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  2. A king's reign accounts for the years he actually reigns. if you are summing the lifespans of every king you are counting years twice. for example, if king A reigns for 20 years, and then his son ascends the throne for another 15 years, that's 35 years together. it doesn't matter what age the king and his son were. their combined reign lasted 35 years. I found what you were referencing with your 38 number: The era of the driftwood kings was before the dynastic reign of the Greyirons which was supposed to have lasted 1000 years. Before that, each High King was chosen by kingsmoot. That there were at least 38, and that's twice as many as any other house, means that House Hoare could have had about 19 as could House Blacktyde. There were many other houses that had members chosen to wear the driftwood crown as well, so certainly more than 57 although these numbers refer to High Kings before the rule of the Greyiron dynasty. So the Andals arrive about 1000 years after landing on the Fingers. Soon after the rule of the Greyirons ends and their house is destroyed. House Hoare then rules as King of the Iron Islands, which brings us up to the time of Aegon's Conquest. The question about how long ago the Andals arrived is really about how long the Hoare dynasty ruled the Iron Islands. All the other figurings about the Ironborn have to do with the time before the arrival of the Andals.
  3. Jabar of House Titan

    Heresy 220 and the nature of magic

    I love these Heresy threads. The best thing about these forums. I have a question though. Do you guys foresee Melisandre coming face-to-face with the Great Other? And what was the meaning of that one dream in Bran IV from A Game of Thrones. The one where Bran is climbing, encounters several great stone beasts (!!!) who have figuratively taken flight and frantically repeats that he didn't hear.
  4. polishgenius

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    I understand why they did it and ultimately they did it well enough, I just felt the use of her didn't tally with the buildup they gave her. Ultimately it's not a big thing but (like with the time travel ambiguities) in a universe that's been this meticulously built it was sorta notable to me. Anyway I don't wanna moan all the time. It was a cracking movie overall. To offer a counter to the above, when Scarlet Witch lit Thanos up that was so fricking satisfying.
  5. Eh, I caught the end of the fourth game where they won. They didn't use that strategy, they were 90 degrees to his left instead of being 180 behind him. Anyway, while the first two games were blowouts, they won the fourth and were down one in the last minute in the fifth. I don't think its too much of a stretch to say that it became more competitive because they adjusted their strategy. Maybe this was a step too far, but I wouldn't call it ridiculous. You deny the three and let Gobert contest the two. The alternative being let Harden shoot his step back three and hope he misses. It seems reasonable on paper at least. Edit - I just checked and they made the Rockets score ~15 points less in their last three games than the first two games. They just didn't manage to score enough to take advantage.
  6. Uh, it's always been baffling he has that job. I'm sure when people ask him what they're gonna do at QB he still wonders "is Peyton still available?"
  7. Altherion

    Electric Cars - Advise?

    I very much doubt there is any electric car you can buy today that won't be noticeably inferior to comparable vehicles in, say, 2022 (i.e. three years from now). They're getting better fast: not only is the capacity of batteries growing, but the charging speeds are getting dramatically faster. For example, Tesla recently announced a revision to their charging stations that would increase the peak power delivered from 120kW to 250kW and, combined with some other improvements, cut the charging time in half. The same article has links for other forthcoming chargers which are even better (350-500kW), but of course the battery needs to be designed to take advantage of this. That said, even given the fact that they're evolving, the ones out may be good enough depending on what you're looking for. I know people who have had first a Leaf and then a Bolt (though not as their sole car) and they're pretty nice.
  8. karaddin

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Not when they're saying its distinct timelines. They leave T2 and T3 and return to their own T1 when they return to the present. I almost feel like this needs to be explained with pictures as words just aren't conveying it well.
  9. athmystikal

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    This the exact text from the book: “It was not for murder that the gods cursed him,” Old Nan said, “nor for serving the Andal king his son in a pie. A man has a right to vengeance. But he slew a guest beneath his roof, and that the gods cannot forgive.” So the text is pretty clear the the only thing that the old gods didn't like is slewing a guest. - Not serving him to to his own father who is also a guest.
  10. mcbigski

    NFL Offseason 2019: Gettleman Browns all over the Giants

    No real blockbusters tonight that I saw. Curious where Rosen will end up. Real poker game there right now. Arizona would almost certainly take any 2nd right now. But everyone else should know that too. Also, if there were really as many people there as Roger said, wouldn't the boos have been louder?
  11. Onyi Ukay

    What’s going to go down in the crypts?

