Arms of the Kraken

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Arms of the Kraken
Arms of the Kraken in Dragon issue 305 August 2002
Dragon issue 305
Author George R. R. Martin
Country United States
Language English
Series A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre(s) Fantasy
Publisher Paizo Publishing
Media Type novella published in Dragon, issue 305, March 2003

Arms of the Kraken is a novella published in issue 305 (March 2003) of the magazine Dragon. The story is based on the Iron Islands chapters from A Feast for Crows.[1][2][3]


Following the death of King Balon Greyjoy, a kingsmoot is summoned by Aeron Damphair, Balon's youngest brother and the most respected priest of the Drowned God. With Theon Greyjoy a prisoner of the Boltons at the Dreadfort, the strongest candidates are Balon's brothers Victarion and Euron Crow's Eye, who has just returned from reaving in the east. Asha Greyjoy, Balon's daughter, also tries to claim the Seastone Chair in spite of her sex. The moot is deadlocked between the three until Euron reveals his plan to seize control of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons through the use of magic and so rule Westeros. The moot crowns Euron king, and Asha disappears with her ship northwards. Aeron, who considers Euron ungodly, also leaves to gain popular support against him.

Euron launches an ambitious campaign against the Reach, sending ships under his brother Victarion to conquer the Shield Islands and raid the coast. Initial appetites for plunder are sated by the raids in Westeros, however, and both support for Euron's trip across the narrow sea and his hold over the ironmen dwindles. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Victarion agrees to go to Slaver's Bay and deliver Euron's marriage proposal to Daenerys. However, Victarion hates Euron for sleeping with his wife and decides to get revenge by courting Daenerys himself.

References and Notes

  1. AFFC Excerpt in Dragon Magazine!, January 13, 2003
  2. So Spake Martin: Arms of the Kraken Errors, February 11, 2003
  3. So Spake Martin: Praise, April 01, 2003