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  1. Friends in the Stormlands

    In the case of house Estermont, Arianne's friend Sylva Santagar was just recently married to the elderly Eldon Estermont. I could see Sylva making a play to take control of Estermont (by finding a way to dispose of all the remaining estermonts at Greenstone) and declare for Aegon.
  2. How old is the alchemists' guild?

    Pretty much the title. We are told in ACOK by Tyrion, (who I think we can say has a decent grasp of history) that: " Once theirs had been a powerful guild, but in recent centuries the maesters of the Citadel had supplanted the alchemists almost everywhere." ACOK Tyrion V. Which would imply that the alchemists' guild is very very old and used to be the main source of "wise" counsel that Kings and lords throughout Westeros received, but the newer order of the maesters who relied more on rational thought and not magic began to become more popular as magic started to disappear. However, we are told that the maesters are also a very old order, dating back to the first Hightower King, way before the Andals (and thus even written language) arrived. So the alchemists are either even older than that, or the maesters were for the vast majority of their history not widespread or powerful at all. It also seems weird that the alchemists who were very interested in Dragons and Fire suddenly grew less powerful once the Targaryens arrived in Westeros.
  3. By guile

    I don't think they're actually going to be able to take Storm's End.
  4. Bran will warg Ghost

    If Jon Snow warged into Ghost before "dying", would Bran be able to have a conversation with Jon?
  5. The Dustin succession crisis that apparently never was

    Really, Really Crackpot Theory that could solve this: Barbrey Dustin was pregnant with Brandon Snow's baby, (but was planning on telling the world it was Willam's), but once Willam died and the baby was born (and looked like a stark), she went to Ned and tried to convince him to support the baby's claim, but Ned knowing that it is a bastard and wanting to protect the honor of his brother and Barbrey, decides the right thing to do is to take the bastard and raise it as his own, naming him Jon. In return he allows Barbrey to keep the seat of Barrowton, as long as she doesn't tell anyone about what transpired, thus making her hate Ned with a fiery passion (but for a reason she in no way could share with Theon, or the Boltons could find out). I know. Really, really crackpot. But just thought I'd throw out another possibility for Jon.
  6. How will LF meet his end?

    Definitely an interesting scene. It makes all the more sense when you look at it in context and see that they are talking about littelfinger's scheme to poison Joffrey (its in ASOS actually, Sansa VI, if anyone wants to look at it). Another scene involving Sansa and blood oranges though that might back this up is the scene in AGOT: The blood orange ends up staining her dress. Maybe this scene represents a future interaction between Sansa and Arya.
  7. Big Walder Analysis

    Another thing worth mentioning is that Big Walder's father, Jammos Frey, is the brother of Lothar Frey, who is commonly known as the smartest Frey. I wouldn't be surprised if the Freys descended from Alyssa Blackwood (including Lothar and Big Walder) were all slightly smarter and more cunning then the rest.
  8. What happened to Richard Lonmouth?

