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  1. James Steller

    Tywin's Choice for Heir to Casterly Rock

    Daven might have had a chance, given how competent he seemed.
  2. House: Steller Sigil: A silver mastiff running across a green field. Keep: Calador, located in the Stormlands. Ancestral weapon: Valyrian steel sword named Atharr Culture: Stormlord Liege Lord: House Durrandon, later House Baratheon Blood line (First men, etc): Mixed Traditional appearance and house traits: Brown curly hair, and dark blue eyes Founder: Desmond Steller Origin story:  The origins of House Steller are shrouded in mystery, as it's unknown whether they were First Men who bred with invading Andals, or whether they were descended from Andals who married into the First Men. Regardless of the truth, they displayed no great accomplishments until the time of Desmond Steller, a young sellsword hired into the service of King Gyras I Durrandon, the great-grandson of Arlan III Durrandon who had conquered the Riverlands. A rebellion was rising amongst the riverlords, and King Gyras came north to subdue the rebels before they could organize. Desmond was hired, among many others, to aid in the fight. At one point, the king and his entourage were attacked by men of House Goodbrook, Bracken, and Vypren. The ambush was well placed, and bitterly executed. Of the sellswords that Gyras had hired, all but Desmond stayed to fight. To make matters worse, during the battle, Lord Harold Mannix of the Stormlands turned on his king, wounding him badly with his first blow. Just as he was about to finish Gyras off, Desmond engaged him in combat. Because Lord Mannix was armed with a Valyrian steel sword, Desmond was nearly killed. During the fight, however, Desmond's pet dog, a large mastiff called Atharr, broke through his restraints and hurled himself at Lord Mannix to save his master. Between the efforts of Desmond and Atharr, Lord Mannix died bloodily for his treachery, even as the forces under King Gyras rallied and made an organized retreat. Sadly, Atharr died of the wounds taken by the Valyrian steel sword, whereupon Desmond took the sword for himself, renaming it Atharr in honour of his beloved mastiff. For his loyalty and bravery during the attack, King Gyras granted Desmond his own house, making him a knight and minor lord in one fell swoop. Because Harold Mannix had died childless and unmarried, Desmond was given half the lands loyal to House Mannix, which included their castle in the Stormlands, north of Bronzegate. Just as with his new sword, Desmond honoured his deceased pet with his new sigil. He also renamed the castle Calador, a name which, translated into a more remote Andal dialect, means “well earned.” House Steller stayed loyal to House Durrandon for the next three centuries, producing a number of warriors and leaders who made their name alongside other houses of the Stormlands. Robin Steller died fighting against Orys Baratheon and the Targaryens, but his son Lidole bent the knee to Orys after he married Argella Durrandon. Lidole fought for Lord Baratheon during the First Dornish War and the Vulture Hunt. Karl Steller was one of the few stormlords to fight for the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons, though this action caused him to briefly be attainted by his family (until they could acknowledge him as a hero under the reign of Aegon III Targaryen). Lyle Steller achieved the most renown in his family when he not only made his reputation during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, but in his old age, he personally led his bannermen alongside Robert Baratheon, fighting in every battle where his lord was present. He brought along his eldest sons, Justin and Arlan, to these battles, while the youngest son, Roy, was an experienced knight serving in the garrison at Storm's End. The glory came with a great cost, however: Lyle lived long enough to see Justin and Arlan die at the Battle of Ashford, only for Lyle to perish at the Trident, being the last man Rhaegar slew before Robert Baratheon engaged him in combat. Roy himself barely survived the siege of Storm's End, but he remained loyal to Stannis for the rest of his life. He fought under Stannis' command during the Greyjoy Rebellion, and sent his eldest son to serve as a squire to a knight on Dragonstone. Current state of house: Rare amongst the Stormlords, Lord Roy Steller declared for Stannis Baratheon when the elder Baratheon brother claimed kingship. Though he wished to keep his bannermen at home in case he needed to defend his territory, Roy did send his three young sons to Dragonstone with a sizeable escort of House Steller's best warriors to sit on Stannis' war council. Of the three, only the eldest accepted the worship of R’hlorr, whilst the younger two discreetly refused. James, Leo, and Mervyn Steller subsequently sailed to Storm's End and stood by Stannis when his treacherous younger brother, Renly, threatened to slay his own kin rather than help his older brother take the Iron Throne. After the death of Renly and the near-bloodless fall of Storm's End, Mervyn joined the castle's garrison under the command of Ser Gilbert Farring. Mervyn's brothers and their forces participated in the Battle of the Blackwater, fighting valiantly for Stannis. When Tywin and the Tyrells turned the tide, however, only James and just over twenty of his knights and men-at-arms escaped with Stannis. Leo was gravely wounded, but survived long enough to refuse the mercy of Joffrey Baratheon. He was subsequently executed by Balon Swann, and his head was sent to Roy Steller at Calador. The aged lord was so horrified that he collapsed, seized by a broken heart. Roy's former castellan fortified the castle, declaring James to be the new head of House Steller with a raven to Dragonstone. While House Steller remains resistant to King Joffrey, their status as a minor lord leaves them largely unable to make a difference in the war. James Steller, meanwhile, returned with Stannis to Dragonstone and later accompanied his king to the Wall. He and his surviving followers achieved great glory, riding valiantly against the wildling army. James is currently marching to Winterfell with Stannis, loyal to the true lord of Storm's End and the rightful king of Westeros. The mastiff shall fight with the stag once again, and die with the stag if need be.
  3. James Steller

