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| result = victory for the [[greens]]
 
| result = victory for the [[greens]]
 
| colour_scheme =  
 
| colour_scheme =  
| combatant1 = [[Greens]]
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| combatant1 = [[greens]]
| combatant2 = [[Blacks]]
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| combatant2 = [[blacks]]
 
| commander1 = Ser [[Criston Cole]]<br>King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]]<br>Prince [[Aemond Targaryen|Aemond]]  
 
| commander1 = Ser [[Criston Cole]]<br>King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]]<br>Prince [[Aemond Targaryen|Aemond]]  
| commander2 = [[Lord Staunton]] †<br>[[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]] †
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| commander2 = [[Lord Staunton]]†<br>[[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]]†
 
| strength1 = more than 800 [[greens]]<br>[[Sunfyre]]<br>[[Vhagar]]
 
| strength1 = more than 800 [[greens]]<br>[[Sunfyre]]<br>[[Vhagar]]
| strength2 = 100 [[blacks]]<br>[[Meleys]] †
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| strength2 = 100 [[blacks]]<br>[[Meleys]]†
 
| casualties1 = 800 [[greens]]<br>[[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]] (injured)<br>[[Sunfyre]] (injured)  
 
| casualties1 = 800 [[greens]]<br>[[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]] (injured)<br>[[Sunfyre]] (injured)  
| casualties2 = 100 [[blacks]]<br>[[Lord Staunton]] †<br>[[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]] †<br>[[Meleys]] †
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| casualties2 = 100 [[blacks]]<br>[[Lord Staunton]]†<br>[[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]]†<br>[[Meleys]]†
 
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==Prelude==
 
==Prelude==
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Ser [[Criston Cole]], the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]] and the new [[Hand of the King]] to [[Aegon II Targaryen]], devised a more aggressive strategy than his predecessor as Hand, Ser [[Otto Hightower]]. After the [[sack of Duskendale]], Criston's [[greens]] planned a trap for the [[blacks]] at Rook's Rest.
  
Ser [[Criston Cole]], the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]] and the new [[Hand of the King|Hand]] to King [[Aegon II Targaryen]], devised a more aggressive strategy than his predecessor as Hand, Ser [[Otto Hightower]]. Criston's force of [[greens]] [[sack of Duskendale|sacked Duskendale]] and planned a trap for the [[blacks]] at Rook's Rest.
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[[Lord Staunton]] closed the gates of Rook's Rest, but he was unable to prevent Criston from burning his fields or killing his [[smallfolk]] and livestock. He asked for assistance from Queen [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]] by sending a raven to [[Dragonstone]].{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
 
 
[[Lord Staunton]] closed the gates of Rook's Rest, but was unable to prevent Criston from burning his fields or killing his [[smallfolk]] and livestock. He asked for assistance from Queen [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]] by sending a raven to [[Dragonstone]].{{ref|tpatq}}
 
  
 
==Battle==
 
==Battle==
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Nine days later, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]], the Queen Who Never Was, and her dragon, [[Meleys]], the Red Queen, arrived above Rook's Rest to aid Lord Staunton. However, Criston was prepared and had his archers and scorpions fire at Meleys. The dragon was largely unharmed by these attacks, and she responded by burning Criston's soldiers with [[dragonfire]].{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
  
Nine days later, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]], the Queen Who Never Was, and her dragon, [[Meleys]], the Red Queen, arrived above Rook's Rest to aid Lord Staunton. However, Criston was prepared and had his archers and scorpions fire at Meleys. The dragon was largely unharmed by these attacks, and she responded by burning Criston's soldiers with dragonfire.
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Meleys was then attacked by King [[Aegon II Targaryen]] atop [[Sunfyre]] and Prince [[Aemond Targaryen]] atop [[Vhagar]]. The aerial combat between the two dragons of the greens and the one dragon of the blacks saw the deaths of Rhaenys and Meleys. Aegon suffered severe burns, however, and Sunfyre was rendered flightless from the fight with Meleys.{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
  
Meleys was then attacked by King [[Aegon II Targaryen]] atop [[Sunfyre]] and Prince [[Aemond Targaryen]] atop [[Vhagar]]. The aerial combat between the two dragons of the greens and the one dragon of the blacks saw the deaths of Rhaenys and Meleys. However, Aegon suffered severe burns, while his dragon Sunfyre was rendered flightless from the fight with Meleys.
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Aemond, Criston, and the surviving greens took Rook's Rest and killed Lord Staunton and his garrison of one hundred soldiers.{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
  
After the deaths of Rhaenys and Meleys, Aemond, Criston, and the surviving greens took Rook's Rest and killed Lord Staunton and his garrison of one hundred soldiers.{{ref|tpatq}}
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==Aftermath==
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The loss of [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]] and her dragon, [[Meleys]], was a severe blow to the [[blacks]]. Rhaenys's husband, the Sea Snake [[Corlys Velaryon]], was enraged and blamed her death on Queen [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]], stating that if the queen or her sons had gone with their dragons, his wife might be alive. The heads of [[Lord Staunton]] and Melys were taken to [[King's Landing]].
  
