Field of Fire

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The Field of Fire
Fields of Fire2.jpg
Men burned alive by the Dragons
Conflict War of Conquest
Date About 300years ago.
Place the Reach
Result Targaryen victory
House Targaryen Kingdom of the Rock (House Lannister),
Kingdom of the Reach (House Gardener)
Aegon I Targaryen
Jon Mooton
King Loren of the Rock,
King Mern of the Reach +
11,000 and 3 dragons 55,000
unknown Roughly 4,000 men burned alive

The Field of Fire was a major battle during Aegon's War of Conquest. According to semi-canon sources it is located in the northern part of the Reach.[1]


The Prelude

Aegon I Targaryen landed at what would become King's Landing and began subjugating the Seven Kingdoms.

The Battle

King Loren of the Rock had joined forces with King Mern of the Reach in an attempt to throw the invader back. Between the two kings they had roughly 55,000 men, of which 5,000 were mounted knights. Aegon had a fifth of that number, mostly conscripts from previous conquests. The two armies met on a field in the Reach.

Jon Mooton of Maidenpool, one of the first lords to come over to the Targaryens, was given command of the Targaryen army. The field which the battle was fought on was quite dry that day. The allies charged and started to break the Targaryen lines. But then all three Targaryen dragons took to the air and began to set the field aflame on all sides, especially downwind of the allies while Mooten was upwind. Of the allies, 4,000 died in the fire while 10,000 men suffered burns. Of the Targaryens less than 100 were lost while Visenya took an arrow to the shoulder.[2]

It was the only time in the conflict that all three of the Targaryen dragons took to the battlefield at the same time. Between Vhaghar, Meraxes and Balerion, they killed four thousand men outright, burning them alive. King Mern died, with him House Gardener. The army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.[3]


King Loren gave up his claim to kingship and became Warden of the West under the rule of Aegon I.[4] Harlen Tyrell, castellan of Highgarden, surrendered the forces of the Reach to Aegon. Aegon rewarded him by giving House Tyrell dominion over the Reach and raising him to Lord of Highgarden and Warden of the South.[5]


It was the only time that Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion were all unleashed at once. The singers called it the Field of Fire. [6]

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
  2. Reading from the world of Ice and Fire. Notes from George R.R. Martin's reading and Q&A at the Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque by Trebla.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion
  5. A Game of Thrones, Appendix
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion, p 123.
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