|Battle at the Marketplace |
This is where this divide ends. After we take this city there is nothing stopping the Kingdom of Lucerne from becoming exactly what we always dreamed it would be.
Battle at the Marketplace
From the very beginning of the assault on Harrenhall there were several major targets in the form of the northern residence, the House Tarth forces, and then most importantly was the Marketplace which was the simplest and only real way of moving the large invading forces into the southern axis of the city. As the Docks fell the forces of House Seaworth begin attempting to take control over the rest of the city, which begin with the movement towards the Marketplace. With forces heading north towards the North Yards and east towards the Factory District the forces of House Seaworth send the largest group of their forces towards the Opera House, and the Market Gate. If they took Market Gate they would thus also control The Market District and thus cut the city in two.
Stannis prepares the defenses
Stannis Strong was in the Harrenhall markets with his personal guard, as well as Vesendria, Shelensia, and Lonnie Barris when the news of the docks being under attack filtered its way to the markets. As he prepared to leave for the front, he heard the sound of commotion in the downstairs of the building he was in before the sounds of fighting roared out. As he opened the door he came face to face with a man he did not know but was sporting a massive beard and a large axe. Without saying a word the man swung the axe at him, and the two begin to fight. Stannis Strong was the better fighter, and after less then a minute of fighting he had killed the axe wielding man. Going downstairs he found his men had slain dozens of attackers on his location of whom were clearly attempting to have him killed before he could mobilize against the front line. With this knowledge Stannis led his small force towards the docks, while on the way gathering together every soldier or able man he came across. By the time he arrived at the area of the docks he had some 200 men with him, but he looked out over the docks and realized they were lost.
With the realizing that the docks were gone Stannis retreated back to the Marketplace and begin setting up a perimeter around the area west of the docks that he would defend and thus force a bottleneck that the attacking forces could not bypass. Stannis had less then ten minutes but in that time he was able to fortify two large towers with archers and barricade two streets so that the only way through was through the one street he lined his troops in. His main defense was around the iconic Opera house which had a size that meant his archers could be defended with near impunity, and the attacks would have to slug through a brutal open area with no protection. Stannis when he received reinforcements in the from of House Strong loyalists arriving from the southern part of the city he would send Renley Strong his brother to defend the western markets, while he sent his nephews Jackson Strong, and Bardin Strong to defend the eastern market. Also one of his commanders was his close friend Lonnie Barris of whom was in charge of defending the eastern side of the Opera House, and Lonnie was joined by his son Donald Barris in this command.
Battle of the Opera House
The defenses of Stannis were attacked by the forces of the favored son of Davos Seaworth in Maric Seaworth along with his cousin John Seaworth. Maric was a competent leader but he was about to enter a battle against one of the greatest military minds in the area in the form of Stannis Strong. As the forces of Maric moved at the Opera House the forces of Stannis made no attempt to shoot from far away and waited until the forces of Maric Seaworth were right on top, and when this happened they begin unleashing a deadly wave of archer fire to the troops that were completely in the open. During this ambush nearly the entire force including John Seaworth were killed but the rest under Maric Seaworth moved forward and attempted to get by the western side of the Opera House. When they arrived there they continued to lose men to the constant fire of the archers, and eventually they became bogged down in the middle of the street when they found cover with a series of wagons that once had been manned by the merchants. As they stayed hidden to the eastern side they were then wiped out when the archers on the western side fired as well killing Maric as well as the rest of his forces. For the remainder of the day small forces would attack the Opera House as the chaotic nature of the battle meant men followed plans that were now moot with the massacre of Maric and his forces. Of the remaining chaotic attacks on the opera house was one particularly stupid but also bloody fight on the east side when a group of thirty men led by Tronnel Saltcliff attacked the defenses of Lonnie Barris.
The forces of Tronnel Saltcliff consisted of twenty Ironborn and ten Harrenhall soldiers and had been commanded to attack the market alongside the forces of Maric Seaworth but had become bogged down in the rape and pillage at the docks and thus were delayed nearly two hours arriving instead well after Maric had been killed. Seeing the situation was no longer in flux it was his lieutenant that argued that they should stand down but the headstrong Tronnel caught sight of a damaged window and believed they could get inside through the window and then get to the roof where they could raise the Ironborn flag and through this bring about a counter assault. Tronnel would lead the group from the front and the shock of the assault considering the quiet that had disintegrated on the front meant that their charge reached the opera house window with only the loss of two of their number to the archers in the opera house. Entering the opera house there was a brutal fight for control of the staircase allowing entrance to the roof and during the fight Tronnel's forces lost half their number but badly injured Lonnie Barris which broke the defense for a time. With the defenses wavering it was Donald Barris who stepped in killing an Ironborn guarding the rear of the forces of Tronnel and with this he pushed into them gathering the defenders to him and stopping the rout.
Battle of Market West
As the forces of the Iron Islands moved alongside the forces of House Seaworth Victarion Greyjoy led the assault of these forces against the western section of Markets gate. Joined in his assault by Quentin Loken II, and Erich Loken his attack happened at the same time that the forces of Maric, and John Seaworth were massacred in their attack against the Opera House. As Victarion moved his forces forward he felt unease as he moved through the streets and closed in on the western market. This unease led him to stop the force, and have the forces that he led from his home on the islands to wait for the Harrenhall recruits to go first. As these raw recruits moved ahead of his personal force he was able to watch as the troops of Renley Strong caught them in a crossfire that in only a few minutes was able to effectively trap the entire force. With his own force at risk now with the destruction of the raw recruits he took the strategy of slowly going through the streets as opposed to going through the street. In these house to house battles the numbers and close combat skill of the Iron Islands troops meant that they were in the advantage and were able to make their way to the market with less problems. The defenders realizing that they could not win this house to house fighting would fall back from these forward positions retreating to their main defensive points overlooking the Blacksmith Square. As the Ironborn reached the market both sides realized that the Blacksmith square was the primary goal as it would allow the side who held it to force the attack of the other. In this way Renly through much of his force into the battle of the Blacksmith square and with the constant fire of his archers on the Iron Islands troops as they attempted to cross the road to the square he was able to take control.
With his chances of success getting slimmer and slimmer Victarion led his personal gaurd and much of the remaining troops he had in one last assault against the blacksmith while the rest of his force charge up the street at the archers first. The force attacking the archers was massacred but this delay allowed him to reach the blacksmith unharmed and a brutal close combat battle ensued where Victarion saw victory in his sights. As the forces of Renley were about to break ranks a force of reinforcements led by Gendry Strong arrived and the two combined forces were able to force the retreat of Victarion, and with these reinforcements having trapped the forces of the Ironborn it was Quentin Loken II. that led a crazed charge at Gendry Strong which let the Ironborn escape when Gendry's men pulled back to save Gendry who was about to be killed by Quentin.