Lord Orys Baratheon was the founder of House Baratheon, and was the bastard half-brother of King Aegon I Targaryen.



Orys Baratheon is the founder of House Baratheon and is the distant ancestor of King Robert Baratheon and his brothers, Stannis and Renly.

During the War of Conquest, he was a commander in the army of Aegon the Conqueror, and was the Conqueror's bastard half-brother. When Aegon invaded Westeros, he sent Orys to seize Storm's End, the ancestral seat of the Storm Kings and capital of the Stormlands. Orys defeated the Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, and took not only Storm's End but also his sigil (the black stag) and words ("Ours is the Fury"), as well as his daughter Argella, and his sword, Torment, to cement his rule over the Stormlands. He became the first Lord Paramount of the Stormlands.[1]

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Orys argalia

Orys Baratheon took Argella, daughter of the last Storm King, as his wife, to cement his rule over the Stormlands

He has an entry in The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms. It reveals that Orys married Argella, daughter of Argilac the Arrogant, the last Storm King, and that one of his sons died stopping an assassination attempt against King Aenys Targaryen.[2]

Family tree

Visenya Targaryen
Aegon I Targaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen
Orys Baratheon
Argella Baratheon
née Durrandon House-Baratheon-Main-Shield
Maegor I Targaryen
Aenys I Targaryen
Alyssa Velaryon
Founding of
House Baratheon
Rhaena Targaryen
Aegon Targaryen
Jaehaerys I Targaryen
Alysanne Targaryen

In the books

House Baratheon lineage

The lineage of Orys Baratheon

The World of Ice and Fire reveals that Orys Baratheon was Aegon's closest friend and ally. He served Aegon as the first-ever Hand of the King, as well as the commander of his forces. Aegon offered Orys's hand in marriage to the daughter of the Storm King, Argilac Durrandon, but was rebuffed. Angered at the insult of being offered a bastard instead of a king, Argilac cut off the hands of Aegon's envoys.

When Aegon landed his army at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, he led a lightning campaign to secure the surrounding area, taking Rosby, Stokeworth, Duskendale and Maidenpool in short order. Orys led the army while Aegon attacked from the skies.

After this victory, Aegon sent Orys and his sister-wife Rhaenys to take Storm's End. Argilac left his castle to give battle in the open, attacking during a torrential thunderstorm to limit the use of Rhaenys's dragon, Meraxes. However, Meraxes instead fought on foot and was still able to inflict carnage on Argilac's forces. Argilac himself was slain by Orys. Orys negotiated the surrender of Storm's End, with Argilac's daughter Argella delivered to him in chains and naked. Orys treated her kindly and later wed her.

Orys continued to serve as Hand of the King for his nephew Aenys I, who succeeded Aegon I upon his death. Orys later died during one of the numerous local rebellions against Aenys I: many lords hoped that with Aegon the Conqueror dead and his weak son on the throne, they might be able to throw off Targaryen rule forever. These rebellions were crushed by Aegon's ruthless younger son, Maegor the Cruel, who succeeded Orys as Hand of the King.[3]

The relationship between Aegon the Conqueror and Orys Baratheon may be loosely inspired by that of the real-world William the Conqueror of Normandy and Odo of Bayeux, who was the Norman conqueror's half-brother (Orys was rumored to be Aegon's half-brother) and vassal, and upon the conquest of England, was made the ruling earl of an important region of England and was his brother's regent and chancellor in that country.

See also


  1. "The Complete Guide to Westeros: House Baratheon" featurette, Season 1 Blu Ray boxset
  2. "A Golden Crown"
  3. Bubonicaon 45 GRRM live-read
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Lord: None, extinct Heir: None, extinct
Seat: Storm's End Lands: The Stormlands
Title(s): Lords Paramount of the Stormlands · Lord of Storm's End
Ancestors:Durran Godsgrief · Argilac the Arrogant · Orys Baratheon · Argella Baratheon · Monica Baratheon · Mychal Baratheon · Axel Baratheon · Lyonel Baratheon · Borros Baratheon · Ormund Baratheon
Current members:None, extinct
Deceased members:Robert Baratheon · Stannis Baratheon · Renly Baratheon · Steffon Baratheon · Cassana Baratheon