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  1. Atlas of Ice and Fire

    I can't imagine how Dalton would raid Dosk if it was placed that much up the Mander. That would mean bypassing the defenders at Shield Islands and Highgarden, having to row upwards thousands of miles and going into great danger in the middle of enemy land. All this only to sack a couple of minor towns? It makes no sense. There's also the fact that placing the Marshals of the Northmarch at the frontier with the Riverlands would be strange, since the threat always came from the Westerlands. In fact, we know that Wilbert Osgrey was able to stop an unexpected Lannister invasion at the Red Lake, so the keep of the Osgreys shouldn't be far from there. I think the easiest solution would be placing Dosk at the Searoad, and assume that the Rowans control all the strip of land from Goldengrove to the sea (the Cranes could be their vassals, and maybe they substituted the Osgreys as Marshals of the Northmarch).
  2. Would the Black Dragons have been that bad?

    There are plenty of examples, too, of kings that have tried to change the rules of the land and they weren't able to: Viserys I wanted Rhaneyra to inherit the throne, Aegon IV wanted to disinherit Daeron, and Aegon V had to "bow to the recalcitrant lords" who opposed his reforms. Meanwhile, kings who reigned with utter disrespect for laws and customs, such as Maegor or Aerys II, were killed (with their murderers going unpunished). If Baelor thought that women ought to be imprisoned in order to "preserve their innocence from the wickedness of the world", I very much doubt that he ever considered them capable of ruling. That said, I agree that Daena getting pregnant by an unknown father effectively ended her chances to become queen. The World Book claims that after Baelor's death some defended her claim, and surely this idea would have had more following if not for the scandal of Daemon's birth, that took place just the year before Baelor died. I'd say that it's unlikely they loved each other, since once Daena was released from the Maidenvault a year later one expects they would have married if they wished so. Aegon was in an unhappy marriage and his wife was actually asking him to allow her to become a septa.
  3. Targaryen (Valyrian) madness: magical or genetic?

    I don't think Aerys I's behaviour shows real signs of any mental illness. Most of the bad things we've heard of him are said by the same people who blame him for the drought. And the Blackfyres surely were interested in portraying him as a weak-minded feeble king in the hands of the unpopular kinslayer Bloodraven. But the actual facts we know about him is that he is interesting in books, and uninterested in ruling and getting her cousin/wife pregnant. We also know that while he had to rule in very difficult times (Blackfyre uprisings, Dalton's raids, drought,...), he leave the governance in the hands of capable people. And we know that he wasn't anyone's puppet because he took decisions against his Hand and council's opinion such as sending Bittersteel to the Wall instead of beheading him, or not setting his wife apart.
  4. Was Duncan the Tall invincible?

    In Martin's world no one is invincible. That said, his size and his youth as an orphan in Flea Bottom surely makes Duncan a great melee fighter. He specially excels at one-to-one fighys at the closest range, when it degenerates to fists and elbows We have no indication that he is any good with the sword, and we know he is pretty bad at jousting. And while he is considered a great commander of the King's Guard, he is more remembered for being a good friend of the king than for his deeds. In that regard, he clearly ranks below the likes of Ser Ryam Redwyne, the Dragonknight or Barristan the Bold.
  5. In real medieval times, the Church recognized bastards if the natural parents subsequently married (even if they did after the child's birth). If Westeros works the same way, and the marriage is considered valid, then a potential son of R+L would not be a bastard. There would be another option. We know that in Westeros a king can legitimize a bastard and that can't be undone (as happened with Aegon IV). Therefore, any king could remove the bastardy from the children of such an union.
  6. Historical figures the Targaryan Kings are based on

    Tacitus already mentions how Nero liked to burn Christians alive in his Annals, written around 120 AD (he was 9 when the Great fire of Rome took place in 64, so he would have been a first hand witness). And he was both anti-Christians and anti-Nero, so it's not like he had reasons to make this up. Anyway, besides the potential pyrophilia, I see many other parallels with Nero: both were unlikely heirs at birth, both came to the throne at a very young age after the reign of a weak ruler, both showed great promise at the beginning, both pushed for unlikely grandiose plans, both were obsessed with gaining popularity amongst their subjects, both beat their wives, both's downfalls began due to a minor rebellion for tax issues, both were killed by servants just as rebels were entering their palaces, and in both cases their deaths marked the end of their dynasties. Thinking about it, the correlations between the first two wives of Maegor and Henry are surprisingly high: Cersei Hightower/Catherine of Aragon: political alliance with a Southern kingdom that is the most devout supporter of the Faith. At the beginning everything is great, but the failure to provide a heir kills the relationship. She's abandoned and dies of a sudden illness, with rumours of having been poisoned. Alys Harroway/Anne Boleyn: the marriage is secret at first, and once becomes public causes a big confrontation with the church. The relationship has been incited by her family to social climb up. She also failed to produce a heir and was executed for unlikely accusations of adultery, causing the downfall of her family. But regarding the overall reign, Maegor resembles William II of Englad more. Sons of "the Conqueror", without piety or morality, successful military men, opposed by the nobles and the Church, and killed in murky circumstances without a clear suspect.
  7. George's other stuff

