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  1. But Rhaegar was "missing" for much of it and in his absence you would be relying on making peace with the unhinged King who demanded Robert and Ned's heads. I would say there is a big risk that an envoy carrying negotiation terms could be killed by Aerys. By the time Rhaegar returns I think it's too late for such actions.
  2. I dont think that is to be read literally, as it is said in the context of "tales" of the Faith Militant, and comes right alongside sorcerers and demon hunters....these are just myths and legends of the FM I think, rather than necessarily things that actually happened in recent history
  3. Old thread was about ready to close. This is a trailer from a couple of weeks ago but it hasn't been posted yet: Interested to see this. Hot Girls Wanted was a very good documentary. From what I understand this anthology of documentaries follows a similar theme but is much broader in what it looks at.
  4. Since the other threads are long buried I'll start a new one. A place to discuss your MH struggles with others, offer advice or just unload your problems if need be. Please be respectful, and remember that just because something helps you doesn't mean it's going to help others too. Lately I've been doing well. I have fewer days where my depression interferes with my day-to-day life. And, even where it does, I made a big step in telling my flatmates and BF about my problems, so i have people close to me who understand and will try to help if they can (for me, this is usually them enforcing their company on me. Sounds stupid I know, but if I'm not alone I make a conscious effort to break out of my negative thinking and bleak mood. And it also prompts me to get out of bed and make some effort to get dressed, which is hard when my depression is at it's worst). But, as I said, these days are less frequent now, even during really busy periods at uni where I feel overwhelmed by work. Part of it, I think, is that after about 9/10 years I've finally managed carved out some sort of life for myself, outside of just work and school, and I feel more comfortable about who I am. I stopped trying to just blend in so I wouldn't be noticed, and I'm able to be myself. That has been difficult, as every instinct screamed out at me to stop it, and just go back to trying to fit in with those around me. In terms of eating, well, I manage. I have bad days, where just the thought of certain foods (read: carbs) makes me feel nauseous and wracked with guilt just for thinking about them. But, I also have more good days than bad. Most of the time I enjoy cooking, and looking for new recipes, and the feeling of accomplishment when I prepare a meal from scratch and eat it without thinking how many calories, how much fat etc is in it. Related to the socialising stuff I mention below, I do still feel uncomfortable eating around others, particularly if I don't know them well. But I can do it, which is more than I could say a few years back. I also exercise at a more reasonable/normal level now. I don't try too much on too little, and I don't exercise with the purpose of losing weight. I do it because I enjoy it. It's a much more healthy approach for me I do still struggle with socialising. Meeting new people is often very trying for me, I always feel very uncomfortable and self-critical, and I feel as though I have no interesting conversation to offer, and that all of my flaws are on display. I'm not at all forward either, as if people are talking beside me in a general, inclusive manner (sort of just addressing those in the area) I keep quiet because I worry about saying something stupid. It takes me a long time to feel comfortable enough to start speaking more freely with people. Theda's eye contact thread was interesting for me because someone was pointing out how surprising it was that such a simple thing as eye contact could be so difficult for some people. I confess it left me feeling rather deflated and inadequate. This (socialising in general, not eye contact specifically) is something I'm trying to work on now.
  5. Yes I was thinking along the lines of The Grey Wolf. I doubt that is something Martin would actually think plausible or in anyway right (I certainly hope he doesn't anyway). I assumed it was the bias of the author showing through. We know people in Westeros view the Targaryen's above the laws of mere men and Gyldayn seems a pretty big Targ supporter so I always assumed it was just his way of saying "these beings are more than mere men, of course it is a blessing that they want your daughter!" when the actual truth is that this is gross and the practice was hated just as much on Dragonstone as it was elsewhere. Though people may have been less vocal because of the massive dragons that could swoop down and torch their farm if they were too vocal
  6. Season 3 starts this Friday on the CW. Available on Netflix the next day for the UK, on "Eleven" in Australia from 19th October, and W Network in Canada from 13th October. I know there are a few here who watch And and more advertising can only be a good thing because this show is so funny and clever. To whet your appetites, here is the first musical number of the season; http://people.com/tv/season-3-crazy-ex-girlfriend/amp/ There is another available too but I'm not going to watch that one. I can wait 2 days
  7. Down with Roman numerals! Thank you to Buckwheat for hosting the previous game Most of the experienced players know the game already, but if you are new, the rules are in this spoiler tag: I was not sure whether people would like a theme or not. I had an idea of the very loose/broad theme of "Back to School" which could entail a whole heap of things. Alternatively, you can send me your sentence as a haiku because I do love haikus. get thinking folks! Players (bolded have submitted their contribution for the current round) Buckwheat First of my Name RhaenysB Count Balerion Horse of Kent Castellan Pebbles Rocksniffer TitanCat
  8. To show everyone she is fine(tm) and has completed her metamorphosis from a poor broken woman who was jilted at the altar to a woman scorned. Similar to her desperate attempts to prove "I just happened to be here!" to everyonevin Season 1 I guess. So, closest to your first suggestion
