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  1. This thread makes some good guesses about it. In short: They raid Essos, knowing that, as part of the seven kingdoms, a military action of the Free Cities against them would be dismantled by the Iron Throne. A few lords do some piracy, against small fleets, in the narrow sea and in the stepstones, for the glory and riches of the captain and crew. They raid Westeros, reaving in small scale, only some small fishing villages and the like. They raid the disputed lands and Myr, Tyrosh and Lys while they were at war (and perhaps other Free Cities, whenever weakened).. The Old Way is dead, most of the them had adapted to more modern ways of subsistence. Only Balon and his brothers think otherwise. However, the little textual evidence we have indicates something closer to "2", as it appears in the wiki (Steptones entry):
  2. What do the Ironborn do?

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  3. Who tried to kill Bran?

    @Ser Loras The Gay It wasn't only Tyrion. Jamie also thinks it was Joffrey, in order to "please" Robert:
  4. Tyrion's chapters in aGoT and aCok were supposed to show us his competences, wit and skills. In aSoS we see his father undoing his deeds, controlling and despising him and using Joffrey's murder as a legal way to get rid of him (by execution or sending him to the Wall). The whole point was to give Tyrion motives to kill his father and to turn him into a persona non grata in Westeros, so helping Daenerys's cause seemed like an excellent deal. I guess that the blackmail thing was thought to make Tyrion act as bad as his father ("See there, Father? he wanted to shout. See how fast I learn my lessons?") to protect a woman that utterly didn't deserved, so that he felt like kiling her too. I figure that if he continued as an acting player that didn't take shit from anyone, he wouldn't screw his future by killing his own father. A person as smart as him only would do this out of passional hate, I think.
  5. The ASOIAF wiki thread

    Way more. Thank you!
  6. Theon, Archery and Redemption?

    I have wondered the same for a while. But I don't think that he will be of use on the Battle of Winterfell. Too soon. Anyway, I'd add something that really bothers me: the persistent memory of his horse, Smiler, with the mane ablaze as he got knocked by Ramsey during the sack of Winterfell. It has a clear connection with Ryswell coat-of-arms and then, two books later, we have Barbrey Dustin (born Ryswell) talking to Theon with weird intimacy. Thoughts?
  7. The ASOIAF wiki thread

    I was looking for some information about mammoths and haven’t found much on the wiki’s entry. So I searched the books and found a few I thought would be nice to have there. Rattleshirt’s armor has great bones of mammoths in it. AGOT – Jeor Mormont said that Cotter Pyke wrote about mammoths in the east. AFFC – Sam tells Jon that he read stories of the Others riding corpses of mammoths and other animals. ADWD – Jon notices that some wildling gave a toy mammoth made of actual mammoth hair as part of the treasure lost to the NW. Quotes:
  8. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    How so? During winter, maybe.
  9. It's not Alys Karstark, either

    I'm cool with that girl being Alys Karstark. However, allow me put another log on the fire: What if this grey girl is not Arya, Alys or Lyanna, but some other girl actually coming from beyond-the-wall to Castle Black? I mean a wildling girl riding south, to Castle Black. And the those deep blue still endless waters "with a thin coat of ice just forming on it" are some lake north of the wall (although the really large lakes beyond-the-wall shown in the map are too far away). Or worse: she's fleeing Hardhome tragedy and that lake is, actually, the Shivering Sea freezed by the Others supernatural cold.
  10. The Others: Why now?

