Blackfyre Bastard

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  1. I tend to think that is a trait present since the First Men, given that the Freefolk present it (albeit very rarely,) but also present and maybe a little more prevalent in the Andals. Instances of red hair are present all over Westeros: from the Redwynes to the Tullys (and therefore the Stark children), to the Dornish Marches (Anguy and Beric Dondarrion) to the Iron Islands; but the fact that the Free Folk consider it "lucky" and a beautyfing trait is a signal of its scarcity beyond the Wall.
  2. Jean Valjean = Jon Val Jon? I see what you did there. Other than the pun, I don't think there's anything to it.
  3. I think the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are inspired on the Heptarchy, but I don't think there's a correlation between the two.
  4. I wonder, if you can see the Sword of the Morning from (just north of) the Wall on the southern horizon, then it might be that this constellation is just on Starfall's zenith? I mean, at which latitude is the Wall, 65°-70°?
  5. Never mind, my mistake
  6. Congrats Cubs. Great World Series.
  7. @sweetsunray Thanks very much. This is a great read for a day like this, the Day of the Dead (or more formally, All Souls' Day)
  8. Bloodraven has been shaping the fate of Westeros for the past 100+ years, so he's pretty much the central character of the whole saga (novellas included). The rest are just puppets whose strings are being pulled by BR from his comfy root throne.
  9. Interpreting the visions seem to be equally important as deciphering the visions themselves. Melisandre is so self-righteous that it's no surprise that after convincing herself that Stannis is AA, nothing could change her mind, even if it burns right in front of her; there's no other valid interpretation for her, even when she thinks to herself that "I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow." (Notice that "Snow" is capitalized, so is a reference to Jon, whom she had just glimpsed in the fire) Melisandre mentions "her order", which to me implies that there's a special branch of Red Priests dedicated to seeing fires and learning to interpret them. This might be relevant, in the sense that there could be different schools of reading and interpreting prophecy from the fires. I have mentioned before that Moqorro seems better at reading the fire than Melisandre, and this could be because of the different schools, although by the way she mentions "her order," it appears to be a prestigious one.
  10. Man, it's gonna be tough when we meet the Others and they start whining about grievances 8000 years past...
  11. Bolded. No, I'm not disputing that at all. I'm open to any theory or idea regarding that piece of information, as long as it makes sense (to me). In fact, the more convoluted and logical, the better .
  12. Edric was very clever in phrasing his oath to Arya. After carefully re-reading the scene is clear that GRRM (through little Ned) didn't want to spoil the news about Jon's parentage in such an inane conversation between two children, but maybe Edric knows some things that he isn't supposed to know (or, as you are getting convinced more and more, that is common knowledge in Starfall). I think that before GRRM scrapped the plan of the 5 years gap, Edric was supposed to become a leading figure in the roster of ASoIaF, but the later changes robbed him of a more grandiose and pivotal role. Still, I think we can expect great things from him and Starfall. Intimidated, surely? I agree that it was most certainly Brandon the one who slept with Ashara instead of Ned, but rather because Brandon was the one who made contact with her and his lusty personality, and Ned was very timid and had no game.
  13. Since we're on the topic of pronunciation of names, I'd like some suggestion to the pronunciation of "Chella" Ch as in German or Scottish "loch" [x]? Or Ch as in church, Chicago [tʃ]?
  14. I don't know if villain, but as antagonist of the main story I like Daemon Blackfyre (big surprise, huh?). Many people saw him as a worthy alternative for a liege, galvanizing the resentment toward the current king into the most dangerous threat to the Targaryens until Robert. In that line of thinking, then my favorite villain would be Bloodraven. He's the reason the Blackfyre Rebellions weren't successful and he's been pulling strings of the people in Westeros for the last 100+ years, making him IMHO the central character of ASoIaF.
