Lord of the Rainwood
The Onion Knight
Davos Seaworth is the Lord of the Rainwood, a bannerman to House Baratheon, and the Hand of Stannis Baratheon. Once a smuggler, Seaworth became Stannis' most honest and loyal supporter after Robert's Rebellion. He captains the Black Betha.
Davos Seaworth was born in the slum of Fleabottom in King's Landing and was formerly a smuggler, before he managed to sneak supplies into Storm's End during the siege of the castle by the army of Mace Tyrell and the navy of Paxter Redwyne, during the War of the Usurper. The siege had lasted so long that the castle defenders were down to eating rats. On a night with calm sea, no moon, and heavy clouds, Davos took his boat that had been painted black with black sails through the ships of the blockade, and risked his life taking the small ship into the caves under the castle of Storm's End. He brought a cargo of much needed dried fish and onions which saw the defenders through until Eddard Stark arrived to break the siege.
Davos was rewarded for his bravery and actions by Stannis Baratheon, commander of the castle garrison, who gave himknighthood and land. For his sigil, Davos Seaworth chooses a black ship on a grey background with the picture of an onion on the sail (nobles refer to him derisively as the onion knight). However that did not make up in Stannis' eyes his years of lawbreaking, he had ordered the last joint of all the fingers on his left hand (his less used hand) to be cut of for the crime of smuggling. Davos thought this fair, but agreed only if Stannis himself carry out the punishment. Stannis used a cleaver, so that the cuts were clean. Davos respects Stannis and looks at the loss of his fingertips as a fair trade for his improved life and future. He even remarks that Stannis did him a favor by giving him five less fingernails to clean. He looks on the bones as good luck pieces and wears them in a pouch around his neck.
Clash of KingsEdit
During the War of the Five Kings Davos served Stannis as an advisor, but Ser Imry Florent was commander of the fleet, and he disregards Davos' advice to send scouts into Blackwater Bay. Davos fought at the Battle of the Blackwater where he lost his ship, most of his fleet and his four eldest sons. The fleet was destroyed by wildfire.
Storm of SwordsEdit
After his rescue from a spit of land in Blackwater Rush by one of the ships of Salador Saan, Davos is imprisoned for plotting against the life of the King's adviser, Melisandre of Asshai, but was later forgiven and freed and even named King's Hand for giving the King honest advice. Davos faces execution for engineering the escape of Robert's bastard Edric Storm, but is again forgiven after alerting both Melisandre and Stannis to the threat posed by the Others to the Night's Watch, allowing them to relocate to the Wall and prosecute the war from there.
Feast of Crows, Dance of DragonsEdit
Davos is sent to White Harbor by King Stannis Baratheon to the lands of House Manderly to arrange an alliance with Wyman Manderly. He is sent with the fleet of Sallador Saan to make an impressive display of sea power. However foul weather and misfortune descimates the fleet, and Sallador renounces service to Stannis leaving Davos to row himself to the island of the Sisterns at night by himself, before leaving to resume piracy. Davos manages to get himself to White Harbor and despite the situation looking grave for an alliance, he presents himself to the castle for an audience. Lord Manderly hears him out in open court, but announces that Stannis is a traitor and sentences Davos to death. He is again imprisoned to appease the Lannisters and the Freys. Lord Manderly reportedly has Davos killed. This is ordered by the Lannisters, before his heir will be released from Lannister custody, but it is an act. A criminal is executed and Davos is sent on a mission to try and find one of the Stark heirs who was seen traveling to Skagos by Wex, the squire of Theon Greyjoy, who survived the slaughter when Ramsay Snow took Winterfell.