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| Character_name = [[File:Greyjoy coat sigil.png|50px|left]] '''Victarion Greyjoy''' [[File:Greyjoy coat sigil.png|50px|right]]
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| Character_name = [[File:House Greyjoy.svg|50px|left]] Victarion Greyjoy [[File:House Greyjoy.svg|50px|right]]
| image         = [[File:Victarion Greyjoy.jpg|300px|Victarion Greyjoy by Amok©]]
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| image = [[File:Victarion Greyjoy.jpg|300px|Victarion Greyjoy by Amok©]]
| image_caption = Victarion Greyjoy by [http://en.amokanet.ru/gallery/martin/martin.html Amok©]
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| image_caption = Victarion Greyjoy by [http://en.amokanet.ru/gallery/martin/martin.html Amok©]
| Alias         = The Iron Captain
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| Alias = The Iron Captain
| Title         = [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]]<br>Master of the ''Iron Victory''
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| Title = [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet]]<br>Master of the ''[[Iron Victory]]''
| Allegiance     = [[House Greyjoy]]
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| Allegiance = [[House Greyjoy]]
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| Culture       = [[Ironborn]]
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| Culture = [[Ironborn]]
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| Spouse = 1st: Unknwon<br>2nd: Unknown<br>3rd: [[Victarion Greyjoy's third wife|Unnamed]] ([[salt wife]]){{Ref|AFFC|18}}
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| Issue = Stillborn daughter{{Ref|AFFC|18}}
 
| Place_of_Birth = [[Pyke]]
 
| Place_of_Birth = [[Pyke]]
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| Date_of_Birth = or between {{Date|257}} and {{Date|269}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion Greyjoy]] calculation.''</ref>
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| Books         = ''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (Mentioned)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (Appears)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (Mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (POV)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (POV)<br>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'' (POV)
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| Books = ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (appendix)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (POV)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (POV)<br>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'' (POV)
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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]]''.
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'''Victarion Greyjoy''' is a member of [[House Greyjoy]] and is a younger brother of [[Balon Greyjoy]], [[Lord of the Iron Islands]]. He is the [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet|Lord Captain]] of the [[Iron Fleet]],{{Ref|AGOT|Appendix}} and his flagship is the ''[[Iron Victory]]''.
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==Appearance and Character==
 
==Appearance and Character==
:''See also: [[:Category:Images of Victarion Greyjoy|Images of Victarion Greyjoy]]''
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Victarion Greyjoy|l1=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|18}}{{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}}
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Victarion is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but he 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}}{{Ref|AFFC|29}} According to [[George R. R. Martin]], Victarion is "dumb as a stump"<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Seattle_Town_Hall_QA Seattle Town Hall Q&A], July 09, 2012</ref> and "a dullard and a brute".<ref>io9.com: [http://observationdeck.io9.com/george-r-r-martin-the-complete-unedited-interview-886117845 George R.R. Martin: The Complete Unedited Interview], July 23, 2013</ref>
  
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}}{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
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The Lord Captain's armor consists of boiled black leather, heavy grey chain mail, and lobstered plate, and his helm is in the shape of a [[kraken]].{{Ref|AFFC|18}}{{Ref|AFFC|29}} He carries a [[longsword]] and a dirk,{{Ref|AFFC|18}} but prefers to use his [[Armament#Axes & Hammers|axe]].{{Ref|AFFC|19}}{{Ref|AFFC|29}} Victarion's cloak is made of nine layers of gold cloth sewn like the kraken of his House, and its arms reach his boots.{{Ref|AFFC|18}}
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
[[File: Matt_Olson_V_Greyjoy.jpg‎|Victarion Greyjoy coming ashore leading his [[ironborn]] men - by  Matt Olson ©|thumb|400px|right]]
 
