|Alias|| The Damphair|
|Title|| Priest of the Drowned God|
Captain of the Golden Storm (formerly)
|Allegiance|| House Greyjoy|
|Born||In or between 270 AC and 273 AC, at Pyke|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (POV)
Aeron Greyjoy is the youngest son of the late Lord Quellon Greyjoy and Lady Sunderly, and is a younger brother of Lord Balon Greyjoy. As a result of a near-death experience during Greyjoy's Rebellion, Aeron became a priest of the Drowned God, and is now called the Damphair because of his wet hair.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Aeron Greyjoy
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, which falls to his waist and has seaweed woven into it. 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 a ribald drunk, who would sing, dance, play pipes, juggle and ride horses. He drank 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 Greyjoy in raiding the coasts. Aeron nearly drowned when his longship, Golden Storm, was sunk by the war galley Fury 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. Aeron spent the rest of the rebellion as a prisoner of the Lannisters, but he was later returned to the Iron Islands. Aeron spend his time as a captive holding piss-contests with "lions, boars and chickens".
An unknown amount of time after Greyjoy's Rebellion, Aeron went down in a storm, but washed up ashore, safely and unharmed. 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 made clear. He has recurring memories and nightmares of a door with screeching hinges, which he associates with Euron.
Aeron is still afflicted with guilt over the death of another brother, Urrigon, who died from the infection of a wound that occurred while he and Aeron performed a 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 is sent to bring Theon Greyjoy to his father at Pyke when he is dispatched by Robb Stark to negotiate an alliance. When Balon declines the alliance offer and launches his own offensive against the North, Aeron is assigned to accompany Theon as he raids the Stony Shore as a diversion. The ironmen take Benfred Tallhart prisoner when they ambush his Wild Hares. When Tallhart refuses to answer questions Aeron and Theon put to him, Aeron commands that he be drowned. After the first raid Theon decides to take Winterfell, but Aeron goes on to raid the next village.
A Feast for Crows
After finishing the reaving, Aeron returns to his normal priestly duties until he learns that his oldest brother, King Balon, has died and another brother, Euron, has claimed the Seastone Chair. Fearing that Euron will be the ruin of the ironmen, Aeron uses his influence as a high priest of the Drowned God to bring about a kingsmoot for the selection of Balon's replacement. He hopes to crown his third brother, Victarion, whom he knows will continue Balon's traditional and conservative ways. The plan goes awry, however, and Euron is able to claim the throne. Aeron announces plans to try to rouse the people against the "godless" Euron, and disappears the next day. His fate is unknown.
A Dance with Dragons
Aeron's niece, Asha Greyjoy, tells Tristifer Botley that no one has seen the 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 Euron Crow's Eye and his minions. Erik Anvil-Breaker is also searching for Aeron by hunting down the Drowned Men. Tristifer tells Asha he suspects that Euron slit Damphair's throat and that Erik's search is just to make the ironborn believe the priest escaped.
Quotes by Aeron
|“||What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.||”|
|“||Young I was, and vain, but the sea washed my follies and my vanities away. That man drowned, nephew. His lungs filled with seawater, and the fish ate the scales off his eyes. When I rose again, I saw clearly.||”|
|“||Listen! Listen to the waves! Listen to the god! He is speaking to us, and he says, We shall have no king but from the kingsmoot!||”|
|“||I have my voice, and the god is with me. Mine is the strength of the sea, a strength the Crow's Eye cannot hope to withstand. The waves may break upon the mountain, yet still they come, wave upon wave, and in the end only pebbles remain where once the mountain stood. And soon even the pebbles are swept away, to be ground beneath the sea for all eternity.||”|
|“||The ironborn shall be waves ... Not the great and lordly, but the simple folk, tillers of the soil and fishers of the sea. The captains and the kings raised Euron up, but the common folk shall tear him down. I shall go to Great Wyk, to Harlaw, to Orkmont, to Pyke itself. In every town and village shall my words be heard. No godless man may sit the Seastone Chair!||”|
Quotes about Aeron
|“||Gods, he has grown grim.||”|
|“||You ought to have no trouble catching our uncles. One is drunk on seawater, after all, and the other is a great grey bullock so dim he'll probably get lost.||”|
|“||Balon was mad, Aeron is madder, and Euron is maddest of them all.||”|
|Lady of House Stonetree||Quellon||Lady of House Piper|
|Lady of House Sunderly|
|Harlon||Quenton||Donel||Balon||Alannys Harlaw||Euron "Crow's Eye"||Victarion||Urrigon||Aeron "Damphair"||Robin|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Aeron Greyjoy calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 37, Theon III.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
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