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==Recent Events==
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
[[Theon Greyjoy|Theon]] is still a ward of [[Winterfell]] nine years after the Greyjoy Rebellion. He remains there when Lord [[Eddard Stark]] rides south to become [[Hand of the King]]. He views the Stark boys as younger brothers, and helps [[Robb Stark|Robb]] save [[Bran Stark|Bran]]'s life when the boy is attacked in the [[Wolfswood]], but is rebuked for endangering Bran himself. When Eddard is arrested, Theon rides to war with Robb, fighting in the battles to [[Battle of the Whispering Wood|capture]] Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] and [[Battle of the Camps|break his siege]] of [[Riverrun]].
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[[Theon Greyjoy|Theon]] is still a ward of [[Winterfell]] nine years after the Greyjoy Rebellion.{{Ref|agot|1}} When King [[Robert I Baratheon]] rides north to ask Lord [[Eddard Stark]] to assume the position of [[Hand of the King]], Theon joins the organized hunt.{{ref|AGOT|8}} When Eddard goes south, Theon remains at [[Winterfell]].{{ref|AGOT|14}} He becomes the advisor of Eddard's heir, [[Robb Stark]], when he rules as acting [[lord]] of Winterfell.{{ref|AGOT|24}} He saves [[Bran Stark]]'s life when a group of [[wildlings]] and [[Night's Watch]] deserters attack the boy in the [[wolfswood]], but is reprimanded by Robb for endangering Bran's life in the process.{{ref|agot|37}}
  
House Greyjoy is among the noble houses [[Viserys Targaryen]] believes will rise for him should he land in [[Westeros]].
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When Eddard is arrested, Theon rides to war with Robb, becoming his trusted battle companion and one of Ser [[Brynden Tully]]'s scouts.{{ref|AGOT|59}}{{ref|ACOK|37}} He eventually becomes one of [[Robb Stark's personal guard|Robb's personal guards]].{{ref|AGOT|63}} Theon fights in the [[battle in the Whispering Wood]],{{ref|ACOK|37}}{{ref|ASOS|45}} He advocates assaulting the [[Twins]]{{ref|AGOT|59}} and executing the captive Jaime.{{ref|AGOT|63}} Following the [[Battle of the Camps]], Theon accompanies Robb to [[Riverrun]], where his friend is proclaimed [[King in the North]].{{ref|AGOT|71}}
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House Greyjoy is among the noble houses [[Viserys Targaryen]] believes will rise for him should he land in [[Westeros]].{{Ref|agot|3}}
  
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
[[File:Naval superiority by neisbeis-d4s8s9o.jpg|thumb|350px|Outfitted for War by Ignacio Lazcano. © Fantasy Flight Games.]]
 
[[File:Naval superiority by neisbeis-d4s8s9o.jpg|thumb|350px|Outfitted for War by Ignacio Lazcano. © Fantasy Flight Games.]]
After Lord Eddard is executed in [[King's Landing]], Robb is declared [[King in the North]] by his bannermen. Theon goes to [[Pyke]] with Robb's suggestion that [[Balon Greyjoy|Balon]] name himself [[King of the Iron Islands]] and join the war against [[House Lannister]]. Theon finds [[Asha Greyjoy|Asha]] as heir and is met with scorn from his family, who consider him softened by the green lands. Balon spurns the offer and declares himself King of the Iron Islands and [[the North]]. He sends his kin to take the lightly-held North: [[Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion]] [[Battle of Moat Cailin|captures Moat Cailin]] in [[the Neck]] to prevent Robb's lords from returning to their seats, while Asha [[Fall of Deepwood Motte|takes Deepwood Motte]] and Theon [[Battle of the Stony Shore|ravages Stony Shore]] along with [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron Damphair]] and [[Dagmer|Dagmer Cleftjaw]].
 