    Richard Lonmouth was one of prince Rhaegar's squires, who was later knighted and became one of his few close friends, aside from Jon Connington, Myles Mooton, Maester Aemon and Arthur Dayne. The only other bit of information we have about Richard Lonmouth is that he played a drinking game with Robert at Harrenhal, and promised Aerys II he would find the knight of the laughing tree. We are told the fate of every single other one of Rhaegar's friends and companions except for Richard Lonmouth, and since Rhaegar is so secretive and has a few very central mysteries tied to him, it might be important to know what the fate of each person who might give us more insight about Rhaegar, since so far the only somewhat detailed personal descriptions have come from Barristan, Aemon and Jon Connington. So from least crackpot to most crackpot, here are the theories about the fate of Richard Lonmouth, that I have either thought up, or gathered from another thread: 1. He died at some point in the rebellion, and won't have a further impact on the story. 2. He survived the rebellion, took a pardon from Robert, and retired to his home in the stormlands where he remained a minor lord. Now that the Golden Company is in the stormlands, he might declare for Aegon, his friend's son, and meet up with Jon Con and Aegon. 3. He survived, but was exiled/fled to essos, where he joined a sellsword company (in disguise). 4. He is secretly Lem Lemoncloak fro the brotherhood without banners. 5. He wore Rhaegar's armor to the battle of the Trident and was killed by Robert (that was how Robert was able to defeat "Rhaegar"). Rhaegar is thus still alive. Are there anymore theories? Is he even that relevant of a character?
  9. In a storm of swords, Petyr Baelish says, in reference to Margaery: "She'll keep her queenly crown and her maidenhead, neither of which she especially wants, but what does that matter?" Why would Petyr say that Margaery doesn't especially want to keep her queenly crown? From all accounts it seems like Margaery really wants to be Queen, but granted those are mostly the thoughts of other people. Is Petyr implying that Margaery agrees with her grandmother that it would be better to be neutral, but that she is being pressured into marriage by Mace who wants to be father of the queen? Is Petyr implying that Margaery secretly has another person who she loves, and would rather be married to that person rather than be Queen? Is Petyr implying that he is aware of Margaery's ambitions and goals (implying some kind of deeper alliance that goes beyond the Tyrell adults)? It just seems like a really weird comment to make about Margaery, given how Margaery has been actively trying to maintain being the Queen. Does Littlefinger know something about Margaery that the readers don't?
  10. In this post, I would like to outline how I believe Lothar Frey could quite easily become lord of the Crossing in the next book First, I would like to point out that despite how all the freys like Big Walder, Little Walder, Edwyn, Black Walder and the rest are keeping track of who is next in line, that won't really matter in the end. As GRRM says, even though male preference primogeniture is the official rule: So, basically, a lordship will in general pass down to whoever has the most power and political support to become lord, which is usually the first son. So even though Lothar is very far down the line of succession, he might still be able to claim the lordship even if Freys ahead of him are still alive, as long as he has enough power and political support. I think there might be several freys ahead of him who he could successfully disinherit: Women - I think that given the male dominance in Westeros, Lothar wouldn't have a hard time seizing control from women ahead of him. Although there are probably many women who would put up more of a fight, like Asha, Arianne, etc., We haven't seen any frey women yet who I would consider as ambitious or strong enough to present much of a match for Lothar. And I don't think many surrounding lords or overlords would bother to try to right that wrong. So Lothar doesn't have to worry about Frey Women, especially if he begins arranging marriages for them. Descendants of Frey Women - I think the male descendants of frey women also won't pose that much of a threat to Lothar, even if those male descendants currently live at the twins. I think that most of the freys would prefer to see the lordship go to an actual frey, and not some other house, and would support someone with the frey name over someone without it. Because if a non-frey becomes lord of the twins, then any power or respect that comes along with the frey name vanishes, since all they have is their castle, and not a long history and reputation. Since they don't have a chance to become lord though, I think they might lend their support to a frey who might keep them around. Young boys - The young lords and ladies that we have seen so far in the series (Ermesande Hayford, Lyman Darry, etc) all appear to have two things in common: very few older relatives, and a fair amount of loyal supporters. Neither of these describes any young Freys. i think that for any Frey that is younger than about 7 or 8 years old, Lothar would have a very easy chance becoming lord over them, or at least acting castellan until they come of age, which would give him the chance to dispose of them as he needs. Freys who are not in the riverlands. The Freys who aren't in the riverlands are usually wards of some other lord, or training for something else. If Lothar Frey was to declare himself lord, then any frey who wasn't in the riverlands at the time would have a hard time protesting it for several reasons: first, by the time they hear about it, and travel back to the twins, Lothar would have been in power for a while, and once he's settled into power, it would be harder to remove him then at the start. Secondly, they haven't been in the riverlands creating allies, so Lothar will have more supporters in the region to help him keep power. So, I think that Lothar would not worry himself about declaring himself lord if there were people ahead of him who were at least outside of the riverlands. I think that many freys would travel back to try to remove Lothar, I think that they would just have a much harder time doing it, so Lothar would be more willing to disinherit them. Perhaps in times of peace, Lothar might not be as able to declare himself Lord when relatives from the above four groups ahead of him are still alive, but in a time of War, when the overlords don't have the time to deal with every succession dispute, I think Lothar might be able to take advantage of the chaos, and not have to worry about anyone above. So, Lothar might before the red wedding, start looking at this list of people ahead of him, and realize that it is definitely in the realm of possibility for him to become lord if he plans carefully. He can get rid of several people Since he advises his father, Lothar might have suggested that one of the demands that Walder makes to Tywin in exchange for committing the Red Wedding, is that Emmon Frey gets a lordship and a castle (which we are told is part of the final deal). With that, Emmon and his descendants will no longer be as much of a threat, partly because they all appear to be snivelling and weak, but also because they have their own castle which they now need to concentrate on holding. Jared, Symond, Rhaegar, Aenys, and Hosteen all get sent North to help the Boltons. Is it a coincidence that the Freys that get sent on this dangerous mission are all ahead of Lothar, when Lothar probably had a hand in deciding who ended up going North? It would be fair for Lothar to assume that some or most of them would die, and the ones that didn't would have a hard time getting south again during the winter. Alesander Frey was not present at the Red Wedding, indicating that he probably isn't trusted by the rest of the Freys as much. He's also a singer, so he probably doesn't have much military or political power. Aegon Bloodborn probably also won't be an issue, since he has become an outlaw. So the freys that are still left alive at the end of ADWD, in the riverlands, and in a position to challenge Lothar Frey's declaration of himself as lord are: Edwyn Frey Black Walder Frey Walton Frey Steffon Frey Bryan Frey Robert Frey Jonos Frey Arwood Frey Danwell Frey Raymund Frey So, Lothar only needs to somehow remove these ten people, and then he is in a position to become Lord of the Crossing, which is certainly feasible in the timespan of the next book, given how much Edwyn and Black Walder despise each other (something Lothar himself points out) so a fight between them could be instigated, and how he has an easy scape goat for other frey deaths: the brotherhood without banners.
  11. Spattered and Caked. Big Walder Killed Little Walder