[[File: Matt_Olson_V_Greyjoy.jpg‎|Victarion Greyjoy coming ashore leading his [[ironborn]] men - by  Matt Olson ©|thumb|400px|right]]
Victarion recognized the greatness of his older brother, [[Balon Greyjoy|Balon]], and followed him loyally. He commanded the [[Iron Fleet]] during the [[Greyjoy Rebellion]]. During the rebellion, using a plan [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]] had concocted, they sailed into [[Lannisport]] and burned the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] fleet at anchor.{{Ref|aCoK|24}} Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord [[Tywin Lannister]].{{ref|AFFC|18}} 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 Greyjoy|Aeron's]] vessel, the ''[[Golden Storm]]'', was chopped in half by the warship ''[[Fury]]''.
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Victarion and his two eldest brothers, [[Balon Greyjoy|Balon]] and [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]], convinced their father [[Quellon Greyjoy|Quellon]], [[Lord of the Iron Islands]], to join [[Robert's Rebellion]], and they raided the [[Reach]] late in the war. After Quellon was killed in a [[battle at the Mander]], however, the new Lord Balon returned to the [[Iron Islands]] with his younger brothers.{{ref|AFFC|1}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New}}
  
After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve as [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet|Lord Captain]] faithfully. His brother, Euron, seduced and impregnated [[Victarion Greyjoy's third wife|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.{{Ref|aFfC|1}}{{Ref|aFfC|18}}
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Victarion recognized the greatness of Balon and followed him loyally. He commanded the great fleet constructed by Balon, the [[Iron Fleet]], during [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]]. During the rebellion, using a plan Euron had concocted, they sailed into [[Lannisport]] and [[burning of the Lannister fleet|burned the Lannister fleet]] at anchor.{{Ref|aCoK|24}} Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord [[Tywin Lannister]].{{ref|AFFC|18}} Later in the rebellion, the Iron Fleet was smashed by [[Stannis Baratheon]] in a [[sea battle off Fair Isle]], during which Victarion's younger brother [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron's]] vessel, ''[[Golden Storm]]'', was chopped in half by Stannis's warship, ''[[Fury]]''.{{ref|AFFC|1}} After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve faithfully as [[Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet|Lord Captain]].
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Victarion has wed three times: his first wife died in childbirth, birthing a stillborn daughter; his second wife was stricken by a pox; [[Victarion Greyjoy's third wife|his third wife]] was seduced and impregnated by his brother [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]], which drove Victarion to beat her to death to retain his honor. Only the taboo against [[kinslaying]] kept Victarion from doing the same to Euron. He has not married since, nor has he forgiven Euron, who was forced into exile by Balon in {{Date|297}}.{{Ref|aFfC|18}}{{ref|ACOK|24}}{{Ref|aFfC|1}} In addition to his third wife, Victarion has beaten four men to death with his fists.{{ref|AFFC|18}}
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
===''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]].{{Ref|aCoK|24}} Moat Cailin falls to the [[ironborn]]'s surprise assault.
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In preparation for the invasion of the [[north]] planned by his brother, [[Balon Greyjoy]], Victarion loans his steersman, [[Rymolf Stormdrunk]], to his nephew, [[Theon Greyjoy]]. Victarion attends a feast at [[Pyke]]'s Great Hall with his brothers, Balon and [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron]].{{ref|ACOK|24}} He is sent with the main strength of the [[Iron Fleet]] to take [[Moat Cailin]] by his king and brother, [[Balon Greyjoy]].{{Ref|aCoK|24}} [[Fall of Moat Cailin|Moat Cailin falls]] to the [[ironborn]]'s surprise assault. Theon intends to hold [[Meera Reed|Meera]] and [[Jojen Reed]] captive to prevent their father, Lord [[Howland Reed]], from attacking Victarion's men, but the Reed children vanish from [[capture of Winterfell|Winterfell]].{{ref|ACOK|50}}
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
Upon hearing of Balon's death and the return of his hated brother, [[Euron Greyjoy|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]].{{Ref|aFfC|18}}
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[[Robb Stark]], the [[King in the North]], is informed at [[Hag's Mire]] of Balon's death and the return of his exiled brother, [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron Crow's Eye]]. Robb thinks that Victarion will leave Moat Cailin to claim Balon's throne.{{ref|ASOS|45}}
  
