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  1. Ckram

    Small Questions v. 10106

    In "TLOIAF: The Known World", Ebonhead is marked as a town. In "TLOIAF: The West", Ebonhead is marked as a city. Which one is the right one?
  2. Jesus. Poor Viserion.
  3. This. He have a huge debt with them and they are not trustworthy and an obstacle to his full plans. Tyrion's last words as he saw the poisoned Nurse die looks very telling: ADWD, Tyrion XI "[...] Watered wine and lemonsweet and some nice hot dogtail soup, with slivers of mushroom in the broth. Drink it down, Nursey, that shitwater squirting from your arse needs to be replaced. The last word Nurse ever said was, "No." The last words he ever heard were, "A Lannister always pays his debts." Since only Ben's, Kasporio's and Inkpots' promissories are made out by name, with their death a huge part of the debt is over. However, it doesn't look like Tyrion to do such a premeditated murder based on debts and power play. He does it when things get personal, when affects his ego, proud or someone he loves. He needs some other kind of justification. Maybe they'd do something bad to Penny. I don't know.
  4. Ckram

    Jon's resurrection

    Yeah, a simple antidote would explain it all. So, it doesn't qualify properly. I expect Jon to become Bran's Coldhands. That appears to be the ideal solution to make Jon to travel to the Lands of Always Winter without being affected by the cold. Bran working as an analyst in a Base of Operation. Jon, not a POV character anymore, being the man in the field.
  5. Ckram

    Jon's resurrection

    I'll give you that. I'm not sure either. I don't if it qualifies, but her drinking poisoned wine without dying should have wasted some of her 'mana'. If this is proven right, I guess she uses her ruby's powers as a talisman, in order to not have to resort her inner fires (which should be somewhat fragile, given her age and practice). Sure. It's just a faint hint. Ok, only TWOW to answer this "the side of the wall to ice magic to work" thing. In this scenario he had a second life in an animal, or just were under the power of the Others for a time and then broke free?
  6. Ckram

    Jon's resurrection

    Thoros: "A seventh death might mean the end of both of us." (ASOS, Arya VII) Beric: "Fire consumes." [...] "It consumes, and when it is done there is nothing left. Nothing." (ASOS, Arya VIII) Melisandre: "Melisandre had practiced her art for years beyond count, and she had paid the price." (ADWD, Melisandre) Sorry, I meant to say Melisandre would perform the last kiss and fail. But the Jon's corpse would grow imune to wightfication because of something that she does. Either that or the body is not eligible to wightification. See, Thistle became a wight, but apparently Varamyr's corpse didn't. Maybe when skinchanger leave the body behind to start the second life, the souless corpse is not wightfiable. You're right. But, in my opinion, it still breaches the case you were trying to make.
  7. Ckram

    Unicorns

    "Goat" is the interpretation that Ghost (or Shaggy Dog) does of the beast during a wolf's dream. It's not to meant an actual goat, as much swords and armors are not "man-claws and hardskin" (ACOK, Bran VII). Since GRRM uses pre-historical beasts in his world, I suggest the Siberian Unicorn: New fossils suggest unicorns might have been real | San Francisco Chronicle Elasmotherium | Wikipedia
  8. Ckram

    Faceless Men and Iron Bank

    In addition to all that, I have a theory that Braavos has an internal defense system, designed to get ships that managed to pass through the Titan. It's based on the map on TLOIAF: "Someone on reddit summed up the city's architecture as being "multiple Galata Towers and the Doge's Palace". In fact, Braavos has ten such towers, while Istanbul never had more than one since the days of Constantinople. In antiquity, this tower controlled the end of an sea chain (boom), such as that one forged under Tyrion's orders in ACOK. Thus, the towers we see are part of an intricate defense system, which may be to be used at some point in the upcoming books."
  9. Ckram

    Jon's resurrection

    And yet, if Melisandre is as 'fire consumed' as theorys regarding her age make us think she is, ressurecting Jon would kill her, just as Thoros thought ressurecting Beric a couple more times would be mean his own death. My thoughts exactly. Though I suspect Melisandre will accidentally prevent Jon from being wightfied during the last kiss and his body will be decayed but mostly preserved by the cold. It's more complicated than that. Orell's spirit pass to live on Varamyr too. Varamyr even says skinchanging is a two way street. This is weird because say Borroq tries to warg Ghost after Jon is dead. So Jon would live on Borroq. Quote: ASOS, Jon X "Once a horse is broken to the saddle, any man can mount him. Once a beast’s been joined to a man, any skinchanger can slip inside and ride him. Orell was withering inside his feathers, so I took the eagle for my own. But the joining works both ways, warg. Orell lives inside me now, whispering how much he hates you. And I can soar above the Wall, and see with eagle eyes."
  10. Ckram

    Small Questions v. 10106

    Martin says that his publishers asked for a completer map of the known world in "The Lands of Ice and Fire" based on a scene in which Xaros Xhoan Daxos presented Daenerys with a map-tapestrey "in which the city Qarth is at the center" of the world. However, rereading the scene (ADWD, Deanerys III), I noticed this is not how the map is described in the books. It's never mentioned that Qarth is at the center of the map. At first I thought Martin was misremembering or giving out details he forgot to lay on paper. But this post on a Pre-ADwD thread gave me the impression that this "Qarth at the center" thing was in an earlier draft of ADWD, later got edit out of the book, but Martin forgot all about it when he gave the aforementioned statment. Is that so? Or am I missing something?
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    Small Questions v. 10106

