Previously the Kingdom of the Stormlands prior to Aegon’s Conquest, the Stormlands are now one of the nine major regions of Westeros. House Baratheon hold dominion over the Stormlands from the seat of Storm’s End. This region derives its name from the disastrous storms delivered by the sea that often batter and destroy the land’s coast.
The Stormlands are stony and mountainous, making its lands less fertile and valuable than other regions of Westeros. The region is often battered by the sea’s storms, producing a tough breed of people that are built to endure. The Stormlands are strategically located; Dorne to its south, the Crownlands to its north, the Reach to its west and the Narrow Sea to its east. For thousands of years, the Stormlands was a battleground for conflict between regions.
For thousands of years, the Kingdom of the Stormlands was ruled by Storm Kings, namely House Durrendon. During Aegon’s Conquest, the last Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, was sleighed in battle by Aegon’s half-brother, Orys Baratheon. As result for his victory, Aegon awarded his half-brother the lands and titles of the Stormlands. From that day on, the Stormlands have been seat of House Baratheon.
Storm’s End is regarded as one of the greatest and most durable castles in all of Westeros. It was said to have been built more than 9,000 years ago, by Durran, the first Storm King. It is also said that Durran was counseled by a young boy, Brandon Stark, also know as Brandon the Builder. Resting up against the Narrow Sea, Storm’s End has never been sacked.
More recently, during Robert’s Rebellion, while Robert was marching on King’s Landing in an attempt to seize the Iron Throne, Robert’s brother, Stannis, held down Storm’s End for many months. He was surrounded by the forces of House Tyrell, who were supporting the Mad King during the rebellion. Forced to remain and defend Storm’s End, Stannis, his family, and his men nearly starved to death as the transport of food to Storm’s End was severed by the Tyrell’s surrounding forces. It was not until Ser Davos Seaworth smuggled a load of onions into Storm’s End to feed its inhabitants, earning himself the nickname of the Onion Knight. After the rebellion was on, despite Stannis’ strength and loyalty, Robert awarded their youngest brother, Renly, with Storm’s End, rather than the rightful Stannis.