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  2. Morte

    Poll: Is Quentyn, Called 'Frog', Still Alive?

    No. He died on a big dose of ambition, impatience and Rhaegal.
  3. I definitely don't think the fantasy elements are meant to be invented, at least not most of them (you might have a point on Leopard, I'm not sure there's anywhere in the book that him actually being a leopard is directly relevant, and I'm also thinking there's a high chance that Tracker's account of his own relationship with Leopard misses out on it being Tracker doing things that cause Leopard to go sour, and nothing to do with the boy. His reunion with Leopard after the quest had a ring of off-ness to it). And I think there'll be other moments there, of Tracker having made stuff up because he hates certain people, or possibly because he's guilty of his role in things and edits it to lay more blame on others. But things like the doors, the vampires, even Tracker's nose- like if all of that stuff is invented then so much of the story has to be untrue that it's pointless Tracker having told it at all. Tbh I think the quote you have there is Marlon James being a bit pretentious and going well my story doesn't have a happy ending so it's a real story rather than giving clues that it's all made up.
  4. lmanion

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    Then they have to be given time as well and chelsea managers dont really get that. They are expected to bring results immediately. When you have a culture like that its hard for managers to pick the young guy who isnt the finished product over someone with less potential upside but more experience who can probably get the job done.
  5. Black Crow

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    But ultimately this is a fantasy not an archaeological reconstruction or a dissertation. GRRM has a basis for a plot device which is plausible if a touch thin on detail and probably a bit dodgy.
  6. Free Northman Reborn

    Military Strengths-2 and More!

    Ryswells seem very capable of dealing with Ironborn. The Ironborn left their more fertile, southerly and closer lands strictly alone and instead attacked the much poorer Stony Shore, signifying the Ryswells as a stronger threat. And when they acted it ended in victory, with Ironborn ships burnt and Ironborn warriors dead. I’m not aware of a single Rills holdfast falling to the Ironborn invasion, in fact. Are you?
  7. Inigima

    Board games!

    I have been playing Sidereal Confluence and Root lately, two asymmetrical strategy games. I love asymmetric design, though of course execution is everything. Both require some extended time; Sidereal will be a few hours, Root at least one and probably more. Sidereal is one of my new favorite games. It's competitive, not cooperative, but in a lot of ways it's collaborative. It's an economics and negotiation game where most of the gameplay is the negotiation. The core mechanic is "converter" cards, which take resources as inputs and produce different resources as outputs. It supports up to 9 players, each of whom plays as a different race with very different playstyles: the Eni Et have incredibly good converters, but can't run them by themselves and must partner with other factions to make use of them. Unity have special "wild" gray cubes that can be any resource, so a lot of their game is making deals to trade those at a profit. The Zeth are running a protection rackets against the other players in which they have to trade with you because you'll just steal their stuff if they don't. It's super fun and even hooked my friends who aren't into heavyweight games. Root has been around for a little while but just came back into print. It's an asymmetric wargame wrapped in a cute animal package; four different factions (more added in the expansion) are vying for control of the forest. The cats are the current dominant power and start out controlling most of the board, and are the most traditional wargame faction. The birds are the old, out-of-power aristocracy, now reduced to a corner of the forest; each turn their leader must make more and more additional promises about what he'll do, and if he ever fails to keep them (this happens a lot) he is deposed and the government collapses and a new leader rises. The Woodland Alliance ("mouse ISIS") start with no pieces on the board but foment dissent and incite rebellion. The Vagabond only plays with his one piece the entire game and makes alliances with the others, stabbing them in the back later if the situation calls for it. No one faction is particularly complicated to play, but the complexity comes from needing to understand what all the other factions are capable of.
  8. Pacala

    Who is the 3EC?

    an entity who moves from body to another. in present events probably Brynden now Brann. Possibly a descendat of 13th lord commander and the pale woman or The Night Queen herself (probably a rebel Other or Last hero who transfered into a girl body). we already know WW accept offers from Craster sons, probably new bodies for The Others.
  9. Lollygag

