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  1. The problem is what do you compare with? Our world realism. Or the in-universe case-series where castles keep being taken easily. I think GRRM should have had Jaime sabotage the Red Keep's drawbridge or something to explain his father's easy capture of the Red Keep. Perhaps compound his guilt about Rhaegar's children by making him even more responsible.
  2. Good points. It's why I suggest above Stannis should have left the early. The timing of the Blackwater battle is one of those things I really have to suspend my disbelief for because as you say GRRM wanted this particular siege to go down. The only thing I have with the strength of the Red Keep is that Tywin seems to have managed to take it in a day during the sack of Kingslanding with 12,000 men while it was defended by "several thousand loyalists". I don't think it was guile either. He started sacking as soon as the gates of Kingslanding were open to him. And once the Red Keep was breached Maegor's holdfast was able to be scaled by Lorch and Clegane.
  3. Yes. I think especially if he moved quicker after Renly's death. He spent 2w eeks waiting around Storm's End and then was delayed by Storms for 2 weeks with the fleet. I imagine there might still have been storms and some delays organising an army. But it's possible he could have had a month head start. I would have not wasted an animated shadow on Cortnay Penrose. Rather accept his challenge of combat and pick the beast killer in my army to fight him (Bryce Caron, Rolland Storm, Richard Horpe, whoever is the best). Cortnay Penrose is an older man and I think Davos is correct in assessing he wants a way to surrender/die with dignity. If we lose we could use the shadow overnight. Call it's R'Hollers divine justice or something. But I don't think that's a problem. I would have kept Melissandre on the leading ship into the Blackwater. Probably have Lord Velaryon command the Navy. I don't think Imry did much wrong and I think Davos isn't as smart about naval battles as the fandom thinks. But Velaryon is likely an experienced Naval Commander and has been loyal from the start. Melisandre is good at predicting threats to her own health. So putting her at the tip of the spear proverbially is a good plan that she might avoid that danger. I don't think sending the pirates first is a good idea. Their ships are smaller than the Royal Navy and there's still a good number of ships that might be able to defeat them. And if they started to withdraw that would confused the entire battle. The rest is pretty straight forward. Stannis was winning afterall despite the Wildfire and chain. No surprise arrival of the Tyrells and Lannister. I take the city. Secure Sansa Stark for the North. Execute Cersei. Keep Joffrey prisoner so the Lannisters or Martells can't crown Tommen or Myrcella. Have the Hobber/Slobber to leverage old Paxter Redwyne. There's time for my men to rest and recover. Repair gates and build further fortifications. The Lannister/Tyrells either arrive and I call a parley and then have the remaining Shadow kill Mace and Tywin before I arrive. Use the chaos to seize control of Reachmen and Stormlords in their force and crush or bring the Westerlands men to heel. Before negotiating with Robb. Or if the Tyrells decide not to join the Lannister and Tywin stays in Harrenhal, I send Joffrey and the Twins to Dragonstone, leave a garrison in Kingslanding and march into the Riverlands to confront Tywin, while relieving the Riverlords and seeking Robb's fealty through negiotiation. Using Sansa as a bargaining chip. And...I'm writing fan fiction again.
  4. I don't disagree with you that the fandom enflates their importance. I think it was as you say an appropriate level match, BUT that might also have some use if in the future there was Reach trouble. Robert was a slacker but that didn't mean Jon Arryn was. As for the above house Hightower is directly tied to Tyrell through Mace's wife. Less likely to turncoat.
  5. All these people scoffing at only 2,000 bannermen. How many bannermen do you have? In any civil war/rebellion, subtracting 2000 men from your enemy and adding it to your actually means a difference of 4000 men. And the Florents might bring some other houses along for the ride. Like the guys we saw jump over to Stannis, Meadows, Mullendores, Fossoways etc.
  6. So firstly these are the Reach Houses that we know went over to Stannis. Many others that haven't been named may have joined him as well to make those numbers. Then there's the fact, the Florents, Red Apple Fossoways, Mullendores and Meadows aren't weak houses. They're not the strongest reach houses, but they are large and powerful. Like the Hornwoods, Cerwyns, Karstarks etc of the North. But lastly I think to make up that number of 11000, a bunch of the bannermen of Oakhart, Tarly, Rowan and even possibly Tyrell might have stayed behind. A possible example (all numbers hypothetical) is Mathis Rowan might have 4,000 Bannermen. 1000 who are cavalry he takes leaving 3000 at bitterbridge. 200 might be his household guard and direct levies, the other 800 from houses sworn to him. When he leaves with Loras, he takes his 200, calls his 800 to come with him. But perhaps 3-500 stay behind to fight for Stannis instead thinking they'll get riches/land/titles etc. Remember just because someone has 10,000 or 30,000 men, only a fraction are their personal directly sworn troops. The rest come from the Feudal System.