  
Each attack goes as planned. Theon, however, desires to prove himself and goes on to [[capture of Winterfell|seize Winterfell]] in a daring raid. There he begins a troublesome rule, at one point murdering two children that he tells the world are Bran and [[Rickon Stark]]. Asha tells him that the ironborn will never hold landlocked castles, and leaves only a token force to help his occupation. Stark forces are arrayed to root him out, but they are betrayed by [[Ramsay Snow]], who captures Theon and [[Sack of Winterfell|sacks Winterfell]].
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On the order of [[Robb Stark]], now [[King in the North]] and [[King of the Trident]], Theon travels from Riverrun to [[Pyke]] to present his father, Lord [[Balon Greyjoy]], with a proposal from Robb that Balon names himself [[King of the Iron Islands]] and joins the war against [[House Lannister]]. Although he is escorted to the castle by his uncle [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron]] and given chambers in the Bloody Keep,{{ref|ACOK|11}} Theon's family considers him to be soft because he has lived on "the green lands" for a decade. In addition, he finds that Balon considers [[Asha Greyjoy|Asha]] to be his heir. Balon spurns Robb's offer and declares himself King of both the Iron Islands and the [[North]]. He sends his kin to take the lightly-held North:{{ref|ACOK|24}} [[Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion]] [[Battle of Moat Cailin|captures Moat Cailin]] in [[the Neck]] to prevent Robb's lords from returning to their seats, while Asha [[Fall of Deepwood Motte|takes Deepwood Motte]] and Theon [[Battle of the Stony Shore|ravages Stony Shore]] under the supervision of his Aeron  and [[Dagmer|Dagmer Cleftjaw]]. Dissatisfied with his duties, jealous of Asha's [[taking of Deepwood Motte]], Theon disobeys Balon's orders and plans to take [[Winterfell]] in an attempt to prove himself.{{Ref|ACOK|37}}
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Theon succesfully [[capture of Winterfell|seizes Winterfell]] with a small party.{{Ref|ACOK|46}} He takes [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark]] hostage and declares himself [[Prince of Winterfell]].{{ref|ACOK|50}} When Bran and Rickon escape, Theon follows the advice of "[[Ramsay Snow|Reek]]" and kills two boys around the same age from the [[Acorn Water]] mill, mutilating the bodies so as to pretend they are the Stark boys when he fails to track them down in the [[wolfswood]].{{Ref|ACOK|50}} Theon forbids Luwin from burying the bodies in the [[crypt of Winterfell]],{{ref|ACOK|56}} instead mounting their heads on the castle walls.{{ref|ACOK|55}}
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When Theon reaches out to her, Asha travels from Deepwood Motte to Winterfell. She tells Theon that the ironborn will never succeed in holding landlocked castles and advises him to abandon Winterfell. When she departs, she leaves behind only a token group of men.{{ref|ACOK|56}} Theon is confronted by the garrison of Winterfell, under the command of Ser [[Rodrik Cassel]], not long after. Soldiers from [[House Bolton]] arrive during the parlay and [[battle at Winterfell|attack Rodrik's men in the winter town]], scattering them. "Reek" reveals himself to be [[Ramsay Snow]] and orders his men to [[Sack of Winterfell|burn Winterfell]], killing Theon's remaining garrison.{{Ref|ACOK|66}}
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
Due to the Greyjoy attacks, King Robb is forced to abandon his war in the south to liberate the Northern halls. While grieving for Bran and Rickon, he weds [[Jeyne Westerling]] and breaks his marriage contract with [[House Frey]], requiring a replacement match. Thus it is for Greyjoy-produced reasons that he marches north to free his home and to attend [[Edmure Tully|his uncle]]'s wedding. [[Roose Bolton]] reveals to Robb that Theon is being flayed by Ramsay Snow at the [[Dreadfort]]. Robb never makes it home, however, as he is [[Red Wedding|treacherously killed]] at [[the Twins]].  
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[[Ramsay Snow]] has the two captured wards [[Walder Frey (son of Jammos)|Walder]] and [[Walder Frey (son of Merrett)|Walder]], write to [[House Frey|their family]] that Theon burned Winterfell when northmen tried to retake the castle.{{ref|ASOS|35}} Ramsay is said to be flaying Theon alive as punishment,{{ref|ASOS|48}} and sends his father, Lord [[Roose Bolton]], a piece of flayed skin which Roose delivers to King [[Robb Stark]] and his mother, Lady [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]].{{Ref|asos|49}}
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[[Balon Greyjoy]] now styles himself the Ninth of His Name Since the [[Grey King]], [[King of the Iron Islands and the North]], [[King of Salt and Rock]], [[Son of the Sea Wind]], and [[Lord Reaper of Pyke]].{{ref|ASOS|Appendix}}. He sends terms of alliance to [[King's Landing]], asking for the lands above the Neck. King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]]'s [[small council]] discusses Balon's terms, and both Lords [[Mace Tyrell]] and [[Paxter Redwyne]] urge that these terms be accepted in order to free up new resources for dealing with [[Stannis Baratheon]]. However, Tywin Lannister rejects them, stating that, since Balon is already at war with [[House Stark]], accepting the terms will not give them an additional benefit.{{ref|ASOS|19}} Tywin considers both Balon, whose wife is elderly and failing, and Theon as potential new husbands for his daughter, the widowed Dowager Queen [[Cersei Lannister]]. However, he is uncertain about an alliance with the Iron Islands, while Cersei objects to Theon.{{Ref|asos|19}}
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Balon dies in a fall while crossing a bridge during a storm.{{Ref|aSoS|45}}{{Ref|aSoS|54}} Lord [[Roose Bolton]] convinces Robb to spare Theon's life until the succession to the Iron Islands is resolved, as Theon is Balon's only remaining son.{{Ref|ASOS|49}} Balon's younger brother, [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]], returns from his exile the next day, claiming the [[Seastone Chair]].{{Ref|ASOS|45}}
  
