Ser Lepus

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  1. I think the Seven are a mere reflection of Westerosi society: Men are defined by their social class and role, they are Lords (the Father), Warriors or Commoners (workers, the Smith). Women on the other hand, are defined by their family: They are Daughters (the Maid), Mothers and Grandmothers (the Crone)... All the other cultures do the same: The Lhazarene have their Sherpherd God, the peaceful people of Naath, who practice the art of music, not those of war, have their Lord of Harmony, the Dothraki have their Horse God, the Ironborn have their Drowned God, who endorses piracy, looting and rape, the Faceless Men worship the God of Death, the sex-positive Summer Islanders have a fertility goddess with sixteen teats and consider sex a holy act, and Lys, which was created by the Valyrian Dragonlords as their own vacation resort/luxurious brothel, have their Love Goddess... Everybody shape their gods as reflections of their own society, customs, principles and culture... That said, I suspect R'hllor isn't different, either. We know magic and prophecy exist, but people of other religions or even people who aren't religious at all can do that too: Many characters have prophetic powers (hell, Bran is better than all the Red Priests combined, and we know his power comes from his blood, not from any deity...), a quartheen street performer and conman could do Fire Magic, the Guild of Alchemists can do Fire Magic too (that's how they can create Wildfire), wood witches and maegis can do blood magic... etc. Even resurrection and undead creation isn't restricted to Red Priests, the Children of the Forests and the Warlocks of Quarth had their own version... There is nothing the Red Priests can do that couldn't be duplicated by non-religious sorcerers or by magicians of other cultures and religions... Hell, we know they are wrong about the Great Other... the NK isn't a servant of some great Dark God, he is just an undead weapon of the CotF gone wrong...
  2. The NK is doing what he was created for: Wiping all humans on Westeros. The fact that he kept enough personality to resent his creators and turn against them was a bug in his programming, but he still follows the main directive...
  3. It's kinda sad that Tyrion's role in this season seems to be reduced to induce Daenerys to commit mistakes. She could have won the war first day if she had attacked on arrival and torched the Red Keep, burnt the soldiers on the city walls and set the gates on fire, no need to harm KL itself... The Reach and Dorne (Olenna and Ellaria) would have followed her. The North (Jon) would have to bend the knee if he wanted any help against the WW. Either Sansa or Littlefinger would have to make the Vale follow her too, because, what other option do they have? Sansa wants to save the North, and Littlefinger doesn't want to die defending the Vale against the "foreign invaders". Dany could get Edmure to bend the knee easily. The Stormlands are without a leader, and they don't even seem to be trying to resist Cersei, so, why would they make a stand against Dany? We have seen that Dany could easily destroy the Lannister army and take Casterly Rock, so, no problem there... However, following Tyrion's advice has made her pile mistake on mistake and accumulate losses... I don't even know why she does still keep him around. People claim that telling her not to go to the Land Beyond the Wall with her dragons was good advice, but Dany will have to do that sooner or later (what is she going to do, keep her dragons in reserve until the WW breach the Wall?), and she didn't know about the NK's ice super-javelin. If something, their mistake was to not get away fast enough... Yeah, why the hell didn't they take Ghost with them? Ghost could probably have detected the undead army from miles away. Ghost can act as an advanced scout, and even if they don't send him ahead and keep him by Jon, he could probably hear and smell those 100,000 wights a couple days before they even meet them...
  4. Not every deity in every work of fiction is dependent on human faith...
  5. Soldiers could be allowed to leave, but Tarly? No way! No victor will allow such an important lord and general to go away...
  6. Fair point, but that doesn't mean the High Sparrow "revolution" would end provoking the birth of a more democratic regime in the long run... And I am not convinced that the Protestant Reform was a natural consequence of a process that started with the Gregorian Reform... If something, Luther went in the opposite direction, stripping the Church of all temporal power and dismantling it as an autonomous organization, giving its responsabilities to the princes (which by the way, helped the Protestant Reform to succeed by making it attractive to central and northen european monarchs...). Calvinus, yes, he aimed for a theocracy, but his version of Protestantism only succeeded in countries who were already anti-monarchical or in rebellion against a monarch.
