With the rebels on the retreat to regroup, Sir Geoffrey and Burkhard Meadows led a swift counter offensive to House Willow's seat. The castle was the weakest of those held and the least likely to be defended, so it was no surprise when Chauncey Willow rode out to meet them in the field.


Mimicing the tactics deployed at Brunshire, Sir Geoffrey took the van of his forces inward while Burkhard broke off smaller groups to flank the enemy's position. The Willows, however, were wise enough to have archers prepared to harrass the incoming flanking units, who in turn were forced to relent.

At the head of a smaller force though he may have been, Sir Geoffrey held fast to his plan and charged Chauncey Willow's position. Through sheer strength, he broke the enemy and chased them all the way back to Willow. The pleading of the women and children inside the castle kept him from setting it to flame.


House Willow, like House Vine, severely decreased its support for the war. The only two houses still strongly committed to the war effort were Houses Creed and Graves.