    A New Husband for Catelyn

    Tywin would never remarry. Not even if it was advantageous to his family. He was a hypocrite to the core, as can be indicated by his use of brothels in secret while he was Hand of the King. And he’d never marry Catelyn anyway. Sansa was already in his family by that point, he wouldn’t need Catelyn. He’d probably make her join the silent sisters after the riverlands were pacified.
  4. James Steller

    Why did Stannis marry Selyse Florent?

    Stannis really got screwed over with that marriage. Selyse Florent didn’t offer anything politically or financially to Stannis, and the perceived “threat” to House Tyrell was meaningless because the Florents would never be strong enough to take them on. It just seems like Robert and Alester Florent both got together over drinks and said “hey, we both have relatives that we hate, let’s pair them up!” I’ve wondered whether Stannis would have been happier with another woman as his wife, but I don’t know who that other option would have been.
  5. Well, one of them definitely did want to sit on the throne, but your point stands for the rest of them.
  6. The name “Aemon” really seems to be a curse. Anyone with that name is blessed with a highly promising personality and character, but they never get to sit on the iron throne.
  7. There’s a passage where Viserra makes it clear that she has her eyes on Baelon and wants to replace her ugly older sister and become his wife. Presumably because she can’t try to marry Aemon given that his wife is still alive. But we do know that Westerosi would consider Baelon to be third in line for the throne, and anything can happen to an heir (just like what happened to Aemon) so Viserra wasn’t completely crazy to assume that she could become queen by marrying Baelon.
  8. Personally, I didn’t like how Viserra only saw her older sister’s death as a chance to seduce her grieving brother to climb the ladder. She clearly had aspirations to be queen, she thought of herself as a living goddess, and she trashtalked her dead sister as a reason for why Baelon would OBVIOUSLY like her better since she doesn’t have a broken nose. Admittedly it’s odd that Alysanne wanted to send Viserra north to marry the old lord Manderly, but (a) she wanted to tie the North closer to the rest of Westeros and (b) she wanted to deflate Viserra’s almost-sociopathic vanity. Viserra might have deserved a bit better, but arrogance is never attractive.
  9. I think it’s a tossup between Vaegon and Saera. I find myself drawn to the people who defy the Westerosi conventions, whether it’s Arya Stark or Aegon III or Stannis Baratheon. And Vaegon and Saera both fit in this category. Vaegon clearly has issues with socializing, or maybe even a condition that puts him on the spectrum. Either way, he defies any and all attempts to normalize him. Reading about that, as well as the lengths his parents go to find a place for him in Westerosi society, was a genuinely interesting read. Saera, meanwhile, does something similar. Yes, she is very manipulative and selfish, but some could read her actions like a rebellion against what women were expected to be like, especially princesses. Saera’s abandonment of her family felt almost brave, and her becoming a prostitute could arguably be her embracing her sexuality, much like how Vaegon embraces his a sexuality. And they both lead lives that they’re clearly happy with, even though everyone around them disapproves. And what’s more, they both thrive and refuse the conventional trappings previously denied to them. Vaegon is a celebrated archmaester who refuses to become his father’s heir after his brothers are all dead, and Saera rises to power in Essos and laughs off the idea that she’d pursue her judgmental father’s old crown when she has her own kingdom to enjoy.
  10. James Steller