  15. All of them TY. What's the point of etymology, then?
  16. Don't sweat it. Some of those in the list are probably still wrong. GRRM has acknowledged (probably tongue in cheek, but still) that he's not authoritative regarding pronunciation because of his Jersey accent and I wouldn't count the show as canon (although it probably has popularized and standardized many of the names). Regarding the audiobooks, GRRM has said that they consulted him on the harder names, but got the easy ones wrong! (e.g. "Damfair") I for one refuse to accept Tyrion's pronunciation as ['tɪəɹiən] TEER-ee-ən; having the particle "Ty" in his name, I think it should be pronounced as Tywin ['taɪwɪn] TY-win, hence: ['taɪɹiən] TY- ree-ən (similar to Tyrone but with the stress on the first syllable). But that's me.
  17. That map and the one provided by OP make much more sense when one reads TWoIaF and encounter this description of the cities (current ruins) on the Dothraki Sea: With the current map, Sathar (Yalli Qamayi) is on a different river (probably unnamed, idk) which drains on the Bay of Tusks. On a different note, I was thinking if the Aral Sea was a real life inspiration for the Silver Sea? I mean, the rough dimensions of the Aral Sea pre-shrinkage was around 250x300 km (~150x200 miles) which seem to coincide with the Silver Sea according to the map I linked in a a previous post. I agree with @Maester of Valyria that I pictured the Silver Sea much larger.
  18. I'm glad to see that many posters here have displayed some ideas that I have also developed over the years. *Puts tinfoil hat on* With this I mean that Bloodraven had over the years embraced his greensight. We know that he consorted with sorcerers, which I think was to learn ways to temper his grenseer abilities (he probably has dragondreams as well). The assassination of Aenys Blackfyre was a medium for him to reach the Wall, and later reach the cave where Bran and party found him, where he became one with the trees. I think that through his greensight, BR was able to see that TPtwP would be begotten through the line of Daeron II and that made him a staunch supporter of him against Daemon, later in TMK he uses his sorcery to infiltrate the castle where the 2nd Blackfyre Rebellion was being plotted, and then at the Great Council of 233 AC the murder of Aenys ensured that Aegon V (and thus Daeron II line) would inherit the IT. BR puts ahead of his honor, not "the good of the realm" as many claim, but rather the inheritance of Daeron II's offspring. As to what is he doing at the cave with the CotF? I can only speculate, but I like to think that is related to paving the way for the final outcome of the War for the Dawn. BR has worked his own agenda for the past 100 years, making him THE central character of all ASoIaF.
  19. This seems like an oversight of the mapmaker. This is a map of ancient Central Essos, which I took the liberty to extract from @Werthead blog "The Atlas of Ice and Fire" (great source of info and fabulous if you like maps (link to the thread)). I would put the missing lake next to Kasath (current ruins called Vojjor Samui) for no other reason that the other two are next to the ruins of other Sarnori cities on the fringes of what once was the great Silver Sea.
  20. IIRC, there are tourneys in the North, just that there are no tilts (jousting), since there's few knights (because of religion); however northern tourneys are mostly melee.
  21. I think there's a consensus that numbers were the major factor here. A war of attrition during generations (probably hundreds -or even thousands- of years) coupled with a low birth rate on the part of the giants (very much like their cousins the CotF; I mean, we've never seen giant children), factored to diminish their numbers until they only existed north of the Wall. The World book states that the giants "rang[ed] where they could and [took] what they wanted", so maybe they kept always clashing with the First Men when the former took something from the latter or invaded (without realizing it) FM's territory.
  22. Yeah, mine too. For years I pictured it at daytime, because the description of the colors of blood and ser Patrek's cloak are very vivid. I only got this detail until a very recent re-read.
  23. Or perhaps is the best place, completely tailored for his tastes.
  24. Sorry to intrude, but it is indeed night at the moment of the Ides of Marsh. Earlier in the chapter, GRRM had already warned us to set our minds to picture the stabbing at night. After delivering the "Bastard" letter, Clydas is dismissed by Jon:
  25. It was Varamyr who did it (did it, get it? ) Curiously enough, there's the three no-noes of skinchanging.