Humble Maester

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  1. It seems doubtful, as presumably the SSM lists all the questions GRRM was asked during the Q&A session on the Spanish-speaking fan-board. You can see all the questions asked in that sessions, at least per SSM, here: http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Asshai.com_Forum_Chat The link on the SSM to the topic is dead and it seems that the forum has changed url a bit, so no idea if it even exists. Maybe enlist someone who speaks Spanish to look for it on the forums? Though I'd say the likelihood of there being nothing about who found him being around 99%. I mean, his body wasn't lost, it was lying right there next to Robert and his hammer?
  2. I think that's about all we know.
  3. I think the biggest issue you'd run into with your "Old Tongue" project would be that the language doesn't exist in any form. GRRM has never actually created the language (as he is no Tolkien in this aspect) so you could just pick a word and two in one place or another and hope GRRM pays attention that he uses them in a consistent manner. Or the language just will not be a consistent one. Any suppositions derived from the language should be considered via the lens that GRRM gives us but I don't think they will have too much of significance for his work. He is not a linguist. E: my language wasn't a consistent one.
  4. I guess I will have to post my general defense of Renly in this thread, as it is always needed when Renly is the topic. Renly did not plan to usurp the throne initially, actually it was his third option. First option was to depose Cersei in favor of Margaery Tyrell. Second option was to use his and Ned's men to take "Robert's" children into custody to control the throne. And only his third option was to usurp the children of his brother and become king himself. He did this because Cersei was a clear and direct threat to his safety. We get indication of this from Cersei herself: So, if you were to read the books as the author presented it (without any cracked pots): Renly rebelled against Joffrey, whom he thought to be the child of his brother, because Joffrey's mother was aiming to destroy him. Anyways on topic: Renly would of course not legitimize anyone who would be a threat to the inheritance of his future children, of whom he would be sure to have many in the following decades. Sans magic.
  5. Personally I think it was for much the same reasons for which he killed Kevan. Pycelle would had been one of the few people willing and capable in working to strengthen the realm. This is a point of view anyone who subscribes to the "Pycelle's only mancrush was Tywin" theory would disagree, but I do believe that in his tenure as Grand Maester he always tried to put the interests of the realm first as he saw them (unlike Varys), even if his opportunities were fairly limited most of the time due to his power as a mere advisor.
  6. You aren't the first to think that Ned was replaced by a faceless man or equivalent. As there is no indication at all of this is any of the books most consider this pot thoroughly cracked.
  7. Mace is intelligent enough to listen to (much) of the good advice he gets from those around him and effectively utilized the skills of his bannermen. He might be no Tywin Lannister or Ned Stark to lead through the brilliance of his own character but as a great lord with great advisors he seems to be doing fairly well. Better to have an incompetent ruler that listens keenly to the advice of others than a mediocre one that doesn't, if you ask me.
  8. Well I don't think Tyrion's conviction was really on Tywin considering all the influence Littlefinger, Cersei and Tyrion himself had in causing that. And just to be clear, I was referring to by the end (or peak) of Tyrion's career in King's Landing, of course
  9. Well we know Tywin is the kind of man willing to use all sorts of tools for different kinds of jobs and Mummers would probably be very good to use for chevauchee, especially if he wanted to maintain some deniability there. It takes a special kind of man to butcher countless civilians after all. I do agree that he wouldn't most likely want to keep the Mummers around in Lannisport for longer periods of times. Maybe they were camped somewhere under the command of some Western lord to keep them out of major trouble. They might be an unruly bunch but I'd assume they are capable of taking very basic of military orders if under direct control of those whom hired them. E: all of this conjecture, of course.
  10. I don't think a noble father has any obligation to allow his son a freedom of the world with his gold, no? And anyways in Tywin's case we know he was a man with extreme complexes about family prestige especially in relation to Tyrion, so keeping him within a hand's reach probably felt like the safest option. And of course when the push came to shove Tywin did find plenty of use for his dwarf son, making him one of the most powerful officials at the court by the end of it.
