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  1. 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.
  2. I personally enjoyed the film quite a bit.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Tion is the only casualty mentioned for the royalists because somehow they lost less than a hundred men but the corpses of the Blackfyre supporters were enough to make the Wendwater overflow its banks As for the Golden Company strength I actually think they had MORE men during the Third and Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion and that because of the losses taken in those they have the numbers they do at present rather than the other way around as you seem to be suggesting Regarding Aerion I don't think either he or Bloodraven was the one to murder Haegon because I don't think Aerys would have even bothered letting one or the other speak publicly in court if that was truly the case not to mention that Yandel says that Aerion committed actions, clearly implying he did more than just one bad thing during the Third Blackfyre Rebellion (though really it should be called the Second considered how Daemon II's plot didn't even get off the ground) We are however united in our disagreement with @Lord Varys regarding Greyjoy and during which rebellion he betrayed Bittersteel
  10. The Heirs of the Dragon is, per @Ran, 17000 words, 13000 of which were used in TRP according to a word count by @The Dragon Demands In fact, the only completed writings for Fire & Blood we don't have a word count of at this point is The Sons of the Dragon and whatever the hell GRRM is calling the reign of Aegon I
  11. Right but Aenys wasn't entirely opposed to violence like Baelor was is all I was saying given his reaction to fLodos's pickled head. Also, we do have that Gyldayn quote from the Conquest that the Wars of Conquest continued well into the reigns of Aegon I's sons as a result of which it is impossible to come to an academic consensus as to when those conflicts ended but that only further adds to the problem more than anything. Anyway, I agree that Prince Aemon leading a Second Dornish War would make sense and be interesting. Another possibility in that regard could be Jaehaerys's second surviving son, Baelon, seeing as that would help explain why he was known as "the Brave". Beyond that we need an explanation for why those Myrish pirates had "seized the eastern side of Tarth". Given the wording it sounds like they were looking to conquer and hold rather than merely pillage which would be strange. Maybe if there was a Second Dornish War lead by Aemon the Dornish allied with Myr in a prelude to their alliance with the Triarchy against Daemon in the Stepstones later? On the whole Dornish Wars occurring during the reign of Jaehaerys I or Viserys I works well given that the former's reign was per GRRM himself mostly glossed over and the latter's is missing 4000 words in TRP. As for your idea regarding a Second Vulture King that makes sense too and indeed one of the things I think we can expect to get in Fire & Blood, possibly even in Maegor's section of TSOTD, is more on the Vulture Kings. Specifically how many there were, during whose reign each of them arose, and what were the campaigns to put them down.
  12. I agree that the Greyjoy alliance and betrayal probably took place in the Fourth, which explains why it was so poorly handled compared to the First and the Third, leaving aside the Fifth which was after Bittersteel's death. All the same, that does leave us a few questions: 1. Who else supported the Blackfyres apart from the Yronwoods given that it is said they had "little support" but not none or only one house? 2. Did the Peake Uprising actually have anything to do with the Blackfyres or was it something to do with Maekar's domestic policy that TWOIAF completely glossed over? 3. How much Blackfyre support was there exactly at Maekar's death given that Bloodraven clearly feared Aenys could actually win the popular vote? 4. The text says that Aegon V "summoned leal lords from all across the Seven Kingdoms" to oppose Daemon III, which sounds like Wendwater Bridge was a massive battle, in which case it makes little sense to me that less than a hundred men died on the Targaryen side even if they outmaneuvered and outnumbered the Blackfyres but then again GRRM is not the best with numbers so there is that. 5. Were there any other battles apart from Wendwater? Not only would it be incredibly lame if the rebellion was just a single battle but also Aegon V would have needed quite a bit of time to muster that huge army of his.
  13. You make a good point regarding Aenys. On the other hand we know he was not the pacifist the future King Baelor was so there is that. Anyway, I agree that the confusion surrounding the Dornish Wars is a major inconsistency. If only we could get GRRM, Ran, or Linda to clarify...
  14. I have an idea or two about the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion but I don't want to derail this thread so I won't post those here.
  15. Huh. Never thought of that.