|Born||In 65 AC|
|Died||In 84 AC, King's Landing|
Braxton Beesbury, known as Stinger, was a knight from House Beesbury and the heir to Honeyholt during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
Appearance and Character
Braxton was handsome and arrogant. Considered the finest young lance of the Reach, he was also skilled with swords.
It was rumored Braxton had fathered two bastards before he turned nineteen, one in the Reach and one in King's Landing. Braxton became close companions to Princess Saera Targaryen, Alys Turnberry, Perianne Moore, Jonah Mooton and Red Roy Connington. The six became inseparable at every feast and ball, hunted and hawked together, and once sailed across Blackwater Bay to Dragonstone.
In 84 AC, Roy, Jonah, and Braxton were found drunk at the Blue Pearl, a brothel in King's Landing, laughing as the king's fool, Tom Turnip, was surrounded by whores. When asked by men of the City Watch, Roy admitted they thought it would be funny to see the fool do the deed. One of the watchmen overheard Princess Saera's name being mentioned by the drunken youths.
When Perianne and Alys were questioned about the incident, it was revealed that Alys was pregnant outside of wedlock, and that Saera had coerced them into sexual acts with her male favorites. Roy, Jonah, and Braxton were then imprisoned in the dungeons. When questioned by King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen, Saera confessed to her parents that she had given her maidenhead to all three of her male favorites, with each of them thinking he was the first. She proposed a solution of redemption by marrying all three of her favorites, like King Maegor I Targaryen and his six wives, at which the king grew furious.
The harshest punishment was reserved for Ser Braxton since he was the most guilty of the three. Seated on the Iron Throne, Jaehaerys condemned Braxton to have his tongue and nose removed. The king ordered the knight to be gelded and his legs and arms broken and healed in a way to ensure Braxton was a cripple for the rest of his life. Jaehaerys, however, then allowed Braxton to invoke trial by combat. While Stinger expected to face a Kingsguard, the king chose to fight the knight himself.
The nineteen-year-old Braxton faced the forty-nine-year-old king the next morning, with both men equipped with shields and full armor. Jaehaerys was armed with Blackfyre, while Ser Braxton chose a morningstar, hoping the king was unaccustomed to defending himself against that weapon. The youthful Stinger hoped to overwhelm the older king, but Jaehaerys took every blow on his shield. When the exhausted Braxton was unable to raise his arm, Jaehaerys cut him several times in weak points and then stabbed Stringer through his visor after the knight fell. Princess Saera was forced to watch the duel by Jonquil Darke.
Jaehaerys: Any knight accused of wrongdoing has a choice. You can prove your innocence at hazard of your body.
Braxton: Then I choose trial by combat. Which of these old men do you mean for me to fight?Jaehaerys: This old man. The one whose daughter you seduced and despoiled.
—Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Braxton