Melisandra, on 04 January 2012 - 04:36 PM, said:
Three things in the Theon chapter support my theory that the letter to Jon at the Wall is a fake:
1) I think its very telling that Stannis tells Ser Justin, ""In Braavos you may hear that I am dead. It may even be true. You shall find my sellswords nonetheless." I think this is proof that Stannis plans to fake his death.
2) Furthermore, it was queer of Stannis to ask the Maester, ""A maester's raven flies to one place, and one place only. Is that correct?"
3) And, finally, Theon's interaction with Stannis, ""The north remembers. The Red Wedding, Lady Hornwood's fingers, the sack of Winterfell, Deepwood Motte and Torrhen's Square, they remember all of it." Bran and Rickon. They were only miller's boys. "Frey and Manderly will never combine their strengths. They will come for you, but separately. Lord Ramsay will not be far behind them. He wants his bride back. He wants his Reek." Theon's laugh was half a titter, half a whimper. "Lord Ramsay is the one Your Grace should fear."
Maybe Stannis will order Mance to write the infamous letter. Mance is for sure more capable of writing in this sorta poetic style than Ramsay or Stannis are. This might also explain the many references to wildlings - the wildling babe, the wildling princess - which are not really of special interest to Stannis or Ramsay.
Perhaps Mance got inspired by the speech Melisandre gave at "his burning":
Your false gods cannot help you.
Your false horn did not save you.
Your false king brought you only death, despair,
defeat … but here stands the true king. BEHOLD HIS GLORY!”
Sounds pretty similar to "Your false king is dead. ... . Your false king’s friends are dead...." in the letter.
Ramsays letters, however, seem to be very noticeable in another way:
Ramsay Bolton, Lord of the Hornwood, it read, in a huge, spiky hand. The brown ink came away in flakes when Jon brushed it with his thumb.
The brown ink is obviously blood, and it fits Ramsay to write his messages in the blood of one of his victims. About the appearance of the False-King-is-Dead-Letter,unfortunately we are nothing told, however, as discovered in this thread there is a little hint that it is written with ordinary maester's ink:
“Might be all a skin o’ lies.” Tormund scratched under his beard. “If I had me a nice goose quill
and a pot o’ maester’s ink, I could write down that me member was long and thick as me arm, wouldn’t
make it so.”
Ramsay might have called often enough for "his Reek" in Winterfell, enough for Mance or anyone nearby to add such a line to the letter giving it a more Ramsay-like appearance. Stannis might want to bring with such a letter chaos and disarray into the night watch, with the eventual goal to take control of the night watchs men. However, he still has many troops and his Queen and Daughter at the wall, which contradicts this idea a bit. Also planning such a machiavellian plot seems to be a bit out of character for Stannis, but perhaps he has developed new skills in recent times, in contrary to Jon and Dany.
Another possibility of course is that Mance writes the letter on Melisandres command.
Or all of this about Stannis winning is wishful thinking and it is Ramsay who tortures Mance to get a fine letter to Jon composed.
Edited by Prestayn of Prestayn, 04 January 2012 - 06:46 PM.