  7. While the Pope tried to affirm his authority over the monarchs, he still wasn't trying to destroy monarchy like the High Septon does. The closest was when they supported the Habsburgs and the Anjou against the Hohenstaufen. And all they were doing was to support a friendly king against an hostile one... The High Sparrow isn't trying just assert his authority over temporal rulers, he is going for the throat: He is trying to publicaly portray the Queen Mother as an adulterous whore while there is a civil war which is justified by the rebels on that her children are bastards. If he succeeds, he has destroyed the legitimacy of the Baratheon dinasty, because Renly left no heirs and Stannis is a fire-worshipping heretic... and there isn't a viable replacement for the Baratheons, only a void that he can fill seizing temporal power...
  8. The wildlings (save the Thenns) didn't have any true political organization beyond "lets do what Mance says for now". If they had crossed the Wall and had avoided being defeated by a northen army, they would probably break into smaller groups and dispersed to do their own thing once the no longer felt in danger... That's a problem common in mediaval fantasy and historical novels... Most modern readers wouldn't identify with characters who thought and behaved like a person from the Ancient or Middle Ages, so many writers end creating characters that are too out of place... I mean, in most of Plautus's comedies the sympathetic protagonist is a young man who becomes obsessed with a young slave girl and tries to get money to buy her and make her his concubine. King Arthur, as was portrayed in the medieval works, was considered a great king because he kept a rich court with lots of feasts and song and tourneys, and he sometimes sent a knight to help noble heiresses, but he does nothing to help the commoners. And better let not speak about how black servants were portrayed in contemporary fiction... There is no easy way around that... Would people still like Jon if he were pro-slavery, thought that women are inferior to men in every way (and said so loudly) and were okay with using female prisioners of war as concubines? The High Sparrow doesn't want to make Church independent from the crown... he wants to destroy the crown and usurp its power. Savonarola or Calvinus are good comparations, except for the fact that, unlike them, the High Sparrow doesn't want to take over a city, break with the church and/or empire and turn it into a teocratic city-state, he wants to use the power of the church to take over the capital of the empire and replace the monarchy... If Savonarola had become Pope and then he had dethroned the Germanic Emperors and added the Holy Roman Empire to the Papal States, then he would be similar to the High Septon.
  9. Westerosi only know monarchy; even Tyrion had trouble understanding the elective Volantene Triarchy. And monarchy is based around the fact that you get to rule because you had the right parents/inherited the right blood. Dany isn't different: she got her dragons because of her blood, the same way every other king has ruled because of his blood. If something, dragons would be taken as a tangible, visible symbol of her right to rule,.. Same way they didn't rise in our own world? Because they aren't organized, they are scared, they don't know any other way to live or any other form of government and their religion tell them that feudal monarchy is the divinely inspired natural form of rule... If the kings and lords are stil on top after all those thousands of years it is because they have crushed any rebellion... so the peasants don't know of any successful revolution, only of failed ones... that would be enough to discourage them... Now, the High Septon could have led a revolution, but his victory would start a theocratic state, not a republic or a democracy... Westeros is under a feudal regime. Their society is based on the idea that people are different with different privileges and duties, and if you are born with a privilege, that means you were intended by the gods to have those privileges, hence you are better than others and you deserve to rule...
