This is one entry in a forthcoming series describing the campaign for the North.
“I never asked for this, no more than I asked to be king. Yet dare I disregard her?”
He ground his teeth.
“We do not choose our destinies. Yet we must . . . we must do our duty, no?
Great or small, we must do our duty.”
DAVOS V, ASOS
Stannis seems to be driven by a sense of duty, of justice.
Everywhere in the the books we are reminded of Stannis’s unyielding persona, his inflexibility. That he will break before he bends.
But is it true?
* – Certain exceptions apply, see end of essay for details.