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Why did Obara want to sack Oldtown?

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Was her mother from there? Seems to me Casterly Rock would be the obvious target if you wanted to hurt the Lannisters.

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Because Oldtown is rich, and that's what sacking is for: taking valuable goods.

9 hours ago, Mwm said:

Casterly Rock would be the obvious target

Sure, if you want to die trying to climb a mountain that's three times higher than the Wall as arrows rain down on you and your exhausted army.

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5 minutes ago, Potsk said:

Because Oldtown is rich, and that's what sacking is for: taking valuable goods.

Sure, if you want to die trying to climb a mountain that's three times higher than the Wall as arrows rain down on you and your exhausted army.

So it just doesn't have anything to do with striking at the Lannisters...

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The point is to provoke the crown into a punitive attack on Dornish territory, where they can use the sands to their advantage. Taking her hosts all the way to Casterly Rock could get them pinned down and would leave Dorne exposed.

As for choosing Oldtown as a target, aside from the fact that Obara probably hates the city for personal reasons (yes, her mother was a whore there), Oldtown is the second most important city in Westeros and is close enough to Dorne to ensure she could retreat quickly. On top of that, it is part of the Reach and therefore under Tyrell protection. Since the Tyrells are the Lannisters' most important ally at the moment, they would be forced to respond or risk alienating them.

Edited by The Coconut God

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