Sack of Bitterbridge

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Sack of Bitterbridge
Conflict Dance of the Dragons
Date 130 AC
Place Bitterbridge
Result The greens taking Bitterbridge[1]
Combatants
House Targaryen (Rhaenyra).svg Blacks House Targaryen (Aegon II).svg Greens
Commanders
House Caswell.svg Lady Caswell House Hightower.svg Lord Ormund Hightower
House Targaryen.svg Prince Daeron Targaryen
Strength
Caswell garrison Tessarion
Casualties
Lady Caswell
Sons and daughter of Lady Caswell (captured)
Unknown

The sack of Bitterbridge occurred during the Dance of the Dragons.

Prelude

The town of Bitterbridge became crowded from refugees fleeing the host of greens led by Lord Ormund Hightower. A disguised Ser Rickard Thorne of the Kingsguard and his charge, Prince Maelor Targaryen, tried to stay overnight in the Hogs Head, a Bitterbridge inn, while journeying to the safety of Ormund's host at the nearby siege of Longtable. Sly, a stableboy for the inn's proprietor, Ben Buttercakes, informed the inn's common room that he had discovered Maelor's dragon egg. After slaying Ben, Rickard rode for the southern shore of the Mander, but he was killed by crossbowmen at the bridge. Mushroom claims Willow Pound-Stone accidentally crushed Maelor to death, Eustace says he was chopped into six pieces by a butcher, and Munkun writes that Maelor was torn apart by a mob.[1]

Lady Caswell, whose lord husband had earlier been executed by Maelor's father, King Aegon II Targaryen, was aghast at the violence. She hanged Willow, Sly, and the man whose horse had been stolen by Rickard. Lady Caswell sent Rickard's corpse and Maelor's head to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen in King's Landing. Hoping that Lord Hightower would be merciful, Lady Caswell sent Maelor's dragon egg to Longtable. Ormund was generous after Longtable was yielded, taking its wealth and grains but doing no harm to the Merryweathers.[1]

Sack

Lady Caswell hoped Lord Ormund Hightower would be merciful when he arrived at Bitterbridge. Prince Daeron Targaryen refused, however, and used the dragonflame of Tessarion to burn the town. Daeron began with the Hogs Head, but the conflagration spread to the other inns, storehouses, and homes. Hundred of wounded died within Bitterbridge's sept, and townspeople were cut down by Ormund's soldiers or forced into the Mander to drown. The bridge across the river was spared, however.[1]

Begging mercy for her children, Lady Caswell yielded her castle to Lord Hightower and then hanged herself from the gatehouse. Ormund sent her sons and daughter to Oldtown as prisoners and ordered the slaying of Bitterbridge's garrison.[1]

Aftermath

Refugees from Bitterbridge fled to Tumbleton. Prince Daeron Targaryen named Ulf the White as Lord of Bitterbridge after the First Battle of Tumbleton.[1]

Quotes

The gods will curse us all for this.[1]

—Lady Caswell

You shall receive the same terms you gave my nephew Maelor.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.