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'''Victarion Greyjoy''' is a member of [[House Greyjoy]] and is a younger brother of Lord [[Balon Greyjoy]]. The [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]], Victarion's flagship is ''[[Iron Victory]]''. He is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but has a calm demeanor outside of it, thinking of enemies who show bravery with great respect. He is a [[Drowned God|religious]] man and wears full plate armor while sailing because he has no fear of drowning.  
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'''Victarion Greyjoy''' is a member of [[House Greyjoy]] and is a younger brother of Lord [[Balon Greyjoy]]. The [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]], Victarion's flagship is the ''[[Iron Victory]]''.
 
   
 
   
==Appearance==
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==Appearance and Character==
:''See also'' [[:Category:Images of Victarion Greyjoy|this collection of images]].
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:''See also: [[:Category:Images of Victarion Greyjoy|Images of Victarion Greyjoy]]''
Victarion is a large and powerful man, with a bull's broad chest and a boy's flat stomach. His hair is flecked with grey.{{Ref|aFfC|18}} He wears plate armor in combat, a helm in the shape of a [[kraken]], and wields a cruel axe.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
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Victarion is a large and powerful man, with a bull's broad chest and a boy's flat stomach. His hair is flecked with grey.{{Ref|aFfC|18}} He wears plate armor in combat, a helm in the shape of a [[kraken]], and wields a cruel axe.{{Ref|aFfC|18|p 289}}{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
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Victarion is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but has a calm demeanor outside of it, thinking of enemies who show bravery with great respect.{{Ref|aFfC|29|483}} He is a [[Drowned God|religious]] man and wears full plate armor while sailing because he has no fear of drowning.{{Ref|aFfC|18|P 289}}{{Ref|aFfC|29|P 480}}
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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==Quotes by Victarion==
 
==Quotes by Victarion==
{{quote|The sight of their sails filled Victarion Greyjoy with content. No man had ever loved his wives half as well as the Lord Captain loved his ships.{{ref|AFFC|18}}}} - Victarion contemplating the [[Iron Fleet]]
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{{Quote|When Balon was wed, it was me he sent to Harlaw to bring him back his bride. I led his longships into many a battle, and never lost but one. The first time Balon took a crown, it was me sailed into Lannisport to singe the [[House Lannister|lion]]’s tail. The second time, it was me he sent to skin the [[Robb Stark|Young Wolf]] should he come howling home. All you’ll get from me is more of what you got from Balon.{{Ref|aFfC|19|P 307}}}} – Victarion, at the [[Kingsmoot]]
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{{Quote|Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.{{Ref|aFfC|18|P 287}}}}
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{{Quote|I could sail the [[Iron Fleet]] to hell if need be.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 500}}}}
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{{Quote|A [[House Stark|wolf]] is not a [[House Greyjoy|kraken]]. What the kraken grasps it does not lose, be it longship or leviathan.{{Ref|aFfC|18|P 309}}}}
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[[File:Talbert Serry.jpg|Victarion Greyjoy fights [[Talbert Serry]] - by  [[:Category:Images by acazigot|acazigot]] ©|thumb|350px|right]]
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{{Quote|A [[House Lannister|lion]] may be fierce enough on land, but at sea the [[House Greyjoy|kraken]] rules supreme.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 491}}}}
  
  
{{Quote|Come! Come kill me, if you can.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}} - Victarion upon boarding the [[House Serry|Serry]] vessel
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{{Quote|May he feast as he fought, in the Drowned God’s watery halls.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 483}}}} Victarion, on [[Talbert Serry]], after slaying him
  
  
{{quote|It was one thing to kill a foe, another to dishonor him.{{ref|AFFC|29}}}} - Victarion disapproving of [[Euron Greyjoy]]'s shaming of the [[House Hewett|Hewett]] women
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{{Quote|Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 486}}}}
  
  
{{Quote|Poison was for cravens, women, and [[Dornishmen]].{{Ref|adwd|56|page 749}}}} - Victarion contemplating the festering wound on his hand
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{{Quote|There is no wine so sweet as wine taken from a foe. One day I shall drink your wine, [[Euron Greyjoy|Crow’s Eye]], and take from you all that you hold dear.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 495}}}} Victarion's thoughts
  
  
{{Quote|Where is this [[Dothraki sea]]?  I will sail the [[Iron Fleet]] across it and find [[Daenerys Targaryen|the queen]] wherever she may be.{{ref|ADWD|63}}}} - Victarion to a fishing ketch's master
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{{Quote|I beat her to death with mine own hands, but the Crow’s Eye killed her when he shoved himself inside her. I had no choice.{{Ref|aFfC|29|p 497}}}} Victarion's thoughts
  
