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  1. Statistics on Lords etc.

    Yes, but that´s the aim. Estimate the total number of Lords, great or petty.
  2. Statistics on Lords etc.

    OK, then have a look at my estimates. We know the specific number of Lords present at Field of Fire. 600. With Gardeners bringing twice as many as Lannisters, meaning 400 for Gardeners and 200 for Lannisters. This would have been most Lords of Reach and Westerlands. Not all. For one, Lord is a lifetime title. Many lords would have been unfit for combat because of old age/illness (and a few because of young age or female gender). Those lords would mostly still have sent their soldiers, under command of their heir if possible, and other family members or unrelated household knights if impractical - but not called and therefore not enumerated as Lords. And some Lords capable of fighting would have been detailed to command the forces left behind - like the Osgrey Marshal of North March left behind when Gardener rode against Storm King, or Tyrells at Highgarden (not called Lords, though) and Hightowers. It would seem a plausible guess that Reach and West between them mobilized 600 and excused 400 Lords, having 1000 lords between them. An average of 300 Lords for every Kingdom other than Reach would suggest something like 2500...3000 Lords for the whole Westeros. Is this plausible?
  3. What's your estimate on the number of Lords in Westeros? (I have my guesses. But start with your understanding). Also, how many knights do you think are in Westeros?
  4. So Brienne is a bastard?

    Look at the timeline. Duncan the Tall is born in 192; 17 year old virgin in 209 and 20 and still a virgin in 212. Right? And first attested as Kingsguard in 233, then 41 years old. Brienne is born around 280. If, say, Duncan and Tanselle married and had a daughter before 220, and Tanselle left Duncan a widower free to join Kingsguard before 233, then Duncan and Tanselle´s child could easily have been Brienne´s great-grandparent. Incidentally: Kingsguard are expressly forbidden to be married during service (Fireball sent his wife to Silent Sisters in advance). Or "father" children. What is the position on Kingsguard with minor trueborn children?
  5. Look at the timing. Daemon was 16 when packed off to his Bronze Bitch in the Vale. He was briefly back at Great Council, age 20 - then to Small Council, age 22. In a few years after getting his first job at Small Council, he botched two jobs and is performance on his third was dubious. While Otto was his boss and had to clean up his messes. A few weeks at Great Council may not have been enough to reveal Daemon´s issues if Daemon and Otto had a common interest to pursue - but a few years of trying to get jobs done together might have given enough occasion for quarrels and insults to leave a lasting bitterness. It is possible that Otto´s personality was problematic, too. But Otto managed to hold down one job (Hand) for 8 years while Daemon lost three in as many years. And when Daemon had his own job without Otto interfering - King of Narrow Seas - he botched that, too.
  6. Considering the ages, an obvious option should be Daenerys/Aegon.
  7. The Targaryens seem to treat dragons as oddly unimportant considering their background from Valyrian Freehold. Viserys I was the rider of Balerion... till it died. Yet in 101, after Baelon died (did Baelon have a dragon? Which one?), Viserys, still dragonless, was elected as heir... over Rhaenys and Laenor who did have dragons. Afterwards Viserys I seems to have acted as absolute monarch and have been regarded as such by his advisers... like commanding Daemon to return Mhysaria´s dragon egg or be declared a traitor. By what dragon? At that point (106 or so), Rhaenyra was 9. The only adult dragonrider besides Daemon was Rhaenys, and she had the perfect excuse of being a woman to refuse to fight for the man who was sitting her throne. Basically, neither Viserys nor his advisors ever express a concern about possibility of Daemon, Velaryons or Rhaenyra joining a rebellion on dragonback. And later on, Aegon III was dragonless after Stormcloud died. And Rhaena was the lady of Morning. Was Rhaena, as a dragonowner which Aegon and Viserys were not, treated to influence due to her? After dragons were gone from the world, there was a feeling they were important. At Whitewalls, Dunk concluded that if the dragon egg were to hatch, men would rally to anyone who had a dragon. It would have been funny if the dragon egg hatched for the bride - Lady Frey - and Bloodraven´s army of thousands made an about-face to declare as their Queen a slutty fifteen year old girl from an upstart family, solely because she has the only dragon in the world, not ridable for years... So: if Daenerys hatched dragons, and three of them, how would Aerys and Rhaegaer have treated her?
  8. Is Petyr Baelish Robert Arryn's real father?

