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Castle, Regional Capitol
- This article is about the castle in the Iron Islands. For the island, see Pyke (island). "Pyke" is also a traditional bastard surname.
- See also: Images of Pyke
Pyke is an ancient stronghold. It was originally built on a cliff jutting out into the sea, but over time the cliff has eroded, leaving the castle's towers standing on series of small, barren rock stacks, surrounded by water. Since there is no safe anchorage at Pyke, those who wish to travel there have to sail to a nearby Lordsport.
The towers are connected by swaying rope bridges. The keep, its towers, walls and bridges are made of the same grey-black stone of which the rest of the island is composed. In the thousands of years the keep has stood, it has become covered with green lichen. A curtain wall encloses the headland of fifty acres and the cliffs around the foot of the wide stone bridge which extended out to the largest islet. The stables, kennels and livestock are located on the headland. The Great Keep, Kitchen Keep and the Bloody Keep each sit on their own islands. Towers and outbuildings are located on stacks beyond them, linked to each other by covered archways where the pillars stood close and by long, swaying walks of wood and rope when they did not. To get to the Sea Tower, one must cross three bridges, the last of which is made of rope.
- Great Keep. The largest islet is capped by the massive Great Keep. It is connected to the Bloody Keep by a covered stone walkway. Its long smoky hall contains the Seastone Chair.
- Bloody Keep. The Bloody Keep or Guest Keep is one of the largest sections of the castle. It lies on its own island, further out than the Great Keep. Its halls are larger and better furnished. It received its name a thousand years ago when the sons of the River King were slaughtered within it and their pieces returned to their father on the mainland. To get to the Great Keep one must use a covered stone walkway.
- Kitchen Keep. The Kitchen Keep sits on its own island. It lies further out from the mainland than the Great Keep.
- Sea Tower. The Sea Tower rises from the outermost island at the far reaches of the island. It is the oldest part of the castle, and is round and tall. The base of the tower is white from centuries of salt spray and is crooked. To get from the Great Keep to the Sea Tower, one must cross three bridges. The tower contains the solar of Lord Greyjoy.
- Gatehouse. The walls of Pyke run in a crescent moon from cliff to cliff, with the gatehouse providing entry, located in the center portion of the wall and including an iron portcullis to provide additional protection should the wall be attacked. There are three towers to either side; the southernmost tower is new, made of a paler grey stone, after the old southern tower had been destroyed during the Greyjoy Rebellion when King Robert Baratheon breached the walls.
- See also: Siege of Pyke
During the Greyjoy Rebellion, the Siege of Pyke was the final battle. King Robert, along with Lord Eddard Stark, mustered thousands of men and invading the island of Pyke thorough Lordsport. They captured the castle after bringing down the southern part of the outer wall of Pyke using siege engines.
A Clash of Kings
Theon Greyjoy returns to Pyke for the first time since being taken away as a child after the Greyjoy Rebellion. Instead of staying in the Sea Tower, where he slept as a child, Theon is given a suite in the Bloody Keep. From the Seastone Chair, Lord Balon Greyjoy hosts a feast for his assembled captains. He then discusses his plans for independence and invading the North with his family in the solar of the Sea Tower.
A Storm of Swords
It is reported that King Balon fell to his death when a bridge of Pyke was torn to pieces by the wind. His exiled brother, Euron Greyjoy, returned to Pyke the day after and claimed the Seastone Chair.
A Feast for Crows
When Euron Crow's Eye summons the ironborn captains to Pyke to pay homage to their new king, his brother Aeron Greyjoy instead calls for a kingsmoot on Old Wyk. Despite the efforts of Aeron, Euron is confirmed king at the gathering.
Chapters that take place at Pyke
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