Steffon Baratheon, by Riotarttherite ©
|Predecessor||Lord Ormund Baratheon|
|Successor||Lord Robert Baratheon|
|Born||In 246 AC|
|Died||In 278 AC or early 279 AC, Shipbreaker Bay, near Storm's End|
|Father||Lord Ormund Baratheon|
|Mother||Princess Rhaelle Targaryen|
|Spouse||Lady Cassana Estermont|
To make peace with Lord Lyonel Baratheon, King Aegon V Targaryen betrothed his youngest daughter, Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, to Lyonel's heir Ormund, and sent her to live at Storm's End. In 245 AC, Rhaelle married now-Lord Ormund, and their son Steffon was born a year later.
In 260 AC, Steffon participated as a squire in the War of the Ninepenny Kings in the Stepstones. Unfortunately, his father, Ormund Baratheon, Hand of the King and commander of the expedition, was one of the first to perish in the war. Ormund was struck down by Maelys I Blackfyre, commander of the Band of Nine, and died in Steffon's arms. With the death of his father, Steffon became Lord of Storm's End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands.
Lord of Storm's End
Around 268 AC, Steffon first took his son, Stannis (then four years old), to court at the Red Keep in King's Landing, along with his eldest son, Robert (by then aged five or six). The children believed they saw King Aerys II Targaryen holding court on the Iron Throne, and they felt that the king had been as noble as the dragon skulls on the walls were fearsome. Years later, Steffon revealed it had been the Hand of the King, Lord Tywin Lannister, whom they had been impressed by, as King Aerys had cut himself on the throne earlier that day, and Tywin had taken over for him.
In the wake of the Defiance of Duskendale in 277 AC, Steffon's old friend and cousin, King Aerys II Targaryen, summoned Steffon to court and named him to the small council. Aerys had been growing paranoid about his Hand, Tywin Lannister, and his son, Rhaegar Targaryen, believing they were conspiring against him, and so turned to his other childhood friend. In 278 AC, Aerys sent Steffon to Volantis to find a bride "of noble birth from an old Valyrian bloodline" for Prince Rhaegar, and it was rumored that Aerys intended to replace Tywin with Steffon upon the latter's return.
Steffon, traveling with his wife Cassana, failed to find a suitable bride for Rhaegar, but he did send a message to Storm's End saying that they had found a very talented fool. According to Steffon, Robert would be delighted by the fool, who was so funny he might teach Steffon's dour second son, Stannis, how to laugh. However, during the return journey, their ship was caught in a severe storm. Within sight of Robert and Stannis, who were standing on the parapets of Storm's End, the Windproud was smashed on the rocks and sank in Shipbreaker Bay. Steffon, Cassana, and hundreds of sailors drowned. The only survivor was the fool, Patchface, who washed up ashore three days later, having lost his wits.
Steffon was succeeded as Lord of Storm's End by his eldest son, Robert.
A Clash of Kings
Stannis Baratheon's letter to all the lords of Westeros, which proclaims himself the true king and heir of King Robert I Baratheon, includes the citation that he is the trueborn son of Steffon and Cassana.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Queen Regent Cersei Lannister recalls that the Estermonts are her in-laws, via her late husband Robert Baratheon's mother. Disparaging the Estermonts, Cersei feels that Steffon must have chosen Cassana "in a fit of lust or madness".
—thoughts of Cersei Lannister
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
- See the Steffon Baratheon calculation.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
- See the Stannis Baratheon calculation.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- See the Renly Baratheon calculation.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen