The Iron Islands is one of the constituent regions of the Siedem Królestw, and was formerly a sovereign nation under the same name, until the Podbój Aegona. The Iron Islands are home to a fierce people who call themselves the Żelaźni Ludzie and are ruled by Ród Greyjoyów from the castle of Pyke.
The Iron Islands is an archipelago in Ironman's Bay, located on the western coast of Westeros, roughly west of the Dorzecze, northwest of the Krainy Zachodu, and south of the Północ. The seven major islands are Pyke, Wielka Wyk, Stara Wyk, Harlaw, Saltcliffe, Blacktyde, and Orkmont. The Lonely Light, located eight days sail northwest of Great Wyk, is the most distant of the islands. The Iron Islands is the smallest and least populous of the regions of the Siedem Królestw.
The Iron Islands are small, barely-fertile rocks with few safe harbours. The seas around the islands are stormy, frequently wreaking havoc with their considerable force.
The islands are ruled from the island of Pyke, the seat of Ród Greyjoyów. Pyke bears an ancient fortress built atop several natural rocky towers jutting out of the sea. Connected by treacherous rope bridges, it would be a major challenge for any invading army. Pyke once extended as a spur of land like a sword out of the sea, but that outcropping has long since shattered, and it is now in essence three separate isles.
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The inhabitants of these harsh isles are known as ironmen to the rest of Westeros, but call themselves the Żelaźni Ludzie. They are men of the sea, and their naval supremacy was once unmatched. They are considered independent, fierce and sometimes cruel. They live in a harsh land and they hold no love for the peoples of the mainland and their soft green ways. The Wiara w Siedmiu of the Andalowie and the Starzy Bogowie find small favor with the Żelaźni Ludzie, as their allegiance is given to their native Utopiony Bóg.
The islands are sparse and rocky with a thin, stony soil that makes it hard for the smallfolk to farm, often having to do without the animals that might make their job easier, such as oxen or horses. Their mines do not produce the precious metals of the Krainy Zachodu; iron can be obtained, but only through backbreaking labour. With so little wealth on the islands themselves, it is not difficult to understand why the Żelaźni Ludzie of old turned to raiding.
The Iron Islands were settled by the Pierwsi Ludzie many thousands of years ago. Legends claim that the Pierwsi Ludzie discovered what would be called the Tron z Morskiego Kamienia upon the shores of Stara Wyk. For much of their history, each island was its own kingdom and had its own two kings: a rock king (who ruled the land) and a salt king (who commanded at sea), with a High King chosen at Królewski Wiec by these petty kings. This changed 5,000 years prior to Greyjoy's Rebellion, when King Urron Greyiron slaughtered the assembled kings and established a hereditary throne. His dynasty lasted a thousand years, until the Andalowie swept over the Iron Islands.
Under the rule of Ród Hoareów, the Żelaźni Ludzie managed to bring the Dorzecze and much of the western coast of Westeros under the rule of the Iron Islands. Their line ended with the death of King Harren the Black and his sons at Harrenhal, the monstrous castle he had built on the shores of the Oko Boga. Aegon I came to Harrenhal intending to make Harren bend the knee. Harren refused to yield and the castle was too strong to storm, so Aegon rode his smok Balerion over the walls and roasted King Harren and his sons in their tower. With Harren's death the River lords rose in rebellion, led by Ród Tullych, throwing the Żelaźni Ludzie back to their islands, where the Żelaźni Ludzie elected Ród Greyjoyów of Pyke to rule over them, submitting to Aegon and the Żelazny Tron.
In 289 AL Lord Balon Greyjoy led an uprising of the Iron Islands against the Żelazny Tron in a bid for independence. The Bunt Greyjoyów was crushed by King Robert Baratheon, however. Balon's only surviving son, Theon Greyjoy, was taken to Północ as a ward of Lord Eddard Stark.
When warfare erupts in Westeros after the death of Robert Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy takes advantage of the instability and declares independence for the Iron Islands. Rather than ally with King Robb Stark against Ród Lannisterów, Balon sends the Żelaźni Ludzie to occupy key positions in Północ and declares himself King of the Iron Islands and Północ.
Uczta dla Wron
Aeron Greyjoy declares a Królewski Wiec as the proper way to raise the next King of the Iron Islands after the death of King Balon. This move is made by Aeron to end a potential civil war between the Żelaźni Ludzie and to prevent Euron Greyjoy from taking the Seastone Chair. However, Euron is chosen king despite the efforts of Aeron, Victarion Greyjoy, and Asha Greyjoy.
Euron promises to conquer all of Westeros for the Żelaźni Ludzie and expands their war. The castellan Erik Ironmaker rules the Iron Islands in Euron's absence while he is on campaign.
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