Battle of the Whispering Wood
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|Battle of the Whispering Wood|
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|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
|Place||Area surrounding Riverrun|
Ser Jaime Lannister grew overconfident after the easy victories in the Riverlands. He smashed the Riverlords forces at the battles of the Golden Tooth and Riverrun, capturing the heir to the Riverlands, Ser Edmure Tully and many of his knights, and forming a siege on its capital, Riverrun. His father Lord Tywin's host was holding the crossing in the east, essentially securing a Lannister victory in the Riverlands. Of late, Jaime had been leading large parties to attack the scattered surviving Riverlord forces at their own strongholds.
Unknown to Jaime, Robb Stark had forged an alliance with House Frey, securing him passage over the Trident. Joined by additional soldiers from House Frey and House Mallister of Seagard, Robb moved on Riverrun from the north in an attempt to outflank the unsuspecting Lannister forces and relieve the besieged forces at Riverrun. Robb had managed to keep his march secret, thanks to the efforts of his great uncle, Ser Brynden Tully, and his outriders who were able to shoot down all of the Lannister ravens and any outriders screening the camps.
Since his lord father had lost to Jaime at the Battle of the Golden Tooth, Ser Marq Piper had been harrying the Lannister supply trains with half a hundred men. As Robb neared, he joined in these efforts. In an attempt to draw Ser Jaime from his camp, Robb Stark sent a small force of a few hundred men carrying Tully colors to lure him out. Ser Jaime Lannister, who has been leading a party of few hundred men, was lured north, where the seasoned outriders and scouts under Ser Brynden Tully killed his own outriders. Instead of turning back after being blind, Jaime strikes at the first enemies he encounters, entering the Wood and right into the trap Robb Stark had set for him. When Ser Jaime came out, the raiders fell back to a point where the rest of the Stark force were waiting.
Forces of Lady Mormont sounded horns to signal the trap had been sprung. Greatjon Umber, Lord Rickard Karstark, Ser Stevron Frey and Lord Jason Mallister all had subordinate commands. The outcome of the battle was a complete success for Houses Stark and Tully. According to Theon Greyjoy, the Lannisters lost ten men for every one of Robb's that fell. When Ser Jaime saw the battle lost, he rallied his retainers and attempted to cut his way through the host to slay Robb Stark in single combat. He was halted, but not before Daryn Hornwood, Eddard and Torrhen Karstark of Robb Stark's personal guard were slain.
Jaime was captured, along with near a hundred knights, and a dozen lords bannermen including; Lord Westerling, Lord Quenten Banefort, Ser Garth Greenfield, Lord Regenard Estren, Ser Tytos Brax, Mallor the Dornishman, Willem Lannister, and the Lannister cousins Cleos Frey and Tion Frey.
The capture of Ser Jaime left the Lannister army surrounding Riverrun leaderless, leading directly to its disintegration at the Battle of the Camps and leaving Tywin and Cersei despondent. Having Ser Jaime as a hostage, and recognising his value as a prisoner, the Starks gained enormous bargaining power. The deaths of Eddard and Torrhen Karstark by Jaime's hand planted a seed of vengeance in their father Lord Rickard's heart, however, who, upon being denied his claim to revenge resorted instead to cold blooded murder.
|“||The realm has not seen such a victory since the Field of Fire. I vow, the Lannisters lost ten men for every one of ours that fell. ||”|
|“||Some tried to flee, but we’d pinched the valley shut at both ends, and we rode out of the darkness with sword and lance. The Lannisters must have thought the Others themselves were on them when that wolf of Robb’s got in among them. I saw him tear one man’s arm from his shoulder, and their horses went mad at the scent of him. I couldn’t tell you how many men were thrown... ||”|
|“||Ser Jaime taken, the siege broken . . . this is a catastrophe! ||”|
|“||They have my son. ||”|
|“||Your brother defeated my uncle Jaime. My mother says it was treachery and deceit. She wept when she heard. ||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Catelyn Chapter 63: To the left (which probably corresponds with West) Robb Stark's force.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Catelyn Chapter 63: Maege Mormont's warhorn, a long low blast that rolled down the valley from the east.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Catelyn Chapter 63: To east and west, the trumpets of the Mallisters and Freys blew vengeance.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Catelyn Chapter 63: North, where the valley narrowed and bent like a cocked elbow, Lord Karstark.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Catelyn Chapter 63: Across the valley to the far ridge, she (Catelyn Tully) saw the Greatjon's riders emerge from the darkness beneath the trees.<
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 67, Sansa.