Battle of the Camps

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Battle of the Camps
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Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 298AC
Place Riverrun
Result Stark / Tully victory
Combatants
House Lannister House Stark
House Tully
Commanders
Lord Andros Brax+
Ser Forley Prester
Lord Robb Stark
Lord Tytos Blackwood
Ser Brynden Tully
Strength
12,000 foot and 500-750 horse in three camps. Roughly 6,000
Garrison of Riverrun
Casualties
Roughly 8,000 foot. Freeriders defected to Robb Stark.
Andros Brax+
not significant

The Battle of the Camps is an early battle in the War of the Five Kings. It is a great victory for Houses Stark and Tully, who smash the House Lannister force that encircles Riverrun, thereby allowing the river lords to join their forces with those of the North.

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Prelude

After defeating one Tully army at the Golden Tooth, Ser Jaime Lannister leads his host of westermen against Riverrun, where he routs another rivermen force and captures Ser Edmure Tully. The rivermen that do not retreat to their own castles hole up inside Riverrun, under Lord Tytos Blackwood in place of the ailing Lord Hoster Tully. Beginning a siege, Jaime is harassed by raiders under Ser Marq Piper and Lord Karyl Vance. While dealing with what he thinks is another such attack, Jaime is ambushed and captured by Robb Stark's cavalry in the Battle of the Whispering Wood. Having had their outriders and scouts eliminated, the Lannister force is unaware of their commander's defeat or of Robb's army's approach, and is still divided in three camps in order to besiege Riverrun properly.

The Battle

Ser Brynden Tully, leading Robb's van, attacks the Lannister camp north of the Tumblestone. His force clears palisades and finishes off any remaining scouts. The sleeping, leaderless camp is overrun. Men from the other camps, roused by the noise, soon attempt to come to the aid of the camp under attack. Lord Andros Brax leads his men to the rafts and attempts to make a crossing. Riverrun begins pelting the rafts with thrown rocks, and soon the rafts are flipping and sinking. Among those killed on the rafts is Lord Brax.[1]

The camp between the rivers is overrun too, this time by men led by Robb Stark, Lord Jon Umber and members of House Mallister coming in from the west. The Lannister force attempts to form a shieldwall, but are taken in the rear by a sortie from Riverrun led by Lord Tytos Blackwood.[1]

Lord Umber fires the siege towers and Lord Blackwood releases the prisoners taken in the Battle of Riverrun.[1]

Aftermath

The eastern camp of the Lannister force of roughly 2,000 spears and as many bowmen is left unmolested and retreats in good order back to the Golden Tooth, under the command of Ser Forley Prester. A Tyroshi sellsword who leads the Lannister freeriders strikes his banners and switches sides.[1]

Quotes

How could it happen? Ser Jaime taken, the siege broken ... this is a catastrophe![1]
- Harys Swyft


Hoster: I saw. Last night, when it began, I told them ... had to see. They carried me to the gatehouse ... watched from the battlements. Ah, that was beautiful ... the torches came in a wave, I could hear the cries floating across the river ... sweet cries ... when that siege tower went up, gods ... would have died then, and glad, if only I could have seen you children first. Was it your boy who did it? Was it your Robb?

Catelyn: Yes, It was Robb ... and Brynden. Your brother is here as well, my lord.[2]

- Hoster Tully and Catelyn Tully

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