If Shireen were to die, would Stannis legitimize one of Robert's bastards to carry on the Baratheon line? If so which one?
It's been theorized that Mel will burn Shireen to resurrect Jon, thus fulfilling the prophecy of a dragon (Jon Targ) being woken from stone (Greyscale Shireen.) If this happens, the legitimate Baratheon line will be finished.
Robert still has a few bastards left, even after Cercei's purge.
If Stannis legitimized one of Robert's bastards, Edric Storm would seem to be the logical choice. He was recognized by Robert, grew up in a Baratheon household, and has been raised and tutored as befits the son of a king. However, Stannis has always resented him because of the manner of his conception, and at one point was ready to put him to death.
Stannis might pick Gendry instead. We know he visited him at Tobho Mott's forge with Jon Arryn, and it's possible the BWB in the neck could meet up with Stannis' forces. It's become trendy in Westeros to believe that hard living, such as sleeping under hedges and poling boats, can make a boy a better king. Would Stannis choose the boy who's worked hard his whole life?
What about Mya Stone? Does Stannis even know about her?
What do you think?