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  1. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    I had thought Rhaenys was first denied as the heir in 92 AC. So it seems Jaehaerys refused to name her the next legitimate heir long before then? Also I'm a little curious about the word count. F&B probably has ~270 k words, ~90 k of which is focused on Jaehaerys. So ~200 k words are written before TWOIAF. However, George kept saying he had written 350 k words for TWOIAF. Does that mean he had ~150 k words on Westerosi history beyond -2 ~ 136 AC & Essos? Or George's Wordstar uses a different word count algorithm? (e.g. George often said he had 80 k words for Dance of Dragons, but it turned out to be ~60 k words.)
  2. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Spanish preview: https://lossietereinos.com/nuevo-fragmento-exclusivo-fuego-sangre/ Two ships sailed westwards from Old Town in search of a new continent. One returned three years later, with 9/10 crews turned to black or brown. And the other...you'll never guess where they found her
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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    I dug something new (might be inaccurate due to double translation): Daella was to marry a Blackwood till she was horrified to found they believed in the Old Gods. Princess Rhaenys was a big and fragrant child with the black hair of her Baratheon mother and her Targaryen father's violet eyelid. As she was the Prince of Dragonstone's firstborn, many regarded her as the next legitimate heir to the Iron Throne after her father. When Queen Alysanne held her for the first time, she call the little girl "our future queen". Viserra went to Baelon to rescue her from the betrothal. She slipped past the prince's bodyguard and into his sleeping room where she undressed (?) and took care of his wine while waiting for his coming. When Baelon finally showed up, he found her drunk and naked (?) in her bed, and threw her out. The princess was so insecure of the legs that she had to have two maids and a knight of the Kingsguard to help her back to her own room. Aemon and his wife were both alive by 87 AC. But the preview did say Viserra wanted to marry Baelon and become queen.
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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    In 84 AC Alyssa gave birth to a third son, a boy, whom they gave the name of Aegon after the Conqueror. "They call me Baelon the Brave," said the prince to his wife while sitting at her bed. But you are far braver than me. I'd rather take half a hundred blows than to go through what you just did. "Alyssa laughed at him. "You are created for battle, and I'm created for this. Viserys and Daemon and Aegon, it's three. we'll make another one as soon as I'm back again. I'd like to give you twenty. Our very own army!" It should never happen. Alyssa Targaryen had the heart of a warrior in a woman's body, but her strength let her down. She never got on the feet of Aegon and died the same year at the age of twenty-four. Little Prince Aegon did not survive his mother for a long time: he left six months later. Got no idea, didn't note the death of Aemon mentioned in the preview. I'll check again. Could just be a translation error.
  5. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Oh, I mistook the word meaning of stillbirth... Alyssa died after giving birth to Aegon, IIRC.
  6. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Meleys belongs to Alyssa, the other two belong to Aemon & Baelon, who together with Jaehaerys fought the Fourth Dornish War.
  7. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Meleys belongs to Alyssa, the other two belong to Aemon & Baelon, who together with Jaehaerys fought the Fourth Dornish War.
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    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Tidbits from the Danish preview: Seems like Jaehaerys had some battle with the Faith Militant. The mad Prince Morion Martell had a crazy the plan to invade the Stormland by sea. Building the first fleet in thousands of years since Nymeria, Jaehaerys knew his assault plan half a year before Morion sailed. And Morion three dragons waited his fleet at sea. One after another the ships went up in flames. They were still burning when the sun went down, "like a hundred lightning spikes fleeing on the water." There were burned bodies on the Cape Wrath coasts for half a year thereafter, but no living Dornishmen ever set foot on the shores of Stormland. Even Aegon the Conqueror had never won a war without losing a single man. The dragons of Jaehaerys's children: Caraxes, Vhagar, Meleys. Daella's death plants the seed for the First Quarrel. Saera smuggled cats into Daella's bedroom, filled Daella's night pot with bees, stole all the white cloaks she could find and colored them shining. At 13 she told the king that she was planning to marry the prince of Dorne, or perhaps the King of the Wall, so she could be queen like her mother. At 15 she turned her eyes: why the dreams of fiery monarchs, when she could have as many great armed men and knights as she wanted? After got caught in the whorehouse and questioned before her parents, she said, "I'd like to get married, why did not I? You were already married when you were my age. But with whom? Jonah and Roy both love me so I could take either of them, but they are the pure puppies. The Wasp does not love me, but he makes me smile, and sometimes he makes me scream. I could marry them all three, why not? Why are you just having a single husband? Aegon had two wives, and Maegor had six or eight." She had gone too far. Jaehaerys got up and stepped down from the Iron throne, face trembling with anger. "Do you compare yourself with Maegor? Is that what you aim for? Get her back to her sleep comfort," he commanded his guards. "And let her stay there until I send her a message." Jonah and Roy were exiled, and Jaehaerys told Braxten Beesbury, "I could have you castrate and sent to the wall, that was what I did to Sir Lucamore, and he was a better man than you. I could take your father's land, but there would be no justice. He had no part in what you did. But we also can not let you go and spread rumors about my daughter so we intend to take your tongue. And your nose as well, I think, so you get a little harder to contemplate young ladies. You are too proud of your skills with swords and lances, so we will also take that away from you. We're going to break your arms and legs, and my maesters will make sure they are twisted back together." So Braxten chose trial by combat. After that Jaehaerys became the "Old King". He had become thinner, almost skinny, and there was more grey than gold in his brow and hair now. He told Septon Barth and his two sons, "If there should be another war, it's you who must fight it, I have my roads to finish." Grand Maester Elysar remarks: "He had a better way with roads than daughters." Viserra proved to be yet another trouble. Once she took six boys up to the Dragonpit and told them that she would give her virginity to the one who dared to put his head into the mouth of a dragon. Later she hopes to marry Baelon, (Alyssa had died of stillbirth by then) but not because she loves him. She just wants to be queen. "He married one sister, so why not another? I am much more beautiful than Alyssa ever was - you saw her herself. She had a crooked nose." After Alysanne arranged her betrothal to Theomore Manderly, the princess was not convinced. "If you like him, you can marry him, mother," she said. In five years, Alysanne lost three of her daughters: Daella in 82, Alyssa in 84 and Viserra in 87. She was in great sorrow. Her other two daughters, Maegelle and Gael became the queen's constant companion and support. The queen found power in their presence, but nevertheless her thoughts more often and often went to the daughter who was not with her. Although Jaehaerys had banned it, Alysanne had committed himself to his disclosure and hired people to keep an eye on her own child on the other side of the Narrow Sea. She therefore knew that Saera was still in Lys and still in the pleasure house. She had Septon Barth to talk about how forgiveness is a virtue, and time heals all sores. When Barth was finished, she pleaded with the king to bring Saera home.
  9. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Is that another way of saying "women's court"?
  10. zionius

