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Floki of the Ironborn

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  1. Imagine if it was just Mandon Moore himself doing it of his own volition. Maybe he just really doesn't like Tyrion and figures he can kill the guy during battle and be rid of him. I like to think Moore was just a really vindictive and petty guy who saw an opportunity to settle a score, only to have the worst luck ever.
  2. Presumably he's referring to Morgon Banefort. And we can assume that Morgon wasn't the only Hooded King who had thralls or dabbled in sorcery/necromancy.
  3. Now that you mention it, I still don't understand how Renly is portrayed in the first book. He wants to have Robert set Cersei aside to marry Margaery, but on what grounds? And why? He denies knowing about the incest between Cersei and Jaime, so was it just because of his ties to the Tyrells? What would he have gained from that?
  4. In AFFC, Cersei laments how she had to kill off Robert before she could deal with his brothers. Was she planning to poison them? Pit them against each other? Neither of them like her at all, and I'm betting that they didn't trust her enough to let her get too close. Plus even Robert would have to notice that both his brothers were dead. Wouldn't he have suspected Cersei at least a little bit?
  5. Couldn't agree more. House Manderly is my choice for the Northern houses too. Dorne House Martell, but make it a biography of Nymeria. She's the one who created the House Martell as we know it. Reach House Tyrell. It'd be interesting to see how those Andal adventurers first arrived in the Reach. Vale House Arryn. Let's get the details of when the First Men very nearly drove the Andals back into the sea. Crownlands House Brune of Brownhollow. Not many great choices in the Crownlands, I just picked one that might be interesting. Westerlands House Reyne of Castamere. It would be interesting to see them create the very place which would become their tomb. Riverlands House Blackwood. Let's see their origins in the North and the reason for being driven out in the first place. Iron Islands House Farwynd. Their story makes for equal parts adventure and existential horror, given the chance that they could all be slightly mad. Stormlands House Caron. Let's learn about the house full of singing marcher lords and make it an operatic account of the Age of Heroes.
  6. I'm honestly not sure about this. On the one hand, he completed his big vengeance against House Frey, and for all we know, he was behind Little Walder's death too. But on the other hand, he'll have a big role to play if Davos brings him Rickon. How many other people even know about Davos' mission if Wyman dies? I don't imagine that Wylis is in any mental shape to take on a big conspiracy, so I guess it has to be Robett Glover, and we have no idea where he is (unless he's the Hooded Man, anyway). I imagine that there'd still be plenty of story for Wyman, so he might survive the next book. But I don't think he'll make it to the end of the last book. He's too old and unfit to survive the next Long Night.
  7. Aerys II Baelor Maegor Rhaegel Aerion Exiled Prince Viserys Helaena post-son's murder
  8. Was it that clever? Because it amounted to nothing at all.
  9. That's assuming that they can prove Unwin was behind Jaehaera's death. If Gyldayn can only speculate, then I'm pretty sure that he was never convicted of those crimes. If Unwin does end up getting killed by the Crown, it'll most likely be because he supports a Daeron pretender. The charge will be treason, and considering that he's still a powerful marcher lord, he will get the 'dignity' of a beheading.
  10. Agreed. Varys seems to have very inconsistent loyalties. I doubt they'll ever fully make sense to us.
  11. It would be interesting to see that play out. The showdown which we were promised back when Oakenfist sailed against the Red Kraken.
  12. On the one hand, Munkun seems to be a wise man. He mediates to keep the peace, he is the first on hand to try and heal people, and he occasionally gives some genuinely sound advice (ex. suggesting Rowley to be the new Lord Confessor). On the other hand, he spends years actively assisting and supporting Unwin Peake, even to the point where he's disobeying Aegon's orders. Of course, Munkun's status means he doesn't get punished with the others, but something must have happened because he apparently gets dismissed from his position by the time future Daeron II is born. But then later on he's in the same position as before. Is that a blooper on GRRM's part? Did Aegon and Viserys punish him for conspiring against them after all?
  13. Arnolf and his brood will not survive long. Cregan may or may not be released in the chaos that's about to envelop Castle Black. Harrion is a non-entity, he's only ever existed to be a hostage. It would be stupid if he played a crucial role so late in the game. I think the Thenns will integrate into the North. The North is going to become very savage during this winter, and the Thenns will fit right in. I wouldn't be surprised if House Thenn replaces House Karstark once and for all, representing a new blend of different northerners living together at last.
  14. All good points. One thing I'd add to the Blacks side of things is that Blood and Cheese shouldn't have stopped at Jaehaerys. They could have easily killed Alicent, bound and gagged Helaena, killed all three of the children, spared Helaena so Aegon can't marry again, then sneak over to Otto Hightower's office and murder him too. It would have completely crippled Aegon's council, demoralized him, and left the greens open to a ruinous defeat.
  15. If you read Fire and Blood, it goes into detail about a possible way she died. The implication is that Unwin Peake's mercenary bodyguard, Tessario, was allowed into her room by Amaury Peake and threw her to her death.
  16. Come to think of it, were the Dornish still raiding the Marches after they joined the Seven Kingdoms? It seems like that would warrant some serious repercussions if they did. But then if the raids haven't been happening for years, have the Marcher Lords become less martial?