    I agree completely on both accounts. I loved the Armageddor Rag for the first 75% of the novel. The whole group characters (the friends and the band) were among the best ones George has created, with lots of depth and subtle characterizations. The portrait of the era was masterfully done. But then the fantastical elements merge in and everything becomes a mess. With a different approach it could have been George's best book. But as it stands, Fevre Dream is superior.
  8. Thanks Nevets, I had forgotten that.
  9. I have no idea what's George's plan for those two, but it seems to me that if he was planning to have lady Stonheart just hang Jaime at the beginning of Winds would be a little weird from a "meta" perspective: Structurally, if Jaime were to die, it would have made more sense to include it at the end of ADWD. Specially since Jaime's death would be the direct closure of his recent actions (taking Riverrun, forcing the surrender of Ravenwood Tree,...). It must be admitted that AFFC and ADWD are already a little bit ill-structured as they stand, but that would be a little too much. Thematically, one would expect that if that was the end of Jaime's voyage the author would have done more to underline the tragedy/irony of the situation. For instance, I would have made Jaime more sympathetic in his last chapters. I'm lost here. I can't remember which information Brienne can have about Arya other that whatever the BwB has told her. I agree on principle, but George has implied that a POV will remain a POV until dying. In some of his Not a Blog he says that he'll need to kill some because he has too many, and on some interviews he has made comments to similar extents.
  10. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    It really seems that the long expected news are finally coming this month. I'm eager to read the ToE. I was a little disappointed with the plot in TRoT, but still Lynch's world and writing is superb, there's lot of potential for the rest of the story.
  11. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    That's true. I didn't recall this one. Still doesn't compensate for removing Ioreth, Goldberry and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins,...
  12. Jaime's secret

    I disagree. And Dany's vision in the House of the Undying support that Jaime was telling the truth (or that at least when writing ACOK the twist was being planned). He tried to murder a small child that had discovered a terrible secret. If Bran had talked, that would mean the deaths of Jaime, Cersei, and their three children (and probably more). Sad as it is, I think there are many people in the word that would kill an boy to save the lives of their entire family. Incest being moral or immoral is largely depending on cultural environment. Was Aegon the Conqueror immoral for marrying his sisters? Some would say yes, some would say no. It's not like Jaime choose to serve Robert. In fact, his only other option would have been to severe all ties with family and friends and go to the Wall. Again, he took the choice that most would make. In short, I don't think Jaime's actions are not "completely immoral", or at least are what many people would do in his situation. But when we see it through Eddard's eyes, we get the picture of a complete monster. The Jaime from later books still does despicable things (menaces to kill babies, takes children from their parents as hostages,...), but the change of POV makes most readers judge him less harshly. In ACOK, 300 jars of wildfire are found buried under the Dragonpit. "Another cache of Lord Rossart’s was found, more than three hundred jars. Under the Dragonpit! Some whores have been using the ruins to entertain their patrons, and one of them fell through a patch of rotted floor into a cellar. When he felt the jars, he mistook them for wine." This is yet another external confirmation of Jaime's story. Tyrion did not got all of Aery's wildfire. Only the part that was buried under the Dragonpit. There may be many other buried caches of wildfire around the city. Not true. As explained in the ACOK quote above, the wildfire from the Dragonpit was found by chance by a group of whores.
  13. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    As I said Arwen gets some more scenes. But many Eowyn plots from the books are removed: no speech to the Witch King, no Houses of Healing, no princedom of Ithilien,... I honestly wouldn't consider the movies as being more "female-friendly" than the books.
  14. Was GRRM influenced by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series?

    I never heard of this story before, and I don't think it's accurate. I can't think of absolutely no female character that was added to the movies. In fact, I think there are only three women with lines: Galadriel, Arwen and Eowyn. In terms of weight, I'd say that Galadriel is given the same importance that in the books. And while it's true that Arwen's role was significantly increased, Eowyn's was greatly decreased, so more or less we can call it even.
  15. Jaime's secret

    I think that the real reason why Jaime didn't reveal why he killed Aerys was that, deep down, he felt guilty. He was just a young boy that "wanted to become Ser Arthur Dayne", and dreamt about becoming a great knight. Even hating Aerys as he did, at some level ha hated what he had done, and felt that he deserved punishment for it. And when Eddard came in and found outrageous that Jaime had killed the king he had sworn to protect, Jaime agreed with him. I won't be able to say it in the appropriate psychology terms, but Jaime's POV and actions show a high degree of self-loathing. The way he dealt with Eddard when Robert was still alive could have costed him his life, and in the conversation with Cat in the cells he's practically asking her to kill him ("I wanted Bran to die"). I think his "death wish" is related to this feeling of guilt, and only begins to go away when he "confesses" his secret to Brienne.