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”.
…and their portraits hung in the halls of the holy, until the city itself burned down.
I commissioned my best @snuffes to do portraits of the TLS OT3 – Eliza, Peter, and Harrit – because it is a thing that happens in the TLS-universe, and now I am ridiculously emotional about my babies. This is the first time I’ve seen them all together, outside of my head, and they’re so beautiful.
(And in Eliza’s case, so extra.)
Thank you so, so much to @snuffes, who manages to come up with masterpieces every time I ask her to illustrate something, and who truly outdid herself this time. <3 Please go tell her how fantastic she is!
Stannis read from the letter. “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is STARK. A girl of ten, you say, and she presumes to scold her lawful king.” …
He did not understand why Lyanna should be writing Stannis, and could not help but wonder if the girl’s answer might have been different if the letter had been sealed with a direwolf instead of a crowned stag, and signed by Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell.It is too late for such misgivings. You made your choice.
“Two score ravens were sent out,” the king complained, “yet we get no response but silence and defiance. Homage is the duty every leal subject owes his king. Yet your father’s bannermen all turn their back on me, save the Karstarks…”
“Lady Melisandre stirred. “Tell me, Lord Snow … where were these other kings when the wild people stormed your Wall?”
“A thousand leagues away and deaf to our need,” Jon replied. “I have not forgotten that, my lady. Nor will I. But my father’s bannermen have wives and children to protect, and smallfolk who will die should they choose wrongly. His Grace asks much of them. Give them time, and you will have your answers.”
“Answers such as this?” Stannis crushed Lyanna’s letter in his fist.
“Even in the north men fear the wroth of Tywin Lannister. Boltons make bad enemies as well. It is not happenstance that put a flayed man on their banners. They rode with Robb, bled with him, died for him. They have supped on grief and death, and now you come to offer them another serving. Do you blame them if they hang back? Forgive me, Your Grace, but some will look at you and see only another doomed pretender.”
“If His Grace is doomed, your realm is doomed as well,” said Lady Melisandre. “Remember that, Lord Snow. It is the one true king of Westeros who stands before you.”
Princess Argella Durrandon was the daughter and only child of Argilac the Arrogant, the last Storm King. In the battle called the Last Storm, Orys Baratheon slew Argilac Durrandon in single combat, and the
remaining stormlander army fled. At the approach of Orys Baratheon
and the Targaryen host, Argella barred the gates of Storm’s End and
declared herself Storm Queen. Rather than bend the knee, she promised
when Queen Rhaenys flew Meraxes into the castle to parley that the
defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man. “You may take my castle, but you will win only bones and blood and ashes,” she announced, but the soldiers of the garrison proved less eager to die. That night they raised a peace banner, threw open the castle gate, and delivered Lady Argella gagged, chained, and naked to the camp of Orys Baratheon. It is said that Orys unchained her with his own hands, wrapped his cloak around her, poured her wine, and spoke to her gently, telling her of her father’s courage and the manner of his death. And afterward, to honor the fallen king, he took the arms and words of the Durrandon for his own. The crowned stag became his sigil, Storm’s End became his seat, and Lady Argella his wife.
Fancasting Meme | 6 Historical Figures (3/6) Eva Green as Argella Durrandon
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. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold and their words are “Ours is the Fury”.
After Robert’s Rebellion, Robert Baratheon was crowned King and took residence at King’s Landing, thereby creating House Baratheon of King’s Landing.
Kinda weird question but, do you think Cersei ever dressed in Baratheon colors during her marriage with Robert, or did she always prefer Lannister red/gold?
Well… Cersei has never worn Baratheon colors in her appearances in the books. She favors green, but sometimes red and gold, sometimes white and gold, and black when in mourning – but never gold and black combined. Except once:
When it was time for the changing of the cloaks, the bride sank gracefully to her knees and Tommen covered her with the heavy cloth-of-gold monstrosity that Robert had cloaked Cersei in on their own wedding day, with the crowned stag of Baratheon worked upon its back in beads of onyx.
–AFFC, Cersei III
Though Cersei really has no room to talk about cloth-of-gold monstrosities, considering Tywin’s cloak:
His greatcloak was sewn from countless layers of cloth-of-gold,
so heavy that it barely stirred even when he charged, so large that its
drape covered most of his stallion’s hindquarters when he took the
saddle. No ordinary clasp would suffice for such a weight, so the
greatcloak was held in place by a matched pair of miniature lionesses
crouching on his shoulders, as if poised to spring.
–AGOT, Tyrion VIII
and it’s not like she hasn’t worn cloth-of-gold herself:
Cersei’s gown was snowy linen, white as the cloaks of the Kingsguard. Her long dagged sleeves showed a lining of gold satin.
–ACOK, Sansa V
Queen Cersei shimmered in a cloth-of-gold gown slashed in burgundy velvet
–ACOK, Sansa VIII
At least I will not be expected to don mourning for Tyrion. I shall dress in crimson silk and cloth-of-gold for that, and wear rubies in my hair.
–AFFC, Cersei II
She wore a white gown slashed with cloth-of-gold, lacy but demure.
–AFFC, Cersei VI
So, evidently it’s not the cloth-of-gold that’s the “monstrosity” to Cersei… but the Baratheon part. And since Robert permanently alienated her on their wedding night – and since she is quite definitely Cersei Lannister, never Baratheon – then yes, I would doubt if she ever wore Baratheon colors, gold and black, except incidentally in addition to Lannister crimson.
Do you think Orys Baratheon adopting the exact sigil and words of House Durrandon was a bit of lazy world building? It just seems that even if he had no sigil of his own he would want some distinction from the rule of Agrilac the Arrogant. Maybe at least say the stag wasn't a "crowned stag" before the Conquest.
Not really, I thought it made a lot of sense. He’s a bastard in a society that really doesn’t look kindly to bastards, and he’s just made an unimaginable leap in status to just below that of King and Queens. Not to mention, he’s ruling over a kingdom that has, for 8,000 years, known no prince but a Durrandon to stretch a phrase.
So borrowing the sigil and words of House Durrandon is a good way to signal that there’s going to be continuity rather than constant upheaval.