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  1. Kings in the North vs. Kings of Winter

    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.
  2. Changing your family name in Westeros?

    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.
  3. Kings in the North vs. Kings of Winter

    I want to see his birth certificate.
  4. Kings in the North vs. Kings of Winter

    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.
  5. Is Ned a traitor by westerosi law?

    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.
  6. Is Ned a traitor by westerosi law?

    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.
  7. Stannis`s knights appreciation thread

    Darn autocorrect.
  8. 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.
  9. Stannis`s knights appreciation thread

    Godfrey Farring hasn't been mentioned yet. He's a huge dick. But he does slay a giant.
  10. Was Daeron II really Dragonknight's son?

    Eh. It's impossible to tell without DNA testing. Both have Targ blood. Personality as mentioned in this thread means next to nothing in this case. I mean how much like Bloodraven is Aegon the Unworthy? And he's a bastard. And Aegon and Aemon were brothers so even if personality has genetic roots, they are both genetically similar to begin with. With for example Joffrey/Tommen/Myrcella we have an actual confession of infidelity and avoiding siring Robert's child and the book of lineages. Even then we can only make an informed decision that they're likely not Roberts. Same with Harwin Strong and Laenor. The colors of the childrens hair gives us an idea. But here? No chance without DNA testing or word of god (GRRM)
  11. Robb had no choice

    Edmure was prisoner so there was that part in heading for Riverrun. But I agree attacking Tywin might have been the better option. He might have beaten him (if he could sneak up like Roose did and run Greywind along the horselines). He would have had as many or more men than Tywin with the Freys. Or if he lost. He could have surrendered and made peace terms with the Lannister when the war hadn't gotten so heated yet. Tywin would have wanted that so he could turn around and fight the Baratheon Brothers. Edit: The more I think about it Robb's problem was he performed too well early in the War, but couldn't maintain things as it went on. This put him in a tricky position having been crowned and Tywin basically wanting him dead. Had he just done the less tactically brillant thing of attacking Tywin head on he might have won outright or at least been able to bend the knee while preserving some dignity.
  12. Great Houses and their direct bannermen

    I think because Starks are such prominent characters (closest thing to main characters) we just happen to see more of their immediate underlings. So while it might appear that they have less bannermen, it's rather we just know more about. Tallhart and Glover are masters, not lords. I imagine they are direct bannermen. Cerwyn too, even though they seem a lot stronger (we discussed before like ?1000 men), I imagine they too pretty jump at House Stark's beck and call. Like if the series was more focused on house Tyrell, we'd see all these knightly and lordly houses close to them.
  13. Great Houses and their direct bannermen

    Lords have the right of pit and gallows. They get to hand out justice and order executions. It's a difference between them and a landed knight/northern master. So it bounces up the chain of command until you hit a lord.
  14. Small Council

    I have to agree like at least spice it up with a theme or twist.
  15. Do u believe Varys' castration story?

    I meant he provides the alternative explanation himself. It didn't have to be magic. He could have hallucinated due to the drugs, pain or blood loss. He says the warlock drugged him.