Storm's End

anonymous asked:

Do you think Davos will survive the death of Stannis or will he die by his side loyal to the end?

I have a feeling that Davos will end up as a Maester Cressen figure helping to raise the next Lord of Storm’s End. 

House Targaryen ~ Racebending

But in recent years, it has occurred to me from time to time that it might have made for an interesting twist if instead I had made the dragonlords of Valyria… and therefore the Targaryens… black. … if I’d had dark-skinned dragonlords invade and conquer and dominate a largely white Westeros… 

Well, it’s all moot. The idea came to me about twenty years too late.

GRRM

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Every named Durrandon and Baratheon

The youngest of the Great Houses, born during the Wars of Conquest. Its founder, Orys Baratheon, was rumored to be Aegon the Dragon’s bastard brother. Orys rose through the ranks to become one of Aegon’s fiercest commanders. When he defeated and slew Argilac the Arrogant, the last Storm King, Aegon rewarded him with Argilac’s castle, lands, and daughter. Orys took the girl to bride, and adopted the banner, honors, and words of her line. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned stag, black, on a golden field. Their words are Ours is the Fury.

the great baratheon tragedy

I feel as if not enough people talk about the Baratheons. The Baratheons as a family, as brothers. And it’s understandable because they don’t behave in that way; from the very first book they’re removed from one another in a literal sense, (Renly judges Robert and allies himself with the Tyrells, Stannis is on Dragonstone) this separation pierces their relationship to a bitter extent, ultimately resulting in the murder of one brother by another. I know asoiaf is full of shock and scandal and I suppose we’re all desensitised to immorality, but you can’t escape the fact Stannis murdered his brother, his own flesh and blood.

And this is in Westeros, where brotherhood is almost a constitutive value of the state: take the Nights Watch, the realm’s last defence has lasted thousands of years not because of funding or fortresses but because of the belief in the bonds of brotherhood. The men of the Night’s Watch have none of the grandeur or breeding of the Baratheons:  they’re poor men, bastards, rapists, runaways, but their status as black brothers is enough to keep the night that never ends at bay. The Kingsguard, too, aspires to create bonds of brotherhood. The Brotherhood without banners, again, not truly related but a singular force for good in the bleak lives of the common folk. The Baratheons have nobody else in their family besides their brothers, they are the royalbrothers so-to-speak.

And we readers don’t even react to Renly’s death  with the extreme sadness, or the repugnance you’d expect of fratricide. Sure, we mourn Renly but we ultimately accept that Stannis killed him. And why? Because we don’t see the Baratheons as true brothers.

But we should abhor it. We should mourn far more than the loss of Renly. We should mourn the loss of the Baratheon dynasty, because they could have been magnificient. Their characterisations are obvious to the point of symbolism: Robert: the warrior king, brash and sexual and a fury on the battlefield; Stannis: intelligent, just and stoic- unpopular but relentless in pursuing the good of the state; and Renly; the charming baby of the family, able to capture the hearts and minds of the people with his beauty and clemency. Their qualities are diverse but harmonious: together they form a trinity: military strength, reason & justice and passion. Those three attributes are what’s needed for a successful regime, be it monarchic or otherwise. The will and happiness of the people (provided for by renly) creates a legitimate and prosperous state and hampers revolts or mutinies. A just legal system (thanks stannis) and well-considered policies ensure economic longevity. Military strength (good ol’ robert) creates security.

Together, not alone, they would’ve made the perfect King. Hell, Clausewitzstates passion, reason and chance are what’s needed for effective military and political strategy.

But, this is Westeros, and we are all songs in the end. Robert’s warmongering skills are useless in peacetime, Renly falls to praise and money, and seeks brotherhood with a more beautiful ‘soft’ family, missing all the grit and realism of his blood brothers. Stannis, though a true statesman equipped with reason, uses a drastic new religion to plug the gap left by his lacking military and people skills. They fail because they separate.

And that I think, is why Robert only formed a stop-gap in the war, rather than establishing a lasting monarchy and peace. He was only a third of the trinity, only one branch of a set of antlers. Sure, his was the fury, but he’d forgotten to add the ours into the bargain, forgotten, tragically, that sacred westerosi notion of brotherhood, so swept up was he in waging a war. Left alone without reason to guide him, he fell into gluttony and waste. Stannis and Renly were all that were left, crowned Kings in their own right, but naivity and optimistic popularity never had a chance against unwavering legal convictions. Renly and Stannis were two stags left from three, leaderless, and when you think of two stags, well, they’re bound to butt heads aren’t they?

The Baratheons were true brothers, more than the Night’s Watch or the Brotherhood without Banners- they were blood brothers and as a unit possessed characteristics that would’ve made them unbeatable. But they were swept up in that perennial Westerosi court vice of pride and self-interest when together they could’ve been the united fury that swept Westeros away from the madness and incest of the Targaryens and into peace and prosperity. The tragedy of the Baratheon brothers is their lost potential and their failure to see the glory of their own brotherhood

Melisandre, Stannis, R’hllor, and shadow babies

jeanandtheprouvaires replied to your post “jeanandtheprouvaires replied to your post “Hey Butterfly :) Speaking…”

Wait, so are the shadow babies using Stannis’s “life force”? Do you know if anything has been written on this? i’m fascinated now! thanks so much!