    A castle made of snow

    GRRM often leaves clues in proximity if one reads closely. Just a few pages before the castle made of snow in the preceding Jon chapter: ASOS Jon XII He wanted it, Jon knew then. He wanted it as much as he had ever wanted anything. I have always wanted it, he thought, guiltily. May the gods forgive me. It was a hunger inside him, sharp as a dragonglass blade. A hunger . . . he could feel it. It was food he needed, prey, a red deer that stank of fear or a great elk proud and defiant. He needed to kill and fill his belly with fresh meat and hot dark blood. His mouth began to water with the thought. It was a long moment before he understood what was happening. When he did, he bolted to his feet. "Ghost?" He turned toward the wood, and there he came, padding silently out of the green dusk, the breath coming warm and white from his open jaws. "Ghost!" he shouted, and the direwolf broke into a run. He was leaner than he had been, but bigger as well, and the only sound he made was the soft crunch of dead leaves beneath his paws. When he reached Jon he leapt, and they wrestled amidst brown grass and long shadows as the stars came out above them. "Gods, wolf, where have you been?" Jon said when Ghost stopped worrying at his forearm. "I thought you'd died on me, like Robb and Ygritte and all the rest. I've had no sense of you, not since I climbed the Wall, not even in dreams." The direwolf had no answer, but he licked Jon's face with a tongue like a wet rasp, and his eyes caught the last light and shone like two great red suns. Red eyes, Jon realized, but not like Melisandre's. He had a weirwood's eyes. Red eyes, red mouth, white fur. Blood and bone, like a heart tree. He belongs to the old gods, this one. And he alone of all the direwolves was white. Six pups they'd found in the late summer snows, him and Robb; five that were grey and black and brown, for the five Starks, and one white, as white as Snow. He had his answer then. This is only time in the books that Jon connects his name with actual snow and we're told to equate snow to Snow. We flip a few pages and Sansa comes across snow and mentions that it falls in "ghostly silence". She’s in white fur calling to mind Ghost. Sansa has red hair and white skin/fur and thinks about the old gods. Like Jon, she's also thinking about Winterfell quite intensely. Again like Jon, she brings up the importance of the heart tree. I really like the Eyrie connection though. Just don't see how it could happen. It's strongly connected to ice and snow elsewhere, too.
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  11. Lollygag

    Who is the 3EC?

    Bloodraven. But he's disoriented and doesn't look like he's running the show. Strikes me as more like a prisoner. So BR is the vehicle, but I can't shake the impression that he's not really the one driving, at least not completely. Hard turn into crackpotdom: Noticed that the Lannister history/plots follow fairly closely the Labors of Hercules (help from @Seams). The Apples of Hesperides which is the next to the last one sounds very Northy/BR/Bran. I'm currently chewing on BR and Bran being Prometheus types somehow - paying a price for bringing fire to the world. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/apples.html .
  12. Yeah. The Red Mountains. They appear in Tolkien's sketches for First Age matter, and I believe they're mentioned in The Silmarillion as the Valar raised them when Morgoth destroyed the Two Lamps.
  13. A True Kaniggit

    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    Are those the ones to the east of the Sea of Rhûn, with the forest near the southern half? I didn't recognize those ones.
  14. chrisdaw

    Who is the 3EC?

    I think Bran. Bloodraven doesn't know wtf they are talking about when they say the 3EC. I think the implication is this. There is the very good theory that Bloodraven thought Euron was the powerful greenseer he was looking for, that is he thought Euron was what Bran is. And accordingly Bloodraven contacted Euron as he did Bran and tried to steer him but things went wrong. So if the 3EC that contacted Bran in his dreams is future Bran and not Bloodraven, then the person who contacted Euron must be future Bran too. The narrative demands Bran make a mistake with his new found powers. GRRM isn't just going to hand over all this power and not have Bran fuck it up somehow. He's got to make a mistake and learn from it. Coldhands says he is Bran's monster. I think what that little hint might be for is Euron. I suggest Euron is Bran's fuck up, that future Bran awakened some magical abilities within past Euron, showed him the supernatural possibilities out there and so motivated Euron to become what he has.
  15. Interesting that they're using a map featuring the Orocarni mountains. They don't appear on the standard LotR map. Could mean nothing, could be a hint. If it is a hint, I'd guess it'd be the theory that the focus is on Aragorn is right. We know he traveled widely, into Rhûn, into Harad, and so on.
  16. Stallion That Mounts Texas

    Worst Targaryen King

    He should have made her his heir until son was born to him. I totally understand not wanting Daemon on the throne.
  17. Back door hodor

    Who is the 3EC?

