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  1. Robb should have already been betrothed

    My take about the lack of marriages for Westeros' best grooms is that their families were playing a waiting game: Sansa, Arianne, Margaery, a lot of regional candidate are unmarried too. Maybe people in this culture and generation are going to keep their chances open until a dire need arises. If this was a Crusader Kings style game I would probably have tried to start building alliances in peace time, to be fair, just to get prepared. If Robb was already bethroated (or even married!) when his army got to the Twins Walder Frey could only have asked to ward and marry Rickon to a girl of his, in addition to Arya, sparing a lot of trouble down the road. If Sansa had also been bethroated to Theon before the start of the series, a lot of trouble would have been spared to the North. The only advantage waiting is to (still) have a shot at the best ones: Jeoffrey, Edmure, Renly even just as Lord of Storm's End, Robb and the girls above.
  2. How will Littlefinger get to Dany?

    Is "burnt and very very dead, please" an option, about how will he get to Daenerys' court? Or any other place, really....
  3. Kings in the North vs. Kings of Winter

    I'm an "heretic", so I would like to live to see a "dark" explaination for the "king of winter", shouting "winter is coming" and coming to get you. But it must be said that TFN's explaination is the simplest, the most straightforward.
  4. Runes In Bronze, or Why the Royces Remember

    It was since the first read of the Worldbook I had some vague similar sentiment, but I couldn't express it, give it a completely formed reality. Silas Barbarossa, just now you are my new hero. I like this one!
  5. Why this obsession with Harrenhal? What's special there, other than unproven magic and a failed attempt at ruling the Riverlands? Byfort of Corfe made a good job on talking practicalities of an urban seat of power in Westeros' east coast. Urban alternatives could be Oldtown (less participation on the Narrow Sea traffic but you would divide the Reach) Lannisport (until the mines are out) and White Harbor (to "normalize" the North's east coast while seizing the moment to divide another strong, isolated actor). Would an itinerant monarchy be viable? I'd say no, in absence of direct, personal ties between the territories and the crown, too deeply dependant on feudal ties with (too powerful) vassals. "Divide et impera", I'd say, even more important then where you do establish your new powerbase.
  6. Aegon the Conqueror seems overrated

    I don't think Aegon is overrated. He had a thousand men to work with and he conquered a continent. He didn't invent dragons, and powers with far more dragons that he had didn't conquer Westeros in all of its previous history. He backed up a very rash, foolhardy statement with actions, using just part of his power to submit whole kingdoms at a time. One dragon was enough for Harren, one dragon was enough for the Arrogant's army, even if Orys had to kill Argillac with his own hands. His behaviour in keeping the conquered kingdoms in as good a condition as it was possible was good, and neither he nor his inmediate successors had to face any indipendentist revolt, just some conflict with the Faith, a powerful force that he was able to cohopt into supporting his new monarchy by making himself king "by their benediction". He didn't need to field any number of his troops to keep his new subjects in line, but added strenghts to his strenght as a final result in all of his campaigns. That''s almost unprecedented, in Planetos or on Earth. That's why he kept his Lords Paramount, even the ones that had tried to fight him, to give maximum premium to the ones that accepted his rule, to give an as easy way out of the conflict against him as possible to everyone. And his dragon-borne victories are victories using his strenghts. It's easy to say that without their ships the British wouldn't have conquered half of the world. The British had ships in Cartagena de Indias and in the American indipendence war, and lost. Far from reducing the merit of their victories elsewhere, this fact underlines their capacity of using their own strenghts to seize opportunities in other places and times. Aegon lost with his dragons in his attempt to conquer Dorne. I'd bet on the dragons in any conflict with that technology level, but... dragons is not a trump card over everything in every circumstance. Dragons are fire made flesh maybe, but flesh can bleed and die. And they did, eventually, in Aegon's times. Aegon's defeat in Dorne was spectacular. Yet even with Orys Baratheon mutilated a feet and a hand, a dragon and a queen killed, nobody tried to rebel. Nobody rose to oust the Targaryen from their much reduced power, even after seeing that defeating a dragon was possible, was done in Westeros. And this is Aegon's (and Visenya's, and all of their group's) greatest victory: he established a dinasty felt as untouchable and (thus?) rightful by people that had lived in indipendence. Resuming: Aegon rocked.
  7. The Name of Ice, House Stark's Greatsword

    THanks to everybody's ones too! My mistake then, thanks to Seams: it is in the World Book. PS: we'd really need a thematic index for the SSM!
  8. The Name of Ice, House Stark's Greatsword

    Well, if I remember correctly there was a SSM saying that there are around a hundred valyrian steel swords in Westeros, so we shouldn't take too strictly any count to 12 or to 14 of the swords of which we already know the name. Like noting that it is different for a sword to be "lost" in world or simpl out of the readers' sight, there is a difference between non existing and not having been cited (yet) to the readers. There are plenty of valyrian weapons out there. And I bet against some prime number number of knights to militarily defeat the Others at the end of the series. If there is a meaning of the swords, I bet it will be symbolical, not practical. To the thread point, I like all of the "north of the Wall" references tied to the Stark family. Their old title, "kings of winter". Their warcry, "winter is coming". Their sword, "Ice". Their ancestral fortress's name, "winterfell" fitting the traditional tale of the Long Night's introduction: "A great winter fell on the land..." When you add up the legends about the Night King being a Stark, the Last Hero "victory" resulting in finding the Children of the Forest and forging a Pact with them, and even the Bale the Bard story of kidnapping... Well, when you have the Stark being the only known skinchanger born south of the Wall, you start asking yourself questions. Were the Stark of old the human half of the Children of the Forest's self defence force, pairing up with the White Walkers? Is that's why they behead wou with ice?
  9. Do people ACTUALLY think Tyrion is a good guy?

