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  1. "Moral ambiguity" is overrated and overestimated

    I think you guys are talking past each other, but this is one of the best quotes on this thread. True empathy (true by its definition) does coexist (without contradiction) with objective 'good' and 'evil'. And so empathy does exist with- again, without contradiction- justified and reasonable punishments and accountability.
  2. Why Tomb Raider Is Better Than Uncharted

    I know that there are many comparisons between Tomb Raider (reboot and beyond) with the Uncharted series. But I feel like I need to say something overlooked and that is the same thing only the Tomb Raider series have. And that would be Base Camps. To me, these camps make the TR series better than Uncharted. The camps set the correct mood in almost every situations and events throughout the game. Furthermore, having worked so much with this character, we got to watch her possessions and skills increase like a proud teacher/parent would to his student/their child. Nathan Drake just falls flat emotionally without back stories (which Lara also has).
  3. Ungoliant-Like Entity: The Heart of Winter that Brandon Stark Witnessed

    You must not blame me USD! I just want to know what it feels like to wear a tinfoil like a ninja.
  4. Ungoliant-Like Entity: The Heart of Winter that Brandon Stark Witnessed

    This is random I know, but it would be epic if true.
  5. Not sure if thread goes here. I hope the patterns I have noted and described will be incredible for you guys; they were for me even though they are probably incomplete. I have a very important question at the end and it would be great if you guys help out. The Heart of Winter was said to be beyond the veil/curtain of light. The "Northern Lights" alone can fit into the silky feelings you would often extrapolate from the definition of 'Veil'. However, there is a type of material often used in textiles that should also conjure these words to readers: Silk. Now, do spiders only use their silk to produced flat webs? The answer is no: in fact most of you should have witnessed cocoon and dome shaped webs in your life. Below are the pictures of dome shaped spider webs. Note how light is reflected in the second picture. http://asergeev.com/pictures/k/dome_spider_web.htm http://www.ozanimals.com/image/albums/australia/Spider/S00340-001.jpg It was said that the White Walkers have spiders for their mounts. Now - while it is true that the White Walkers are capable of creating complex things out of ice - the ice spiders are probably sentient in some form and are thus too complicated to be created completely by the White Walkers. As far as we can tell, the White Walkers are only capable of enslaving the dead by restoring partial personalities, not creating life and sentience out of thin air. Perhaps their bipedalism is useful in helping to raise and guide the baby-spider spawn of G.R.R.M's 'Ungoliant', and that is why these bipedal White Walkers exist as separate species. And witnessing the powerful, metaphysical 'Ungolian' would make the most sense when it comes to the reaction of Brandon Stark. I do not see what is so scary about witnessing more White Walkers. What would be most terrifying and most encouraging of despair would be witnessing a gigantic 'city' in the dark, ultimate VOID; VOID that is ever expanding along with the Unlight 'Cloak' of 'Ungoliant'. Within the Dome of Void are scary sacrifices, more White Walkers, and the army of spiders being spawned by said 'Ungoliant'. Brandon Stark's reaction also makes sense symbollically: the tears (from both of his eyes?) were burning. The burning represents the effects of poison and the tears represent liquid (and thus Water). Spiders do deliver liquid poison through their two fangs. http://media.education.nationalgeographic.com:8080/assets/photos/000/278/27810.jpg Finally there is a Song that coincidentally start my thoughts in all of these things, which makes me suspect the Band itself and that it wasn't a coincident at all. There is one part in the lyric that is most unusual: 'in the darkest night, rising like a spire......'. The problem is, I used to thought that the word was 'Spider' and I wasn't the only one. 'In the darkest night, rising like a spider'-------> The temporary yet awe inspiring triumph of 'Ungoliant' before 'a hope of spring'. 'In the burning heart...'------->Passion of the people who needs to survive (the Survivors in GRRM's wold), but could also mean the poisonous effect of the Spider. 'the unmistakable fire'------> The darkness was not normal: the UNLIGHT that Ungoliant-in-the-Tolkien-Universe produced was a material of its own; in fact, it was probably a very corrupt form of light/fire. Both ice and fire need each other to express and participate themselves physically in ASOIAF: the effects of fire won't last unless it is 'frozen' in stones/etc.; the White Walkers cannot get anything done unless they are warlike-active (fiery). Heck, the White Walkers themselves are described as frozen shadow. The 'Unlight' of 'Ungoliant' is unmistakably (most corrupt) fire. The freedom of all living things is against the ropes indeed. Although 'Ungoliant' may have icy cold underlings, it is her 'unquenchable thirst' towards the Long Night that humans must defeat. The song 'Burning Heart' was released by the band - Survivor - during 1985, only a few years off from the first release of GRRM's ASOIAF (1991?). Were there any well documented connections between the two? If there were, that would be epic (SNEAKY EPIC).