Well, I just wrote something on it, which you replied to. :)  No, but seriously, I don’t know of any detailed studies of the R’hllor-powered shadow magic. But I can tell you what we know:

  • R’hllor is a god of life. Whether there is an actual godlike being out there or whether there is a magical force that is called “the god R’hllor” by those who commune with it is a question, so I’ll leave that alone. But anyway it seems to be powered by and give power to light and fire and life energies. Including sexual energies.
  • Melisandre is called “Melisandre of Asshai” which means she either learned or practiced magic there (there are no native-born Asshai’i). Asshai is often called “Asshai by the Shadow” because it’s by the Shadow Lands, a mysterious shadowy mountainous area. Of the many sorcerers that reside in Asshai, one type is called shadowbinders, of which Melisandre is one. It’s unknown if any other shadowbinders work in connection with R’hllor (Quaithe seems to have no relationship, for one); and it’s possible Melisandre may have taken the shadowbinding magic she learned and associated it with R’hllor herself, since she’s a priestess of R’hllor in addition to being a sorceress.
  • Melisandre says that her shadows are not things of darkness, but rather are “the servants of light, the children of fire”.
  • Melisandre has a fire inside her, most likely located within her womb from the evidence, that provides her with all the nourishment her body needs, so she doesn’t need to eat (although she will to keep up appearances).
  • When Melisandre is heavily pregnant with a shadow baby, she literally shines with light.
  • The shadow creatures that killed Renly and Cortnay Penrose looked like Stannis. (Both Catelyn and Davos recognized this – Cat even sensed Stannis’s presence somehow.)
  • The shadow creatures cannot pass the old spells that protect Storm’s End, which is why Davos had to row Melisandre past the walls, below the castle itself.
  • When Davos talks to Stannis after Renly’s death, he appears to have aged years since the last time he saw him. Stannis can sense the actions of the shadows while he’s sleeping, but thinks they are only dreams.

So this is what I think happens: if a man has sex with Melisandre (no idea if any ritual or potions are required), his “life-fire” – that is, his life energy – is drawn out of him through his orgasm/seed into the fires of her womb, where the shadow is made. (And the energy of this genesis makes her skin shine.) After a time she births this shadow baby (a shadow “given birth by light”), which looks like its father (and has some of his consciousness) but is controlled by her will, and it can be sent to fulfill some purpose (and presumably fades away after that).

From the evidence, two shadow babies are enough to make a man’s “fires burn low” (deplete his life energy), and making another one might draw off too much energy, enough to kill him. It is unknown if “life-fire” can recharge itself after a time, if after months or years another shadow could be made without hurting the man. It is unknown if different men have different amounts of “life-fire” and could make more or less than two shadows before hitting the limit. It is known that it doesn’t have to be “king’s blood” for this process, as Melisandre offered Davos the opportunity to help Stannis via her bed, and Davos is a nobody from Flea Bottom. Also it is known that Melisandre believes the Wall, as one of the “hinges of the world”, has the power to supercharge any shadows she creates there.

Unfortunately we probably won’t get many more details than this, as GRRM believes that fantasy magic should be wild and mysterious and unexplainable, not subject to rules and regulations. There will almost certainly never be any hard-and-fast laws of magic in ASOIAF, so we’ll never get any “Melisandre can do this with this and can’t do that with that” nor any words of spells or anything of the sort. However, it is possible that we may learn that Melisandre’s beliefs that R’hllor creates the shadows and that they are not creatures of darkness/evil are only rationalizations and not actually true. That is, if the shadows not being able to pass through the spells woven into the walls of Storm’s End means anything – although if those spells are like the Wall’s spells, it could be they block all magic, whatever its nature. Hopefully we’ll get some kind of clarification eventually…

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Pre ASOIAF Ladies 6/? (requested by isummerstorms)

Cassana Estermont

“Cassana Estermont was the wife of Lord Steffon Baratheon and mother to Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon. Her husband, first cousin to King Aerys, was sent to Essos to find Prince Rhaegar a bride, and she went with him, though their children were still young. While away they were met with a remarkable fool called Patchface, and decided to take him home with them. Upon their return, their ship was caught in a severe storm, which caused the Windproud to crash into the rocks and sink, before the eyes of their sons Robert and Stannis. Hundreds of men died, and Patchface the fool was the only survivor.”

What Princess Argella Durrandon, the daughter of the last Sotrm King Argilac Durrandon, would wear, Marchesa
After her father was slain by Orys Baratheon in a battle that would be called the Last Storm, Argella locked herself inside Storm’s End declared herself Storm Queen. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of King Argilac and revolted, delivering her to Orys naked and chained. Orys, however, removed the chains and gave her his cloak as well as food and wine.

She was later married to Orys to cement the latter’s rule over the Stormlands, and he took her family sigil of the crowned stag on gold as his own.

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Pre ASOIAF Ladies 1/?

Argella Durrandon

“After her father was slain by Orys Baratheon in a battle that would be called the Last Storm, Argella locked herself inside Storm’s End declared herself Storm Queen. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of King Argilac and revolted, delivering her to Orys naked and chained. Orys, however, removed the chains and gave her his cloak as well as food and wine.

She was later married to Orys to cement the latter’s rule over the Stormlands.”