Ser Lepus

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  1. 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.
  2. The Yellow Whale didn't have a quick death. The disease he caught at Sothoyros rooted him from the inside for years...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?  
  6. 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.    
  7. 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.    
  8. 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.  
  9. 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.            
  10. Jon Snow and Mance Rayder broke guest rights!

    Wildlings don't follow the same customs as the people south of the Wall. Even if they respected "guest right", it could mean something completely different to them. Remember that Bael the Bard supposedly stole the daughter of the King of the North while being his guest and he's still considered a legendary hero.  
  11. Pretty much this. Having old Valyrian blood wasn't enough. The girl's family had to have political power and social relevance too. Somebody like Serenei of Lys, who was "the last daughter from an ancient but impoverished Valyrian noble family" wouldn't fit the bill. The same goes for somebody like Nymeria Sand's mom.  
  12. Most "nobility" in the Free Cities probably are just very rich merchants. That wouldn't cut it for Aerys. He would want somebody of old Valyrian blood, who looked the part, AND belonged to a very rich and powerful family that was part of the ruling elite. So maybe Steffon found some old empoverished pure-blooded Valyrian noble family with an unmarried daughter in Lys, but those wouldn't have the required political relevance. And he surely met the merchant princes and magisters who rule Lys, but they were all sons and grandsons of moneylenders, merchants, sailors and the like, and they were born from slave concubines, which ruled out their daughters as proper brides for Rhaegar. The same could happen in Volantis. There probably were a handful of maids whose parents were old blood members of the Tiger faction, but their fathers weren't rich and popular enough to get elected as Triarchs, and in consequence lacked enough power to be meaningful political alliances. Heck, even if Steffon found a girl who was of the purest noble Valyrian blood and daughter of a magister or merchant prince, she wouldn't fit Aerys's requirements unless her father was the ruler of their city and expected to rule for a time afterwards.      
  13. Why didn't Tywin Lannister remarry?

    You have read my posts, right? We are speaking of "why didn't Tywin remarry?". I wrote that, if Tywin had remarried and had another son, then it would have been easier for him to get Jamie out of the Kingsguard, because he would have a shiny new heir and the Rock would never go to Cersei or any of her children. I was speaking of what would have happened "IF Tywin had remarried", as in something that didn't actually happen in the books. At the beginning of the books Jamie has been a kingsguard for 15-16 years, and Cersei has been queen for 14 years. He could have married at any point before the War of the Five Kings started and have gotten rid of Tyrion. Or he could have married after Tyrion's execution, if Varys hadn't released the latter from prision. In both cases he could get a new heir.    
  14. Why didn't Tywin Lannister remarry?

    None of those groups allow their member to marry and have legitimate children.
  15. Why didn't Tywin Lannister remarry?

    Tywin would find a way. He could force Tyrion to join the Faith or to become a Maester. And if he refused, he would send him to the Wall like Tarly did.