List of A Song of Ice and Fire Characters - House Greyjoy, Retainers, and Bannermen

House Greyjoy, Retainers, and Bannermen

House Greyjoy is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms and is the principal noble house on the Iron Islands, home to the Ironborn. Its seat is on Pyke. Its coat of arms displays a golden kraken on a black field, and its words are We Do Not Sow. The Greyjoys became Lords Paramount of the Iron Islands after House Targaryen took the throne of the Seven Kingdoms and allowed the Ironborn to choose who would have primacy over them.

Balon Greyjoy is the current Lord of the Iron Islands. He has two surviving children, his only daughter Asha and a son named Theon. Ten years before the events of the series, Balon led a failed rebellion against the ruling House Baratheon. Theon was taken hostage by House Stark and was to be executed if Balon displeased the king. As the only remaining child, Asha was raised as heir, despite the fact that Ironborn custom dictates a woman cannot lead. In A Clash of Kings, Balon declares himself King of the Iron Islands and the North and joins the ongoing civil war.

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