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  1. On top of what OP said, I think the Blackfish should get more credit for Robb's victories. He was a seasoned commander who advised him during the entire war, and without him, I very much doubt Whispering Wood could have happened. His second victory happened only because Stefford was a fool and Robb's wolf managed to find a path previously unknown to anyone. And we never saw Robb command an actual battle, every one of his victories was an ambush.
  2. There is no reason for a large number of stragglers when his host is travelling so slowly and not even Tywin at his rapid pace had more than a few hundred. And why would there be a large number of people not getting a call when literally every major bannermen outside of the Florens and the Redwynes was there? The Hightowers weren't absent, while the Redwyne strength lies mostly in their fleet. But sure, let's give them another 5-10k soldiers without reason, just to make a point, they're still just as close to 50k as they are to 100k. Pure guesswork. As you said, we know men of the Riverlands, Stormlands and Reach were there. They could have easily made up half his army. Indeed.
  3. The fact that she was with his child is the key factor here I think. The great stain on his father's honor was always the bastard he had brought from the south, and Robb quite likely saw with his best friend Jon how much a bastard could suffer, which might have been something he did not want for his son. In a way it's poetic, showing the son stepping up to not share his father's flaw. Then again, he didn't overcome his father's weakness of not being at all able to play the game in the process, making it useless in the grand scheme of things. Still, I kinda like it for Robb's arc. But maybe I'm reaching here. I've been awake for hours watching youtube channels interpret popular movies, so I might be overanalyzing right now.
  4. That depends on a lot of assumptions on your part. Maybe the Lannister host did kill 20k Riverlanders. Maybe the Riverlands are more populous than the west. It lacks numbers we actually see or hear about, though. Exactly.
  5. I accept Lord Bogg's marriage proposal and send my bastard brother with him, he is part of my family and he deserves better than to be shipped off to the Wall or the Citadel. Once he is old enough to decide for himself, or should he be a problem, I can still arrange for that. And honestly, he seems like the most promising family member between my useless brother, my depressed mother and my illusional sister. So, Mariel will be marrid to Lord Bogg's son, but she could have it worse, at least it's not the old guy. I won't have her married to a landless knight, however. I will marry Lord Farring's daughter myself (assuming there are no better options around, as they aren't mentioned). I want an heir who isn't my uneducated brother or a bastard as quickly as possible. My mother should be married to Lord Rymer eventually, but I'd give her some time to consider and some time to grief for my father. I don't want to force her, but the opportunity of getting rid of my brother and making an alliance with the Massey's is too good to pass up on. She'll still have my brother around, so that should make her feel slightly better.
  6. I have a sympathy for the more important minor houses like the Royces, Yronwoods, Daynes, Hightowers or Velaryons. The Royces are interesting, but a bit overrated as they haven't done that much yet.
  7. It's a very good setup and I think Floki has the best solution, but I'll try a different one: I trust my family to the castle's defenses, the Mountain Clans are good raiders, but they won't take a castle by storm and a siege doesn't seem likely either. Instead I take the risk, march with the Royces and take my Maester (if he's even there and not back home) with me, leaving my nephew either in the care of amateurs, or in the care of Maesters of houses that hate me. Maybe that will lead to his death, maybe not, but chances are good that he won't make it. Meanwhile, I accept the Templeton offer, but if he has any soldiers with him they are to march with me and Lord Royce.
  8. The Vulture King has been known to add outlaws and soldiers of defeated lords to his army. Aside from that, after so many years, his numbers could be exagerrated, at least that is what I believe. After all, the 50k for the whole of Dorne was believed to be the truth as well, because of a few hundred year old account of the dornish war, but we as readers know that those are not always reliable. This explanation seems more likely to me than that kingdoms we have first hand accounts of (like the Riverlands, who are known to be spent) have some ten thousand or more additional soldiers hidden somewhere. Occam's razor, basically. Either the account of the vulture king isn't true (one if), or we have to find an explanation for each kingdom that has more men than the books suggest based on the story about the vulture king alone.
  9. Imo, there are six brackets, if we're counting the Crownlands: - Reach: I have to disagree about the Reach having 100k soldiers. It seems to be a misconception that's pretty popular, but I don't see how it is based on the text. Renly says he has 100k in total to Cat, but she immediatly knows it's a lie. Before that, Renly says he has twice as many as the number he thinks Robb has, which is forty thousand, so that would give Renly 80k. If we assume that no more than 20k Stormlanders are part of that host (which is a conservative estimate, imo), and add the 10k Tyrell men left with Mace at Highgarden, 70k seems to be a number that's much closer to the truth and also fits what Tyrion tells Oberyn better. - Westerlands: Something like 40k seems like a good estimate. - North/Vale/Riverlands: I'd give 30k each, if we're talking high to mid quality troops. Only by scraping the bottom of the barrel can the North recruit something like 40k. - Stormlands/Iron Islands: I'd estimate something like 20-30 thousand (more on the lower end) each. - Dorne: I say they have something like 20k. - Crownlands: Probably closer to 10k than to 20k.
  10. He was just too busy back then to be sure. I don't think he was such a bad dad for the twins as people claim. It wasn't expected of a lord to do much until his kid reached a certain age anyway, and then he was fostered. If the show is to be believed, he did absolutely care for his children, but I'm not sure how much of that is based on Martin's own view of the character. We think of Ned as the rule because he was mostly there for his kids, but we forget that he had the luxury of staying at Winterfell while Tywin was Hand and had to serve in the capital.
  11. - Roose Bolton - The Iron Bank/Faceless Men (possibly, depens on their goals) - Euron - The Night's King
  12. Exactly. I wouldn't necessarily say she was a prisoner 100% (although it could be), but I could imagine Rhaegar playing into his prince charming image to seduce her and deliberately withholding information from her to use her for his prophecy. I do believe that it wasn't a simple love tale like Rhaegar fans want to believe. I do think the kidnapping is more likely than the love tale.
  13. I think you're right.
  14. Randyll is the most (or second-most) overrated general in asoiaf. He has two victories under his belt, one of which was won with the whole Tyrell army at his back, and it wasn't even decisive (Summerhall ended with Robert retreating without a problem), and the other only happened because Roose Bolton was sabotaging Robb's war effort, and if I remember correctly he had superior numbers there. Don't get me wrong, he's still competent, probably top ten, maybe even top 5 material, but nothing we saw him do suggest he's a contender for the number 1 spot.
  15. Something about the whole story is sketchy for me. Let's assume it was love and a possibly crazy guy in his twenties and a foureen year old girl knew exactly what they were doing, which is unlikely in itself. Why didn't Lyanna ever contact her family after that? Did she not know that her father and brother were killed by Aerys, or that her brother and betrothed rose in rebellion, against Rhaegar as well as his father? Either something's wrong with the love tale or she was just didn't care about her family at all, and the latter is something I find hard to believe.