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  1. D&E time politics and family relations

    @Lord Varys, I wholly agree with you assertion of Stannis: his main problem was Robert's shadow. He could have turned out a fine knight/lord/man if it wasn't for his obsession for his older brother. being Lord of Dragonstone was an honor, but he wanted to be Lord of Storm's End because that was Robert's title. And later he sacrificed everything he was and "sold his soul" to the red Devil just to be a king. Not because he wanted to be a king, but because Robert had been. A very sad man. But perhaps we should get back to topic. We are only in the second page of a D&E era politics!
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire: The Animated Series

    I'm very dubious. The comics were a very faithful adaptation, and were divided in 6 issues per novella (150 pages per novella in total). I can't see how you could make an adaptation with more than six episodes without making up additional material.
  3. Kroy was a little bit of a caricature in The First Law, he and Poulder being just comical characters that couldn't agree on anything in the middle of a war. It was fun, but it wasn't very "realistic" and seemed just a small contrivance to allow an outsider like West to be raised to Marshall. But in the Heroes he was a fantastic character. I loved all his appearances, specially his short POV at the beginning of the chapter where he passed his orders down the chain of command.
  4. Is there a year 0 in the AC/BC dating system?

    There's not a year 0 in any Western calendar. There's never been a "year zero" after the conquest of Rome, the rule of any king, or the AD era. This is because the counting of the years was kept using ordinals (1st, 2nd, 3rd,..), not cardinals (0,1,2,..).
  5. D&E time politics and family relations

    I think that we can safely assume that Stannis is a knight, because we know that he knighted Davos and he could only have done that if he was a knight himself. (Cressen thinks "Stannis had knighted Davos", and Davos says "Lord Stannis knighted me") But anyway, I agree with you assumption that he can't have been a very good knight. And even if he was a good fighter (which I doubt), the rest of the qualities that are supposed to go with knighthood besides mere martial prowess were not in him: a knight is supposed to be a defender of the Faith, but he burned septs and septons. A knight is supposed to protect the innocent, but he was prepared to sacrifice a boy for his personal gain. A knight is supposed to be brave and loyal, but he deserted his king and brother and fled to Dragonstone at the time of gravest danger. A knight is supposed to fight with honour, but he resorted to dark arts to kill Cortnay and Renly instead of facing them in battle.
  6. Where did Bloodraven get his money?

