Ghost714, on 27 January 2012 - 01:42 AM, said:
This is my response to the Wights and dragon glass(Obsidian) conversation.
I think the text supports the fact, that dragon glass is only really effective when using it against the Others.
-Dragon glass, is said to be "frozen dragon flame".
Isn't dragon flame suppose to be like fire from the sun? Well the Others don't come out when the sun is shining. So it makes sense, frozen dragon flame, wich is like frozen "sun fire", kills the Others. (this same theory makes sense, for why Valyrian Steel, or "dragon steel, would work in killing the Others......Valyrian steel is made from dragon flame, dragon flame is like the fire of the sun.... Others+Sun=Dead Others)
I think you "could" use obsidian, for a blade against a Wight, but I don't think it would be any more effective than a steel blade. In fact it would probably be worse, considering obsidian is not that durable. It really would not be good to use obsidian, on a Wight wearing armor though, as Sam the Slayer found out, when fighting small Paul.
However, even though the Others wear armor, obsidian still works very well against them. I believe it's because the armor that the Others wear is "magic", and obsidian is also a "magic" thing, in these books. (when you stab an Other with obsidian, they melt, even if you stab there armor....that's also why I think when you stab an other with obsidian, it's like them getting hit by dragon flame, and dragon flame is like the fire of the sun, ergo you have a dead melted Other)
So basically, Everything about the Others is "magic", The Others themselves are like a "magical beings", there armor is "magic", there swords are "magic". So dragon glass, also being "magically frozen dragon flame", kills the Others.
But when it comes to a Wight , there armor is not "magic", there bodies are not "magic", the only thing that is "magic", is the "magic" that reanimated them. You can't really stab the "magic" part of a Wight with obsidian, but you can with an Other, because every part of them is "magic".
That's my opinion any way. (sorry for all the " " in my post lol)
This post got me thinking about Valaryan steel.
Remember, Valaryan steel is a 'lost art' that only the Valaryans knew how to craft.
We know that the Valaryans had dragons because that is how they destroyed the Ghis empire in ancient wars.
Notice that all of the Valaryans (except Targaryans) have been dead since the disaster that destroyed the Valeryan empire 300 years ago.
I think that the reason that no one has been able to craft Valaryan steel since then is because the blacksmiths used dragon flame to temper the steel instead of regular fire.. ( a blacksmith creates a sword by heating the sword and cooling it rapidly by dunking it in water = tempered)
This theory would explain why Valarian swords are supposedly effective against the Others, and would also explain why no one knows how to craft the steel anymore.
It is also a cool way for the Valaryan swords to become relevant again in the near future. It is no coincidence that GRRM goes into detail about the swords when they sem to have no real value right now except for just being good swords.
Edited by chris999, 04 March 2012 - 07:46 PM.