The Citadel

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4.2.1. Pyke
  • There is no safe anchorage on Pyke (II: 121)
  • The shore of Pyke is full of jagged outcroppings of rock and cliffs, and the castle seems a part of the rest with its towers, walls, and bridges quarried of the same grey-black stone, wetted by the same waves, covered with the same patches of dark green lichen, and speckled with the droppings of the same sea birds (II: 121)
  • The point of land on which Pyke was raised had once thrust out like a sword into the ocean, but the waves had broken and shattered it thousands of years past. All that remain are three bare islands and a dozen stacks of towering rock. Atop those islands and pillars Pyke stands (II: 121)
  • Pyke is almost a part of the rock it stands on, its curtain wall closing off the headland around the foot of the great stone bridge that goes from clifftop to the largest of the islets, dominated by the massive size of the Great Keep (II: 121, 122)
  • Further out from the Great Keep are the Kitchen Keep and the Bloody Keep, each on its own island (II: 122)
  • Towers and outbuildings cling to the stacks beyond the islands, linked to one another by covered archways when the pillars stand close and by long walks of wood and rope when they don't (II: 122)
  • The Sea Tower rises from the outmost island at the point of the broken sword. It is the oldest part of the castle, tall and round, the pillar of rock it stands on sheer sided and half-eaten through by the battering of the waves (II: 122)
  • The base of the Sea Tower is white from centuries of salt spray and the upper stories are green from lichen, while the jagged crown is blackened with the soot from the nightly watchfire (II: 122)
  • A gatehouse guards the great bridge the spans the distance from the clifftop to the Great Keep (II: 122)
  • Lordsport is on the other side of Pyke from the Greyjoy keep (II: 126, 287)
  • The walls of Pyke run as a crescent from cliff to cliff. The gatehouse is in its center, with three square towers to either side of it. One of them, the south tower, collapsed as it was breached by Robert Baratheon's forces (II: 132)
  • The gatehouse gates are supplemented by an iron portcullis (II: 132)
  • Beyond the curtain wall is half a hundred acres of headland. The stables, kennels, other outbuildings, sheep and swine pens are all there (II: 132)
  • To the south of the curtain wall are the cliffs and the wide stone bridge that leads to the Great Keep (II: 132)
  • The lord of Pyke resides in the Sea Tower (II: 133)
  • The Bloody Keep is larger and better furnished than the Sea Tower, the ceilings of its suite so high that it is lost in the gloom (II: 133)
  • The Bloody Keep was given its name for the bloody butchering of the sons of the old River King a thousand years before (II: 133)
  • From the Bloody Keep, a covered stone walkway leads back to the Great Keep. From there to the Sea Tower one must cross three further bridges, each narrow than the last. The final one is of rope and wood (II: 134)
  • The door into the Sea Tower is of grey wood, studded with iron (II: 134)
  • The Sea Tower has a damp and draughty solar (II: 134, 289)
  • The water about the towers of Pyke are green if the sun shines (II: 287)
  • The hall of the Greyjoys is long and smoky, with room enough to seat more than four hundred men (II: 287)
  • The lands and keep of House Wynch are on the other side of the island from the Greyjoy castle at Pyke (II: 287)
  • The Seastone Chair is a massive block of oily black stone, carved into the shape of a kraken. It sits on a dais in the great hall of the Greyjoys (II: 287)
  • Feasts in Pyke are meagre enough, plain fare of salted fish and fish stews, unspiced goat, and black bread being served (II: 289)
  • Atop the Flint Cliffs is the Blind Lord’s tower, said to be haunted (IV: 21)