Tower of the Hand

War of the Five Kings: A Timeline

The War of the Five Kings began because of disputes over the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. We've compiled a list of the important events during the war (through ASOS).
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The War of the Five Kings began because of disputes over the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Following Robert Baratheon's death in 298, Robert's son Joffrey assumed the throne. Hand of the King Eddard Stark believed Stannis Baratheon to be the lawful king, but Joffrey named both traitors to the crown. Robb Stark raised the Stark banners in revolt. Renly Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy each raised an army, but only in support of their own claims to the Iron Throne.

Of the Crownlands and the Westerlands, led by House Baratheon and House Lannister
Of the Riverlands, led by House Tully
Of the North, led by House Stark
Of the Stormlands, led by House Baratheon of Storm's End
Of the Narrow Sea, led by House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Of the Iron Islands, led by House Greyjoy


Hand of the King Jon Arryn dies. Robert Baratheon names Eddard Stark as his new Hand.

Catelyn Tully accuses Tyrion Lannister of attempting to murder her son1 and briefly holds him captive at the Eyrie.

Raising of the Lannister Banners
The Lannisters mass two hosts at Casterly Rock, one commanded by Tywin Lannister and the other by his son Jaime.2

Raising of the Tully Banners
The Tullys mass a host at Riverrun, consisting of Houses Blackwood, Bracken, Darry, Piper, Vance, and Whent. The Freys do not answer the call. Edmure Tully sends Lords Vance and Piper to guard the pass below the Golden Tooth.3

Death of King Robert
Robert Baratheon dies after a hunting accident.4

JOFFREY BARATHEON, King on the Iron Throne
Joffrey Baratheon, son of Robert and Cersei Lannister5, assumes the Iron Throne.

Cersei takes Eddard Stark into custody after he names Stannis Baratheon the rightful heir to the throne.

Raising of the Stark Banners
The Starks assemble a host (12,000 men) at Winterfell, comprised of the Houses Glover, Mormont, Bolton, Hornwood, Cerwyn, Tallhart, Umber, and Karstark.

Tywin Lannister marches from Casterly Rock and travels south of the Golden Tooth.6

Battle Below the Golden Tooth
Jaime Lannister defeats Lords Vance and Piper in a battle below the Golden Tooth. Lord Vance is killed and Lord Piper retreats to Riverrun.

Tywin Lannister and Gregor Clegane fall on Beric Dondarrion and his men just as they cross the Red Fork. Raymun Darry is killed.7

Tywin Lannister makes for Harrenhal.8

Robb Stark camps at Moat Cailin.9

Rout of the River Lords10

Jaime Lannister routs the lords of the Trident. Edmure Tully is taken captive and Tytos Blackwood retreats to Riverrun, which Jaime holds under siege. To hold Riverrun, Jaime splits his force in three.11

Tywin Lannister takes Raventree.12

Shella Whent yields Harrenhal to the Lannisters.13

Gregor Clegane "burns out" the Pipers and the Brackens.

The Freys mass a small army (4,000 men) at The Twins, where Robb Stark wins their fealty and passage across the Green Fork.14

Robb Stark splits his host in two. He commands the horsemen on the west bank of the Green Fork while Roose Bolton commands the footmen down the Kingsroad15. He leaves Helman Tallhart and 400 men to defend the Twins16.

The Mallisters of Seagard pledge their strength to Robb Stark as he marches around the Blue Fork.17

Battle on the Greek Fork
Tywin Lannister defeats Roose Bolton on the east bank of the Green Fork. Halys Hornwood is killed during the battle and Medger Cerwyn, Wylis Manderly, Harrion Karstark, and four Freys are captured.18

Tywin Lannister makes for Riverrun.19

Battle in the Whispering Wood
In the Whispering Wood20, Robb Stark defeats and captures Jaime Lannister, three of his kin, and several bannermen: Lords Gawen Westerling, Quenten Banefort, and Regenard Estren, but not before Jaime kills two of Eddard Karstark's sons and Daryn Hornwood.

Execution of the Hand
Joffrey condemns Eddard Stark on account of treason.21


Battle of the Camps
Robb Stark routs the leaderless Lannister hosts outside the walls of Riverrun, lifting the siege, freeing Edmure Tully, and joining the forces of the Trident to his own. Andros Brax is killed.22

RENLY BARATHEON, King of Highgarden
Renly Baratheon crowns himself king at Highgarden with the support of Houses Tyrell, Tarly, Rowan, Caron, Errol, Oakheart, Florent, Tarth, Hightower, and Varner.23

Tywin Lannister makes for Harrenhal. Again.

ROBB STARK, King in the North
Robb Stark crowns himself king at Riverrun with the support of the North and the Riverlands.24


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