Stannis Baratheon - A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Stannis later knighted Davos for his bravery, but also cut off his left-hand fingers at the joint This is why Davos is scorned in the quote above and why he tells Cressen, "To them I'll Still, though, there are signs of strain on their relationship. And Stannis at the end of third season, thinking of executing Davos until Melisandre speaks, . Stannis was right, the relationship was a sham. What are some of Stannis Baratheon's best quotes? He often expresses his frustrations with Ser Davos and had many choice words for his younger brother.
Remember the time he proposed to outlaw brothels? As Robert should have done, after the Trident. It would stand to reason that this perspective was potentially unpopular with the nobility.
Other figures, such as Littlefinger, realized the danger that Stannis posed to the lordlings — or, rather, to himself. Every man who fought beneath the dragon banner or rose with Balon Greyjoy will have good cause to fear.
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Seat Stannis on the Iron Throne, and, I promise you, the realm will bleed. Each should have its own reward. You were a hero and a smuggler. And, most importantly, Davos came to believe that this view of justice amended Stannis Baratheon to bending when it would prove just and profitable. Afterwards, he explains his rationale for forsaking the religion in the form of a story from his youth. Proudwing, I named her. She would perch on my shoulder and flutter from room to room after me and take food from my hand, but she would not soar.
Time and again I would take her hawking, but she never flew higher than the treetops. Robert called her Weakwing. He owned a gyrfalcon named Thunderclap who never missed her strike. One day, our Great-Uncle Ser Harbert told me to try a different bird.
I was making a fool of myself with Proudwing, he said, and he was right. It is time I tried another hawk, Davos. Even after being convinced that the Red God was the correct one, he never became a fanatic — he was a convert that retained a fairly open outlook on faith, generally. My lords bannermen are inconstant even in their treasons. I need them, but you should know how it sickens me to pardon such as these when I have punished better men for lesser crimes.
You have every right to reproach me, Ser Davos.
“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”
Davos Seaworth and Melisandre of Asshai, who both frequently present opposing advice for Stannis, and who both are heeded and discarded in turns. Much later, in A Dance with Dragons, Lord Commander Jon Snow joins the mix, serving a vital role in counseling Stannis away from foolhardy military and diplomatic actions. The presence of all these advisors begs the question: An iron-willed man would simply act as he saw fit. But throughout Ice and Fire, Stannis continually relies on Melisandre and Davos to aid him in his decision-making.
But more than simply being a spiritual leader, Melisandre also counseled him on ethical and political matters, one of the most prominent being the case of Renly Baratheon. Renly, on the other hand, raised himself to the purple.
To Stannis, this was both treason and a personal slight upon his rights. To Stannis, of course, a vow was resolute — yet he had abandoned it. Someone had to have convinced him to bend from his vow for good reason. In A Storm of Swords, Stannis was in a weak political position. More than that, Stannis was deprived of good counsel.
Davos was missing in action after the Battle of the Blackwater and presumed dead. When Davos returned to Dragonstone, he sought to right the ship. You say we ought show the realm we are not done. Make war, aye… but on what enemy? You will find no Lannisters on Claw Isle.
A winner of many conflicts, Stannis was never more himself than when commanding men in battle — and, more than simply winning tactically, he was perhaps the best military strategist in Westeros. It was counsel that Arnolf Karstark, the castellan of Karhold, had given him.
But Stannis was at least open-minded enough to seek out the advice of Lord Commander Snow — and Jon had a different take on the plan. Jon glanced down at the map. Deepwood is a motte-and-bailey castle in the midst of thick forest, easy to creep up on unawares.
A wooden castle, defended by an earthen dike and a palisade of logs. The going will be slower through the mountains, admittedly, but up there your host can move unseen, to emerge almost at the gates of Deepwood.
Good men and true will fight for Joffrey, wrongly believing him the true king. A northman might even say the same of Robb Stark. They turned their backs on their rightful king for no better reason than dreams of power and glory, and I have marked them for what they are.
In this, we see both good and bad intent, as well as both good and bad outcomes. Moreover, we see Stannis approaching something resembling utilitarianism in matters of both justice and morality. But when his brother, Robert, rose in rebellion against the crown, Stannis was faced with a difficult moral choice. If you only knew… that was a hard choosing. My blood or my liege. My brother or my king. If he chose his brother over the king, he would violate his oath of loyalty to the crown.
It was the true definition of a dilemma, but, in the end, of course, Stannis chose his brother over his king. I think the answer comes down to justice versus injustice. Aerys II Targaryen was wildly unjust and lawless. He raped his wife numerous times, murdered Rickard and Brandon Stark, and revealed himself to be a man unwilling to adhere to any law — in short, he showed himself unfit for the office.
For a man like Stannis, the injustice and lawlessness that Aerys displayed likely was the turning point for why he chose Robert. If this theory does turn out to be the case, it shows Stannis as exhibiting early hallmarks of being an enlightenment thinker, placing the king under law. When the stormlander and some Reacher lords swore fealty to Stannis, he was well within both his rights and his view of treason to execute them.
Instead, he pardoned them. However, he goes a step further in saying that he forgave their treachery, which goes beyond the political and military reality and lands squarely on a flexible sense of ethics.
But Stannis did something that required him to forgo rigidity: But the fact remained to Stannis: This was something that Stannis came to recognize over the course of the books.
