Battle at Long Lake
|Battle at Long Lake|
Raymun Redbeard, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, united the free folk beyond the Wall. The Night's Watch, whose guard was down, let Raymun's reavers get atop the Wall and throw down ladders for the army waiting beneath. The army of wildlings attacked south of the Wall, causing Lord Willam Stark to leave Winterfell and march north, calling Lord Harmond Umber's banners too.
Lord Willam and Lord Harmond met Raymun on the shores of Long Lake in the north. Although Raymun beheaded Willam, he was in turn slain by Willam's younger brother, Artos the Implacable, and the wildling force was defeated. The sons of Raymun Redbeard were also killed, but his younger brother, Red Raven, fled back beyond the Wall.
The Night's Watch arrived too late to join the battle. Artos ordered them to dispose of the dead. The Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jack Musgood, was known as Sleepy Jack afterwards. Raymun's death was the last major wildling threat until the rise of Mance Rayder, which coincided with the War of the Five Kings.