 
===''A Feast for Crows''===
 
===''A Feast for Crows''===
Meanwhile King Balon has died from a fall at Pyke, just a day before [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron Crow's Eye]] returns from his long voyage. Aeron calls the first [[kingsmoot]] in millennia, hoping that Victarion will succeed Balon to the [[Seastone Chair]]. Euron is crowned, however, beating out Asha, Victarion, and several other claimants by promising to conquer all the green lands with the power of his [[Dragon Horn]]. Aeron disappears, vowing to rouse the people against the "godless" Euron.  
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[[Asha Greyjoy]] travels to [[Winterfell]] after it was [[Sack of Winterfell|sacked]] in search of her brother [[Theon Greyjoy|Theon]], but is unable to identify him amongst the bodies.{{Ref|aFfC|11}}{{Ref|aFfC|18}}
  
Euron escalates ironborn commitment in the [[War of the Five Kings|continental war]] by launching a massive attack on [[the Reach]], [[Battle of the Shield Islands|conquering]] the [[Shield Islands]] and parts of the [[Arbor]], and threatening [[Oldtown]]. Victarion leads the attack on the Shields, but Euron steals away many of his trusted men by granting them lands on the Shield Islands. Euron goes on to ask Victarion to sail the Iron Fleet across the world to find [[Daenerys Targaryen]] to court her in his name. Victarion sets out, but secretly hopes to take Daenerys for himself.  
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[[Aeron Greyjoy]], a priest of the [[Drowned God]], has returned to the [[Iron Islands]] and resumed his regular priestly duties. When he learns that Balon, his oldest brother, has died and that [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron]] has returned and claimed the [[Seastone Chair]], he calls for a [[kingsmoot]] on [[Old Wyk]] to choose their new king.{{Ref|aFfC|1}} He rejects the call of his [[drowned men]] that he should claim the Seastone Chair himself.{{ref|affc|1}} During the first kingsmoot in millenia, Victarion, Asha, and Euron all make their claim. Euron is eventually elected king.{{ref|AFFC|19}}
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Aeron vows to rouse people against Euron, who he considers to be "godless", and disappears.{{Ref|affc|29}} Asha departs Old Wyk for the [[Ten Towers]], after which she quickly travels north.{{ref|ADWD|26}} Victarion continues to serve Euron, and leads the [[ironborn]] in raiding the [[Reach]] by [[taking of the Shields|taking the Shields]].{{ref|AFFC|29}} At [[Oakenshield Castle]], Euron sends Victarion and the [[Iron Fleet]] east, to find [[Daenerys Targaryen]]. He asks Victarion to court her in his name and bring her and her [[dragon]]s to Westeros, intent on using her to claims the [[Iron Throne]], after which he is willing to grant Victarion the Seastone Chair. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.{{Ref|aFfC|29}}
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Following his [[Battle of the Shield Islands|conquest]] of the [[Shield Islands]], Euron has his ironborn sack [[Ryamsport]], and invade [[Vinetown]], and [[Starfish Harbor]], from where they threaten [[Oldtown]], preying on ships bound for the city.{{Ref|AFFC|45}}{{Ref|affc|36}}
  
