Battle of Oxcross

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Battle of Oxcross
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Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299AC
Place Oxcross, The Westerlands
Result Stark victory
Combatants
Stark army Lannister army
Commanders
King Robb Stark
Ser Brynden Tully
Ser Stafford Lannister +
Lord Roland Crakehall
Lord Antario Jast
Strength
6,000 all horsed 10,000
Casualties
not significant
Ser Stevron Frey+
heavy, force scattered
Ser Stafford Lannister+
Ser Lymond Vikary (captured)
Lord Antario Jast (captured)
Lord Roland Crakehall (captured)
Martyn Lannister (captured)

The Battle of Oxcross is a battle during the War of the Five Kings. The army of King Robb Stark routs and scatters the Lannister army of Ser Stafford Lannister, who is killed.

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Prelude

After the Battle of the Whispering Wood and Battle of the Camps, Robb Stark plans to send Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father, Balon Greyjoy, for an alliance to assault the West from both land and sea, in case the Lannisters refuse his offer of peace. After Robb chooses Theon to serve as envoy, Robb hears of another Lannister host forming in the Westerlands under command of Ser Stafford Lannister. With the main Lannister army in the Riverlands, this new army could be used to attack Robb's host from two fronts. Robb marches to deal with the forming threat as Stafford trains his fresh recruits. As Robb marches west, he sends his mother, Catelyn Tully, to forge an alliance with King Renly. This is done with the aim that Renly will pose Lord Tywin a more immediate threat, which will force him to leave Harrenhal.

Battle

Robb's host avoided the strong castles at the border and invaded the Westerlands through a previously unknown path, which was found by Grey Wind. Stafford trained the inexperienced recruits near the village of Oxcross, within three days' ride from Lannisport. Thinking himself safe in his own lands, Stafford did not bother to set sentries. During the night, Robb sent men to cut the lines that held Stafford's horses. When Robb set loose Grey Wind, the horses were maddened by the scent and trampled tents and men alike while trying to flee. With confusion sending Lannister men fleeing everywhere, Robb sent his own cavalry. Lord Karstark killed Ser Stafford as he was chasing a horse. The battle is more a rout then a real encounter, as the untrained and surprised Lannister army failed to put up much resistance.

Stafford is slain by Lord Rickard Karstark while running after his horse.[1] Ser Stevron Frey, Lord Walder Frey's eldest son and heir, suffers a minor wound during the battle, but dies shortly thereafter.[2] Among those reported dead, missing and wounded are Ser Lymond Vikary, Lord Roland Crakehall and Lord Antario Jast - these men are actually captured by the Stark forces, along with Martyn Lannister, Lord Jast's sons and half a hundred other highborn hostages.[1]

Aftermath

The remnants of the Lannister army fall back to Lannisport, where Stafford's son, Ser Daven Lannister, reforms them. Robb Stark continues attacking the Westerlands, capturing Ashemark, and marches on to take The Crag.[2] Galbart Glover and Rickard Karstark raid along the coast. Maege Mormont captures thousands of livestock and begins driving them back towards the Riverlands. Greatjon Umber captures the gold mines at Nunn's Deep, Castamere and in the Pendric Hills.[3]

Lord Tywin, having heard of the defeat at Oxcross, and feeling confident that Stannis Baratheon laying siege to Storm's End means a secure southern front, marches west to face Robb's host.

The singer Rymund the Rhymer composes a tune commemorating the northern victory, "Wolf in the Night".


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