stannis is my favorite baratheon

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Forgotten Book Quotes: S t a n n i s  B a r a t h e o n  &  D a v o s  S e a w o r t h

Aerys? If you only knew … that was a hard choosing. My blood or my liege. My brother or my king … I chose Robert, did I not? When that hard day came. I chose blood over honor.

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Stannis Baratheon Week:

Day 2:  Memorable book moment/show scene

 ↪  Stannis’ victory at the Wall 

It’s done, Jon thought, they’re breaking. The wildlings were running, throwing down their weapons, Hornfoot men and cave dwellers and Thenns in bronze scales, they were running. Mance was gone, someone was waving Harma’s head on a pole, Tormund’s lines had broken. Only the giants on their mammoths were holding, hairy islands in a red steel sea. The fires were leaping from tent to tent and some of the tall pines were going up as well. And through the smoke another wedge of armored riders came, on barded horses. Floating above them were the largest banners yet, royal standards as big as sheets; a yellow one with long pointed tongues that showed a flaming heart, and another like a sheet of beaten gold, with a black stag prancing and rippling in the wind. 

Robert, Jon thought for one mad moment, remembering poor Owen.” ― A Storm of Swords, Jon X

rewenzo  asked:

Why does Stannis call Janos Slynt "my lord" at the wall? Slynt is only a lord because Joffrey made him Lord of Harrenhal and a member of the small council. Stannis shouldn't recognize either of the actions.

Because Stannis recognizes titles. It’s a Stannis thing.

“Make it Ser Jaime the Kingslayer henceforth,” Stannis said, frowning. “Whatever else the man may be, he remains a knight.”  –ACOK, Davos I

Though it is true that Stannis refuses to acknowledge Ramsay’s legitimization because the false king Tommen ordered it, so you’d think that would apply with Joffrey and Janos Slynt too. However, please note that Stannis only calls Slynt “my lord” once, in conversation where it’s courteous to call someone “my lord” whether they are or not – and as commander of the gold cloaks, Janos Slynt might have occasionally received that courtesy back in the day at King’s Landing even though he wasn’t a lord at the time.

For the record, though, every time Stannis addresses Janos Slynt:

“Spare me your fawning, Janos, it will not serve you.”

“As to royal guidance, Janos, if you mean that I ought to tell your brothers to choose you, have the courage to say so.”
That took Lord Janos aback. He smiled uncertainly and began to sweat, but Bowen Marsh beside him said, “Who better to command the black cloaks than a man who once commanded the gold, sire?”
“Any of you, I would think. Even the cook.” The look the king gave Slynt was cold. “Janos was hardly the first gold cloak ever to take a bribe, I grant you, but he may have been the first commander to fatten his purse by selling places and promotions. By the end he must have had half the officers in the City Watch paying him part of their wages. Isn’t that so, Janos?”

“Do not trifle with me, my lord. I saw the proof Jon Arryn laid before the small council. If I had been king you would have lost more than your office, I promise you, but Robert shrugged away your little lapses. ‘They all steal,’ I recall him saying. ‘Better a thief we know than one we don’t, the next man might be worse.’ Lord Petyr’s words in my brother’s mouth, I’ll warrant. Littlefinger had a nose for gold, and I’m certain he arranged matters so the crown profited as much from your corruption as you did yourself.”
Lord Slynt’s jowls were quivering, but before he could frame a further protest Maester Aemon said, “Your Grace, by law a man’s past crimes and transgressions are wiped clean when he says his words and becomes a Sworn Brother of the Night’s Watch.”
“I am aware of that. If it happens that Lord Janos here is the best the Night’s Watch can offer, I shall grit my teeth and choke him down.”

–ASOS, Samwell V

“And Slynt names you a turncloak.” –ADWD, Jon I

So, yeah, one “my lord” (probably dripping with icy sarcasm), and one “Lord Janos here” (same) out of all those “Hello, Newman-like Janoses… I really wouldn’t call that Stannis recognizing Joffrey’s actions. Hope that helps!

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Listen to me, you’ve got this dark pit inside you. I know. Believe me, I know. But that doesn’t mean you have to fall into it. You don’t have to be a monster… It doesn’t matter what you are. It only matters what you do. It’s your choice.

elviejosabio  asked:

What would be Jon's reaction if he were to overhear Queen's men or Melisandre over the leeches ritual? Would he stop helping Stannis? Would events go differently at the Wall?

