First time posting in heresy, relatively new to the forums, and there's A LOT to read through, so please forgive me if this has been discussed to death already (and it is a little off topic from the Sidhe conversation):
Could Bran the Builder and AA be the same person? It is said that Bran built Winterfell and the Wall. Well, what if he didn't actually "build" Wfell or the Wall, but the people thereof?
One of the things that the Crows say upon taking their vows are that they are the sword that brings the dawn or something like that. Well, what if 1) Bran "built" Winterfell through establishing his heirs (the Starks) as King of the North (if not King of Westoros) and, upon seeing (from his perspective) the threat of the others, he lead an army north to fight them. They fought two mini-wars within the larger war, and the Sidhe were victorious in each of those (the two failed attempts to build Lightbringer). Then he realized why they had failed: they were too mentally caught up with their wives and families, but particularly their wives. So he did the only thing he could think off to clear his mind: he sacrificed his wife so that he could clear his mind of keeping her safe and instead focus on defeating his enemies. this time he did, and him and his army decided to stay "enfranchised" and eventually became known as the Night's Watch. Maybe the war got started because of what the Night's King was doing... or maybe Bran himself brought his wife back to life and he became the night's king? That's just a little extra there, but who knows.
But to simplify: Bran the Builder is AA; he "built" Winterfell through establishing the Stark dynasty (and through some magic something is why a Stark must always be in Winterfell--need to keep his blood there); he had to sacrifice his wife to create Lightbringer, which is the "sword" that is now known as the Night's Watch; he possibly (and I would say probably) had some sort of connection with the Night's King; his "building" of the wall was also the creating of the Night's Watch, though it is possible that one of the first acts of the watch was to create a physical barrier, and so he would have actually built the wall as well, much as, through establishing a dynasty in the north, he still would have actually built the castle where they lived.
As I said, a little off topic here, but just something that's been mulling in my head for a while, and I've finally found an adequate place to discuss it
Edited by Tyryan Lannister, 25 May 2012 - 02:01 AM.