Field of Fire
|The Field of Fire|
|Conflict||War of Conquest|
|Date||About 300 years ago.|
|Result|| Targaryen victory|
Extinction of House Gardener
King Loren I of the Rock had joined forces with King Mern IX 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. Lord Jon Mooton of Maidenpool, one of the first lords to come over to the Targaryens, was given command of the Targaryen army.
The two armies met amongst the wide open plains south of the river Blackwater, near where the Goldroad would one day run. The field which the battle was fought on was quite dry that day. The allies charged and started to break the Targaryen lines. King Mern demanded, since he had brought half as many more men to the battle, he should have the honor of commanding the center of the combined Reach-Westerlands army, and he personally led the charge against Aegon's army alongside his kin. A major battle was then fought in which the forces of the two kings met the Targaryen army. The Targaryen host broke, but by then Aegon and his sisters had taken to the air on their dragons. The Dragons began to set the field aflame on all sides, especially downwind of the Gardener-Lannister armies while Mooten was upwind.
The Dragons killed 4,000 men of the combined Lannister-Gardener army, among them King Mern alongside all of his sons, grandsons, brothers, cousins, and other kin. Another thousand men perished from sword and spears and arrows while 10,000 men suffered burns. Of the Targaryens less than 100 were lost while Visenya took an arrow to the shoulder. One nephew of King Mern survived the battle, but he died of his burns three days later. When he died, House Gardener died with him.
The battle become known afterward as the Field of Fire. 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 including King Mern died. The army was broken and Aegon I was victorious.
King Loren gave up his claim to kingship and became Warden of the West under the rule of Aegon I. 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.
|“||It was the only time that Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion were all unleashed at once. The singers called it the Field of Fire. ||”|
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