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  1. Not that I recall. Maybe guest rights don't apply if you have to pay for the hospitality - in an inn for example. Or if you bring your own food to the table - like Lord Manderly or the Tyrells (who paid for the food served at the Purple Wedding).
  2. We don't have the relevant information to determine this afaik. Could just as well be that married men are not allowed to join the NW as long as their wives are alive. Or their wives can't remarry and just have a tough lot handed to them.
  3. That's a good point about Stannis. Never thought about it in that way before. About Robert: If there is a citadel conspiracy at work, having Grandmaester Pycelle making sure that the Lannisters came out on top of Robert's Rebellion would have been a smart move. He also covered for Cersei's cuckolding Robert. Whether intentional or not, Pycelle was instrumental in making sure that the IT went to kings without Targaryen blood.
  4. I wonder whether it's really appropriate to crown your own sister, except for Targaryens. The crowning is a symbolic declaration of love and incest is frowned upon.
  5. Qyburn / Melisandre
  6. I don't think it has to be a Ryswell, just someone who is generally accepted as heir. The absence of a succession crisis seems evident.
  7. I've posted a theory on another thread about this question with a couple of quotes from ADWD. The gist is: Lady Dustin acts as ruler for an uncontested Lord Dustin. Even if she is officially ruling as Lady, I think it likely that she has a designated heir and the succession is clear. The Hornwood case made it very clear that she would be in deep trouble otherwise, even if she was personally a lot more plucky than Lady Donella. btw: Having an heir is also very important for male rulers, hence Robb's will and his legitimazation of Jon. And the case of that old coughing Lord Rosby also illustrates that your lands are crow-fodder unless you make sure there is no doubt about who is ruling next.
  8. I read the books first years ago. I liked the first three books, but AFFC and ADWD were a disappointment as the plot started to meander and GRRM sent his POV characters where he wanted to put in some plot-bunny he found interesting. Especially Brienne's and Theon's POV chapters have moments that made me cringe. I was so disappointed in them that I decided to not touch these books again unless a published version of the final novel in the series was available for sale. Which I did not expect to see in my life time and still don't. The TV show got me hooked on the story again. I wouldn't have reread the novels without it. I had read the short stories and AWOIAF in the meantime as well as background info and theories on the internet and I quite enjoyed the nuggets and diversions in the novels on the rereads - which I did slow and at leisure. I consider ASOIAF as a huge patchwork of fake history set in a more or less coherent fictional world. As such, the novels are enjoyable. As a novel series, they suffer from the huge amount of plot-lines - especially those that were obviously added after the first three books were already written - and the many additions that another author might have put into short stories instead of the main novels. As I suspect that GRRM has lost focus and or interest in the main story, I am happy to get an ending via the TV show. If the WoW are published in my lifetime, I'll certainly buy it now and read it with interest. I'd really like to see how the many cliffhangers get resolved in the novels and how the characters and the story are developed, but as we are more likely to get another couple of novellas set in the history of the Targaryens instead of the future, I have accepted that it won't happen. It's GRRM'S world, he can do with it whatever he likes. The TV show has good and bad moments, the first seasons are certainly better than the later ones. I attribute this to the fact that they don't have the novels to draw from as well, but I find it unfair to blame the show-writers for this. Many of the changes they made in the earlier seasons were necessary and well done. I believe they would have made a good adaptation of the later novels too. Or maybe finished the story on their own in a satisfactory way. To adapt a novel that is not written with bits of information about what is supposed to happen from the author is a recipe for desaster, however, and as far as desasters go, they could have done worse.
  9. She corrects Theon's calling her Lady of Barrowton. She is the widow of Barrowton. ADWD, A ghost in Winterfell, an enumeration of every house that hates the Freys cause they lost kin at the RW. She could be referring to her bannermen. She could be referring to other members of the Dustin family. As there was a mention of uncles and such who could go in her husband's stead to Robert's rebellion, I'm inclined to assume that there are Dustin family members left. Then there is the letter to the LC of the NW informing Jon of the taking of Moat Cailin and "Arya's" impending marriage to Ramsay. ADWD, Jon People have suggested this is a typo, but what if it's not? What if technically there is a Lord Dustin? From Reek, ADWD This is Theon's POV. Does he really understand the technicalities of all the powerplays among northern houses? There is no doubt that Barbrey Dustin is a powerful person in the North. She's certainly smart enough to strengthen her hold on power and to make even Roose Bolton wary of her. The way a woman becomes powerful in Westeros is always through some male. If they are holding claims of their own, they become fodder for scavenger crows very fast: Lady Ermesande, Sansa, Lady Hornwood, fArya. Even Asha is in danger of this fate (the marriage to that old castellan on Pyke). Women who rule in the name of a male on the other hand are forces to be reckoned with: Cersei as Queen Regent, Lysa Arryn, Lady Waynwood, the mother of the last king of the Vale who gave up his kingdom for a flight on a dragon ... All this suggests that there is a male Lord Dustin somewhere who serves as figurehead for Lady Dustin's rule. And if Lady Dustin is as smart and ruthless and scheming as I am starting to think she is, she will make sure that there will always be an underage Lord there to provide legitimacy to her rule as the widow of the Barrowlands. Someone with a clear claim, no power of his own, and lots of heirs in waiting so as to not make it feasible to just remove him.
