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|Showdown at the Tower of Joy|
|Conflict || Robert's Rebellion|
|Date || 283AL|
|Place || The Prince's Pass, Red Mountains of Dorne|
|Result || Pyrrhic Stark victory|
Failure to rescue Lyanna Stark alive
The Tower of Joy was a round tower in the south of Westeros, close to the Red Mountains of Dorne. It lay in the Prince's Pass.
The tower was named Tower of Joy by Rhaegar Targaryen. It was used as a hideout by him, where he kept Lyanna Stark. Lyanna stayed there after Rhaegar left to lead his father, Aerys II's war against Robert Baratheon's rebellion. At the end of the War, Eddard Stark and six of his companions (Howland Reed, Lord Willam Dustin, Ethan Glover, Martyn Cassel, Theo Wull, and Ser Mark Ryswell) approached the tower. They found it guarded by three members of the Kingsguard: Ser Arthur Dayne, Ser Oswell Whent, and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower.
||“I looked for you on the Trident,” Ned said to them.
- “We were not there,” Ser Gerold answered.
- “Woe to the Usurper if we had been,” said Ser Oswell.
- “When King's Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”
- “Far away,” Ser Gerold said, “or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells.”
- “I came down on Storm's End to lift the siege,” Ned told them, and the Lords Tyrell and Redwyne dipped their banners, and all their knights bent the knee to pledge us fealty. I was certain you would be among them.”
- “Our knees do not bend easily,” said Ser Arthur Dayne.
- “Ser Willem Darry is fled to Dragonstone, with your queen and Prince Viserys. I thought you might have sailed with him.”
- “Ser Willem is a good man and true,” said Ser Oswell.
- “But not of the Kingsguard,” Ser Gerold pointed out. “The Kingsguard does not flee.”
- “Then or now,” said Ser Arthur. He donned his helm.
- “We swore a vow,” explained old Ser Gerold.
- Ned’s wraiths moved up beside him, with shadow swords in hand. They were seven against three.
- “And now it begins,” said Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. He unsheathed Dawn and held it with both hands. The blade was pale as milkglass, alive with light.
- “No,” Ned said with sadness in his voice. “Now it ends.”
Tower of joy, by Henning Ludvigsen, FFG©.
Note: The bottom image is the original version, but was redone to make the top image, which features the red mountains of Dorne.
Eddard Stark and Howland Reed were the only survivors. In the Tower Lyanna was dying and claimed a promise from Eddard just before she died. Afterwards, Eddard pulled stones from the tower to make cairns for the dead. He brought Dawn to the Dayne castle at Starfall. His sister's body he took back North him so she could be buried with her brother Brandon and her father Rickard. With Ned's execution, Lord Reed is now the only survivor of the skirmish, and the only witness of Eddard's promise to Lyanna.
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