Posts tagged Stannis Baratheon
There’s much I don’t understand, I have never pretended elsewise. I know the seas and rivers, the shapes of the coasts, where the rocks and shoals lie. I know hidden coves where a boat can land unseen. And I know that a king protects his people, or he is no king at all.
|GoT MEME| Five Deaths [2/5] - Maester Cressen
“…Stannis, my lord, my sad sullen boy, son I never had, you must not do this, don’t you know how I have cared for you, lived for you, loved you despite it all? Yes, loved you, better than Robert even, or Renly, for you were the one unloved, the one who needed me most…”
“…No, the old maester thought, this is not you, not your way, you were always just, always hard yet never cruel, never, you did not understand mockery, no more than you understood laughter…”
“…And I will serve you to the last,
my sweet lord,
my poor lonely son,
Cressen thought, for suddenly he saw the way.”
— Prologue; A Clash of Kings
I stopped believing in gods the day I saw the Windproud break up across the bay. Any gods so monstrous as to drown my mother and father would never have my worship, I vowed. In King’s Landing, the High Septon would prattle at me of how all justice and goodness flowed from the Seven, but all I ever saw of either was made by men.
If not for my Hand, I might not have come at all. Lord Seaworth is a man of humble birth, but he reminded me of my duty, when all I could think of was my rights. I had the cart before the horse, Davos said. I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne.
Favorite ASOIAF Characters (in no particular order) | Stannis BaratheonIt was justice. A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.
#y’all we need to talk about stannis’ idea of justice #and how it is not a dedication to any sort of higher external ideal#it is about how stannis can’t stand for liars and decievers #it is about how he needs everyone to be up front with him #he is up front with them and they should return it #you do x you get y reaction #that is how it will always be #there is no z #there is no third option #x gets y #no tricks #no plans #no plots #stannis wants people to be honest #to not dally around the truth #stannis isn’t about ideals #he has laid down the rules that everyone else has ignored #and he is the only one following them #and he is ignored for it he is forgotten and laughed at #stannis tries to fit westeros into a logical paradigm with which he can cope #you hold storm’s end you get storm’s end #fingers for smuggling and a knighthood for onions #solid iron truths #and finally these rules have UNQUESTIONABLY gotten him something #the iron throne is MINE #by rights #and no one can question that
“Words. Words are wind. Why do you think I abandoned Dragonstone and sailed to the Wall, Lord Snow?”
“I am no lord, sire. You came because we sent for you, I hope. Though I could not say why you took so long about it.”
Surprisingly, Stannis smiled at that. “You’re bold enough to be a Stark. Yes, I should have come sooner. If not for my Hand, I might not have come at all. Lord Seaworth is a man of humble birth, but he reminded me of my duty, when all I could think of was my rights. I had the cart before the horse, Davos said. I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne.” Stannis pointed north. “There is where I’ll find the foe that I was born to fight.”