- "His Hand commanded the crown's armies and died valiantly in his son's arms. Or so the singers say. I never saw that, either."
Ormund was Hand of the King to Aegon V Targaryen and commanded the royal forces against Maelys Blackfyre during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. He died in the fighting at the Stepstones, and according to singers, he spent his dying moments in the arms of his son, Steffon.
In the books
According to the TV series continuity, the Mad King Aerys II succeeded his father King Aegon V, while the book series continuity adds a generation. King Aerys II's father was King Jaehaerys II, second son of King Aegon V. As per the prop of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, Ormund's father, Lyonel Baratheon, married Rhaelle Targaryen (rather than Ormund marrying her as in the book series) in the TV series continuity, Ormund being her son rather than her husband.
Ormund was the son and heir of Lord Lyonel Baratheon. His father rebelled against the Iron Throne and declared himself Storm King upon King Aegon V's eldest son and heir Prince Duncan Targaryen spurning his betrothal to Lyonel's daughter by eloping with someone else. The rebellion only ended when Ormund himself was betrothed to the King's daughter Princess Rhaelle Targaryen. Ormund later became Hand of the King to Princess Rhaelle's brother King Jaehaerys II. When the threat of Maelys Blackfyre became apparent, Jaehaerys II sent a large force to defeat him at the Stepstones, and was willing to take command himself. However, Lord Ormund dissuaded him and took command instead.
While fighting at the Stepstones at the head of the royal forces, Ormund was killed by Maelys and died in the arms of his and Princess Rhaelle's son, Steffon. Command of the royal forces passed to Ser Gerold Hightower, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
- Tywin Lannister served as Hand of the King for 20 years ("The Kingsroad"). He resigned when Jaime Lannister was appointed to the Kingsguard at the age of 16 ("The Iron Throne"). Jaime Lannister was born in 262 AC, meaning that he became a Kingsguard in 278. Tywin thus served as Aerys II's Hand of the King from 258 to 278, meaning that Aerys became king in 258 AC. The War of the Ninepenny Kings took place at some point near the end of Aegon V's reign, when Aerys wasn't yet king.
- "War of the Ninepenny Kings (Histories & Lore)"
- The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms prop from Season 1 lists Rhaelle Targaryen as the wife of Lyonel, but the mother of Steffon. Season 1 was produced before Ormund Baratheon was introduced in the book series, explaining the retcon. In the books, she was the wife of Ormund.