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  1. Here you go
  2. Which is it, did Valyrian dragonlord sightings above Blackwater Bay become more frequent as time passed....or did the dragonlords feel that their outpost was secure and returned to Essos to scheme? Seems to be a contradiction. Change "more" to "less" in the first sentence and the second sentence makes more sense.
  3. Hardhome is not volcanic. The scorched trees and fire seen from the Wall 600 years ago was dragon support for a Valyrian slaving operation, who had just started setting up shop on Dragonstone. However....the theory that Hardhome event was volcanic is passionately defended.
  4. Because its beyond the Wall and among the Free Folk, its slaving without political consequence. Among Free Folk, there is no consistent high noble caste to be upset about their peoples enslavement and organize to defend themselves. The Starks pacified Skagos, but their influence ends at the Wall. Free Folk shun organizing, so they will always be easy pickings for slavers.
  5. I fail to see how Valyrians could have bred dragons, when the basics are inconclusive. Considering the scholarly debate and the only determination of a dragon's sex was based on if they laid eggs. Dragon sexualtiy was also a much researched topic by Egg, though his obsession was on the hatching problem. Fertility of dragons is a mute point with no dragons. (Perhaps a young maester Marwyn had been sent by Aegon V?) While Ageon V and recent maesters would have been disadvantaged by not having live dragons to observe, Septon Barth’s opportunity to observe dragons would have been limitless, being Hand during the reign of Jaehareys l, the high point of Westerosi dragon population. Having such divergent views on a matter that could be reasonably explained by observing dragon sex, leads me to believe that no maester have seen dragons mating. I believe that Maester Aemon was correct in reinterpreting Septon Barth’s work that dragons are potentially genderless, or could change their genders. This is an excerpt of a larger post I did on the subject.
  6. Interesting catch!! I agree with @elder brother jonothor dar that it is possibly from the distant past. While I don't see any relation to the seven, or have an opinion on the origins of 8, it does point to an ancient form of representative based government, vs the more current monarchy based dictatorship included within the title. I personally believe that Valyria was a colony of the GEOTD, and emerged as a force after the wars with Old Ghis in the power vacuum of the post Long Night. However, by that logic Old Ghis would have also been a culture before the Long Night and was potentially influenced by the GEOTD. If Old Ghis was governed by a 8 member council, them the ancient democratic traditions of the Valyrian Freehold may have been a norm for the region prior to the Long Night.
  7. While the FM may bestow the gift upon others, followers of the faith do give it to themselves, fully documented through Arya's POV in the temple with the poisoned well. In fact, if sacrifices are the currency of magical capability, the continuous self sacrifice in the temple could be the source of FM's face changing abilities.
  8. Which could have also been a hidden driver for a steady influx of slaves to sacrifice through fatal hard labor. One thought that I have been toying with is that the slaves got wise to the situation, and performed the "Gift" en mass like a wide scale suicide pact, resulting in a sacrifice overload which triggered the Doom. This is based on the kindly man's cryptic reference to Arya that the followers of the many faced gods had caused the Doom.
  9. Just wanted to propose a variation of this theory. I am on board with the GEOTD being dragonlords and that they probably hung out around volcanoes because dragons tend to do better there, as evidence with the Valyirans in Vlayria and the Targs at Dragonstone. While I would not dispute that Asshai has potential volcanic elements, (it does have a river named Ash) there is actually another volcanic candidate right in the middle of the Jade Sea. Marahai. Check it out on a map, the island configuration is a classic volcanic caldera, and judging by the description, extremely active. I don't know if GRRM was deliberate in its cartographic size, but its really big, bigger than Yellowstone big. Calderas have a cycle, a gradual build up of lava rock and an eventual BOOM when the mass blocks too much pressure, then it starts the cycle again. Krakatoa is a familiar example. If the GEOTD and their dragons had been based on Marahai during its last eruption, well, all evidence of them would have been decimated. Also, the Jade Sea coast would have been pummeled with a tsunami, including Asshai. Furthermore, large caldera eruptions can create events called volcanic winters when too much ash blocks the sun, and the Long Night does correspond with the end and disappearance of the GEOTD. Admittedly it's a lot of tin foil based on 23 words and the shape of islands on a map, but by putting those two details together GRRM did create a repeating massive bomb with a long fuse in the middle of the Jade Sea.
  10. As for the Sept, I don't recall any descriptions of the Dragonstone sept beyond the wooden statues. My thoughts are that the Targs repurposed an existing space after adopting the faith. After you remove and burn the statues and prohibit praying, the space becomes the former sept. If the sept was described with seven walls with seven windows, or some other faith inspired architecture, then I think you would be onto something. While I am not going to dispute the inclusion of the word exile from a maesters book title describing the Targs, a more fulsome explanation does point to prophetic dreams of the Doom as the reason they left. The fact that their rivals viewed their departure as cowardice implies free choice, not imposed exile. My question is, why would moving to (or exiled) Dragonstone be viewed as cowardly (or punishment) by their noble rivals? Considering the Valyrians must of spent considerable effort in creating a magnificent castle with towers shaped as dragons and 1,000 unique twelve foot statues as crenulations less than 200 years prior....they did not hold the place in high regard.
  11. Thanks!! I admit that I started this post with just the gargoyle observation that got my "Valryians did not build Dragonstone" theory started, free of tinfoil. Was curious to see how others would puzzle over it, and if they would dive down the same rabbit hole I did. While we don't know exactly what was happening in Andalos after they migrated to Westeros, after the Doom the Dothraki seemed to pride themselves in tearing apart former civilizations.
  12. Regarding the strength of fused stone: and Regarding the fused stone nature of Dragonstone: Even the courtyard was fused:
  13. Agreed They were included on the WOIAF Valyrian artwork, and Nasmith has received direction from GRRM in his art. Agreed, GRRM does make a close connection between gargoyles and grotesques through Davos. Even after Cressen had identified all 1,000 dragonstone statutes/merlons as gargoyles, Davos mixes them up. I am unsure if GRRM ever intended for the architectural style to have a drainage purpose as is the case in real history. I have tinfoil theories that they held a stronger spiritual significance to their builders, but they are still half baked. Also, based on the interpretation by Davos, I would classify the gate at the Valyrian built Long Bridge as being grotesque/gargoyle, even without direct mentioning.
  14. Here are the only three structures identified as having gargoyle architecture I can find. Winterfell First Keep Dragonstone Castle Weathered inn at Dragonstone port Both First Keep and weatherd inn gargoyles have similar descriptions of physical weathering, the fused stone gargoyles of Dragonstone are immune to weathering. Thoughts?
  15. Yet an Age of Heroes character was placed at the Nightfort, the Age of Heroes being before the Long Night and the construction of the Wall. “The Nightfort had figured in some of Old Nan’s scariest stories…where blind Symeon Star-Eyes had seen the hellhounds fighting.” - Bran lV, A Storm of Swords When it comes to Northern history, Old Nan's credibility is strong.