Daena the Defiant

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  1. House Dunn, because I would just the pink and black double-headed pelican to be blazoned everywhere. http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Heraldry/Entry/724/
  2. Here's the passage: A Storm of Swords - Catelyn V Grey Wind leapt up atop King Tristifer's crypt, his teeth bared. Robb's own face was cold. "That is as cruel as it is unfair. Jon is no Theon." "So you pray. Have you considered your sisters? What of their rights? I agree that the north must not be permitted to pass to the Imp, but what of Arya? By law, she comes after Sansa . . . your own sister, trueborn . . ." ". . . and dead. No one has seen or heard of Arya since they cut Father's head off. Why do you lie to yourself? Arya's gone, the same as Bran and Rickon, and they'll kill Sansa too once the dwarf gets a child from her. Jon is the only brother that remains to me. Should I die without issue, I want him to succeed me as King in the North. I had hoped you would support my choice." That's all pretty unambiguous. He specifically cut Sansa out because of her marriage, and he thinks that Arya, Rickon and Bran are dead.
  3. Queens throughout history (queens consort, anyway) are typically referred to by the original name. If I told you about Katherine Tudor, Jane Tudor, Jane Tudor, Anne Tudor, Catherine Tudor and Catherine Tudor, who would you think I was referring to? They are known better to history as Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
  4. Agreed. Jon Snow, being raised like a noble in virtually all respects, has what the officer class of the NW recognizes as necessary in the leadership - a proper military education.
  5. I'm pretty sure that Johanna Lannister was was the widow of a a previous lord who was ruling in a regency/dowager capacity for her minor son. She wasn't actually Lady of Casterly Rock in her own right as Lady Jeyne Arryn was. Johanna Lannister was more akin to Catelyn or Lysa. There was briefly the reign of the child Lady Cerelle, who inherited from her father, but she was murdered in childhood, so that's not exactly permitting a female High Seat.
  6. I love them because they alone of the Great Houses let a woman lead them (once).
  7. Emphasis added, because we have know that Ned didn't even want to Sansa to observe him holding court when he was filling the throne as Hand if the subject matter was important. He was actually annoyed that Septa Mordane brought Sansa to observe on a day when the subject matters were actually pretty serious, and he thought it would be best that she was there on a day where one farmer was discussing 'border stones.' Here's the quote: From his vantage point atop the throne, he could see men slipping out the door at the far end of the hall. Hares going to ground, he supposed … or rats off to nibble the queen's cheese. He caught a glimpse of Septa Mordane in the gallery, with his daughter Sansa beside her. Ned felt a flash of anger; this was no place for a girl. But the septa could not have known that today's court would be anything but the usual tedious business of hearing petitions, settling disputes between rival holdfasts, and adjudicating the placement of boundary stones. The fact that this is the same man who hired a foreign swordsman to actually train his rebellious, disobedient daughter is certainly perplexing, for sure. It's also odd coming from Catelyn who was raised as her father's heir until Edmure was born, and was at his shoulder during muchg of his governing business. It's all amazingly perplexing since the both of them know that any daughter of theirs would be fully expected to run a castle or fief in a regency capacity should their husbands be away or predecease them. Furthermore, Septa Mordane was also teaching Sansa and Arya fundamental household management, which Sansa was not so great at, and Arya evidently was, However, Sansa was able to survive as a political hostage at a hostile court because she was able to exude all the graceful courtesies that were instilled in her by Septa Mordane, which obviously shows that Septa Mordane was able teach Sansa, at least, what she was expected to. Whereas, Arya nearly got herself killed because she, being sulky, impatient and ill-behaved (also younger, it should be noted), unable to do the same.
  8. We know that, how exactly? Because Arya, the headstrong little hoyden tomboy, didn't like her lessons? Sansa seemed to survive based upon the fundamentals of courtly manners and feminine graces that were imparted upon her by Septa Mordane. Seems like she taught some things well?
  9. No, you fool. She's the Knight of the Laughing Tree. It is known.
  10. 'Pyke' is an alternative, archaic version of 'pike' which is a type of spear. That fits more with the "Vikingly" culture of the Iron Islands, and also probably why the castle is called that too, since it sits on cylinders of rock standing up above the surf, like thrust spears or something.
  11. Well, there is always poor Dickon Manwoody, and pretty much anyone afflicted with the name 'Dickon.' I think that Jennalyn Fowler is a dreadful name. Let's not discuss the names of anyone in Slaver's Bay, since they are all named Harzoo (thanks, Ser Gerris!). There are those odd names for the three fellows way back in aGoT who are named after the Three Stooges. However, I will proudly stand by my assertion that 'Cersei' is an awful name in so far as it does not match the pseudo-Iberian (whatever) naming pattern of the Lannister family and it's obvious allusion to Circe the Sorceress sticks out like a sore thumb since GRRM didn't pepper the series with all that many Classical references, plus the 'ei' suffix is really uncommon in the whole series. He threw in an Amerei and marei later to make it less jarring, but I still think that name is terrible.
  12. I've always thought that was pronounced AY-neese.
  13. The Wardens have specific military duties, largely for the defense and security of the territory. In times of invasion or insecurity they can summon troops in the king's name without the official approval of the king in far away Kings landing. They historically align with the holder of the lordship paramount of each region, or at least a member of the family, which is why Jaime Lannister being named Warden of the East was such an aberration. For example, it's very unlikely that Lady Jeyne Arryn, the Maid of the Vale, was the Warden of the East; it was probably a male relative, or one of her prominent bannermen. If she had married, it probably would have been her husband. Note - there are lesser wardencies (wardenships?). Some of the Dornish lords have warden titles of smaller territories. Also, when Robb was King in the North, which included the Tully lands around the Trident, he created his great uncle Brynden the 'Warden of the Southern Marches.' A march is a territory that is a border against a possible hostile territory.
  14. Daenerys herself thinks that she would have been a suitable bride for her nephew, Aegon. Viserys would likewise marry his niece Rhaenys, although the ages are less in alignment than Daenerys and Aegon Even now, Jon Connington is planning to have Aegon (who he believes to be genuine) marry Daenerys when she returns to Westeros.