House Bolling is a small Gothic House inside the Kingdom of Harrenhall that controls a large tract of farm land west of the city of Harrenhall. House Bolling is a bastardy off branch house of House Strong and because of this they have been very loyal to House Strong through their history. The actual seat of House Bolling is amongst their farming lands west of Harrenhall and is Boll Hold of which is a small holdfast with a growing village and perhaps town with it.
The Sigil of House Bolling is a stag with a cross through it symbolizing their bastardy birth from House Strong, and their arms are vairy orange and blue; upon a black canton, a golden stag beneath an orange bend sinister. Their motto has not appeared, and if it exists it isn't important to them.
House Bolling would remain loyal to House Strong despite silent calls to join with House Seaworth, and when the Siege actually was underway they would race to the city to help their liege Lord. When they arrived in Harrenhall the Marketplace had already been won and they would join Robert Strong in taking control of the western gate which would cause a large amount of problems for the expansion of House Seaworth and their Iron Island soldiers. House Bolling has left a large amount of their forces in Harrenhall where they are assisting House Strong in retaking the city.
House Bolling is a bastardy off branch house of House Strong and because of this they have been very loyal to House Strong through their history. The actual seat of House Bolling is amongst their farming lands west of Harrenhall and is Boll Hold of which is a small holdfast with a growing village and perhaps town with it.
The First Harrenhall-Dole War
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|The Destruction of Dole|
Hundreds of Thousands would perish in the fighting. In the end though Katniss Everdeen my family died out there, and the reason they died...the reason all of them died was because your father was a coward. You will pay for his crimes. I will make you pay for his crimes.
Dole was always an enemy of House Strong, since the first days of House Strong entering Westros the Dolish people had for whatever reason come to absolutely hate the members of Harrenhall who they believed looked down on the Dolish and their way of living. Dole and Harrenhall having had a long and dirty history between eachother and this usually ignites into war over some meaningless town between the two or some stupid insult leveled at the other Houses. In this case the leader of Dole at the time ordered the murder of several Harrenhall tradesmen in an attempt to control trade in the center of the Dolish Peninsula. Robert Strong the leader of the Harrenhall city and kingdom demanded revenge, but was calmed by his best friend Davos Seaworth, and instead sent diplomats to the Dolish to try and discuss how to end the conflict peacefully. Instead of talking the Dolish would execute the diplomats and send their bodies in pieces back to the capital. These murders were too much for even Davos to argue against and Robert was finally able to rouse enough support to lead a revenge killing in which Robert Strong rode with two thousand horses and burned down an entire Dole village. The killing would be hundreds, as the Dolish were unspuspecting, and Robert burned several more villages, before they finally stopped and returned to Harrenhall.
With this act the two went to war, and the war was at first heavily favored by the Dolish who enjoyed a massive superiority in numbers but as time went on the superior skills, and equipment of Harrenhall coupled with brilliant maneuvers by Stannis Strong led the Dolish to begin to lose the war. In one particular battle the forces of House Strong were led by Robert Strong with some three thousand cavalry while his brother Stannis, and Davos Seaworth led another two thousand cavalry and three thousand infantry around the side, and during this battle the two forces defeated an army of some thirty thousand Dolish. Following this defeat the Strong forces would move against the cultural capital of Kingsgrave where they would easily enter the un-walled city and they took cultural artifacts and basically burned the capital of the Dolish people to the ground. This series of defeats led to the Dolish besieging the House Strong town of Wurzberg where they besieged it with well over one hundred thousand men against fewer then thirty thousand on the defenders side. The siege went on for well over a year with the Dolish unable to properly besiege the town and taking increasingly large casualties to both the battle and even larger to desertions as the clan leaders returned to their homes for the winter. As the Dolish retreated from the siege the large forces of Harrenhall who were barely even damaged moved themselves and begin harassing the much larger force as it made its way back to Dole. Every time the Dolish attempted to battle the forces of Harrenhall they retreated and since the command of the Dolish was weaker many clans walked in wrong directions and were massacred as they drifted from the main force. This continued for weeks until completely exhausted and nearly at the point of breaking the forces of Dole stood their ground and a large land battle took place which led the destruction of much of the Dolish forces and minimal casualties to the Harrenhall forces.
Treaty of Kingsgrave
The massacres of the retreating Dolish forces were seen differently by many among the armies, but either way the leader of the Dolish was dead during the battle, and the remaining clan leaders sent out word to the Harrenhall army that they wished to parlay, and with the cavalry army of Stannis Strong still running rampant in northern Dole the meeting was to be held at Kingsgrave. With no bargaining power left and a well organized army on its doorstep the Dolish leadership would surrender unconditionally to the forces of Harrenhall. With the surrender they gave two major concessions to the forces of Harrenhall including the independence of two large regions west of Harrenhall in the form of the Realm of Dolentia, and the Republic of Karrenhall of which both were led by puppets for the forces of Harrenhall.
Lucernian Intervention in Harrenhall
You came to our lands and reaved. These are the consequences of you entering the lands of the Dragon.
