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  1. I think this is probably the most accurate theory. Do Princes even take ransoms? As far as I can tell, Baelor Breakspear didn't take one from Ser Arlyn and Prince Valarr didn't claim any at Ashford. As stated above, Daemon II didn't take ransoms either. I think it's entirely likely that most Princes/"Kings" don't take ransoms from their subjects as it would probably be considered "un royal". Now, if we want to get more conspiracy minded, it's possible that Rhaeghar might have requested a meeting with each of his vanquished foes, but I don't think that armour, horses or gold were Rhaeghar's goals.
  2. Echoing what Dorian said, I remember something from the World Book saying that Ibbenese whalers hunt in the Bay of Seals and if hunting is slow will take Wildlings slaves.
  3. It's a good question. One possibility for her staying in power is that she got some sort of concessions from Ned when he brought the horse back. For me, I think Lady Barbrey could be the second most powerful economic force outside of Winterfell. She controls Barrowton, and is also a daughter/sister of the Cantankerous Ryswell boys. She might often arbitrate their disputes and ultimately govern House Ryswell in all but name. Either way, she has some measure of power in the North. As she tells Theon (paraphrasing), "Roose knows I can make trouble, so he keeps me sweet."
  4. How in the Seven Hells would Cat even be able to demand an inquest? Even if Westeroosi law allowed for such a thing, who would grant one to Cat? Could she ask the Lord Paramount of the North? She could ask, but we all know the answer. Maybe she could run to Daddy? I doubt Hoster would want to risk alienating the King, the Lord of the Vale and the Lord of Winterfell. Robert's obviously a dead end. The Faith's an option, but by the time Ned comes home with Jon, Cat's in Winterfell. With the possible exception of White Harbour, the Faith has very little influence in the North. I don't think the Faith would want to press any issues in the North, especially given Robert's relationship with Ned.
  5. Hard to tell. Tywin didn't commit to the rebellion until after Rhaeghar died.Maybe he wouldn't have committed at all if Robert died close to Rhaeghar? Stannis is besieged by land and sea at Storm's End. Renly is a child. The Arryn/Stark/Tully alliance is still powerful. Who knows what the Greyjoys will do? Oddly enough, the Tyrells and Martells are on the same side. Does the Arryn/Stark/Tully renounce the Iron Throne and do their own thing? Do the Tyrells/Martells finish the siege of Storms End? Does Tywin finally enter the fight and smash the remnants of other armies? Do the Ironborn capitalize on the chaos and get rich and powerful? I can see so many different ways that scenario could play out.
  6. Even though I've participated in the degeneration of this thread, I'll answer the OP's question. Visenya and Dark Sister were probably a lethal combination. She trained at Dragonstone alongside her brother and Orys Baratheon. If we go by the World Book, Orys was Aegon's champion so he was probably a better swordsman, and Visenya was quick enough to cut Aegon before he could draw. I'd say that Visenya, with Dark Sister, was probably the nastiest female swordfighter during and since the conquest. Maybe Brienne with Oathkeeper could give her a fight.
  7. I was sad when that didn't happen. I could even see the the senile Maester Aemon rejoicing, "Aeg! You finally did it!" Then realizing was old and crying about being old, but happy about seeing a dragon. It could have made a great chapter.
