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  1. Ned´s Message from the Black Cells

    I believe the OP is right, with only a minor correction: the reference to broken promises appears only in the musings in the Black Cells, whereas prior he thinks that he is a man of his word and paid a price to keep his promises to Lyanna. Imprisoned and awaiting death, he feels ashamed and wants to talk to Jon. IMHO, this ties to Bran's - and Rickon's - dream about Ned in the crypts of Winterfell where he tells something about Jon. Hopefully, Bran is going to remember some time soon... Ouch. OUCH. What if we don't hear from Bran but from Rickon - perhaps in Davos' PoV, that would be fine - or perhaps Rickon will be a prologue/epilogue PoV...
  2. Theon, Archery and Redemption?

    If his knowledge of archery goes like his knowledge of swords, we might be up for a surprise :-)
  3. R+L=J v.164

    Stannis rubbed the back of his neck. “You haggle like a crone with a codfish, Lord Snow. Did Ned Stark father you on some fishwife? I don't think the word choice is coincidental here.
  4. Theon, Archery and Redemption?

    Which is why everyone considers him practically a kinslayer for doing so, right? And murdering children to cover up for your failure is also cool?
  5. Did Brandon Stark rape Ashara Dayne?

    Robert Baratheon had always been a man of huge appetites, a man who knew how to take his pleasures. That was not a charge anyone could lay at the door of Eddard Stark. I think that having sex with someone he was not engaged to is basically ruled out by this. If only the instances when he makes promises, like with Barra's mother or Robert on his deathbed, brought about other memories than of Lyanna.
  6. The Child of Rheagar and Lyanna

    Wow, haven't seen something new in quite a while... :-) Some little details that, in the light of this connection, might be pointing towards some importance of Tyrosh: the IT loaned from the Iron Bank of Braavos and Tyroshi trading cartels, and except the house with the red door, Dany's only positive memory of her childhood in the Free Cities is playing at the bazaars of Myr and, guess where, Tyrosh, where she would buy honeyfingers.
  7. ROFL, poisoning Joffrey is a noble deed in my book but I see where you are coming from Garlan does seem a wee bit too perfect, just like Rhaegar. Doesn't mean that he s necessarily a bad guy on the inside, only that he human and has or will make some terrible mistake(s), and will most likely die for it. Willas as the new lord of the Reach sounds fine, I would like to see him become an important character. Also, would it be possible that he marries Arianne?
  8. Theon, Archery and Redemption?

    An interesting thought, especially in connection with the weirwood arrows shown in Bran's vision. This page claims that some people can draw a bow with only their middle and index finger, so perhaps modification for middle and ring finger might be possible? If I understand this correctly, it is about strength which you are able to put in the pull. Perhaps, it would be sufficient for Theon to manage a single shot?
  9. R+L=J v.164

    First! :-) Lord Arryn learned that His Grace had filled the bellies of some whores and fishwives, and for that he had to be silenced. That's basically like spelling out that fathering Jon on a fishwifeerman's daughter or someone like Wylla is no big deal and therefoe the secrecy doesn't make sense. Then there's this passage: Pycelle had sent a raven off across the water, with a polite letter from Ned requesting Lord Stannis to return to his seat on the small council. As yet, there had been no reply, but the silence only deepened his suspicions. Lord Stannis shared the secret Jon Arryn had died for, he was certain of it. The truth he sought might very well be waiting for him on the ancient island fortress of House Targaryen. And when you have it, what then? Some secrets are safer kept hidden. Some secrets are too dangerous to share, even with those you love and trust. Ned slid the dagger that Catelyn had brought him out of the sheath on his belt. The Imp’s knife. Why would the dwarf want Bran dead? To silence him, surely. The secret Jon Arryn died for is Cersei's children's parentage, the secret Ned keeps hidden is Jon's parentage, and revealing this secret would be the death of him. Cat's name is mentioned right after the loved and trusted ones, in a way of explanation why she cannot know.
  10. The Child of Rheagar and Lyanna

    I'm not very good with timelines (er, that was an understatement) but I seem to vaguely recall some information about a Sealord's death from Syrio. Not sure if this might be any help.
  11. R+L=J v.163

    Well, Kingmonkey, I did read your essay back then when you published it. Thoroughly. There was nothing. You construed a mistaken premise that Ned couldn't have figured out the twincest unless he had some personal experience, and tried hard to twist things into pretzels to support it. Not impressed. Theories like N+A or N+W do have at least some textual support, it is the inconsistencies within the story that prove them false. Starkcest or Robert as Jon's father are not only inconsistent but plain based on things which ain't there. Some of the RLJ clues may fall into the same category, they may be coincidental, but not all of them, because e.g. "Rhaegar loved his lady Lyanna" is as plain as it gets. There is one thing we can definitely agree on: no use discussing this, but don't claim I had nothing to contribute with. Busting your Targ-Lannister-Stark "parallel" by pointing out that Starks and Lannisters are not parallels but contrasts is certainly a thing worth considering.
  12. The Child of Rheagar and Lyanna

