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Floki of the Ironborn

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  1. I feel like we're building to a moment where the Boltons are outmatched by their enemies in terms of ferocity and savagery, since this is what happened when they and the Others push things too far. We've already seen how the Free Folk are allying with Jon Snow, Bran learning the ways of the Children, communicating through the trees, House Manderly making everyone at Ramsay Bolton's wedding feast on human flesh. Now we'll have the half-giant cannibalistic Stoneborn making their own appearance, riding unicorns and wielding dragonglass in the name of their savage young Stark lord. Rickon's not going to be tied down to Andal Arryn notions of honour like his dad, and he won't be burded by southron influence from his Tully side. Rickon is going to be a new Hungry Wolf, if he lives long enough to become the next Lord Stark, anyway.
  2. You can fairly assume that even if nobody from the Iron Islands has willingly gone to King's Landing, the Ironborn would have had to give up hostages at some point over the years. We know that Theon Greyjoy and Baelor Blacktyde were taken as hostages to the North and Reach, so maybe Robert took hostages for his own? We know that Dagon Greyjoy was defeated by House Targaryen eventually, so maybe he had to give up hostages to the Crown as well?
  3. That's a fair point, but the problem is that we could still have gotten that if only a few more houses were also old god worshippers. We're told that the majority of people in Westeros are descended from the First Men, and some still worship the old gods, but the only ones we've met are the Blackwoods. And the Blackwoods are very much involved in the ways of the south. Instead of one house bearing that burden, we could have had several other ones. Maybe House Crakehall in the west, for example, or House Dondarrion in the Stormlands. Beric could have been another Jorah-like example of an old gods worshipper being knighted and participating in knightly activities.
  4. I don't know for the life of me why GRRM only chose one house south of the Neck to carry on the old gods worship. He could have made his point just as easily with a number of other houses who weren't followers of the Seven. And of all the non-North houses, it's House Royce that seems most obvious a candidate to cling to the old ways. Everything about them suggests it; they still send sons to the Wall, they wear bronze armour, they've got a rich and ancient lineage back to the First Men, they're the second most powerful house in the Vale even after all this time, it would have said a lot more if they were also old gods worshippers. and sure, the Andals were ruthless in stamping out that faith, but even so, they could have been secretly faithful until it was safe to be honest about it again.
  5. This is news? I thought that was what we were meant to assume.
  6. To be honest, it really seems like sacrifice is a major theme in this series. Several of the faiths we've been told about require sacrifices for the magic to work. We've got Azor Ahai forging Lightbringer with his lover's body, the sacrifices by the Ironborn, the Qohorik, Rh'lorr, the old gods... There's also strong hints that Valyrian steel is done with blood magic.
  7. I can't remember what he was doing at Harrenhal, but as for where he was during the rebellion, I imagine that it would have to be somewhere in Essos. The only way he wasn't involved with the Rebellion in any way was if he was too far away to get involved, or even too far away to know what was happening until it was too late. Anything could have happened to him, honestly. He was a southron maester living in the North. He could have died of a chill, of sickness, or slipped on icy steps and broken his neck. Plenty of people die by accident, after all, even in GRRM's universe.
  8. It really amazes me how in a history which includes men like Maegor, Aegon IV, Aegon II, Aerys II, and Daeron I, Robert still ends up being one of the worst kings ever to sit on the Iron Throne.
  9. I don't know if that's necessarily true. There's a lot of men with Prester, sure, but there are also a lot of enemies in the Riverlands right now. Lady Stoneheart is brazen enough to hang the heir to House Frey just a day's ride from the Twins. Not to mention the fact that Tom O'Sevenstreams has infiltrated Riverrun. Everyone has suspected that Stoneheart's got a serious revenge brewing against who knows how many people will be at Daven Lannister's wedding. And that's before even mentioning all the people still unaccounted for. We've got Nymeria and her hundred-strong wolf pack raising hell, a whole faction of the Brotherhood Without Banners that's disappeared, Brynden "Blackfish" Tully gone to ground, and an untold number of broken men who used to be with Robb Stark's army. If all these factions can combine, then they might have a chance to save Jeyne and Edmure.
  10. I didn't. She's not a true Stark either. She's her mother's daughter, a Tully. Why do you think GRRM killed off her wolf so early in the story? I just hope that she doesn't end up ruling the North like she did in that terrible fanfiction story which was going around earlier.
  11. Ned wasn't a true Stark. He wasn't raised in Winterfell, he was raised in the Vale. His father wasn't Rickard, it was Jon Arryn. Arryn gave Ned that overinflated sense of honour which plagued his life, and it also plagued his son Robb's later on. But Robb was more Stark than his father considering he got a direwolf. Even Catelyn knew enough that she urged Robb to trust his wolf. But he proved to be his 'father's son' and paid a bloody price for it. It's no coincidence that the last Stark children, legitimate and illegitimate, are wargs. Not to mention the fact that they are all becoming wilder (Jon Snow), more dangerous (Arya), more savage (Rickon), and more connected to the weirwoods (Bran). House Stark will return to its wolfish roots.