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
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Victarion sets sail for [[Meereen]], from where [[Daenerys Targaryen]] rules. At the [[Stepstones]], he splits his fleet of ninety-three ships into three squadrons. Because of the storms, only forty-five ships reach the [[Isle of Cedars]], their rendezvous point.{{Ref|adwd|56}}} They find [[Moqorro]], a [[red priest]], clinging to wreckage out at sea. After Moqorro succesfully heals Victarion's wounded hand with [[magic]], Victarion allows him to stay aboard.{{Ref|ADWD|56}} Moqorro tells Victarion that in order to bind Daenerys's [[dragons]] to his will, Victarion will need to claim the [[dragon horn]] [[Dragonbinder]] with blood.{{Ref|ADWD|63}}
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[[Theon Greyjoy]] remains a captive at the [[Dreadfort]], where he has been physically and mentally tortured, and forced to take on the guise of "Reek", the name of Ramsay's [[Reek|late serving man]].{{ref|ADWD|12}} Theon is released from the Dreadfort to execute a mission for Ramsay. He is sent to [[Moat Cailin]] to treat with the ironborn left behind by Victarion. Although he succeeds in getting them to surrender by relaying Ramsay's promise of food and safe passage to the survivors., Ramsay  has them all flayed alive.{{Ref|adwd|20}}
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Ramsay's father, Lord [[Roose Bolton]], temporarily takes Theon over from him,{{ref|ADWD|32}} and takes him to the partially-rebuilt [[Winterfell]].{{ref|ADWD|37}} There, Theon gives [[Jeyne Poole]], pretending to be [[Arya Stark]], away at her wedding to Ramsay in the [[godswood of Winterfell]], as Theon is the closest thing to kin "Arya" has left.{{Ref|aDwD|37}}
  
During his arduous voyage Victarion rescues the red priest [[Moqorro]], who converts him to the faith of [[R'hllor]], supplementing his worship of the Drowned God. In the North, Theon is revealed to have been suffered horrific mind-shattering torture in the captivity of Ramsay Snow, now Ramsay Bolton, at the Dreadfort. Theon is released from the Dreadfort to perform a mission for Ramsay, who has warped the man's sense of identity and formed him into a broken creature. He is sent to Moat Cailin to treat with the ironborn garrison there, where he succeeds in getting them to surrender by promising safe passage. Ramsay reneges and flays the men alive.
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[[Asha Greyjoy]] has returned to [[Deepwood Motte]] in the [[north]]. There, she receives scraps of Theon's skin send to her by Ramsay, who warns her to abandon the north.{{ref|ADWD|26}} While attempting to flee back to her ships, Asha and her garrison are [[fight by Deepwood Motte|overtaken]] by King [[Stannis Baratheon]]'s army.{{ref|ADWD|26}} Asha is taken captive and continues with Stannis's host toward [[Winterfell]], eventually stranding at a [[crofters' village]] approximately three days ride from Winterfell.{{ref|ADWD|42}}
  
