Victarion Greyjoy by Amok©
|Alias(es)||The Iron Captain|
Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet|
Master of the Iron Victory
|Born||In 257–269 AC, Pyke|
|Father||Lord Quellon Greyjoy|
3rd: Unnamed (salt wife)
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
A Game of Thrones (appendix)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (POV)
Appearance and Character
Victarion is a capable commander and a fierce warrior in battle, but he has a calm demeanor outside of it, thinking of enemies who show bravery with great respect. He is a religious man willing to wear plate armor while sailing because he has no fear of drowning. According to George R. R. Martin, Victarion is "dumb as a stump" and "a dullard and a brute".
The Lord Captain wears heavy grey chain mail over boiled black leather. When preparing for combat, Victarion also wears heavy plate. He wears padded gloves underneath his iron gauntlets of lobstered steel plate. Victarion's tall black warhelm is decorated with an iron kraken, whose tentacles coil down below his jaw. He carries a longsword and a dirk, but prefers to use his fearsome steel axe with a shield. Victarion's cloak is made of nine layers of gold cloth sewn like the kraken of his House, and its arms reach his boots.
Victarion and his two eldest brothers, Balon and Euron, convinced their father Quellon, Lord of the Iron Islands, to join Robert's Rebellion, and they raided the Reach late in the war. After Quellon was killed in a battle at the Mander, however, the new Lord Balon returned to the Iron Islands with his younger brothers.
Victarion recognized the greatness of Balon and followed him loyally. He commanded the great fleet constructed by Balon, the Iron Fleet, during Greyjoy's Rebellion. During the rebellion, using a plan Euron had concocted, they sailed into Lannisport and burned the Lannister fleet at anchor. Victarion tossed the first torch onto the flagship of Lord Tywin Lannister. Later in the rebellion, the Iron Fleet was smashed by Stannis Baratheon in a sea battle off Fair Isle, during which Victarion's younger brother Aeron's vessel, Golden Storm, was chopped in half by Stannis's warship, Fury. After the rebellion's end, Victarion continued to serve faithfully as Lord Captain.
Victarion has wed three times: his first wife died in childbirth, birthing a stillborn daughter; his second wife was stricken by a pox; his third wife was seduced and impregnated by his brother Euron, which drove Victarion to beat her to death to retain his honor. Only the taboo against kinslaying kept Victarion from doing the same to Euron. He has not married since, nor has he forgiven Euron, who was forced into exile by Balon in 297 AC. In addition to his third wife, Victarion has beaten four men to death with his fists. Victarion thrashed Harras Harlaw on multiple occasions when Harras was young.
A Clash of Kings
In preparation for the invasion of the north planned by his brother, Balon Greyjoy, Victarion loans his steersman, Rymolf Stormdrunk, to his nephew, Theon Greyjoy. Victarion attends a feast at Pyke's Great Hall with his brothers, Balon and Aeron. He is sent with the main strength of the Iron Fleet to take Moat Cailin by his king and brother, Balon Greyjoy. Moat Cailin falls to the ironborn's surprise assault. Theon intends to hold Meera and Jojen Reed captive to prevent their father, Lord Howland Reed, from attacking Victarion's men, but the Reed children vanish from Winterfell.
A Storm of Swords
Robb Stark, the King in the North, is informed at Hag's Mire of Balon's death and the return of his exiled brother, Euron Crow's Eye. Robb thinks that Victarion will leave Moat Cailin to claim Balon's throne.
A Feast for Crows
Victarion wears mail and leather day and night for protection from crannogmen. He leaves a token force to defend Moat Cailin under the command of Ralf Kenning, and returns to the Iron Islands with his fleet to decide on the succession of the next iron king.
Victarion makes a claim to the Seastone Chair as Balon's brother and second-in-command. He refuses the offer of his niece, Asha Greyjoy, to share rule with him as king and her as his Hand. Victarion makes a strong claim at the kingsmoot on Old Wyk, but the crowd ultimately favors Euron.