    Bloodraven is the 3eC, I will say I'm much less confident on this one than on literally any other poll I've taken part in recently however, I could definitely be convinced otherwise on this, my favorite other theory is that is Bran from the future, but I'm really not sure how deep into the timey wimey stuff the series is going to go
  18. The first law series can be adapted into a good game. But there’s nothing in it particularly that would make it one. Interesting characters, but not really that of an interesting world. ASOIF has both. The two video game adaptations weren’t that well received. I hate the Telltale adaptation quite frankly.
  19. Back door hodor

    Poll: Is Quentyn, Called 'Frog', Still Alive?

    No, with the only caveat being if the beginning of Winds is chronologically before the end of Dance, than he could still appear alive, other than that, he's toast.
  20. Nevets

    Poll: Is Quentyn, Called 'Frog', Still Alive?

    No I think it's actually NO, with a great big dose of sarcasm.
  21. I Don't Shagwell

    [spoilers] Aerea

    I am definitely more inclined towards the “rape” type scenario. Sadly, I think that is hinted at when we read “thin tendrils of smoke issued from her mouth, her nose, even, most obscenely, from her nether lips.” For me, amoungst all of the aw and disgust, the end of that sentence is when I truly felt sick. My mind instantly jumped too - well I know how this began. -A rape by a similar, much larger creature to those that poured out of her. The assumption for the larger creature, is that is why it was able to injure belarion. My next point could also stem from larger creatures. -A rape or ingestation, by creatures of similar size to those that came out. Really loved the theory that balerions wound would be from suffering the same fate, but it could survive it. I’d like to offer up in support of this theory - Dragons blood in fact runs extensively hot, helping to survive the effects of the gestation/infection, that is heating the host. Dance (drogon) - “his head turned. Smoke rose between his teeth. His blood was smoking too, where it dripped upon the ground.” -A rape by a creature we can’t even fucking imagine and this was just the warped result. Lending this to the point made about the Targaryen gestation process, being able produce some warped results on its own, regardless. -Could always just be the result of a small parasitic infection. Still as disturbing in it’s own ways. Anyway, loved that we got this potential insight to Valaryia, from George. The potential for creatures to be attempting to reprocreate, with things not of their species knowingly, lends to something very sinister. As opposed to a creature that reproduces parasitically. (Still disturbing).
  22. Rose of Red Lake

    Sansa's first impressions of Daenerys?

    Its because they're desperate for Dany to be part of the Stark family and fear that Dany is doomed if Sansa, Arya, or Bran don't accept her because then Jon would have to choose them over her.
  23. Triskele

    Up in Smoke: Drug Legalization and Dealing

    Listen, bro. He doesn't have time for your pedantry. He's on the mountain and about to taste death, live life. But we in the ape community to appreciate your pedantry.
  24. Platypus Rex

    Poll: Is Quentyn, Called 'Frog', Still Alive?

    So, that's a "Yes", then?
  25. A True Kaniggit

    Up in Smoke: Drug Legalization and Dealing

    Apes! Monkeys are further down the evolutionary ladder...just above humans.
  26. DMC

    Up in Smoke: Drug Legalization and Dealing

    It's turned into the best thread derail ever.
  27. The turning point in history. They went Three Stooges on Aerys. Vast maester conspiracy to kill magic, counter conspiracy to combine magic bloodlines, the oddness of abducting Aerys and then Lyanna, the unlikely Rhaegar losing to Robert, the Daynes hanging around until you get hyped about them even though you don't know why. I'd love for it all to be significant and tie together even. Rheagar wanted 3 heads but gave the world 3 Lannister stooges and Robert, King Shemp.
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