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
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 fortress of Dragonstone. Stannis Baratheon was the Lord of Storm's End and Dragonstone. Storm's End is a formidable fortress, located on the southeastern coast of Westeros overlooking Shipbreaker Bay.
The mighty fortress called Storm's End has stood for centuries, facing the terrible weather of Shipbreaker Bay with little wear to show for it. Legend claims that it was built by Durran, the first Storm King during the Dawn Age, who declared a war against the gods after they killed his family and guests, ruining his wedding to their daughter Elenei. It was said Durran Godsgrief raised six castles, each larger and more formidable than the last, but all were destroyed by storms. The massive seventh castle, Storm's End, is also called Durran's Defiance because it was able to endure the storms. Some believe this was because the children of the forest took a hand in its construction, using their magics in raising the castle walls which allow it to resist the storms. Others believe that a young boy who grew up to be Bran the Builder advised Durran on its construction.
The Storm Kings, Durran's descendents from House Durrandon, used Storm's End as their seat as they consolidated control over the stormlands. In its long history the formidable fortress has never fallen to siege or storm.
During their invasion of Westeros, the Andals are said to have abandoned attempts to capture Storm's End from the First Men Storm Kings after seven failed sieges and assaults. Instead, the Durrandons and Andals eventually came together through marriage. Archmaester Vyron speculates in his Triumphs and Defeats that the final form of the castle being the seventh shows a clear Andal influence and suggests the possibility that the final form was achieved in Andal times. The great tower and curtain wall appear beyond the capability of the ancient First Men, at least, as they often built ringforts which are now left in ruins.
Gyles III Gardener, King of the Reach, failed to conquer Storm's End after a siege of two years.
During Aegon's Conquest, the last Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, abandoned his impressive defenses to meet Orys Baratheon in open battle and suffered accordingly in the Last Storm. Taking Argilac's daughter, Argella, as his bride, Orys became Aegon's Lord Paramount of the Stormlands and House Baratheon replaced the Durrandons as lords of Storm's End.
Prince Lucerys Velaryon and his dragon, Arrax, were slain by Prince Aemond Targaryen and Vhagar outside Storm's End during the Dance of the Dragons.
King Baelor I Targaryen recuperated at Storm's End for half a year after he returned from Dorne.
Princess Rhaelle Targaryen served at Storm's End as Lord Lyonel Baratheon's cupbearer and companion to his lady wife, and she wed Lyonel's heir, Lord Ormund Baratheon.
The Windproud of Lord Steffon Baratheon sank in Shipbreaker Bay within sight of Storm's End. The castellan at that time was Ser Harbert, while the castle's maester was Cressen.
There was a tourney at Storm's End prior to Robert's Rebellion. During the rebellion, Lord Robert Baratheon feasted and hunted with Lords Cafferen and Grandison at Storm's End after defeating them at Summerhall. Storm's End was then besieged for near a year by the host of Lord Mace Tyrell, who commanded the landward forces, whilst Lord Paxter Redwyne's fleet of the Arbor kept the castle cut off by sea. However, Stannis Baratheon, Robert's brother in command of the defense, refused to yield and his men were reduced to eating rats. The armorer Donal Noye lost an arm during the siege. A smuggler named Davos ran the blockade and resupplied the castle, allowing the garrison to outlast the siege of Storm's End.
After Lord Robert Baratheon became king, he gave the castle to his youngest brother, Renly, and granted Stannis the much poorer Dragonstone, which led to many years of bitterness on Stannis's part. Ser Loras Tyrell squired at Storm's End, where he became acquainted with Renly. When Renly is away at court in King's Landing fulfilling his duties as Robert's master of laws, Storm's End is held by its castellan, Ser Cortnay Penrose. Robert's bastard, Edric Storm, is fostered by Cortnay at the castle.
A Game of Thrones
Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, flees King's Landing with Ser Loras Tyrell after the death of his brother, King Robert I Baratheon. Lord Varys, the master of whisperers, thinks Renly is riding to Storm's End or Highgarden in the Reach. Renly weds Margaery Tyrell at Highgarden and is proclaimed Lord of the Seven Kingdoms by Lord Mace Tyrell. Storm's End calls the banners for Renly.
A Clash of Kings
During the War of the Five Kings, the many castles sworn to Storm's End help Renly field a sizable force to support his claim on the Iron Throne. His elder brother, Stannis, lays siege to Storm's End instead of attacking King's Landing. Stannis's men cut down a nearby grove of trees for siege weapons, and it is where the rival kings hold an unsuccessful parley. The night before the brothers are to battle, Catelyn Stark prays at the sept of a village located in sparse woodland near the castle. Despite the presence of his Rainbow Guard, Renly is assassinated in his camp by a shadow that night.
Following Renly's death, the castellan Ser Cortnay Penrose refuses to yield in a parley beneath Storm's End's walls, believing that Robert's bastard, Edric Storm, fostered within the castle, would be harmed. The former smuggler Davos Seaworth sails Melisandre to the cavern beneath the walls so that the spells of the castle do not ward out her magic, and she births a shadow that throws Cortnay from the tower, an apparent suicide.
Soon after Cortnay's death, his lieutenant, Lord Elwood Meadows, names himself castellan and surrenders the castle to Stannis. Melisandre has Stannis burn the godswood as an offering to the Lord of the Light.
A Storm of Swords
Following the Battle of the Blackwater, Stannis's Hand of the King, Lord Alester Florent, negotiates with the Iron Throne, suggesting that Stannis relinquish his royal claim and remain Lord of Dragonstone and Storm's End. Stannis has Alester imprisoned for treason.
Ser Gilbert Farring serves Stannis as the castellan of Storm's End, with Elwood as his second-in-command and a garrison of two hundred or three hundred.
Loras admits to Ser Jaime Lannister that he buried Renly at a place known to them near Storm's End.
A Feast for Crows
Princess Arianne Martell believes that Storm's End belongs to Tommen Baratheon by rights, but that the Iron Throne belongs to his elder sister, Myrcella Baratheon.
In 300 AC, Mace and Lord Mathis Rowan bring half the Tyrell strength to besiege Storm's End. Some of the Redwyne fleet blockade Shipbreaker Bay, preventing the castle from being resupplied. Mace abandons the siege to return to King's Landing after the arrest of Margaery, Mace's daughter and Tommen's queen, by the Faith. Mace leaves a token force with Lord Rowan to continue the siege but the castle continues to support Stannis's claim to the throne. Its defenders include Gilbert, Elwood, and Stannis's uncle, Ser Lomas Estermont.
A Dance with Dragons
The Golden Company plans to take Storm's End as a base of operation. Aegon Targaryen intends to lead the assault.
In the books
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.
Edric Storm, the only of Robert's bastards who was openly acknowledged by him, was raised at Storm's End, fostered by Renly.
In "A Clash of Kings", following Renly's death, Stannis demands Ser Cortnay Penrose, the castellan of Storm's End, to yield the castle and deliver Edric Storm to him. Ser Cortnay remains loyal to Renly even after his death, and refuses to surrender. He is subsequently killed by the second of Melisandre's shadow demon, and his successor Lord Elwood Meadows yields the castle.
In "A Storm of Swords", Stannis appoints Ser Gilbert Farring as the castellan of Storm's End. Stannis takes most of his troops to the Wall, leaving a small garrison of two or three hundred soldiers in Storm's End.
In "A Feast for Crows", the garrison of Storm's End 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 remaining 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. Following the fall of Dragonstone, it is the last stronghold which still belongs to Stannis.
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