redriver, on 08 February 2012 - 04:27 PM, said:
Your original quote was about Targaryens breeding on a wider scale not Valyrians.
We can assume the Targs were a major House in Valyria,if even that.But they were only one family.
And they exist now because they exited Valyria before the Doom,possibly because of a book called Signs and Portents that one of their ancestors wrote before the Doom.
The other major households of the Freehold of Valyria were wiped out in the Doom.
But that's not to say there are no Valyrian descendants dotted around the place.
Most of the languages of the Free Cities are Valyrian based.
The Valyrians were intertwined with the dragons, but mostly, George has not told us much about Valyrian society.
It's not clear, during those 5000 years of 'dragon-use' , were some, many, all the dragons used as 'war dragons'?
As has been noted on this thread, 5000 years of dragon raising and training is hell of a long time.
Seems a there would have grown up a wide class of trainers (like horse trainers) and a vast store of dragon knowledge.
(I would like to know if there were still 'wild dragons' , since , seems, the volcanic parts of Valyria did not disappear during the Doom, dragons still about? Maybe they just don't roam , maybe they never did. In fact from the fragmentary evidence George gives, Valyria did not utterly disappear it seems parts of it are left a islands in the Smoking Sea.)
Valyria seems to have left both influence and engineering artifacts over the Eastern world, I can't see a tiny group of people, even with slave help and 'magic' doing this.
The word magic seems to get thrown around a lot in connection with Valyria, but the same thing could have been said about the Roman Empire, right after it's fall things like roads and great buildings would have seemed like 'magic' to the less sophisticated conquerors to the Roman world.
As with the dragons, maybe most of the non-aristocratic Valyrians were wiped out, but could not have been all.
That the Valyrian Targs occupied Dragonstone without other non-aristocratic Valyrians does not make sense.