  7. Once again I'd like to point out Dunk doesn't have to father any bastards (or any except Hodor's dad) for Brienne to be descended from him. We know Penny Tree (Ser Arlan's home) is a royal fiefdom. I could imagine Dunk being given those lands at some point before he enters the King's Guard. He could marr,y have children and have his wife die. He taking the Kingsguard vows as a Widower. His noble child could marry into the Tarth family perhaps a female heir and their offspring take the Tarth name.
  8. Thanks. It's funny that I never see anyone explaining this elsewhere and I've never seen it confirmed by GRRM. But I'm sure it has to be the reason for the sigil and motto. It's little details like this GRRM is great at. A good example of a pun sigil in real life is the welsh name Trebarfoote. Their heraldry features 3 bears feet.
  9. It is important to remember that there is no centralised government census or bureaucracy like the DMV. You can call yourself whatever the hell you want, but if you claim to be very important, if you can't back it up, you'll at best be laughed at or worse murdered. An example is Lother Brune, he claims descent from the Brunes of Brunhollow. They do not recognise him. However they are not particularly important and he is a decent man at arms, so no one bothers him. There are however traditions. Most peasants do not need a family name. They're known by their first name, plus or minus descriptors/trades/locations where necessary. Hypothetical example Big Pate the farmer from Stonehill. Some commoners have last names because they're A. Rich Foreigners example Tobho Mott or B. at some point they had knightly or noble descent Marsha Heddle. These are less common. A bastard name is a tradition. One must remember these only apply to recognised bastards. A bastard that while not legitimised, the lord has identified them as being their natural child. Example Edric Storm is a recognised bastard. Gendry is not. He is still Robert's bastard but he was never recognised as such and would have a harder time proving his descent. Remember it is still better to be a bastard then a commoner. If a bastard is legitimised they may take the family name. Some might not however. Like Brynden Rivers who for political reasons likely wanted to play down the Great Bastards legitimisation aspect. To answer this in parts. A baratheon could change their name to be Durrandon. As they are descended from the Durrandons. Why they would want to do this is the question? You could argue if the Baratheon line was deposed any surviving Baratheon might want to change it to avoid association with Robert Baratheon (or Stannis or Joffrey). But the decision would likely need to be made by the Head of the House to actually have any impact. So that's the second part of that question. As I mentioned above it would be harder to prove Gendry is descended from Robert then someone like Mya Stone or Edric Storm. But if he was recognised and legitimised somehow. Yes he could become head of house Baratheon and change it's name. But it would take a very particular set of circumstances.
  10. I want to see his birth certificate.
  11. King of Winter also changes the context of Winter is coming. As mediterraneo mentions Also it gives a likely origin for the Karstark sigil and motto. "The Sun of Winter" = "The Son of the Kings of Winterfell" It's a pun. Puns often popular in medieval heraldry. That's what I figured. That it's probably the same with the King of the Rock/King of the West. Both the King of Winter and King of the North titles could be used and make sense. But one predates the consolidation of the Kingdom.
  12. Oh I think it's most certainly treason. The decision certainly weighs heavily on Ned. But as everyone as pointed out. It would be difficult to prove and it doesn't harm Robert. But it's still treason. If you commit a victimless crime and leave no evidence. You might be morally in the right and safe from prosecution. But it was still a crime.
  13. Yes .One could argue harboring Jon was treason, in spirit if not law. Though the case would be hard to prove. The severity of his complicity however depends on what edicts Robert issued and when Ned swore his particular oaths of fealty to Robert and moved from peer to vassal-liege relationship. Sort of treason-by-omission versus directly disobeying Robert's commands.
  14. Darn autocorrect.
  15. No. Probably not. Not unless the Wildlings surrendered even harder than they did for Stannis. Robb and Ned would have had the strength of men to hold the wall. They wouldn't need the wildlings. And great guys as they are, they don't have the perspective Jon gained living with them. They'd stop them thinking it was the right thing to repel barbarians as well as White Walkers.