- "I defeated your uncle Victarion and his Iron Fleet off Fair Isle, the first time your father crowned himself. I held Storm's End against the power of the Reach for a year, and took Dragonstone from the Targaryens. I smashed Mance Rayder at the Wall, though he had twenty times my numbers. Tell me, turncloak, what battles has the Bastard of Bolton ever won that I should fear him?"
- ―Stannis Baratheon to Theon Greyjoy
|Siblings||Robert Baratheon (deceased), Renly Baratheon (deceased)|
Stannis Baratheon is the brother of Robert Baratheon and Renly Baratheon. He is the middle child, and is described as strict and cold, but personally disinterested in his zealous pursuit of legalism. It is indicated that while men are willing to follow his orders, they rarely love him.
When Stannis was a child, he and Robert stood on the walls of Storm's End and watched the ship carrying their parents home get thrown against the rocks and destroyed. During Robert's Rebellion, Stannis held the castle under great adversity, they were under siege by the forces of the House Tyrell and were down to eating the rats. However, at the end of the war, Storm's End with it's lordship of the Stormlands was given to Renly Baratheon, who was still a small child, rather than Stannis. This slight was not forgiven by Stannis, even though he was given the lesser lands of Dragonstone and a seat on the small council (he was still bannerman to Renly).
Stannis begins to suspect that Robert's children are illegitimate and not true born heirs. He enlists the aid of Jon Arryn, Hand of the King to investigate, because Stannis knows that Robert will never listen to anything he has to say. When Jon Arryn suddenly dies Stannis leaves King's Landing For Dragonstone and begins building up his forces, hiring Sellswords and seizing ships, for the war he knows is inevitably coming.
After King Robert dies in A Game of Thrones, Stannis reveals the truth of the illegitimacy of Cersei Lannister's children, which makes him the heir to the Iron Throne. Stannis then embarks on a mission to make himself King of Westeros. He employs the help of the red priestess Melisandre, as well as Davos Seaworth, and joins the War of the Five Kings. Through the use of Melisandre's magic, two shadow assassinations are carried out Renly and Ser Cortnay Penrose. with the death of Renly, Stannis gets control of most of Renly's army. However Highgarden and the Tyrells make alliance with King Joffrey Baratheon and Stannis is defeated at the Battle of the Blackwater.
In A Storm of Swords, he is at the Wall, providing reinforcements for the Night's Watch against wildlings and The Others. In A Dance with Dragons, Stannis remains at the Wall, but later rides out against House Bolton to reclaim the North.