Theon recognizes Ramsay's wife, "[[Arya Stark]]", as [[Jeyne Poole]] and develops a tenuous rapport with her during the tense Bolton occupation of Winterfell. He reluctantly teams with [[Mance Rayder]] to free her from the castle; they escape but are captured outside by [[Mors Umber]], who is now sworn to [[Stannis Baratheon]]. Meanwhile Asha has returned to hold Deepwood Motte, but is defeated and captured in a [[Retaking of Deepwood Motte|sudden attack]] by King Stannis and the [[Northern mountain clans]]. She is brought along with Stannis's army as he marches to the [[Siege of Winterfell]]. There she finds Theon alive.
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Theon remains at Winterfell, where he wanders the castle and at times prays before the [[heart tree]] in Winterfell's godswood.{{ref|ADWD|41}} During one visit he sees hints of [[Bran Stark]]'s face in the [[weirwood]] and hears it whisper his name, which temporarily restores his sanity.{{ref|adwd|46}} He is eventually approached by two of [[Mance Rayder]]'s [[spearwives]]{{ref|ADWD|46}} who enlist his help in freeing "Arya Stark".{{Ref|ADWD|51}} Theon and Jeyne manage the walls of Winterfell, but fall under attack by guards shooting at them with arrows. Gravving Jeyne, Theon jumps with her from the battlements.{{Ref|aDwD|51}} They are found by [[Mors Umber]], who sends them to Stannis at the crofters' village.{{Ref|adwd|62}}
  
 
===''The Winds of Winter''===
 
===''The Winds of Winter''===
Asha tries to ransom Theon from Stannis, but is refused since the northmen want Theon dead. Asha suggests that he behead Theon himself before a [[weirwood|heart tree]], as Ned Stark would have done.
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[[Stannis Baratheon]] plans to execute [[Theon Greyjoy]] to placate the [[northern mountain clans]], who want vengeance for the supposed murders of [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark]], although he first hopes to learn useful information about [[Roose Bolton|Roose]] and [[Ramsay Snow|Ramsay Bolton]] from him. [[Asha Greyjoy|Asha]] attempts to ransom her brother, and when Stannis refuses she urges him to execute Theon as [[Eddard Stark]] would have done - by personally beheading him in front of a [[heart tree]].{{ref|twow||[[Theon I (The Winds of Winter)|Theon I]]}}
  
Aeron has been captured and imprisoned by Euron, who reveals he killed his brothers Harlon, Robin and Balon. As he prepares to fight the Redwyne Fleet he ties Aeron to the front of his ship.
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Since his disappearance following the [[kingsmoot]], [[Aeron Greyjoy]] has been a prisoner on [[Euron Greyjoy]]'s ship. While preparing to fight the [[House Redwyne|Redwyne]] fleet, Euron has Aeron tied to the front of his ship.{{ref|twow||[[The Forsaken (The Winds of Winter)|The Forsaken]]}}
  
 
==Known members at the end of the third century==
 
==Known members at the end of the third century==

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House Greyjoy of Pyke
Greyjoy coat sigil.png
Coat of arms Sable, a kraken Or
Words We Do Not Sow
Seat Pyke
Lord King Euron Greyjoy
Region Iron Islands
Title King of Salt and Rock
Son of the Sea Wind
Lord Reaper of Pyke
Heir Theon Greyjoy
Overlord None, sovereign (disputed by House Baratheon of King's Landing and House Baratheon of Dragonstone)
Founded Age of Heroes
Pyke, castle and seat of House Greyjoy- by Zippo514 ©

House Greyjoy of Pyke is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Iron Islands, a harsh and bleak collection of forbidding islands off the west coast of Westeros, from the Seastone Chair in the castle of Pyke on the island of the same name. The head of the family is traditionally known as the Lord Reaper of Pyke. Their sigil is a golden kraken on a black field, and their house motto is "We Do Not Sow."[1][2] Members of the family tend to be attractive and well-built, with black hair.

History

The Greyjoys of Pyke claim descent from the Grey King of the Age of Heroes. Legend says the Grey King ruled not only the western isles but the sea itself, and took a mermaid to wife.

