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asoiaf meme: (1/3) legends ➝ THE BUILDING OF STORM’S END

The songs said that Storm’s End had been raised in ancient days by Durran, the first Storm King, who had won the love of the fair Elenei, daughter of the sea god and the goddess of the wind. On the night of their wedding, Elenei had yielded her maidenhood to a mortal’s love and thus doomed herself to a mortal’s death, and her grieving parents had unleashed their wrath and sent the winds and waters to batter down Durran’s hold. His friends and brothers and wedding guests were crushed beneath collapsing walls or blown out to sea, but Elenei sheltered Durran within her arms so he took no harm, and when the dawn came at last he declared war upon the gods and vowed to rebuild. […] No matter how the tale was told, the end was the same. Though the angry gods threw storm after storm against it, the seventh castle stood defiant, and Durran Godsgrief and fair Elenei dwelt there together until the end of their days.

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Whether he was one man or fifty, we know that in this time the kingdom extended its writ far beyond Storm’s End and its hinterlands, absorbing neighboring kingdoms one by one over the centuries.  Some were won by treatay, some by marriage, more by conquest–a process that was continued by Durran’s descendants.

Pre-ASOIAF Meme1/2 Founding Stories: House Durrandon

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The ABBEY OF THE EVERYMAN: a short guide (please click to enlarge!)

notes; [1] - speculation, clavering blvd.’s original purpose is unknown, but as it’s named after the high overseer responsible for building the abbey, i thought it was probably meant as easy access. i guessed there were slums there once, because slums flank the area, although they could have easily cropped up after. [2] - method of execution is not recorded, i guessed burning because that’s historically what was done, and what the Abbey did during the Great Trials. [3] - despite the void creating the world and cosmos, it is viewed negatively for it also brought forth evil spirits.

There was a story his mother told him, long ago, one that existed nowhere in the songs and legends, nowhere in the pages of history; one that came entirely from her, of her own imagining.

“She went to the sea, Elenei, one dark and stormy night, when it seemed like Durran’s seventh castle would suffer the same fate as the last six.”

”To plead with her mother and father to spare her husband, the castle, and the stormlands?”

“To bargain with them. To bargain with the gods.”

“Did she offer to leave Durran? To leave her mortal husband and to be the immortal daughter of the gods once again?”

“No. She was mortal already, you see, after she chose Durran. There was no going back from that.”

“Then what was the bargain?”

“She told them – ‘I will drown myself in these stormy waters unless you cease your acts of vengeance, unless you promise to leave us be from this day forward.’

“She loved Durran that much?”

“That wasn’t the point. She knew they loved her too much to allow her to die, her mother and father. That was the point.”

He had tried that, bargaining with the gods, the night before the bodies were washed ashore.

Take me. You can have me, if only you would return them alive from these stormy waters, my mother and father.

But why would they want him at all? Second son, second best.

He tried what Elenei tried – ran to the sea, waded into the waves.

I will -

But why would they care if he live or die? His gods were not Elenei’s gods. His gods were not the loving mother and father who could not bear to watch their daughter perish. His gods were the cruel monsters who had no trouble drowning a pair of loving mother and father while their sons stood watching.

His gods were no longer any god of his, he vowed, when the bodies were finally washed ashore.

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And her grieving parents had unleashed their wrath and sent the winds and waters to batter down Durran’s hold. His friends and brothers and wedding guests were crushed beneath collapsing walls or blown out to sea, but Elenei sheltered Durran within her arms so he took no harm, and when the dawn came at last he declared war upon the gods and vowed to rebuild.

The admiral had had a plan to drag the two of them into the history books. She would be a martyr, and his figurative fall would become literal, and his hands locked around her wrists like seaweed as the rocking storm voiced its disapproval. Lightning licked the great grey Wrenhaven; the gaping maw gnashing with thick black teeth. Rocks. Rocks to smash skulls.

[Part 2 now up, read on here or start here]

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baratheon meme: two moments in house history (2/2)

The songs said that Storm’s End had been raised in ancient days by Durran, the first Storm King, who had won the love of the fair Elenei, daughter of the sea god and the goddess of the wind. On the night of their wedding, Elenei had yielded her maidenhood to a mortal’s love and thus doomed herself to a mortal’s death, and her grieving parents had unleashed their wrath and sent the winds and waters to batter down Durran’s hold. His friends and brothers and wedding guests were crushed beneath collapsing walls or blown out to sea, but Elenei sheltered Durran within her arms so he took no harm, and when the dawn came at last he declared war upon the gods and vowed to rebuild.

elenei replied to your photoset “instead of sleeping im doodling Dishonored junk and watching…”

congratulations on being able to capture both the likeness AND the difference between daud and martin AND for not drawing daud as white, you win all the prizes ily

YEAH these jerks look way too similar….. so i definitely take some liberties with the way i draw them (idk if im 100% happy with how i draw martin but whateverrrr)

also i am definitely on board with people from serkonos not being white (like… maybe more greek/italian/mediterranean skin tones?? )

Elenei, according to the legend, is the daughter of the sea god & the goddess of the wind.

During the Age of Heroes, the first Storm King, Durran, won the love of Elenei. Her divine parents forbade their love, but Durran and Elenei wed despite them. The gods’ wrath was terrible to behold, destroying Durran’s keep on his wedding night, killing all his family & guests. Enraged, Durran declared war on the gods, who replied by hammering his kingdom with massive storms. Each time King Durran built a castle to face the sea the gods destroyed it.

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Skulduggery Pleasant FancastDANIEL DAE KIM as SOLOMON WREATH

“Happy birthday,” Wreath said.

Valkyrie’s eyes widened. “You got me a present?”

“Of course,” Wreath said, almost laughing at her surprise. “You were my best student in all my years in the Necromancer Temple. No one took to it quite like you did, and although we may have hit a few bumps along the way -”

“Like you trying to kill billions of people,” Skulduggery said.

“You have always been my favourite,” Wreath finished, ignoring him.

“Open it, I think you’ll like it.”

suggested by elenei

The Legend of Storm’s End by SephyStabbity

“The songs said that Storm’s End had been raised in ancient days by Durran, the first Storm King, who had won the love of the fair Elenei, daughter of the sea god and the goddess of the wind […] her grieving parents had unleashed their wrath and sent the winds and waters to batter down Durran’s hold […] Five more castles he built, each larger and stronger than the least, only to see them smashed asunder when the gale winds came howling up Shipbreaker Bay […] A seventh castle he raised, most massive of all. Some said the children of the forest helped him built it shaping the stones with magic; others claimed that a small boy told him what he must do, a boy who would grow to be Bran the Builder."