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  1. The common thread of the people in her list is that they hurt people who Arya felt personally responsible for and made her feel powerless. She felt personally guilty about Mycah's fate. She fought during Amory Lorch's attack during which Yoren died. During both her father's execution and the Red Wedding she tried both times to go to her parents aid. She got captured by the Mountain trying to rescue Gendry. Dunsen got in the list for taking Gendry's helmet and Poliver for taking needle. Chiswyck is the one who initially disarmed her. Tickler and Weese are on the list for frightening her into submission. She didn't witness Jaime's attack nor was she there to prevent it and failed to do so. Or there was considerable time between Jaime's attack and her making her list. Still the list isn't so much about revenge as redress of her own powerlessness.
  2. It could be this technology that caused the destroyers of the protomolecule civilization to attack. Perhaps they saw it as an invasion of their space. As for Nagata, the series from the start was geared more towards highjinx than realism, so this doesn't apply to her only. In this instance it was a bit more justified as she was the first one who had the full data at her disposal.
  3. Naomi's analysis and her ability to predict and recreate the conditions under which disappear makes it sound like a natural phenomenon. Like if the gate system has some a certain capacity and that under certain conditions it can be overwhelmed. Maybe the effect of limiting speed in the slow zone is not a defense system but a security one, intended to prevent the system from overloading.
  4. During Clash of Kings, Varys reports to Tyrion that a group of businessmen wish to see Stannis king and so have armed several hundred followers and plan to open a gate when Stannis attacks. Later these become collectively known as Antler men due to having antlers named to their heads and launched with trebuchets during the battle. Apart from the fact that these appear out of nowhere, it sounds a bit incongruous for Stannis, who is notoriously unpopular to have a grassroots movement in favor of his ascension. Particularly businessmen, as he has never shown any sign of interest in finances. The incongruity is made greater by the inclusion in the number of the antler men of Salloreon, a master armorer who specializes in craftin elaborate and ornate armor for the nobility. Stannis himself seems of a mind with Jon Arryn and Ned of looking for functionality over ostentation. Were they indeed Stannis' supporters? Twice over the course of the following books this group is linked to Littlefinger. Tyrion discovers that many of them are recipients of loans from the crown. Jaime discovers that one of them had purchased an office in the dungeons and assumes that he did that through Littlefinger. Now consider the way that Littlefinger managed the Crown's finances. He loaned or invested the majority of the Crown's incomes. He had to have had partners and associates in those endevors. I beleieve that these associates were the Antler Men. Rather than them being Stannis supporters, Varys saw an opportunity to undermine LF's infrastructure and influence in King's Landing. This would have the added effect of weakening the Crown's economy as well as paving the way for Illyrio to take over when he eventually arrived.
  5. Thankfully, it's not up to the reader.
  6. Martin's seemingly favorite plot point is having characters making grand noble gestures that consistently come back to bite them in the ass. With often horrendous consequences for them and those around them. Brienne is the epitomy of that. While extraordinarily sympathetic to the reader, she has taken an impossible quest without thinking the ramifications and has served three opposing factions so far. Brienne as an individual may come as faultless, but we are meant to question the ideals she aspires to.
  7. The ones less happy with the status quo will be more likely to join her. Though it is probable that Aegon will scoop those up first. Dany I think will most likely have to rely on non Westerosi. She is like to have unlimited numbers of those.
  8. You are conflating the before and after circumsrances. Before the shadow baby and the Blackwater, Mace and Renly have their troops, no navy and want at least to conquer King's Landing to seat Margaery on the Throne. A river they have no way to cross safely lies in their path, along with Tywin. If they want to subdue Robb who at the time had 35k troops and his homeland secure, they would have to fight him. That means moving holding together and feeding their behemoth of an army through enemy territory. And he would have to undertake at least two serious sieges. After the shadow baby and the Blackwater, Mace has achieved his objectives. The former enemy is an ally and Robb's kingdom is falling apart. The rest is mop up work, at least as far as the field is concerned. These are very different sets of circumstances.