In the era when the ironborn chose their rulers through the kingsmoot, only Houses Greyiron and Goodbrother produced more kings than the Greyjoys.[3] For instance, the Old Kraken, Loron Greyjoy, was chosen as a King of the Iron Islands in a kingsmoot. The iron lords, including the Greyjoys, intermarried with the victorious Andals when they invaded the Iron Isles.[4]

Come the Wars of Conquest, King Harren the Black of House Hoare ruled all the lands between the mountains, from the Neck to the Blackwater Rush. When Harren and his sons perished in the burning of Harrenhal, Aegon Targaryen granted the riverlands to Edmyn Tully of House Tully. The surviving lords of the Iron Islands fell into chaotic squabbling, leading Aegon to invade the islands to subdue them. After they bent the knee Aegon allowed them to revive their ancient custom and chose who should have the primacy among them. They chose Lord Vickon Greyjoy of Pyke.[3]

Thus relegated to their dismal homeland and constrained by the king's peace, the Greyjoys have kept themselves distant from the other Great Houses, rarely taking part in events on the mainland (which they call the "green lands"), even when asked.

At various times the Greyjoys have tried to return to their ancient practices of raiding the western coastlines. At the beginning of the Dance of the Dragons, the Lord Reaper of Pyke, Dalton Greyjoy, was offered the position of master of ships to replace Ser Tyland Lannister, who had been made master of coin of King Aegon II Targaryen.[5] Dalton, the Red Kraken, instead sacked Lannisport and sent the ironborn to raid the coasts, capturing Kayce and Faircastle on Fair Isle. Dalton defied the Iron Throne for two years, but he was eventually murdered in Faircastle.[6]

Lord Dagon and the ironmen later raided the coastal areas of Westeros, sacking the town of Little Dosk. Lord Beron Stark gathered swords and House Lannister built ships in an effort to drive Lord Dagon and his ironmen back to the Iron Islands,[7] and Dagon was ultimately unable to resist the Targaryens.[8]

Lord Quellon Greyjoy tried to reform the ironborn and integrate them with the mainland, but he was killed late in Robert's Rebellion. His son, Lord Balon Greyjoy, rejected Quellon's reforms and desired a return to the Old Way. He created the Iron Fleet and led his own rebellion against the Iron Throne, declaring himself King of the Iron Islands, like many of his ancestors. Despite initiating several strong early strikes, such as burning of the Lannister fleet at anchor, he was defeated. Balon's own fleet under the command of his brother Victarion burned and his two eldest sons Rodrik and Maron were slain during the war. His last son Theon was given as a hostage and ward to Lord Eddard Stark after he swore fealty to House Baratheon of King's Landing.

Since their revolt, the Greyjoys have been as insular as ever. With Theon living in the green lands, Lord Balon raised his daughter Asha as his heir. Balon exiled his brother Euron when he raped the salt wife of their brother Victarion, Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet. Victarion was forced to kill his wife to retain his honor. Since then Euron has sailed the world aboard the Silence, reaving and pillaging, unwelcome in the Isles while Balon still lives. Another brother, Aeron Damphair, had been changed by his experience of washing overboard during the Battle of Fair Isle, and became a priest of the Drowned God.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Theon is still a ward of Winterfell nine years after the Greyjoy Rebellion.[9] When King Robert I Baratheon rides north to ask Lord Eddard Stark to assume the position of Hand of the King, Theon joins the organized hunt.[10] When Eddard goes south, Theon remains at Winterfell.[11] He becomes the advisor of Eddard's heir, Robb Stark, when he rules as acting lord of Winterfell.[12] He saves Bran Stark's life when a group of wildlings and Night's Watch deserters attack the boy in the wolfswood, but is reprimanded by Robb for endangering Bran's life in the process.[13]

When Eddard is arrested, Theon rides to war with Robb, becoming his trusted battle companion and one of Ser Brynden Tully's scouts.[14][15] He eventually becomes one of Robb's personal guards.[16] Theon fights in the battle in the Whispering Wood,[15][17] He advocates assaulting the Twins[14] and executing the captive Jaime.[16] Following the Battle of the Camps, Theon accompanies Robb to Riverrun, where his friend is proclaimed King in the North.[18]

House Greyjoy is among the noble houses Viserys Targaryen believes will rise for him should he land in Westeros.[19]

A Clash of Kings

Outfitted for War by Ignacio Lazcano. © Fantasy Flight Games.

