Julia H.

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  1. Trying to imagine a "not-fully-gone" shadow... Thanks for the info!
  2. The 17th would be fine with me, too.
  3. I want to see those ice clocks before they melt! At the moment, everyone is melting where I am, fire dominates the season, and we are using ice cream, trying to re-establish some balance.
  4. Can those of us who have already wasted our chance of a preliminary set of answers take a separate preliminary round for this new plot twist clue?
  5. Ah, so shadow's themes will now be combined with the good Ser's clues! A fabulous combination... like chili and cayenne pepper together. Glad to see you, Ser!
  6. That would be a nice name, but no. It would mean a name day every week! Thanks and cheers!
  7. As I don't want to spend the night of my name day paddling like a lioness among krakens and pirates and lionfish, I have already been to the Arabian sea and left a message under a star-shaped stone in the shade of the whitest cliff on the tiniest island. You can't miss it.
  8. I think the theory is interesting and has some definite merits. As others have mentioned, a baby swap connected with Jon's birth could indeed be mirrored by the swap of Gilly's baby and Mance's son, which is made to seem more probable due to other parallels: Jon (the son of a royal prince) was born during a war. Mance's son (the son of the King-beyond-the-Wall) was born during a battle. Both mothers died as a result. Jon's father died in the war. Mance was captured in the battle and later "executed". In both cases a king was overthrown in the war / battle. Both fathers were defeated by a Baratheon. Jon's birthplace was guarded by three armed white knights. The tent where Mance's son was born was guarded by an armed "black knight", Jon Snow. (Notice the numerous parallels between the Kingsguard and the Night's Watch.) Eventually, baby Jon was rescued by an enemy of his father (his uncle, Ned Stark). Mance's son was rescued by an enemy of his father, Jon Snow. Both babies were given false identities. The baby swap would be an additional similarity here. However, I have to say I find the story in this form a bit convoluted at times, especially with regard to baby Wylla. If I understand you correctly, it would involve Ned taking (or sending) a baby to White Harbor and asking Lord Manderly to bring up the child as a Manderly without anyone suspecting anything of her true birth. This Wylla is a Targaryen bastard, a fact that Ned wouldn't like to reveal to anyone, yet he has to share the secret with Wyman because the child may develop Targaryen features, so they must be prepared. As Ned himself keeps a similar piece of information secret from even Cat, he will probably ask Wyman to be similarly secretive. However, Jon is presented as Ned's bastard, while there is no indication that Wylla would be regarded as a bastard in the Manderly family. Consequently, Wyman either has to give some very strange and suspicious instructions to his son and daughter-in-law or he has to tell them everything he knows (with special focus on the possible Targaryen features). Also, pretending that Wylla was born a legitimate Manderly requires some prior knowledge of her "mother" being pregnant, otherwise no one will believe it. That would involve another (very unlikely) baby swap or a (real) stillbirth, which could hardly be foreseen by Ned. In my opinion, in this situation a much simpler solution would be to send both babies with Howland Reed, who could just as easily hide two babies as one baby (and he does not necessarily have to introduce them as his own children, he could take them home as war orphans, for example). In this case, Ned wouldn't have to reveal the secret(s) to any additional people. What is more, Ashara could go also with her baby (with the family announcing the suicide). That would leave only one devastated mother, Wylla, and perhaps even she could leave Starfall and go to Greywater Watch some years later. Another problem is, if there is a bastard daughter of Brandon somewhere and Ned knows about her, he will feel some responsibility for her. It is entirely possible that he makes regular (secret) visits to Greywater Watch, but it is very strange that in his POV he never seems to think of that child at all. Anyway, I definitely agree that the circumstances of Jon's birth probably involve some secrets beyond R+L=J (which may well be the easiest part to figure out). The Daynes are mentioned too often to be overlooked, and it is a good question if Ashara's story is just there for world building purposes or it will have some relevance eventually, and I tend to suspect the latter. I also find it rather suspicious (based on what we know) that the Daynes remember Ned Stark so fondly. Taking the sword back to them was an honorable (and probably exceptional) deed, but it would make Ned only a respected enemy, who nevertheless killed the most prominent son of the family. I doubt that anyone in that family would call their son (much less the heir to Starfall) Ned, even if only as a nickname. Yet, that is not all.. Edric Dayne seems happy to discuss Ned (and the fact that he and Ned's bastard are milk brothers) even though what he apparently knows about the man is basically that Ned fell in love with a Dayne girl he didn't marry, fathered a child on a Dayne servant, killed the best son of the Dayne family, and yes, brought back the legendary sword. This whole thing just doesn't seem to add up in this way. However, if, for example, Ned also saved Ashara somehow, that would make it understandable that the Daynes do not remember him as an enemy. Finally, I would also like to say that the polite and civilized tone in which you discuss both your arguments and others' counter-arguments is absolutely commendable and very refreshing.