    Yes. That´s pretty much the proof. If Sweetrobin were Petyr´s, Lysa would have talked about the son she did give him, not the one she would have given him. If Lysa wasn´t sure whether Sweetrobin was Petyr´s or Jon´s, she would have told Petyr Sweetrobin was his. If Lysa was sure Sweetrobin was Jon´s, but thought Petyr might not be sure, she also would have told Petyr Sweetrobin was his. Lysa´s omission to mention this proves Sweetrobin was not Petyr´s and could not possibly be, and Lysa knew Petyr knew that.
  9. How do you centralize the 7 kingdoms

    How about, grasp an opportunity when Lannisters are on a wrong side, and confiscate Casterly Rock?
  10. Did they settle on Driftmark before Targaryens, or along with them?
  11. Except the mysterious Rhalla and Aerea. Jaehaerys could have wrapped up that claim by marrying his niece. Instead, he chose to marry his sister. But for some reason, this was not regarded as a binding precedent: Alysanne, herself a beneficiary of her brother's usurpation, championed her granddaughter over her son.
  12. How do you centralize the 7 kingdoms

    In Europe, 16th century but not all states at that time. But standing armies had existed for a long time. Roman Empire had a standing army and was not feudal. In the very 15th century, Ottomans had a modest sized but real standing army of janissaries, and a feudal levy... but the timariots and jagirdars did not have feudal autonomy. Also, in the feudal states of Europe, church had a large share of power, because the Christian church had a network of bishops and abbots. Bishops were significant landlords and mobilized armies, even if they were required to appoint laymen to command them on battlefield... but the jurisdictions of bishops overlapped that of neighbouring secular lords. Whereas in Westeros, there are the High Septon and Most Devout at King´s Landing... and then there are the poor septons scattered around the countryside. When you see a castle and a lord in Westeros, it´s almost always a dynasty of hereditary lords - never a septon, and hardly ever an appointed castellan of a great lord holding multiple castles and resident elsewhere.
  13. Are ravens used exclusively in Westeros?

    Expensive, but not incredibly so. I believe Dragonstone complained of running out of ravens with slightly over 100 ravens sent with Stannis´ claims? They have a distance between each other. Say, Tyrosh to Braavos. An overland messenger would have to detour around Sea of Myrth, and no Valyrian road there. A ship would be faster - but a raven would be even faster. If creating raven connection to Essos is completely impossible - how about Prince of Dorne acquiring an agent in Gulltown? Like in-laws? When there are news of market movements in Tyrosh, like ships en route, political events in Volantis etc., a ship brings news to Sunspear, a raven is sent to Gulltown, then ship Gulltown to Braavos - so the Dornish agent in Braavos knows what to buy. Faster than the ship sailing the full length of Narrow Seas.
  14. Are ravens used exclusively in Westeros?

    Interestingly, even Kingdom of Stepstones was not in raven communication...
  15. The origin of the Ironborn

    Um. Brienne complains about poverty of Tarth. Sisters are poor. Etc. My guess? Iron Islands. We are told that First Men had bronze but not iron until Andal invasion. If Ironmen somehow learned ironworking before mainland, that would make sense. Skaggs were poor, and went raiding Skane and mainland, but when they raided mainland, they had bronze and victims also had bronze, so raiders got killed. Ironmen went raiding with iron weapons, their victims only had bronze, so ironmen got a lot of wealth for iron price, unlike all other poor islanders, thus kept doing what went well for them.