Well, Jon’s not likely to believe that the ritual with the leeches actually led to Robb’s death. He certainly wouldn’t be happy about it, but Stannis has already made it clear to Jon that while he respected Robb as a person and understood why he was fighting (and, as he says to Davos in ACOK, why Robb’s lords were fighting for him), the king considered the Young Wolf an enemy as long as he refused to bend the knee. Jon loves Robb too much for that not to sting, but he’d also probably find it significant that Stannis was much more reluctant to toss the leech into the fire in Robb’s case than Balon’s or Joffrey’s; overall, Jon consistently displays not only political affinity but also personal respect and admiration for the king, despite that inherent rift. In turn, there are strong hints in ADWD (especially from Melisandre, who knows Stannis better than anyone besides Davos) that despite Robb’s ghost between them and Jon refusing the offer of Winterfell, Stannis has come to see himself in Jon and consider him the son he never had. 

I think it’s fair to say that at this point, Jon is no longer purely a Stark partisan, but rather supports Stannis’ claim to the Iron Throne, considering him a worthy king by merit as well as right. Jon thinks of Stannis as the king even in the privacy of his own head, and presses Sansa’s claim to Winterfell itself, not Robb’s kingdom. Now, of course, that may change in TWOW, but for the moment, Jon Snow is a king’s man. 

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Favorite Relationships: Jon Snow & Stannis Baratheon (2/?)

“I offered you a name.”
“I have a name, Your Grace.”

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When Jon had been very young, too young to understand what it meant to be a bastard, he used to dream that one day Winterfell might be his. Later, when he was older, he had been ashamed of those dreams. Winterfell would go to Robb and then his sons, or to Bran or Rickon should Robb die childless. And after them came Sansa and Arya. Even to dream otherwise seemed disloyal, as if he were betraying them in his heart, wishing for their deaths. I never wanted this, he thought as he stood before the blue-eyed king and the red woman. I loved Robb, loved all of them… I never wanted any harm to come to any of them, but it did. And now there’s only me. All he had to do was say the word, and he would be Jon Stark, and never more a Snow. All he had to do was pledge this king his fealty, and Winterfell was his. All he had to do…

… was forswear his vows again.

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Everyone advised me to send you to the ruins of Valyria to live out your short life with the Stone Men before the sickness spread through the castle. I told them all to go to hell. I called in every maester on this side of the world. Every healer, every apothecary. They stopped the disease and saved your life. Because you did not belong across the world with the bloody Stone Men. You are the Princess Shireen of House Baratheon. And you are my daughter.

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Favorite Relationships: The Baratheon Brothers (3/?)

“Why me, and not my brothers? Renly and his peach. In my dreams I see the juice running from his mouth, the blood from his throat. If he had done his duty by his brother, we would have smashed Lord Tywin. A victory even Robert could be proud of. Robert …” His teeth ground side to side. “He is in my dreams as well. Laughing. Drinking. Boasting. Those were the things he was best at. Those, and fighting. I never bested him at anything. The Lord of Light should have made Robert his champion. Why me?”

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Forgotten Book Quotes:  R e n l y  B a r a t h e o n

“He is still your elder brother. If either of you can be said to have a right to the Iron Throne, it must be Lord Stannis.“

Renly shrugged. "Tell me, what right did my brother Robert ever have to the Iron Throne?” He did not wait for an answer. “Oh, there was talk of the blood ties between Baratheon and Targaryen, of weddings a hundred years past, of second sons and elder daughters. No one but the maesters care about any of it. Robert won the throne with his warhammer.” He swept a hand across the campfires that burned from horizon to horizon. “Well, there is my claim, as good as Robert’s ever was.”

themetaisawesome  asked:

How do you think Stannis reacted when he found out that Davos named one of his sons after him?

Like Stannis. Stiff, uncomfortable, probably openly spoke of it as something he didn’t care for (“I know how that game is played”), secretly extremely flattered and touched. (Also probably hideously embarrassed at the boy’s nickname of “Stanny”.) I’m sure there are multiple fics on the subject out there.

“Then rise again, Davos Seaworth, and rise as Lord of the Rainwood, Admiral of the Narrow Sea, and Hand of the King.”

For a moment Davos was too stunned to move. I woke this morning in his dungeon. “Your Grace, you cannot … I am no fit man to be a King’s Hand.”

“There is no man fitter.” Stannis sheathed Lightbringer, gave Davos his hand, and pulled him to his feet.

“I am lowborn,” Davos reminded him. “An upjumped smuggler. Your lords will never obey me.”

“Then we will make new lords.”

—  A Storm of Swords