Battle at the burning septry
|Battle at the burning septry|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
|Place||unnamed septry in the riverlands|
The battle at the burning septry occurs in the riverlands during the War of the Five Kings.
A detachment of Brave Companions, a sellsword company pejoratively called the Bloody Mummers, occupy a settlement in the riverlands containing a septry, mill, brewhouse, and stables. The septry by a small river had previously been looted by other combatants, including Lannister troops.
The lightning lord, Beric Dondarrion, leads the outlaw brotherhood without banners in reprisals against those who harm smallfolk.
Guarded by Beardless Dick and Mudge, Arya Stark and Gendry observe the battle from a forested ridge overlooking the septry.
The archers Anguy, Kyle, and Notch begin the fighting by slaying three Mummer guards shortly before dawn. The Brave Companions inside the septry are multinational, including a Myrish crossbowman, two Ibbenese, Dothraki, and Volantenes, among others. When the septry is set ablaze by fire arrows, the Mummers charge forth but are met by Beric Dondarrion's brotherhood of outlaws. There is also fighting in the stables. Although Kyle is killed, he is quickly avenged by Lem. Thoros of Myr and Beric both wield flaming swords against the Mummers, and the young Lord Edric Dayne fights by Beric's side. The Brave Companions surrender after a short battle.
Jack-Be-Lucky, Harwin and Merrit o' Moontown rescue eight captive brown brothers from the burning septry before it collapses. The surviving Mummers are taken prisoner, with the exception of two Dothraki whom Beric allows to escape. Utt, the disgraced septon of the Brave Companions, is found hiding beneath the cellar steps. Despite their protests and excuses, Utt and his fellow sellswords are hanged by Beric's outlaws.
The rescued brown brothers host Beric's outlaws at the nearby brewhouse that evening, since the septry has been destroyed.
Let them carry the word back to Harrenhal. It will give the Leech Lord and his goat a few more sleepless nights.—Beric Dondarrion after letting two Mummers escape
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.