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  1. tugela

    The role of Jon Snow in TWoW

    Medieval daggers were designed to penetrate mail. They were not at all like modern daggers, which are more designed as cutting instruments rather than piercing ones. If one was buried to the hilt in him, he was most definitely dead.
  2. tugela

    The role of Jon Snow in TWoW

    Jon will have his own sources of information, he won't be using his enemies for news updates from the front. No one does that, even commanders as stupid as Jon. Jeyne is traveling with Stannis (and is his prisoner), so she won't be going to Castle Black. He will come back as the Night King, unlike the TV series. The final battle will be between Jon as the force of darkness and Daenerys as the force of light. Jon will take Winterfell back, but will do so leading an army of wights.
  3. The problem is that he had too many characters going off on their merry way, and then had to expand on their individual story lines, which resulted in the books becoming exponentially more complicated as the story progressed. If he had kept the story more compact, or at least had the primary characters staying more or less in the same locations, the entire story would have been much more manageable. At this point I don't see him being able to finish the story, not without killing off a large number of characters in short order, or at least getting them to converge. He needs to cut all of the other nonsense out and converge everything on Kings Landing and Winterfell. Do we really need to know all the nuances of Mereen or Iron Island or Dorne or Vale politics for example?
  4. Fall into a tree well and is never heard from again?
  5. tugela

    What will happen when the dragon horn is sound?

    Not much. By the time Martin would be getting around to that part he would have died of old age already so nothing will happen,
  6. tugela

    Why Asha such a terminator?

    It still does not make the fight realistic. "Barbarians" on occasion overran Roman legions when the Romans were decked out in plate armor and they were wearing cloth/fabric/natural materials armor (which, as I have pointed out, is actually very effective for melee combat from that era). Without the advantage of fighting in fixed formations, Roman soldiers were quickly taken out by less well armored opponents, even though they were far better trained and equipped. The fact remains that in the style of fighting in medieval and pre-medieval eras, combat was centered mostly around knocking your opponent down/out, then finishing them off with some sort of piercing weapon. Taking a blow from a heavy battle axe can kill you from the impact alone, even if you were wearing chain. Especially so if you were more gracile. Large people can absorb impact blows to a greater extent. Roman gladiators for example actually had special diets to promote the development of surface body fat, which acted as a type of natural armor to this sort of damage. Unless Asha was in a shield wall formation, her armor would not have afforded her any advantage over her opponents, and could even have been a serious disadvantage due to the weight and consequent reduction in mobility. Combine that with the strength differential versus her likely opponents, she would not have stood much chance of surviving in real combat in a melee.
  7. tugela

    Why Asha such a terminator?

    Real warriors did not wear simple leather armor because it offers very little protection. That is the point I was making. Leather armor is a creation of fantasy because it looks sexy, but it was not actually used as armor. People may have had leather garments as protection against the elements, but not as protection against weapons. People in the middle ages who could not afford mail wore gambeson, which is a padded fabric made of dense wool. It is simple to make and very effective against the sorts of weapons used at the time because it absorbs the impact of the weapon. It is type of armor used by common soldiers since at least from the early Greek period all the way through to the advent of firearms, and it is used because it really works. Of course chain is preferable since it suffers from less attrition in battle, but it would not afford you an advantage beyond that. If you were in single combat, or facing multiple enemies, winning would entail you knocking your enemies down or stunning them, then going for a weak spot to finish them off. If you did not knock them down or stun them, there is no way you were going to kill them, no matter what armor they were wearing and no matter what your skill was. This was NOT fencing.
  8. tugela

    Is Rhaegal completely useless?

    A head that is red?
  9. tugela

    Why Asha such a terminator?

    Medieval swords were more like axes and clubs and were used as such, strength absolutely was critical. The damage came primarily from the shock of focussed impact rather than cutting itself. The edge of the sword is not intended to cut through armor, rather it serves to focus all of the swords energy on a very small area. The idea was to knock your opponent down and incapacitate/stun them, then finish them off through a weak point in their armor. Fighters would have carried specialized weapons, such as Rondel daggers, for this purpose in the age of plate armor. In the age of mail and gambeson (no one wore leather armor, because it doesn't work) they would have used the point of their sword as a spear against exposed areas, such as throats and such A smaller woman, no matter how athletic and well armored, would have been finished off in seconds by half a dozen woodsmen type warriors in this kind of combat.
  10. tugela

    Is Rhaegal completely useless?

    Who said anything about hair?
  11. House Dayne is currently led by someone who is living a life of banditry against the crown, so they are not in a position to support anyone. Whatever role the previous generation played, the current generation is largely irrelevant to the story line outside of providing backfill details for past events.
  12. tugela

    how inbred is daenerys?

    No doubt due to inbreeding. Poor guy got bred out of existence
  13. Presumably it would. He would set up a new dynasty, with a new house name. The Starks would still be there, he did not take their banner. A bigger question would be what happened to all of the other more distant family members? Presumably there are a lot of other non-dynastic lines of Starks around, some of who might think they have a better claim to the house name than Jon.
  14. tugela

    Is Rhaegal completely useless?

    He is the red headed dragon right? Maybe that is why. No love for the gingers.
  15. tugela

    how inbred is daenerys?

    The 6 fingers didn't give it away?
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