"Yara, my daughter, you'll take thirty longships to attack Deepwood Motte."
Balon Greyjoy[src]

The First Battle of Deepwood Motte was a battle during the War of the Five Kings. It was part of the campaign orchestrated by Balon Greyjoy - who had crowned himself King of the Iron Islands - to conquer the North. Following her father's orders, Yara Greyjoy takes thirty longships of the Iron Fleet to seize the seat of House Glover. Later, Deepwood Motte is retaken by Glover forces with the support of House Bolton.


Season 2

Rejecting an offer of an alliance with the North against the Iron Throne, Balon Greyjoy sends his daughter Yara Greyjoy to raid Deepwood Motte with a fleet of thirty ships.[2]

Later, Yara rides to Winterfell in an unsuccessful attempt to convince her brother Theon Greyjoy to end his occupation of the Northern seat.[3]

Season 6

Eventually, Robett Glover liberates Deepwood Motte with the help of House Bolton[4] and slays every ironborn there.[5]

During a meeting with Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, Robett sharply mentions that the ironborn have imprisoned his wife and children and brutalized and killed their subjects. Still bitter that their brother King Robb Stark failed to come to their aid, Robett refuses to aid the Starks in their attempt to retake Winterfell from Ramsay Bolton.[4]

Following the Battle of the Bastards, Robett reconsiders his stance and renews his support for House Stark.[6]

In the books

In the books, the attack on Deepwood Motte also happens "offscreen". While Galbart and Robett Glover are away, Asha Greyjoy, leading a force of one thousand ironborn and thirty longships, seizes Deepwood Motte after a moon's turn and takes Robett's family hostage. It is unknown how much casualties each party suffers.

The capture of the castle allows the ironborn to control the northern Sunset Sea and have a secure base in the heart of the North.

Unlike most Ironborn, Asha treats her captives well. She even sends her men to bring a wet nurse for Erena, Robett Glover's baby daughter, when her mother does not have enough milk to breastfeed her.

Deepwood Motte is eventually liberated by Stannis, reinforced by the Northern mountain clans and House Mormont, in the Second Battle of Deepwood Motte. Asha and her men fight valiantly, but being outnumbered and surrounded by unfamiliar territory and darkness, they are defeated. Nearly all Asha's troops and ships are destroyed, and she and her surviving men (less than ten) are taken prisoners. Deepwood Motte is restored to House Glover. The victory grants Stannis credibility in the eyes of the people of the North, and many survivors of the northern houses join him in his campaign against the Boltons.

See also

Notes and references

  1. In "The Old Gods and the New", Theon sends Yara an order to bring 500 men, hence her force consists of at least that number.
  2. "What Is Dead May Never Die"
  3. "The Prince of Winterfell"
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The Broken Man"
  5. "Home"
  6. "The Winds of Winter"
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