    Besides the already mentioned incomes that Aegon IV bestowed to the great bastards, there are two other potential sources of money that Bloodraven could have relied on: The crown: He seems to have been a proven loyalist since the beginning. Once Daemon and Bittersteel started to make turmoil, Daeron I could have given Bloodraven the funds to organize a small company of elite archers for him to command. At the beginning they may have been a small company. Only when Bloodraven became Master of Secrets and then Hand, offices that would go with their own financing, their number would increase to the 300 figure we were given at The Mystery Knight. Raventree Hall: Her mother's family was a rich one, and would have a lot of interest to keep Bloodraven in power (and Bittersteel out of it). Doubtless the gave Lord Brynden all the money and men they could spare.
  7. It's hard for me to separate how I think Winds will be how I'd like Winds to be. But I think (and hope) that the plot will advance more than you predict. Even George has expressed in interviews that he wishes that POV characters begin to reunite again in order to streamline the storylines and move things forward at a faster place.. But I'm very bad at predicting. I was convinced that Dance would include Tyrion becoming Dany's Hand, Euron stealing dragons with the horn and having actual dragon fights. Before Feast I (and many others) assumed that Sansa would marry Robert Arryn to become the Lady of the Vale. Before, the first Sansa chapter in ASOS was given as a sample, we were all convinced that she would marry Wylas and rule the Reach behind the curtains. On the other hand, there have been other battles that have been dealt with rather quickly. The Battle of the Green Fork and the Whispering Wood are covered in a single chapter each. Of course that was in the first book, when George wrote in a somehow more direct, straight-to-the point fashion. Another indicator that supports the thesis that the battles of ice and fire won't be very long in terms of characters: as Anne Groell told us in an old interview, they were intended to be part of ADWD and were only moved to TWOW at the last minute. Being ADWD already a huge volume, I can't imagine how one could ever consider that there was room for a couple of six chapters battle such as the Blackwater. All that said, my guess would be that the Battle of Ice will be resolved rather quickly (as there is no POV available to fight in it), and the Battle of Fire will be much longer: If I were to bet, I'd say 2 relatively short chapters of Barristan, Tyrion and Victarion, and 1 Dany chapter. My guess is that Jon will be resurrected late in the book, so he won't appe. Most fans also seem to agree that Aeron, Victarion, Barristan and Theon will die early in the book, so they won't appear much. Samwell and Sansa, while not connected to the main stoylines, will need at least enough time to deal with the plots of Maester Marwyn/Alleras and Littlefinger/Mad Mouse Shadrich. And I'm not sure what Brienne and Jaime are supposed to do, but George seems to like both characters a lot, so we'll have a fair amount of them. If I were to give numbers, I'd say something like: Prologue: 1 Mereen: 20 (Dany 7, Tyrion 9, Barristan 2, Victarion 2) Braavos: 4 (Arya) North/Wall: 15 (Jon 3, Mel 2, Theon 2, Asha 3, Davos 2, Bran 3) Vale: 4 (Sansa) Oldtown: 4 (Samwell) Riverlands: 8 (Jaime 4, Brienne 4) Dorne: 2 (Areo) KL/Stormlands: 13 (Cersei 6, Jon Connington 3, Arianne 4) Iron Islands: 2 (Damphair) This adds 73, which is the same number of chapters of Dance. I might be wishful thinking on my part, but I still hope that Winds covers much more than that. If only to justify the title, and to conform with an ideal structure than things should get as bad as possible in the next-to-last book in order get batter in the final one, I'd like to see the Wall fall by the end of Winds. And to allow at least one book for Dany to interact with the rest of the main cast, having the final Dany chapter depicting his arrival to Westeros would also be nice.
  8. Oh, I had missed that!! I've checked, and the ten year quote only refers to Logen, the Dogman and Threetrees. (it's mentioned in Threetrees eulogy, at the end of BTAH). So the other ones could have joined much later, even later than 570. However, in MaM Bethod asks for the rest of the "flotsam", and the Dogman replies that Threetrees took "them" to scout. If "them" refers to Tul and Grim, then the quote from my previous post is not chronological and Black Dow would be the last of them to join the band.
  9. I enjoyed A Beautiful Bastard. It is true that Glokta acts stupidly, but that's the Glokta before the was captured. The character that we meet in the trilogy is basically defined by his torture, so it's only normal that his older self seems a little bit out-of-character. He is arrogant and believes himself invulnerable, and that's how I expected him to behave before visiting the Emperor's prisons. I agree that MaM, while effective on the surface, has Logen behave a little cartoonish. Until then, all the appearances of the Bloody nine had worked differently. I don't recall this being suggested. But one of the many legends about it says that it was made by God (Euz?) and given to the valley people by himself. His companion from the begining was clearly the Dogman. But nearly everyone else is said to have joined "ten years ago", so around 566 the band fas already formed. Then there are some quotes that I think are arranged in chronological order: "He [the Dogman] had been the one to ask Threetrees to surrender, at Uffrith, and been told to piss off. He’d had shit thrown down on him at Heonan. He’d offered duels to Black Dow, and to Tul Duru, and to Harding Grim." "I [Bethod] wanted to talk with Shama Heartless, but you had to kill him! I tried to strike a deal at Heonan, but you had to climb up and settle your score, and start a dozen more! Peace, you say? I begged you to let me make peace at Uffrith, but you had to fight Threetrees! " So I'd say that the order would be Dogman, Shama +, Threetrees, Black Dow, Tul Duru, Grim, and Forley; all of them (except perhaps Forley) recruited before MaM in 570. There's also one quote saying that Logen fought "ten duels", so there are three victims of him we haven't heard about. Yeah, Bayaz says that a magus named Karnault disappeared "accross the wide ocean". Although I think it's possible that he and the other "absent" magi may have been killed by Bayaz in an attempt to eliminate possible rivals.
  10. Velaryons are not Valyrian?

    Neither is George, so do not worry much about that. He has never cared much to create a geologically consistent world. But, afaik, marble is a metamorphic rock. So nothing to do with volcanos.
  11. Pycelles rookie error?

    My bad, Varys had nothing to do with it. Just checked it, and Eddard finds about the bastards by interviewing Jon's stableboy. I misremembered.
  12. Pycelles rookie error?

