|Alias||The Laughing Storm|
Lord of Storm's End
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands
Storm King (briefly)
|Died||In or between 239 AC and 245 AC|
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
The Hedge Knight (appears)
Ser Lyonel Baratheon, known as the Laughing Storm, was a knight of House Baratheon during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen. He eventually became Lord of Storm's End and head of his House. Lyonel had at least one daughter. His heir was Ormund Baratheon.
According to semi-canon source, Ser Lyonel was heir to Storm's End when he participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow. In the first tilt he challenged Ser Robert Ashford. After breaking nine lances they both lost their saddles on their tenth course, only to rise together to fight on, sword against mace. Finally a battered Robert admitted defeat, and Lyonel become a champion in his place.
Lyonel fought multiple matches against lesser foes, often breaking into booming laughter the moment they touched his shield. If his challengers wore any sort of crest on their helm, Lyonel would strike it off and fling it into the crowd. He joined Ser Duncan the Tall in the trial of seven, knighting Raymun Fossoway shortly before it started.
Lord of Storm's End
Lyonel was a leal supporter of King Aegon V Targaryen when he was Lord of Storm's End, so the king was pleased to arrange a betrothal of his eldest son and heir, Prince Duncan Targaryen, to Lord Lyonel's daughter.
Prince Duncan later broke that betrothal when he fell in love and married the commonborn Jenny of Oldstones. This enraged Lord Lyonel, who felt the honor of House Baratheon was insulted. He renounced his fealty to the Iron Throne and declared himself Storm King. A short rebellion followed, which ended when Lyonel yielded to Ser Duncan the Tall of the Kingsguard during a trial by battle. Prince Duncan renounced his claim to the throne, and King Aegon agreed to betroth his youngest daughter, Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, to Lyonel's heir, Ormund Baratheon. Aegon V sent Rhaelle to Storm's End as Lord Lyonel's cupbearer and companion to his lady wife.