  11. I think the explanation @LionoftheWest presented last page was plausible enough. After Tywin realized that Ned Stark, whom he knew was a man with strong dislike for Lannisters and himself in particular, was about to become the Hand of the King, he might had, just in case, enlisted some mercenaries to bolster his troops. It's not as if Tywin was wanting for gold. I guess that's more or less in-line with what you are hypothesizing too. That is, indeed, if we want to figure out an in-universe explanation and not a meta one, which might be more accurate
  12. Though I mostly agree with you, I feel you have only underlined the bits where Tywin erred. I thinkyou would most likely agree, more or less, that Tywin suffered from both good and poor luck during the war: Good luck: -Inexperience of Edmure -Stannis assassinating Renly -Balon attacking North -Frey betraying Robb -Keeping Dorne out of war because Doran \(O_o) -LF getting Tyrells to join Lannisters Poor luck: -The incest to begin with. -Execution of Ned -Walder allying with Robb, leading to defeat at Whispering Woods -Renly rebelling -Stannis rebeling I am sure I forgot some but my point was to remind that Tywin had both good and bad luck during the war. I'd still say that he mostly suffered from bad luck but the instances of good luck (especially Stannis' failures) were enough to turn the war in his advantage.
  13. Well there is a clear distinction between exiting the scene and isolating one's self (which is an option Tywin could had thought the Baratheon brothers were taking, especially if we assume that he did not consider 1) illegitimacy of Joffrey and what that would mean to Stannis, and 2) Cersei forcing Renly into a proactive stance; two things he might not had known about) and actively planning to resist him. One reason I think that Tywin didn't think that the Baratheon brothers, especially Renly, were going to act was exactly because he acted as he did. If he thought he was fighting a Stormlands-Reach alliance he would probably had acted differently, no? As his chances of winning would had been meager. So, in short, I don't think he foresee that both of the Baratheon brothers would rebel against King's Landing, especially Renly. Stannis was irrelevant until he killed his brother. And also as I stated after the initial phase (when Robert was still alive) the things quickly got out of Tywin's hands. I don't think he ever foresee the War of the Five Kings coming (as that was a combination of a lot of events Tywin had no control over or could not had easily anticipated).
  14. One must recall that initially, after Tyrion's kidnapping, Tywin was acting in a way in which he had plausible deniability (minor raids by Gregor and his men without banners), and the goal of that was to create a trap for the overly-dutiful Ned, whom he rightly believed would had commanded a small force himself if he was not injured. The end result of this plan would had been something along exchanging Ned for Tyrion (which would have the benefit of exchanging his dwarf son for a great lord) or at the very least having Robert call an end to the hostilities. Tywin could trust Robert being weak and indecisive, he had been so for years. The second phase of the war, the true invasion of Riverlands, was forced on Tywin by the idiocy of everyone in King's Landing (and Littlefingers plotting). After Ned's coup and execution it was pretty clear that Ned's son would bring the North and his wife the Riverlands, at the very least, to the fight. Tywin very efficiently disposed of most Riverlands troops by using Edmure's compassion and inexperience against him. In this war Tywin's goal was probably to defeat North and Riverlands and hopefully force them back into the fold (which he did manage, though after some misfortunes and lucky strokes). I don't think Tywin could had really predicted what the Baratheon brothers were doing. At least nominally Joffrey was the true king (something that Renly, by the way, agreed with. But Renly on the other hand had had his hand forced by Cersei to rebel). And Stannis, though considered a danger by Tywin (though not for his resources but for his personality and experiences), was in the end a fairly small fish. So Tywin was unlucky in misjudging the situation with the brothers but then again extremely lucky with Stannis killing his brother who was in a far superior position to oppose him. And of course there were other things difficult to predict for Tywin, for example the ever cautious Walder Frey siding with Robb (bad) or the Ironborn foolishly attacking the North (lucky). All in all I think Tywin after the initial stages did not really have the matters in his control and he was just desperately trying to make the best of a pretty horrible situation (at the point where he was fighting both North and South), and for a large part due to no actions of his own managed to get out of the situation. The fact that even after all of these troubles Tywin remained the pre-eminent power in King's Landing post-war is more a proof of his skills than most of the things he made after the war soured for him. Though that positions proved short-lived. I guess the point of my long-winded post is that when Tywin first took action he had a clear image in his mind of how he would execute the war and bring it to a quick end but luck was not, initially, on his side. He was more of a survivor than a winner at the end of the war.
  15. I know its a minority who don't read the scene as it was clearly depicted (poison in chalice, Tyrion getting implicated partly due to bad luck, partly due to LF's machinations), and even smaller part think it was Tywin. And those who do usually consider the above quote as a proof though it is obviously the opposite. If Tywin had actually planned to kill his grandson he would never had mentioned that he intended to give him a "sharp lesson", he would had suffered in silence. And he definitely would not had done it during the most important celebration he had arranged in his life. Personally I am of the mind that Tywin did think Tyrion did it, or he was forced into taking that position due to the pressure of the situation (mostly Cersei forcing the matter).