  12. To be fair, that time is coming back. The books have foreshadowed it several times. When the Long Night returns, the North is going to remember its savage roots. Even the Andal Manderly house is practicing cannibalism either to survive (Wylis ate roast goat in Harrenhal) or to avenge (Wyman and his three pies). Plus we've seen the vision of the blood sacrifice through Bran's eyes, and Davos heard the stories of the old North's ways, hanging entrails in trees and whatnot. This is a savage land of savage wolves, and the old gods will have their share of blood once again.
  13. The old gods. Hands down. The old gods were clearly the ones most in tune with the world, and they're also worshipped by the main family of protagonists.
  14. In fairness, I always figured it was just Aegon III being a sullen little emo throwing out some smartass answer to a genuine concern, like "hey, Gaemon was a king before, right? Make him king again!" Given that his mother was a prostitute executed for treason, I just figured he was being sarcastic and surly. But even if Aegon III did know that Gaemon was his kin, how did he know? Who would have told him? Did Gaemon know who his father was? When would Aegon have visited him during the war?
  15. Maybe I'm really late to the party on this notion, but it strikes me that Gaemon Palehair could have been Aegon's bastard son after all. If one of the sources can be believed, Aegon was a womanizing pervert. Maybe he really did sleep with Essie and impregnate her. Essie would have said anything to stop the torture, so I have no trouble believing that she was forced to lie about her son's parentage. I always thought it was strange how Gaemon could have gained the support of thousands, since who in that misogynistic and judgmental society would believe a random group of prostitutes? They wouldn't believe them unless there was some clear evidence backing them up. It must have been a brothel which Aegon frequented, and he'd been seen discreetly entering and leaving the place. And since it was some gutter in Flea Bottom, nobody important would have noticed or cared if those rumours were milling around. I feel stupid for not realising it sooner than this.
  16. In theory, yes, he could very well have done that. And I wish he had, because kings who do that to their own sworn bodyguards don't live for long.
  17. That's my point, though. We know that is snows in the North during the winter, and also in the Vale and Riverlands. But this random spot in between all that snow couldn't possibly freeze over or else the big reptiles would die. So it's either a massive blooper, or somehow the Neck stays warm through all the seasons.
  18. From what we've learned, the Neck is basically like bizarro-Florida. A giant swamp with mangrove trees and marsh plants everywhere, no solid ground that we know of, not to mention the abundance of huge reptiles that are the Westerosi equivalent of alligators or crocodiles. The fact that such animals live in the Neck means that it's got warmer temperatures than the rest of the North, and it must not freeze, even in winter, or else those big reptiles wouldn't be able to survive. And what gets me is that the Neck is an anomaly. It's implied that Westeros gets warmer the further south you go, since Dorne is one giant desert while the North is freezing cold. But given what we've learned about the Riverlands, Westerlands, Stormlands, Crownlands, etc, none of them seem to have a climate which is tropical or even sub-tropical. So the continent has one random warm hotspot where the Neck thrives, then you have the milder Riverlands, then the rainforest of the Stormlands (and I mean North American Pacific rainforests, not the ones in Central/South America), and then the deserts of Dorne. It's a continental climate rollercoaster, heh.
  19. Here's a good solution to the Dustin/Stark dispute over that land and ownership issue. Have the Dustins remain vassals over the land, while also giving that city to a Stark off-branch. That way, the prestige and face of Houses Stark and Dustin are both saved, since they both technically got control of that territory.
  20. I thought it was a great read, personally. Though there's no way he can put the whole history of House Targaryen into just two books unless he skips a LOT. He'll need at least three at the rate FAB went.
  21. Brienne isn't going to kill Stannis. At this point, it's just a matter of revenge, and revenge does not work out well for characters in this series. Robert's revenge on Rhaegar gave him zero satisfaction, Oberyn's quest for revenge got him brutally killed, and Arya's becoming a monster in her pursuit of revenge. Brienne will probably never get the chance to kill Stannis; that's the sort of thing that GRRM wants to undermine with this series.
  22. That's true, nobody suspected the Red Wedding, and Dacey still went with Robb. I imagine that Lyra and Jorelle are significantly younger than Dacey and Alysanne ( but still older than Lyanna, obviously). I don't understand what the risk is for Maege, though. Why was it a risk for Northerners to travel into the Neck? They have nothing to fear from the crannogmen, surely? Robb doesn't think it'll be difficult at all to take Moat Cailin with Howland Reed's help. And nobody fears for Glover and Mormont's safety, far as I remember, they just worry over whether the crannogmen will be useful against the Ironborn, which is just prejudice against the crannogmen's lack of traditional war prowess.
  23. Are you saying that Alysanne was lying to Asha, then?
  24. Dacey is dead, yes, but Lyanna Mormont still has three living sisters. Two of them, Lyra and Jorelle, are with their mother Maege. The eldest living sister, Alysanne, is with Stannis Baratheon's army, leading the Mormont faction. If anyone's leading an army, it's going to be her while Lyanna stays home with Alysanne's two children.
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