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Rogar Baratheon
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Rogar Baratheon, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley in Fire & Blood.

Title Lord of Storm's End[1]
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands[2]
Protector of the Realm[1]
Hand of the King[1]
Allegiance House Baratheon[1]
Culture Stormlander[1]
Born In 17 AC[3]
Died In 62 AC, at Storm's End[4]
Spouse 1st: Unknown[3]
2nd: Lady Alyssa Velaryon[3]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Rogar Baratheon was the Lord of Storm's End and head of House Baratheon during the reigns of kings Maegor I Targaryen and Jaehaerys I Targaryen. During the minority of Jaehaerys I, Rogar served as Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm.[2] Throughout the long reign of King Jaehaerys I, Lord Rogar proved to be both a loyal friend and brief adversary to the king.[4]

A grandson of Lord Orys Baratheon and the eldest of five brothers, Rogar would marry Queen Dowager Alyssa Velaryon and father two children, Boremund and Jocelyn. Boremund would succeed his father as Lord of Storm's End, while Jocelyn married Prince Aemon Targaryen.[5]

Appearance and Character

A muscular and bearded man, Rogar had the typical blue eyes and black hair of House Baratheon.[3] Near the end of his life, age and illness had taken a toll on the Lord of Storm's End. His once-black hair had gone grey and his face was pale and lined. He grew so gaunt that his clothes hung loose upon him.[4] He was no swordsman, as Rogar preferred to wield a double-bladed axe on the battlefield. He often described his axe as "large and heavy enough to cleave through a dragon's skull." He owned an antlered halfhelm.[3]

Rogar was a prideful man,[6][7] admired for his courage and boldness, respected for his strength, and feared for his military prowess and skill at arms. He was regarded as open-handed as he was bold in battle, and was unaccustomed to defeat.[3] Of a martial temperament,[7] Rogar was described as a warrior to the bone. He was fond of hawking, hunting, gambling, drinking, and feasting.[3][6] However, Rogar had no love for mummers, once declaring them to be of less use than a monkey.[7]

Rogar was not a man to yield, often boasting in battle that he would not lay down his axe while there was life in his body. Though King Jaehaerys I valued Rogar as a counselor and a friend, the young king believed his intelligence, judgment, and temperament to be superior to that of the Lord of Storm's End. Despite his actions in his last year serving as Hand of the King, Rogar was not a cruel or evil man at heart, nor was he a fool.[6]

History

Early life

Rogar Baratheon was born in 17 AC, the eldest of five brothers and the grandson of Orys Baratheon, the first Lord of Storm's End of House Baratheon and the bastard brother of Aegon I Targaryen. As Lord Orys had taken King Argilac the Arrogant's daughter to wife, Rogar could claim that both the blood of House Targaryen and House Durrandon flowed through his veins.[3]

He had been married once, though his wife had died young, having succumbed to a fever less than a year after her wedding to the Lord of Storm's End. The marriage had left Rogar childless.[3]

Maegor the Cruel

After their flight from King Maegor I Targaryen at King's Landing, Lord Rogar Baratheon was quick to provide shelter to Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon and her children, Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Alysanne. If he feared Maegor's wrath, he hid it well. His own brother Borys told others that Rogar dreamed of facing Maegor in single combat and cutting him down with his axe.[3]

Lord Rogar would be the first great lord to openly proclaim for Prince Jaehaerys against his uncle, Maegor the Cruel.[2] In 48 AC at Storm's End, Rogar proclaimed Jaehaerys to be the lawful King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, before a hundred of his lords bannermen and knights. In return, Prince Jaehaerys named Rogar the Protector of the Realm and the Hand of the King.[1][8][9] While Lord Rogar was gathering his levies at Storm's End, King Maegor's response was slow and sluggish. When Lord Daemon Velaryon declared for his nephew Jaehaerys, other great houses soon followed Baratheon's and Velaryon's lead.[1][9] Ultimately, Rogar's dream of slaying Maegor the Cruel was denied to him when the king mysteriously died upon the Iron Throne.[3]

Twenty-three days after the mysterious death of King Maegor I, Lord Rogar arrived at King's Landing at the head of a large host, accompanying Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon, to meet up with Prince Jaehaerys, Princess Rhaena, and Princess Alysanne, who had arrived a fortnight earlier.[8] Some suggested for Princess Rhaena to succeed as queen of the realm, though Rogar disagreed with the notion, firmly believing the throne should pass on to the next male heir, Jaehaerys. Lord Rogar had hundreds seized and arrested at King's Landing for their loyalties to Maegor.[10]