    The hell with hot sweet smells in Braavos, that was a smell associated with Darry's disease, not the place, he would have smelled hot and sweet anywhere else, in Dorne or beyond the Wall. Plus, did it somehow escape you that winter is coming, so even Braavos is getting much colder than it was? First, rich (relatively)=/= a princess. Their original stay in Braavos was undoubtedly well financed and they lacked in nothing but that doesn't mean they dressed lavishly. Second, she definitely wasn't staying right in the Sealord's palace itself, that would be hard to mistake and I never claimed that. Ever tried to melt gold? Not as simple as khal Drogo made it seem. Plus you're ignoring the point about people usually keeping their jewellery locked. And where is it stated they were the Sealord's own servants and not some hired nobodies with no particular loyalties? Nowhere. Nor is it stated, nor did anyone claim, that she was staying right with the Sealord and not merely in some property of his or whatever. You assume a lot of stuff which doesn't fit your theory but seem to discard that that is not an only option. They were never ever mentioned afterwards. Perhaps they were loyal enough to help smuggle the kids from DS but so loyal as to devote their whole life to the service of a lost cause. You repeating that there are a lot of holes doesn't make it so, and you seem to be conveniently ignoring the holes in your theory. If Dany's memories of the house with red door don't include Viserys, then how come she doesn't remember meeting him only afterwards? How come that no-one in Westeros doesn't bat a lash over a sudden appearance of a princess who must have been found under a gooseberry bush?
  13. The Child of Rheagar and Lyanna

    ???WUT??? She's not doubting her memories, she is contemplating how never in her life she actually looked the princess, or been treated as one, other than being called by Darry "Little Princess". She never had such an expensive dress, gold and jewels. “A gift from the Magister Illyrio,” Viserys said, smiling. Her brother was in a high mood tonight. “The color will bring out the violet in your eyes. And you shall have gold as well, and jewels of all sorts. Illyrio has promised. Tonight you must look like a princess.” A princess, Dany thought. She had forgotten what that was like. Perhaps she had never really known. Sheesh, are you aware how many different diseases exist and how profoundly their symptoms vary? Aemon caught a cold and most likely developed pneumonia or something like that. Darry simply had something else, and basing an argument on two completely different men developing completely different symptoms in completely different kind of weather is, forgive me, beyond ridiculous. You're jumping from paragraph to paragraph without realizing how the information is structured. She doesn't and cannot remember events that happened before and soon after her birth, those she knows from Viserys - the Trident, the Sack, the Dragonstone and the flight to Braavos - but then she gives a chronological account of the things she does remember, of the stay with Darry and the life on the run after his death. Both paragraphs are clearly separated by one starting with "she didn't remember", the other with "she remembered". The nonexistent hired knives are not a proof of her unreliability but of Viserys' unstable psyche, which, however, does not mean that everything he ever told her was incorrect because a lot of information he gives her fits with the accounts from other PoVs. This is a linguistic falacy. A person does not need to be mentioned in a particular paragraph to be included in a pronoun reference. It's also a fail of logic: if Dany remembered living in the house with red door without Viserys, she would have to remember meeting him for the first time after that. Yet, this is not the case. Similarly, if Viserys lived for a couple of years without Dany, Varys's informants would have known that he suddenly acquired a sister. Yet, no-one comments on such a sudden appearance. Again a linguistic fail. "They (1) does not refer to servants (it doesn't even make sense: you cannot steal what you have left), and the conetxt doesn't provide any other persons except Dany and Viserys that it might refer to. The clarity of reference (and I hope you do not think that GRRM makes basic stylistic mistakes like unclear pronoun reference) then requires that (1), (2) and (3) all refer to the same subject, i.e. Dany and Viserys. As is required by continuity of reference. Pray, how exactly is a girl living in a rich household having her own room a proof of her brother's nonexistence? Besides, that's what pronouns are for - Viserys is included without the need to mention his name. An unsupported leap of logic. It is nowhere stated that the servants are the same who left DS. They didn't take Rhaella's crowns nor other jewellery, and again, this is not an evidence to anything because 1) money and jewellery needn't be kept at the same place, and 2) unlike money, jewels can be identified and used for tracking the perpetrator, not to mention the trouble of a servant selling such items. Which doesn't mean a thing. All men must die. The old and the sickly die sooner than others. I'm sure we're going to hear more about the pact in TWOW, but this doesn't mean there is anything suspicious about it (other than being signed secretly, that is) I have no idea what you mean here. IMO, what Illyrio wanted was Drogo's army, Vis and Dany were totally expendable and served only as means to get the said army for Aegon. ? When was Tyrion at Darry?
  14. Tyrion's killing of Tywin was an over reaction?

    Well... okay, Lucius, let's make a deal: you get a beating and then we kick you out, or you get sodomized by a couple dozen men and receive some nice coin. These are your options. Do you feel like you are being given a fair choice?
  15. Tyrion's killing of Tywin was an over reaction?

    Agreed. On both.