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"House Baratheon" is a featurette and part of "Great Houses" section of the Complete Guide to Westeros, a special feature in the Blu-ray of Season 1 of Game of Thrones. It is narrated by Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon.

Summary

"Ours is the Fury", are the words of the black stag of Baratheon. Robert I calls it a battle cry that echoed throughout the land in rebellion, when he seized the Iron Throne from the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, ending a dynasty nearly three hundred years old.

House Baratheon was born in the Wars of Conquest, when Aegon the Dragon invaded Westeros. Aegon sent his commander, Orys Baratheon to take Storm's End. Argilac the Arrogant, the last of the Storm Kings, foolishly left the safety of his stronghold and met the Baratheon warlord in open battle. Argilac was soundly defeated, and Orys took his lands, holdings and daughter. Orys was said to be a half-brother of Aegon's, so Robert muses that if that were to be true a little of the "blood of the dragon" mingled with that of the stag in those days.

The seat of House Baratheon is Storm's End, a legendary keep raised in the Age of Heroes. Storm's End overlooks Shipbreaker Bay, where legend tells that Durran, the first Storm King, raised the keep with the aid of Bran the Builder of House Stark, thus forging a centuries-long connection between the Stormlands and the North.

After Aegon's conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, Baratheons remained loyal enough to the crown while Targaryen kings came and went. Robert reminds that, however, loyalty has its limits. When Aerys' vile son and heir, Prince Rhaegar, abducted Lyanna Stark, Robert's betrothed and beloved, it was time to act.

Baratheon, Stark, Jon Arryn and the Tullys raised their banners and united in rebellion against Rhaegar and his father, the Mad King. They were victorious and took the Iron Throne. Robert muses that the bit of dragon blood in his veins came in well as it made him a distant relation to the Targaryen dynasty through his distant ancestor, Orys. The truth, however, is that Robert took power. He boasts that it is him who sits on the Iron Throne and that It him who rules the Seven Kingdoms from the Red Keep.

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