Awesome thread! I have to say I'm on board for about 2/3'ds of it, because I don't think the wildlings were actually the ones to have led the slaves to Braavos because they wouldn't have the technology to navigate and operate a ship. However, I think its super close, because I think the wildlings were in Valyria as kidnapped slaves and they were sent to be rescued by this guy:
AGOT Bran VII quote - he shows Osha the Winterfell tomb:
That’s a Brandon, the tall one with the dreamy face, he was Brandon the Shipwright, because he loved the sea. His tomb is empty. He tried to sail west across the Sunset Sea and was never seen again. His son was Brandon the Burner, because he put the torch to all his father’s ships in grief.
I think he ended up crossing the Sunset Sea because he was told to by the godswood at winterfell. The pact between the CotF and man called for the Starks to keep harmony in the realm of man and some wildlings had been kidnapped and enslaved by this rising power called Valyria, so I think the CotF called on Brandon the Shipwright to sail across the sea and he didn't come back because he saved the wildlings and founded Braavos.
There is no time frame given for Brandon the Shipwright's life span but it would explain:
1) why there are moonsinger settlements in the far east at Jhogos Nai and what could have been a settlement the Dothraki called Vaes Tolloro. The moonsingers may have descendants from those tired of sailing and decided to live in Essos. Probably to be expected of a long voyage.
2) What happened to Brandon the Shipwright.
3) Why the moonsingers are called moonsingers - because they were wargs and their direwolves sang to the moon all the time. Also because green magic is the magic of new growth and possibly rebirth - which is a link to MMD's learning birthing songs from there.
4) why we have FM and moonsingers as the two primary places of worship - the living Starks and the many faced god/CotF who give the gift of death
Its also interesting to note how the CotF/weirwoods relationships keep popping up on islands. Here's some brainstorming info from this post
in this other thread
The quotes above and the search for a COTF link made me think about the crannogmen a few days ago. At first I wondered why the Naathi would be the only ones supposedly related to the COTF, and they live on an isolated island, but they're not. Crannogmen are said to be related to the COTF too and they live on a fabled island (Greywater watch) that moves around in the bog and makes it hard to find. Could the fabled isle of Naath move too I wonder? And is it their COTF cousins that help them move it? Could COTF prefer islands for some reason - like the ability to move them for their own defense - because so far we have hints at FOUR different islands and FOUR different offshoots of CotF:
- Naath - the Naathi (new post comment: this link came about in the original post because the descriptions of Naathi match the CotF golden eyes and diminutive stature)
- Greywater Watch - the crannogmen
- Isle of Faces - the green men - an order created at the pact to guard southern weirwoods, not necessarily related to CotF, and according Jojen's story to Bran, they still existed on the isle of faces around the time of Harrenhal. Are the green men in the trees? are they ancient greenseers? At the time of the pact the fable is they carved faces into the trees, but what if its the faces of the greenseers that got shoved into the trees?
- Another thing to note, is that temples in Braavos, including the temple of the many faced god and moonsingers are located on the Isle of the Gods. If the CotF are most comfortable on islands then its another clue that they may also be comfortable working in the home base of the Faceless Men, as we don't really hear about any other places where they have temples or houses of worship yet, other then Braavos.
Also in the Theon sample chapter
So if the weirnet is active most across islands, I can see that Brandon the Shipwright could easily have had a lot of help in crossing the Sunset Sea to get to the eastern side of the continent of Essos. He could have had the children helping him hop from island to island.
Also note the materials that make up the titan. His legs are black stone (basalt? though I'm not looking it up to remember exactly) and bronze, reminiscent of the stone from the ruined wall at Moat Cailin. If the CotF can move islands around, they could have been the ones to raise the titan, the islands, and dredge out the natural harbor. Stark had to get them out of Valyria and lead them there.
I think the story may end up revealing that Brandon the Shipwright's tomb is in Braavos if he really was the guy the CotF sent to do the job.
edit: forgot to write what book the quote was from. Added context.
edit 2: added extra info to 3 on list of possible explanations
edit 3: Just an additional thought - the sealords of Braavos have a tradition of having their statues put up along the canal reminiscent of the tradition Starks had of having a statue made of their likeness in the tomb. If he circumnavigated the globe and led the slaves to Braavos, then he may be the genesis of the title sealord and the tradition of the statues. And the Stark kings also had statues made of their direwolves...
Suddenly I'm really intrigued to see the sealord die so we can see what happens when he's buried and his statue is put up. Will Arya see her ancestor's statue?
Edited by The Others Take Ya, 14 June 2013 - 01:52 PM.