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  1. your avatars are just pure win these days. Cheers!

  2. The 'UnJon' assumption

    The former is possible, the latter... seems doubtful.
  3. The 'UnJon' assumption

    Sure. But succinct catchphrases aside, Jon Snow the man and Jon Snow the boy are not two separate beings, or stories for that matter. In fact, except for the first couple of chapters, Jon Snow is forced to become a man soon enough, long before he becomes Lord Commander. For the record, I don't mean it in a "had-sex-so-am-now-a-man" way, though the whole deal with the wildlings is in many ways his coming-of-age journey, and Ygritte and all that entails is a major part of it.
  4. The 'UnJon' assumption

    I don't know, he uses whatever people are useful. Because he works outside the established power structure, their status is usually not important - but it's not through any sort of ideology on his part. You mean he takes good care of his employees unless he decides to murder them (Dontos), or leave them to their fates (Kettleblacks) ? I guess the fact that my boss hasn't even tried to murder me yet makes him employer of the year right there then! Pretty big if, and even so any inadvertent positive consequences of a continent-wide war, with famine, death and destruction following in its wake, that he actively and knowingly helped cause does not really count in his favor. Petyr doesn't give a crap about the smallfolk, or the nobles, or anyone. Petyr cares about Petyr. He doesn't really give a crap about Sansa either, except for selfish reasons.
  5. The 'UnJon' assumption

    Yeah I gotta agree with David Selig there. We know Brienne is true to her word, and we know she's the closest thing to (the ideal of) a true knight in the entire series, but on the surface, she looks every bit as opportunistic as any common sellsword, for all the reasons in the quote. Filter all that through Lady Stoneheart's obvious desire for vengeance and the utter betrayal that she felt in her final, human moments and Brienne looks guilty as hell. Doesn't mean LS isn't wrong of course, because she is.
  6. The 'UnJon' assumption

    Me too :dunce:
  7. The 'UnJon' assumption

    The second part of the WoW trilogy will comprise of the workings of the various Qzzts and Xasxzzaqtrs in Meereen. Dany is still messing around in the Dothraki Sea, and Barristan spends half the book slowly descending the stairs.
  8. The 'UnJon' assumption

    Not really, at this point nobody's story is "just beginning" - unless the series is going to expand to 15+ novels and I don't think even the most pessimistic among us think so.
  9. I'm no expert on chemistry, but that seems quite possible, too. A sort of critical mass being present, or something. As long as there's more to the picture than "Dragons did it all" I'll be happy.
  10. What Hallyne says is there is a correlation between magic and dragons, but it doesn't necessarily say anything about what way the connection is - the Targaryen dragons had been harder to breed, and become progressively smaller and/or deformed (IIRC) until they went extinct entirely, suggesting magic was on the wane in general, and when it reached a low enough point, the dragons would start fading. So I think it's indisputable that dragons are magical, probably more so than any other animal in the world of ASOIAF including Direwolves or Krakens, but I am still not convinced they are anything more than a very impressive and dangerous indicator of the ebb and flow of magic in the world - ie they are not the cause, but an effect. It is of course possible that dragons are indeed the cause, but I think it's just as likely that humans misinterpret the signs, and get cause and effect the wrong way about - hell, it happens all the time even today, not with magic and dragons of course, but "studies", that come to such conclusions as "eating healthier increases your chance at a high-paying job" (this was an actual news item a while back).
  11. What Quaithe says to Dany suggests what you say, yes, but that doesn't necessarily make it true - Quaithe could be wrong, or misleading Dany for her own reasons - we have several instances of magic on the rise before the hatching of the dragons, such as an entire generation of Stark children being Wargs, the awakening of the Others, and several of the Red Priests discovering that their magic comes easier and/or works better, though the timing of that is not entirely clear some, at least, seems to have noticed this before the dragons. It's enough that we can't just take Quaithe's word for it and call it a day.
  12. Partly because it's far from universally agreed that the dragons are the source or cause of magic, rather than just another effect or symptom of magic.
  13. Great photo... :)

  14. Jon and Arya

    Urgh, no, they love each other (as brother and sister), which is in stark (hahah) opposition to eg Jon and Sansa.