Sack of Duskendale

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Sack of Duskendale
Conflict Dance of the Dragons
Date 129 AC
Place Duskendale
Result Victory for the greens
House Targaryen (Rhaenyra).svg House Targaryen/Blacks House Targaryen (Aegon II).svg House Targaryen/Greens
House Darklyn.svg Lord Gunthor Darklyn Kingsguard.svg Ser Criston Cole
Duskendale garrison More than 800 greens
Gunthor Darklyn

The sack of Duskendale took place at Duskendale in the crownlands during the Dance of the Dragons.[1]


Following the assault on Harrenhal, the Battle of the Burning Mill, and the taking of Stone Hedge, King Aegon II Targaryen stripped Ser Otto Hightower of his title of Hand of the King and granted it to Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Criston advised moving against the "traitors" that had bent the knee to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. While House Velaryon and House Celtigar were unreachable, the "black" lords whose land were on the mainland had no protection against Aegon's loyalists.[1]


Duskendale was unprepared for an attack. The surprised town fell to Aegon's forces and was sacked, while the ships at the harbor were set afire. Lord Gunthor Darklyn was beheaded for treason. Most of his household knights submitted to Aegon, although a few decided to follow Gunthor in death.[1]


After the sack was complete, Criston moved the loyalist forces to Rook's Rest, seat of House Staunton.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.