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  1. Yeah, I know, it sounds like the dumbest question in the world. Why would Robert, a philandering drunken dumb jock, hate his utter buzzkill of a younger brother? But thinking about it again, it does seem a bit excessive on Robert's part. The easy answer is it's because they're complete opposites. Robert is a hedonist, Stannis is a Calvinist. Robert sleeps around, Stannis doesn't. And even their approaches to war are different; Robert is Ares (bloodlust), Stannis is Athena (tactics and strategy). But the thing is, a lot of what I just said about Stannis also describes Ned Stark. And no, I'm not equating Ned with Stannis. Ned is by far more likeable, more charismatic, more balanced, and clearly doesn't have as many issues as Stannis does. But he's still a reserved guy who doesn't drink much from what we've seen, he doesn't fool around (Jon Snow wouldn't be considered such a huge blemish otherwise), and he doesn't enjoy fighting like Robert does. He sees bloodshed as a duty, something that must be done for serious reasons, much like Stannis. And I'm no fan of either Baratheon brother, and the whole Dragonstone thing is debatable so I'm not going to touch on that, but it still seems to me that Robert had some issues with Stannis that go beyond simple bullying. As we know from Ned's chapter, Robert would rather give the title of "Warden of the East" to Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard than Stannis. Even Cersei recognised that Robert was going out of his way to slight Stannis. And you don't 'accidentally' hook up with someone in your brother's marriage bed, I don't care how drunk you are (though maybe Stannis was secretly relieved that he did that, heh). Then there's also Renly to consider. Renly does admire Robert and want to be like him, but at the same time, he clearly isn't. Robert was never a materialist, far as we know. He doesn't care about fashion or good food or jewels like Renly. And of course, Renly's not a womanizer either. But Robert either doesn't notice or doesn't care that Renly is gay, which is really progressive for a guy who laughed at the idea of Stannis not enjoying sex with women. So what's the real deal with Stannis that makes Robert lash out so much?
  2. That is going to be a marriage that would make the Others flinch. We know that Asha doesn't think much of Justin, and she will definitely refuse to become the sort of wife that Justin Massey would expect her to be. And that's before even mentioning Asha's lovers, none of whom will be happy about Asha marrying a R'hlorr worshipper from the green lands. And if Justin took a leaf out of Robert's book, he will not be happy about any of what I just said. Asha would probably end up getting Justin killed, or even do it herself.
  3. I won't mind that reveal if it's properly framed. Specifically that House Targaryen is the blight upon Westeros. Fire consumes, destroys, and House Targaryen proudly flaunts its association with fire's destruction. They destroy everything, including themselves. Even the supposed hero of fire is meant to kill the person whom he (or she) loves most in order to triumph.
  4. The majority of Hornwood troops were south of the Neck with Robb, and Ramsay had over six hundred Bolton troops to ambush them. Nobody saw Ramsay's attack coming, and they actually captured him quickly enough (even if they thought he was Reek, he still would have been stuck in captivity without Theon's intervention). House Hornwood isn't an insignificant house. They've got a long history serving House Stark, just look at Cregan's forces. A Hornwood son co-founded an entire sellsword company, that requires some serious clout and pedigree. If anything, I'd say that Karstark and Hornwood are more or less on an even scale. Obviously House Bolton is stronger than either one of them, but it's not like Rickard was going to marry Alys off to Roose's bastard.
