#TPTWP Featured Image for November 2017 fits the current podcast series covering Robert Baratheon and his Rebellion against House Targaryen… like a perfectly sized glove… or sock… or hat… any clothing or accessory metaphor will work really.
Perhaps most interesting about this piece is the angle and vantage point the artist uses.
Storm’s End, the seat of House Baratheon, the Lords Paramount of The Stormlands after Aegon Targaryen’s Conquest, is one of the most well-known castles in all of Westeros and likely the most formidable. It was the ancient seat of House Durrandon, the Storm Kings whose sigil was the crowned blag stag on a field of gold. House Baratheon are descendants of Durrandon and adopted their sigil, their words “Ours Is The Fury,” and most importantly their lands and incomes, including Storm’s End. Westerosi history explains that Orys Baratheon was one of Aegon the Conqueror’s fiercest generals and possibly his bastard brother. Orys slew King Argilac Durrandon, who opposed Aegon Targaryen’s Conquest and was the last of the Storm Kings. Orys married Argilac the Arrogant’s daughter Argella and was named the Lord of Storm’s End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands by Aegon.
Legend tells us that the castle was built by Durran, the first Storm King during the Dawn Age when he declared War against the gods for killing his family and guests at his wedding. Durran was named Godsgrief and stood defiant against the gods… or nature to those with a halfway decent education. Durran Godsgrief raised six castles and each was stronger than the last. Each castle was destroyed by the winds and storms. For his 7th attempt, Durran was assisted by either the Children of the Forest who used magic to help raise it or by a young boy that instructed Durran in the construction and that boy was Brandon the Builder. Whether these tales are true or not, the 7th castle stood against the storms and was named Storm’s End, and called Durran’s Defiance by some.
It is rumored that the walls of Storm’s End were constructed with spells woven in that protect the castle from magic passing through to the inner keep. However, Melisandre proves this legend false during A Clash of Kings when she uses the strength of R’hllor to create a shadow assassin to murder the castellan Ser Cortnay Penrose.
But even if Storm’s End is susceptible to disturbing and uncomfortable magic spells, the ancient castle remains possibly the strongest in the Realm and near-impossible to conquer. The keep is surrounded by the most massive curtain wall which stands 100 feet high, 40 feet thick against Durran’s Point on the west side, and 80 feet thick on the seaward side against Shipbreaker Bay. The wall curves to help it stand against the wind and storms that often come into conflict with it. The stones that make up the wall are so perfectly placed and put together that the destructive winds emerging from Shipbreaker Bay cannot find any entry into the keep. Essentially, Storm’s End is as tight as a drum.
During Robert’s Rebellion, the young Lord of Storm’s End smuggled himself into the castle to call his banners. He left his younger brother Stannis in charge of Storm’s End as he marched off to war. Stannis Baratheon was responsible for withstanding a siege set upon the castle by Lord Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, the Warden of the South and Lord Paramount of The Reach. The siege nearly starved everyone in the castle to death and would have if not for the heroics of a smuggler named Davos of Flea Bottom. Davos earned his named The Onion Knight by smuggling onions and various other perishables into the castle so that House Baratheon would survive.
Mace Tyrell and the combined forces of The Reach had no hope of taking Storm’s End. It is somewhat ridiculous to consider why so much military power was used to contain so little. In the end, Tyrell spent the duration of the Rebellion camped outside Storm’s End and starving those within was the only hope of taking the castle as taking it by force would be utterly impossible.
Thus and so, the interesting angle and vantage point that artist fkcogus333 uses to visualize Storm’s End work so well because it’s the castle under siege that comes across as more intimidating than the tremendous forces of The Reach surrounding it and, in a sense, it is Storm’s End that is besieging the besiegers.