  8. At least five Lords competed at Ashford Meadow: Tyrell; Lannister; Tully; Caron; and Swann. Lords Caswell, Costayne and Cockshaw competed at Whitewalls. Lords Baratheon, Dondarrion and Caron are noted competitors at the Hand's Tourney. You've got to figure that just about anyone who enters a tournament is, at the very least, practicing occasionally. Robert's the exception of course, but that's the same as watching a faded high-school football player talk about playing in the NFL after a few beers. Ned, Bronze Yohn, and Ser Rodrik sparred in the training yard when Yohn visited Winterfell. Bronze Yohn probably trained more regularly, but I'd expect Ned found time here and there to train with Ser Rodrik and also a fairly regular round with Robb, Jon and, maybe, Bran. As for hunting, there was a TV show I saw a while back that discussed the medieval hunt ("What the .... Knew" or it was the same guy but different name) and they were potentially practical activities. First, they were a way to blood young men without actual war - blood and guts are blood and guts. Secondly, they were ways of confirming friendships and potential political alliances. If a Lord takes you hunting on his lands or a king allows you to hunt his lands, then he's confirming that you are a friend or probably not an enemy. From a King's perspective, getting away from court might also have political advantage. A competent ruler might want an excuse to get away from certain members of his court and go where he can talk freely with some of the others. Now Robert wasn't competent, but if I were in his shoes, I'd love the opportunity to get away from Kingslanding with Ned, Renly, Bronze Yohn and Ser Barristan, while Cersei, Jaime, Varys and Littlefinger are back home.
  9. Visenya, according to the World Book, trained beside her brother from an early age. Other than size and strength differences, she might have been as good or better than her brother. Visenya also carried Dark Sister. To me, while Blackfyre was the sword of kings, Dark Sister was the sword that the true badasses carried. We know of four people who carried Dark Sister - Visenya, Daemon Targaryen, Aemon the Dragonknight and Bloodraven. I wouldn't want to make my career fighting any of them.
  10. Probably the best answer.
  11. It's a fun question, and since it's been a long time between books, there are poster who've come and gone so why not let some new blood share their thoughts? Personally, I don't have a concrete answer. It would vary greatly depending on my personal circumstances and where I lived. Joffrey might be a horrible King and even worse person, but if I heir to Crakehall, I'd probably back Joffrey/Tywin. If I were smallfolk, I wouldn't care. I can't see myself backing Stannis under any circumstances. If I were Ironborn, I could see myself supporting Balon's decision to set the reavers free, but I'd have had problems with his decision to attack the North. The easy loot is in the West and Reach. Robb Stark is a dilemma. He's a disruptor. He wasn't trying to take the Iron Thrown. After his victories he was crowned the King in the North and the Riverlands jumped in too. If I were smallfolk I'd probably just support whoever I thought gave me the best chance of not getting killed and the local lands trampled. If I were a lord like the Greatjon or Wyman Manderly I'd go with Robb. If I wanted the most peaceful life, I'd say Renly is the best choice. He was probably the only one of the contenders who had the ambition and charisma to hold the Seven Kingdoms together.
  12. Interesting thread, but there's a problem. If we're assuming that these betrothals occurred prior to the rebellion and, possibly more importantly, before the Tourney at Harrenhal, then Ned wouldn't have been a factor. Ned was the second son. With the possible exception of Lysa, Ned wouldn't even be a candidate. It was Brandon who was betrothed to Cat. Now, I know that some of you will say, "But Oberyn's a second son too." Yeah, I get that, but Oberyn's a Prince. There's a difference. Rickard would have probably sought out a betrothal for Ned to the daughter of a Northern or Vale lord who didn't have a son to inherit.
  13. In hindsight, yes. Cat couldn't have released Jaime if he was short a head.
  14. When I get called "Sir". Depending on the setting, I either have to restrain myself, or immediately answer, "I am no Ser." If it's someone who knows the books I'll add, "I am no knight. I spit on them and their vows." I've also become a fan of, "Bugger that. Bugger him. Bugger you."
  15. I don't know. I could see Olenna and Arya becoming fast friends. Think of it this way: 1) Arya is called to meet with Olenna in circumstances similar to Sansa's meetings with Olenna (no guards nearby); 2) Olenna insults Arya in her usual manner; 3) Arya returns the insult, possibly reaching for her dagger; 4) Olenna says something along the lines of, "Finally! A woman who knows her worth! Come sit with me child. We have much to discuss."; and 5) Olenna mentors Arya in the political world, while thinking wishfully about having a father who would have let her train at swords. Olenna probably wishes that she would have had the opportunities that Arya has had, and imagines what she could have done while Arya learns about the world beyond "stick them with the pointy end". I can picture how much mayhem an Arya/Olenna alliance would cause.