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  1. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    It has nothing to do with whether I like it. I really enjoy fantasy and sci-fi that blend elements of both. GRRM has said he would not be mixing sci-fi elements into ASOIAF, so I have a hard time believing any sci-fi heavy theories can be correct. BTW - at least as far as we have other examples, Earth's moon is unusual. Most moons are much smaller, and the larger ones, like Ganymede, are really tiny compared to what they orbit.
  2. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    That quote is all over different articles and theory posts, but the original was an interview about fab and it made it clear he was talking about Aegon. I believe the sentence before this quote was something like "Fans often speculate about whether Aegon knew about the Others being a threat to Westerous"
  3. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Certainly possible, but reading fab, the Targaryens who came later were selfish and unconcerned with the realm. Maybe they didn't have access to what Aegon left or maybe they didn't care enough to even read it.
  4. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Rhaegar seems to have come by whatever knowledge of the future he had from secondary sources - books and whatever the Targaryens knew. Outside the ssm, we had little reason to believe Aegon knew anything.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    BTW I also thought this was odd. Of all the crazy fan theories I've seen posted, this was the first mention of Aegon knowing the future. Maybe someone really asked this or maybe he was just trying to draw interest. But if it was just to draw interest, why not stick to something actually in the book?
  6. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    I just posted this a month ago, but here it is again: “The Targaryens have certain gifts and yes, taking the dragons and dragon riding and dragon breeding was one of them,” he says. “But the other gift was an occasional Targaryen had prophetic powers and could see glimpses of the future, which they didn’t always necessarily properly interpret because, you know, they were fragmentary and sometimes symbolic. “But to what extent did they share those gifts, what did he see, what prompted him to do all this? These are things I find really interesting to ponder.”
  7. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    Needle is an example of a named sword that isn't physically special. I doubt any of our characters reliably know how old their swords are, and I wouldn't put it past grrm to intentionally have them give dates that are wrong. There is a recent SSM that implies Aegon knew about the conflict with the Others and it may have motivated his conquest.
  8. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    I doubt it literally meant 1000 swords, but I agree that is too few if all the swords were used. Maybe they only used the nicer ones. Smiths spent too weeks making a throne fit for a King. Balerion could have spent 2 seconds to make something fused you could sit on, but craftsmanship was priority over speed. It is interesting Aegon took arms away. If he was there to unify Westerous against a threat from the North, he'd want people well armed. Unless he knew the threat was more than a generation away or ordinary arms wouldn't work. Ned's sword Ice existed before the conquest. This makes it unlikely the Starks had a different sword named Ice during the conquest. As fun as it is to think about, the previous Ice was probably a nondescript iron ceremonial sword that was retired when it wore out.
  9. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    My interpretation is 'the swords Aegon collected from Lord Stark and his vassals were not twisted nor melted nor bent when Aegon collected them' not 'the swords Aegon collected from Lord Stark and his vassals were not twisted nor melted nor bent at any point in the future' As far as we know, Aegon collected blades because he wanted peace, and then he built a throne with them mostly as an after thought. He did not go around collecting blades because he wanted them to build his throne. So the fact they were collected is the important part, and whether they ended up used for the throne is incidental. I assume they were, since there is no reason they'd be exempt, but it does not matter. If Aegon decides he already has too many for even a huge throne, and can save a few coins repurposing them for his army, it does not change the story.
  10. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    We saw an Others' sword shatter steel in the prologue. We aren't told explicitly, but I assumed this was because it was cold enough to. Such a weapon could never be held by a human, and would not be possible without magic. When the Other died, the sword likely warmed into regular ice and then melted.
  11. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    What makes you think they weren't used to make the iron throne?
  12. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    We are told Valyrian steel is lighter than normal steel. This could either mean it is less dense or just can be made thinner since it is stronger. We have nothing to suggest Valyrian steel itself makes a weapon less usable in combat, I'd expect the opposite to be true. The Starks simply had a sword too large to use, and it happened to be Valyrian steel. All the Valyrian steel predates the conquest, if the secret of making it was lost in the Doom.
  13. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    My interpretation is just that the swords of the Northman were collected undamaged, in contrast to people who resisted, whose swords were collected as melted twisted metal after their holders were cooked by dragon fire. If Ice is too big for Ned to use in battle, it likely was too big for Torrhen, who would have left it at Winterfell and gone off to fight with a mo practical weapon. This does bring up the interesting question of whether Valyrian steel is part of the iron throne. Houses like Harren and Dondorian likely had Valyrian steel and those houses are gone, so what happened to them? I think we are going to find reforging happens more often than we think, and lots of the lost sword, such as Blackfyre and Brightroar, are still around.
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    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    I don't know how much GRRM knows about real weaponry. Lighter is not always an advantage. A weapon too heavy to skillfully use is worth very little. But otherwise, a lighter weapon is faster but a heavy weapon is stronger, and most well trained people would fare better in battle with weapons towards the upper end of whatever weight they can handle. An extremely light weapon is the useless equivalent of hitting your opponents with a Nerf sword when they have real weapons.
  15. Brad Stark

    Heresy 218 a brief walk on the dark side

    From the SSMs, when asked if Ned ever used Ice in battle, GRRM said it was was "probably too heavy and clumsy" to use unless you're the Mountain. When asked "Who would win in a fight, Barristan Selmy or Arthur Dayne (in their best days)?" the response was "Dayne... if he was armed with Dawn. If both men had equivalent weaponry, it might be a toss-up." So from that, we know Ice was too heavy for Ned but Dawn provided a significant advantage to Arthur Dayne. We don't really know how strong (and strength matters, not size) Arthur was, but I think it is a fair assumption he was weaker than The Mountain.
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