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The Planky Town is lost.

Having been left in charge of the efforts to seize the rest of the Planky Town while Oakenfist took a great part of his fleet and some of its forces to race towards the Tor, Ser Aloran Celtigar made a ferocious effort to do as he was commanded. However, ill-fortune and the sudden appearance of 500 more Dornish forces from Sunspear threw back the Targaryen forces. Bit by bit, their gains evaporated, and then the streets and alleyways and docks that they held were lost. In the end, with no hope of Oakenfist returning in time, Crackclaw made the difficult decision to abandon the Planky Town. Setting sail with his remaining men and ships, he sent a bird to King’s Landing to report the news.

His destination? Salt Shore, Ser Alyn’s former base. But even there hangs a question: is it still in the hands of the garrison Oakenfist left behind before he left to try and win back control of the Planky Town? For there have been worrying reports, ravens from Salt Shore bearing news of a siege. At the same time, aware of the divisions of the king’s army after Daeron I’s murder, perhaps the fate of Ser Ardon Tyrell’s army—which was aiming itself like an arrow at Salt Shore, in hopes of escaping Dorne—is also a question that must be answered.

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