  10. The White Walkers don't need to fight Dany's dragons at all. Dany has only three dragon, Westeros is continent-sized, and the White Walkers have an almost unlimited supply of undead soldiers (so long as they keep killing humans, they will get more and more wights...). Westeros is BIG. Even if Dany were to find two dragonriders for Viserion and Rhaego, they can't protect all the hamlets and villages of the Seven Kingdoms; all the White Walkers have to do is to spread around and attack only where and when Dany isn't around. On top of that, White Walkers only move and attack at night, and hide during daylight hours, so the chances of Dany spotting them from above are almost null... Even if Dany manages to destroy a large number of wights, all the White Walkers have to do is to retreat and create more. Dany can't guard every settlement in Westeros, even if she got all the remaining troops of the continent under her control... What she can do is to gather all living humans and all the food in a few havens (Winterfell, White Harbor, Gulltown, Casterly Rock, Riverrun, Storm's End, Oldtown, King's Landing...etc) and wait for the wights and White Walkers there. Melisandre or Thoros can tell her which of them is going to be attacked next, and she can go with her dragons there...
  11. The problem with those 163 slavers who where crucified is, Dany didn't judge who was to be crucified... she asked the SLAVERS to pick 163 people among themselves and send them to be crucified... Do you really think the ones who were picked were their leaders, the richest and most powerful among them... or rather the poorest, less powerful, with less influence among them? You can bet the guys who were crucified weren't the leaders of Meereen, the ones who took the decisions during the war, but third cousins twice removed who were the poorest, less influential and powerful among the ruling caste, who didn't take any decision or gave any order during the war... For all we know, the guys who were crucified were all asking for peace during the whole war... "Hero" meant something different then... Greek heroes were excessive, larger than life, greater than mere humans in their actions and appetites, and most often represented some archetype; that was what made them heroes... Nowadays, most of them would be called "antiheroes" or "villain protagonists". Modern heroes are supposed to be good and brave and to do something important to help somebody else.
  12. The Reach lost because D&D want to start cutting loose threads. They had no more use for the Reach once the Tyrells were exterminated, so they got rid of it... Realistically speaking, there is no way the Lannisters could beat the Reach on their own...
  13. Yep, but the dothraki got very close undetected, the Lannisters weren't in formation, so a massive charge made sense. If the Lannisters had been a bit more slowly their shield wall would have been incomplete and the dothraki could have broken through without the help of dragons... Yes, once they Lannisters raised their shield and spear wall, charging was a bad tactic, and had Dany and Drogon not been there, the dothraki should have pulled back... but as I said, the dothraki probably expected to reach them before they had time to form the shield wall...
  14. Unlike other people, it doesn't bother me that the dothraki charged head on instead of trying to flank the Lanninster troops, or peppering them with arrows; the Lannisters were caught by surprise, and weren't in formation when they first spot the dothraki; a charge is a good way to quickly end a way smaller army what is caught by surprise... Had the Lannister formed their shield wall a bit more slowly, they would have been crushed at first contact... Shooting their arrows at the Lannisters wouldn't provoke enough casualties quickly enough; the Lannister soldiers all had full plate armor and big shields, so arrows wouldn't do much damage, and the soldiers would have more time to form the shield wall instead... As for flanking them, the dothraki had such numerical advantage that they were in fact attacking both flanks and their front at the same time... What DOES bother me, is the fact the dothraki are apparently unable to build lances... they just charge with those short sickle swords... Are they really that stupid? Or have they never fought an enemy who tries to stand its ground?
  15. There are a couple loopholes Dany can exploit to avoid breaking the laws of hospitality openly: First, she could argue that Jon isn't a guest; he is a rebel lord who was ordered to come to his queen to await judgement. He would be similar to an outlaw who is taken to be judged to a lord's castle, being fed there doesn't give him guest rights... Second, Dany hasn't hurt or locked Jon up, she has just forbidden any ship to take him away... Jon is free to go, a pity he can't fly or swim to the continent... But yes, if I were a character in Planetos, I would never, never, never ever go meet Dany. When she is in a position of strength, it's either showing utter devotion to her, or being the target or threats and humilliation, or even physical damage and death. Dany doesn't negotiate, she asks you "serve me, love me, fight for me, or die!".