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  1. Why doesn't Jorah just cut off his own arm?

    Well, he DID get infected by contact, and
  2. Redeeming Dorne

    No way they can pull that. Jamie is back to KL, and he saw the Sand Snakes trying to kill Myrcella, he saw how in love was Trystane, he saw Doran speaking for peace, chastising Ellaria and the Sand Snakes and sending Myrcella to KL... It is going to be VERY difficult to convince Jamie that Ellaria isn't to blame for Myrcella's death. I guess it isn't completely impossible to convince people that Doran killed Myrcella and planned to put the blame on Ellaria, but if that were so, he would have prepared himself better and wouldn't have been murdered by Ellaria. The fact that he was murdered too points to Ellaria being the poisoner... It is going to be VERY hard to convince anybody otherwise. Also, Ellaria and the Sandsnakes need to present themselves as Elia and Obery's avengers in order to be accepted as leaders by the Dornish. Otherwise, they have nothing to offer. I haven't seen anything that indicates that Doran was planning to do anything to overthrow the Lannister. I think he was presented as a pacifist who tried to avoid unnecesary suffering for his people, and his warmonger nieces and his brother's mistress are going to ruin it all. They are going to get Dorne involved in the war, and they are going to be crushed. And I don't think Doran needs redeeming. He didn't try to avenge Elia because he didn't have the strength to win a war against the Lanninsters, the Baratheons, the Starks, the Arryns, the Tullys and the Tyrells. And once King Bob and Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark and Tywin Lannister were dead, who was he going to take revenge on for Elia's death? It was too late for revenger. As for Oberyn, he died during a judicial duel, and his opponent died too, so he doesn't need avenging. I guess he could have tried an assassination or something similar, in order to avenge Elia, but there were risks for Dorne involved in that route, so he acted like a caring ruler and chose to protect his people from harm over revenge. As for the Dornish plot itself... yeah, that's unsalvageable. They have become a caricature. Doran and Oberyn were the only likeable, believable characters, everybody else are bad cartoon characters.
  3. Why are Davos etc protecting Jons body?

    I guess Davos regrets not getting the hell out of Castle Black as soon as he learnt about Jon's assassination... maybe he didn't want to go away without learning about the fate of Shireen? Even if news of Stannis's defeat and death have reachend them, the Night Watch probably doesn't know about Shireen's and her mother's deaths...
  4. Why doesn't Jorah just cut off his own arm?

    I can understand Ser Jorah prefering death to losing an arm, being a warrior and all that... but what he's doing, staying around Daenerys's inner circle while infected? That's a horrible way to spend what he's left to live. He's going to destroy Daenerys. I dunno... maybe he's doing it on purpuse? But it doesn't look like that...
  5. I would like to know a bit more about Tyrosh and Myr; about their government and politics, about their society and culture, about their families, their marriage and inheritance customs, how they treat bastards there... etc. I would like to know if they have something similar to Guilds and Universities in the Free Cities. Westeros seems like an odd mix of Early Middle Ages society and economy (barely any city, no colleges or financial institutions or influential guilds, barely any trade or industry, the monasteries still have little cultural, economic and political power, nobility is uncultured and focused almost entirely on war, the warlike lords control everything), Central Middle Ages feudalism and Late Middle Ages/Renaissance technology. The Free Cities, however, seem more economically advanced, and their society more complex.
  6. The Perfumed Seneschal/Stinky Steward carrack was a trading vessel. Yes, its captain has been lost to the sea, but there were free officers and passangers in it. What difference would have made if say Ser Jorah had tried to pass for its captain? The Yunkai'i just boarded them and chained everybody. And mind you, they did that while they were waiting the arrival of a Volantene fleet that was going to help them... they steal the ships of their Volantene allies and enslave free Volantene while waiting for a huge Volantene warfleet... what kind of imbecile does that? Realistically, they should have taken pains to help any Volantene ship they bumped into. As for Tyrion, did anybody check if he really was a slave or a rich man? If he wasn't an exile, if he were just doing tourism around the Free Cities (like he wished to do when he was 16 years old) and Ser Jorah had ambushed him, killed his bodyguard and kidnapped him, Ser Jorah could have taken prisioner the son of Tywin Lannister and paraded him in chains around the city and he would have gotten away with it.
  7. As I said long ago: The Ironborn religion reminds me of those natives in the "Zombie Survival Guide" book who incorporated the zombies into their religion and thought than a zombie-infested island was the afterlife, so they send their dead and sick there.
  8. The Yellow Whale didn't have a quick death. The disease he caught at Sothoyros rooted him from the inside for years...
  9. Three Elephants or 250 soldiers

