Pirates or corsairs commit acts of robbery or criminal violence at sea, on shore, or in other major bodies of water, such as river or lakes.
While the Qohorik rule the Qhoyne and the Darkwash north of Ar Noy, pirates are thickest on the rivers between Ar Noy and the Sorrows. There are pirates on Dagger Lake, which is full of islands where pirates lurk in hidden caves and secret strongholds. Pirates do not sail into the Sorrows, and the Rhoyne south of the Sarrows is held by Volantene galleys.
The Basilisk Isles off Sothoryos are a base for corsairs who raid shipping in the Summer Sea for captives to sell as slaves in Meereen, Yunkai, and Astapor. The northern coast of Sothoryos is navigable by the corsair's road.
The Three Sisters have been a favorite haunt of smugglers for hundreds of years, and were pirate nests before that. The ancestors of House Borrell of Sweetsister were pirate kings until the Starks came down on them with fire and sword in the Rape of the Three Sisters.
Pirates from the Stepstones attacked Cape Wrath while King Argilac Durrandon was preoccupied with Aegon's Conquest. In 8 AC during the First Dornish War, a pirates from the Stepstones transported Dornish raiders to attack the cape. Pirates sacked Tall Trees Town in 19 AC.
Corsairs from the Pepper Coast and pirates from the Stepstones supported Morion Martell, Prince of Dorne, in the ill-fated Fourth Dornish War in 83 AC. After the Myrish Bloodbath of 91–92 AC, the Archon of Tyrosh allied with pirate kings to force Myrish rogues from the Stepstones. The defeated Myrmen then established themselves as pirates on Tarth.
In 96 AC, the Kingdom of the Three Daughters conquered the Stepstones and killed hundreds of pirates. Ten years later, Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lord Corlys Velaryon began their own war for the Stepstones against the Triarchy. Daemon called himself King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Aurane Waters flees King's Landing with the royal dromonds after the arrest of Queen Cersei Lannister. Grand Maester Pycelle believes that Aurane is sailing to the Stepstones to set himself up as a pirate.
A Dance with Dragons
When Quentyn Martell sails incognito on the Meadowlark, pirates come aboard when the ship is anchored off the coast of the Disputed Lands; the crew fends off the pirates off at the cost of twelve lives.
The Winds of Winter
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- a corsair king active in the Summer Sea
- Korra the Cruel, based in Dagger Lake
- Justin Massey
- Old Mother, one of the Ninepenny Kings
- Pynto, a Braavosi innkeeper and former pirate
- Saathos Saan, King of the Basilisk Isles
- Salladhor Saan, self-styled Prince of the Narrow Sea
- Samarro Saan, one of the Ninepenny Kings
- Shrouded Lord, said to be a corsair from the Basilisk Isles
- Urho the Unwashed, based in Dagger Lake
- Aurane Waters, possibly the self-styled Lord of the Waters
- Xandarro Xhore
When a pirate grows rich enough, they make him a prince.—thoughts of Davos Seaworth
Illyrio: Autumn is a season rife with storms, and pirates still make their dens upon the Stepstones and venture forth to prey on honest men. It would never do for my little friend to fall into such hands.
Tyrion: There are pirates on the Rhoyne as well.Illyrio: River pirates. Cockroach captains scurrying after crumbs.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Tyrosh, and Lys.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell V.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: Andals in the Stormlands.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
- Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
- Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
- The Sworn Sword.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
- The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.