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  1. Joffrey's sword wasn't Valyrian steel. Just saying...
  2. Tycho Nestoris is Arya

    1) The timeline doesn't fit at all: Count the days as they pass in the chapters if you want to argue, but it's fairly certain that Arya's last chapter in Dance takes place chronogically after any other chapter in the book, hence she cannot have been present at any of the events. 2) FM aren't supposed to kill people they know. I'd argue that Arya knows Jon.
  3. Could Bloodraven have killed Robert Baratheon?

    And he then implanted a false memory in Cersei that she ordered him to? Boy, Bloodraven sounds more and more like a god for every thread I read.
  4. Melisandre killed Renly for Stannis. Her presence at Stannis' court was hinted as far back as during AGoT. In that same book, we see tidbits of the Asshai'i culture through Daenerys encountering shadowbinders at Vaes Dothrak and Mirri Mazz Duhr, who learned her spells in Asshai. Melisandre's branch of magic, esoteric as it is to Westerosi, was an established thing when she killed Renly, and as shocking as it was, it served to establish that magic exist in Planetos, and it can be used to great effect against the unsuspecting. Stannis placing faith in Melisandre helps to characterize him as a man willing to cross cultural boundaries to achieve his goals. From a literary perspective, Renly was simply built up so that Stannis and Melisandre could tear him down. As for "single greatest achievement", I believe Stannis going to the Wall should be remembered. Saving everyone's ass there changed the political landscape too, I seem to recall.
  5. I believe that the greatest cause for people condemning Stannis for fratricide is empathy: Most people have siblings that they love and would never ever want killed, even if a myriad of reasons compelled them to. And, more importantly to my point, they expect their sibling to feel the same, that the bond of blood goes both ways. Siblings simply stick together, and that's the end of it. But thing is, Renly was no such brother. He never spoke to Stannis about his plans to oust the Lannisters or ensure a united Baratheon bid for the throne. When Robert died and Renly made out that he had to choose between rebelling against Joffrey or die, he didn't go to Dragonstone to make sure he and Stannis were on the same page in regards to Joffrey. For that matter, he would have known that by crowning himself, he ensured that he would have to confront Stannis sooner or later, as Stannis would alternatively have supported Joffrey if he hadn't discovered the incest. When a battle was to occur between them, he gave implict orders to kill Stannis, not capture him. When he spoke of Stannis on the small council, he made fun of Stannis' frigid marriage and he mocked his daughter, Renly's own niece, for her unattractiveness. Shireen, the sweet, sweet girl, is backtalked by her own uncle. All in all, Renly sure did not behave like a brother to Stannis, as he didn't honor the bond of blood in any way. With that in mind, how can anyone expect Stannis to spare him because of a bond of blood that is hardly there? In my mind, Renly did not deserve the mercy of blood, and Stannis was thus in his right to kill him. One last point: All we ever do is look at Stannis' pattern of behavior because of the fact that he killed Renly before Renly could kill him. Renly's own behavior, however, is forgotten because he ultimately did not succeed.
  6. The Height Hierarchy

    The passage in question compares Robb to Jon, and he is described as being stocky of build, as compared to the lithe Jon. Nowhere in that chapter is it mentioned that he is distinctly taller than average. Brandon Stark, Ned's older brother.
  7. The Height Hierarchy

    I think you're exaggerating Robb's actual height; 12 year old Joffrey was taller than 14 year old Robb (who was also described more in the ways of stocky than actually tall by Bran). Also note that the one acknowledging his apparent growth is his mother. Mothers to teenage sons barely do anything but wonder at how fast their boy grows. OT: SSM incoming: Just off the top of my head, I would say Brienne is taller than Renly and Jaime and significantly heavier than either, but nowhere near the size of Gregor Clegane, who is the true giant in the series. Shorter than Hodor and the Greatjon, maybe a bit shorter than the Hound, maybe roughly the same height as Robert. So, Gregor > Hodor/Greatjon > Sandor > Robert/Brienne > Renly/Jaime. Hodor and the Greatjon have already been established as being 7'0 or thereabouts, Sandor should be 6'7 or 6'8 and I'd put Renly at 6'4 tops, given that Brienne could look down at him. Jaime could well be around 6'2, as would Tywin. With the absence of anything describing them as either short or tall, I'd put Robb, Ned and Jon in between 5'7 and 5'11 (with Jon tending toward the 5'7-5'8, even at the end of Dance), and certainly no taller. Brandon was described as a foot taller than Ned, so he might have been around 6'7. Edit: Accidentally made Ned, Jon and Robb a foot taller.
  8. Randyll Tarly is an terrible commander

    A "secret" house with about 20K troops... Uh, how about the Vale? For what Tarly knows, the Arryns could well end up declaring for Stannis, in time. As for the battle of Ashford: It wasn't a rout, Robert was able to retreat in good order, which makes pursuit and capture a good deal more troublesome than you lay it out to be.
  9. Robert's possible bastards

    'Twas Barristan he asked, not Renly, I believe. OT: Yes, it's indeed plausible that Russell Merryweather's Robert's secret bastard. As for others, it seems we haven't met anyone who could be one; All of Robert's confirmed and speculated bastards have the trademark Baratheon look, and they're about the only ones with that exact look.
  10. Jamie's reaction to Aegon

    He'd probably be sympathetic to Aegon's intentions if it wasn't his own son being an obstacle to be removed in order to realize said intentions. Summarily, he'd support Tommen, or try to negotiate a surrender that would spare the lives of his children.
  11. The Height Hierarchy

    Look to Scandinavia. I'm 6'2, and that's barely an inch or two above the average height of my country, hence I only seem to be the tallest guy in the room when I'm abroad. As an example, take Nicolai Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor playing Jaime, who goes by 6'4.
  12. The Quiet Isle Theory

    If he's hiding his identity, the most likely suspect would be Jonothor Darry, the only one of Aerys' Kingsguard whose fate hasn't been sufficiently accounted for. The only thing to counter this is the Elder Brother's statement that he didn't know the guys he was fighting for personally, and Darry would have known Rhaegar well enough on that front. Then yet again, it wouldn't be the first story he'd told with deliberate misleadings.
  13. Rhaegar and Lyanna's child is a girl

    If Rhaegar was really that adamant about recreating the conquering trio, he wouldn't have named his eldest daughter Rhaenys - Visenya was the oldest of the three.
  14. Best Hand of the King?

    It very much depends on the type of king ruling: a fresh and invested king like Aerys needed someone to spar with, so he named Tywin. An indolent king like Robert needs an eminence grise (like Ned, or Jon Arryn). And a boy king needs someone with a knack for navigating the political machinery, so one could look at Tyrion or Tywin. Finally, a visionary leader would need someone willing to do the dirty work, for which Stannis would be a viable choice.
  15. So much this. In a world of realpolitik, favoritism and feudalism, here we have a man who would piss on it all and place the most able man in the station where he belongs. In contrast to other claimants, he rewards people when they earn it, and not solely because they happen to come from a house with a lot of swords.