed leeches on his body. She explains that Davos wanted a demonstration of the power in king's blood, then removes the leeches and lights a fire in a nearby brazier. At Melisandre's direction, Stannis throws the leeches into the flames and recites the names of three people he wants dead: "The usurper Robb Stark, the usurper Balon Greyjoy, the usurper Joffrey Baratheon".

Later, the news reaches Dragonstone that Robb Stark was betrayed and killed at the Twins. Melisandre claims that her spell with the leeches was responsible, though Davos argues that it wasn't magic that motivated the Freys and Boltons to turn on Robb. Stannis feels that Melisandre has proven that her magic with Gendry's blood worked and that sacrificing him will ensure victory. Before they can act, however, Davos frees Gendry. Stannis is outraged that he disobeyed his orders, and is prepared to execute him, but before he can Davos hands Stannis a letter from the Night's Watch: Castle Black begs for aid, saying that the White Walkers have returned. Stannis, despite seeming interested, doesn't change his mind until Melisandre agrees with Davos that the real threat to the realm lies north and has nothing to do with the War of the Five Kings. Stannis brings Davos back into the fold, needing someone to rally more troops to his side, deciding that they should march to the Wall and help the Night's Watch against the threat of the White Walkers.

Season 4

Stannis witnesses the burning of one of his bannermen, Ser Axell Florent, with his wife, Selyse, and Davos, as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. His resentment towards his wife continues, as she happily insists that their souls were transferred to the god. At dinner, he was displeased with the way she was talking about their daughter. He agreed, however, that Melisandre should speak to the poor child.[14]

Since Davos is now literate, Stannis asks for his thoughts on a letter he received. Davos reads the letter and is shocked to learn Joffrey Baratheon is dead. Stannis gives credit to Melisandre and the leeches, but Davos is still skeptical. Davos recommends hiring mercenaries such as the Golden Company but Stannis is disgusted at the thought of paying men to fight. Stannis then tells Davos that he refuses to become a page in someone else's history book and that time is running out for both himself and Davos.[15]

After being granted an audience with the Iron Bank of Braavos, Stannis and Davos travel to Braavos where they meet with Tycho Nestoris. They initially reject Stannis's request for their support, citing his lack of troops, ships and resources to make a credible bid for the throne, and thus his ability to repay his debts is doubtful. Davos steps forward and pleads Stannis's case. He argues that once the aging Tywin Lannister dies, the Crown will be in the hands of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, both of whom have dishonorable reputations, while King Tommen is merely a child and rumored to be a product of incest. Davos claims that Stannis, an experienced leader and the rightful King who always keeps his word, is the Bank's best chance of seeing a return on its investment in Westeros. The bankers decide to grant Stannis his loan and their support, allowing Davos to once again hire Salladhor Saan into their service.[16]

Stannis takes the wildling army by surprise.

On the day after the Battle of Castle Black, Stannis arrives with his army to fight the wildlings. His attack interrupts Jon's meeting with Mance Rayder and actually saves his life. Mance's forces surrender to the Baratheon army, and Stannis is introduced as the true King of the Seven Kingdoms. Mance points out that they are outside the Seven Kingdoms. Stannis also demands that Mance and his forces kneel, as it is customary to kneel when surrendering to a King. Mance refuses, saying that Free Folk do not kneel, knowing that Stannis will kill him if he does not. Davos asks Jon what a member of the Night's Watch is doing in the camp, away from the wall, and Jon explains that he came to treat with the King-Beyond-the-Wall. Jon introduces himself and acknowledges that Stannis is the true king, as his own father died supporting the claim. Remembering his debt to Eddard Stark, Stannis takes Jon seriously, asking him what his father would do with the wildlings. Jon responds that he was once a prisoner of Mance's and that he could have killed him or tortured him but instead spared his life; in turn, his father would spare Mance in the situation. Jon, however, urges to Stannis that they should burn the dead, to avoid them returning as wights. Later, Stannis is present at the Watch's funeral for their fallen brothers.[17]

Season 5

In the aftermath of the battle, Stannis and his army briefly manned the Wall with the Night's Watch recovering from the terrible ordeal in an anticipated White Walker attacks before leaving soon to face the Boltons and retake Winterfell to gain the support of the North.

While encamped somewhere near Winterfell, it becomes clear that the morale of Stannis' troops is degrading. As a result of this, several members of his army desert, while taking with them supplies such as horses and food. To boost the troops' morale, and to possibly gain a higher winning chance, Stannis decides to sacrifice his daughter, Shireen, to the Lord of Light. Melisandre burns Shireen alive while Stannis reluctantly watches and Selyse, who tries to rescue her, but is quickly subdued by Baratheon men.