    I don't particularily like the fascist ideology he uses, but he is undoubtfully effective, even with a blaise public like this. I'm definitely in, the effort deserved it. I'd bet a coffee against the six pages, if we lived in the same place.
  10. Well, "they" still have two Valyrian Steel swords now, even if Brienne holds one for the Baratheon king's uncle. Oathkeeper and Widow's wail. I accept that Oathkeeper could count as a Lannister or Tarth sword, though.
  11. lizard lions are not crocodiles

    And it is more or less my fault, exumating it in 2015, I promise I didn't notice that back then... How did I end on it anyway?
  12. [Spoilers]Has Jaime become comedic relief?

    That wasn't ever his objective. He never achieved his objectives, but he did cause collateral damage in his failures. Maybe the most important one the last Karstark's death in Jaime's funny escape attempt. Maybe he could get things done if he proposes himself OTHER things while doing those. It wouldn't even break his role as comic relief, after all. On Jory Cassel specifically: how in hell did Jaime forget how to use the left hand after that?
  13. [Spoilers]Has Jaime become comedic relief?

    Thanks. I want to go a step further, and say that the show-Jaime has never ever achieved anything. He always was the brother without any use, in the family. He wanted to fuck with his sister, got interrupted by a ten years old. Wanted to kill a kid, wasn't able to. Wanted to kill Eddard, left it undone out of stupidity, changing his motives from the books to have him behaving stupidly Wanted to get Riverrun, got outmanovered. Wanted to at least kill Robb in that battle... Almost did so. Keyword, almost. Wanted to escape, became a kinslayer to do that, and still failed. Wanted a witness eliminated, couldn't sway his protector to. Wanted to fight a woman, he lost. Wanted to reach King's Landing, he was caught on his way Wanted to assert some control on show-Vargo, got a hand chopped, and they made him drink horse pee. Wanted to die, let Brienne change his mind with four words. Wanted to save Brienne, the man holding him prisoner had to, or Jaime would have told dad things. Wanted to save educate Jeoffrey, got trampled by him, and got laughed at by Meryn foocking Trant. Wanted to learn to fight with the lef hand, and is laughable at it, even if before he used to use it for the knife. Wanted to protect Jeoffrey, and watched him die. Wanted to go back with his partner, which was so desperate for him to fuck a younger guy who resembled his younger self, and had to almost rape her at her firstborn funeral. Wanted to infiltrate Dorne and the "Sharks" thing. Wanted to kidnap his daughter, got nowere near it. Wanted to bring his daughter back safe to King's Landing, and he couldn't with the explicit permission of Dorne's Prince, and his ship. Wanted to keep that one secret, and before dieing his daughter told him she always knew. Wanted to kill an old man in a temple, was scared aways by naked men with sticks Wanted to organize military action in the capitol, stopped the troops to talk and let talk hi enemy Wanted to control the King or the Kingsguard, failed at both Wanted to organize a coup in King's Landing, and forgot to tell Cersei to use the Mountain to keep the King in the Red Keep if needed. I bet that his last good idea in book material - book readers will know which one, no spoilers, it will come soon - will be given to someone else too: yes, I'm looking at you Bronn. Show Jaime is the utter incapable character in the series. Is anyone actually scared by this man?
  14. Why are Targaryens considered rightful heirs to the throne?

    I think that one of the main points in Martin is that there is not a "rightful" ruler of anything. The one time the Hound talks for him is his the "Your father is a killer" speach. There are no good men in the top of a feudal pyramid. And there is no such thing as a true right to rule. Just the means to enforce your claim. Militar, economial, political, ideological means to an end.
  15. My guess is we see the Hound finally

    Did anyone say "Cleganebowl" yet on this thread? Cersei said "I have the Mountain" with such arrogance that she will not go unpunished, not in this season. The Lannister are actually compensating for Tyrion stunning success with stunning failure. I cannot remember anything in the tv series that Jaime proposed himself and succeeded doing. I bet that in the show the idea about his last deed in the books will come from Bronn, just to give him something to do. The Hound is dead, but Sandor is alive and he could very well fight his brother, even if he is not a proper faithful, just to stop him and the dead. Sandor could also lose the fight, but after, like, decapitating the Mountain but having him go on fighting, exposing Cersei even worse than if she lost. We will see, maybe Sandor will appear just to have a happy ending somehow. One can always hope. Hope to let Micah's death go unpunished to the end, I mean.