  9. The US is a quasi-communist State now?
  10. Since the last thread was locked for length I thought I would open a new one. And on the deals front, maybe I'm an idiot for spreading this and lowering my chances, but The House of Shattered Wings, an upcoming novel by Aliette de Bodard, is currently part of a giveaway on Goodreads. There are 10 up for grabs, and unless I'm mistaken it's a lucky draw. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/148229-the-house-of-shattered-wings
  11. Different to anything I expected (but really you can never guess with this show) but it works well thematically "We hope this helps!" "What?" Eta: ha, I thought I didn't really like it but it's already stuck in my head.
  12. Welcome to the dark side Buck! I can only assume this one was intentional as it was too obvious
  13. Nice. Think you are probably correct with most of this speculation. Harwin was not Blood though, he was dead before the Dance began. Or did you mean Blood was some Strong descendant?
  14. These!
  15. *bows* pleased to have taught you both something new
  16. I knew what that video was before I opened it we are incorrigible... I love the new avatar. *honk honk*
  17. Not so, as I said before, for a while I was Toothless (How to train your dragon, from when my avatar was that way back). I think someone even drew me like that somewhat recently! For you I always try and do some variant of Jennifer Lawrence, with depressingly inaccurate results Regarding Castellan's point on deadlines, I'm not sure. 48 hours is more than sufficient for a description round imo. Drawing round, I think 3 days is a pretty long time - it's just unfortunate that sometimes people have busy schedules on those assigned days. The actual drawing itself rarely takes all that long, it's just finding time, and I'm not sure an extended deadline really helps that
  18. Ok so now the weird apocalypse clouds dispersed and it's super windy. *dont do it* *dont do it* *dont do it* too late
  19. I never even imagine it should be a mystery until I came to these forums. When reading the implications are clear - Stonesnake is making a last desperate attempt to escape across perilous terrain crawling with enemies while Jon and Qhorin continue on. There is a very slim chance he achieves what he sets out to do. But when we rejoin the Old Bear, there is no Stonesnake, so the logical conclusion is that he died. It's not as though Stonesnake was assigned any real importance by GRRM, he was just a very minor character with some useful skills to distinguish him from generic NW ranger #7 Tyrek is slightly different I think because he has been brought up by other characters subsequent to his disappearance and there is a legitimate sense of mystery to the whole thing. It's possible he was just killed and his body disposed of in a bowl of brown, but the way his name is brought up by other characters makes me think GRRM actually intends something with this. But, no big deal if not, I can accept he was just murdered and disposed of off page
  20. It's 2.pm. and it's already* dark. Wtf? *i say 'already' but we haven't really had any proper daylight today. It has remained a deep overcast that has turned the world grey and now it's dark. Eta: apparently I should be blaming Ophelia. Damnit Ophelia.
  21. I have already decided I'll be drawing you as a Dracula-Balerion(the cat) hybrid...
  22. Publishing order, which is also chronological. So Farseer - Liveships - Tawny Man - Rain Wilds - Fitz and the Fool. Characterisation and raw emotion is Hobb's strength. Also I find her prose really beautifully too.
  23. I always thought Pebs was Little Miss Sunshine (the Mr Men and Little Miss character, not the film..). I seem to recall someone made a handy list of what we are all generally drawn as once Mine has shifted a few times though. Once I was Toothless, sometimes I'm a Florence Welch-Tyrell shapeshifter, sometimes I'm generic red head. thanks @The BlackBear. Nothing seemed to work when I was trying to post the results. Wouldn't even let me copy/past from word to the forum for a while
  24. Is it not possible that Quicksilver finding Aegon is comparable to Drogon returning to Daenerys in Meereen? Dany and Drogon are not yet bonded at that stage yet there is clearly some kind of connection between the two which brings Drogon to her in her hour of need. It doesn't seem so unreasonable to assume something similar happened here imo. This would also account for why no explanation is given in the text, because what Maester is going to know or believe that?
  25. Yes there are a few with more profane lyrics, I'm so good at yoga is another example. Speaking of WhiJo and Darryl, I wonder why Dr Akopian was made the husband of Rebecca's Dr. Akopian. But yeah they are the sweetest. They are like a constant contrast to the dysfunctional stuff going on with Rebecca. You know actually confronting their issues in healthy ways and not going the copraphagia cupcakes and fake(real) sex tape route...