==Aftermath==
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Ser [[Criston Cole]] lost eight hundred soldiers to Meleys's dragonfire. King [[Aegon II Targaryen]] was incapacitated by his burns for a year; Prince [[Aemond Targaryen]] became [[regent]] while his brother recovered. Aegon's injured dragon, [[Sunfyre]], was left behind and ate carcasses and livestock.{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
The loss of both [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys Targaryen]] and her dragon, [[Meleys]], was a severe blow to the [[blacks]]. Rhaenys's husband, the Sea Snake [[Corlys Velaryon]], was enraged and blamed her death on Queen [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]], stating that if the queen or her sons had gone with their dragons, his wife might be alive. The heads of [[Lord Staunton]] and Melys were taken to [[King's Landing]].
 
  
Ser [[Criston Cole]] lost 800 soldiers to Meleys's dragonfire. King [[Aegon II Targaryen]] was incapacitated by his burns for a year; Prince [[Aemond Targaryen]] became [[regent]] while his brother recovered. Aegon's injured dragon, [[Sunfyre]], was left behind and ate carcasses and livestock. Lord [[Walys Mooton]] successfully recaptured Rook's Rest for the blacks, then was slain in a failed attempt to kill Sunfyre.{{ref|tpatq}}
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Lord [[Walys Mooton]] led the [[retaking of Rook's Rest]] for the blacks, then was slain in a failed attempt to kill Sunfyre.{{ref|FAB|The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold}}
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 18:19, 28 January 2019

Battle at Rook's Rest
Sunfyre rook's rest.png
Aegon II Targaryen and Sunfyre are badly injured by Rhaenys Targaryen and Meleys, as depicted by Jordi Gonzales Escamilla in The World of Ice & Fire.
Conflict Dance of the Dragons
Date 129 AC
Place Rook's Rest
Result victory for the greens
Combatants
greens blacks
Commanders
Ser Criston Cole
King Aegon II
Prince Aemond
Lord Staunton
Rhaenys Targaryen
Strength
more than 800 greens
Sunfyre
Vhagar
100 blacks
Meleys
Casualties
800 greens
Aegon II (injured)
Sunfyre (injured)
100 blacks
Lord Staunton
Rhaenys Targaryen
Meleys

A battle at Rook's Rest took place in the crownlands during the Dance of the Dragons.

Prelude

Ser Criston Cole, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and the new Hand of the King to Aegon II Targaryen, devised a more aggressive strategy than his predecessor as Hand, Ser Otto Hightower. After the sack of Duskendale, Criston's greens planned a trap for the blacks at Rook's Rest.

Lord Staunton closed the gates of Rook's Rest, but he was unable to prevent Criston from burning his fields or killing his smallfolk and livestock. He asked for assistance from Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen by sending a raven to Dragonstone.[1]

Battle

Nine days later, Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen Who Never Was, and her dragon, Meleys, the Red Queen, arrived above Rook's Rest to aid Lord Staunton. However, Criston was prepared and had his archers and scorpions fire at Meleys. The dragon was largely unharmed by these attacks, and she responded by burning Criston's soldiers with dragonfire.[1]

Meleys was then attacked by King Aegon II Targaryen atop Sunfyre and Prince Aemond Targaryen atop Vhagar. The aerial combat between the two dragons of the greens and the one dragon of the blacks saw the deaths of Rhaenys and Meleys. Aegon suffered severe burns, however, and Sunfyre was rendered flightless from the fight with Meleys.[1]

Aemond, Criston, and the surviving greens took Rook's Rest and killed Lord Staunton and his garrison of one hundred soldiers.[1]

Aftermath

The loss of Rhaenys Targaryen and her dragon, Meleys, was a severe blow to the blacks. Rhaenys's husband, the Sea Snake Corlys Velaryon, was enraged and blamed her death on Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, stating that if the queen or her sons had gone with their dragons, his wife might be alive. The heads of Lord Staunton and Melys were taken to King's Landing.

Ser Criston Cole lost eight hundred soldiers to Meleys's dragonfire. King Aegon II Targaryen was incapacitated by his burns for a year; Prince Aemond Targaryen became regent while his brother recovered. Aegon's injured dragon, Sunfyre, was left behind and ate carcasses and livestock.[1]

Lord Walys Mooton led the retaking of Rook's Rest for the blacks, then was slain in a failed attempt to kill Sunfyre.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.