Qarl the Maid

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the Maid
Qarl the Maid ADWD.jpg
Qarl, by Linda Tso © Fantasy Flight Games

Alias Qarl the Maid
Allegiance House Greyjoy
Culture ironborn
Born Iron Islands[1]
Lover Asha Greyjoy

Qarl, widely known as Qarl the Maid, is an ironborn warrior sworn to Balon Greyjoy.[2] He is the grandson of a thrall.[3]

Appearance and Character

Qarl the Maid is beardless and pink-cheeked.[2][4] His straight sandy hair brushes against his shoulders.[3] He has a lean swimmer's physique.[3]

Qarl is renowned as one of the fiercest warriors of the Iron Islands.[5] He wields a longsword but is not an experienced horse rider.[3]


When Asha Greyjoy first met Qarl in 293 AC or 294 AC, she called his attempt at growing a beard "peach fuzz". Since he had never seen a peach, she encouraged him to join her crew. They traded at Fair Isle, Lannisport, and the Arbor,[3] and raided Lyseni pirates in the Stepstones.[6] Qarl and Asha began sleeping together after sampling peaches at the Arbor.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Qarl by cloudninja9©

Qarl and two companions, Skyte and Uller, encounter Theon and Asha Greyjoy in Lordsport. There they recount the story of the death of Skyte's brother, Eldiss. Asha tells Theon that he should make them part of his crew.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Qarl serves aboard Asha's ship, the Black Wind.[8] During the kingsmoot, he wins the finger dance against Eldred Codd.[6] Qarl is one of the champions for Asha at the kingsmoot, but Euron Greyjoy is instead chosen King of the Isles and the North.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Qarl sails to Deepwood Motte with Asha as she contemplates her next move. Qarl sleeps with Asha in Galbart Glover's bedchamber.[3] He is captured along with Asha, Tris Botley, and several other ironborn by the army of Stannis Baratheon in the fight by Deepwood Motte.[9]

Qarl is later freed and ransomed along with the other ironborn by Tycho Nestoris, as the Braavosi banker needs an escort to get him to Stannis whose army is marching on Winterfell.[10]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Qarl and Tristifer Botley accompany Asha to her meeting with Stannis Baratheon, when she asks about the fate of her captive brother Theon Greyjoy. Theon considers Qarl and Tris to be Asha's pets.[11]