Battle of the Redgrass Field
|Battle of the Redgrass Field|
|Conflict||First Blackfyre Rebellion|
The Battle of the Redgrass Field, often simply called the Redgrass Field, was the largest battle during the First Blackfyre Rebellion, effectively ending it and confirming King Daeron II Targaryen's rule of the Seven Kingdoms.
Daemon Waters, the bastard son of Daena Targaryen, was acknowledged by King Aegon IV Targaryen as his son and given the Valyrian sword Blackfyre, the sword of House Targaryen kings. On his deathbed, Aegon legitimized his bastards, placing them in line to inherit the throne. Over the years, Daemon, who had taken the name Blackfyre after the sword, came to believe that he should be king over Daeron II Targaryen, whose parentage was questioned.
Daemon Blackfyre eventually declared himself the rightful king and set about creating an army. The realm split between the 'red dragon' and the 'black dragon'. Lord Ambrose Butterwell, the Hand of the King to Daeron, did nothing to calm tempers, and some questioned whether he had a hand in the eventual uprising. He was replaced by Lord Hayford, a noted loyalist, only days before the battle.
The two armies collided on a unnamed field. Lord Costayne was on the left of Daemon's host, while Lord Shawney was on the right side with Aegor Rivers, who was known as Bittersteel. Lord Leo Tyrell, one of Daeron's most powerful supporters, did not arrive in time for the decisive battle.
Daemon was unstoppable that day, cutting Lord Donnel Arryn's van to pieces, slaying Wyl Waynwood and the Knight of Ninestars before coming upon Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard. A famous fight took place between the two with Valyrian steel swords, with Daemon wielding Blackfyre and Gwayne using Lady Forlorn, before Daemon managed to severely injure his opponent, leaving him blind and bleeding. Daemon paused then, to make sure no more injury came to Ser Gwayne, ordering Redtusk to carry Gwayne back to the maesters in the rear.
By that time, Brynden Rivers, known as Bloodraven, and his company, the Raven's Teeth, crested the Weeping Ridge, gaining the high ground from where he showered Daemon's position with arrows. Bloodraven spied Daemon's banner and slew the elder of Daemon's twin sons, Aegon, knowing that Daemon would never leave his son on the field, and then pierced Daemon with seven shafts, killing him. The younger twin, Aemon, picked up Blackfyre when his father fell, and Bloodraven slew him too.
With their leaders fallen, the rebels began to flee then, until Bittersteel, who had commanded the right at the beginning of the battle, was able to turn the rout into a charge at the enemy. He personally fought a great battle with Bloodraven, taking his eye during a battle that was second only to Daemon and Corbray's. At that point, Prince Baelor Breakspear struck the rebel rear with a host of stormlords and Dornishmen, shattering their lines and the battle was ended. Maekar led the rest of the forces to crush the rebels between them. Lord Shawney nearly died from his wounds, while Lord Ambrose Butterwell lost two sons who fought on opposing sides. Ser Buford Bulwer allegedly killed forty men during the battle.
Ten thousand men died on what would later be known as the Redgrass Field, presumably for all the blood sucked red. Daemon Blackfyre and both of his eldest twin sons, Aegon and Aemon, were slain in the battle, effectively ending the rebellion and confirming King Daeron II's rule of the Seven Kingdoms. However, Bittersteel fled to the Free Cities with many others (including the five other sons of Daemon) and the Blackfyre Pretenders continued to plague the Targaryen dynasty until Maelys the Monstrous was slain in the Stepstones.
It is suggested that the Redgrass Field was a close thing and if Daemon had not stopped for Gwayne, he might have broken Maekar's left before Bloodraven had gained the ridge and Baelor arrived. Then, with the Hand slain and the road to King's Landing open, Daemon would have had little opposition.
Amongst the dead were Lady Rohanne Webber's first husband, squire to Lord Wyman Webber; Roger of Pennytree, Ser Arlan of Pennytree's squire; and Lord Hayford slain by Lord Gormon Peake.