    Aegon and his Enemies

    I’m familiar with Floki’s posts, he’s very anti-Targaryen in general. And for some reason Aegon III really irks him. I wouldn’t put too much effort into out-rationalizing him on this.
  11. James Steller

    Aegon and his Enemies

    To be fair, it probably wouldn’t have been Sandoq. His arrival with Viserys and the Rogare family was a wild card that nobody could have predicted. But otherwise I agree with you, Lord Varys. But that still makes me feel that even though Unwin Peake was muscling his way into power by surrounding Aegon with his underlings, there’s ultimately nothing he could have done once Aegon came of age. And it’s debatable how long Aegon has this mindset, but it’s clear to me that he was patient and playing the long game when I came to his youth. The instant that his absolute power kicked in, he made use of it without any care for protocol or even courtesy. Even if Unwin was still around, and hell, even if he married Unwin’s daughter, nothing would have saved Unwin from Aegon ordering him out or demanding the Kingsguard to have Gareth Long killed. Ned Stark’s daughter was engaged to the boy king and he wasn’t even of age when he demanded and receiver Ned Stark’s head.
  12. James Steller

    Aegon and his Enemies

    I feel like your negative reaction to Aegon III is wildly out of proportion....
  13. James Steller

    Aegon and his Enemies

    As I said, crueller kings got away with far worse than that. And besides, Aegon wouldn’t have needed to make a public arrest. He could have commanded Gareth Long to go to the Night’s Watch because they require the service of men like him. If Long protests, he commits treason. Aegon basically gives Gareth the choice of either walking to the Wall and saying his vows honourably, or be dragged north in chains as befitting a man who disobeys his king.
  14. James Steller

    Aegon and his Enemies

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Aegon III has become one of my all time favourite characters thanks to Fire and Blood. He’s really come alive as one of the most interesting figures of the series. And there’s a lot to talk about with him. One thing that struck me recently as the situation between Aegon and Gareth Long, but let’s also throw the situation between Aegon and Marston Waters as well later on. Gareth is a highly abusive man who tortures Aegon’s only friend to make him train better. He never fails to maintain that Aegon is weak and later conspires against Aegon with Unwin Peake. Naturally, Gareth is sent to the Wall for his crimes when he’s caught. But let’s put aside the conspiracy. Let’s assume Gareth didn’t conspire against Aegon. What exactly will happen when Aegon becomes king? As I read the passage about the whipping boy incident, I couldn’t help but imagine Aegon glaring at a sneering Gareth and imagining a cruel revenge when he came of age. Nobody would have stopped the king from sending Gareth to the Wall on his own or object to Gareth being punished somehow. Kings far crueller than Aegon got away with much worse. The same thing applies to Marston Waters on a lesser degree. He’s the man who watched Aegon’s mother get fed to a dragon. He himself points out that the Kingsguard are sworn to obey the king no matter what. So Aegon could have ordered Marston to the Wall, or even kill himself if Aegon was particularly bloody minded. My point is that apart from Tyland Lannister, nobody tried to get on the future king’s good side, while some were completely hostile from the start. Were Gareth Long and Marston Waters planning to leave King’s Landing before Aegon turned 16? Because they’d be stupid to stick around once the boy who hated them became their ruler.
  15. James Steller

    Catelyn

    Great characters have flaws, and Catelyn is a great character. She’s a strong mother figure who gets emotional at times but who also provides good advice on several occasions. The big selling point of Catelyn’s chapters are her insight with other characters. She interacts with a LOT of different people in the series, and she sets a lot in motion. And those people who gripe about Catelyn’s release of Jaime forget that if she hadn’t done that, he wouldn’t have undergone his redemption arc.
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