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The Sack of Mole's Town is an event during the Conflict Beyond the Wall.

HistoryEdit

PreludeEdit

After successfully scaling the Wall, Tormund's warband, including Ygritte, is joined by Styr and his Thenn raiders. In order to draw out members of the Night's Watch from the safety of Castle Black, they attack and slaughter the inhabitants of a small village. Styr spares the life of a lone boy and orders him to tell the Night's Watch what has happened to his village.

When the Night's Watch learn of the attack, many black brothers wish to retaliate. Acting Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Alliser Thorne understands that retaliation is exactly what the wildlings want and everyone is ordered to remain at Castle Black.[1]

The RaidEdit

The wildlings march into Mole's Town at night, killing the townsfolk and burning down huts with virtually no opposition. They then attack the local brothel, killing members of the Night's Watch in the process. 

​Ygritte discovers Gilly and her son in hiding, but upon seeing Gilly's wildling cloak, she urges them to remain quiet so they will not be found by the other wildlings, sparing their lives.

AftermathEdit

News of the attack on Mole's Town reaches Castle Black. As with previous raids against the smaller villages, the Night's Watch is aware that the wildlings are just trying to draw them away from Castle Black before the main assault from the massive army beyond the Wall hits, so they make no attempt to send men out and search for survivors.

Kegs, Mully, and Black Jack Bulwer were killed visiting the brothel instead of following orders to remain at Castle Black. After striking Mole's Town, it is clear that the next target is Castle Black, which means Mance Rayder's main forces are almost ready to strike.[2]

In the booksEdit

After Jon Snow escapes from the wildlings, he passes through Mole's Town, warns the residents of the imminent attack and advises them to seek refuge at Castle Black. Three quarters of the village residents, among them the whores Zei, Meliana and Sky Blue Su, as well as Hareth the stablehand, follow Jon's advice. The blacksmith Donal Noye, who takes command on the defenders in the absence of all the officers, allows them to stay at the castle on condition that they take part in defending the castle.

Shortly before the attack of the Thenns begins, Jon notices grey smoke rising from the direction of Mole's town, realizing that the wildlings have set the village afire on their way to the castle.

The sack itself takes place off-screen. No details of it are given in the book. It is unknown whether the remaining quarter of the residents escaped in time or stayed, how many of them (if at all) were killed, and if the attackers suffered any casualties.

Mully, Kegs, and Jack Bulwer are not in Mole's Town when it is sacked but in Castle Black. Gilly and Sam arrive much later, after the battle is over, to the castle straight from Craster's Keep, without passing through Mole's Town which has been long abandoned.

After the initial attack of the Thenns is repulsed, the villagers return to Mole's Town. When Castle Black comes under assault again by the main force of the Wildlings from the north, Jon sends a request for aid from the village. The messenger, Zei, never returns, so Jon sends Mully, who finds the village deserted. It is unknown what becomes of the villagers.

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