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  1. Very little is known about the Others and their Origins. I remember reading an interview of GRRM in which he explained that they were inspired by the legends of the Sidhe of celtic culture. The Sidhe are essentialy kind of like elves (not those of TLOTR, the fairylike ones) as they are playful and mischievious and magical by nature. However in celtic culture it was also pointed out that parents systematically warned their children from approaching them and their lairs not because they might get pranked but because despite their pleasant fairylike appearance and playful behaviour they are not benevolent entities of nature. The Sidhe are inhuman beings and it is stressed that as such it is difficult or even impossible to understand their motivations or values. The point being that they are unpredictable and many stories explain how an innocent and seemingly harmless act (to a human) could cause their ire which usually resulted in a terrible and truly "inhumanly" cruel punishment. I think the Others are not pure evil but like the Sidhe they are alien entities, which do not feel or perceive the world in the same way humans do. And as such it may be that the very existence of humans is a threat, or just an incredibly bothersome annoyance to them because of things that humans cannot even feel themselves. It may be that life and in particular human life or the human consciousness is producing emmissions that are extremely negative to the Others one way or another. I could imagine them having been driven mad by said emmission thus explaining their war on the intelligent species of Westeros during the Dawn Age? Age of Heroes? I don't remember exactly how it's called. They may just want some peace and quiet, very badly that is :).
  2. That Valyrian steel armor can definitely be trouble. It is stated in The Forsaken that Euron wears it "as easily as if it was the thinnest silk". So it is definitely very light. We know that Valyrian steel is also exceptionnaly durable, so far I've never heard of a broken or even blunted Valyrian sword personally. We know that Valyrian steel can resist the blades of the Others (Jon at Hardhome) whereas regular blades of other materials will shatter after exchanging a few swings (very first chapter of the first book). I don't see what the point would be in Dragonsteel not being Valyrian steel especially with GRRM going through the trouble of having Jon suppose it is Valyrian steel just to point us that way when it was already an obvious hypothesis. So I think it's safe to assume that Valyrian steel has the same properties as obsidian (and dragonbone) when coming into contact with Others or Wights (Oups a puddle, didn't see you there ). So I think it is safe to say that it would be of tremendous help in a regular fight (speed and durability, is Valyrian steel shock-absorbent?). His armor is a scale armor so we can imagine it may not cover is whole body and there may be small interstices where a blade like Arya's Needle could fit into. Against the Others, well they may get some allergies which cause excessive transpiration if they get close enough to touch it and it can stop their blades where any other armor would presumably shatter after a few hits. So it's pretty useful. Against a dragon I'm for the theory that whether it is fireproof or not it won't stop him being cooked in it and suffocating. There is one true mystery when it comes to this armor which is the glyphs's purpose. Since they are Glyph's on an armor I would imagine that they either provide further protection or enhance/provide certain abilities or both. Maybe true fireproofness, eh . Whatever the case I don't imagine Euron surviving to the end of the story, so one way or another it will fail to protect him at some point anyway...
  3. Ned claims Jon as his bastard sacrificing his honor to do so in order to PROTECT him and to uphold the promise he made to the sister to which it is stated he was very close. Ned knew he was seen carrying a child back to the North after having tried to rescue his sister which was known to have last been in the company of Raeghar Targaryen. So to discourage any link between the child and Lyanna/Raeghar he claimed that Raeghar had raped his sister which he had found dead in a "Bed of blood". This made it clear that there was no love between Lyanna and Raeghar and lessened the probability of a child since Raeghar had supposedly killed her shortly after raping her. He also stated that he (Ned) had fathered a bastard son on Wylla and possibly other women (example of the three sisters where Davos hears another theory) to further remove speculation on Lyanna and Raeghar being his parents. And it worked perfectly which is not so unbelievable knowing people's tendencies to expect the worst of even the noblest of people. So having said that, Ned cleverly found a way to protect his nephew by claiming he was his bastard then he brought him up among his own children which cost him further dishonor and the eternal ire of his wife whom he ended up loving very much all so Jon would grow up among family whith the wealth and education that only the children of the Great houses have access to. He could have kept him away with some wet nurse who he would have provided for. But no he did not want to entrust his nephew and the last reminder of his sister to someone who was not family away from his protection. And you actually think Ned committed a crime towards him? That he did not love him? Man you're either a troll or you don't know the first thing about loving someone...
  4. In A World of Ice and Fire it is said that Balerion was 200 years old when he died and that he was so big he could devour a whole Aurochs because a dragon never stops growing so long as he has food and space, but it is never explicitly said he died of old age. But I did find the post where GRRM said he died of old age indeed. I don't have the books to sort through right now but I think I remember a passage where a comparison is made between weirwood trees and dragons stating that both grow infinitely so long as they have space and nourishment and since some of the weirwood trees are presumably (but never explicitely I agree) dating back from over 8000 years old during the Dawn Age when the children dominated Westeros I assume that they are either immortal or immensely long lived. And because of that correlation I tought dragons were the same but the author explicitely stated the contrary. A shame, I liked the dragons being immortal if not invincible better. Would have explained why the Valyrians promoted them (at least some of them) to the rank of deities despite using them as mounts. The Children understand that Weirwood trees (The Old Gods) are not gods in the proper sense of the word. They are incredibly old entities with knowledge of all that has happened in Westeros since the Dawn Age and maybe even beyond. So the Children consider that even if the Weirwood trees are NOT actually gods, they are without question the closest thing they could imagine to what a god would be. I remember the "Child" Bran meets telling him something along the lines of: "What do you call that if not a god?"