  5. Well, I'd write my avatar's origin story: True to the family name, House Boatsman were originally poor shipbuilders on the Iron Islands. However, as their craft grew in popularity, they slowly built their wealth and prestige until they could afford to keep two reaving ships and crews. So might their meagre existence have continued were it not for Floki, a highly clever boat builder and an equally savage fighter, even as a very young man. It was he who, despite being only 16 years old, helped his father seize and acquire the Valyrian steel axe during a daring raid in Essos. Only his skilled seamanship allowed their raiding party to return safely around Westeros, feigning to be traders to avoid the wroth of the Reach and Dorne. It was during that great sea voyage home that Floki's father died of his wounds acquired during the seizing of the axe. Word of Floki's voyage made him a known figure on the Iron Islands, and the plunder he brought home allowed him to develop a sigil for himself as a minor lord in his own right. House Boatsman was hired to build ships for larger houses. This increased Floki's following, even as he was invited to accompany greater houses of the Iron Islands on raids to the Riverlands and Westerlands. Though he was only brought along for his seamanship and his talent with building and maintaining ships, Floki proved himself in battle many times. By the time he saw his 21st year, Floki was already a father of three sons and two daughters, even as he went on a raid to the North. It was disastrous, and an attack upon Deepwood Motte was beaten back with great loss. It was there that Floki, fleeing from vengeful Northmen, first came across a weirwood tree, deep in the forests of the Wolfswood. Though he fled back to the shore and led the survivors home, he never forgot the sight of that tree, nor did he forget the valiant strength of the Northmen. For the next several years, Floki stayed home, taking in dozens of slaves who were taken from the North. Treating them kindly, he questioned them on the weirwoods and the old gods. The more he learned, the more he was convinced that he and the Ironborn worshipped a false and evil god. Floki adopted the old gods of the First Men as his own, raising his children to recognize the old gods as the true gods of their world. As the years passed, however, Floki became deeply unpopular and despised as an apostate. The Drowned Men preached against House Boatsman as being heretics and traitors, but Floki strove to win the protection of House Hoare, a major house who had abandoned the Drowned God for the Andal faith. Instead, House Hoare mocked Floki for a fool, worshipping weirwood trees. Attacks were launched against House Boatsman, and Floki was forced to defend himself and his people, many of whom followed their lord into worshipping the old gods. Floki was 27 years old when a devastating attack was launched on his home, leading to the brutal deaths of his wife and children. Floki and his surviving followers fled upon four crowded ships, never to settle on the Iron Islands again. Though Floki's ships were well-built, they were hotly pursued by dozens of other ships whose oarsman were more numerous. Legend has it that Floki prayed to the old gods for salvation, leading to a great fog to descend upon the sea. While the Ironborn were virtually blinded by the fog, Floki had brought three ravens with him, and he released them so that they might fly above the fog and spot land. Floki's ships followed the black birds to the long shores of Cape Kraken. At the time, as now, Cape Kraken was long disputed by the northmen and Ironborn, leading to a sparse population of mixed blooded people. Nobody opposed Floki when he landed his four ships and his followers, most of them northern slaves whom he had acquired on the Iron Islands. When he offered to set them free, most of them preferred to swear allegiance to Floki instead. This proved invaluable when the forces of the King of Winter arrived to drive Floki's followers into the sea as Ironborn raiders. Much was said about Floki's brilliant sailing or his vicious fighting, but on that occasion, his tongue turned to silver as he spoke of his renouncing the false Ironborn god, and offering his services to House Stark just as House Manderly had done just three hundred years before. Eyron Stark, the then-heir to Winterfell, was convinced of Floki's genuine conversion to the old gods, thanks in part to the numerous northmen whom Floki had released from imprisonment. It was determined that Floki would hold what part of Cape Kraken that he could, in defence of his new lord against the people he had renounced. Floki was untroubled, and vowed to slay a hundred Ironborn for every child that he'd lost to them. As a sign of his sincerity, he took a northern woman as his new wife and planted a godswood in his new home of Ravenholt. The wooden castle (which was eventually converted into stone over the long years, was built on the cliff where Floki's ravens had first landed on Cape Kraken, overlooking the sea from which he'd come. Thus began the rule of House Boatsman in Cape Kraken. Many times, Ironborn raiders landed on Cape Kraken, only to face the vengeful battle cry of Floki, who had renamed his Valyrian steel axe Vengeance. It's unknown how many Ironborn Floki killed during his lifetime, but he was a feared enemy, even as an ancient man with several sons and daughters by his northern wife, an illegitimate daughter of House Dustin's castellan whose name was Helga. Though he risked his life many times in battle, Floki was said to have died in bed soon after the death of Helga, passing peacefully when his heart gave out. The aging king Eyron Stark was said to have personally visited Ravenholt to oversee the joint funeral of Floki and Helga. The story would cover his life, with a couple time jumps here and there so it doesn't drag.
  6. Having three valuable rocks wouldn't have proved anything about fAegon's heritage. The dragons died out long before Rhaegar was even born, nobody associated him with dragon eggs. Not even Aerys bothered to try hatching dragon eggs, even at the height of his madness. And besides, those same eggs were stolen a long time ago anyway. If anything, fAegon's possession of those three eggs connects him more to Elissa Farman than Rhaegar Targaryen.