  9. In one sense, well, duh. He has the most men and most resources. He is the designated kingmaker. In another, deploying them to effect was problematic. At first the Redwyne's were sitting this one out, due to the twins being hostages or possibly lack of interest. This means that with either Stannis's or even Joffrey's fleet guarding the Blackwater he had no clear way to cross the river. Which meant going the long way around. So, just raising an army and going on a campaign / procession did not guarantee a win. It would take long and bitter fighting to take all the territory. Ironically, after the Shadow baby and Stannis finally becoming an actual threat, the Lannisters were prepared to give him anything he wanted, with only the need for an easy straight forward battle ahead of him. You could say that the war served to get him to that point.
  10. @Manderly's Rat Cook Reading is not an acceptible past time for men. At least not for the high nobility. Invariably, the term "bookish" is used as a derogatory. It might be seen as acceptible for younger sons and/or lesser nobility, or among the middle class for them to make a living. I imagine most of the lowborn, normally, never see a book.
  11. @Manderly's Rat Cook Missandei became a sribe because of her talent, not the other way around. She is also often portrayed among scrolls and books.
  12. Very few historical figures are given many details. The claim about councilors and surrounding figures being responsible for succeses or failures can be said about anyone. She still overshadows her husbands, she is attributed with sending six kings to the Wall and many of the laws and customs of the Rhoynar survive, of whom she was the leader. You could argue that she has been built up in Dorne to add luster to their origins. But even their it would have been more likely that they would have add luster to the Martel half of their origins. If you take it into account that history is written by the winners ... It sounds more like Mors Martel married well rather than the other way around. As for outside of Dorne, I very much doubt that she is an approved rolemodel, both because the general attitude which would view women in leadership roles as an anomaly and the fact that the Reach and the Stormlands hate the Dornish. Old Nan is almost definitely not short for Nymeria. There is noone north of Dorne with that name, apart from the direwolf, much less someone lowborn. And Bran called her some witch queen from the songs. If anything it was meant to tell something about Arya that she chose that name both for her direwolf or herself. If anything it was a bit of a scandal.
  13. It seems that you haven't read the worldbook. Prince/princess is the title used by the Rhoynar for their rulers, for one thing. Second, apparently Nymeria salvaged the remnants of their civilization, escaped the most terrifying military force of the time, held her people alive and together through a gruelling journey around half the world and at the end of it conquered Dorne physically, politically and culturally. Mors Martel was a relatively minor lord whom she survived to be married twice after him and during the course of her reign subdued all others contesting the rulership of Dorne and was succeded by her eldest daughter. She is described as being the single most competent ruler in canon, by far. Also Denys maidenhood, given that she married and had children apparently has no other relevance than to indicate that she had said visions when she was young. People also keep forgetting Missandei, who at ten is a multilingual interpreter and scribe.
  14. The Arryns descent and take the Ruby ford while Tywin is fighting Roose. Then Tywin is trapped. Robb then can take his own forces with the Riverlords and drive him either towards the Twins or the Neck, until he pins him down and takes him from front and rear.
  15. This is an interesting thread. But it is far too broad. I have to say that I think that "moral grayness" is Martin's sales pitch and that it is taken too literally. Or maybe not. It is not the end result of his characterization, it is his starting point. To offer two examples. Quoting Stannis "a King has only subjects and enemies". This is not an attitude that is unique to Stannis. It promises however only war, subjugation or extermination. Personally, I see that attitude reflected very well on the Others. The other examples are of Joffrey, Gregor Clegane and Ramsay. The relevant question is not whether they have redeeming qualities, but why they are allowed so much power in the first place. The answer is that there is both a vacuum of mechanisms that would restrain them (and execute them) and that others benefit from them and their actions. As such responsibility for their actions does not end with them. The majority of actions in the series have their merits and counterarguments. Their intentions, too. And they invite debate not only to their morality, but also with what criteria said morality should be judged.