You ever get the feeling that, despite how many of them are seen throughout the series, the only one of Robert Baratheons’s bastards that the fandom seems to care about is Gendry? Maya Stone is a runner in the Vale and Edric Storm is Robert’s only recognized (and highborn) bastard, but Gendry Waters just might be a romantic match for Arya Stark and he’s suddenly the only one that matters.
Screw all of that. If push came to shove, despite what a lot of these fanfics seem to want to tell you, the crown would have went to Edric Storm. He’s highborn and raised to be a great lord; you don’t have to teach him anything but humility. Robert actually had a relationship with Maya, but he absolutely HAD to take care of Edric, or his sister-in-law’s family would have took him to task. Renly wasn’t going to have any kids and Stannis’ daughter has Dragon Stone; who else did you think Storm’s End was going to?
Despite what the tv show wants to tell you, Renly and Stannis’ fight wasn’t just about which brother would be king. It was also about Storm’s End and, more specifically, Edric Storm. Renly doesn’t really want Edric (I’ve seen nothing to support him being a good uncle), but that’s his go-to heir and he’s been the kid’s caretaker since Renly inherited Storm’s End. Stannis wanted Edric to present him as proof in his claim that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen weren’t Robert’s kids. But why not go find one of Robert’s other bastards, since they all look like him? Once again, Maya’s in the Vale, which is on lock down; Gendry was in King’s Landing; and Cersei (or Joffrey) was having as many of Robert’s 18+ trueborn children murdered as possible. Whereas Edric is in Storm’s End chilling, and is therefore the easiest to get to. Not to mention, Edric was acknowledged.
So why would we put Gendry, the boy who doesn’t want to be king – barely even knows his father was king, would honestly like to be left alone in his smithy – on the throne? Who thinks this would be a great idea? And on that same note, why, when this option is brought up, is there never any mention of Maya Stone and Edric Storm? Or that Bella that (the fandom says) Gendry almost committed incest with?
I think what I’m really trying to say is, WHY DOES NO ONE EVER WANT TO TALK ABOUT ROBERT’S OTHER BASTARDS WHEN CHOOSING TO MAKE GENDRY THE HEIR TO THE WESTEROSI THRONE?
I’m just saying, if we’re going to have fanfics where Renly wins (or Robert’s alive) and Gendry’s suddenly a highborn nobleman, please don’t forget which of Robert’s real kids was a highborn noble from the jump, nor should you forget the rest of them (particularly the daughter he actually had a relationship with).
I’m just saying …
Originally written on December 28, 2012 at fangirlx.tumblr.com
I would also like to add, because of hindsight, that D&D apparently don’t care about Edric either. I noticed one of Selyse’s dead fetuses is named after her nonexistent nephew. I’m still hurt by the absence of Maya Stone.