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    Nothing much new in the EW preview. We can now tell apart the 4 story tellers of the Dance of Dragons, though.
  11. zionius

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    Looks like /u/TheWonderingWolf on reddit found a inconsistency. The preview chapter says Grand Maester Clegg came to KL at 33 AC. But Gawen was the GM during 12-42 AC.
  12. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Also, I find the Dornish part only says Aegon slew Lord Toland's mad fool, without saying House Toland changed its sigil for him. Considering in AFFC Arianne says the dragon symbolized that time has no beginning and no end, I wonder if @Ranor GRRM introduced an inconsistency in explaining the Toland sigil, and decided to remove it in F&B.
  13. zionius

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    Google translation says that. I think it's something like "the prince says words from his father’s heart, that had touched Aegon’s heart as a father."
  14. zionius

    FIRE AND BLOOD EXCERPT

    Interesting tidbits I've noticed in the Russian preview: After Orys Baratheon was ransomed with the sword hand cut off, Aegon meant to revenge and burnt the castles in the Red Mountains to molten stone. However, the Wyls are protected by caves and underground passages of Wyl castle. (The app says that in the Wyl entry, and now we know its source.) Dornish lords killed by assasins: Lord Fowler, Lord Vaith, Lady Toland, four Lords of Hellholt. TWOIAF says "Worse occurred at the hands of the Wyl of Wyl, whose deeds we need not recount; they are infamous enough and still remembered, especially in Fawnton and Old Oak." Now we know what he've done. The Wyl of Wyl came unannounced to the wedding of Ser Jon Cafferen, the heir to Fawnton, and Alice(?) Oakheart, daughter of Lord Oakheart. Lord Oakheart and almost all the guests are killed, Lady Alice herself and her servants were raped in a crowd and sold to a Myrish slave trader. (That's why later when Princess Deria brought peace teams, Lord Oakheart suggested to sent her to the brothels.) Theories about the contents of Nymor Martell's letter: Some believe that the prince had only found words in his father’s heart that had touched Aegon’s father’s heart. Others claim that Nymor listed there all the lords and knights who died during the war. Some septons declare the yellow toad wrote it before death, using the blood of Queen Rhaenys instead of ink, and the king could not resist her black magic. The Grand Maester Clegg, who came to King’s Landing twenty years later, came to the conclusion that Dorne had no more strength to fight, and despairing Nymor threatened the king with something. For example, by ordering the Faceless Men to kill his son from Rhaenys.
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    What to ask GRRM?

    We know south part of Westeros map was based on the Ireland map, how about the North and Essos map?
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