Fire Eater

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  1. Not much given the Neck; the North wasn't involved in the Great Game all the Southron kingdoms were engaged in. They only shared a border withe the riverlands, and the only kingdoms they are recorded fighting are the Vale over the Sisters and the Iron Isles over their depredations. Their foreign policy tended to be pretty isolationist for the most part with only a small group of merchants providing contact with other kingdoms. WOAIF mentions that in the Starks' conquest of Sea Dragon Point, they fought the CotF who were allied with their foe the Warg King. That suggests the CotF did get involved with First Men politics, and likely paid a price for picking the wrong side.
  2. "It would please me to show you the Golden Gallery and the Lion's Mouth, and the Hall of Heroes where Jaime and I played as boys. You can hear thunder from below where the sea comes in . . ." The waves would provide plenty of noise. Even disregarding that, when Viserion was tunneling into the walls, the only one who mentioned to have heard anything was Missandei, and she described it as a "scratching." CR is three times higher than the Great Pyramid so noise would be pretty minimal. Any guard who heard it would likely have it dismissed as nothing. Tyrion would also likely pick the safest drain far from the side of CR facing land where the garrison's attention would be focused.
  3. How would men inside the Rock be able to see into the sea caves? The garrison in CR wouldn't be expecting an infiltration through the drains. Infiltration of this kind has been before throughout history many times.
  4. No, just the cannibalism is the myth. The unicorns are real, a woolly rhinoceros known as Elasmotherium. It had a horse-like gait and one long horn. It fits with the theory of the origins of the unicorn IRL coming from tales of Indian rhinos.
  5. I think for SE, Connington would attack the unsuspecting Tyrell force besieging SE, and deceive the defenders of SE into thinking that he had come to aid them. Once they open the gates to him and his followers come through, Connington then has his men kill the defenders. It was through the sewers for Daenerys. Even so, there have been plenty of tricks used twice like Beric and Cat's resurrection, Melisandre using a shadow baby to kill both Renly and Cortnay Penrose, etc. I think CR would be held by Cersei's castellan, Damion Lannister. I don't think Tyrion would want to destroy Lannisport or CR since he would be getting it as Lord of CR. No lord wants to recieve a damaged seat. Tywin's karma would be getting killed by his abused son, his two remaining grandchildren being murdered and the regime he set up collapsing.
  6. I think the cannibalism is just a rumor akin to Southrons thinking the Northmen are barbaric. It is also said that those seafarers brave enough to trade on Skagos have glimpsed the stoneborn lords riding great, shaggy, horned beasts, monstrous mounts so sure-footed they have been known to climb the sides of mountains. As for the unicorns, given their description I think they are likely Elasmotherium, a Pleistocene-era wolly rhinoceros with a horse-like gait and speed and one long horn. Though rarely seen off their island, the stoneborn once were accustomed to crossing the Bay of Seals to trade or, more oft, raid—until King Brandon Stark, Ninth of His Name, broke their power once and for all, destroyed their ships, and forbade them the sea. For most of recorded history, they have remained an isolated, backward, savage folk, as like to murder those who land upon their isle as to trade with them. When they do consent to trade, the Skagosi offer pelts, obsidian blades and arrowheads, and "unicorn horns" for goods they desire. I think the bolded means the Skagosi weren't allowed to maintain ships or a fleet. I think that could have been what the rebellion during Daeron II's reign could have been about. Ships are used for more than just naval warfare, but also trade. Lack of ships has likely contributed to their island's isolation.
