Pyke is the stronghold and seat of House Greyjoy, located on the island of the same name, which is one of the seven major Iron Islands. Pyke is an ancient stronghold and the cliff it was built on has been eroded by the sea leaving the towers standing on stone stacks. The towers are connected by swaying rope bridges. The rocky moss covered stone at its base is not suitable for ships landing so traffic to the island flows through the nearby harbor town Lordsport.
'Pyke' is also the name given to bastards born on the Iron Islands.
Notable residents of the castle
- King Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Islands, Lord Reaper of Pyke.
- Princess Yara Greyjoy, his only daughter.
- Victarion Greyjoy, Balon's brother, commander of the Iron Fleet.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Pyke is an ancient, storm-worn fortress built atop several rocky towers jutting out of the sea. It is connected to the main island by a treacherous-footed rope bridge, and defended by tall walls.
Pyke was long considered impregnable, but during the Greyjoy Rebellion immense siege-ships commanded by Stannis Baratheon smashed the walls down with boulders, allowing ground troops to storm the castle. The onslaught was so severe that the first men through the breach, including Thoros of Myr and Jorah Mormont, suffered relatively few losses and were able to secure a bridgehead within the walls.
|Lord:||King Balon Greyjoy||Heir:||Princess Yara Greyjoy/Prince Theon Greyjoy (disputed)|
|Seat:||Pyke, Pyke||Lands:||The Iron Islands|
|Title(s):||King of the Iron Islands · Lord Reaper of Pyke · King of Salt and Rock · Son of the Sea Wind · Lord of the Iron Islands|
|Ancestors:||The Grey King · Vickon Greyjoy|
|Current members:||Aeron Greyjoy · Queen Alannys Greyjoy · Euron Greyjoy · Victarion Greyjoy|
|Deceased members:||Rodrik Greyjoy · Maron Greyjoy|
|Household:||Dagmer · Lorren · Drennan · Gelmarr · Stygg · Aggar · Wex · Urzen|