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Siege of Meereen II
Mike Capprotti Ser Barristan.jpg
Ser Barristan Selmy will command his queen's forces © FFG
Place Meereen
Result to be decided
Combatants
Targaryen host
Ironborn fleet
Slaver Confederation
Commanders
Meereen

Ironborn

Slaver Confederation
Strength
Meereen

Iron Fleet

  • 4,400+ reavers
  • 44 war galleys
  • 17 captured merchant ships
New Ghis
  • 36,000 men divided into 6 legions
  • 100 armored and towered war elephants
  • 3 war galleys

Yunkai

Qarth

Other

Casualties
unknown Little Pigeon
Pudding Face
Clanker Lords (possibly)
Likely several thousands of slave-soldiers/Ghiscari/Qartheen
Ser Barristan looks at a smouldering Meereen - by Marc Fishman ©

The Second Siege of Meereen is taking place at the start of The Winds of Winter.

Contents

Prelude

Yunkai and her allies march on Meereen in order to cast down Queen Daenerys Targaryen and reinstall King Hizdahr.

Daenerys marries Hizdahr zo Loraq, a Ghiscari noble of the city of Meereen, in order to broker peace. Daenerys holds the wedding feast in the Great Pyramid, with the Yunkish lords and sellsword captains in attendance. An exchange of seven hostages is arranged in order to ensure the peace.[1] The Yunkai remain encamped outside of Meereen and the peace does not last after Daenerys goes missing on her dragon Drogon. Her Hand Ser Barristan Selmy has to take command in her stead along with the ruling council of Meereen.[2]

Meanwhile Tyrion Lannister and Ser Jorah Mormont escape slavery and join the Second Sons encamped outside the city.[3] Both Tyrion and Ser Jorah have surmised that the Second Sons are fighting for the wrong side and they need to go over to Daenerys Targaryen.[4] Ser Jorah says,

We are all like to be feeding worms by the time this battle is done. The Yunkai'i have lost this war, though it may take them some time to know it. Meereen has an army of Unsullied infantry, the finest in the world. And Meereen has dragons. Three of them, once the queen returns. She will. She must. Our side consists of two score Yunkish lordlings, each with his own half-trained monkey men. Slaves on stilts, slaves in chains … they may have troops of blind men and palsied children too, I would not put it past them.

Out in Slaver's Bay the Iron Fleet finally arrive. Wulfe on the Noble Lady and part of the fleet depart from the Iron Victory when the sky is still dark. The troops they carry are relatively few in number compared to the Essos troops involved in the battle, but far superior in training and equipment. They are commanded to strike the first blow by Victarion Greyjoy. On the Iron Victory Victarion has in his possession the dragon horn named Dragonbinder and he plans on using it on Dany's three dragons.[5]

Battle

The battle begins shortly before dawn. Dead men and dragons move through the sky, whilst warships crash and clash on Slaver's Bay and Ironborn are swarming ashore. The battle is split in two, one out on the bay, another one beneath the city. The Brazen Beasts man the city walls to replace as many Unsullied as possible. They will serve as the city’s last line of protection if Ser Barristan’s attack fails and Dany has not returned.

The battle fought beneath the city

Ser Barristan leads the charge on the Harridan with all available cavalry fighters, over 500 in total, while all of the Unsullied he could replace with the Brazen Beasts to defend the walls - 5000 in total - pour out the city gates to form a shield wall and face the most dangerous of the enemy force, which he believes are the sellsword companies. A number of Meereen's pit fighters also join the attack, they are instructed to follow into the breach and cause as much mayhem in the slavers' tents and the enemy rear as possible. The Harridan itself is being defended by a Ghiscari legion, six thousand strong and six ranks deep, and several of the Yunkai slave-soldier companies.

Ser Barristan is making a feint at the defense lines of the trebuchet, turning away from the spearwall of the legion guarding the trebuchet at the last minute and attacking the Yunkai slaves defending the Harridan, particularly Paezhar zo Myraq's Herons. The Unsullied finish lining up outside the gates as the Yunkai and their allies missed their chance to counterattack them. In the air Viserion is snatching and devouring corpses being thrown by the Wicked Sister while some corpses set fire by his flame mid-air land and indiscriminately set fire to men and horses below. Rhaegal himself is flying over the bay and circling the clashing ships of the Iron Fleet and the Qartheen Fleet.

A messenger from the Yunkish high command orders the Second Sons to attack the Ironborn who are landing on the shores, but since Ben Plumm is away with Girl General, neither Inkpots nor any of the mercenary leaders present are willing to do anything.

Next, Brown Ben Plumm returns and explains that the Second Sons are commanded by the Girl General to defend the Wicked Sister in the fear that Sir Barristan might attack it after he has dealt with the Harridan. The closest fighting is a good league (3 ½ miles) off from their encampment. They have a meeting in Brown Ben's tent. By this point the trebuchet the Ghost of Astapor is already down. The Mother's Men broke the Long Lances like a rotten stick and dragged the trebuchet over with chains. Viserion has now flown back to his lair in the Pyramid of Uhlez while Rhaegal still circles the bay where ships are clashing. A Yunkish nobleman then comes to the tent to inform them that Morghaz zo Zherzyn, supreme commander of the Yunkai'i, wants them to attack the Unsullied in the rear while they advance on the Harpy's Daughter, defended by Bloodbeard and two Ghiscari legions.

The Second Sons are then informed that Gorzhak zo Eraz has been slain, cut down by the Tattered Prince - meaning that the Windblown have gone over to Daenerys Targaryen and the Drunken Conqueor is now supreme commander. The Yunkish nobleman suddenly recognises Tyrion as an escaped slave and demands he be turned over. Ser Jorah Mormont answers the nobleman by killing him with his sword. Brown Ben Plumm then announces that the Second Sons have always been the queen's men and that rejoining the Yunkai'i was just a plot.

Meanwhile Ser Barristan’s attention has been drawn to the bay, he recognises the banners of House Greyjoy but he is not sure what is going on, he sees that ironmen are coming ashore, fighting the Yunkish, and says, surprised, “They are on our side!”

The battle fought out on the bay

Warships crash and clash on Slaver's Bay. The ironborn have blocked the mouth of the Skahazadhan with a fireship. Rhaegal circles above the bay banking and turning. The ships of the Yunkai and her allies are are sinking, burning, fleeing, being taken, and their men put to the sword. The ironborn are swarming ashore.

Result

To be decided.

Quotes

Dragons wheeled overhead, their shadows sweeping across the upturned faces of friend and foe alike.


We have ironborn swarming ashore and Ser Barristan and his Unsullied pouring out the city gates, with us between them, fighting on the wrong bloody side. I am terrified myself.
Tyrion Lannister, to Penny


We do not want to be fighting for the slavers when Daenerys returns… and she will, make no mistake. Strike now and strike hard, and the queen will not forget it. Find her hostages and free them. And I will swear on the honor of my house and home that this was Brown Ben's plan from the beginning.
Jorah Mormont, to Inkpots


The Second Sons were ripe for another change of masters, Tyrion was almost certain of that… though there was a great abyss between "certain" and "almost certain." If I have misjudged my man, all of us are lost.

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