    If you already have a few thousand soldiers, take the elephants. If you have to choose between the elephants and a few dozen soldiers or 250-270 soldiers and no elephants, take the soldiers. Elephants would prove useful against cavalry, but the can't do everything on their own. And anyways, an unit of crossbowmen or archers could destroy the three elephants, shooting at their eyes or at the mahouts.
  10. Society change

    The people in the Egg & Dunk tales come from a different social strata. Most go from hedge knights to lesser nobility. And as somebody said, they are living during a more stable, peaceful and prosperous period. They are more free to do what they want, to help their friends and to walk away from people they dislike. In the ASOIAF, the people we read about tend to be either the outcasts (bandits, wildlings, prostitutes, criminals...etc.), or the upper nobility (what is more, these are the survivors of civil wars, betrayal, intrigues and the like). Both extremes live in an enviroment in which backstabbing, fierce competition and selfishness are expected, and they can't walk away from it.
  11. George talked about Winds and publication time

    You know, I almost believed that. I had to search for "the daily mash" and get confirmed that it's a site of joke news. If GRRM wouldn't end the books, it wouldn't be unexpected, but, giving up like that would be very sad. And I would feel cheated. I didn't pay for an incomplete book. What would be the point of buying five books plus the Ducan & Egg tales plus the World of Ice and Fire plus the Lands of Ice and Fire if it all were left incomplete?
  12. She would have returned home disgraced and shamed, being the estranged wife of a criminal. And people would gossip and put the blame on her; Ser Jorah's aunt and cousins probably told it to her face many times. She couldn't stand the lose of face and followed him to Lys. It became worse afterwards. First she found herself the wife of an exile and sellsword. And then she accepted the attentions of that merchant prince who provided her with the lifestyle she was used to... when she crossed that line, she knew that she would be treated like a whore back home, so she had to make the best of what she had. I get the feeling that Lynesse just didn't think of the consequences of her actions. She married Ser Jorah without thinking of how she would live up in the North. She demanded (or at least accepted) his ill-gotten gifts without thinking on the long-term consequences. She followed him to Lys without thinking that they couldn't keep their old lifestyle there...etc.
  13. Slavery

    In Modern and Contermporary Europe slavery didn't stick because it was more profitable to employ free workers, so there were relatively few slaves who were mostly household servants. However, the spanish Dukes of Medina Sidonia made a fortune buying slaves and allowing them to buy their freedom. It was inmensely profitable: The dukes didn't have to spend a cent feeding or clothing them, they would live by themselves and save as much as they could and give them the money. Other people did the same, but a very smaller scale. There are even cases like that of Juan Valiente, who joined the Conquistares in order to earn enough money and buy his freedom. He saved the money, but the bureaucrat who was supposed to give it to his former owner stole it instead. His former owner insisted on being paid, but Juan Valiente died in battle shortly afterwards. It was basically like a mortage on their own bodies. So people who compare loan debtors who take mortages to modern slaves aren't misguided.
  14. Glendon Ball-Parentage

    I think Ser Glendon probably isn't the son of Ser Quentyn Ball. Even if his mother didn't have sex with 100 other men the same night as with Ser Quentyn, she surely had sex with many men the previous nights and those that followed, since she was a camp follower. I think both Glendon and his mother just picked the man they liked more among the many candidates and convinced themselves that it was true. Anyways, it is largely irrelevant, because, lacking genetic testing, there isn't a sure way to know who is Glendon's true father. The only thing that matters is what Glendon thinks, and what other people believe. Those who like him (like Egg does) tend to accept his claimed parentage. Everybody else mocks him and refuses to believe that he is Quentyn's son. A point that may become relevant in the future is the prevalent view among the majority of the Westerosi about the heredity of "noble" traits. Ser Glendon is a strong, honourable knight, so nobles and knights will tend to accept the idea that his father was a noble knight, since the fact that such a man could be born from a prostitute and a commoner goes against their beliefs about the inherent superiority of noble bloodlines.
  15. I think Andals, First Men and Valyrians are just different ethnicities, not species. However, I have to say that nowadays that definition of species is no longer considered foolprof. Polar bears and brown bears can interbreed and produce fertile offspring despite clearly being different species with different biologies and behaviour. The same goes for wolves, jackals and coyotes, all of which can interbreed with each other. Bisons and domestic cows produce fertile offspring too. Bactrian camels and dromedaries produce fertile female hybrids, but I'm not sure about male hybrids.