Hand of the King

During the remainder of Jaehaerys' minority, Rogar shared the rule of the realm with Dowager Queen Alyssa, continuing to serve as Hand and Protector of the Realm. However, Jaehaerys was no figurehead and insisted on having a say in all decisions made in his name.[10] Though some whispered that Rogar ruled the realm entirely, Jaehaerys had a seat at nearly every small council meeting and was not shy about having his voice heard. Though in the end, Rogar and Alyssa had the final authority throughout the young king's regency.[3] With the Red Keep's dungeons filled with Maegor's men, Rogar feared that executing them would only harden the remaining loyalists against the young prince. Instead, Rogar urged for Jaehaerys to allow Maegor's men to stand trial, execute those found guilty of the worst crimes, and taken hostages from the others. Wishing to prove to the realm that he was not his uncle, Jaehaerys ultimately chose to forgive all those that had followed Maegor, only taking certain lands and hostages. Though his decree had no legal force as Jaehaerys was not let crowned, his determination gave him the support of Lords Baratheon and Velaryon.[10]

Jaehaerys would be formally crowned in the waning days of 48 AC at Oldtown, by the High Septon himself. Lord Rogar was one of the many lords in attendance.[10] When Rhaena married Androw Farman on Fair Isle in 49 AC, Rogar was furious that she married without the crown's leave, perhaps because Rogar's youngest brother and two of his nephews were unmarried and of suitable age for the queen. Later that year, Rogar himself would wed Queen Alyssa in a marvelous wedding remembered as the Golden Wedding, attended by numerous lords from throughout the Seven Kingdoms and even from beyond the realm. Many used the wedding as an opportunity to treat with the Hand, who was seen as the true power in the realm. Some servants controversially whispered that Rogar had bed seven virgins from the pleasure houses of Lys, as Queen Alyssa had given her maidenhead to King Aenys I years before.[3] Rogar did not ask Jaehaerys' leave to wed his mother, which the king took for a slight and a sign of disrespect. Jaehaerys did not approve of the marriage, later confessing that he did not need a second father.[6]

With their wedding now behind them, Rogar and Alyssa turned to searching for a bride for Jaehaerys, with Rogar putting forward the notion for the king to marry the daughter of the Archon of Tyrosh. Princess Alysanne was to be wed to Ser Orryn, Rogar's youngest brother. Though the council had not told Alysanne of the betrothment, she soon found out and Rogar would suspect her uncle Daemon as the informer. In the cover of darkness, Jaehaerys and Alysanne snuck away to Dragonstone with their dragons and Kingsguard, where they married in secret. Rogar and Alyssa arrived soon after and, upon learning that the marriage had not yet been consummated, Rogar sought to annul the union. However, Jaehaerys threatened Rogar's knights with his Kingsguard and Alyssa solemnly convinced the Hand to return to King's Landing. Jaehaerys and Alysanne would spend the rest of the king's minority at Dragonstone, while Rogar kept the king's marriage a secret.[3]

Lord Rogar was humiliated for being forced to back down at Dragonstone and intended to take the fortress by storm, until Alyssa reminded him that her children had dragons. Rogar would also forbid his wife from visiting the king and queen at Dragonstone. With the king away from court, Rogar and Alyssa ruled the realm in King's Landing. Rogar and Alyssa plotted to undo the king's marriage, one notable failed effort having Coryanne Wylde attempt to bed the king. Under the ineffectual master of coin Edwell Celtigar, the crown also faced debt, while a Vulture King raided the Dornish Marches. When Alyssa finally gave in and urged Rogar to allow the marriage, he yelled at her before the council and urged them to put aside the king for Rhaena's daughter Princess Aerea. Rogar's efforts failed and Alyssa demanded his resignation as Hand, quickly supported by Lord Daemon and Lord Qarl Corbray. Furious, Rogar departed King's Landing with half as many men as when he arrived.[6]

Queenmaker

King Jaehaerys I feeding Vermithor before Rogar, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley in Fire and Blood.

