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- "Yara, my daughter, you'll take thirty longships to attack Deepwood Motte."
- ―Balon Greyjoy
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.
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.
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.
Notes and references
|Scourging of the Riverlands||
|The Young Wolf's campaign||
Purple Wedding · Tyrion Lannister (I) · Tyrion Lannister (II) · Tower of the Hand
|Ironborn Invasion of the North||
The Dreadfort · Moat Cailin (II) · Deepwood Motte (II)