Dappled skin of the CotF could simply look like age spots if all you are expecting is an old woman. There was also a CotF in Arya's PoV who came to hear Tom O'Seven sing a song. IIRC it was about "her Jeyne" which was from about 100 years ago in Westeros history. There is just as much foreshadowing about CotF walking among men as there was about Frey pies, yet everyone believes in Frey pies.
^This is the post that I was answering, the previous one said that Old Nan is a Child of the Forest, and the Wood's Witch is what is used as evidence for this statement here.
ARYa_Nym, on 19 April 2012 - 07:07 AM, said:
I wasn't arguing that Old Nan is one just that there is reason to believe that the Ghost of High Heart is. We agree that it's possible that she's glamored. I just don't think the fact that she doesn't have non-human like features when Arya sees her matters. If she wants to blend in she can't have those features. Bran didn't see Leaf while she was living among humans.
We agree here, and I don't understand why you responded to my post with arguments about the Ghost of High Heart is a CotF, when I said as much myself. There are no evidence that makes me think that there is no doubt, and it seems to me you also think it is a very probably theory, not a certain fact, so this debate seems a little strange to me. The person I answered said "there was also a CotF in Arya's POV
" and I don't think that it is certain that she was a CotF. That she looks old and spotted has nothing to do with her being a CotF (since she in that case is glamored) and therefore I don't think that is evidence for Old Nan being a CotF as that post implied.
When I wrote this:
I also said she could be a CotF glamored up in my post... Still, from the way she looks, she does not look much like a CotF which was the matter I was responding to. To say that she looks like a CotF and that makes it possible that Old Nan is a CotF is not a good argument to me.
I didn't mean that your opinion was that Old Nan was a CotF. I was trying to say that the person I was responding to said that Old Nan was a CotF and the base of that was that the Ghost of High Heart is a CotF.
There are other characters who have red eyes but if you combine that with the Ghost of High Heart's ability to see the future then it's possible that she has the gift of greensight but she's not a greenseer.
We have only seen descendants of First Men/COTF or actual COTF being able to do this. She has to be one of the two. I think COTF is more likely than her being one of the First Men or crannogmen.
I think it is as likely that she is a CotF descendant as it is likely that she is a CotF. All the CotF are skinchangers, and I don't think we saw anything that indicated that she was one. The people we have seen being skinchangers are Bloodraven and the Starks, and they are not even CotF, they are just (probably) descending from them.
Bran, Jojen and Targaryens and a few more (e.g. Maggi the frog) can also see the future, so it is still not conclusive.
Bloodraven and his family is from Ravenhall which is very close to High Heart, I believe he is also descending from the CotF and he is an albino with red eyes too. There are many similarities between him and the Ghost of High Heart. To me it's as likely that the Ghost of High Heart is a human with these abilities as the probability that she is a glamored CotF. Maybe the traits are stronger in her than in most CotF descendants and that is why she is smaller?
When the First Men took to the Old gods, wouldn't they also hold this place as sacred? We don't know if the text you quote refers to the time before the First Men converted to the Old gods or after. I would assume that the First Men had the same sacred places as the Children after they converted.