Having been dismissed as Hand, Rogar and his brothers returned to Storm's End, though not before a failed effort by Rogar to have his brother Ronnal retrieve Princess Aerea from her quarters, as Lord Corbray had spirited the young princess away on the Queen Regent's orders. The bitter quarrel with his wife destroyed any affection Lord Rogar had for her. In his place, Alyssa named her brother Lord Daemon as Hand of the King, who effectively ruled the realm for the rest of the king's minority. However, Rogar was not one who would yield easily before failure and disgrace.[6]

In Oldtown, Ser Orryn Baratheon arrived at a motherhouse demanding Princess Rhaella, a novice of the Faith. However, the Faith refused and Orryn and his knights were captured by Ser Caspar Straw. Ser Orryn was questioned and confessed the plot: he was to bring Rhaella to Storm's End, where Rogar planned to have her confess that she was Aerea and then he meant to name her queen. For this, Lord Donnel Hightower imprisoned Orryn, much to Rogar's rage. However, the Lord of Storm's End did not call his banners and instead fell into despair. Having his maester draft a will and confession, Rogar absolved his elder brothers of any wrongdoings, begged for mercy for Orryn, and named his eldest brother Borys as his heir. With Rogar at Storm's End and Alyssa emotionally hurt, Lord Daemon and the council ruled the realm when King Jaehaerys I came of age in 50 AC and his minority came to an end.[6]

When Jaehaerys returned to King's Landing, put his own men into positions of power and summoned Lord Rogar back to the capital. While Borys urged him to join the Night's Watch, Garon and Ronnal urged defiance. Rogar knew Storm's End would not stand before dragons and instead rode to King's Landing with six of his oldest knights, intending explain himself to Jaehaerys and take the black. Arriving in the Red Keep, Rogar knelt before the king and begged for him to spare House Baratheon. Though Rogar feared harsh reprimandations, Jaehaerys instead pardoned him and demanded him to be Queen Alysanne's loudest champion and an honorable husband to his mother Alyssa. To this, Lord Baratheon quickly agreed. Ser Orryn was exiled to Essos for ten years. When Rogar asked if the king required hostages of him, Jaehaerys brought Rogar before his dragon Vermithor, where he reminded the Lord of Storm's End of the power of dragons. After reconciling with Alyssa, Rogar and his wife returned to the stormlands four days later, escorted by Ser Pate the Woodcock of the Kingsguard.[7]

Later life

When King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne held a ceremony celebrating their marriage, Lord Rogar and Dowager Queen Alyssa were among the gathered nobility that stood witness. When the king and queen finally decided to consummate their marriage, the drunk Rogar led the men who disrobed Alysanne and carried her to the bridal bed.[7]

In 51 AC, Alyssa became pregnant with Rogar's child, bringing much joy to the Lord of Storm's End who had long ago abandoned any hopes of having children with his wife. Though there were concerns with Alyssa's age, she gave birth to a healthy and robust boy Rogar named Boremund. In 54 AC, Alyssa became pregnant again with a second child of Rogar's. While Rogar was elated at the prospect of another son and foresaw no difficulties, many warned Alyssa that the birth would be difficult with her age and health. The warnings proved true; as Alyssa gave birth to the child, she found herself on the brink of death. While Jaehaerys and Alysanne were hosted by Lord Dondarrion at Blackhaven on a royal progress, Rogar sent them news of their mother's declining health. When the king arrived at Storm's End, he found Rogar drunk and afraid to look upon his dying wife. Maester Kyrie told the king and Rogar that he could save the child, though Alyssa would surely die. Lord Rogar reluctantly begged the maester to save his child. While Alyssa died, she gave birth to a daughter Rogar named Jocelyn. Days later, Rhaena arrived at Storm's End, where she accused Rogar of killing her mother and threatened to burn his castle should he take another wife or mistreat his children. While Rogar dismissed Rhaena's threats in front of his brothers, he never wed again.[11]

In 58 AC, King Jaehaerys hosted a tourney at King's Landing to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his coronation. Lord Rogar and his children joined for the feast that followed.[12] When the Shivers struck the Seven Kingdoms, Rogar was untouched, his children briefly fell ill before recovering, but his brother Ronnal and his sons perished.[4]

Lord Rogar's War

Lord Rogar returned to King's Landing in 61 AC with his daughter Jocelyn and his nieces from his deceased brother Ronnal. Taking a knee before Jaehaerys, he begged the king to take his daughter and nieces as wards to be raised in court, to which the king and queen agreed. Rogar then warned his liege of his brother Borys, who had joined the Vulture King raiding the Dornish Marches. Believing himself to be dying, the Lord of Storm's End then announced his intent to march into the red mountains of Dorne to deal with the Vulture King and his brother.[4]

