Battle of Yunkai
|Battle of Yunkai|
|Result||Liberation of Yunkai|
The Yunkai host holds the middle with a 4,000 strong infantry slave army, supported by two mounted sellsword companies in the flanks: the Stormcrows on the left and the Second Sons on the right. Both sellsword companies have about 500 men each.
Daenerys's host numbers 10,000 Unsullied and several thousand ill-trained armed freedmen. Her forces are stronger both numerically and qualitatively and could easily defeat the Yunkai army. Nevertheless Daenerys, worrying about the cost, extends an invitation to the slavers and the leaders of the sellsword companies to meet with her separately, trying to turn the sellswords over to her side and lure the Wise Masters of Yunkai to release the city's slaves without a fight.
The battle plan is outlined by Daenerys herself: a surprise attack on both enemy flanks by the Unsullied, led by their captain, Grey Worm, and Ser Jorah Mormont, the supreme commander of the army. Her kos, Jhogo, Aggo and Rakharo, are to lead her mounted warriors of about 30 men in wedge formation against the enemy center. Arstan Whitebeard and Strong Belwas are held back to guard her pavilion during the battle.
Near midnight the Unsullied catch Daario Naharis of the Stormcrows approaching the camp. He reveals he has killed the other captains, Sallor the Bald and Prendahl na Ghezn, and he surrenders the Stormcrows over to her. He pledges his sword and Daenerys accepts, aware that she risks being betrayed. Before he returns to his men, he is told to attack the Yunkish in the rear when the attack begins.
The attack is launched a few hours after midnight, and the Stormcrows attack the enemy in the rear, as promised. The Second Sons are too drunk to fight and are unable to support the slave army. Surrounded from all directions, the Yunkish troops break and throw down their weapons, while the sellswords yield.
Almost 200 Yunkish infantry are killed and the rest are taken captive. The Second Sons only suffer light casualties, but their captain Mero flees when he realizes that the Stormcrows have betrayed them. Daenerys's own losses are minimal, with only a dozen men.
Yunkai surrenders and gives in to Daenerys's demands, freeing all the slaves and allowing each of them whatever wealth they can carry from their masters. In return they are allowed to remained in control of the city, which also remains unsacked. The freed slaves swelled the ranks of Daenerys's freedmen and cemented her reputation as the "Mother" among her followers. She proceeds to Meereen, the last great slaver city.
As their wealth remains mostly untouched, however, the Wise Masters, are able to hire other sellsword companies and send envoys to Qarth, Mantarys, Elyria, Tolos, New Ghis and Volantis and form an alliance to cast Daenerys down and restore the slave trade that her campaign has affected.
References and Notes
The Battle of Yunkai. Analysis of the battle on Digitalattic.org