Siege of Raventree
|Siege of Raventree|
|Conflict||War of the Five Kings|
Iron Throne victory|
House Blackwood bends the knee
The siege of Raventree occurs in the riverlands as the War of the Five Kings winds down. House Bracken besieges Raventree Hall, the seat of House Blackwood.
After the Red Wedding, most of the river lords, such as Lord Jonos Bracken, choose to submit to the Iron Throne. However, Lord Tytos Blackwood resists for honor's sake. Jonos is persuaded by Lord Tywin Lannister to attack Tytos's seat, Raventree Hall, in return for lands historically claimed by Stone Hedge.
The rivalry between the Blackwoods and Brackens goes back thousands of years so neither side asks or offers quarter. While there are skirmishes at the start of the siege, it develops into a stalemate. Jonos lacks siege towers, battering rams, and catapults, preferring instead to starve out Tytos. Young Robert Blackwood dies from a looseness of the bowels.
After resolving the siege of Riverrun, Ser Jaime Lannister is asked by Lord Karyl Vance to assist in the resolution of the siege of Raventree, as Tytos will never yield to Jonos. Ser Daven Lannister advises Jaime to bring the siege equipment at Riverrun to Raventree, but Jaime is confident he can resolve the conflict personally and has the equipment put to the torch.
When Jaime arrives in Blackwood Vale, he notices ruined fields and buildings, the result of his father Tywin's campaign. Discipline is low in the besiegers' camp; the sentries do not sound an alarm to inform of Jaime's arrival, and Jame finds Lord Jonos copulating with a common woman, Hildy. Jonos believe Tytos will surrender before the next full moon, stating the Blackwoods have only rats and roots left to eat.
Jaime meets with Lord Tytos in his solar to discuss terms. Jaime's arrival allows the Blackwoods to surrender to King Tommen I Baratheon, rather than the Brackens. Lord Blackwood forfeits Buckle, Woodhedge, Honeytree, Crossbow Ridge, and Lord's Mill, which is less than what Lord Bracken desired. Jaime also takes one of Tytos's sons, Hoster Blackwood, as a hostage, and he orders Jonos to send one of his daughters to King's Landing to attend Queen regent Cersei Lannister.
The surrender of Raventree represents the last remnant of Robb Stark's brief river kingdom, as the entire nobility of the riverlands have now submitted to the Iron Throne. After resolving the siege, Jaime travels to Pennytree.
Lord Jaime, you must go to Raventree. So long as it is Jonos at his gates Tytos will never yield, but I know he will bend his knee for you.
No doubt there had been sorties and skirmishes at the start of the siege, and arrows flying back and forth; half a year into it, everyone was too tired for such nonsense. Boredom and routine had taken over, the enemies of discipline.—thoughts of Jaime Lannister
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.