Iron Bends: The Surprising Flexibility of Stannis Baratheon | Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire
Melisandre at Stannis' council meeting at the Painted Table of Dragonstone. table, scattering the models onto the floor as he begins to have sex with her. .. Melisandre states that she cannot follow that advice, as she must. When Melisandre tells Stannis not to worry about all of the lords of the Stannis often listens to Davos advice and is one of the few people Who. Book answer: Stannis is not any more manipulated by Melisandre than he is by Ser Davos or The Book of Mormon can help you build a relationship with God. as per Jon Snow's advice, not by dictating to them as is his natural instinct.
This hurts Cressen deeply due to his love for Stannis. Stannis and Selyse Stannis relationship with his wife Selyse is almost non exiestent despite being married.
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They arent close and Stannis only sleeps with her once or twice a year to do his duty as a husband. When Stannis goes to Kings Landing to Serve on Roberts small council he leaves Selyse behind on Dragonstone and rarely sends letters to her. Stannis and Ned Now Stannis and Ned didnt have much of a relationship at all really they likely never spent much time together at all.
The reason i included Ned on this list is because Stannis is very jealous of the close friendship between Ned and Robert. The man was nothing to me Oh Robert loved him to be sure loved him like a brother how often did i hear that? I was his brother not Ned but you never would have known it the way he treated me. Stannis feels resentful of Ned due to him getting credit for lifting the siege of Storms End when Stannis was inside holding out and starving living off of rats.
He also took it as a slight that Ned was named hand of the king by Robert instead of him. Stannis and Melisandre Melisandre believes Stannis is the savior of her religion and is telling Stannis about how special he is.
I believe this does have an impact on him after all Stannis isnt used to people liking him at all and here is the woman constantly building him up. Stannis adopts the Lord Of Light somewhat he generally remains skeptical of religion but more on that later. Melisandre gains Stannis trusts by showing him magic she creates a shadow demon to kill Renly and Courtney Penrose to help Stannis although she doesnt do it anymore because it physically weakens Stannis.
It is very likely Stannis and Mel are having sex as Mel Comments that without Stannis around she has no use for a bed and the likelihood that the shadow babies were created through a sex. Mel is kinda like the evil angel on Stannis shoulder whereas Davos is the good angel.
Mel is ultimately able to convince Stannis to kill his bastard nephew Eldric Storm a child he hates due to him being created by Robert in Stannis bed on his wedding night for his kingsblood. Stannis and Shireen Despite his general cold nature Stannis is loving towards his daughter Shireen. One might say it is the closest relationship he has with anyone. Stannis often defends Shireen and is outraged by Axel Florents secret plans to marry her to Tommen. He names Shireen as his heir in case he dies.
In the Theon Winds chapter Stannis says if he dies the soldiers should continue the war in order to put Shireen on the throne. Your Grace, if you are dead? Justin Massey asked " You will avenge my death, and seat my daughter on the Iron Throne. Or die in the attempt. On the show of course Stannis encounters a snowstorm and burns Shireen however i cant see this happening in the books at all as Stannis is so far away from Shireen it just doesnt fit. It is more likely shireen gets burned at the wall unfortunately.
Stannis and Davos Stannis and Davos relationship began after Davos smuggled in Onions and fish to help Stannis and his soldiers. Stannis offered Davos a knighthood and gave him land nut said due to Davos past as a smuggler he had to have the four fingers of his hand cut off.
Davos agreed on the condition that Stannis would cut the fingers himself which he did. Afterwards Davos becomes Stannis most loyal supporter and probally the closest thing he has to a friend.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Following the death of Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy, Stannis grudgingly decided to offer pardons to the Iron Islands and the north in exchange for their loyalty. The lions will devour them unless… Saan, I will require your fastest ships to carry envoys to the Iron islands and White Harbor. I shall offer pardons.