The Ancient Line of Orys Baratheon and Argella Durrandon
HOUSE BARATHEON OF STORM’S END
“Ours is the Fury.”
Map of the Stormlands.
“The history of House Baratheon is one of the most heavily disputed in all of the Seven Kingdoms, with the origins of its founder oft the subject of theory and debate. Orys One-Hand, King Aegon The Conqueror’s right hand man, founder of House Baratheon, is heavily criticized and the subject of many a mystery in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. By some accounts, Orys Baratheon was the bastard brother of Aegon Targaryen and the bastard son of Aerion Targaryen. By other accounts, Orys One-Hand was nothing more than a childhood friend of The Dragon’s who had risen to his station through friendship and skill. Whatever the case may have been, Orys Baratheon found himself the head of the Targaryen Host marching Southward, towards the domain of Argical the Arrogant, last of the Storm Kings. Argical the Arrogant rode to face the Baratheon army marching on Storms End, and was killed in the ensuing conflict. Upon the death of Argical Durrandon, Orys Baratheon took his daughter Argella Durrandon to wed, the house sigil of the Durrandon’s, and the words of House Durrandon. Thus the modern House Baratheon was born, its sigil a black crowned stag on a golden field, and its words, “Ours is the Fury”, echoing through the Stormlands.
Much of the history following the founding of House Baratheon by Orys Baratheon sees them as steadfast supporters of the Targaryen dynasty due to their close relationship with the House. Orys Baratheon, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, would lose a hand to House Wyl while fighting in the First War for Dorne, earning him the nickname Orys One-Hand. Following the death of Orys Baratheon and end to the Dornish Wars, the Stormlands would be ruled peacefully and justly by the Baratheon lords who followed. Two Baratheon lords, Boremund and Borros - father and son respectively - would find themselves tied to opposite sides during the Dance of Dragons. Lord Boremund Baratheon had supported the Black Party and the claim of Rhaenyra Targaryen while his son, Borros, would switch the Baratheon allegiances to Aegon II and the Green Party after his lord father’s death.
Most recently in the notable conflicts Baratheon’s have participated in, Lord Lyonel Baratheon, called the Laughing Storm, declared himself Storm King when the Crown Prince Duncan Targaryen broke his betrothal to Lord Lyonel’s daughter and instead married Jenny of Oldstones. However bloody the rebellion was, it was ended swiftly when Lord Lyonel was defeated in single combat by Ser Duncan the Tall, and his rebellion squashed. To appease Lord Lyonel and once again closely tie Baratheon to Targaryen, Princess Rhaelle was sent to Storm’s End to marry Lord Lyonel’s heir, Ormund Baratheon. From the marriage the late Steffon Baratheon was born, the son of a Targaryen mother and a Baratheon father. Lord Steffon married Cassana Estermont and fathered three sons; Robert, Stannis, and Renly, all of the House Baratheon. Shortly after the birth of the youngest stag, Lord Steffon and Lady Cassana were killed in a shipwreck returning from a special task given by the current King Aerys II. As of now, Lord Robert Baratheon rules as Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, with Stannis Baratheon as his heir, and Renly Baratheon third in line to the Stormlands.”
The Maester Cressen of Storm’s End, an excerpt from his disquisition ‘The Houses of the Stormlands’, c. 279 AC