Despite his hatred for Euron, Victarion's obedient and dutiful nature keeps him following his king's orders. Victarion leads the taking of the Shields, slaughtering unarmored sailors and winning a duel with Ser Talbert Serry, the son of Lord Osbert Serry, but his left hand is wounded during the fight. After his victory, Victarion watches helplessly as Euron steals many of his trusted comrades away from him by giving them titles on the Shield Islands. Victarion also deplores the cruelty Euron displays toward the slain lords' women.
Apparently oblivious to Victarion's hatred, Euron summons Victarion to a private meeting in Lord Hewett's castle and asks him to find Daenerys Targaryen and deliver Euron's marriage proposal. The new king explains that Victarion will receive the Seastone Chair once Euron claims the Iron Throne. Victarion agrees, but secretly plans on courting Daenerys for himself.
A Dance with Dragons
Victarion's Iron Fleet of over ninety ships splits into three squadrons and sets sail for Meereen. With him aboard Iron Victory is "the dusky woman", a gift of Euron's. She is comely but mute. On the journey, Victarion loses nearly half his ships, though he also gains some ships back by capturing and seizing several trading vessels and their cargo. Victarion's wounded hand continues to trouble him, and he suspects that Kerwin, the maester that Euron sent to accompany him, is poisoning him.
During the voyage, a red priest of R'hllor named Moqorro is discovered clinging to wreckage out at sea. The crew wants him killed, but Moqorro convinces Victarion to allow him to treat his wounded hand. Behind closed doors, Moqorro apparently uses magic on the lord captain; when Victarion emerges from his cabin, his left hand is charred and blackened.
Moqorro, like Melisandre, can see the future in the flames, and uses the magic to aid Victarion in his quest. For instance, Victarion orders his crew to kill Kerwin, as Moqorro had a vision that the maester's death would bring the ship good winds. The Iron Victory's crew live in great fear of Moqorro and call him the Black Flame. Victarion makes offerings to both the Drowned God and R'hllor. Moqorro also alerts Victarion that he has seen Daenerys married in the flames, but Victarion is unconcerned by this, stating "she would not be the first woman I made a widow." Moqorro tells Victarion that in order to bind Daenerys's dragons to the Iron Captain's will, Victarion must claim the dragon horn Dragonbinder with blood.
The Winds of Winter
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Quotes by Victarion
Words are wind, and the only good wind is that which fills our sails.—Victarion to his captains
When Balon was wed, it was me he sent to Harlaw to bring him back his bride. I led his longships into many a battle, and never lost but one. The first time Balon took a crown, it was me sailed into Lannisport to singe the lion's tail. The second time, it was me he sent to skin the Young Wolf should he come howling home. All you'll get from me is more of what you got from Balon.—Victarion at the kingsmoot
—Victarion to Asha Greyjoy
—Victarion's thoughts on Talbert Serry
Wizards may be well and good, but blood and steel win wars.—Victarion to the dusky woman
—Victarion's thoughts regarding his third wife
—Euron Greyjoy and Victarion
The most beautiful woman in the world has urgent need of my axe.—Victarion's thoughts on Daenerys Targaryen
Quotes about Victarion
Victarion is like some great grey bullock, strong and tireless and dutiful, but not like to win any races. No doubt he'll serve me as loyally as he has served my lord father. He has neither the wits nor the ambition to plot betrayal.
The king must be Victarion, or the storm will slay us all.—Aeron Greyjoy's thoughts
—Aeron Greyjoy's thoughts
|Lady Stonetree||Quellon||Lady Piper|
- See the Victarion Greyjoy calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Victarion Greyjoy.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, 483.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- So Spake Martin: Seattle Town Hall Q&A, July 09, 2012
- io9.com: George R.R. Martin: The Complete Unedited Interview, July 23, 2013
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
- The Winds of Winter, Tyrion II