Battle of Oxcross
|Battle of Oxcross|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
After the battle in the Whispering Wood and the Battle of the Camps, Robb Stark, the new King in the North, sends Ser Cleos Frey as an envoy to King's Landing with a peace offer for Queen Cersei Lannister. In case the offer is rejected, Robb sends Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father Balon, Lord of the Iron Islands, for an alliance to assault the westerlands from both land and sea. Meanwhile, Lord Tywin Lannister tasks his cousin, Ser Stafford Lannister, with training a new Lannister army at Casterly Rock. With the main Lannister army in the riverlands, this new army could be used to attack Robb's host from two fronts.
Robb marches to deal with the forming threat as Stafford trains his fresh recruits, believed to be sellswords, freeriders, and boys from the stews of Lannisport. As Robb marches west from Riverrun, he sends his mother, Catelyn Stark, to forge an alliance with King Renly Baratheon. This is done with the aim that Renly will pose a more immediate threat to Tywin and force him to leave Harrenhal.
Stafford trains the inexperienced recruits near the village of Oxcross, within three days ride from Lannisport. Thinking himself safe in his own lands, Stafford does not bother to set sentries. During the night, Robb sends men to cut the lines that hold Stafford's horses. When Robb sets loose Grey Wind, the horses are maddened by the scent and trample tents and men alike while trying to flee. With confusion sending Lannister men fleeing everywhere, Robb sends his own cavalry. The battle is more a rout then a real encounter, as the untrained and surprised Lannister army fail to put up much resistance.
Stafford is slain by Lord Rickard Karstark while running after his horse. Ser Stevron Frey, Lord Walder Frey's eldest son and heir, suffers a minor wound during the battle, but dies shortly thereafter. Among those reported dead, missing and wounded are Ser Lymond Vikary, Lord Roland Crakehall, and Lord Antario Jast. These men are actually captured by the Stark forces, along with Martyn Lannister, Lord Jast's sons, and half a hundred other highborn hostages.
The Lannister army's defeat is so great that, according to rumor, Robb cut out Stafford's heart and fed it to Grey Wind. Remnants fall back to Lannisport, where Stafford's son, Ser Daven Lannister, reforms them. Robb continues attacking the westerlands, capturing Ashemark, and marches on to take the Crag. Galbart Glover and Rickard Karstark raid along the coast. Lady Maege Mormont captures thousands of livestock and begins driving them back towards the riverlands. Lord Greatjon Umber captures the gold mines at Nunn's Deep, Castamere, and in the Pendric Hills.
Remembering his uncle Stafford's mistake, Ser Jaime Lannister sets sentries himself while at Hayford. Daven vows not to cut his hair until he avenges his father's death by slaying Lord Karstark.
|“||Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell upon Ser Stafford Lannister with an army of wargs, not three days ride from Lannisport. Thousands of good men were butchered as they slept, without the chance to lift sword. After the slaughter, the northmen feasted on the flesh of the slain.||”|
|“||Do not take Oxcross too much to heart, my lady. A battle is not a war, and my lord father is assuredly not my uncle Stafford.||”|
|“||Martyn: There's some say that after the battle, the king cut out Stafford Lannister's heart and fed it to the wolf.
Catelyn: I would not believe such tales. My son is no savage.
- ↑ Robb has six thousand at the earlier Whispering Wood, according to A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa III.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.