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  1. Cometary Questions: Re-examining the Red Comet

    Well! I have a tinfoil about electromagnetic charge and the Others. The blue lights in the eyes of the white walkers and the wights along with the fight between Waymar and the white walker in the prologue of AGoT makes up most of this theory. After Waymar's sword breaks it is described, "the end splintered and twisted like a tree struck by lightning." So I'm thinking of a magical electromagnetism, but I've never connected that with the comet although it makes a certain sense. A large burst of energy up north could draw in a celestial orb.
  2. Cometary Questions: Re-examining the Red Comet

    I like this. The comet passed overhead at the conception of Aegon VI then less than twenty years later it is seen again. I suspect the Singers were responsible for the initial, jacked-up seasons and could be they had a hand in the Doom through the power of Song. (At least the Singers would have tried to balance a long Summer ) Their songs are magic, imo. What I'm getting at is Bran's though on the Singers - The Singers would sing sad songs... of the earth. A song to move the heavens and earth?
  3. Heresy 196 and a look at the Wall

    Has anyone discussed the Nightfort well containing the Black Gate as a wishing well? Some ancient wells were marked with wooden figures to represent the gods who blessed or inhabited the wells. The wells blessed people with their wants or needs. Nowadays people toss coins into a well. Coldhands threw a a Watchman down the well and recieved a gift in return.
  4. Heresy 196 and a look at the Wall

    I also thought of a river for the Wall, but never came to a conclusion. Your idea of the First Men building a canal did not occur to me. It makes good sense. I'll pile on top of this idea with a lot of conjecture. It seems to me that before the Long Night the seasons would have been more normal and perhaps the North wasn't so north or quite so cold. Either the LN was the beginning of the extreme seasons or the LN was an effect of a ridiculously long Summer. (The Singers should know this!) The latter is more probable, in my opinion. I'm thinking of a river surrounded by trees, especially weirwoods. The first men encroach upon the landscape and build a canal for shipping. Stuff goes sour and the Long Night comes about. When Men finally make way back North they find a frozen river to build a Wall upon to keep out the cold ones. A solid, frozen river is a great foundation and would be easy to drag large blocks of ice upon for the continuation of the Wall. Not to mention the water would swell when frozen and climb above its original height. Not hundreds of feet, of course, just some expansion would occur. So the Wall is built and 'magicked' to include weirwoods and some saltwater and all that. On to the Black Gate... Well, it is a drowned 'god' . Below the Wall and in a well. The Gate is part sentient and part tree, imo. It's arm, the skinny, weird part which Bran sees breaking through the kitchen floor has broken through since magic is on the rise. Apperently for some years before Bran and tCo. reach the Wall. The Gate should have been dormant for some time, yet the trees have eyes again and hands and arms to boot. (I've always wondered if the Gate has gone blind from age or if it was blinded purposely. It can no longer tell the "who" on site so it has to ask.)
  5. Heresy 196 and a look at the Wall

    The Gate under the Wall is similar in the way it receives offerings/sacrifices. It consumes them and then spits them out. Whitetree takes the dead and passes them on to the world of the dead dead. The Gate passes on the living. The Heart of Winter (the Cave) is the medium between death and life. So, yeah, the three are connected.
  6. Heresy 196 and a look at the Wall

    With the rising tide of magic the Black Gate is reaching out. The old, blind 'gate' was awoken after a long, long slumber. (I've always wondered if the Gate is blind from age or was blinded before becoming the gatekeeper. I lean towards the latter.) Bran sees this tiny weirwood bursting through the kitchen floor of the Nightfort which I believe is part of the underground structure of the Wall. That slender weirwood is an arm with red hands stretching out from below the fort. That couldn't have happened overnight. The new growth must have begun some years before anyone knew the old powers were stirring.
  7. Heresy 196 and a look at the Wall

    "I am the watcher on the walls" That part of the Oath could be the explanation for wall building discrepancies. The Watch wasn't originally stationed at the Wall at least the Wall as we know it today. The OG Watchmen took over the Wall and built it up over time. Could be that the Wall was manned on both sides at the Nightfort location: the North Wall and the South Wall with one passage between. While the physical Wall ends before the western sea, the demarcation of the Wall's magic runs around the globe like the Arctic Circle along a specific latitude, imo. The Wall is a physical marker of the boundary like any other fence, wall or hedgerow. Interesting thoughts between the salt tears of the Gate and the Drowned men. The salt water prevents the dead reanimation. Another thought as to why Coldhands can't pass the gate under the Wall is that He is not a true wight. Since Othor and Jafer were carried across the Wall's boundary so should Coldhands be able to cross unless he is more than a black-eyed wight. He could be an Other in a dead man's body; a recycled white walker, and that's why he cannot pass.
  8. Low-Grade Warging

