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Prior to his death, Balon Greyjoy was Lord of the Iron Islands, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, Lord Reaper of Pyke, captain of the Great Kraken. A harsh and fierce man, devoted in most respects to Ironborn custom, he nonetheless viewed his daughter Asha as his successor. He led a rebellion against King Robert Baratheon, which was put down by House Baratheon and Lord Eddard Stark. Balon's elder sons Rodrik and Maron were killed during this conflict, and his third son Theon was taken hostage by Lord Stark. Balon was married to Lady Alannys Harlaw, from whom he was estranged.
After Robert Baratheon's death, Balon spurned Robb Stark's offer of an alliance and declared himself King of the Iron Islands and the North, taking the Neck and ravaging the coastline of the Stark-held North.
Balon died in a fall while crossing a weak bridge during a storm. Some portents and the timely return of his brother Euron lead characters to speculate that Balon may have been murdered by an assassin at Euron's command. "I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings," the dream described to Arya Stark by the Ghost of High Heart. This dream would imply that Balon Greyjoy was killed by a Faceless Man under Eurons order.
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