King Robert Baratheon, ruler of the Seven
Kingdoms, was commonly known to have fathered 3 children with his queen Cersei Lannister,
naming them Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon. These children inherited their father’s
lands, money and titles, with Joffrey Baratheon becoming king of the realm, and Tommen, his
younger brother becoming heir. However, after Joffrey’s ascension to the Throne their
claim came under dispute, with Jon Arryn, Stannis Baratheon and later Eddard Stark,
having discovered a harsh truth. They learned that all three children were
sired by Queen Cersei and her brother Jaime Lannister, making them the bastard born children
of incest, with no legitimate claim to the throne. This dispute prompted the War of the
Five Kings, which tore the continent apart, killing thousands.
And while this discovery meant Robert left no legitimate heirs, his bloodline may have
a chance to continue through the many illegitimate children he fathered throughout his life.
Although it is not certain how many of the King’s bastards existed, the prophecy of
Maggy the Frog, claims he would have sixteen. Yet only 7 are currently known. Though Varys
the Spider claims to know the identity of eight.
After the King’s death, his wife Cersei Lannister, ordered that all of Robert’s
bastards be killed, and while a few survived long enough for Tyrion Lannister to rescind
the order, many died. Of the Known illegitimate children of Robert
Baratheon, There is Mya Stone the daughter he fathered
in his youth as a Ward of Jon Arryn in the Vale. Robert was believed to have affection
for the girl, possibly even suggesting she might come to the Baratheon court in King’s
Landing, though Cersei Lannister saw that it did not occur. Mya would become a guide
for travellers headed to the Eerie, and has fond memories of her father from childhood.
She would also become the friend of Alayne Stone, secretly Sansa Stark during her time
posing as the bastard daughter of Petyr Baelish. Another of Robert’s daughters would be a
girl named Bella, conceived and raised in a brothel in Stony Sept, believed to have
been sired while Robert was hiding from Targaryen forces during his Rebellion.
More of his children could be found In the Westerlands, where a serving woman of Casterly
Rock would give birth to twins, however given their location, they became easy targets for
Cersei Lannister who had them killed. Robert’s youngest child was born to a King’s
Landing prostitute, who named the girl Barra. But the girl and her mother Mhaegon would
be killed during the Queen’s purge. Then there is Gendry, a boy born to woman
working in an alehouse of King’s Landing, who died early on in his life. Yet despite
his meager beginnings and lack of resources, he became apprenticed to a Master Blacksmith
named Tobho Mott, after a mysterious nobleman, some have come to speculate was Varys the
Spider, paid double the usual fee for his acceptance. Gendry would prove a talented
smith, eventually developing the skill to craft a greatly prized bull’s head helmet.
Eddard Stark would meet with the boy during his investigation into the death of Jon Arryn,
and his strong resemblance to Robert helped in convincing the northern Lord that Stannis
and Jon Arryn had discovered the illegitimacy of his heirs. When Cersei Ordered the execution
of Robert’s children, Varys the Spider arranged for Gendry to be taken out the city by Yoren
of the Night’s Watch. Gendry would befriend young Arya Stark who was also travelling with
the night’s watch recruits and remained with her after Yoren was killed, until they
were found by the Brotherhood without Banners. Gendry was inspired by their mission and joined
them assigned as a Smith to the Crossroads Inn, where he was also tasked to care for
group of Orphans. Finally there is Edric Storm, the only illegitimate
child of Robert Baratheon that was officially acknowledged. Born to Lady Delena Florent,
he was raised in Storm’s End under the protection of Ser Cortnay Penrose. Although Robert ruled
from King’s Landing, he visited Edric nearly every year, spending time with the boy, teaching
him to fight and even gifting him a Warhammer. After Robert’s death, Stannis took charge
of the boy, following his capture of Storm’s End and planned to use the boy’s resemblance
to his father as way of proving the illegitimacy of Robert’s heirs, yet the Red Priestess
Melisandre, an advisor to Stannis, had more sinister plans , wanting to sacrifice the
boy to R’hllor so his king’s blood might wake stone dragons. And while Stannis refused
to allow it, she did use leeches to drain some of his blood, then burning them in a
magical ritual to curse the false Kings, Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy. Fearing
that the Red Woman would eventually do great harm to the boy, Davos Seaworth arranged his escape, sending him
to the city of Lys.