  7. We all know Thorin Oakenshield Tyrion is going to retake Erebor Casterly Rock. The question is how? Even Visenya admitted they couldn't take Casterly Rock with dragons. The precise method by which he accomplished this remains a matter of conjecture. In the most common version of the tale, Lann discovered a secret way inside the Rock, a cleft so narrow that he had to strip off his clothes and coat himself with butter in order to squeeze through. Once inside, however, he began to work his mischief, whispering threats in the ears of sleeping Casterlys, howling from the darkness like a demon, stealing treasures from one brother to plant in the bedchamber of another, rigging sundry snares and deadfalls. By such methods he set the Casterlys at odds with one another and convinced them that the Rock was haunted by some fell creature that would never let them live in peace. Other tellers prefer other versions of the tale. In one, Lann uses the cleft to fill the Rock with mice, rats, and other vermin, thereby driving out the Casterlys. Tyrion will likely emulate his ancestor in using a passage into the Rock. After all, Tyrion possesses his forebear's legendary cunning. The Rock even has a port inside it, complete with docks and wharves and shipyards, for the sea has carved great caves into its western face, natural gates deep and wide enough for longships and even cogs to enter and off-load their cargoes. So to mark his manhood, Tyrion was given charge of all the drains and cisterns within Casterly Rock. Perhaps he hoped I'd fall into one. But Tywin had been disappointed in that. The drains never drained half so well as when he had charge of them. "I once had charge of all the drains in Casterly Rock," Tyrion said mildly. "Some of them had been stopped up for years, but I soon had them draining merrily away." It is mentioned twice that Tyrion had charge of the drains at CR. He would likely use that knowledge to his advantage. The drains likely empty into the sea caves beneath the Rock, which are accessible form the outside. He's [Viserion] made himself a cave, the prince realized. A burrow in the brick. The foundations of the Great Pyramid of Meereen were massive and thick to support the weight of the huge structure overhead; even the interior walls were three times thicker than any castle's curtain walls. But Viserion had dug himself a hole in them with flame and claw, a hole big enough to sleep in. Viserion had demonstrated that the dragons can tunnel through stone. This would serve a crucial element in Tyrion's plan since the drains likely wouldn't be wide enough for a man to crawl through. In short, Tyrion would likely go into the sea caves to locate a drain, and then have the dragons dig to widen the drain enough for a few men to climb through. He would then send a small force disguised as Lannister guardsmen (Lannister uniforms shouldn't be hard to find near CR) to make their way to the Lion's Mouth, and open the gates to the rest of the army waiting outside.
  8. Except Tywin had already staged a coup d'etat when he came back from the Stepstones. He was dictating policy, having a force clear the Westerlands of outlaws, demanding repayment of loans and seizing hostages from those that couldn't an even imprisoning bannermen, Tytos likely wouldn't have made much of a protest if at all. There would be questions regarding Tyrion's disappearance. Also, the FM are known for making deaths look like natural causes. Everyone just assumed Tytos had a heart attack given he was obese. Tywin was already Lord of CR in all but name. Genna didn't put the blame for Tywin's failed relationships entirely on his brothers, you didn't provide any text to support that. As for Kevan, it isn't telling that he is practically the only person in the family who hasn't been some kind of spat with him?
  9. Tyrion was also Joanna's son, and he didn't almost bring down the house like Tytos did. In Tytos's case, Tywin just likely saw an opportunity. If he tried going to Braavos otherwise, there would be questions as to why. If Tyrion disappeared there would be too many questions as to his disappearance, and Tywin would easily be fingered as having offed him. What made you guess it was all his brothers' fault? Because Tywin has such a stellar record with family relationships?
  10. Except "to bear children" clearly means to give birth. It's in the dictionary. That requirement hasn't been met.
  11. It wasn't family but the brand that meant everything to him. He had terrible relationships with his two youngest brothers, and he neglected his children. He was concerned with the glory and reputation of his house. Like I said, Tyrion didn't almost bring down House Lannister like Tytos did. What Tyrion did was nominal compared to Tytos before the PW.
  12. When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east - Quentyn Martell, whose sigil is a sun, was born in Westeros and died in Essos When the seas go dry - Dothraki Sea is shown to be going dry mountains blow into the wind like leaves- pyramids burn by Rhaegal and Viserion? The conditions seem to be getting met. What says becoming a "mother" doesn't matter if she dies? I disagree, it can still be part of the story. Those monarchs aren't story protagonists? Last I checked, isn't Queen Cersei a POV character? Also, even if you overlook that, you are forgetting that GRRM isn't above killing his POV characters. They seldom have good deaths either with Ned beheaded with his own sword, Catelyn getting her throat slit after going mad watching her son die, Quentyn having been roasted by Rhaegal only to die slowly in agony over a few days, and Connington will likely die from greyscale. Those deaths aren't the glorious ones of story usually reserved for kings. Who is to say Dany's death wouldn't contribute to the story? Every POV character's death does contribute to the story from Ned to Pate. It wouldn't be an arbitrary end to the story given the story isn't solely about Dany. I thought about who Dany's third husband would be, and I couldn't think of anyone else. I doubt she'll marry Victarion or end up with Jon. Brienne and Jaime spent time together, and they managed to fall for one another during their time together. So it has to be a personal wish and not a result of deduction and thinking? One couldd just as easily say you dismiss it, because you don't wish it to happen. Renly was murdered by a sorceress for standing in the way of who she believes is AAR. Robb was killed not solely because of the broken marriage contract as even GRRM states Walder Frey would have looked for a way out of the alliance once he heard of the BoBW and the Tyrell-Lannister alliance. You mentioned nothing about Balon or Robert. What was Balon's wrong option that got him killed? Euron having him killed had nothing to do with his decisions as king. Was Robert's going to hunt that boar? I doubt that was a political decision. Getting pregnant would have nothing to do with her decisions? There is decision in doing the act that results in one getting pregnant in the first place. It wouldn't be random, and there's nothing that says it would ruin a story.