  6. I hope the patterns I have noted and described will be incredible for you guys; they were for me even though they are probably incomplete. I have a very important question at the end and it would be great if you guys help out. The Heart of Winter was said to be beyond the veil/curtain of light. The "Northern Lights" alone can fit into the silky feelings you would often extrapolate from the definition of 'Veil'. However, there is a type of material often used in textiles that should also conjure these words to readers: Silk. Now, do spiders only use their silk to produced flat webs? The answer is no: in fact most of you should have already witnessed cocoon and dome shaped webs in your life. Below are the pictures of dome shaped spider webs. Note how light is reflected in the second picture. http://asergeev.com/pictures/k/dome_spider_web.htm http://www.ozanimals.com/image/albums/australia/Spider/S00340-001.jpg It was said that the White Walkers have spiders for their mounts. Now - while it is true that the White Walkers are capable of creating complex things out of ice - the ice spiders are probably sentient in some form and are thus too complicated to be created completely by the White Walkers. As far as we can tell, the White Walkers are only capable of enslaving the dead by restoring partial personalities, not creating life and sentience out of thin air. Perhaps their bipedalism is useful in helping to raise and guide the baby-spider spawn of G.R.R.M's 'Ungoliant', and that is why these bipedal White Walkers exist as separate species. And witnessing the powerful, metaphysical 'Ungolian' would make the most sense when it comes to the reaction of Brandon Stark. I do not see what is so scary about witnessing more White Walkers. What would be most terrifying and most encouraging of despair would be witnessing a gigantic 'city' in the dark, ultimate VOID; VOID that is ever expanding along with the Unlight 'Cloak' of 'Ungoliant'. Within the Dome of Void are scary sacrifices, more White Walkers, and the army of spiders being spawned by said 'Ungoliant'. Brandon Stark's reaction also makes sense symbollically: the tears (from both of his eyes?) were burning. The burning represents the effects of poison and the tears represent liquid (and thus Water). Spiders do deliver liquid poison through their two fangs. http://media.education.nationalgeographic.com:8080/assets/photos/000/278/27810.jpg Finally there is a Song that coincidentally start my thoughts in all of these things, which makes me suspect the Band itself and that it wasn't a coincidence at all. There is one part in the lyric that is most unusual: 'in the darkest night, rising like a spire......'. The problem is, I used to thought that the word was 'Spider' and I wasn't the only one. 'In the darkest night, rising like a spider'-------> The temporary yet awe inspiring triumph of 'Ungoliant' before 'a hope of spring'. 'In the burning heart...'------->Passion of the people who needs to survive (the Survivors in GRRM's wold), but could also mean the poisonous effect of the Spider. 'the unmistakable fire'------> The darkness was not normal: the UNLIGHT that Ungoliant-in-the-Tolkien-Universe produced was a material of its own; in fact, it was probably a very corrupt form of light/fire. Both ice and fire need each other to express and participate themselves physically in ASOIAF: the effects of fire won't last unless it is 'frozen' in stones/etc.; the White Walkers cannot get anything done unless they are warlike-active (fiery). Heck, the White Walkers themselves are described as frozen shadow. The 'Unlight' of 'Ungoliant' is unmistakably (most corrupt) fire. The freedom of all living things is against the ropes indeed. Although 'Ungoliant' may have icy cold underlings, it is her 'unquenchable thirst' towards the Long Night that humans must defeat. The song 'Burning Heart' was released by the band - Survivor - during 1985, only a few years off from the first release of GRRM's ASOIAF (1991?). Were there any well documented connections between the two? If there were, that would be epic (SNEAKY EPIC).
  7. Although White Walkers are probably made out of water (ice), it seems heavily foreshadowed that the oceans are not a part of their realm in terms of magic. Do you guys agree that the wights from the White Walkers cannot swim or move under water like the Pirates of the Caribbean? Here is the Morgana Lannister's post that best sums up our agreements. Here is the poll: A.) I agree that the wights from the White Walkers cannot traverse through the ocean in any fashion. B.) Maybe the White Walkers can create icebergs for their wights through expenditure of their energy. After all, the White Walkers might have attacked from the Grey Waste in Essos; above Grey Wastes is the Shivering Sea with its icebergs. Wights can attack any shorelines where icebergs do not melt. C.) The wights can walk under water like that scene from Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and can attack from any shorelines. D.) Other (please explain)
  8. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    These are great observations! I think I will start another thread dealing the subject of water specifically.
  9. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    Yes, that is one of the possible ways the wall would be defeated. Certainly more possible than the 3 ways mentioned in the OP.
  10. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    It is still possible I guess. I am making a bet that the Ocean would undo the wight's magic somehow ( you wights belonged to the White Walkers and not to the Deep Ones, so you are not allowed to pass through the ocean). Of course, I am also betting on the existence of the Deep Ones in this series.
  11. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    It means that these possible methods of invasions aren't really possible. Here is how the prestige of the wall would be stupidly destroyed/undone: "Hurr, hurr, we men built a 300 mile long wall, there is no way White Walkers can bypass this without battle......ooops, the wights are attacking the far south from the beaches, already killing off everyone and bringing winter. Drat, the wall isn't going to go out with a bang is it? What was the point of maintaining the Chekhov wall again?"
  12. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    Actually, that was a reasonable assumption, I think. Ice armor and weapons, etc. I assume that every living organisms -however alien - in Martin's universe are made out of a percentage of water. The White Walkers just seem to utilize ice (from fresh water?) better than humans, but that still leaves out the oceans. I think this is signifying that the oceans belong to another realm and cannot be used by the White Walkers without transgressing upon some more fundamental magic.
  13. The Ways In Which The Wall Will NOT Fall (A Poll from a Newbie)