  9. All I can say is that I want the game to start as late as possible. The difficulty level is up to you.
  10. Good idea. Perhaps the king's increasing madness was an additional incentive to form a strong political alliance.
  11. No. Wildlings practise strict exogamy and they view Craster as an exception and an abomination.This is what Ygritte tells Jon: She punched him. "That's vile. Would you bed your sister?" "Longspear is not your brother." "He's of my village. You know nothing, Jon Snow. A true man steals a woman from afar, t' strengthen the clan. Women who bed fathers or brothers or clan kin offend the gods, and are cursed with weak and sickly children. Even monsters." "Craster weds his daughters," Jon pointed out. She punched him again. "Craster's more your kind than ours. <snip> Craster's blood is black, and he bears a heavy curse." Unlike Craster, Tormund is a respected member of wildling society. Besides, he loves all his children very much, and no loving fathers would want their daughters to offend the gods or to be cursed. He himself does not want to be cursed like Craster. Tormund will not practise incest with anyone, not even with Maege's daughters, if they are his.
  12. If you mean Robb's child, well, that would be the number one solution, however, the main purpose of the will is to provide for a situation in which Robb dies childless (or his child does not live). That purpose is surely made clear in the will, as Robb will definitely not disinherit his own child . Another very probable purpose of the will is to appoint a regent in case Robb's heir is underage when Robb dies. I agree that it would be a wise decision to make arrangements for the possibility of Arya turning up. For all Robb knows, if Arya is not dead, she may reappear as another Lady Lannister, and that's just one of the basically endless possibilities. Unless Robb feels absolutely certain that Arya is dead, there are only two things he can do to avoid the foreseeable risks: He either disinherits Arya as well, or he very carefully specifies the circumstances under which she can be his heir, and even in this case the appointment of an adult, male regent will be necessary. It is an interesting question on what condition the Riverlands would accept Jon. There isn't a really good marriage alliance possibility, and anyway, I don't think Robb would rely too heavily on marriage pact promises at the moment.
  13. He also dances gracefully and he seems to have good manners.
  14. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.... How will I be able to sleep from now on?
  15. I agree that an outcome like this is absolutely possible. There are few things I feel quite sure about regarding the books, but among those are the following: 1. Robb's will is going to turn up and play a role in the plot. 2. Jon will find out that Robb made him a legitimate son of Eddard Stark. It may or may not have political relevance at the moment when Jon finds it out, but Robb's decision will have a huge significance for Jon personally. We know that, as a child, he used to dream about being made legitimate by the king and then felt bad about it because it seemed he was betraying his brothers. He also remembers Robb, as a child, telling him he could never be Lord of Winterfell because he was a Snow, not a Stark. Not letting him find out that he has indeed been made a trueborn son of Eddard Stark by the king - and that the king was Robb Stark - would be a terrible waste. 3. Jon will face another difficult decision when he learns about Robb's will. 4. Whatever is in the will, Jon will never knowingly usurp Rickon's or even Bran's right to rule. It is also my favourite theory that Jon will find out about his true parentage in private. He will struggle with the idea and he will keep it secret (because that will be the wise thing to do). Then he will find out about Robb's will and perhaps it will be a moment when he has the chance to fulfill the will - Rickon may be already dead or still missing, along with Bran, I don't know - but Jon would have to accept what is offered to him in the knowledge that he is not really Eddard Stark's son. Can he do it? But then he would also know that the North needs him... This could be another bittersweet moment in the plot. Regarding the debate about the legitimacy of Robb's will, yes Robb was elected and crowned a king and he had every right to make a will or to make a bastard legitimate and, in general, to rule. His rule was not accepted as legitimate by his enemies, whose interest dictated the opposite. That is not surprising. But then those who supported the independent kingdom of the North and considered it their right to elect and crown their own king regarded King's Landing as the seat of an invading, foreign power. The fact that the Lannisters crushed the Northern war of independence does not make them any less foreign. From the moment the North decided to be independent and chose their own king, the only right the Lannisters had in the North could be the right of conquest. Considering that Cersei had happily torn up the will of her own husband and king - a totally criminal action, which worked perfectly for her - there is not much point in talking about right and legality when it comes to Lannister power. They won the war and forced their own "Lord of Winterfell" on the North. However, the right of conquest lasts only as long as the conquest lasts. A crushed rebellion can be revived. For example, if the North becomes independent or just starts a new war of independence, Robb will be openly honoured again as a former rightful King-in-the-North. Or, if the rule changes in the South, and a non-Lannister South and a pro-Stark North become equal partners and allies, Robb will be acknowledged as a former king even by the southern half of the continent. Of course, as long as the North accepts the situation in which they are the defeated subjects of King's Landing, Robb's will cannot be fulfilled. That has nothing to do with legality though, only with the force of arms. (For comparison, take the situation where someone steals your car and starts using it. You are still the rightful owner of the car even if you are unable to exercise your rights of ownership.) Northerners have to be ready to defend their right to be independent for Robb's will to take effect, but that does not make the will any less legal.