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Cersei Lannister: "I seem to recall he laid siege to Storm's End for the better part of a year."
Olenna Tyrell: "All he laid siege to was the banquet table in the command tent."
Cersei Lannister and Olenna Tyrell discuss her son Mace's command of the Siege of Storm's End.[src]
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A map showing Storm's End on the coast of the Stormlands

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Map showing the location of Storm's End on the continent of Westeros.

Storm's End is the ancestral seat of House Baratheon, and one of three major castles held by the former royal house, the others being the Red Keep in King's Landing and the island fastness of Dragonstone. Stannis Baratheon was the Lord of Storm's End prior to his death. It is currently unknown who holds the castle, if anyone. Storm's End is a formidable fortress, located on the southeastern coast of Westeros overlooking Shipbreaker Bay.

HistoryEdit

Storm's End's construction was attributed to Durran, a legendary figure of the Age of Heroes, who earned the hatred of the sea god and the wind goddess when he took Elenei, daughter of the two gods, as his wife. In rage, the two gods sent massive storms to destroy Durran's keep. Durran defied the gods and built a larger and more formidable keep, but it was also destroyed. Durran's seventh keep, built allegedly with the aid of Bran the Builder, withstood the rage of Elenei's parents and gained the name of Storm's End.[1]

Storm's End became the seat of the rulers of the Stormlands, the Storm Kings, for millennia. When Aegon the Conqueror invaded Westeros, he sent his commander and rumored half-brother, Orys Baratheon, to take Storm's End. The last of the Storm Kings, Argilac the Arrogant, left the safety of his stronghold and met Baratheon in open battle. Argilac was defeated, and Orys Baratheon took Argilac's domains, sigil, motto and daughter, becoming the founder of House Baratheon [2]

One of the mightiest fortresses on the entire continent, Storm's End has endured many sieges but has never fallen to any attacker in its millennia-long history.[3] Its seaward wall is 80 feet thick with a 150 feet drop into the sea below. The castle is said to be protected by spells woven into its walls that prevent magic from penetrating its defenses.[4]

During Robert Baratheon's rebellion, Storm's End was besieged for over a year by the forces of House Tyrell, who had remained loyal to the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen. The castle garrison, commanded by Robert's brother Stannis, was reduced to eating dogs and rats and were on the verge of resorting to cannibalism when they were saved by a shipload of onions, smuggled into the castle by the noted smuggler Davos. After Aerys' death, Eddard Stark bloodlessly raised the siege, as Lord Mace Tyrell realized that the war was lost, and he swore fealty to King Robert. Davos was raised to knighthood for his actions.

To Stannis's displeasure, he was made Lord of Dragonstone by his brother, leaving their infant brother Renly as the titular Lord of Storm's End. Stannis considered this a slight, as Dragonstone is even colder and harsher than Storm's End, despite Dragonstone being a fortress of great tactical importance and a history as a seat for Princes.

Following Renly's assassination, control of the castle reverted to Stannis. It is unknown who now holds it in the wake of Stannis's own death.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Storm's End consists of a massive curtain wall surrounding a single immense drum tower. Unlike many other castles, which consist of a complex of different buildings, Storm's End is entirely contained within one large building. This is due to the immense storms that frequently batter the castle, necessitating a design that minimized the amount of time inhabitants would need to be outside.

In "A Clash of Kings", following Renly's death, Stannis demands Ser Cortnay Penrose, the castellan of Storm's End to yield. Ser Cortnay remains loyal to Renly even after his death and refuses to surrender. Ser Cortnay is killed by the second of Melisandre's shadow demon, and his successor Lord Elwood Meadows yields the castle.

In "A Feast for Crows", the garrison of Storm's End, commanded by Ser Gilbert Farring, refuses to yield to the Iron Throne. Mace Tyrell besieges the castle with a large force, but hearing that his daughter was arrested, he marches to King's Landing with most of his troops. The remaning small force, under the command of Lord Mathis Rowan, does not make any progress.

By the point the books reached, Storm's End has not surrendered yet to the crown.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Complete Guide to Westeros: The Age of Heroes" featurette, Season 1 Blu-ray boxset
  2. "The Complete Guide to Westeros: House Baratheon" featurette, Season 1 Blu-ray boxset
  3. HBO viewers guide, season 2 map, special features - Battleground Westeros, Siege of Storm's End entry
  4. HBO viewers guide, season 2 map, Storm's End entry
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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 · Argalia Baratheon · Monica Baratheon · Mychal Baratheon · Axel Baratheon · Lyonel Baratheon
Current members:None, extinct
Deceased members:Robert Baratheon · Stannis Baratheon · Renly Baratheon · Steffon Baratheon · Cassana Baratheon

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