 
===''A Feast for Crow''s===
 
===''A Feast for Crow''s===
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 Greyjoy|Euron]].{{Ref|aFfC|19}} Despite his hatred for Euron, Victarion's obedient and dutiful nature keeps him following Euron's orders. He leads the [[Battle of the Shield Islands|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.  
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Victarion wears mail and leather day and night for protection from [[crannogmen]]. He 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]].{{Ref|aFfC|18}}
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Victarion makes a claim to the [[Seastone Chair]] as Balon's brother and second-in-command. He refuses the offer of his niece, [[Asha Greyjoy]], to share rule with him as king and her as his [[Hand of the King|Hand]].{{ref|AFFC|18}} Victarion makes a strong claim at the [[kingsmoot]], but the crowd ultimately favors [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]].{{Ref|aFfC|19}}
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Despite his hatred for Euron, Victarion's obedient and dutiful nature keeps him following his king's orders. Victarion leads the [[taking of the Shields]], slaughtering unarmored sailors and winning a duel with Ser [[Talbert Serry]], the son of Lord [[Osbert Serry]], but his hand is wounded during the fight. After his victory, Victarion watches helplessly as Euron steals many of his trusted comrades away from him by giving them titles on the [[Shield Islands]]. Victarion also deplores the cruelty Euron displays toward the slain lords' women.{{ref|AFFC|29}}
  
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.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
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Apparently oblivious to Victarion's hatred, Euron summons Victarion to a private meeting in [[Oakenshield Castle|Lord Hewett's castle]] and asks him to find [[Daenerys Targaryen]] and deliver Euron's marriage proposal. The new king explains that Victarion will receive the Seastone Chair once Euron claims the [[Iron Throne]]. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
  
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
[[File:Victarion Plate Armor.jpg|350px|thumb|Victarion in plate armor - by Amok ©]]
 
[[File:Victarion Plate Armor.jpg|350px|thumb|Victarion in plate armor - by Amok ©]]
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After the [[Siege of Moat Cailin|yielding of Moat Cailin]], [[Ramsay Snow|Ramsay Bolton]] executes the small garrison left behind by Victarion.{{ref|ADWD|20}}
  
 
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 Greyjoy|Euron]] sent to accompany him, is poisoning him.
 
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 Greyjoy|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.{{Ref|ADWD|56}}
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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.{{Ref|ADWD|56}}
  
 
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.{{Ref|ADWD|56}} 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."{{Ref|ADWD|63}} 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.{{Ref|ADWD|63}}
 
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.{{Ref|ADWD|56}} 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."{{Ref|ADWD|63}} 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.{{Ref|ADWD|63}}
  
 
===''The Winds of Winter''===
 
===''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.
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{{Warning/twow}}
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Just as the [[second siege of Meereen]] resumes, Victarion and the Iron Fleet arrive in Meereen's bay.<ref>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'', [[Tyrion II (The Winds of Winter)|Tyrion II]]</ref>
  
 
==Quotes by Victarion==
 
==Quotes by Victarion==
{{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}}}} – Victarion, at the [[Kingsmoot]]
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[[File:Talbert Serry.jpg|thumb|350px|Victarion fights [[Talbert Serry]] - by  [[:Category:Images by acazigot|acazigot]] ©]]
 
 
 
 
{{Quote|Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.{{Ref|aFfC|18}}}}
 
  
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{{Quote|Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.{{Ref|aFfC|18}}|Victarion to his captains}}
  
{{Quote|I could sail the [[Iron Fleet]] to hell if need be.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}}
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{{Quote|When [[Balon Greyjoy|Balon]] was wed, it was me he sent to [[Harlaw]] to bring him back [[Alannys Harlaw|his bride]]. I led his longships into many a battle, and never lost but one. The [[Greyjoy's Rebellion|first time]] Balon took a crown, it was me sailed into [[Lannisport]] to [[burning of the Lannister fleet|singe the lion's tail]]. The second time, it was me he sent to [[fall of Moat Cailin|skin the Young Wolf]] should he come howling home. All you'll get from me is more of what you got from Balon.{{Ref|aFfC|19}}|Victarion at the [[kingsmoot]]}}
  