  
{{Quote|The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.{{ref|ADWD|63}}}} - Victarion, on finding out [[Daenerys Targaryen]] is encircled by her enemies in [[Meereen]]
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{{Quote|The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.{{ref|ADWD|63}}}} Victarion, on [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
  
 
==Quotes about Victarion==
 
==Quotes about Victarion==
{{quote|[[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]], and a fearsome warrior. I have heard them sing of him in the alehouses.{{ref|ACOK|24}}}} - "[[Asha Greyjoy|Esgred]]" to [[Theon Greyjoy]]
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[[File:AurelienHubert follower of two gods.jpg|Victarion Greyjoy - by Aurelien Hubert ©FFG|thumb|350px|right]]
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{{quote|[[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]], and a fearsome warrior. I have heard them sing of him in the alehouses.{{ref|ACOK|24|p 351}}}} "[[Asha Greyjoy|Esgred]]", to [[Theon Greyjoy]]
  
  
{{quote|Victarion is like some great grey bullock, strong and tireless and dutiful, but not like to win any races. No doubt he'll serve me as loyally as he has served [[Balon Greyjoy|my lord father]]. He has neither the wits nor the ambition to plot betrayal.{{ref|ACOK|24}}}} - [[Theon Greyjoy]] to "[[Asha Greyjoy|Esgred]]"
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{{quote|Victarion is like some great grey bullock, strong and tireless and dutiful, but not like to win any races. No doubt he'll serve me as loyally as he has served [[Balon Greyjoy|my lord father]]. He has neither the wits nor the ambition to plot betrayal.{{ref|ACOK|24|p 351}}}} [[Theon Greyjoy]], to "[[Asha Greyjoy|Esgred]]"
  
  
{{quote|The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.{{ref|AFFC|1}}}} - [[Aeron Greyjoy]] contemplating [[Balon Greyjoy]]'s successor
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{{quote|The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.{{ref|AFFC|1}}}} [[Aeron Greyjoy]]'s thoughts
  
 
==Family==
 
==Family==

Revision as of 03:07, 2 August 2014

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Victarion Greyjoy
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Victarion Greyjoy by Amok©
Victarion Greyjoy by Amok©

Alias The Iron Captain
Title Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet
Master of the Iron Victory
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture Ironborn
Born 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 (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)

Victarion Greyjoy is a member of House Greyjoy and is a younger brother of Lord Balon Greyjoy. The Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet, Victarion's flagship is the Iron Victory.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Victarion Greyjoy

Victarion is a large and powerful man, with a bull's broad chest and a boy's flat stomach. His hair is flecked with grey.[1] He wears plate armor in combat, a helm in the shape of a kraken, and wields a cruel axe.[2][3]

Victarion is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but has a calm demeanor outside of it, thinking of enemies who show bravery with great respect.[4] He is a religious man and wears full plate armor while sailing because he has no fear of drowning.[2][5]

History

Victarion Greyjoy coming ashore leading his ironborn men - by Matt Olson ©

Victarion recognized the greatness of his older brother, Balon, and followed him loyally. He commanded the Iron Fleet during the Greyjoy Rebellion. During the rebellion, using a plan Euron had concocted, they sailed into Lannisport and burned the Lannister fleet at anchor.[6] Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord Tywin Lannister.[1] Later in the rebellion, the Iron Fleet was smashed by Stannis Baratheon in a trap at Fair Isle, during which Victarion's younger brother Aeron's vessel, the Golden Storm, was chopped in half by the warship Fury.

After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve as Lord Captain faithfully. His brother, Euron, seduced and impregnated Victarion's third wife, which drove Victarion to beat her to death to retain his honor. Only the taboo against kinslaying kept Victarion from killing Euron. He has not married since, nor has he forgiven Euron, who was forced into exile by Balon.[7][1]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Victarion is sent with the main strength of the Iron Fleet to take Moat Cailin by his king and brother, Balon Greyjoy.[6] Moat Cailin falls to the ironborn's surprise assault.

A Storm of Swords

Upon hearing of Balon's death and the return of his hated brother, Euron, Victarion leaves a token force to defend Moat Cailin under the command of Ralf Kenning and returns to the Iron Islands with his fleet to decide on the succession of the next Iron King.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Victarion makes a claim to the Seastone Chair as Balon's brother and second-in-command. Victarion makes a strong claim at the kingsmoot, but the crowd ultimately favors Euron.[8] Despite his hatred for Euron, Victarion's obedient and dutiful nature keeps him following Euron's orders. He leads the assault on the Shield Islands, slaughtering unarmored sailors and winning a duel with Talbert Serry, the son of Lord Osbert Serry, but wounds his hand during the fight. After his victory, he watches helplessly as Euron steals many of his trusted comrades away from him by giving them titles on the Shield Islands. He also deplores the cruelty Euron displays toward the slain lords' women.

