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  1. I agree.
  2. Do you really think any Westerosi lord or lady is going to go through the trouble of finding this hypothetical eldest son by a non-noblewoman? Aegon IV had his first sexual relationship at the age of 14 and died at the age of 49. Not to mention the fact that this hypothetical eldest son, if he even existed and was still around in 196 AC, may not have known he was the eldest or for that matter not a bastard anymore. There's no proof that Aegon IV had copies of his will sent out via raven or rider. Regarding Trystan Truefyre and Gaemon Palehair: The circumstances in 131 AC were much different than they were in 196 AC. The former was during a civil war when KL was in a state of upheaval and leaderless (in the sense that there wasn't a unifying claimant or a functioning Small Council after Rhaenyra fled the city). Also, the text says it all re the claim of Gaemon Palehair, "which was not improbable, given the king's bawdy ways in his youth".
  3. Beyond that, three volumes would be more thematically consistent IMO. Volume 1: Conquest to regency Volume 2: Aftermath and the following generation Volume 3: The unification of the Seven Kingdoms and the Blackfyre Rebellions, which ended with the ousting of the Targaryens in favor of the Baratheons.
  4. Maybe but consider also that in that time Daeron I conquered Dorne and Jaehaerys II waged the War of the Ninepenny Kings. Not to mention, Aenys and Maegor together ruled little over a decade but consider how much GRRM wrote for them. To me, a Volume 2 covering the rest of the Dragonbane's reign, the Conquest of Dorne and its undoing, Baelor's slow descent into mad zealotry, Viserys II's reforms, and the gradual corruption of Aegon IV sounds big enough already if what GRRM has written for just Volume 1 is any indication.
  5. Another thing that came to my mind: If Fire & Blood is already being split into two volumes for material covering only five out of the seventeen Targaryen kings does anyone else think there is a good chance it will be split again later? Judging by how much GRRM has already written for Volume 1 I don't think it is possible to fit the rest of the Iron Throne's history before ASOIAF into just one book. If you ask me it would make more sense for Volume 2 to start with the reign of Aegon III post-regency and end with the ascension of Daeron II, with Volume 3 chronicling the Blackfyre Rebellions as well as the rise to power of the Baratheons.
  6. Also, I made a thread about this a while back if anyone wants to check it out: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/144828-discussion-thread-for-all-things-fire-blood/
  7. This really made my day when I read it. Anyway, what I'm most interested in getting out of Fire & Blood: Volume 1 is the following: 1. The reign of Jaehaerys I 2. The regency of Aegon III 3. More on the Dornish Wars! (A man can hope right?) 4. Grand Maester Hareth (Maybe?) 5. The complete account of the Dance 6. Pre-Doom Valyria (We might not get this but who knows?)
  8. My opinion is that Dorne was indeed once able to raise 50K spears but that the Dornish Wars (particularly the First) and Daeron I's Conquest a la the Mongol invasions crippled the population and infrastructure such that as of ASOIAF they can only raise half those numbers. This, in my opinion, was further compounded by the Blackfyre Rebellions preventing Dorne from recovering fully and fits all the info we have. If Dorne was once able to raise 50K spears it is much more believable for them to have defied the Targaryens the way they did. This can be seen in the fact the Fowlers alone were once able to raise 10K back when Dorne was not even unified and the fact that the First Vulture King was himself able to raise a host of 30K. At the same time given the brutality of the First Dornish War and the Conquest of Dorne (not to mention the other unmentioned Dornish Wars) it is quite possible that Dorne experienced enough of a demographic shift such that in 300 AC Doran is not wrong when he says that Dorne is the weakest and least-populous of the 7K.
  9. I personally enjoyed the film quite a bit.
  10. Sorry if I wasn't being clear. My beef with regards to Ego is not his goal but his motivation, which is pretty bog-standard to me.
  11. Said fight was anticlimactic in the extreme so your first argument is not a point in its favor IMO. As for the infinity stone they could have given him a different lineage that didn't involve cosmic power for that. Also, I'm pretty sure he lost all of his powers when his dad died. Otherwise, why would Ego say "you'll be just like them"? To be clear, my beef with Star-Lord's powers is that they don't really affect him personally the way they should and furthermore those powers aren't really used in any meaningful or awesome way before they're lost.
  12. Watched it the day it came out. While funnier and having more character development I have a serious beef with the last act, which I'll try to lay out below (Warning: FULL SPOILERS): 1. Considering that Ego is an actual living planet and Peter is his son I was expecting something way more epic and psychedelic a la Doctor Strange rather than what we got, which was not all too impressive. 2. There was a severe tonal inconsistency IMO. Star-Lord finds out he is literally part-god, meets the father he always wanted, begins bonding with him, finds out said father murdered his mother, and by the end of the movie loses not just said biological father (Ego) but his surrogate father (Yondu) as well. Yet, by that same point Star-Lord literally hasn't changed at all and worse doesn't seem too affected by what happened. Even more so, during the big fight at the end of the movie he's making quips, including one about killing his dad, which makes no sense to me given what he's just found out. Seriously, he was angry for like what, two minutes? 3. What was the point of making Star-Lord part-god if it wasn't going to mean anything considering he loses all his potential power by the end of the same movie said potential was introduced in? 4. I really feel that they could handled Ego's motivations in a much more nuanced and tragic way. I mean did we really need another villain who wants to take over or destroy everything? To be specific I think it would have been better to ground Ego's desires in an existential crisis. Namely, that he is an immortal being of cosmic power...Yet he can't help but seek out other life even when it proves to be disappointing and worse, transient unlike himself, with all his attempts to find something or someone to forge a lasting bond with failing. In my mind that would give Ego killing all his previous children and Star-Lord's mother more weight as well as provide better dramatic tension in the last battle because from his perspective he would be facing not only his last child but also the only being who he could ever allow himself to build a bond with because Star-Lord won't die like everyone else. This, in turn, would make their last conversation much more poignant in my mind: When Ego says "you'll be just like them" and Star-Lord responds "what's wrong with that" you can really see where the former is coming from. Anyway, I don't want to give the impression that I thought the movie was bad or that I didn't enjoy it but I really do feel it could have been even better if they had laid off the humor a bit and given the story beats more appropriate weight. Disclaimer: I haven't read any comics so I don't know how unfaithful to the source material my ideas would be.
  13. Yes but not in their own right, which is the key distinction. No woman ever ruled as Queen in the North or Queen of Winter (per an SSM) and as far as we know there was never a ruling Lady of Winterfell after the Conquest either.
  14. Not to mention the short-lived Lady Cerelle Lannister, the ruling Gardner queen, the Martells, and possibly Borros Baratheon's oldest daughter since nowhere in TPATQ or TWOIAF is he mentioned as having sons.
  15. With regards to the Golden Company I think a lot more men than 10000 fled Westeros after the Redgrass Field or that the time in-between their exile and the Third Blackfyre Rebellion gave them time to bolster their numbers naturally since not only was there seven years between the company's formation (212 AC) and the Third (219 AC) but prior to that the exiles managed to survive about 14 years before having to "sell their swords to eat" if the fact that Bittersteel only joined the Second Sons in 211 AC, 15 years after the First, is any indication As for Haegon I believe Yandel when he says the man was murdered after having given up his sword my assertion being that if either Aerion or Bloodraven had done the deed Aerys wouldn't have bothered letting them give their counsel on account of how damaging the deed would have been to the crown's reputation and for the record I do believe that the trial of someone like Bittersteel would not have been behind closed doors but rather public a la Tyrion's trial in ASOS