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{{Quote|[[House Stark|A wolf]] is not a [[House Greyjoy|a kraken]]. What the kraken grasps it does not lose, be it longship or [[leviathan]].{{Ref|aFfC|19}}|Victarion to [[Asha Greyjoy]]}}
  
{{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}}}}
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{{Quote|May he feast as he fought, in the [[Drowned God]]’s watery halls.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}|Victarion's thoughts on [[Talbert Serry]]}}
  
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{{Quote|Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}|Victarion to the [[dusky woman]]}}
  
[[File:Talbert Serry.jpg|Victarion Greyjoy fights [[Talbert Serry]] - by  [[:Category:Images by acazigot|acazigot]] ©|thumb|350px|right]]
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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}}|Victarion's thoughts}}
{{Quote|A [[House Lannister|lion]] may be fierce enough on land, but at sea the [[House Greyjoy|kraken]] rules supreme.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}}
 
  
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{{Quote|I beat her to death with mine own hands, but the [[Euron Greyjoy|Crow's Eye]] killed her when he shoved himself inside her. I had no choice.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}|Victarion's thoughts regarding his [[Victarion Greyjoy's third wife|third wife]]}}
  
{{Quote|May he feast as he fought, in the Drowned God’s watery halls.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}} – Victarion, on [[Talbert Serry]], after slaying him
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{{Quote|'''Euron''': It is a fearsome thing to sail beyond [[Valyria]].<br>'''Victarion''': I could sail the [[Iron Fleet]] to hell if need be.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}|[[Euron Greyjoy]] and Victarion}}
  
 
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{{Quote|The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.{{Ref|ADWD|63}}|Victarion's thoughts on [[Daenerys Targaryen]]}}
{{Quote|Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}}}
 
 
 
 
 
{{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}}}} – Victarion's thoughts
 
 
 
 
 
{{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}}}} – Victarion's thoughts
 
 
 
 
 
{{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==
 
[[File:AurelienHubert follower of two gods.jpg|Victarion Greyjoy - by Aurelien Hubert ©FFG|thumb|350px|right]]
 
[[File:AurelienHubert follower of two gods.jpg|Victarion Greyjoy - by Aurelien Hubert ©FFG|thumb|350px|right]]
{{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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{{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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{{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]]"}}
  
{{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|You ought to have no trouble catching our uncles. [[Aeron Greyjoy|One]] is drunk on seawater, after all, and the other is a great grey bullock so dim he'll probably get lost.{{Ref|ACOK|24}}|[[Asha Greyjoy]] to [[Theon Greyjoy]]}}
  
 
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{{Quote|The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.{{Ref|AFFC|1}}|[[Aeron Greyjoy]]'s thoughts}}
{{quote|The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.{{ref|AFFC|1}}}} – [[Aeron Greyjoy]]'s thoughts
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:30, 9 May 2019

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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 In or between 257 AC and 269 AC[1], at Pyke
Spouse 1st: Unknwon
2nd: Unknown
3rd: Unnamed (salt wife)[2]
Issue Stillborn daughter[2]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (appendix)
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 Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. He is the Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet,[3] and his flagship is the Iron Victory.

Appearance and Character

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.[2]

Victarion is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but he 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] According to George R. R. Martin, Victarion is "dumb as a stump"[6] and "a dullard and a brute".[7]

The Lord Captain's armor consists of boiled black leather, heavy grey chain mail, and lobstered plate, and his helm is in the shape of a kraken.[2][5] He carries a longsword and a dirk,[2] but prefers to use his axe.[8][5] Victarion's cloak is made of nine layers of gold cloth sewn like the kraken of his House, and its arms reach his boots.[2]

History

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

Victarion and his two eldest brothers, Balon and Euron, convinced their father Quellon, Lord of the Iron Islands, to join Robert's Rebellion, and they raided the Reach late in the war. After Quellon was killed in a battle at the Mander, however, the new Lord Balon returned to the Iron Islands with his younger brothers.[9][10]

Victarion recognized the greatness of Balon and followed him loyally. He commanded the great fleet constructed by Balon, the Iron Fleet, during Greyjoy's Rebellion. During the rebellion, using a plan Euron had concocted, they sailed into Lannisport and burned the Lannister fleet at anchor.[11] Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord Tywin Lannister.[2] Later in the rebellion, the Iron Fleet was smashed by Stannis Baratheon in a sea battle off Fair Isle, during which Victarion's younger brother Aeron's vessel, Golden Storm, was chopped in half by Stannis's warship, Fury.[9] After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve faithfully as Lord Captain.

