Chapter 18 Summary
The Iron Captain, Victarion Greyjoy, arrives in Old Wyk where the ribs of Nagga rise from the earth. Victarion has returned with the Iron Fleet from Moat Cailin, where he watched the "bog devils" shoot his men with poisoned arrows that caused them to die slowly and terribly. Now, he wonders if he should become king. Just the thought of Euron makes Victarion clench his fists, but he remembers Balon's instruction that he would curse himself if he killed his brother. Hotho Harlaw offers to wed his daughter to Victarion, who says only that he has no luck with wives. He does not want to think of what happened to his third wife. Euron has returned from three years of exile with a crew of mutes and, in Victarion's view, monsters. Victarion is not alone in his dislike of Euron Crow's Eye. Both Aeron Damphair and Asha speak against him, though neither's objections bother Euron. Victarion talks with Asha after. She tells Victarion that she will support his claim if he names her his Hand, and she warns Victarion that the ironborn are fascinated by Euron and his ship, the Silence, on which he has pillaged lands around the world. Victarion refuses her offer and ignores her advice. Asha asks Victarion why Euron was exiled. Euron slept with his brother's new wife while Victarion was fighting the Lannisters during Balon's rebellion. When he learned that his wife was pregnant with Euron's child, Victarion murdered her.