House Baratheon of Storm's End is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal house in the stormlands, which they rule as Lords Paramount of the Stormlands. Their seat, Storm's End, is an ancient castle raised by the Storm Kings from the now-extinct House Durrandon. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Members of the family tend to be tall and powerfully built, with black hair and blue eyes, as well as strong, square jawlines. They are known for their mercurial tempers, and their words are "Ours is the Fury".
Targaryen Era Edit
House Baratheon is the youngest of the great houses, tracing its descent from Orys Baratheon, one of Aegon I Targaryen's fiercest generals, and rumored to be his bastard brother. Through the female line, the Baratheons are descended from the Storm Kings, as Orys slew Argilac the Arrogant, last of the Storm Kings, and married his daughter Argella Durrandon. Orys adopted the sigil and words of his wife's ancestral line. The line of the Storm Kings dates back to the Age of Heroes when their kingdom was founded by King Durran I "Godsgrief", a legendary hero.
Ser Raymont Baratheon, a younger son of an unknown Lord Baratheon, was a member of the Kingsguard of King Aenys I Targaryen, and saved the life of his king during the Faith Militant uprising, when the Poor Fellows attempted to murder the king in his bed.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Borros Baratheon sided the House with Aegon II Targaryen and the greens, despite his late father, Lord Boremund's support of the blacks and relation to Rhaenys Targaryen (through his sister, Jocelyn Baratheon). Prince Aemond Targaryen was sent to Storm's End, to get Lord Borros to side with Aegon II, by offering a betrothal between himself and one of Lord Borros' four daughters. It is unknown whether this marriage occurred prior to Aemond's death the next year. Lord Borros was reluctant to face the dragons during the war, but marched with his army towards the end of the war, seizing King's Landing for Aegon II during the Moon of the Three Kings, restoring the city to order. He was promised that his eldest daughter would marry King Aegon II, who had lost both his Queen, Helaena Targaryen, as well as both of his sons, during the war. Borros then marched against the approaching riverlander army, and fought in the Battle of the Kingsroad, where he was killed by young Lord Kermit Tully.
Following Aegon II's poisoning and Aegon III's ascension, Lord Royce Caron, a family friend and loyal vassal of House Baratheon, became one of the young king's seven regents.
Recent History Edit
Durran Baratheon, (b. 117 AC – d. 161 AC)
The final years of Durran Baratheon’s lordship was marked with constant skirmishing against sandy outlaws and Dornish lords along the Marches. When King Daeron I began the new conquest, the Stormlords were ready.
When the revolt began in earnest, and Lord Lyonel Tyrell was heard to have been murdered, Lord Durran led his host south across the Wyl, sacking their keep, and marched along the coast of Dorne, avoiding the Boneway, to meet House Yronwood head on.
The Stormland host was weary from the march, and the Bloodroyal’s men were fresh. So it was into the sea where the stormlanders were driven. Few survived, only those that retreated in time were rescued by ships from Stonehelm. Lord Durran's second son, Barron, was able to lead a small force and sally amid the chaos to retrieve his father’s body.
Robar Baratheon, (133 AC - 187 AC)
At the outset of his Lordship, Robar struggled to repair what of the Stormlands that had been damaged during the “victory”, and subsequent loss, in Dorne. Merchant traders continuously found issue with navigating the northern waters of the Sea of Dorne without molestation. The common cultivation among the hamlets in the Marches’ foothills proved difficult for fear raids from the south. And those southernmost Marcher lords continued to lean just as heavily upon Storm’s End for defence, just as they had prior to King Daeron’s conquest.
Receiving no help in the following years from the a recluse king, Lord Robar sought to protect in earnest the Stormlands from any future incursion from the devilish south. His first effort was to erect along the Marches great beacons to protect and alert the lands of any raiding forces. He called these the Storm Towers.