To Rogar's surprise, Jaehaerys not only gave his leave, but decided to join him in marching into the red mountains. The fight that followed is often known to histories as the Third Dornish War, though the smallfolk of the time more aptly named it "Lord Rogar's War". The Lord of Storm's End marched five hundred men into the mountains while Jaehaerys mounted his dragon Vermithor. As Rogar's host ascended the mountains, they were soon forced to abandon their horses and proceed on foot, his column harassed by Dornish raiders. While Rogar proceeded from the east, Lord Simon Dondarrion led a small host of knights from the marches from the west. Meanwhile, Jaehaerys watched from the sky, directing the stormlander hosts to outlaw encampments. Ser Borys was the first to be cornered by the hunters. Rogar's men made short work of his Borys' outlaws, and the two brothers came face-to-face. However, to prevent Rogar from being named a kinslayer, Jaehaerys slew Borys himself. The next month, the king's host captured the Vulture King. Rogar had the outlaw's chains struck off and challenged him to single combat, easily killing the Vulture King with his axe.[4]

Lord Rogar's War lasted less than half a year. With the Vulture King slain, raiding on the Dornish Marches fell off sharply. To Rogar's dismay, he did not fall in battle. Half a year later in 62 AC, Rogar Baratheon died at Storm's End in the presence of his maester, septon, his brother Garon, and his son and heir, Boremund. With his death, Boremund succeeded his father as Lord of Storm's End.[4]

Quotes by Rogar

Maegor has only one dragon. Our prince has two.[1]

—Rogar to the stormlords, while declaring for Jaehaerys


I have seen your daughters. They have no chins, no teats, and no sense.[3]

—Rogar to Edwell Celtigar


You are weak, as weak as your first husband was, as weak as your son. Sentiment may be forgiven in a mother, but not in a regent, and never in a king. We were fools to crown Jaehaerys. He thinks only of himself, and he will be a worse king than his father was. Thank the gods that it is not too late. We must act now and put him aside.[6]

—Rogar to Alyssa Velaryon, before the small council


My maester says that I am dying. I believe him. Even before the Shivers there was pain. It has gotten worse since. He gives me milk of the poppy, and that helps, but I use only a little. I would not sleep away what life remains to me. Nor would I die abed, bleeding out of my arse. I mean to find my brother Borys and deal with him, and with this Vulture King as well. A fool's errand, Garon calls it. He is not wrong. But when I die, I want to die with my axe in my hand, screaming a curse.[4]


All I did and all I tried to do was for the good of the realm and the Iron Throne.[6]

—Rogar's will and confession

Family

Rogar Baratheon was a grandson of Lord Orys Baratheon and Lady Argella Durrandon, allowing Rogar to claim descent from House Durrandon and House Targaryen, for Lord Orys was presumed to be the bastard brother of Aegon the Conqueror. Lord Rogar was married twice. His wife died from a fever, giving Rogar no children. He later married Alyssa Velaryon, who bore him two children, Boremund and Jocelyn.[3] Boremund would succeed Rogar as Lord of Storm's End, while Jocelyn would marry Prince Aemon Targaryen, the heir to the Iron Throne.[4][5]

He was the eldest of five brothers, his younger brothers being Ser Orys, Ser Garon, Ser Ronnal, and Ser Orryn. Lord Rogar had nephews and nieces from his eldest three brothers. Ser Orryn would later marry the daughter of the Archon of Tyrosh and would have a daughter by her.[7]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orys
 
Argella
Durrandon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wife
 
Lord Baratheon
 
Davos
 
Raymont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wife
 
Rogar
 
Alyssa Velaryon
 
Borys
 
Garon
 
Ronnal
 
Orryn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wife
 
Boremund
 
 
Jocelyn
 
Aemon Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borros
 
Elenda Caron
 
 
Issue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cassandra
 
Maris
 
Ellyn
 
Floris
 
Olyver
 

Behind the Scenes

In published works, Rogar has been called both "Rogar Baratheon" and "Robar Baratheon". In The World of Ice & Fire, the name "Robar" is consistently used, while the character is called "Rogar" on some occasions in The Sons of the Dragon and (in the printed version and some e-book versions) "Robar" on others.

According to Elio Garcia, one of the co-authors of The World of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin used both names interchangeably in the original manuscript. Even though "Rogar" was used more frequently in the manuscript, for The World of Ice & Fire, the choice was made to use "Robar" as it was the name Martin wrote down towards the end of the manuscript.[13] As revealed by Garcia in July 2018, Martin started out in the manuscript with "Rogar", at one point switched to "Robar", and later on decided he preferred "Rogar" after all.[14]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Sons of the Dragon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  11. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  12. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  13. Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast (November 18, 2017)
  14. asoiaf.westeros.org: FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1: Robar vs Rogar (July 24, 2018)