    I like that. Arya, a Stark warg and faceless to boot. That brings to mind Catelyn's visit to the little village sept where she describes the Stranger The first bolded part could describe Arya, and I think the second part could be a tie-in if the Starks are truly tied to the Others. I mean, Cat's description of the Stranger screams Other. And Faceless too. The Others seem to have some sort of greenseer/skinchanger magic. Even the Faceless Men use a parallel magic by keeping the memories of the dead within the faces they keep then using those memories to become another person. (Alchemist/Pate and Arya/Mercy) On a similar note, the Elder Brother at the Quiet Isle tells of finding six rubies washing up from the river and that they are waiting on the seventh. While some have argued that this means Jon cause RLJ, I always took the seventh ruby to represent the Stranger: The last on the list for the seven aspects of the Faith's god. The brothers of the Quiet Isle are waiting on the Stranger whether they know it or not. I could ramble on but I don't want to derail the thread.
  9. Low-Grade Warging

    There seems to be various degrees of wearing another's skin. [ In the books, there is no such word as warging. Only wargs. I'm not completely sure there is such a word as skinchanging (although I use it) Slip the skin, wear the skin, etc. are the words I recall.] Word use aside, skinchangers are not necessarily incapacitated while wearing other's skins. As noted, Varamyr conciously works his familiars. Arya makes us of the cat's eyes while striking the kindly man at the HoBaW. She is completely conciously while looking through the cat' eyes. (Symeon!) Jon, while not seeing what Ghost sees, does experience Ghost's sensations. As to Bran, I always thought Bran was looking through two sets of eys in the crypts. Never thought about him seeing a "bird's eye" or "moon's eye" view. That's totally possible, methinks, and pretty cool. Taking a bit of time for Summer to check out Winterfell is the way I read it though. The examples given of Bran and Varamyr jumping in to another humans body are extreme situations. Varamyr fled his dying body. Bran is fleeing his body too while tethered to his living body. He becomes Hodor. He wants to control Hodor and so he does. And he fights while doing so. Who's to say a person cannot condone a passenger in their head/body? As to the mystery knight, if Ned was he then I don't see why he would need Howland, but I can see why Howland would want to be there 'in person' since it was Howland who got stomped. If Howland or Lyanna was the guy in the mismatched armor, then the help from an experienced jouster would be a big deal. I assume Ned would be quite skilled in jousting since he was raised in the Andalized Vale. Lets not forget Benjen. He would be somewhat experienced too and only slightly younger than Lyannna. How all that would work, I'm not sure. But, Howland is a magic man who just returned from the magic Isle of the old gods and is hanging out with Starks! Woot woot! I'm still holding out for the next book when Jamie reminiscences his short lived glory as the mystery knight. But that's another thread.
  10. Heresy 195 and the Mists of Time

  11. Can Children of the Forest mate with humans?

    How did Leaf hang out in the land of Men for 200 years while staying incognito? Some sort of old powers glamour?
  12. Can Children of the Forest mate with humans?

    I doubt they can mate. Possibly, in the past, there we're a few successful births between the races. Lann the Clever could have been a hybrid. Maybe Bran the Builder too. I share freyfamilyreunion's idea that the crannogmen are early day Rhoynish migrants. Even the Rhoynish-Dornish are somewhat smaller in stature than the Andal/First Men-Dornish. Even if some of them mingled with the cotf, I doubt an entire people came from such a small stock of interbreeding. Maybe they just ate each other's blood paste?
  13. Post your most hated POV's

    Well! I don't really hate any of the POVs but I did/do loathe some of them. Brienne's travelogue on the first read. Arys. Dany in Mereen. I'm surprised at the Arya POV hate, but to each their own...
  14. POEMS (or other sundry quotes) that remind you of ASOIAF

    Hey, ravenous! Good references to Bran's lot in life. From the beginning Bran loomed for an escape through climbing. He could run and climb and see Winterfell as no one else could see it. His contentment came through a mixture of confinement and freedom of exploration of his home. After the great fall and prolonged unconsciousness Bran came close to complete release, or freedom, from his body, and that almost killed him. His body along with Summer's is what held (or tethered) him to the living world. Without that anchor, Bran would have been drifted away, or fallen away, from the living world. Similar to Varamyr when he began drifting on a cold wind until his wolf tether pulled him in. I believe that's how the skinchangers and greenseers and Others and third-eye-users operate. They need an anchor to hold them in the living world while traversing the "underworld." A.k.a second lives. Death for life and all that but there are those that cheat death for a time. Some a long time and some a short. (Daenerys also experiences this through her dragon dreams, funeral pyre, and visit with the Undying.) Currently Bran has the ultimate freedom to explore the universe while in the Singers cave. It's THE greatest escape. Here's hoping that he will once again escape his mole hole to see the sun. Cheers!
  15. Why did Illyrio give Dany the dragon eggs?

    This is the way I see it. A similar plot device to the six direwolf pups for the Starks and a Snow. George has plenty of time to add to it if he wishes yet I doubt he will elaborate on it in the future. And, I agree that the gift to Dany is not only a gift to Drogo. To add to that, it's a gift to Illyrio himself. If the Dothraki help invade Westeros there is a good chance that most will not return.