  13. Tyrion didn't almost bring about the destruction of his house (before Tywin's death). As to the year, Tywin would have needed to settle the matter before Aerys started commissioning the building of a fleet, and you also have to take into account the Iron Bank's reputation when collecting debts. They would want to settle the matter soon, so I doubt they would have let it drag on for years. CR's mines were still operating as well as the economic activity of the region with their smallfolk bringing in taxes, and I doubt that what he paid the FM would leave him poor for decades.
  14. Not all pregnancies are planned, especially in this medieval setting with hardly any birth control. I think the series hints at Dany dying from the complications of childbirth with one of MMD's conditions of Dany seeing Drogo again being "until you bear a living child." There is no way Drogo is going to be resurrected, and I think it implies that Dany will be with him again in the afterlife, especially given the high mortality rate among monarchs in this series. The last line I think could hint her cause of death as being childbirth; she manages to become "Mother" literally. If that doesn't sound like a death fitting for her, I would remind you that in this series there are no glorious deaths for monarchs with deaths being such as: poisoned at one's own wedding, whacked by a Faceless Man hired by a brother, murdered at an uncle's wedding, gored by a boar while intoxicated, killed by a shadowbaby while getting dressed for battle or in the first case, being dragged from behind your throne and having your throat slit by your own KG. Cersei herself is likely to be strangled by her brother-lover. That just leaves the question of who the father would be. I don't think it would be Jon given they are foils to another, and opposites don't attract in relationships. Jon also likely wouldn't be down with marrying his aunt given the taboo against incest. I also think they won't meet until the very end of ADoS. My guess in this case is Tyrion as the father as they are likely to spend a lot of time together. It isn't in the vein of "Tyrion deserves a smoking hot wife," but that maybe they could find comfort in one another having come from abusive family backgrounds and trying to find themselves and make their ways into the world. Dany could be for what Tyrion what Sansa was for Sandor and Brienne for Jaime, she could manage to bring out the best in him and help him become a better human being without sacrificing her own character or importance in the story. Tyrion could do likewise for her, and for once she has a husband who genuinely does care for her (as opposed to Drogo and Hizdahr). Of course, I think he would predecease her.
  15. We all know of Tywin's relationship with his father, Tytos. Tywin despised his father to the point that he made a point of being a foil to him. My inquiry is, was Tytos's death of natural causes? First a little quote from ADwD: "And with that coin and the others in his purse, he paid a certain man. Soon after that man's heart gave out. Is that the way of it? Very sad." In 267 AC, Lord Tytos Lannister's heart burst as he was climbing a steep flight of steps to the bedchamber of his mistress (his lordship had finally put aside his wet nurse, only to become besotted with the charms of a candlemaker's daughter). So at the age of five-and-twenty, Tywin Lannister became the Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, and Warden of the West The descriptions regarding the deaths do sound similar. From WOIAF, we know Tytos's death was in the year 267 AC. We know something else also happened that year. In 267 AC, after a dispute with the Iron Bank of Braavos regarding certain monies borrowed by his father, he announced that he would build the largest war fleet in the history of the world "to bring the Titan to his knees" . . . It was Tywin Lannister who settled the crown's dispute with the Braavosi (though without "making the Titan kneel," to the king's displeasure), by repaying the monies lent to Jaehaerys II with gold from Casterly Rock, thereby taking the debts upon himself. Tywin as Hand settled the dispute over the Iron Throne's debts with the Iron Bank by repaying them with his own gold, and this is from a guy who wouldn't forgive the debt to his house owed by his own grandson and wouldn't contribute a penny towards the extravagant royal wedding despite the knowledge of the crown's debts. Tywin likely could have gone to Braavos to negotiate with the Iron Bank himself. While in Braavos, he also could have made a stop at the House of Black and White, and contracted the FM to kill his father. I know some might ask: "Wouldn't anyone have noticed Lannister gold going to the House of Black and White?" Tywin was publicly known to be repaying the Iron Throne's debts himself at the time, and it largely would have gone unnoticed if large sums of gold from Casterly Rock were being transferred to Braavos. It also goes with Tywin's method of murder, he always keeps his hands clean and has someone else do his dirty work as was the case with Elia and her children. Tyrion was described as an image of his father, and he would end up resembling in way Tywin would never have wanted: patricide.