    But do you at least agree that the Walls will not be brought down through methods mentioned in the OP?
  14. Hey guys, this is my first time posting on the General subforum- I think. The reason why I am doing so is because I have a discussion that I would like to start for a while now. I feel like readers should have reached a consensus on this subject a long time ago like R+L=J (which surprisingly still has its own set of detractors in wrongful denial). As we readers are waiting for the WoW, let us use our fandom in beneficial way and reach a consensus. Hopefully, this consensus will prevent any possible bad/retconned writing on any authors when it comes to the fall of the Wall. I am pretty certain there are 3 ways the Wall will NOT be nullified. 1.)The first deals with the forces of the wights and White Walkers possibly traveling around the ocean to attack Westeros: it seems pretty clear that they cannot. From sheer implications alone, mankind would have to be extremely unintelligent if they wasted resources manning the Wall when it does nothing to the ginormous, strategic advantages of the White Walkers; there would be almost no point to the Wall if the White Walkers and their wights can attack from anywhere among thousands of miles of shoreline. To be completely clear on my message, mankind in ASOIAF - whatever their flaws - were/are nowhere near being this idiotic as a collective whole. Whether the Wall was built by humans, the White Walkers, or a combination of other races does not really matter: the humans are the ones who spent resources maintaining it against the cold wights. Besides this sheer implication there are other strong implications as well: not only did the wights never attacked from the shorelines, no cold wights were ever raised south of the Wall either. Given the power of the White Walkers to raise the wights, this abrupt change means that the protective magic exists not only at the Wall but in the oceans as well. True, the White Walkers are made out of water, but so are many other things. Whether gods exist in this universe or not does not matter: the magical differences between Ice and (Salt) Water seems to be realms apart much like the differences between Fire and Air. If the Deep Ones do exist - a reasonable possibility - then this strong implication would be driven home: White Walkers' magic are nullified in the oceans. If the Deep Ones do not exist, then we still have the Children of the Forest as the only known masters of Salt Water, and the point for the White Walkers would be the same. 2.)The second point deals with the WW and wight armies breaking through from the West. I am still confused whether the Westwatch-by-the-Bridge is on the Wall side or the other side, but I am confident enough to make this point: if this was a weakness, the early Night's Watch would have dealt with it by now. Furthermore, the West side is most easy to defend. The bridge is extremely narrow and can be broken down quickly once the true threat is realized. The cliffs are as tall the Wall if I remember correctly and (here is another interesting clue) ice can potentially break off on climbing soldiers much like the rest of the Wall due to the sheer vertical nature of the slopes. The wights would be squashed by these falling ice-stones by themselves. If I am not mistaken, this has not happened yet at the cliffs, but the implications are rather undeniable. I am sure the wights would attempt to attack from West side (because that would give readers the right amount of spook) but the men would most likely held them off until the true fall of the Wall. 3.)The final point will deal with Gorne's Way and the tunnel systems in the North. This one is easy: the Children of the Forest are masters of the Earth and these peoples are definitely against having their trees blown up from ice and coldness. What does this leave us with? Even if the Night's King can break some spells against the Children's wishes (like in the show), he could only do it to one dungeons of the Three Eyed Raven. It is doubtful that he would have enough power to nullify the magic of the entire tunnel systems needed to reach the other side. The Northerners were most prepared for winter, and their actions should reasonably reward them in some way. It would be bad writing if these Northerners do not survive in large numbers under the tunnels as the White Walkers are eliminated at the grounds above. In short, there is a limit to how 'unique' the authors can be without being irredeemable trolls. The Chekhov's Gun needs to go out with a visual bang, not through some sneaky and immature bypasses. After reading the arguments, what are your opinions: A: I agree that the 'unprotected' oceans would not be the Wall's undoing. B: I agree that the Western bridge and the gorge would not be the Wall's undoing. C: I agree that the extensive tunnels under the Wall would not be the Wall's undoing. D: I agree with two things listed here as not being the main causes of the Wall's undoing (please specify which). E: I agree with all the things listed here as not being the main causes of the Wall's undoing. F: I agree with some or all the things listed here as not being the main causes of the Wall's undoing, plus some other unlisted possibilities (please them us about it!) G: Other
  15. Jon Cannot Be Angry With Sansa

    Very good!!! LordPath should recognize the truth of this post!