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  1. Where is Skahaz mo Kandaq and Wyman Manderly, where is Euron Greyjoy and the High Sparrow? All of which seem to be more accomplished players than the likes of Mance Rayder.
  2. Currently. 1, Jon 2, Sansa 3, Tyrion 4, Arya 5, Bran 6, Daenerys
  3. I agree with you. Both regards to the likely path that Aegon's campaign will tke, and the fact that the show has given his storyline to Daenerys. The producers are currently trying to streamline all plotlines, and I expect they don't wish to introduce any major new characters right now.
  4. Depends on how you determine intelligence. It's also very difficult to compare older characters to younger ones. The first three are the ones I'd consider "clearly quite intelligent", but in different ways. 1, Arya. She is a very quick study, versatile, creative and more cunning than any of her siblings - signs of fairly high intelligence to me. She isn't very wise though, and while part of that can be ascribed to her youth, I simply don't think it's in her nature to sit down and think things through. To hot-blooded for that. 2, Jon. Clearly very intelligent and observant, often more so than older men. While he hasn't been given the opportunity to increase her knowledge the same way Arya has through the Faceless Men, he consistenyl show himself to posses a more rational and level head on his shoulders. 3, Bran. This fella seem to be very knowledgable for his age, and has suprisingly good judgement for someone so young. He doesn't possess the creative cunning of Arya, nor the level-headed decision-making of Jon, but he seem very clever anyway... in a bookworm kind of way. Fitting that he is the one with the greatest access to information. The rest of that Starks are of average intelligence or slightly above. There is not a single one of them who could be considered actually stupid. 4, Robb. He was clearly a genius commander with a great grasp of tactics, and he wasn't en utter fool in how politics worked (though he tended to approach those situations as a battlefield as well). He was foolish to believe that honor and justice would do the trick in his situation however. 5, Sansa. She isn't as booksh or knowledgable as the other kids, sometimes a bit slower on the uptake, and clearly more foolish in her decision-making - but she has grown more and more observant with each book, and her Emotional Intelligence is greatest amongst all the Starks. She understands people in ways her siblings don't. 6, Eddard. People like to call Ned a fool, but the truth is that the game was rigged against him from the beginning. He exelled in straightforward military matters and just and honest ruling, not in deceptive politics. His biggest intellectual flaw was that he couldn't concive that others would have as few moral qualms as Littlefinger and the Lannisters did. 7, Benjen. Seems intelligent enough, but we don't really know much about his inteligence. Doesn't stand out either way.
  5. Gerold Dayne is apparently deadly with his sword. Daemon Sand seem like on of the best Dorne has to offer. Archibald Yronwood is clearly deadly with his warhammer, and Gerris Drinkwater seem capable of holding their own in a fight. I reckon Garibald SHells and Joss Hood can hold their own as well since they are escorts to a Princess of Dorne. Gascoyne of the Greenblood are the sworn sword to Prince Trystane so I reckon he is capable as well. Obara Sand seem capable of holding her own in a fight as well. That's what we know. Oberyn was likely better than any of them.
  6. I never picture the actors when reading the books. I keep the two mediums separate.
  7. Still far better than a 5 year gap.
  8. To answer the OP: The Starks likely has a significant force of men sworn directly to them. Ser Rodrik gathers at least 600 men from the area directly around Winterfell, and these are the forces which remains after Robb has already taken the initial crop of men and marched south. Ned himself rode south with 100 men from the Winterfell garrison, and that's said to be half of the peacetime garrison of Winterfell, so 800 Stark men are confirmed, with several thousand being a liklier estimate of their full force, similar to house Bolton. Granted some of these men will likely be sworn to Houses Poole, Cassel, Mollen and other smaller houses, but that goes for all major lords.
  9. I'll bite. The houses aren't the houses I root for as much as it's the houses I enjoy reading about. The North Stark Bolton Umber Mormont Manderly The Iron Islands Greyjoy Harlaw Botley Sparr Goodbrother The Westerlands Lannister Clegane Westerling Marbrand Crakehall The Riverlands Tully Blackwood Mallister Bracken Frey The Vale Arryn Royce Tollett Redfort Waynwood The Crownlands Targaryen Velaryon Brune Rosby Massey The Stormlands Baratheon Dondarrion Swann Caron Tarth The Reach Tyrell Tarly Florent Hightower Rowan Dorne Martell Dayne Yronwood Fowler Allyrion
  10. There were 200 Ironborn at Deepwood Motte.
  11. Highgarden seem like a fairly formidable castle. Not amongst the Top 5 maybe, But definitly defensible. I believe it will be under threat though (but not neccesarily sacked) from both Euron's forces and Aegon's forces. The Reach will become embroiled in a three-way fight and Highgarden will become an important part of it.
  12. Tyrion V, ASOS. Granted, some of those 500,000 are soldiers. Also:
  13. Who rules those lands then? There are no indication that they are utterly uninhabitable. Salting the earth is a symbolic gesture used when the conqueror wants to "curse the land", rather than an actual practical way of causing long-lasting harm to the regions ability to grow a harvest, and even if the Valyrians did use enough salt to actually hamper the harvest, it's unlikely that would last for the five thousand years since Old Ghis fell. Same with over-liming. While the soil might've been less fertile for a while after the Fall of Old Ghis, it's more liekly that the damaged infrastructure and the fact that the capital was utterly razed with most of it's leadership and population killed or enslaved, was a bigger reason why Ghis never rose again. Either way, all the material we have on the Ghiscari cities suggest that they really aren't very populous or powerful. No problem. I find it hard to believe they are refering to area though. Usually when talking about "city size" one refers to population.
  14. I did read everything. And I agreed with you while reiterating my point. Yes. I'd say that the winter town has a population of 10,000+ when full. Perhaps 12,500 at most. Barrowton is probably a little larger, at ~15,000. New Ghis likely controls the large mainland area south of the Astapori lands, where Old Ghis once was. I for one highly doubt that the majority of the free citizens live just in the cities. There are bound to be towns, villages and settlements spread out all over the hinterlands, with mansions, farms, forts and more spread out as well, all filled with free citizens doing their thing (officers, guards, nobles, merchants, craftsmen, shopkeepers, town drunks etc). All in all I'd say the slaver to slave ratio would be fairly equal all over the Ghiscari lands. "The most vital of the Ghiscari cities is also the smallest and the newest [...]" is the quote from TWOIAF. Sounds to me like New Ghis is the economically most powerful/important but the smallest in terms of population and/or area.
  15. True. I remembered that wrong. There are already people living in the winter town outside Winterfell though, and we don't know how many they are. The World of Ice and Fire still considers New Ghis the most vital yet also the smallest of the Ghiscari cities. And the number of soldiers they can send is not solely reliant on the city of New Ghis, but on the land it controls. You don't actually think the city recruits only from the capital do you? Just like the Great Houses of Westeros they likely try to draw their forces from the surrounding lands as well. SO it's fully possible that the lands sworn to New Ghis has a population in the millions, but that that city itself isn't notably large. True. I remembered it wrong and confused several for seven. Considering Lordsport is the biggest settlement in the Iron islands I'd put it above 5,000 people though, with Lord Hewett's Town being above 10,000. And it's fully possible the lands beholden to New Ghis has the kind of population. Doesn't change the fact that the city itself is smaller than any of the other Ghiscari cities, as stated in TWOIAF. King's Landing has been stated to have a population of 500,000 in peacetime. This number is supported by GRRM himself, who considers King's Landing much larger than medieval London (remember that Westeros is much larger and much more populous than Britain). Oldtwon is said to be very close to it in size, so 450,000 seem like a minimum.