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"The ironborn will reave and pillage as it was in the old days."
Balon Greyjoy[src]

Raiding, also known as reaving or pillaging, is an activity in which several cultures take part. It is an attack on populated areas with the purpose of seizing weaponry, food, gold, or prisoners.

It forms the basis of the economies of the Free Folk beyond the Wall of Westeros and the Dothraki in central and western Essos.

Ironborn also engage in raiding traditionally, though in their case raiding is also a religious activity. The
Laiinsport raid

Lannisport after being raided by the Greyjoy fleet during the Greyjoy Rebellion.

ironborn feel that raiding is their right, and have rebelled against the Seven Kingdoms to have the freedom to do so, among other things. This rebellion is known as the Greyjoy Rebellion. It ultimately ended in Greyjoy defeat, cementing the rule of King Robert Baratheon, and resulting in Lord Balon Greyjoy's only surviving son and heir becoming a ward of House Stark of Winterfell and Robert's companion Ned.

In times of war, factions also engage in raiding to deprive the enemy of resources.

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