Daughters' War

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The Daughters' War was a war in the narrow sea and the Disputed Lands after the collapse of the Triarchy, an alliance also called the Kingdom of the Three Daughters.

Prelude

The Triarchy, called the Kingdom of the Three Daughters by Westerosi, was an alliance formed in 96 AC by Lys, Myr, Tyrosh, all former colonies of the Valyrian Freehold.[1] The Triarchy supported King Aegon II Targaryen and the greens during the Dance of the Dragons, defeating the fleet of House Velaryon in the Battle of the Gullet in early 130 AC.[2] Prince Viserys Targaryen, taken captive in the battle, was held first by the Triarchy's admiral, Sharako Lohar of Lys, and later by the Lysene magister Bambarro Bazanne.[3]

The victorious Sharako was criticized by Myrmen and Tyroshi for sending their ships into the bloody battle and sparing Lysene ships from heavy casualties.[2] In late 131 AC, Sharako was slain by a rival for the favor of Johanna Swann, the courtesan called the Black Swan. The Lyseni thought it was a political murder orchestrated by the Myrmen,[4] however, and the murders which followed led to war.[3] After the end of the Dance in 131 AC, Ser Marston Waters reported that the Triarchy was collapsing and that the three Free Cities were hiring free companies. The Wolf Pack and the Stormbreakers were Westerosi sellswords who traveled to Essos for the coming conflict.[5]

War

While Lys and Myr fought each other, the Archon of Tyrosh sent Racallio Ryndoon to conquer the Stepstones. After killing the reigning King of the Narrow Sea, however, Racallio claimed the Stepstones for himself. The war hampered trade in Duskendale, Gulltown, King's Landing, and Maidenpool, but Ser Tyland Lannister, the Hand of the King to Aegon III Targaryen, declined the entreating of Braavos, Lorath, and Pentos to involve the Iron Throne in the war.[4]

The narrow sea and the Disputed Lands were engulfed in war between Lyseni, Myrmen, Tyroshi, Racallio, and the triple alliance of Braavosi, Lorathi, and Pentoshi in 132 AC.[4] The Lyseni suffered a series of defeats, and Magister Bambarro Bazanne was betrayed by sellswords in the Disputed Lands in 132 AC. Bambarro's captive, Viserys Targaryen, came under the control of Lysandro Rogare, who wed the prince to his daughter, Larra of Lys.[3]

By 133 AC most of Racallio's naval strength had been defeated, although he still controlled Bloodstone and some smaller islands. When it appeared that the Tyroshi would soon defeat Racallio, the Lyseni and Myrmen made peace and jointly attacked Tyrosh. Although Lorath had left the war, Pentos occupied the remaining Stepstones and their Braavosi allies controlled the nearby waters.[6]

Desiring to reopen trade in the narrow sea, the new Hand of the King, Lord Unwin Peake, tasked Ser Gedmund Peake, Ned Bean, and Lord Alyn Velaryon with defeating Racallio and establishing a Westerosi presence on Bloodstone. When the royal fleet was at Tarth, Lord Bryndemere Tarth informed that Racallio had allied with the Archon of Tyrosh and the Sealord of Braavos, discarding the Prince of Pentos. This new alliance agreed to jointly rule the Stepstones and control trade. While Gedmund, the admiral of the fleet, waited for further instructions from Unwin, Alyn took it upon himself to lead the Velaryon ships south. The Braavosi fleet among the Stepstones was crushed in Lord Alyn's attack, with Alyn sinking Grand Defiance with the ram of Queen Rhaenys.[6]

Although Alyn returned to King's Landing as a hero, he had failed to capture any of the islands and Racallio remained powerful. Lord Unwin sent Lord Manfryd Mooton to Braavos to negotiate the avoidance of open war between the Seven Kingdoms and the formidable Free City. In return for a large indemnity, the Sealord ended its alliance with Tyrosh. The Sealord also ceded the Stepstones to Westeros, although the islands remained occupied by Racallio and Pentos.[6]

Unwin sent his rival, Lord Alyn, to resolve the threat of Lord Dalton Greyjoy and the ironborn to the western coast of Westeros. Doing so, however, would mean that Alyn would need to sail past the dangerous Stepstones. When Alyn sailed south on Lady Baela, Racallio controlled Bloodstone and the southern Stepstones, while the northern and eastern isles were controlled by Pentoshi sellswords hired by Tyrosh. Alyn sailed to Bloodstone under a parley flag but was held as a captive and guest by Racallio for more than a fortnight. Racallio eventually allowed Alyn to sail his fleet past the Stepstones in return for three ships, an alliance, and a future kiss from Alyn's wife, Lady Baela Targaryen.[3]

While at Sunspear during his return from the Sunset Sea in 133 AC, Alyn Oakenfist learned from Princess Aliandra Martell that Dorne had allied with Lys and Tyrosh against Racallio.[3] Sailing to Lys, Alyn negotiated with House Rogare for the return of Prince Viserys Targaryen to Westeros in 134 AC.[3]

Aftermath

The Daughters' War ended in 134 AC. After Racallio Ryndoon fled to the Basilisk Isles, Dorne took control over most of the Stepstones. The Disputed Lands were divided between the former Triarchy, Lys, Myr, and Tyrosh. Aliandra Martell, Princess of Dorne, and the Archon of Tyrosh had the greatest gains from the war, while Myr had lost the most. Lys fell into internal strife as houses and magisters fought one another.[7]

Quotes

It would be a grave mistake for Westeros to become embroiled in the endless quarrels of the Free Cities.[4]

References

  1. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  5. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.