Fight by Deepwood Motte

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Fight by Deepwood Motte
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 300 AC
Place Deepwood Motte and the wolfswood

House Baratheon of Dragonstone victory

House Greyjoy.svg Ironborn led by Asha Greyjoy Stannis sigil coat.png House Baratheon of Dragonstone:

The Reach



House Stark.svg Northern mountain clans

House Mormont.PNG House Mormont
House Greyjoy.svg Lady Asha Greyjoy Stannis sigil coat.png King Stannis I Baratheon
House Mormont.PNG Alysane Mormont
4 longships
Total ~3,900:
Unknown Mormont forces
All but 9 killed (~191)
9 captured, including Asha Greyjoy

The fight by Deepwood Motte[1] occurs in the late stages of the War of the Five Kings during Stannis Baratheon's attempt to gain the northmens' allegiance by driving the invading ironborn out of the region.


Stannis Baratheon, under the advice of Jon Snow, goes west from Castle Black to take Deepwood Motte, held by the ironborn under Asha Greyjoy. While moving through the northern mountains, Stannis wins the support of the mountain clans Flint, Wull, Norrey and Liddle, who remain loyal to the legacies of Ned and Robb Stark.


Stannis, now with additional men, attacks Deepwood Motte. Five men, including a Flint, climb Deepwood's eastern wall in an attempt to open the gate, but they are defeated by Asha's guards. Sybelle Glover and Deepwood's maester fail to convince Asha to surrender. Seeing she is outnumbered, Asha decides to retreat back to her longships under cover of darkness. As Stannis's men attack the north gate with a battering ram, the Greyjoys escape out the south gate on foot and on horse and venture into the wolfswood.[2]

Initially traveling south and southwest, the ironborn then head west and intend to travel north to their beached longships only once the sun comes up. They march all night and light no fires and cover, they think, good ground. However, the retreat is slowed due to the unfamiliar territory and darkness. The northmen by comparison know the wolfswood well and are not hindered in the same way.[2]

The northmen sneak up on the ironborn, slaying their sentries and closing in around them. The ironborn fight back fiercely, but they are surrounded and outnumbered. Eventually, they are all subdued. Asha is defeated by Morgan Liddle,[1] while Quenton and Dagon the Drunkard, distant Greyjoy cousins, are both slain.[2]

Meanwhile, fighters in fishing sloops led by Alysane Mormont are able to sneak up on the longships off the strand, capturing or burning them.[3]


Stannis takes several of the ironborn captive, including Asha Greyjoy. He frees Lady Sybelle Glover and returns Deepwood Motte to House Glover. This wins Stannis much popular support in the North, with House Glover and its vassal houses as well as House Mormont declaring for him afterwards.[1]


Tris, don some mail, it's time you tried out that sweet sword of yours. Splash some blood upon the moon with me, and I promise you a kiss for every kill.[2]

- Asha Greyjoy to Tristifer Botley