    Unless Big Walder feels fairly certain that the Freys will hold onto their somewhat functional role as lord paramounts of the riverlands, which might seem likely to big Walder at that point.
  12. Spattered and Caked. Big Walder Killed Little Walder

    According to Grrm, the laws of succession work as follows: what the wiki has to say is:
  13. Spattered and Caked. Big Walder Killed Little Walder

    I just realized that Big Walder is Lothar Frey's nephew, and Lothar Frey only has daughters. So, if Lothar were to become the lord of the crossing, then Big Walder would be his heir. At the very least, Big Walder might be more loyal to his full blooded uncle then to his half relatives, making it easier for Lothar to turn Big Walder into his agent. Could Big Walder be working with Lothar Frey to remove potential challengers for Lothar, like the descendants of Lord Walder Frey by Amarei Crakehall (including Hosteen, and Little Walder), who are all ahead of Lothar, to bring power to the descendants of Lord Walder Frey by Alyssa Blackwood? Merrett did mention that most freys only trusted their full blooded siblings and relatives, and not the half-relatives. And Hosteen, would be a major threat to any power grab made by Lothar.
  14. Plenty of people, myself included, are wondering who Rhae and Daella (sisters of Aegon V) married, and who their descendants are today, since obviously it might have an impact on inheritance claims, and general blood of the dragon stuff, or at the very least, show how Brienne is Duncan the Tall's descendant. But there is another logical explanation for why we never hear about them at all: Summerhall. According to the wiki, "Aegon summoned many of those closest to him to Summerhall to celebrate the impending birth of his first great-grandchild to Aerys and Rhaella". As the sisters of the King, and presumably on good terms with him, it would be likely that they were there, along with their children, and maybe even grandchildren. It would explain why what happened to them or their descendants is never mentioned, since Summerhall is also not mentioned very often, and when it is, few people give many details, evan about what is known.
  15. Varys' plan for the Tyrells

    Varys is currently manipulating events in Kings Landing to go favorably for rAegon/fAegon to ascend to the Iron Throne. I wonder though what his plans are concerning the Tyrells, and whether he will want to turn them against Cersei and Tommen so that they declare for Aegon, or help another reach house overthrow the Tyrells in an effort to defeat any house with ties to the Lannister/Baratheons. Turning the Tyrells against the Lannisters would gain them a bunch of man power, and the Lannisters would lose most of theirs. It would also be easier to win over just the Tyrells, rather than one lesser house of the reach one at a time. Also, since the Tyrells were nominally loyal during the rebellion, and the Tyrells still seem to be quite popular amongst the smallfolk, it might make sense from a PR standpoint to win them over to Aegon's side. It's true that the golden company members talked about having friends in the reach who might want to take down the Tyrells, but Varys isn't the golden company, and if he convinces the Tyrells to switch sides before too much reach/GC blood has been spilled, it would be too late for the golden company to overthrow them. On the other hand, the Tyrells did throw their lot in with the Baratheons, and seem to be publicly supporting them and not Aegon at the moment, so Varys might deem that to be too difficult. And while the Tyrells aren't as spent a force as the Lannisters, they are spread out, and under the command of many different lords who might betray them. And highgarden would be a pretty good reward to promise someone who might want to switch, or one of the golden company generals.