    According to the Most precise ASOIAF timeline v. 3, the attack on the Fist took place in november 1st of 299 AC. On november 15th, Robb was already out of Riverrun, marching towards the Twins. Castle Black's first plea for help (signed by Bowen Marsh) reached King's Landing on november 18th. So Robb's raven arrived after he had left. Red Wedding was on december 15th. Castle Black's second letter (written by Aemon) was sent on december 18th.
  12. Some of you may heard that Qarth was left out of The World of Ice and Fire. It's clear that it was a move to avoid spoilers on something (the House of the Undying, Warlocks, Euron, Dragonbinder, Valyria, Dragons, Azor Ahai, you name it), but nobody knows why George is keeping us in the dark (as it is possible to tell the history of a place without spoiling stuff -- just take a look at Asshai and Braavos chapters). Ok, but now I propose a different quest. Maester Yandel told that the Jade Compedium is the best source of information the West has on Qarth: "While as for mysterious Qarth, I can point to no better source than Colloquo Votar's Jade Compendium, the foremost work on the lands around the Jade Sea." (TWOIAF - Other Lands). Another thing we know is in the Jade Compendium is the legend of creation of Lightbringer. That's why Maester Aemon asked Sam Tarly to get the book, and later delivered to Lord Commander Jon Snow mentioning the specific pages in which the legend appears (AFFC, Samwell I / ADWD, Jon II). The dialogue between Aemon and Jon regarding those pages of the Compendium appears in two subsequent books, published five years apart on from another. Later on, Jon tells Clydas about what he read on the book: "I looked at that book Maester Aemon left me. The Jade Compendium. The pages that told of Azor Ahai. Lightbringer was his sword. Tempered with his wife's blood if Votar can be believed. Thereafter Lightbringer was never cold to the touch, but warm as Nissa Nissa had been warm. In battle the blade burned fiery hot. Once Azor Ahai fought a monster. When he thrust the sword through the belly of the beast, its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks, and its body burst into flame." (ADWD, Jon III) The bolded wasn't mentioned by Sallador Saan, the person who presented us to the legend (ACOK, Davos I). So, The Jade Compendium, the ultimate guide to Qarth, has a completer version of the legend of Azor Ahai we heard of. Anyway, in the shorter version, the only time Azor Ahai talked to Nissa Nissa he commanded "bare her breast" and told he loved her. Without questioning, she obeyed, and then he thrust lightbringer on her heart. The Jade Compendium also tells 3 other tales: A curious legend from Yi Ti, which tells that a woman with a monkey's tail saved everyone from the Yitish version of the Long Night (TWOIAF, Ancient History: The Long Night); Accounts that beneath every YiTish city, three older cities lie buried (TWOIAF, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti); Accounts that, at least four times in history, the Empress of Leng put strangers to death under the advises of ancient gods that lived in the ruined subterranean cities of the island, called the Old Ones (TWOIAF, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti); So, how this is going to help us with Qarth? Some have suggested (@J. Stargaryen did the earliest mention I managed to find) that the legend of Azor Ahai was the reason why the qarteen gow leaves one breast bare. Althought we don't get to know which breast women on Qarth leave exposed, the qarteen gow Daenerys wears at Slaver's Bay was cut to leave the left one bare (ASOS, Daenerys III; ADWD, Daenerys III). Yet, even thought this worldbuilding explanation strikes me as very GRRMish, this theory doesn't have baring on text. However, I daresay I can provide textual evidence via triangulation, using the legend of the woman with a monkey's tail who saved the world. Just like Qarteen women wears the bare-breast gow, people in Yi Ti wears hats with monkey tails, in honor of the legendary figures who saved them from the Long Night: "She enjoyed watching all the people too: dark solemn Asshai'i and tall pale Qartheen, the bright-eyed men of Yi Ti in monkey-tail hats ..." (AGOT, Daenerys VI) "Across the aisle, a fat cloth trader from Yi Ti was haggling with a Pentoshi over the price of some green dye, the monkey tail on his hat swaying back and forth as he shook his head." (AGOT, Daenerys VI) Therefore, I think GRRM is using the Jade Compendium to give us hints of Qarth. He denies sharing details with contributors and readers, but he inserted the book in the story. Jon Snow, Samwell and Aemon read it. He makes Aemon recommend the book to Jon twice. Maester Yandel tells us to seek for it and left us small capsules of knowlodge. George is up to something here. This doesn't look like a filler. What I need to find out is how the those tales clarify our understandments of the East. The tale of Leng has House of the Undying hints. The three-older-cities rule in Yi Ti makes me think about the triple walls of Qarth. Further speculations are welcome.
  13. I think I have a new clue, and it have to do with the Jade Compendium. But it depends of a much wider discussion, more fit to the "General" subforum. See you there.
  14. Ckram

    Small Questions v. 10106

    Does King's Landing or any other major city in Westeros have a cemetery?
  15. Ckram

    Small Questions v. 10106

    I know. That's reason I asked. In my opinion, no way Martin would change it 20 years and 5 books later.
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