Ferocious Veldt Roarer

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  1. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    So, they were just waiting to murder a newborn child. And for that, Ned Stark, Lyanna's brother, with his firm views on infanticide, considered them "a marvel, a shining lesson to the world"; for that, he named Arthur Dayne "the finest knight I ever saw". No, I can't say that this hypothesis is very convincing.
  2. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    A sentence that assumes that Ned has demanded that they yield and bend the knee to King Robert. Something that was not been said in the dream by him, suggesting that something is missing. Nothing is missing. "...Lords Tyrell and Redwyne dipped their banners, and all their knights bent the knee to pledge us fealty. I was certain you would be among them.” “Our knees do not bend easily,” said Ser Arthur Dayne. Hard as I try, I cannot spot anything missing here. Ned says aloud he expected them to bend the knee, they reply that they wouldn't. It is hard to take your objections as made in good faith.
  3. Why women don't take black

    The Knights Templar didn't accept female applicants, either, AFAIK. Nothing particularly surprising here.
  4. Varys - unusual name for characters from East

    Drogo. From Qarro Volentin, the First Sword of Braavos, to Brusco the Fishmonger and Tagganaro the Cutpurse. The Slaver's Bay, all thoze Zo Somezing and Vo Somevat. And Dany's court: Strong Belwas, the bloodriders:Jhogo, Aggo and Rakharo, Reznak Mo Reznak, Skahaz Mo Kandaq, Irri, Ser Barry's squires: Tumco Lho and Larraq... And many, many more, just look at the appendix. All in all, there's not one universal Essosi pattern, and certainly not the one you spotted.
  5. Why are some of the coolest and most macho characters gay?

    ...and just when I thought the thread was already sufficiently disturbing, we started dissecting what's inside the souls of rapists and pedophiles.
  6. It's not Alys Karstark, either

    Remember the piegate? During the harvest feast at Winterfell, back in ACOK, there was half a line devoted to a venison pie they served. But, in TWOW... Which, according to Preston Jacobs (or at least one of his believers), is a huge clue of profound meaning. The argument is, as usual, insane, and partially based on an assumption that there's no possibility of the author doing a mistake in something as profound and crucial, as two pies five books apart. If "these people don't even bother to argue against", then it's because, at least for this one of "these people" (thank you for the charming phrase), this argument vividly reminds him of the piegate. There is such thing as over-analyzing.
  7. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    I'm not saying their presence would be proof for people in Westeros. I'm saying that their presence is proof of the existence of some powerful argument that would convince the White Bull, the Sword of the Morning, and the Whent Schmuck Without Cool Nickname, of Jon Snow's legitimacy. Had their attitude been "We're just following shitty orders, hey, what can you do", you'd have a point here. They, however, were immensely proud of what they were doing, and the ToJ was right where they were supposed to be. And didn't spare a single white cloak to protect Viserys. The king with absolutely no protection from the Kingsguard, and you're saying that the three at the ToJ would consider it as the only proper state of affairs? I cannot agree. Ser Barry once offered Dany to work as cook. Assume she agreed - what do you think he'd do after her death: serve her heir (let's say she has a heir), or keep peeling turnips?
  8. It's not Alys Karstark, either

    Or, alternatively, a recognition that there is such a thing as "over-analyzing".
  9. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    And there is one powerful hint suggesting the exact opposite: “Ser Willem Darry is fled to Dragonstone, with your queen and Prince Viserys. I thought you might have sailed with him.” “Ser Willem is a good man and true,” said Ser Oswell. “But not of the Kingsguard,” Ser Gerold pointed out. “The Kingsguard does not flee.” “Then or now,” said Ser Arthur. He donned his helm. “We swore a vow,” explained old Ser Gerold. There are your hypothetical people confronted with a hypothetical problem, with their reaction interpolated from history on one hand, and on another - three specific knights of the Kingsguard willing to fight to the death protecting John Doe (yet to be named Jon Snow). And not only that, but - what's crucial - considering that something to be proud about, and fulfillment of their KG vows. But I guess hypothetical and interpolated should trump real and actually observed.
  10. Why are some of the coolest and most macho characters gay?

    "Taken out of context"?
  11. Les Miserables

    Let me be of assistance: they're bullshit. Every once in a while, a fan, bored out of his skull, will wrote several names of characters on pieces of paper, throw them into a hat, pull out two at random and write yet another "X=Y" theory. Or pull out three, and write a "X+Y=Z" theory. Propagating them only encourages this behavior.
  12. Jon was born a bastard and remains a bastard.

    “Ser Willem Darry is fled to Dragonstone, with your queen and Prince Viserys. I thought you might have sailed with him.” “Ser Willem is a good man and true,” said Ser Oswell. “But not of the Kingsguard,” Ser Gerold pointed out. “The Kingsguard does not flee.” “Then or now,” said Ser Arthur. He donned his helm. “We swore a vow,” explained old Ser Gerold. OK. So, Jon was born a bastard. The finest knights of the Kingsguard left the actual, well, kingsguarding, to Darry, "a good man and true", but "not of the Kingsguard". They themselves, however, are stuck taking care of dead prince's paramour and a bastard of no consequence, and at the same time consider that duty a fulfillment of their Kingsguard vows and a source of enormous pride. Nope, I don't think so. (Mind you, I actually don't care if Jon's a bastard or not. Heck, I don't even care much about who his parents were, TBH. But what's written is written, no way around it).
  13. Why are some of the coolest and most macho characters gay?

    I seriously needed to google that Daeron fella. Seriously, the guy is a glorified footnote (that is, to the "World..." book, where he's mentioned whooping seven times, not to the series proper, where he isn't mentioned at all). If you need to dig that deep to find one, then it indirectly proves that there aren't that many inconveniently cool gay characters after all. The fact that you count Lyn Corbray among "cool" is a little disturbing, BTW. Yes, it is obviously tied to GRRM's world views, he said as much in interviews: he aimed to defy old, stale fantasy tropes. That's the reason for Brienne the Beauty, too ("traditional" fantasy allows for female warriors only as "sexy warrior princesses", usually clad in chainmail thong bikini). (GRRM's married, to a woman, BTW. So prob'ly not gay).
  14. It's not Alys Karstark, either

    ...or GRRM forgot to look again at the map and somehow thought that Karhold was supposed to be where the Dreadfort actually is. This vision of Mel's doesn't smell like something so grave that its scope reaches beyond the one book it's used in, and didn't leave the impression of incompleteness, of need for the real solution. So my working hypothesis will be "writer's error". Purely personal impression, though. The sun's position?
  15. Danerys is Ned Stark's bastard daughter

    Sorry, does the theory answer one, so often overlooked, yet I think important question: what's the point? So, Ned and Ashara had a daughter, and the kid is passed off as a Targaryen daugher - why? Why not as a natural daughter of Eddard Stark and "I Don't Want To Talk About It"? Or why not as a Dayne bastard? Why? I don't quite follow your point of Rhaella possibly dying on a ship. If she did, why should everyone believe she died in childbirth? All in all: meh. And I'm being generous.