Victarion has wed three times: his first wife died in childbirth, birthing a stillborn daughter; his second wife was stricken by a pox; his third wife was seduced and impregnated by his brother Euron, which drove Victarion to beat her to death to retain his honor. Only the taboo against kinslaying kept Victarion from doing the same to Euron. He has not married since, nor has he forgiven Euron, who was forced into exile by Balon in 297 AC.[2][11][9] In addition to his third wife, Victarion has beaten four men to death with his fists.[2]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

In preparation for the invasion of the north planned by his brother, Balon Greyjoy, Victarion loans his steersman, Rymolf Stormdrunk, to his nephew, Theon Greyjoy. Victarion attends a feast at Pyke's Great Hall with his brothers, Balon and Aeron.[11] He is sent with the main strength of the Iron Fleet to take Moat Cailin by his king and brother, Balon Greyjoy.[11] Moat Cailin falls to the ironborn's surprise assault. Theon intends to hold Meera and Jojen Reed captive to prevent their father, Lord Howland Reed, from attacking Victarion's men, but the Reed children vanish from Winterfell.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Robb Stark, the King in the North, is informed at Hag's Mire of Balon's death and the return of his exiled brother, Euron Crow's Eye. Robb thinks that Victarion will leave Moat Cailin to claim Balon's throne.[13]

A Feast for Crows

Victarion wears mail and leather day and night for protection from crannogmen. He 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.[2]

Victarion makes a claim to the Seastone Chair as Balon's brother and second-in-command. He refuses the offer of his niece, Asha Greyjoy, to share rule with him as king and her as his Hand.[2] 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 his king's orders. Victarion leads the taking of the Shields, slaughtering unarmored sailors and winning a duel with Ser Talbert Serry, the son of Lord Osbert Serry, but his hand is wounded during the fight. After his victory, Victarion watches helplessly as Euron steals many of his trusted comrades away from him by giving them titles on the Shield Islands. Victarion also deplores the cruelty Euron displays toward the slain lords' women.[5]

Apparently oblivious to Victarion's hatred, Euron summons Victarion to a private meeting in Lord Hewett's castle and asks him to find Daenerys Targaryen and deliver Euron's marriage proposal. The new king explains that Victarion will receive the Seastone Chair once Euron claims the Iron Throne. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Victarion in plate armor - by Amok ©

After the yielding of Moat Cailin, Ramsay Bolton executes the small garrison left behind by Victarion.[14]

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.[15]

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.[15] 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."[16] 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.[16]

The Winds of Winter

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Just as the second siege of Meereen resumes, Victarion and the Iron Fleet arrive in Meereen's bay.[17]

Quotes by Victarion

Victarion fights Talbert Serry - by acazigot ©

Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.[2]

—Victarion to his captains

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.[8]

—Victarion at the kingsmoot

A wolf is not a a kraken. What the kraken grasps it does not lose, be it longship or leviathan.[8]

—Victarion to Asha Greyjoy

May he feast as he fought, in the Drowned God’s watery halls.[5]

—Victarion's thoughts on Talbert Serry

Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.[5]

—Victarion to the dusky woman

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.[5]

—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.[5]

—Victarion's thoughts regarding his third wife

Euron: It is a fearsome thing to sail beyond Valyria.
Victarion: I could sail the Iron Fleet to hell if need be.[5]

Euron Greyjoy and Victarion

The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.[16]

—Victarion's thoughts 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.[11]

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.[11]

You ought to have no trouble catching our uncles. One is drunk on seawater, after all, and the other is a great grey bullock so dim he'll probably get lost.[11]

The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.[9]

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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