    @300 H&H Mag 10. The decay of greensight: Bloodraven, known by the CoTF as the last greenseer, is doing all he can to keep the others away (turning trees into warriors, sending beasts to fight, conjuring hammer-of-the-waters-like spells) but "there's too much to watch" and he can't help his own body from going into the trees. He greensees potential in a future Bran Stark and watchs him since he was born and visits his very first dream in order to summon him as soon as possible. However, now that "little strength remains in" Bloodraven's flesh, the Others grow stronger, but Bran still is a little boy. To make it worse, Bran becomes cripple due to a fall. Bloodraven fears for the worst and so contact Bran and the Reeds. Unfortunately, when Bran finally arrives at the cave "the hour is late". Bloodraven's watch is ending. Bran III, aDwD "Most of him has gone into the tree," explained the singer Meera called Leaf. "He has lived beyond his mortal span, and yet he lingers. For us, for you, for the realms of men. Only a little strength remains in his flesh. He has a thousand eyes and one, but there is much to watch. One day you will know."
  11. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    It seems to me that the summers would also have a period of some darkness if the planet had a regular earth-like axis and orbit. Am I wrong? A winter with complete darkness would depend on the angle of the tilt of the planet's axis toward the southern tropics, do not you think? Less accentuated tilts would bring darkness to only a few regions. According to Wikipedia, the Astronomical Polar Night (the most pronounced darkness caused by the tilt of the planet's axis - when the center of the Sun is no more than 18° below the horizon) "is limited to latitudes above 84°34', which is exactly 18° within the polar circle, or five and a half degrees from the pole". But that sound too complicated to be the correct answer though since GGRM said that the explanation for the seasons is going to be "a fantasy (as opposed to a science fiction/science based) answer". The problem I see is that this would be the first winter of Jon Snow's life and Old Nan is just telling a story from very ancient times, much like our "Great Flood" myths. They know nothing (especially Jon). Maybe that's the difference between regular Westeros' winters and the Long Night: no sun and no food.
  12. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    I would like to agree with you that Winterfell is too far south of a hypothetical artic circle but IMHO the climatology of ASOIAF's world doesn't give much room for such conclusions. Jon VII, aDwD They rode the winch lift back to the ground. The wind was gusting, cold as the breath of the ice dragon in the tales Old Nan had told when Jon was a boy. The heavy cage was swaying. From time to time it scraped against the Wall, starting small crystalline showers of ice that sparkled in the sunlight as they fell, like shards of broken glass. Glass, Jon mused, might be of use here. Castle Black needs its own glass gardens, like the ones at Winterfell. We could grow vegetables even in the deep of winter. The best glass came from Myr, but a good clear pane was worth its weight in spice, and green and yellow glass would not work as well. What we need is gold. With enough coin, we could buy 'prentice glassblowers and glaziers in Myr, bring them north, offer them their freedom for teaching their art to some of our recruits. That would be the way to go about it. If we had the gold. Which we do not. I read something on the internet that said it could but a huge and bright fire would be needed. Not sure if it's accurate, though. Well, the question here is not to ask if it worked but how efficiently. It is now destroyed but we have reasons to believe that it isn't the only greenhouse in the North.
  13. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    @Winds of Winter blow cold Oh, plant phototropism. I'll dig in to that. Thank you.
  14. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    What would happen if winters in the North are dark like in the polar circles (polar night)? We know that the "Long Night" is how they call the longest winter ever but that doesn't mean that shorter winters are sunny. It seems more likely. The closest description we have: aDwD - The Prince of Winterfell It was warmer in the godswood, strange to say. Beyond its confines, a hard white frost gripped Winterfell. The paths were treacherous with black ice, and hoarfrost sparkled in the moonlight on the broken panes of the Glass Gardens. Drifts of dirty snow had piled up against the walls, filling every nook and corner. Some were so high they hid the doors behind them. Under the snow lay grey ash and cinders, and here and there a blackened beam or a pile of bones adorned with scraps of skin and hair. Icicles long as lances hung from the battlements and fringed the towers like an old man's stiff white whiskers. But inside the godswood, the ground remained unfrozen, and steam rose off the hot pools, as warm as baby's breath. However, It's not clear if he's looking up or down. A guy on reddit said that "glass of any color would impact the growth of the plants, and if they still can grow, it would still affect their nutritional value". Is that so?
  15. Glass Gardens in Winterfell

    When Sansa and Petyr were building the snow castle at the Eyre I got the impression that only the roof of the greenhouse was made out of glass (althought she called the building "glass garden"). Petyr helped with the glass frame but she raised the walls. Sansa VII, aSoS "No. It was always warm, even when it snowed. Water from the hot springs is piped through the walls to warm them, and inside the glass gardens it was always like the hottest day of summer." She stood, towering over the great white castle. "I can't think how to do the glass roof over the gardens." Littlefinger stroked his chin, where his beard had been before Lysa had asked him to shave it off. "The glass was locked in frames, no? Twigs are your answer. Peel them and cross them and use bark to tie them together into frames. I'll show you." He moved through the garden, gathering up twigs and sticks and shaking the snow from them. When he had enough, he stepped over both walls with a single long stride and squatted on his heels in the middle of the yard. Sansa came closer to watch what he was doing. His hands were deft and sure, and before long he had a crisscrossing latticework of twigs, very like the one that roofed the glass gardens of Winterfell. "We will need to imagine the glass, to be sure," he said when he gave it to her. [...] She raised the walls of the glass gardens while Littlefinger roofed them over, and when they were done with that he helped her extend the walls and build the guardshall. [...]