On the order of Robb Stark, now King in the North and King of the Trident, Theon travels from Riverrun to Pyke to present his father, Lord Balon Greyjoy, with a proposal from Robb that Balon names himself King of the Iron Islands and joins the war against House Lannister. Although he is escorted to the castle by his uncle Aeron and given chambers in the Bloody Keep,[2] Theon's family considers him to be soft because he has lived on "the green lands" for a decade. In addition, he finds that Balon considers Asha to be his heir. Balon spurns Robb's offer and declares himself King of both the Iron Islands and the North. He sends his kin to take the lightly-held North:[20] Victarion captures Moat Cailin in the Neck to prevent Robb's lords from returning to their seats, while Asha takes Deepwood Motte and Theon ravages Stony Shore under the supervision of his Aeron and Dagmer Cleftjaw. Dissatisfied with his duties, jealous of Asha's taking of Deepwood Motte, Theon disobeys Balon's orders and plans to take Winterfell in an attempt to prove himself.[15]

Theon succesfully seizes Winterfell with a small party.[21] He takes Bran and Rickon Stark hostage and declares himself Prince of Winterfell.[22] When Bran and Rickon escape, Theon follows the advice of "Reek" and kills two boys around the same age from the Acorn Water mill, mutilating the bodies so as to pretend they are the Stark boys when he fails to track them down in the wolfswood.[22] Theon forbids Luwin from burying the bodies in the crypt of Winterfell,[23] instead mounting their heads on the castle walls.[24]

When Theon reaches out to her, Asha travels from Deepwood Motte to Winterfell. She tells Theon that the ironborn will never succeed in holding landlocked castles and advises him to abandon Winterfell. When she departs, she leaves behind only a token group of men.[23] Theon is confronted by the garrison of Winterfell, under the command of Ser Rodrik Cassel, not long after. Soldiers from House Bolton arrive during the parlay and attack Rodrik's men in the winter town, scattering them. "Reek" reveals himself to be Ramsay Snow and orders his men to burn Winterfell, killing Theon's remaining garrison.[25]

A Storm of Swords

Ramsay Snow has the two captured wards Walder and Walder, write to their family that Theon burned Winterfell when northmen tried to retake the castle.[26] Ramsay is said to be flaying Theon alive as punishment,[27] and sends his father, Lord Roose Bolton, a piece of flayed skin which Roose delivers to King Robb Stark and his mother, Lady Catelyn.[28]

Balon Greyjoy now styles himself the Ninth of His Name Since the Grey King, King of the Iron Islands and the North, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, and Lord Reaper of Pyke.[29]. He sends terms of alliance to King's Landing, asking for the lands above the Neck. King Joffrey I Baratheon's small council discusses Balon's terms, and both Lords Mace Tyrell and Paxter Redwyne urge that these terms be accepted in order to free up new resources for dealing with Stannis Baratheon. However, Tywin Lannister rejects them, stating that, since Balon is already at war with House Stark, accepting the terms will not give them an additional benefit.[30] Tywin considers both Balon, whose wife is elderly and failing, and Theon as potential new husbands for his daughter, the widowed Dowager Queen Cersei Lannister. However, he is uncertain about an alliance with the Iron Islands, while Cersei objects to Theon.[30]

Balon dies in a fall while crossing a bridge during a storm.[17][31] Lord Roose Bolton convinces Robb to spare Theon's life until the succession to the Iron Islands is resolved, as Theon is Balon's only remaining son.[28] Balon's younger brother, Euron, returns from his exile the next day, claiming the Seastone Chair.[17]

A Feast for Crows

Asha Greyjoy travels to Winterfell after it was sacked in search of her brother Theon, but is unable to identify him amongst the bodies.[32][33]

Aeron Greyjoy, a priest of the Drowned God, has returned to the Iron Islands and resumed his regular priestly duties. When he learns that Balon, his oldest brother, has died and that Euron has returned and claimed the Seastone Chair, he calls for a kingsmoot on Old Wyk to choose their new king.[34] He rejects the call of his drowned men that he should claim the Seastone Chair himself.[34] During the first kingsmoot in millenia, Victarion, Asha, and Euron all make their claim. Euron is eventually elected king.[35]

