Battle by the Lakeshore
|Battle by the Lakeshore/The Fishfeed|
|Conflict||Dance of the Dragons|
|Place||western Gods Eye, the riverlands|
|Result||victory for the blacks|
During the Dance of the Dragons, House Lannister of the westerlands supported the greens, while House Stark of the north and most of the disorganized lords of the riverlands supported the blacks. Lord Jason Lannister led an army eastward in support of Aegon II Targaryen, but Jason was killed by Pate of Longleaf in the Battle at the Red Fork. The Lannister army continued slowly because of the age and infirmity of its new commander, Lord Lefford.
When the westermen reached the western shore of the lake called the Gods Eye, Lord Lefford discovered he was opposed by Lord Roderick Dustin with two thousand Winter Wolves, Lord Forrest Frey with two hundred knights and six hundred infantrymen, and Red Robb Rivers with three hundred archers. The westermen were quickly faced with another threat from the south, when Longleaf the Lionslayer arrived with survivors from previous battles in the war, as well as the lords of Houses Bigglestone, Chambers, and Perryn. The cautious Lefford sent ravens to nearby Harrenhal to seek assistance from Prince Aemond Targaryen, but Robb Rivers shot down the dozen ravens.
The army of westermen were attacked at dawn the next morning. The Winter Wolves led the attack, charging the Lannister spearmen five times. Attacked by the blacks from three sides, the Lannister soldiers were forced into the Gods Eye. Many died fighting amongst the lake's reeds, while others drowned trying to escape.
Two thousand soldiers were killed in the Battle by the Lakeshore, making it the bloodiest land battle of the war. The high number of casualties led to it also being called the Fishfeed. The blacks lost Lords Frey, Bigglestone, and Charlton, while two thirds of the northern soldiers were killed or wounded. The greens lost their commander, Lord Lefford, as well as Lords Swyft and Reyne and the knights Clarent Crakehall and Tyler Hill.
In response to the greens' crushing defeat, Prince Aemond and Ser Criston Cole abandoned Harrenhal, with Aemond waging guerilla war atop Vhagar and Criston heading south to find Lord Ormund Hightower.
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