Graydon Hicks

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  1. still roman if you go pompeii. i read somewhere that the HBO guys wanted to describe valyria as rome with magic and dragons.
  2. valyria always spoke more rome to me than atlantis. lots of similarities between rome and atlantis, rome also fell, with few survivors of the culture save in far flung colonies. but atlantis vanish without a trace save for legends.
  3. or maybe it was built in response to a land that may have suck in to the sea thousands of years ago? it seems odd that martin has really brought in any atlantis parallels for this story.
  4. ok. so ill look for a reason why lyanna would give her son the same name as his brother. its been done before i belive. maybe she had received news of what happened in the red keep at the sack of KL, and name jon in memory and honor of his elder brother.
  5. quick side note, but at any time in the show, are elia's children actually named? or are they simply referred to as elia's children? still trying to reconcile myself to jon's birth name. cause is his brother isnt actually named in the show, then i can accept it. we could just be pulling the names over from the books and side information.
  6. i like the theory that robin might be petry's, but he doesnt care for, because its not a child by the women he wanted. and as for robin's health issues, i read a theory that lysa consciously took some sort of drug, which robin would receive from breast feeding, or gave it to him directly, that kept him ill, fragile, and totally dependent, physically, mentally, and emotionally, on her. to fulfill her own dependency needs.
  7. how close of cousins? i dont have my world book in front of me, and given how convoluted the targaryen family tree is, im a little lost on how closely related they were? were they even alive at the same time?
  8. true. its more that that the vale lords would be more inclined to follow their kings command to ride to war, given his history with them through the rebellion and the his own fosterage, as he was a king they liked, even if it meant disobeying lysa, during the W5K, they didnt like joff, and lysa's stance of neutrality gave them the excuse to stay put, though we know a few did want to ride to robb's aid.
  9. not that far from it, not with the entire entourage camping roadside. they likely wouldnt have gone more than a mile or two from road, not with sansa so prim on being a proper lady, and proper ladies dont go traipsing about the woods. now lyanna was not a proper lady, but neither would she have had any reason to leave the highway, not until she actually met with rheagar.
  10. thats something i have picked up on as well. he spends most of his effort on the political side of things, rather than the relevant military aspects of a feudal society.
  11. and his childhood heroes were aemon the dragonknight, and the dareon the young dragon. did i spell that right?
  12. but if robert had lived, then ned would have had the opportunity to reveal to him cersie's betrayal. begin trotting out bobby boy's bastards as proof. given robert's renown temper, i wouldnt put it past him to actually kill cersie with his own hands if she didnt manage to escape the capital. maybe ned could restrain him from killing the children, but cersie and jaime would have prices on their heads. tywin would still go to war, but now the stormlands and north, riverlands, and maybe the vale, are firmly allied against him. maybe robert keeps stannis as his heir, maybe he legitimizes one of his bastards, like gendry, and sends gendry to foster with one his uncles and learn lording.
  13. i think, in the book at least, the dagger likely belonged in robert's armory, and joff took it out and gave it to a cutpurse to go and kill brandon. yes its a tupid move, but joffrey isnt exactly the brightest crayon in the box. in the show, i think it was littlefingers. and he planted it in the hopes of then bliming on the lannisters, by playing off his old relationship with cat. whether or not bran died didnt matter to him. that ned's child, not his, and bran is male and doesnt loojk much like cat, as well as not being as important as robb politically.
  14. yet we never hear robert froth over aerys calling for his execution. he only seems to remember rhaegar taking lyanna. he focused almost exclusively on rhaegar, then the other targaryens became more like an after thought, a loose end to be tied up, then sort of became the surrogate rhaegar for him to hate, since they were still alive. cause he never got lyanna back from rhaegr, so in his mind, rhaegar won. robert may have killed him, but rhaegar got lyanna, so rhaegar won.
  15. but would many in essos know jon is the bastard of winterfell? sure, many in the free cities, might, might, recognize that the surname snow meant he was a bastard of the north, but how many would know that much about eddard? and sure, he would naive as a maid in essos, but maybe ned sends him with someone, like a manderly, who might know their way around braavos or pentos, and might have contacts that might be of use. it not like ned would just send him off with no support what so ever. and sending jon to squire for some lord or knight that eddard trusts, yeah, that could have definitely happen. i even read a scenario where it did. very well done it was too. he even got married to a hornwood girl after he got knighted. i dont see a future as a maester. jon just doesnt strike me as one to be overly inclined to the scholarly arts. the citadel is as much a calling as the NW is a punishment.