The first chapter or prologue of A Game of Thrones contains a mystery that I personally think is still a clue to the major story: how did the wildlings die exactly?
According to narrator Will who is the only one who has seen the bodies there was no obvious blood on the snow covered floor which should make blood patches quite clear.
Frost is in first aspect quite a decent cause of death. However it's still summer and there was only a light dusting of snow, surely not enough given the circumstances to kill 8 adults all together?
Our night watchmen stop the argument here but never is a good reason given for the sudden death of the 8 adults( including 1 up in a tree no less, the far-eyes).
So what does kill 8 armed ppl without bloodshed? Poison? But who and why bother to poison random bands of wildlings so far north.
Magic? Where these ppl warged to death. That would explain the suddeness of the death(consider the wildling who died up in a tree). This would imply the children of the forest more then the Others. However the only one who we've seen warg a living person is Bran who seem to be unique in this.
In conclusion I'm absolutely stumped, whatever kills these wildlings was sudden and with minimal bloodshed. So what did them in?