Tom Tidewood is the son of Madrik, and Lella Tidewood making him a member of and the current Lord and Patriarch of House Tidewood. Tom Tidewood has two children with his wife in the form of Hector Tidewood of whom is the heir to House Tidewood and had grown quite a reputation but remains the hostage of House Wensington following the Invasion of Harrenhall.
Tom Tidewood would be born the first of his father Madrik Tidewood's children and at the time of his birth he would be the heir to House Tidewood. During his youth Tom Tidewood would become known for his diligent work at imroving himself with his nose either in a book or at the sword post of which led to him becoming quite beloved by his father of whom quickly realized that he had a true heir for himself. Tom Tidewood would lead sixty ships against Castle Lancer, and the lands surrounding the castle and with this the plan was for Tom Tidewood to move south and attack the richer Lancer lands, and in this plan Tom Tidewood would quickly move ashore and lying before Sturren Hold the Ironborn would sack the town of Sturrenia of which they hung hundreds of bodies in the town square and looted everything they could get their hands on before retreating to their ships.
Tom Tidewood would be born the first of his father Madrik Tidewood's children and at the time of his birth he would be the heir to House Tidewood.
During his youth Tom Tidewood would become known for his diligent work at imroving himself with his nose either in a book or at the sword post of which led to him becoming quite beloved by his father of whom quickly realized that he had a true heir for himself.
Siege of Harrenhall
Main Article : Siege of Harrenhall
| The Siege of Harrenhall |
Burn the false goths in their homes. I don`t want a survivor to tell the story of how their city died. Leave none alive...From this point on I want only the memory of that city.
House Seaworth had been for much of their history the second or at the worst third strongest house in Harrenhall behind only House Strong, and at times House Gronn. This position was cherished by the leadership of House Seaworth for much of their history, and they were rewarded with control over the port of Harrenhall which was hugely important to the cities power. This power they had been given though for them always felt as if it was a slight as they secretly wanted total control, and this became an even more blatent belief under Davos Seaworth who was an honorable man but also a man that wanted more of everything he could get. At first Davos had despite his silent wishes remained loyal to House Strong and simply bided his time hoping that good things found their way to his house but as time went on his patience disapeared. In this lack of patience he would turn to his one loyal vassal in House Horpe and he would turn his forces completely against the House Strong loyalty of their history. The growing discontent of House Seaworth reached its pinacle and the basic end of the line, when they attempted to gain influence in the small House Jare, and when this was discovered Robert Strong had Halten Seaworth put in jail as punishment. With this imprisonment the leadership of House Seaworth came to the conclusion that House Strong were tyrants that they should take the mantle of power in Harrenhall from. They decided to do this by reopening the channels that had existed with the Iron Islands before they had cut ties with such rebellious thoughts.
In order to establish this alliance once again Davos Seaworth would send three of his sons in the form of Dale Seaworth, Maric Seaworth, and Allard Seaworth, alongside his sister Kateryn Seaworth in order to strike the deal while he himself stayed near the leadership of House Strong to make sure they were not catching on to his plotting.
As the plans came through and the Iron Islands agreed to finance and support the invasion in returrn for House Seaworth becoming the vassal of House Greyjoy. This vassal position would mean that they would become a member of the Iron Islands but at the same time be in complete control over Harrenhall. Obviously both sides did not intend to actually go through with this but either way the deal was struck and the Iron Islands prepared to send thousands of troops to Harrenhall in order to take control of the city. The Iron Fleet would arrive in the night and when Davos Seaworth saw the giant horizon covered with their ships he would in that moment come to truly understand what he had done, and would delay giving the command to start the ambush leading to an argument between himself and his sons of which other then Dale Seaworth worked to convinse Davos that this was the right thing to do. After minutes of argument Allard convinsed him to order his forces to lead the ambush leading to the massacre at the docks that would come about.
Fall of the Docks
Following the command of Davos Seaworth for his forces to execute the betrayal across the city the docks would become the first major source of the betrayal with his forces moving swiftly against positions of power at the docks. Allard Seaworth had been working tirelessly to bring Zooey Strong to his side of things and get her to suppport the Seaworth claim and in his twisted mind he came to believe that one of the main ways to do this was to eliminate that which she felt close to in House Strong in the form of her immediate family and most notably in her closest siblings in the form of Heather, and Kyle Strong. Allard would days before the Siege of Harrenhall happened create a situation where Kyle Strong was at the Lighthouse with a diminished garrison, while Heather Strong was tricked into believing that her betrothed in Dontis Peach was planning a suprise for her on the day of the siege and thus she was in a small dockhouse waiting for him when the siege was too begin.
| 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.
Raid on Weldenvale
Ironborn Invasion of the Riverlands
Main Article : Ironborn Invasion of the Riverlands
| The Raid on Rigen |
The Ironborn had overstepped their place, and would pay.