Aeron vows to rouse people against Euron, who he considers to be "godless", and disappears.[36] Asha departs Old Wyk for the Ten Towers, after which she quickly travels north.[37] Victarion continues to serve Euron, and leads the ironborn in raiding the Reach by taking the Shields.[36] At Oakenshield Castle, Euron sends Victarion and the Iron Fleet east, to find Daenerys Targaryen. He asks Victarion to court her in his name and bring her and her dragons to Westeros, intent on using her to claims the Iron Throne, after which he is willing to grant Victarion the Seastone Chair. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.[36]

Following his conquest of the Shield Islands, Euron has his ironborn sack Ryamsport, and invade Vinetown, and Starfish Harbor, from where they threaten Oldtown, preying on ships bound for the city.[38][39]

A Dance with Dragons

Victarion sets sail for Meereen, from where Daenerys Targaryen rules. At the Stepstones, he splits his fleet of ninety-three ships into three squadrons. Because of the storms, only forty-five ships reach the Isle of Cedars, their rendezvous point.[40]} They find Moqorro, a red priest, clinging to wreckage out at sea. After Moqorro succesfully heals Victarion's wounded hand with magic, Victarion allows him to stay aboard.[40] Moqorro tells Victarion that in order to bind Daenerys's dragons to his will, Victarion will need to claim the dragon horn Dragonbinder with blood.[8]

Theon Greyjoy remains a captive at the Dreadfort, where he has been physically and mentally tortured, and forced to take on the guise of "Reek", the name of Ramsay's late serving man.[41] Theon is released from the Dreadfort to execute a mission for Ramsay. He is sent to Moat Cailin to treat with the ironborn left behind by Victarion. Although he succeeds in getting them to surrender by relaying Ramsay's promise of food and safe passage to the survivors., Ramsay has them all flayed alive.[42]

Ramsay's father, Lord Roose Bolton, temporarily takes Theon over from him,[43] and takes him to the partially-rebuilt Winterfell.[44] There, Theon gives Jeyne Poole, pretending to be Arya Stark, away at her wedding to Ramsay in the godswood of Winterfell, as Theon is the closest thing to kin "Arya" has left.[44]

Asha Greyjoy has returned to Deepwood Motte in the north. There, she receives scraps of Theon's skin send to her by Ramsay, who warns her to abandon the north.[37] While attempting to flee back to her ships, Asha and her garrison are overtaken by King Stannis Baratheon's army.[37] Asha is taken captive and continues with Stannis's host toward Winterfell, eventually stranding at a crofters' village approximately three days ride from Winterfell.[45]

Theon remains at Winterfell, where he wanders the castle and at times prays before the heart tree in Winterfell's godswood.[46] During one visit he sees hints of Bran Stark's face in the weirwood and hears it whisper his name, which temporarily restores his sanity.[47] He is eventually approached by two of Mance Rayder's spearwives[47] who enlist his help in freeing "Arya Stark".[48] Theon and Jeyne manage the walls of Winterfell, but fall under attack by guards shooting at them with arrows. Gravving Jeyne, Theon jumps with her from the battlements.[48] They are found by Mors Umber, who sends them to Stannis at the crofters' village.[49]

The Winds of Winter

Stannis Baratheon plans to execute Theon Greyjoy to placate the northern mountain clans, who want vengeance for the supposed murders of Bran and Rickon Stark, although he first hopes to learn useful information about Roose and Ramsay Bolton from him. Asha attempts to ransom her brother, and when Stannis refuses she urges him to execute Theon as Eddard Stark would have done - by personally beheading him in front of a heart tree.[50]

Since his disappearance following the kingsmoot, Aeron Greyjoy has been a prisoner on Euron Greyjoy's ship. While preparing to fight the Redwyne fleet, Euron has Aeron tied to the front of his ship.[51]

Known members at the end of the third century

Other branches

Cousins to the mainline are:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Household

Historical Members

Sworn Houses

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  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Greyjoys of Pyke.
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  53. The Sworn Sword.