Ancient Claw Isle was settled by House Celtigar, a family of Valyrian ancestry. Prior to Aegon's Conquest, the Celtigars and the Velaryons of Driftmark controlled the middle portions of the narrow sea with their ships.
Lord Edwell Celtigar resigned as Hand of the King and returned to Claw Isle in 48 AC after King Maegor I Targaryen declined to marry one of his daughters. Edwell later served King Jaehaerys I Targaryen as master of coin, but he again returned to his island when the king reached his majority in 50 AC.
Though Lord Ardrian Celtigar presents himself as stingy, Claw Isle's castle is reputedly stuffed with Myrish carpets, Volantene glass, gold and silver plate, jeweled cups, magnificent hawks, a trained sea eagle, an axe of Valyrian steel, a magic horn said to summon krakens from the deep, chests of rubies, and numerous wines.
A Clash of Kings
Ardrian Celtigar, Lord of Claw Isle, takes most of the able-bodied men with him when Stannis Baratheon calls his banners during the War of the Five Kings. Captured in the Battle of the Blackwater, Ardrian bends the knee to King Joffrey I Baratheon.
A Storm of Swords
Because Lord Celtigar submitted to Joffrey, Ser Axell Florent plots with Salladhor Saan to attack Claw Isle as a reprisal, for the island is lightly garrisoned. Ser Davos Seaworth advises Stannis that it is a poor option, reminding him that Claw Isle is only held by women, children, and old men because the warriors of the island were killed fighting for Stannis on the Blackwater. Stannis decides not to attack Claw Isle. For his counsel and loyalty, Stannis names Davos Lord of the Rainwood and Hand of the King.
Stannis: It could be done, I believe. The risk is small. Joffrey has no strength at sea until Lord Redwyne sets sail from the Arbor. The plunder might serve to keep that Lysene pirate Salladhor Saan loyal for a time. By itself Claw Isle is worthless, but its fall would serve notice to Lord Tywin that my cause is not yet done. Speak truly, ser. What do you make of Ser Axell's proposal?Davos: Your Grace, I make it folly ... aye, and cowardice.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
- Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Resting - The Realm Remade.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.