Following Shireen's death, Selyse becomes stricken with grief and later hangs herself at a tree. Concurrently, more of Stannis' men have deserted him and even Melisandre has abandoned him and rode for Castle Black. Nevertheless, Stannis continues with his plan to take Winterfell.

When the Baratheon army reaches the battlefield, an army of Bolton soldiers come galloping towards them. It is abundantly clear that Stannis is greatly outnumbered and some men even flee to the woods. The remaining loyal retainers draw their swords and fight alongside Stannis.

However, the Bolton army easily defeats Stannis and Ramsay Bolton kills off the remaining survivors of the battle. Stannis, who also survived the battle, kills two more Bolton man-at-arms and sits at a nearby tree, exhausted and wounded. It is at this point that Brienne of Tarth arrives to exact revenge upon the death of Stannis' younger brother, Renly Baratheon. Brienne beheads him and thus, marking the end of the Baratheon of Dragonstone line.

Season 7

When Daenerys Targaryen arrives on Dragonstone, a banner bearing the sigil of House Baratheon of Dragonstone is in the castle. Daenerys pulls the banner down.


Past members

Sworn to House Baratheon of Dragonstone

Vassal Houses

Houses of the Stormlands

Houses of the Reach

Houses of the Crownlands

Household and allies

Family tree

Selyse Baratheon
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Three stillborn
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Military strength

At the outset of the War of the Five Kings, Stannis had the smallest army of any faction, with only his immediate vassals from islands in Blackwater Bay offering support. Stannis did, however, have the largest strength at sea, with most of the Royal Fleet siding with him, because he had commanded them for years as Master of Ships under Robert. So a few ships remained loyal to the Lannisters that they could not hope to challenge Stannis's control of Blackwater Bay. Davos further bolstered Stannis's strength at sea by hiring the sellsail fleet of the pirate Salladhor Saan, numbering thirty ships.[9]

The Dragonstone Fleet along with Salladhor Saan's armada before the Battle of the Blackwater, en route to pick up Renly's Baratheon army that defected after his death to Stannis.

After Renly's assassination, many lords of the Stormlands and at least two houses of the Reach (House Florent and House Fossoway) bent the knee to Stannis, increasing his troops to more than 10,000. Stannis led them in a massive assault on King's Landing, but most of his forces were destroyed in the resulting battle, mainly due to the arrival of the Tyrells's reinforcements.

The defeat effectively knocked Stannis out of the war for over a year, as with no major armies or fleet he was now functionally trapped on Dragonstone; he had about 4,000 fighting men and 32 ships left.[16] The only thing that prevented a major Lannister assault finishing him off was that the Lannisters still lacked sufficient sea power.

Stannis managed to receive a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos,[16] which he used to hire sellswords, increasing his troops to 6,000. However, most of his soldiers abandoned him, leaving around 1,300 infantrymen to fight the Boltons,[18] which were quite easily and swiftly destroyed by the massive Bolton cavalry.[19]

Despite being outnumbered, Dragonstone men seem to be well-equipped and well-trained although at the cost of morale. Dragonstone soldiers are distinguishable from other Stormlander soldiers, as they have burgonet helmets of grey steel with cheek guards. They are armored with long uniforms of plate-and-mail armor and black coats, while their kite-shaped shields have the sigil of their house. Their men also require morale, as seen during the Battle of the Blackwater, where most of Stannis's army retreated after seeing the combined Lannister and Tyrell army leading to the surrender of the Stormlords. Their men also cannot handle extreme conditions as seen during his intentions to retake Winterfell from the Boltons, which lead to the desertion of his already exhausted and demoralized army.


In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the following additional houses are sworn to Dragonstone:

Following the deaths of Robert and Renly, House Baratheon of Dragonstone is actually the only surviving branch of the original "House Baratheon". Renly died without issue, and while Robert had many bastard children they are illegitimate. There has been no mention in the books of other cousins of the main line who might continue it. As Stannis is the younger brother of Robert, not a far removed relative, his "House Baratheon of Dragonstone" technically became the de facto "House Baratheon" after Renly died, but Stannis continues to use his altered heraldry. Of course, the Lannisters continue to maintain the farce that Cersei Lannister's children are Robert's heirs, forming House "Baratheon" of King's Landing.

See also