Tower of the Hand

Book 1, Chapter 56.
Catelyn meets Robb at Moat Cailin. Robb explains his battle plan for the coming campaign.
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Catelyn and Ser Brynden are with Ser Wendel and Ser Wylis Manderly and their 1,500 levies, which include twenty knights and two hundred mounted lances. Their father, Lord Wyman Manderly, has stayed behind in White Harbor to see to the defenses, largely because he has grown too fat to sit a horse. Robb's host is just coming into view. She rides through to Moat Cailin with Ser Wendel and Ser Brynden and finds Robb with Grey Wind surrounded by his lords bannermen, including Ser Helman Tallhart, Greatjon Umber, Robett and Galbart Glover, Roose Bolton, Halys Hornwood, Rickard Karstark and Theon Greyjoy. She informs him that Ser Rodrik is on his way north to serve as castellan of Winterfell while Robb is in the south. Catelyn sends the bannermen away to speak to Robb alone.

Catelyn fears for Robb's safety and wants to send him back to Winterfell, but knows she cannot without causing him to lose face. Robb informs her that a letter arrived from Sansa telling him not to fight. Catelyn realizes right away that Sansa is now a hostage. Robb has eighteen thousand men, but is afraid about what might happen to Eddard and Sansa. Catelyn assures him that victory in the field is now the only option. Robb tells Catelyn of what has transpired in the riverlands. Jaime marched up the Golden Tooth and smashed a force led by Lord Vance and Lord Clement Piper. Lord Vance was slain, and Lord Clement fell back to Riverrun. Meanwhile, Lord Tywin came up from the south with an even larger army, which ambushed Lord Beric's men from King's Landing. Ser Raymun Darry and most of the men from Winterfell were killed. Lord Beric may have escaped, but no one knows for sure.

Robb has ordered Howland Reed to bleed any Lannister host that comes north, but knows that Lord Tywin is too smart to try and will stay in the riverlands taking castles one by one to isolate Riverrun. Therefore, Robb has no choice but to ride south to meet him. Robb's plan is to split his horse and foot. The foot will march on Tywin and draw him in while the horse races to Riverrun to surprise Jaime. He plans to give the Greatjon the foot while he commands the horse, but Catelyn points out that the Greatjon is too brash and Robb decides to give Roose Bolton the command instead. Robb tells Catelyn he will prepare an escort to take her back to Winterfell, but Catelyn says that with her father dying and her brother surrounded, she must go to them.


Active Characters

  1. Roose Bolton - He has pale, nearly colorless eyes.
  2. Wendel Manderly - He is fat and bald with a walrus mustache.
  3. Wylis Manderly - He is fat and bald with a walrus mustache.
  4. Wyman Manderly - He is almost sixty and too stout to sit a horse.


  1. Moat Cailin - Moat Cailin was a great fortress of the First Men with a wooden keep and a curtain wall of basalt. It is said to have had twenty towers, but is now in ruins and only three remain standing: the Gatehouse Tower, the Drunkard's Tower, and the Children's Tower, where legend said the children of the forest called upon their gods to create a flood. It is still a formidable defensive position because the causeway passes between the towers and is surrounded by impenetrable bogs.


1.  Prologue 26.  Eddard V 51.  Arya IV
2.  Bran I 27.  Jon IV 52.  Sansa IV
3.  Catelyn I 28.  Eddard VI 53.  Jon VII
4.  Daenerys I 29.  Catelyn V 54.  Bran VI
5.  Eddard I 30.  Sansa II 55.  Daenerys VI
6.  Jon I 31.  Eddard VII 56.  Catelyn VIII
7.  Catelyn II 32.  Tyrion IV 57.  Tyrion VII
8.  Arya I 33.  Arya III 58.  Sansa V
9.  Bran II 34.  Eddard VIII 59.  Eddard XV
10.  Tyrion I 35.  Catelyn VI 60.  Catelyn IX
11.  Jon II 36.  Eddard IX 61.  Jon VIII
12.  Daenerys II 37.  Daenerys IV 62.  Daenerys VII
13.  Eddard II 38.  Bran V 63.  Tyrion VIII
14.  Tyrion II 39.  Tyrion V 64.  Catelyn X
15.  Catelyn III 40.  Eddard X 65.  Daenerys VIII
16.  Sansa I 41.  Catelyn VII 66.  Arya V
17.  Eddard III 42.  Jon V 67.  Bran VII
18.  Bran III 43.  Tyrion VI 68.  Sansa VI
19.  Catelyn IV 44.  Eddard XI 69.  Daenerys IX
20.  Jon III 45.  Sansa III 70.  Tyrion IX
21.  Eddard IV 46.  Eddard XII 71.  Jon IX
22.  Tyrion III 47.  Daenerys V 72.  Catelyn XI
23.  Arya II 48.  Eddard XIII 73.  Daenerys X
24.  Daenerys III 49.  Jon VI
25.  Bran IV 50.  Eddard XIV