Taking of Gulltown
|Taking of Gulltown|
After King Aerys II Targaryen executed Lord Rickard Stark and his heir, Brandon Stark, in King's Landing, he sent word to Lord Jon Arryn at the Eyrie to execute his wards, Eddard Stark, the new Lord of Winterfell, and Robert Baratheon, the Lord of Storm's End. Instead, Jon sent back only defiance.
Ned Stark left the Eyrie to gather his bannermen from the north, while Lord Arryn began to call his own vassals from the Vale of Arryn in rebellion to the Iron Throne. The city of Gulltown remained loyal to the Targaryen dynasty, however, and rather than sailing from there Ned returned to the north via the Mountains of the Moon, the Fingers, and Sisterton. Jon Arryn also faced opposition from loyalists attempting to bring him down.
While Ned was making his way north, Lord Arryn led the rebel bannermen from the Vale against Gulltown, which was defended by House Grafton. Robert, a close friend of Ned, was the first of the rebels to gain the walls of Gulltown. Robert slew Lord Marq Grafton with his own hand.
The taking of Gulltown by Jon Arryn allowed the Defender of the Vale to consolidate rebel control in the Vale of Arryn. Lyn Corbray won his knighthood fighting alongside House Grafton at the gates of Gulltown, but he joined Lord Arryn after the battle. Lord Robert Baratheon returned to the stormlands to raise his own bannermen, which led to the battles at Summerhall. Ned Stark survived the journey across the Bite and raised his northern bannermen.