  17. Do they? Because as far as I can recall, Stannis wasn't fully aware of what happened the night Renly died.
  18. My favourite is that he's just insane from having travelled to Valyria. He's definitely been there, given that he's got Valyrian steel armour, but the cost is that he's also gone utterly bonkers. Now he's full of that mad Targaryen megalomania, preparing an apocalypse for him to ride out and rule, only to be taken out in a very unremarkable way, preferably by an arrow from Samwell Tarly.
  19. Victims of their enemies? Yes. Their enemies have thoroughly annihilated them, in a truly humiliating way. But I wouldn't call them 'victims' per se. They made bad choices, as people have said, and the fact that they even have choices to make puts them above 95% of everyone else in the Seven Kingdoms. They are top tier privilege in a very cruel and unfair society. I can see that no matter how much I like them as characters or like the story they're in. Theon Stark is what the North will become again. He lived ruthlessly in a hard world, which is what the Starks will become in order to reclaim their home and survive the winter. We've seen it with all of them, even Sansa the Wolfless. Arya and Rickon are turning savage, Bran is becoming deeply immersed in the old gods, Jon Snow is learning how to lead a pack, Sansa is learning who she can trust and how she can maneuver herself among strangers and enemies. No doubt the Starks were honourable after a fashion, but Eddard brought the Andal version of honour into House Stark from the Vale. It's the wrong kind of honour, a kind that doesn't serve the Starks well, as the books point out. The wolves will awaken, though, and they will endure.
  20. As we learned in ADWD, Varys has spent a long time paving the road for (f)Aegon VI to reclaim the Iron Throne for House Targaryen. This includes murdering Grand Maester Pycelle and Kevan Lannister so that the various factions in King's Landing turn on each other even more, which will presumably benefit (f)Aegon. But if that's what his endgame was, why would he work so hard to prevent the War of the Five Kings from happening? "Peace. If there was one soul in King's Landing who was truly desperate to keep Robert Baratheon alive, it was me. For fifteen years I protected him from his enemies, but I could not protect him from his friends." You could argue that he's lying, but even if he is, that doesn't change his reason for speaking in the first place. Eddard Stark is imprisoned, he's awaiting judgment from King Joffrey, whom he tried to prevent from taking the throne. The Riverlands have erupted into war, Robb is leading a Northern army to victory against Jaime Lannister, the realm is going to come apart. Varys is down with Eddard to persuade him to confess his treason, take the black, and do what he can to call off the North's forces before things go further. Regardless of what Varys claims is his motivation, this is what he's doing. But why? A chaotic realm is exactly what he's apparently been hoping to prepare for (f)Aegon. Why did Varys fight so hard to prevent that from happening? It's not like he's fearful of Daenerys and her dragons, the eggs hadn't hatched yet (though it does explain why he was so ready to poison Daenerys at Robert's order. He had a secret Blackfyre/Targaryen/lookalike in the wings all along). I suppose you can argue that he's waiting for (f)Aegon to come of age, but Jon Connington could have assumed command as the Hand and Protector of the Realm. And if you're arguing that (f)Aegon's allies didn't have enough troops, that also makes me tilt my head. The Golden Company's ready to break any contract for this mission, and they spend their lives fighting. They could have swept in any time and rallied any Targaryen loyalists (of which there were still many during Robert's early reign). This is a plan which Varys claims he and Illyrio have been slowly forming for years. They surely didn't have to wait so long as they did.
  21. Was it a coincidence? We see how much Tywin relies on communication in ASOS. Nobody would think twice about Cersei writing to her father, I could easily believe that some of it was planned. Not all, mind you, but some of it.
  22. To be clear, Roose: -forces a night march on his troops -ruins the element of surprise by sounding loud horns -runs downhill from the high ground towards an army which is bigger and has far more cavalry -loses over a quarter of the army (he started with more than 17,000 infantry, and after the battle (plus after the Freys pull out) he's got less than 10,000 left) -deliberately keeps his own men in the vanguard so that they're least impacted by casualties If it wasn't for Robb's great victories, I daresay Roose would have been in big trouble from Robb after a defeat like that. I don't even know if he ever really understood what had happened, either. Roose could have told him anything by raven, and since he was killing off the Northern forces piece by piece, there wouldn't be anyone to tell him otherwise.
  23. Ramsay is absolutely too crazy to consider himself in danger. He does what he pleases, and he's had a lot of luck getting out of well-deserved punishments. As for Roose, he was definitely planning things. It's pretty obvious, given how he was undercutting his rivals from the very first. I'd say he was always hoping to find an opportunity to supplant the Starks. Putting Ramsay in charge was absolutely a strategic decision on his part. He can rely on Ramsay being unpredictable and wild. Of course, he couldn't predict that Daryn Hornwood was going to die, at the same time as his father, but he had to have known that the war would lead to some kind of issue on the home front. And once Ramsay noticed, he'd happily exploit it for his own means. Roose is a lot like Littlefinger in that regard; he doesn't control chaos, nor does he even try to control it. He simply rides the wave as far as he can go until the next wave shows itself.
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