Dotini, on 26 February 2013 - 10:20 AM, said:
In some previous trials by combat, size and strength were defeated by mobility and speed. The trick was to get the big man down on the ground. It would seem that Obara with her whip might be able to do this. However, I don't know that a poison spear would be enough to finish him off a second time. Perhaps a pot of pig-shit could roast him in his armor?
Indeed, mobility and speed, but if the opponent won't die at all then it's only a matter of time before a mistake is made (as Oberyn found). And the dead don't tire...
Women of cunning
An excellent thought. What of women? The gender roles engrained in Andal custom of Westeros... how deeply rooted are they in the literal tenets of the Faith of the Seven. Is it even possible that the High Sparrow could accept the idea of a woman fighting in the trial by combat??
If the High Sparrow has put 2 and 2 together he (maybe even the sharper members of the Warrior's Sons) will realize that mere sword and skill will not be enough to slay Ser Robert Strong (just on account of his armour, let alone his unnatural constitution!). If he acknowledges this then he must look further afield towards more unconventional methods and champions. Tyene the Sand Snake is heading to King's Landing to infiltrate the Faith and will no doubt hide her treacherous streak and her deep knowledge of poisons. (Obara is unlikely to make it to Kings Landing in time for the trail - "Hunting" Darkstar will not be easy or quick). Perhaps one of cunning and dirty tricks is better suited to win the Trial by Combat, if only on a technicality. But then again, even if Tyene leverages or reveals her darker skills... I'm not sure its in her nature to be so reckless. She's Oberyn's daughter but perhaps with a little more subtlety and consideration...
Is this even an outside possibility?