A rough wind blew through the air, aggressively fluttering the banners of the houses assembled in service of the Kingdom of the Rock. Initial reports from advance scouting parties had indicated that the apple king was taking the first threat to his kingdom's sovereignty seriously. The results of today's battle would determine whether or not such preparations would be for naught. Reports from forward scouts had indicated that the Mandervale army was much more formidable than originally anticipated, and that the King Fossoway had taken personal control of preparations and was remarkably liberal in the allocation of his kingdom's resources preparing for the pending Lannister invasion. With so much being committed to the defense of Tumbleton, resources would be stretched thin in other parts of his realm. As the main host of the Lannister forces marched onward from the west, 500 soldiers had been raised from the southern Crownlands under the command of Ser Denys Farring. Troops from King's Landing had further been dispatched to the south to join forces under Ser Denys. Though his war council had reported invasion plans to him, King Atem had declined to ride east to participate in the battle. It would be King Atem's principal advisor, Lord Leighton Dayne, who had command of the Lannister forces. While the Reach had a number of healthy men to serve as troops, their equipment and discipline couldn't match that of Westerlands soldiers. While the wind would disrupt the efforts of archers, it was the enemy cavalry that concerned Lord Dayne. Even with a generous number of pikemen to counter cavalry, Lord Dayne was worried it might not be enough. 2,500 men strong, the troops were fresh and ready for battle. In unison, they marched onward in line formation. Shields in the front, flanked by pikemen and line infantry. Remaining behind in command, Lord Dayne looked on at the advancing troops on horseback, with a small group of lieutenants and four companies of reserve infantry. Ser Denys Farring's troops had not yet arrived, but he was aware of the battle plans. The strike was to begin at dawn. So began the lion's conquest.