Following the capture of Catelyn Starke and the deaths of many during the ambushes that followed the rise of Euron Greyjoy it was the decision of William Lovie III. that revenge needed to be struck. The Ironborn were at this point becoming stretched quite thin as they were still embroiled in a siege at Harrenhall, but alongside that they had assaulted the Sunset Islands where they maintained a large garrison now, as well as launching a major assault of Seagard which left their forces severely diminished, and it was in this position that William would make his move against the Iron Islands. Calling on the Order of the Violet Dragon, and the Order of the Red Dragon he would send two brigades of the Waffen Red Dragon Army to Harrenhall, but he also sent both Harlequin, and Helaquin (accompanied by their Whelplings) as well to the contested city of Harrenhall. Mathew Clegane was the Major in command of the 11th Lole Brigade, while he was joined by Alester Floren in command of the 3rd Brightwater Brigade and together the Majors in the Waffen Army would share joint command and join the forces of Harlequin, and Helaquin who were in charge of the Violet's that were sent to the city. While Mathew Clegane had been given orders to assist House Strong in capturing the city and evicting the Ironborn from the city, silently revenge was also in play as the assassins were commanded to kill as many of the Greyjoy's that were present in Harrenhall as they possibly could.
The Lucernian force would travel by heavy combat boat from Fairmarket thus avoiding once again the Trident of which was not blocking ships but might reveal their departure. Landing in Boralus breifly they would pick up some sixty troops from House Proudmoore of whom were to join on the campaign, and some one hundred troops of several other Kul Tiras Houses. Travelling northward up the Rhine they went passed the Lorderon pass and took the northern river through to the Strom River where they then went south and skirted near the Stone Islands before landing west of Harrenhall. Unoticed by any of the Ironborn forces they would enter the city from the western gate of which was controlled by the forces of House Strong and there arrival was met by great applause and happiness. Since the turning of House Tarth to the forces of House Strong things had been going very well for the Strong forces, but the leadership of Euron Greyjoy had flooded Harrenhall with Ironborn. Also accompanying these Ironborn were the recently captured forces of the Sunset Islands of whom had sent some two thousand troops to Harrenhall under the command of the honorable Ser Gunthor of the Sunset Islands. Due to the increase in Ironborn forces the Strong forces had lost control of increasing amounts of land, and the fortress market had been ground down by siege machines brought in by Ser Gunthor. Arriving in the city the Violet's would move away from the main force and meet with Renly Strong of whom had been placed in command of the assasins missions in Harrenhall
With Ser Gunthor and the main force of the Sunset Islands attacking the marketplace, it was Robert Strong, and the Lucernians that turned and moved towards the are east of Fogburn Keep and south of the Tarly lands. Attacking with nearly two thousand troops of House Strong and the one thousand troops of the two brigades of Lucernians they were able to overwhelm the defenders that were in the area, and take control of the Hanged Man. The Hanged Man was built onto a peak located there, and was a heavily defendable area, and with enough men garrisoning it would be nigh untakeable. The White Emproium fell that same day despite reinforcements coming in from the main holdings, and retreating forces bolstering the defenders. With the capture of the White Emporium some six hundred of the Seaworth forces were captured alongside almost four hundred Ironborn of whom died heavily as they were not often to surrender.
Campaign of Death
With the capture of the eastern block of Harrenhall the Ironborn were flooded into the area to try and retake the east from the outnumbered Strong forces. While this was happening Harlequin, and Helaquin moved into the northern section of Harrenhall near Grightwood Keep, where Aeron Greyjoy II. and his family were staying as he commanded the attack on Helldor Castle. Harlaquin and Helaquin would infiltrate the keep alongside all thirty of their whelpings and killed their way through the gaurds and servents in order to reach the sleeping quarters of Aeron Greyjoy II. Aeron would wake to the sound of fighting outside of his door, and the moment he opened the door sword in hand a dagger went into his head killing him. His wife and young son hid in a closet, but were quickly discovered and brought out and killed beside Aeron. With the murders completed Harlaquin, Helaquin and the whelpings would attach wolf pelts to the three bodies then hung them off the highest tower of Grightwood keep as a warning to the other Greyjoy's about what they had done to the Starke's.
The deaths of Aeron and his family would greatly shock the leadership of the Greyjoy's in the city, and despite Dagon assuring them that gaurds wouldn't matter the number of gaurds on each Greyjoy were greatly increased. With this in mind Dagon attempted to send away Aeron's sister before she too met a grisly fate, but the boat she was to leave on was sunk, and the captain that was meant to take the ship out was found decapitated with a wolf's pelt nailed to his chest. Dagon who had been planning to send away his own wife and child was now forced to accept they would have to deal with the assassins another way, and begin to plan for this. While this was happening Ser Gunthor continued to attack the Market and was able to push into the Opera House and after hours of brutal melee the Opera House finally fell to the forces of Ser Gunthor of which forced the abandoning of the defences around the Opera House as they were now able to be targeted by the attackers from the Opera House Windows. With victory growing at the marketplace Dagon made the next move when he begin marshalling as many forces as possible and with this Dagon would lead some three thousand troops against Helldor Castle in a battle that would become known as the Second Battle of Helldor Castle.
Second Battle of Helldor Castle