    It’s likely that the Night King would resurrect the dead and stone kings. In the books, it’s the written that in the crypts of Winterfell, the Kings of winter sit their thrones.
  12. SpaceChampion

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    There were a lot of kids in the audience and the humour really worked for them, especially Morgan Stark's saying "shit". I didn't catch fully what Stark said to Rocket when he said he looked like a (teddy?) bear. I'm guessing something the younger kids picked up on and found hilarious. Or they just love Rocket.
  13. I don’t see why they would have to bring in Howland? And even so, just have a raven arrive w/ news that he died, or run away from home, or anything. It would be super simple to solve.
  14. I didn’t remember that. Like I said, so damn forgettable it isn’t even funny. But the point is, she said that b/c the writers decided they didn’t need/want her anymore. And yup, makes no sense, aka GoT.
  15. It is related to how they handled r+l=j... With meera they would need to bring howland and actually have a scene about howland talking of the past...
  16. kissdbyfire

    Who is Jon Snow?

    Dad: hey Aegon, go call your brother Aegon! To the OP: Jon Snow is Jon Snow, King of Winter.
  17. She had saod she needed to return home for when they came. Okaym...they are here and Bran is at peril! And why did they show us about Howland? It makes no sense whatsoever.
  18. divica

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    I just thought of something. If loki escaped then how come that when they return to the future they return to their timeline? And the same thing about thanos discovering about the future. Nebula shouldn t have returned to their future timeline because thanos was acting diferently from the original timeline. Shouldn t they return to a diferente timeline if they change something significantly in the past?
  19. But she was there already! She’s been w/ Bran since what, s2? It makes no sense, it’s stupid to toss her out like that for no reason. Especially when everyone is there already.
  20. I just don't understand what makes them likeable, or aat least at this point. Jon has lost his own personality, behaves almost robotically. Dany has lost the layers she had on the first seasons and now acts as a little posh girl who pretends to know about everything Sansa's armour is just beyond this world. Arya's and Bran's outfits make sense but why would Sansa wear an armour? It's just absurd. She is not Brienne. And that circle or whatever it is....
  21. Lord Varys

    SPOILERS: Rant and Rave

    Yeah, that could work, but would still not cover the events taking place while they fight at the lake - i.e. a period of days, possibly weeks. The Hightowers. The Tyrells are never going to be really threatened by the Ironborn. They are too far inland, and Euron didn't leave a large fleet on the Shields, did he? We can cut this short. Euron never gave a damn about anything in the Reach. He threw the Shields at his people so they love him some more and used them as a means to weaken Victarion some more. His plan was to continue directly to Meereen, Dany, and the dragons. He is just sitting on his ass waiting for Paxter right now because the Reader prevented that he take the entire Ironborn armada to Slaver's Bay. He is just killing time waiting for Dany. He doesn't need anything from Oldtown. And if he wanted something from there his own Faceless Man pet - whoever it was who killed Balon - would bring it to him. The Hightowers are merchant lords. When Paxter and his fleet are gone, they will be Euron's men ... or they will lose all their wealth. Because their seas will be Euron's and nobody is going to continue the profitable trade with Oldtown without Euron's leave. These people sucked Ironborn cock in the past, they will do it again. They will turn on him the first time they can, though. If George wanted to send the message that Euron wants something at Oldtown there would have been hints in that direction both in AFfC and Euron would have flat-out told Aeron in the Forsaken. Instead he made it clear he wanted the Iron Throne. Which means that the objective he is truly after and a chair he might actually be sitting on soon. Aeron saw him there - possibly just an image of his fear (just as the shadow-woman beside him just was Aeron's interpretation of Dany rather than an actual vision of her) but one never knows. Euron already has the strength to take KL by storm. He would not be able to hold it, of course, but he could take it and sit on the throne for a brief time. Oh, something like that might happen, but who cares? Euron will basically get all the Ironborn killed. Theon or Asha will be stuck with old men, cravens, and young boys. Hopefully the old way will be forgotten. I expect Euron to continue from the Arbor - which he is going to make his seat because it is an island and thus completely safe while he has superiority at sea - to destroy Sunspear in the east to start the war with Aegon and Arianne. From there he will gather pirates and sellsails around him (Saan, Waters, etc.) and eventually for a powerful anti-Daenerys coalition with the Three Daughters in response to the Dany threat. No Ironborn will get either Dany or a dragon, but Dany will get all the Dothraki, the Volantene fleet, Victarion's ships, and whatever ships are to be had in Qarth and Slaver's Bay. In Volantis the slaves will topple the slavers, but the Three Daughters will butcher their rioters, allying with Euron against her giving us the largest sea battle in the history of the entire world. And this will be the moment where Dany is likely getting her worst blow because she will be attacked at sea when her vast armada will be most vulnerable, especially to a sorcerer like Euron (who is also going to use sorcery to defeat the Redwynes). How this is going to go is unclear, but Dany should win thanks to dragons and perhaps Euron dies then. Even if not, he would likely lose a great part of his strength so he is no longer going to be a powerful factor in the Second Dance, only to come back later with a vengeance. Dany's precarious position in the Second Dance might have to do with her armada washing up along all the eastern shores of Westeros, basically, thanks to the storm Euron might be summoning. She could also lose her third dragonrider during that fighting, eventually causing Aegon to acquire one of her dragons (she needs two dragonriders to get Viserion and Rhaegal from Meereen to Westeros).
  22. Varysblackfyre321

    Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence {spoiler thread}

    I honestly don’t think it would man. If I don’t like reading something, and I don’t have to read it, I don’t see why I should keep reading it in hopes that I’d eventually like it. I’m fine just skipping to “The holy sister” Lawrence’s little recaps at the beginning are generally enough to get someone just getting into a trilogy of his at the second or third book all caught up to what they need to know to follow along.
  23. karaddin

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Banner pretending to be Hulk and prodding the car was another of the hilarious moments. You're right that the start with Clint losing his family worked really well as well, that turn around and everyone behind you is suddenly gone - how on earth do you start to process that.
  24. Meera of Tarth

    Why avoid a reunion between Sansa and Sandor?

    30 years? We are not talking about the same books then.
  25. I think the problem is that they decided to cut howland reed from the show because of reasons. And now they didn t know how to bring her back without her father... But yes, I think these are 2 awful decisions...
  26. Corvinus

    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    I loooooved it!!!!!!! So much emotion, so much adrenaline. The timeline stuff, I need to watch it again, because there's too much to unpack there. Right now, the moments to discuss: Thor floored me. The first tears I got was seeing him utterly broken in Norway. And every time he would do something else, especially the moments with his mother, again tears. I do wish he had remained king. But I think he continues to be a depressed man, hiding behind a humorous mask. He might also think Loki is alive (likely is), and he's using the Guardians to go search for him, his last family. Though he is still worthy, so maybe, there's more hero for him in the future. Cap, oh Cap - what a great passing of the torch to Sam, and of course all the moments before - his fight with his younger self, Heil Hydra, and fucking Mjolnir!!! Man, I thought he was dead after Thanos broke his shield. And then the rest appeared. Just wow Thanos was once again boss - they managed to build him up so well, truly an excellent villain; despite all the heroes rising up to meet him, he used his brute strength, cunning, and experience to throw them back, until that final moment, which brings me to Tony "I am Iron Man" Stark - a great, great send off. I smiled that he proved his genius once again, and I teared up at his sacrifice. When the credits rolled, and those autographed images of the main Avengers went through, people cheered when RDJ's moment came. Black Widow's sacrifice was another strong moment. They managed to keep me guessing, but in hindsight, it had to be her, because the original Avengers are done - 2 dead, 1 old and near death, 1 gone to space and possibly not returning to Earth, 1 with a family, likely retired for good this time, and 1, the Hulk, whom I'm not sure about, but he may not have it in him to be an Avenger yet. What are they going to do about Black Widow's movie, though? Idk, there is a 5 year gap to explore, but it might not have the same force. All the humor and action scenes were great, again. I liked how visceral the beginning was, between Clint's loss, and the desperation of the Avengers going after Thanos. I liked short haired Carol, and the big battle, or at least the beginning of it, and the Thanos fight moments. The rest was the usual chaotic CGI battle, but better than most, still. The direct call backs to the other movies were great, between the humor, and just re-doing stuff from a different perspective. Marvel once again outdid itself turning back time on movies and people. About the only thing that made me frown is Scott's daughter, as that girl looked way older than what Cassy should be after 5 years. I liked that it ended still with some loss, and not all neatly tied up back together; besides Tony and Natasha, Vision is still dead, Peter and Gamora's relationship probably needs a redo. Also, I really liked the moment when the Ancient One gives the time stone to Bruce. Her ability to see into the future was limited to her moment of death. She says Strange will be the best of the masters of the mystic arts, but all she could see was his potential, not his future. So she gave the stone on faith, she had faith in Strange.
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