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Aeron Greyjoy by Amoka©
|Title||Priest of the Drowned God|
|Allegiance|| House Greyjoy|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (Appears)|
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (POV)
Aeron Greyjoy, younger brother of Balon Greyjoy. As result of a near-death experience during the Greyjoy Rebellion, he became priest of the Drowned God, primarily known by his new name, Damphair. In A Feast for Crows he becomes a POV Character.
Appearance and Character
Aeron is tall and thin with fierce black eyes and a beak of a nose. He garbs himself in roughspun robes dyed in the green, grey, and blue of the Drowned God. He never cuts his hair, that falls to his waist and he weaves seaweed into it. See also this collection of images. He carries a waterskin filled with seawater, which he uses to bless those who desire it.
Aeron's transformation has made him more devoutly devoted to the god in his watery halls. He is now a dour, humorless man who views every breath as a gift that is wasted if it is not used to extol the virtues of following the Drowned God's path.
Aeron was born the youngest of the Greyjoy brothers. At six-and-ten he called himself a man, but in truth he had been ribald drunk, who would sing, dance, play pipes, juggle and ride horses. He could drink much, and claimed no man could piss longer or farther than him. He once wagered his ship against a flock of goats that he could douse a hearth-fire by urinating on it.
During his brother Balon's rebellion, Aeron joined with Victarion and Euron in raiding the coasts. Aeron nearly drowned when his ship was sunk off the coast of Fair Isle, when the Ironborn fleet was caught in a trap set by the Master of Ships, Lord Stannis Baratheon. Aeron was initially believed to be lost at sea, but he washed ashore and was discovered by local fishermen, who led him to Lannisport in chains. He spent the rest of the rebellion as a prisoner of the Lannisters, but he was later returned to the Iron Islands. He came back a changed man. Due to his near-death experience he underwent a spiritual reawakening, and dedicated himself to the worship of the Drowned God. He became hard, humorless, and ascetic, living as a hermit on the beach, spreading the word of their god, and became known primarily by his new name, Damphair. Fellow holy men, called Drowned Men, do his bidding without question, and he is greatly respected by the Ironborn in general.
Aeron fears his brother Euron for reasons that are not presently clear. It is hinted that he may have been sexually molested during his childhood: he has recurring memories and nightmares of a door with screeching hinges, which he associates with Euron. He is still afflicted with guilt over the death of his brother Urrigon, who died from the infection of a wound that occurred while he and Aeron performed the Finger Dance, a traditional axe-juggling game among the Ironborn.
A Clash of Kings
In the early phases of the War of the Five Kings, Aeron was sent to bring Theon Greyjoy to his father at Pyke when he was dispatched by Robb Stark to negotiate an alliance. When Balon declined the alliance offer and launched his own offensive against the North, Aeron was assigned to accompany Theon as he raided the Stony Shore as a diversion. The Ironmen took Benfred Tallhart prisoner. When Tallhart would not answer questions Aeron and Theon put to him, Aeron commanded that he be drowned. After the first raid Theon decided to take Winterfell. Aeron went on to raid the next village.
A Feast for Crows
After finishing the reaving, Aeron returned to his normal priestly duties until he learned that Balon had been killed and his brother Euron had claimed the throne. Fearing that Euron would be the ruin of the ironmen, Aeron used his influence as a high priest of the Drowned God to bring about a Kingsmoot for the selection of Balon's replacement. He had hoped to crown his brother Victarion, whom he knew would continue Balon's traditional and conservative ways. The plan went awry, however, and Euron was able to claim the throne. Aeron announced plans to try to rouse the people against the "godless" Euron, and disappeared the next day. His fate is unknown.
A Dance with Dragons
Asha Greyjoy tells Tristifer Botley that no one has seen Damphair since the kingsmoot, but his Drowned Men claim that he is hiding on Great Wyk and will soon come forth to call down the wrath of the Drowned God on the Crow’s Eye and his minions. The Anvil-Breaker is searching for the Damphair too, he is hunting down the Drowned Men. Tristifer tells Asha that he suspects that the Damphair’s dead, that the Crow’s Eye slit his throat and Ironmaker’s search is just to make the ironborn believe the priest escaped.
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References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 37, Theon.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride (Asha I).
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