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  1. Thought about last names

    Well the British royal family carry the name Mountbatten-Windsor if they're descended from Elizabeth and Windsor if they're descended from George V the name is taken from the house but it's still used as a surname, everyone that's not a prince of princess use them and all the nobility in the UK have surnames, Percy, Howard, Seymour, Campbell, Somerset and FitzRoy to name a few. It's just redundant for a prince/princess or king/queen to also use their last name for most things. For example the queen uses Windsor on her marriage certificate despite being a princess.
  2. Why didn't Tywin let Tyrion tour the Free Cities?

    I think he just didn't want a dwarf wandering around the Free Cities with the Lion of Lannister sewn on his breast.
  3. What was Tywin thinking?

    I think the issue is more that it's a book and a realistic depiction of warfare is pretty boring, especially European middle ages warfare. If he wanted to he could just march here and there capturing a few castles, raiding, burning and damaging the enemies will to fight. With such a numerical advantage he'd likely just try to avoid battle with the Tyrells as is typical and they'd have to split their army to even have a hope of catching him. In the end he'd probably lose because of that overwhelming advantage and the tenuous morale and loyalty of his men but it's still less risky than betting everything on one siege with an enemy army in the field and another possibly enemy army in the field as well and because ultimately the Royal Family could just leave before he gets there. To be fair he did have a strange woman telling him he was fire jesus and wouldn't lose.
  4. What was Tywin thinking?

    He still has to capture the city and the citadel which is a formidable castle in itself. He'd likely still be ferrying troops across the Blackwater when the relief army arrived and in an even worse position to turn them away, likely with a significant portion of his army out of control, there's no guarantee that he would have seized the Red Keep before Tywin arrived and even if he did he's in a city that's already starving as well as having just been breached and assaulted and in no position to withstand a siege. He can't even have the food to feed his own men since Renly's supply train wasn't at Storm's End. His best option would be to get back on his ships and withdraw before the Redywne fleet is unleashed. If anything the luck here is that Stannis went straight for King's Landing rather than campaigning to secure himself better in the Stormlands and Reach. As soon as he reached the walls he was sitting on the anvil ready for the Lannister/Tyrell hammer stroke to fall.
  5. What was Tywin thinking?

    Renly raising the Reach and Stormlands in rebellion was unexpected, he anticipated Stannis and with that perhaps Renly but I would imagine the entire Reach going to war was a complete surprise, other than that he was doing great. He steamrolled the Riverlands and was well prepared to take on the Northern relief, had Robb not had the command or had Jaime simply not taken the bait then chances are the North's army would have also been defeated, at that point it's pretty much a case of bringing the North and Riverlands to terms or bringing the Riverlands to terms whilst the Northerners withdraw beyond Moat Cailin leaving Tywin free to contend with whatever rebellion the Baratheon brothers may raise. He's basically just reacting to whatever events transpire post Tyrion's abduction and his invasion of the Riverlands, he did not attack expecting a full blown civil war between most of the great houses. There was no huge war planned, things just transpired that way.
  6. ASoIaF cliche about siblings

    I don't really think most of those are what I'd call "opposites". They're just different.
  7. Why women don't take black

    It's a standing army first and a penal colony second. Whether women have a a similar option when being punished for a crime is neither here nor there. Introducing women into that mix just brings in needless complications and for what? I don't think they particularly give a shit about equal opportunities, especially in a conscripted army freezing their balls off in the far North.
  8. Arthur Dayne

    I wouldn't be surprised if there was a bit of a rift in the Kingsguard between those who felt more loyalty to Rhaegar and those that would stay true to the king.
  9. Why Tywin doesn't use Faceless men to kill Stannis

    When and why? Before he acquires Renly's men his main power is his fleet and cannot even come close to matching Tywin's power on land. After he gains Renly's men he quickly marches on King's Landing and is defeated by Tywin and the Tyrells anyway. After the Blackwater Stannis' power to challenge the Iron Throne is more or less broken, it's simply a matter of besieging or blockading Dragonstone. After Stannis heads north he's barely even on the radar anymore, a problem for Roose to deal with. I doubt the thought ever crossed his mind because Stannis' death simply doesn't warrant such a huge investment on Tywin's part.
  10. Assault Moat Cailin