    Regarding the OT, the easy explanation is that Pycelle just made a rookie mistake. In fact, the conversation goes: Ned: What can you tell me of his final illness?” Pycelle: He came to me one day asking after a certain book, as hale and healthy as ever, though it did seem to me that something was troubling him deeply. The next morning he was twisted over in pain... (....) During the rest of the conversation, Pycell tries to put the blame on Varys. Finally, when Ned is leaving: Ned: One thing, I should be curious to examine the book that you lent Jon the day before he fell ill.” Pycelle: I fear you would find it of little interest. It was a ponderous tome by Grand Maester Malleon on the lineages of the great houses. Ned: Still, I should like to see it. So it seems that Pycelle let slip an offhand mention of the book, and when Eddard asked for it he wasn't quick enough to think of a safe lie. That said, I suspect that when George wrote this dialogue he thought that Pycelle would not know about Cersei and Jaime, and when writing ACOK he forgot about it. IMHO, the murder mystery investigation in AGOT is one of the weakest subplots in the whole series. We have Pycelle giving the book to Eddard (although he wants to protect Cersei and the Lannisters), we have Petyr claiming that the knife was Tyrion's (a lie that could easily be discovered), we have Varys showing the bastards to Eddard (although he was worried that Starks and Lannisters went to war "before they were ready"),... Combining this with two red herrings (the death of Jon Arryn's squire and the identity of Robert Arryn's ward) makes the whole story unnecessarily complicated and confusing, in a bad way. I would have made much more sense if it had been Littlefinger who pointed out about the book. He is the one who wants You are cheating a little bit here, since you have the benefit of having lots of information that Catelyn didn't have. Catelyn took her decision counting that Robert would not die and that her sister had not gone mad, and those were two safe assumptions at the time. With Robert in power, Tywin would not have dared to openly attack the Riverlands (while he was alive he only sent the banerless Clegane and Lorch, for some small raids). And if Lysa had only kept Tyrion in a sky cell, the Lannisters would have fared much worse in the war (no alliance with the mountain clans, no wildfire or chain in the Blackwater, Joffrey and Cersei ruling unchecked in KL,... Presuming that a seasoned commander or at least an adult like Theon could lead an army better than a sixteen years old was, again, a sensible consideration. The fact that Robb turned out to be a great leader and tactician was not something easily foreseeable. And regarding Theon, remind that she was against sending him home was a bad idea, so it doesn't seem fair to blame her for the fall of Winterfell when it would have been avoided if Robb had followed her counsil.
  13. Tyrion is a Targaryen

    This theory has been around at least since ACOK was published, more than 15 years ago. You may be interested in looking for threats with the subject A+J=T (Aerys + Joanna = Tyrion), which should cover the most standard version of the theory. While the theory was defended by very vocal fans, it had never been widely accepted. However, Barristan's chapters in ADWD gave much more weight to the theory and now it's a strong possibility. And welcome to the forums!
  14. Yes, the flatheads are in the second book. The action scenes from the first book would be relatively easy, never involving more than a dozen of actors. The next books would rise the stakes a lot: the second has the scene at Aulcus, the battle in the North and the siege of Dagoska, and the third the battle of the High Places and the massive battle of Adua. However, I think that the main problem of adapting Joe's trilogy is that the most of the protagonists are not defined by their actions, but by their thoughts. Logen is interesting because you know that he tries to be a better man and refrain from violence. But if you watched it instead of reading it, you'd just see a barbarian who resorts to violence at the first opportunity. And seeing how Glokta tortures prisoner after prisoner without understanding him would be hard to watch. I'm not saying it can't be done, but at least it's a very tall order.
  15. Was Serenei of Lys the last Rogare?

    I don't give much credit to the rumours of Serenei of Lys being and old woman who kept her beauty with dark arts. She gave birth to Shiera Seastar in the last years of Aegon's reign (when he was around 46), something a "much older woman" could have not done. But I could see Serenei being a daughter of Moredo, and in fact, it would make sense. After Moredo led a host against Lys, and presumably was killed or made prisoner, a daughter of him would look for shelter with the last members of her family. Aegon would be her first cousin, so having her as paramount would also be in line with the Taragaryen incestuous practices. I like the idea. However, the main argument against Serenei being a Rogere is that one would expect such a think to be mentioned in the world book. The paramounts of Aegon IV are featured only a few pages after the Rogare family is described. Referring to the Rogares as "an ancient but impoverished line" would not make much sense.