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Pyke
Castle, Regional Capitol
Pyke is located in The Iron Islands
Pyke
Pyke (The Iron Islands)
Location Iron Islands
Government House Greyjoy
Religion Drowned God
Pyke by Rene Aigner©
Pyke by Abe Papakhian©
Pyke by Feliche©
This article is about the castle in the Iron Islands. For the island, see Pyke (island). "Pyke" is also a traditional bastard surname.

Pyke is a castle located on the island of the same name, which is one of the eight major Iron Islands. It is the seat of House Greyjoy, the rulers of the Iron Islands.

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The Castle

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.[1] To get to the Sea Tower, one must cross three bridges, the last of which is made of rope.[1]

History

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.

Recent Events

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[4]

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.[5] Despite the efforts of Aeron, Euron is confirmed king at the gathering.[6]

Chapters that take place at Pyke

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