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The Kraken's Daughter
|Title||Captain of the Black Wind Conqueror of Deepwood Motte|
|Born||In 276AL, at Pyke|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (Appears)|
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (Appears)
|Played by||Gemma Whelan|
|TV series||second season|
Asha Greyjoy is the daughter of Balon Greyjoy and his wife, Alannys. She is fierce and proud, and defies traditional ironborn gender roles by commanding her own ship, the Black Wind, and leading men into battle. In the TV series she is named Yara Greyjoy to avoid confusion with the wildling Osha and is played by Gemma Whelan.
Appearance and Character
Asha was fairly unattractive in her youth. After Theon's departure for Winterfell to be Eddard Stark's hostage and ward, Asha became Balon's only remaining child in Pyke. Asha grew into an attractive and bold young woman, and Balon effectively raised her as his heir. She lost her virtue at age 16 to a sailor from Lys.
A Clash of Kings
Upon Theon's return, Asha is reported to be on Great Wyk taking messages for her father. Asha passes herself off as Esgred, a shipwright's wife, and flirts with Theon to learn his nature. Theon's naive arrogance amuses her, but Theon grows angry at Asha's deception and her position. At a feast that night, Asha takes the place of honor beside Balon, making Theon feel cheated. When he confronts her again about her deception, she claims that she did in fact have a husband, hefting an axe, as well as a suckling babe, retrieving a dagger from between her breasts.
For her part in Balon's invasion of the North, Asha commands thirty longships and conquers Deepwood Motte. She visits Theon after he takes Winterfell, but refuses to stay and help him defend the castle.
A Feast for Crows
She returns to the isles after Balon's death to claim the Seastone Chair. With the proposal to make peace with the mainland in exchange for land, she achieves a surprising amount of support at the Kingsmoot, but the crowd ultimately favors Euron. She departs again shortly thereafter, her plans unclear.
A Dance with Dragons
Asha returns to Deepwood Motte following the Kingsmoot. She learns that her uncle Euron has married her to Erik Anvilbreaker while she fled using a seal to represent her at the wedding. Asha curses this but admires Euron's cunning: this move prevents Asha from offering a marriage to another Lord and winning his support. There the ironmen dwindle and begin to starve before being overtaken by King Stannis’s army in an attempt to flee back to their ships. Asha is taken captive and continues with Stannis’s host toward Winterfell. A snow storm sets in during their march, however, and the army slows to a halt approximately three days ride from Winterfell, with few provisions left. Many of Stannis’s men call for Asha to be sacrificed to R'hllor in an attempt to thwart the snows. It is there, freezing and starving, that they are met by Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank of Braavos and Theon, escaped from Winterfell. With this meeting, the siblings roles are reversed, with Theon recognizing Asha and Asha not recognizing Theon.
The Winds of Winter
Asha is distressed when she sees what Ramsay Bolton did to her brother. She is later brought before Stannis while Theon is chained nearby in the room. She tries to offer a ransom for him but Stannis refuses, stating Theon must die for what he did to Eddard Stark's sons or Stannis's Northern allies would abandon him. Asha, seeing Stannis won't relent, urges him then to kill Theon by beheading him personally as Eddard Stark would have done before a heart tree (the old way in the North).
Asha probably made this suggestion to at least spare her brother the pain of being burned alive when beheading is cleaner and quicker.
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References and Notes
- ↑ Theon claims she is three years older than him.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26 - The Wayward Bride
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42 - The King’s Prize
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62 - The Sacrifice
- ↑ The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011
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