I have to admit, I haven't read any D&E yet. I've seen some basic character summaries, and I do understand Bloodraven is a big character in them, hard to figure out on the total honor front and very popular, etc. Still, iirc, we're not sure exacly why he was sent to The Wall, are we? Plus, all that happened under his watch there, right? I could even see, perhaps, Bloodraven thinking it might be his duty to take Bran, eventually. The conflict of doing so would be interesting, too. "The Greater Good vs Bran's life and consciousness?"
It's always been Varymr I had funny feelings about, well, his wolves lingering around Summer and the cave. But, now for me, it's Bloodraven I worry about as the warging wild card. But, you make a good point, it could be the other way around, although.....doesn't BR and the CotF admit that BR's time is drawing to an end? What would Bran gain from wanting to swap into BR's body? I can't see the benefit there, I guess that's why I didn't truly consider it in that direction.
For me, too, it's not about even whether I like (or will like once I do finally read D&E) Bloodraven or Bran or whoever, it's more about the creepiness of someone who may have lived that long and for some reason.....taking a young boy's life for his own use. Whether that use is for 'the greater good' or not.
We have some good ideas.
The next king after Aerys I, Egg's father, Maekar, had him thrown in the dungeons because Bloodraven was picked over him for the job of Hand. His reign is marked by watching for the greater threat of Blackfyre rebellions, which were still a huge problem at the time because Aerys was a pretty ineffective king and it would be easy for the people to rally around someone else.
After Aerys dies, Maekar takes the job and chucks him into the dungeons. For what, we don't quite know as he served House Targaryen pretty faithfully, so unless Maekar REALLY carries a grudge (which I don't think he does to the extreme enough to chuck BR in the dungeons for it) that means BR was doing something shady or appeared to be shady. I reckon he was suspected of killing Aerys or something.
Note Maekar's death is a bit suspicious as well, getting put down by some rebel lord.
He gets released by Egg when he inherits 12 or so years later and is part of the honor guard sent to the wall with Aemon. I don't think the wall was really punishment for anything, or it was just lingering distaste Egg had from his father's prejudices or suspicions.
Some spoilers ahead, but not major.
If you read the stories (you should as they're short and reaaaallly good) you may get different impressions from what others think; BR was quite cordial to Dunk imo while others think he was being a bit shifty because he didn't simply fawn over him. He treats Egg just as well. He comes across a bit like Tywin, but with hidden claws and a kinder and more patient matter, though still prudent and ruthlessly effective.
He then sends them on their way with whatever they want even though it would be in his best interest to take Egg back to court with him.
Bloodraven isn't really a huge character until the 3rd one, and doesn't really exist in the 1st.
I think Bloodraven is tired at this point. He must be nearing 200 years or so in age as he is a decent chunk older than Aemon.
He definitely has a mission he wants Bran to do. This is not simply a passing on of knowledge, or doesn't seem to be. I also agree it all reads like a horror novel.
Then again maybe it's the will of the Old Gods. Hell that may not even be Bloodraven doing all this hehe
Edited by Leonardo, 25 March 2014 - 02:38 PM.