  10. If Quaithe was Shiera then it has to have some more meaning than just having a secret Targ for the sake of having another secret Targ there. She would at least have to have been instrumental in getting those dragons to Dany - a long con if there ever was one and I see a certain appeal in having a female long connist managing to up a female player. Not impossible, as the dragon eggs originated from Asshai... But I don't think that's Dany's arc. Quaithe showed up after Dany had gotten her dragons and became a major player - like so many others beside her. Without her dragons, Dany wasn't even a puppet in anyone's plans, just a prop. I think Dany is not just meant to become a player without the help of any puppeteers, she has to struggle to untangle herself from the strings various people try to attach to her. While this is what Quaithe did warn her about, it's not something special if Quaithe is one of the people who try to use Dany for her own agenda. She warns her about everyone, except Quaithe. I think it boils down to what Quaithe stands for and what she wants. Quaithe = Shiera and Shiera is a benevolent guide to Dany would only make sense to me if Shiera was on a mission to restore dragons to the trueborn Targaryen line - for a greater purpose than just the game of thrones in Westeros. Like Bloodraven, Shiera could of course have the greater picture in mind (the Long Night and the struggle with the Others). Does that mean she is Quaithe? I dunno, Dany learned more about the greater struggle in the House of the Undying than Quaithe ever let on. Quaithe's advice is curiously limited in that respect. Hm, maybe not impossible. Personally, I'm just not buying it.
  11. Lol, sorry about that. I searched for threads about Lady Dustin looking for something else entirely and found this one. The question is a good one imo and it isn't really resolved. The OP is absolutely right: Lady Dustin should have to fend off marriage proposals for her finger-clippings - and violent ones to boot - if she were in the same situation as Lady Hornwood. The thing I was researching initially is ideas about why the hell both Roose Bolton and Lady Dustin were telling Theon of all people all those juicy details about their history. There has to be something going on here, else it would be incredibly bad writing to have Theon as an exposition POV just because he's conveniently there. I dunno, maybe these themes are related. Or they aren't.
  12. I hope it isn't considered necromancy to revive an older thread here. The question is why is Lady Dustin's situation different from Lady Hornwood's. Wouldn't it make a huge difference if their was a direct heir and the succession was unequivocal? The question that arises from that would be why she is still calling the shots in the Barrowlands. The direct heir would have to be a minor who doesn't have a closer relative than her to act as guardian and rule in their stead. As her husband is already more than sixteen years dead, the only possibility that comes to mind is that the first heir - maybe an orphaned nephew or niece of her husband - has died in the meantime and left the next heir, a small child right now, in the same position. He'd technically be Lord Dustin, but old Lady Dustin is still the one in charge.
  13. Are you sure it's weirwood? I can't recall this was mentioned. Her ability to speak the Common Tongue might be significant indeed. No accent was mentioned. Though Dany meets a lot of people at the time who would speak with an accent, so it might not have seemed significant to her. Or could be that is what the mask truyl is for: it's a translator and there's no big
  14. Even if she was Shiera, what is the point? Would it tell us anything about Quaithe's agenda? This is not a rhetoric question, I really can't see how this would advance the story or shed some light on what is going on. Quaithe is clearly interested to get Dany to Asshai with her dragons. She warns Dany not to trust all the other people who are interested in the dragons. Her prophetic abilities seem to be the real thing. Among all the people she advises Dany not to trust are those who want her to go to Westeros: Quentyn, Tyrion, the IB, Varys (who I think is the perfumed Seneshal). Her wooden mask connect her with witches, the color red with Rhollor and the red priests (maybe), there could be a connection to Melisandre, who had stayed in Asshai. The reference to starlight could be another connection to true prophetic abilities (as opposed to Mel, who gets it wrong quite a bit). Dany's dragons eggs have come from Asshai in the first place. If Quaithe's mask has the purpose to hide her identity, it would make sense that someone in Dany's retinue would be able to identify her. Not even Ser Barristan is old enough to remember Shiera. Ashara on the other hand might be recognized. But Ashara is much more likely to be Septa Lemore who was travelling on the Rhoyne at the time. And Barristan had not even joined the party at the tine Dany met Quaithe. I'm not convinced that hiding a personal identity is the purpose of the mask. The thing itself could be magical, a tool to conceal the true agenda of the wearer, gain trust, hide her in plain sight from her enemies (the warlocks?), or maybe even enable the true sight in the first place. I dunno, the possibilities are endless, the information scarce and the odds to get it right rather slim...