  5. About Ice dragons, I think they may well exist but I do not believe we will ever see them. It's not clear but it is hinted that dragons do not die of natural causes which would make them immortal though not invincible and dragons also never stop growing so long as they have space available. If they are so big it may be that Ice dragons are all so old that they've simply grown to be gigantic. The arguments about Tyrion being a Targ are compelling but really, wouldn't that be a repeat of the whole hidden bastard thing he already did with Jon? Although I love Tyrion's character I would be a little disappointed if GRRM started throwing bastards everywhere. Robert was a known and vigorous adulterer (He pretty much did it with every woman he could get his hands on...). This explains him having bastards all over the Seven kingdoms. Targs on the other hand did have several wives and mistresses but they were usually a tad more picky to my knowledge and unlike Robert seem to have been less fecund in general. The Reeds theory seems very far-fetched to me as well. The Reeds clearly have strong ties to the Children of the forest which is plenty enough of an explanation for the greendreams (so far none have the ability to warg). Also warging or having the greensight may not at all be linked to the Children at all. The best example being Bloodraven which has the evolved version of warging: greensight yet has likely little to no blood of the Children/First Men in him. Because I'm biased concerning Asha I like to imagine that she could be the next dragon rider. She is descended from the Grey Kings of old (though not directly), one of which is said to have slain the Sea dragon Naga. I don't think it's far-fetched at all to imagine that she could have some dragon blood in there. The chapters we've seen from TWOW indicate that Dorne WILL at least be implicated with (f)Aegon. Whether they will truly enter into an alliance with him is still to be discussed. In any case I think he'll basically have a few great successes among which we know is the taking of Storm's End then he'll get in over his head and die just before Dany gets to Westeros. And THEN Dany kicks ass when Cersei thought she had finally eliminated the Targ threat. Also about Victarion's horn, I think the horn allows the control of at least one dragon like a lot of people do so far as I've seen on the forums. What I think will happen is that someone maybe not even Victarion or Euron will manage to blow the horn and take control of a dragon. Now the horn is magical and to fight magic you need...magic. Don't we know of another kind of magic that allows the control of living beings? Yes Warging does. As I've explained before it is doubtful IMO that warging is linked to the Children/First Men. At most they may have a stronger tendency to be born with the Gift but no more. I suspect that some of the first Valyrian Dragonlords must have had warging abilities themselves however not all among their children did have such talents which might explain why they would actually create a tool which could enslave their most powerful weapons and the symbol of their Freehold and of it's power. Having said all that the abvious candidates to free the captive dragon(s) are of course either Jon or Bran.
  6. Before I forget I think Jon's first name is ... Jon. I don't dislike the name and there are realistic reasons for this name to be chosen. And I'll add that he has been named Jon for so long now that he will likely continue to ask people to call him that but that's my opinion. We know he is Lyanna's son now, that is certain. And it is likely he could be Raeghar's son though that could still be wrong. I saw the post about the guy who watched the lyanna scene over and over and "heard" Aemon. This one is a bit ridiculous. She most likely isn't actually saying anything during the inaudible part but if he "heard" it...
  7. Just like Entrisen said you are thinking out of the context of the book. You really shouldn't get so aggressive so easily. Moreover the way you're phrasing things here seems very dangerous to me. It suggests that if Jon really is Ned's bastard then it was alright for him to be treated this way...
  8. I think Tyrion is anxious because he's heard that Dany has disappeared and realized that Barristan is currently leading in her stead. Barristan certainly didn't like the dwarf with his dishonourable cunning ways but after Cersei's dismissal of him he surely has a thing against Lannisters.If he had been brought before Dany he could have argued that he used his cunning to help in her war effort (despite most of the credit going to Victarion), and added his knowledge of dragons as a bargaining chip. The fact he killed his own father might not please Barristan but it will surely prove to Dany that he's pretty much emancipated himself from his family. And the obvious thing is that he is currently on a battlefield, which so far has proven not to be his favorite spot. And if you want to make him really miserable you give Penny the pale mare. Tyrion might have hardened himself enough to kill his father but he's not yet heartless. I think it's pretty obvious when it comes to Victarion. Once the battle is won everyone will applaud his intervention but when Dany comes back she'll be grateful but not enough that she'll agree to marry him. Victarion will be furious and eventually try to use the horn then it's anyone's guess, but I don't think he can control a dragon. Meereen and the entirety of Slaver's Bay will still be devastated and Dany will realize she no longer has a kingdom but only the remnant of a remnant of a kingdom. She'll use Victarions ships to go back to Westeros with her unsullied, Dothraki and the rest of her followers. I can't tell if it will happen before or after Victarion tries to betray her out of bitterness.