Battle of Oxcross
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|Battle of Oxcross|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
|Place||Oxcross, The Westerlands|
After his victories in the Battle of the Whispering Wood and Battle of the Camps, Robb Stark planned, with the aid of his great-uncle Ser Brynden "Blackfish" Tully, to take the war to the Westerlands. As the main Lannister army was in the Riverlands, the west would be lightly defended. It would also force the Lannisters to make a choice of trying to defend their lands and leaving King's Landing undefended or letting the Northern army plunder the west at will.
The Stark-Tully army, made up entirely of cavalry, avoided the strong castles at the border and invading the Westerlands through a previously unknown path. Meanwhile Lord Tywin Lannister had ordered his cousin Ser Stafford Lannister to raise a new army. Ser Stafford did as commanded and was training 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 enough scouts. During the night Robb sent his vanguard, led by the Blackfish, to kill the few sentries before Robb attacked with the main army. The battle was more a rout then a real encounter, as the untrained and surprised Lannister army could not put up much resistance.
Ser Stafford was slain by Lord Rickard Karstark while running after his horse. Ser Stevron Frey, Lord Walder Frey's eldest son and heir, suffered a minor wound during the battle, but died shortly thereafter. Among those reported dead, missing and wounded were Ser Lymond Vikary, Lord Roland Crakehall and Lord Antario Jast - these men were all 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 fell back to Lannisport, where Ser Stafford's more competent son, Ser Daven Lannister, collected them up and made a new army. Robb Stark continued attacking the Westerlands, sacking Ashemark. Galbart Glover and Rickard Karstark raided along the coast. Maege Mormont captured thousands of livestock and began driving them back towards the Riverlands. Greatjon Umber captured the gold mines at Nunn's Deep, Castamere and in the Pendric Hills.