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HOUSE STARK RECLAIMS CONTROL OF WINTERFELL
Second Battle of Winterfell leaves youngest of Ned Stark’s kin and last member of House Bolton dead
Mother of Dragons ends slave master revolt in Essos
Exiled Iron Islanders pledge allegiance to Targaryen’s claim to the Iron Throne; offer fleet of 100 ships
WINTERFELL, WESTEROS – The Second Battle for Winterfell, more commonly known as Battle of the Bastards, ended today as Jon Snow and his ad hoc army of Free Folk and other minor Northern houses, including House Mormont, defeated Ramsay Bolton—last living Bolton heir, Lord of House Bolton, Lord Paramount of the North and Warden of the North. In what seemed to be an easy victory for Bolton’s far larger army, the tables turned in favor of House Stark late in the battle with the surprise arrival of the Knights of the Vale led by Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Lord Protector of the Vale and Lord of Harrenhal.
Among the thousands of casualties were Rickon Stark, youngest kin of Ned Stark, and Lord Bolton. While Stark temporarily served as Bolton’s prisoner – captured by and presented to Bolton from Smalljon Umber – he spent his final moments on the battlefield as he was released from captivity only to be shot dead by Bolton’s arrow. Bolton was seen leaving the battlefield back to Winterfell as the Knights of the Vale arrived. Chased by Snow and some of his men, including giant widling Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun from Hardome, who broke down the gates to Winterfell where Bolton was then captured and beaten nearly to death. His final moments were met with a gruesome slaughter from his own hunting dogs released on him by his estranged wife, Sansa Stark, now Lady of Winterfell, Lady Paramount of the North and Wardeness of the North.
Further east in the City of Meereen, Essos, Daenerys Targaryen – Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea – ended the revolt led by the Good Masters of Astapor, the Wise Masters of Yunkai, and the Great Masters of Meereen. The conflicting parties met early in the morning to discuss terms of surrender. After the parties failed to reach a compromise, Targaryen released her three fire-breathing dragons—two of which were recently unshackled from captivity in the catacombs of Meereen—and horde of Dothraki soldiers, quickly ending the battle. Two of the three ruling masters were killed by Targaryen’s leader of The Unsullied, Grey Worm as punishment for the masters’ breaking their previous agreement with Targaryen advisor Tyrion Lannister.
On the heels of the Second Siege of Meereen, exiled Iron Islanders Yara and Theon Greyjoy arrived in the capital city to pledge fealty to the Mother of Dragons. After finding common ground for ending cruelty amongst the ruling class, Targaryen accepted the Greyjoys’ offer of a fleet of 100 ships in exchange for supporting Yara’s claim as the rightful Queen of the Ironborn. The terms for the agreement include an end to the Ironborn’s popular pastimes of reaving, roving, raiding and raping.
Sources in Meereen report that Targaryen is ready to mobilize her forces westward to claim the Iron Throne.
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