Battle of Oxcross
|Battle of Oxcross|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
After the Whispering Wood and the Battle of the Camps, Robb Stark plans to send Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father, Balon Greyjoy, for an alliance to assault the westerlands 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 west 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 Baratheon. This is done with the aim that Renly will pose Lord Tywin Lannister a more immediate threat, which will force him to leave Harrenhal.
Robb's host avoids the strong castles at the border and invades the westerlands through a previously unknown path, which is found by his direwolf, Grey Wind. Stafford trains the inexperienced recruits near the village of Oxcross, within three days' ride from Lannisport. Thinking himself safe in his own lands, Stafford does not bother to set sentries. During the night, Robb sends men to cut the lines that hold Stafford's horses. When Robb sets loose Grey Wind, the horses are maddened by the scent and trample tents and men alike while trying to flee. With confusion sending Lannister men fleeing everywhere, Robb sends his own cavalry. The battle is more a rout then a real encounter, as the untrained and surprised Lannister army fail to put up much resistance.
Stafford is slain by Lord Rickard Karstark while running after his horse. Ser Stevron Frey, Lord Walder Frey's eldest son and heir, suffers a minor wound during the battle, but dies shortly thereafter. 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.
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. 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.
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