Following the rise of Euron Greyjoy the Ironborn begin reaving the western lands again as Euron was attempting to sow chaos amongst the Lucernian allies and try to stop the flow of reinforcements into Bolten. Seeing the Riverlands as the great reserve yet untapped by the Kingdom of Lucerne Euron would send three large Reaving fleets to the Riverlands of which one was meant to feign an attack on Pinkmaiden, while the other two would divide into two fleets and with their large fleet they would reave the lands of House Justman, and House Lancer of whom were on the island of Rigen. On the island of Rigen the forces of House Lancer, and House Justman were the supreme powers of the island and both of them had spent generations not remembering the threat that the Ironborn poised to them, and thus their fleets remained anchored, and their military forces were lax in much of their preparation. In this state the Ironborn would move under the command of Stygg Tawney of whom led some two hundred ships against the port of Weldenvale, while his second in command Tom Tidewood would lead sixty ships against Castle Lancer, and the lands surrounding the castle. The plan was for Tom Tidewood to move south and attack the richer Lancer lands, while Stygg Tawney waited nearly three days before making his presence known, and then once he had he would delay any relief from the Justman's and thus allow Tom to escape with all the loot he could.
Stygg Tawney had brought some sixty of his ships as large Cogs, as they were planning to haul away a lot of goods, and materials from the island of Rigen. The mines of Lancer were one of the first places that Tom Tidewood would plan to hit, and Tom knew that the Lancer's had a relatively weakly defended hold fast near the mines that defended them, but he knew that he would be able to take it quite easily. Moving to land near Castle Lancer, he moved ashore with half his force, while the other half moved around the island to the site of the mines of Lancer where they would rush the small holdfast of Sturren Hold, and then from there take as much loot from the mines as they could. Tom Tidewood would quickly move ashore and lying before Sturren Hold the Ironborn would sack the town of Sturrenia of which they hung hundreds of bodies in the town square and looted everything they could get their hands on. Amongst the dead was the heir to House Stur in Wallen Stur of whom had attempted to bargain his son Gorold Stur back from the Ironborn who had taken him, but was instead murdered and hung before the Keep of which was one of the few places that didn't fall. Emly Stur (Emly Lancer) and her daughter Bethany Stur would be taken hostage alongside several other high nobles as the Ironborn sent these slaves back to the boats while they moved to attack Sturren Hold.
Following the sack of Sturrenia the Ironborn would assault Sturren Hold of which had also not been alerted to the danger and was taken completely unaware. Fighting at the Hold would be bloody, and the defenders were able to close the gate briefly before it was retaken again, and the Ironborn flooded inside killing every man inside the Hold including the heir to House Lancer in the form of Arnell Lancer, and following his murder his wife Leven would become enraged and killed two Ironborn before she was shot through with a crossbow bolt. With the hold taken the Ironborn would ransack everything of value including using hundreds of prisoners to push carts of minerals to the cogs offshore, and taking hundreds of slaves from around the Hold. At this point Castle Lancer came under assault, but by complete luck the guards on the main gatehouse were able to close the gate, and set off the alarm, and following this the battle devolved into a siege of which the Ironborn could no win, as they didn't have the required tools to take the castle. After two days of the seige it became clear that the Ironborn couldn't assault them, and thus realizing that the Ironborn were simply delaying them, Arwood Lancer would lead a force of some three hundred cavalry out of the castle and move around the rear of the Ironborn forces, and seeing this the Ironborn pulled back and were harassed for hours as they retreated back to the boats. Arwood would stop the chase as he regrouped with some three hundred men at arms from the region who had arrived outside of Sturrenia where they entered the town to find much of it burned to the ground, and hundreds dead. Arwood would find his sister's husband and child hung outside of the main keep, and from survivors he learned that his sister and her one daughter had been taken captive by the Ironborn and had escaped by the boats with the rest of them.
With the attack on the Lancer lands underway the second and smaller force led by the overall leader Stygg Tawney would move the fleet outside of Weldenvale in order to alert the Justman forces they were there. Having heard of the attack on the Lancers from ravens they had been preparing to assist the Lancers, but seeing the Ironborn fleet and watching several Longships moving into the rivers they would end that plan, and instead prepare to attack the Ironborn fleet. Armory Justman would lead the Weldenvale Fleet that was some forty ships strong so was weaker then the Ironborn, but the Ironborn were less capable of fighting fleet actions, and thus the Weldenvale fleet spent two days attempting to draw them into battle, but the Ironborn continued to flee, and then on the third day they received word of the extent of the reaving in the south, and the fact that the Ironborn there had been able to escape, thus realizing reinforcements were coming the Weldenvale fleet returned to port and went into defensive action. Believing the assault would happen the next day the entire garrison was under high alert, but two days passed and nothing happened, and it was only when they received a raven from Lorderon saying the Ironborn had slipped through the Lorderon Pass that they realized they had been tricked the entire time.
Raid on Pinkmaiden
As the three Ironborn fleets moved through the Lorderon Pass the first fleet moved furthern north of Rigen and against the Island of Maidenshore where the forces of House Piper, and formally House Goodbrooke but following its near demise it would be dominated by House Oakheart of the Riverlands.
See Also : Hector Tidewood