  7. I'm pretty sure fAegon would want Gregor Clegane punished for killing his 'mom'.
  8. You do realise how many questions THAT scenario raises, right?
  9. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who always thought Rhaegar's choice of hiding spot was a strange one, especially if Lyanna was with him. Even if you set aside the sexual liberation of Dornish culture, Rhaegar is hiding out in Dorne while his wife and children are back in King's Landing, being held hostage by Rhaegar's crazy dad so Dorne fights for the crown. And if Rhaegar is hiding out there with Lyanna, willingly or not, it's even more despicable. And if Lyanna's there out of her own free will, she's potentially a despicable person too for knowingly creating a sh*tstorm and weathering it out in blissful isolation while her family is nearly destroyed over it. But I'll admit, I didn't consider the idea that Lyanna *wasn't* at the Tower. But then where could she have been? And if she wasn't there, why were the Kingsguard still there? What were they doing at the Tower now that Rhaegar was gone? The only explanation that makes any sense is that a pregnant Lyanna is there, too bedridden to leave, and so Rhaegar pompously decided that his baby mama and the third dragon head needed three of the best Kingsguard there to protect them both.
  10. If I had to guess, I'd say it was Ashara Dayne who told Ned that her brother was at the tower, or maybe even that Rhaegar and Lyanna were there too. Or maybe Ned guessed that if Arthur was there, he was there for a very important reason. And given that Lyanna's still missing, it wouldn't take a genius to put two and two together. Plus it gives a special reason for why Ashara killed herself; she helped get her brother killed.
  11. I've always believed this one. And besides all the good points you made, there's the fact that we were literally told that Tyrion is Tywin's son, not Jaime. It's like GRRM heard about everyone saying Tyrion is Aerys' son and wanted to directly refute it via Genna Lannister.
  12. Varys serves the realm. Why would he encourage Aerys to throw the realm into utter chaos? Is it all to push Rhaegar into dethroning Aerys, or did Varys want to bring House Targaryen down? Because if it's the latter, the only way it makes sense is if Varys is a Blackfyre and fAegon is a secret Blackfyre heir who presumably would barely have been born at the time of Robert's Rebellion. That's a long game for him to play.
  13. Given that the Ryswells and Dustins are known for their horses and cavalry, I'd say they're at least as powerful as the Umbers or Karstarks. Though given their geography, one could argue that they should be closer to the Manderly and Bolton level.
  14. The Riverlands are always going to be vulnerable. They are divided internally by geography and rival factions. They're also surrounded by enemies who exploit the internal strife to carve out more territory for themselves.
  15. Let's deconstruct this a bit more thoroughly: First of all, the Tyrells owed everything to the Targaryens. That's why they never once rocked the boat by going to war against House Targaryen in all the history of their dynasty. Even when during the Dance of the Dragons, they preferred to sit on their asses and do nothing rather than offend one of the two Targaryen factions. The only reason the Reach was so divided was because the Tyrells were too weak and House Hightower was too powerful. Speaking of House Hightower, it's important to note that they seemed to take a back seat after the Dance. They got burned badly during that conflict (pun intended), and as powerful as they still are, they've never really tried to grab that kind of power since. Granted, they could very well be protecting the Citadel as they undermined the Targaryens with their plots and experiments and whatnot, but that's impossible to confirm. Point is, House Hightower seems to have learned their lesson and fallen in line behind House Tyrell. House Tarly's clearly got some kind of ambition going on, but at the same time, they're also disciplined soldiers and haven't ever openly defied their overlords. So if House Tyrell stays loyal to House Targaryen, so will House Tarly. House Florent's always held up as the bitter rivals to House Tyrell, but I've never really bought that they're any kind of genuine threat to House Tyrell. Rich as House Florent might be, they apparently can't field more than 2,000 soldiers, which is a pitiful number when you consider how many people live in the Reach. And we never hear of House Florent defying House Tyrell or plotting against them, not even during the Dance or the Blackfyre Rebellions. Compared to House Bolton's bloody and devious history, House Florent are mostly just bluster and metaphorical penis envy. The only thing I do find funny is how many Reach houses would have gladly grabbed any excuse to fight the Dornish (especially House Oakheart), but those old enmities aren't enough to turn people against House Tyrell or Targaryen after so many years in power.
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