    Which is my point about the Moat needing a better explanation. The reality is I think GRRM thinks the idea of a killzone of towers shooting arrows with no ability to sally or nothing to stop siege engines on the main road would work better than it probably would in realty. I'm not stupid I know the horses wouldn't be spread out, the point is a battering ram with mantlets sufficient enough to smash in the door Theon mentions in Dance would still likely be smaller than the huge wheelhouse and probably take less of a toll on the causeway than the wheelhouse would. Now the fortress that the Moat used to be sounds much more formidable, perhaps that turned away host after host and as it has deteriorated it has survived more on reputation. Or the Northerners holding the Northern passage. 50,000 men would be able to overcome the defences described in Dance, I don't see how they could not if the defenders cannot sally out to take the fight to the attackers on the causeway itself to take away their numbers advantage and halt siege engines. Say they make a turtle like Mance does, a modest battering ram probably smaller than Robert's wheelhouse, covered in mantlets and animal hides, how exactly are arrows alone supposed to stop that from reaching the gates? The answer is they can't. Which is why basically every functional castle in history has defences designed specifically to stop such things approaching the walls as well as sally ports to attack. If Theon had at least described a draw bridge I would have been happy. In my opinion the greatest defensive advantage of the Neck, Causeway and Moat Cailin itself is that you can sit an army on the Northern side and wait for the enemy to try and march up, strung out and ineffective.
  11. Truly good characters

    I think the best way to describe Renly is that he was pushed into a position where claiming the throne was his best option. He didn't initially intend to become king but certainly had no problem doing it when circumstance dictated, thinking himself not only justified because of the circumstances which pushed him to it but also because ultimately he thought he'd be the best option for king, which in many ways he was. I don't think the desire to be the king was really something that he was concerned about until fleeing King's Landing.
  12. Assault Moat Cailin

    If Robert can take his wheel house pulled by 40 draft horses up the the causeway then I see no reason why you can't take a battering ram up.
  13. Assault Moat Cailin

    The fortress GRRM describes in Dance doesn't even seem that imposing to be honest. Surely a battering ram with mantlets and infantry and archer support with shields could reach the Gatehouse Tower's doors and breach them. The other two towers don't even seem to lend themselves to making an effective sally, I mean at the end of the day there's a road leading directly to the gatehouse and King Robert took his wheelhouse all the way from King's Landing to Winterfell and back, it's practically inviting siege engines to be rolled up. Send your knights and men at arms with the best armour on foot to lessen the risks even more. Unless they can stop that siege engine with anything but arrows they'll be ineffectual. GRRM's basically described a road that is a kill zone but what do you do when they just surround themselves with shields and shielded siege engines and roll up the road. The other towers are fine, they'd be a bitch to attack but they also can't easily send men out to attack the men on the causeway on foot. Ultimately I think i'd simply try to breach the Northern passage, march the vanguard through and start preparing more siege equipment to capture the two more difficult towers on the Northern side. They might even just surrender once that has happened. Fortresses need to be better than being in a good position to shoot arrows at people. Honestly I think we need a more in depth description of the Moat.
  14. Truly good characters

    " Then Cersei would fall, and the Kingslayer with her, and if Lord Tywin dared to rouse the west, Robert would smash him as he had smashed Rhaegar Targaryen on the Trident. He could see it all so clearly." Ned was prepared for war with the Lannisters as far back as the suspicion that they had a hand in Bran's attempted assassination. He isn't thinking of avoiding war, war is simply the bread and butter of a feudal lord embroiled in family politics. It's part of his culture and expected really but it's still pretty hard to frame the loss of hundreds if not thousands of lives for the sake of honour as a good thing. I don't think people are suggesting that Ned isn't good, if anything by the standards of his culture he's very good but what is being argued is that being honourable and being good are not always the same thing as Ned is perfectly willing to sacrifice lives in the name of honour. So saying that Ned is honourable isn't really an argument in support of him being good, it's an argument in support of him being honourable.