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    i've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart

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  1. The Unbidden just spawned within the Fallen Empire neighbouring me. I think I'll try to swoop in and destroy both and steal their research after they've fought for a bit.
  2. Warcraft movie: There might be spoilers from books and the games.

    They'd need to carve up WC3 into two movies, I reckon. No way could they fit every campaign into two/three hours and not rush it. But they could probably do it after this one. A Second War movie seems redundant if an Alliance is forming in this one (and the trailers make it seem like it's happening).
  3. Bought Stellaris. Really addictive so far. My fanatic militarist Fungoid empire has rolled over one empire and vassalized another. The first empire's populace kept rioting so I've been purging them and replacing them with my own mushroom people. Also I gave some sort of brain disease to a primitive population I was studying, and later encountered a Halo style ring world. Anyway, I wish it had the sort of governance options that CK2 does, like a space-themed crown laws tab. eta: Blood and Wine trailer:
  4. Might buy Stellaris. Spent nearly 350 hours playing CK2 over the last few years and I've also wanted a space empire type game (like Spore but good) for a while now. $40 USD is a bit of a pain though. It's like an Elder Scrolls game with none of the good parts.
  5. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Still wrapping my head around how useless Turnbull has been. He's given zero idea about what he wants to do beyond vague ramblings.Will probably vote Labor in the House and Greens in the Senate, as I agree with Shorten on negative gearing, super, public services, gay marriage, blah blah, and I don't want my Greens dude losing his spot. Also,Lisa Scaffidi continues to be a shit. Learned nothing from Bishop apparently.
  6. Tolkien vs Martin ERB

    I like the Goku vs Superman one just for the harshness of a few lines, and the Rasputin vs Stalin one for the surprise appearances. Tolkien destroyed in this.
  7. Shortly after there's this passage: So I assume they were arguing over how best to deal with this new information, before the Frey-Manderly fight prompted Roose to send all the rowdy ones against Stannis. I imagine Roose wanted to stay within Winterfell and let the blizzard starve his enemies, whereas Ramsay wanted to attack.
  8. The wildlings had a major numerical advantage, the defensive position, were in familiar territory, and had some units that no soldier south of the Wall has ever dealt with. Had they been given the opportunity to form up they could easily overwhelm the attackers.So Stannis denies them that opportunity: his cavalry allows him to approach quickly, Melisandre takes out their best scout while the Haunted Forest conceals his host, Cotter Pyke's rangers lure the wildling cavalry into a vulnerable position, the three columns of heavy cavalry take out the most organised areas of Mance's army (Harma, Tormund, the giants) and pincer the latter when it holds out, one unit of knights quickly overwhelms Mance when he tries to rally, and all the while archers are firing tents and supplies to cause panic. He basically did everything correct to capitalize on his own advantages and exploit the wildling disadvantages.Narratively it's definitely played as a major achievement:it saves Jon, ends the wildlings as a threat, brings Mance low, and reinvigorates Stannis' campaign.It wasn't brilliant, but was clearly impressive.
  9. Winterfell and the end of the Long Night

    I think this is very unlikely. There hasn't been a Stark in Winterfell since late ACOK, and the storm only begins in mid ADWD. Furthermore the clansmen in Stannis' army don't think it's particularly special, given they laughit off and considerit only a (relatively) minor autumn storm. Later, when Ser Corliss Penny wondered aloud whether an entire army had ever frozen to death in a winter storm, the wolves laughed. "This is no winter," declared Big Bucket Wull. "Up in the hills we say that autumnkissesyou, but winter fucks you hard. This is onlyautumn'skiss." The castle might be magical, but I don't see any reason to think it's responsible.
  10. "You are he who must stand against the Other. The one whose coming was prophesied five thousand years ago. The red comet was your herald. You are the princethat waspromised, and if you fail the world fails with you." - Melisandre to Stannis "It is the war for the dawn you speak of, my lady. But where is theprincethat waspromised?" "He stands before you," Melisandre declared, "though you do not have the eyes to see. Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai come again, the warrior of fire. In him the prophecies are fulfilled. The red comet blazed across the sky to herald his coming, and he bears Lightbringer, the red sword of heroes." - Aemon and Mel "It was aprincethat waspromised, not a princess. Rhaegar, I thought . . . the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King's Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet." - Aemon to Sam Mel uses the termsinterchangeably, and both she and Aemon believe the salt, smoke and comet prophecy refers to the same figure. The only difference seems to be that the Red Religion assumes TPTWP will be a reincarnation of their original hero, hence "Azor Ahai come again".
  11. Aemon was never in danger

    Prior to sending them away he heard a wounded queen's man mutter something about "two kings to wake the dragon", and Aemon confirmed that there was power in king's blood and suggested worse things than burning kids had been done by better people in the past. Characters who dislike Melisandre alsotend to assume the worst and take drastic action to counter whatever it is they suspect her of doing(Cressen tried to poison her, Davos thought she caused the loss at the Blackwater and wanted to cut her heart out because of it). So, given the regard he holdsAemon in and the distrust he has for Melisandre, he probably took this more seriously than he should have and just wanted to evac every possible king's blood candidate. For their part Mel and Stannis never mention burning Aemon or the wildling kid, or this "two kings" thing, and nothing they do before or after suggests they were heading that way.
  12. It really sucks to be Stannis

    Again, GRRMis not saying he believes himself righteous, or that he's righteously indignant, he's saying "[Stannis] is a righteous man" because he knows about the Others and responds accordingly. The definitions that you want him to mean simply do not make sense in the context of his statement. Putting the Others ahead of the throne is not an issue of fairness, indignation,belief or w/e else will appear in the next post. It's understanding that the "real issue" is more important than the civil wars, and because of thatStannis is elevated above similar historic figures.
  13. It really sucks to be Stannis

    Good, moral, justified, etc, are all synonyms for righteous. Indignant is not. (fyi, "righteous indignation" is an example of how righteous can be used in a phrase; it's not something with the same meaning) It's clear what GRRM meant: Stannis understands that the real issue lies north of the Wall, and for that he is a righteous man rather than just another variation of some controversial historic figure.
  14. It really sucks to be Stannis

    That interview has nothing to do with the one where GRRM names Stannis righteous for understanding that the Others are the real issue. While you may very well disagree with GRRM, he considers Stannis righteous (i.e. correct, good, moral) for that realization. Suggesting that he means "righteously indignant" or w/e because of his relationship with his brothersis plainly false, given 1) GRRM never calls him indignant, 2) Robert, Renly, etcare never mentioned 3) GRRM wasn't discussing how Stannis feels he's been treated, but how Stannis reacted to learning about the Others.
  15. A better claim then the girl Myrcella?

    Stannis, Tommen and Myrcella are the three possible claimants to the throne.Stannis is too hard, Tommen too weak, and Myrcella's claim is too easily contested (as she's a 1) female 2) child 3) with a brother). He doesn't need to know about Arianne's plot, he's just ruling her out. The three heads thing probably just refers to Aegon'sTargaryen sigil. He doesn't seem to support Dany in her own right, and I doubt he knows anything about prophecy.