Lyonel Baratheon, by Amok ©Roaring Studios
|Alias||The Laughing Storm|
|Successor||Lord Ormund Baratheon|
|Born||In or before 194 AC, Storm's End|
|Died||In 239–245 AC|
Appearance and Character
In tourneys, Lyonel wore a cloth-of-gold surcoat bearing the crowned stag of his house. He also had an antlered helm. Lyonel had the habit of laughing loudly of his opponents, as well as in general, which earned him his nickname of "the Laughing Storm", and made him a great favorite of the smallfolk. Lyonel was considered one of the finest fighters of his day. Lyonel brought glory to House Baratheon.
Lyonel was heir to Storm's End when he participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC. In the first tilt, he challenged Ser Robert Ashford, one of the champions of the fair maid. After breaking nine lances, they both lost their saddles on their tenth course, only to rise together to fight on, sword against mace. Finally a battered Robert admitted defeat, and Lyonel become a champion in his place.
Lyonel fought multiple matches against lesser foes, often breaking into booming laughter the moment they touched his shield. If his challengers wore any sort of crest on their helm, Lyonel would strike it off and fling it into the crowd.
When Ser Duncan the Tall was forced to defend himself in a trial of seven against Prince Aerion Targaryen, Duncan's squire Prince Aegon asked Lyonel to join on Dunk's side. Lyonel eagerly accepted the chance to participate in the first trial of seven in a hundred years. Lyonel knighted Raymun Fossoway shortly before the start of the trial, stepping in when Dunk was hesitant to do so.
Lord of Storm's End
As Lord of Storm's End, Lyonel was a leal supporter of King Aegon V Targaryen. The king was pleased to arrange a betrothal of his eldest son and heir, Prince Duncan Targaryen, to Lord Lyonel's daughter.
Prince Duncan later broke that betrothal when he fell in love and married the commonborn Jenny of Oldstones. This enraged Lord Lyonel, who felt the honor of House Baratheon was insulted. He renounced his fealty to the Iron Throne and declared himself Storm King. A short rebellion followed, which ended when Lyonel yielded to Ser Duncan the Tall of the Kingsguard during a trial by battle. Prince Duncan renounced his claim to the throne, and King Aegon agreed to betroth his youngest daughter, Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, to Lyonel's heir, Ormund Baratheon. Aegon also sent Rhaelle to Storm's End, to be Lord Lyonel's cupbearer and companion to his lady wife.
It was your squire who came to me. The boy, Aegon. My own lad tried to chase him off, but he slipped between his legs and turned a flagon of wine over my head. There has not been a trial of seven for more than a hundred years, do you know that? I was not about to miss a chance to fight the Kingsguard knights, and tweak Prince Maekar's nose in the bargain.—Lyonel, to Duncan the Tall
—Lyonel, to Duncan the Tall
Lyonel had at least one daughter. His exact relationship to his heir and successor, Lord Ormund Baratheon, is currently unknown. Also unknown is his relationship to Gowen Baratheon, the third son of a Lord of Storm's End who reigned around the time when Lyonel was the heir to Storm's End.[N 1]
- The Hedge Knight.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
- See the Lyonel Baratheon calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Lyonel Baratheon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
- The Sworn Sword.
- The Hedge Knight (graphic novel collection)
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.