Apparently oblivious to Victarion's hatred, Euron summons Victarion to a private meeting and asks him to find Daenerys Targaryen and deliver Euron's marriage proposal. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Victarion in plate armor - by Amok ©

Victarion's Iron Fleet of over ninety ships splits into three squadrons and sets sail for Meereen. With him aboard Iron Victory is "the dusky woman", a gift of Euron's. She is comely but mute. On the journey, Victarion loses nearly half his ships, though he also gains some ships back by capturing and seizing several trading vessels and their cargo. Victarion's wounded hand continues to trouble him, and he suspects that Kerwin, the maester that Euron sent to accompany him, is poisoning him.

During the voyage, a Red Priest of R'hllor named Moqorro is discovered clinging to wreckage out at sea. The crew wants him killed, but Moqorro convinces Victarion to allow him to treat his wounded hand. Behind closed doors, Moqorro apparently uses magic on the lord captain; when Victarion emerges from his cabin, his hand is charred and blackened.[9]

Moqorro, like Melisandre, can see the future in the flames, and uses the magic to aid Victarion in his quest. For instance, Victarion orders his crew to kill Kerwin, as Moqorro had a vision that the maester's death would bring the ship good winds.[9] The Iron Victory's crew live in great fear of Moqorro and call him the Black Flame. Victarion makes offerings to both the Drowned God and R'hllor. Moqorro also alerts Victarion that he has seen Daenerys married in the flames, but Victarion is unconcerned by this, stating "she would not be the first woman I made a widow."[10] Moqorro tells Victarion that in order to bind Daenerys's dragons to the Iron Captain's will, Victarion must claim the dragon horn Dragonbinder with blood.[10]

The Winds of Winter

Just as the Second Siege of Meereen is about to begin, Victarion and the Iron Fleet arrive in Meereen's bay.

Quotes by Victarion

When Balon was wed, it was me he sent to Harlaw to bring him back his bride. I led his longships into many a battle, and never lost but one. The first time Balon took a crown, it was me sailed into Lannisport to singe the lion’s tail. The second time, it was me he sent to skin the Young Wolf should he come howling home. All you’ll get from me is more of what you got from Balon.[11]

– Victarion, at the Kingsmoot


Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.[12]


I could sail the Iron Fleet to hell if need be.[13]


A wolf is not a kraken. What the kraken grasps it does not lose, be it longship or leviathan.[14]


Victarion Greyjoy fights Talbert Serry - by acazigot ©

A lion may be fierce enough on land, but at sea the kraken rules supreme.[15]


May he feast as he fought, in the Drowned God’s watery halls.[16]

– Victarion, on Talbert Serry, after slaying him


Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.[17]


There is no wine so sweet as wine taken from a foe. One day I shall drink your wine, Crow’s Eye, and take from you all that you hold dear.[18]

– Victarion's thoughts


I beat her to death with mine own hands, but the Crow’s Eye killed her when he shoved himself inside her. I had no choice.[19]

– Victarion's thoughts


The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.[10]

– Victarion, on Daenerys Targaryen

Quotes about Victarion

Victarion Greyjoy - by Aurelien Hubert ©FFG

Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet, and a fearsome warrior. I have heard them sing of him in the alehouses.[20]

– "Esgred", to Theon Greyjoy


Victarion is like some great grey bullock, strong and tireless and dutiful, but not like to win any races. No doubt he'll serve me as loyally as he has served my lord father. He has neither the wits nor the ambition to plot betrayal.[20]

Theon Greyjoy, to "Esgred"


The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.[7]

Aeron Greyjoy's thoughts

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dagon
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Son
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Stonetree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quellon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Piper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Sunderly
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harlon
 
Quenton
 
Donel
 
Balon
 
Alannys Harlaw
 
Euron
 
Victarion
 
Unknown
3 wives
 
Urrigon
 
Aeron
 
Robin
 
Stillborn
daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rodrik
 
Maron
 
Asha
 
Erik
Ironmaker
 
Theon
 
Bastard
sons
 
 
 
Stillborn
daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain, p 289. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Raffc18p_289" defined multiple times with different content
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, 483.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, P 480.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man, P 307.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain, P 287.
  13. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 500.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain, P 309.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 491.
  16. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 483.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 486.
  18. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 495.
  19. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, p 497.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II, p 351.