The biggest stumbling block to winning more swords was the issue of religion. Were they treated unequally? Davos Seaworth was elevated to Handship, despite his renewed adherence to the Faith of the Seven.
In this, we find a strongly tolerant vision of faiths. Stannis was convinced that the Lord of Light was the one true God, but he was unwilling to force his belief on others. He promoted adherents of any religion who proved themselves useful, such as Davos, and demoted those who proved useless, such as Alester Florent.
And this religious toleration as a means of policy also extended to the old gods of the north. Stannis could have attempted to force a new religion on the northmen, but he resisted that impulse in two key ways. First, he decided to leave Melisandre at Castle Black instead of taking her on campaign with him in the north.
Still, his political astuteness in dealing delicately with the faiths of his would-be subjects is yet another example of his adaptability and inventiveness — the exact opposite qualities of mindless rigidity. It is time we made alliance against our common foe. And to be fair to this viewpoint, he does himself no favors through his brusque speech and demeanor. However, when examined closely, he shows a less-than-iron-willed approach to diplomacy.
In A Clash of Kings and early in A Storm of Swords, his approach to diplomacy is one where he demands fealty in exchange for pardons. When Renly died, Stannis sent envoys to the Tyrells demanding their fealty in exchange for clemency for their treason. How many would burn so that his moral compass might stay in alignment? Westeros has suffered under one Mad King already — in the wake of Shireen's death there are grounds for wondering whether a future King Stannis has the potential to surpass even the excesses of the frothing Aerys Targaryen.
Though never close to Robert or to junior sibling Renly, for that matterhe nevertheless joined in the rebellion against the Mad King. For much of the war, he was besieged at the family seat at Storm's End, his forces kept alive with a supply of supplies of onions and other vegetables smuggled into the keep by Davos Seaworth. To demonstrate his gratitude Stannis knighted Davos — but also cut off the tips of four of his fingers as punishment for dealing in contraband. The gesture testified to Stannis's loyalty to those who served him but also to his unwillingness to bend the rules.
With Stannis, there is only black and white, never any grey. It was an unhappy union as she could bear him no sons, only a sickly daughter who became infected with the Greyscale plague and miraculously survived. Because of their difficult relationship the King declined to make Stannis lord of Storm's End, instead appointing the blatantly unqualified Renly.
As compensation, Stannis was named Prince of Dragonstone.
While Robert and, to a lesser degree Renly, were popular among their subjects, dour Stannis was unloved and under his rule Dragonstone became a dreary place, seldom troubled by the sound of laughter.
At Dragonstone he was encouraged by the witch Melisandre to demonstrate his fealty by burning the statues of "The Seven". As the effigies blazed, Stannis informed his commanders of Ned Stark's bombshell regarding Joffrey illegitimacy and declared his intention to seize the Iron Throne.
On the mainland, Stannis parlayed with Renly, who declined to join him as second in command. Plan B, as plotted by Melisandre, involved a smoke monster to which she gave birth in the caves beneath Renly's headquarters after consummating her unholy relationship with Stannis. The monster, which bore Stannis's visage, slew Renly, leaving Stannis to take control of his brother's forces. Carice van Houten as Melisandre Photo: Sky Atlantic As they marched on King's Landing, Ser Davos urged Stannis to exclude the Red Witch from the assault on the capital, in order to counter rumours that he was under her spell.
Though angry at the suggestion he'd been bewitched, Stannis understood Ser Davos's logic. In any event, the battle did not go well as the defenders, led by Tyrion Lannister, surprised the Baratheons with incendiary Wildfire.
Back in Dragonstone, Stannis sank into a depressive funk. He confronted Melisandre and attempted to strangle her. But she showed him a vision in the fire, which persuaded him he must stay the course and remain loyal to the Lord of Light. Concerned at the unholy influence Melisandre exerted over his lord, Ser Davos attempted to assassinate her — only to be thrown into prison by Stannis for his troubles. She spoke vaguely of an important mission she was required to undertake on the mainland.
This, she hinted, involved obtaining royal blood — an offering for the insatiable Lord of Light. She returned with Gendry, bastard son of Robert. Set free after promising not to harm Melisandre, Ser Davos accompanied Stannis to Gendry's chambers, where the terrified heir was strapped to a bed and covered in leeches.
The Red Witch was extracting kingly blood in order to demonstrate its potency. Under her instruction Stannis flung several leeches on a pyre and named three people he wished dead: Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Joffrey. Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon Photo: But before Gendry could be offered up to the Lord of Light he was smuggled to safety by Ser Davos — whom Stannis promptly sentenced to death. However, Davos had an ace — a letter from the Night's Watch pleading for assistance in their struggle with the White Walkers.
Of all people, it was Melisandre who backed Ser Davos: Davos was spared once again as Stannis resolved to do whatever was required to save Westeros from the ghoulish threat beyond the wall. To retain the support of the Lord of Light, Stannis assented to the burning of one of his bannerman, along with the soldier's wife.
With cash in pocket, Stannis led his forces beyond the Wall, arriving just as a desperate Jon Snow prepared to assassinate Mance Rayder. However, his agonizing death wasn't as drawn out as Baratheon intended, with Jon Snow dispatching the Wildling lord via an arrow.
Stannis had felt his actions entirely reasonable — he wanted to drive the loathsome Boltons from Winterfell, after all, and had pledged to give the Wildlings their own land in return for their service.
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