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Corvo the Crow

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  1. What battles has the bastard of Bolton won that Stannis should fear him? He’s in a defendable position, his men had laid traps on one of his sides, the one most likely to be attacked and he also has intel thanks to Umbers that delivered Theon. There are three armies coming at him, each considerably smaller than his, much like Robert in Stormlands during the Rebellion he will defeat them piecemeal, not to mention the fact that Manderlys are actually on his side and the other two have shit commanders, Hosteen Frey and Ramsay.
  2. He deserves no such thing. He’s a kinslayer. Remember the Miller’s wife and her sons that Theon ordered to be killed? One of them was probably his son. @The Sleeper Theon is cursed as he’s a kinslayer. Theon conveniently remembers his “bedventures” for us the readers and the children are pointed out about the same age as Bran and Rickon. The older one may not be his but the younger most likely is.
  3. Remember the line of Durran? All those Durrans from house Durrandon named after the founder of their house, Durran? “-don” Suffix likely means something like “son” Now think of another family with a similar naming practice, all those Bran(don)s named after the founder of their house, Bran(don). Well, what if they were actually Brans of the house Brandon? It is quite certain that Starks at one point went to a rebranding of their house, their sigil is a gray direwolf, considering their origins in the Reach, they most likely took it after they went to North. CoA changes are not unheard of, one example is house Toland with their ghost being changed to a dragon. Blackwoods are another example since their Weirwood wasn’t always a dead one, their CoA must have been different than today. We also know of lords that take the CoA of their wives, Lann the Clever took the golden lion of Casterlys, Orys Baratheon took the black stag of the Durrandons. Gaven Greywolf seems a likely candidate for the origins of the Stark’s grey direwolf. What if they started out as House Brandon and changed their name as well as their CoA as part of a rebranding to dissociate themselves as much as possible from a certain someone after a certain incident that required some record burning?
  4. It has been discussed time and again whether Craster is a Stark or not, there’s simply no evidence FOR and plenty AGAINST, and some lack of evidence that makes it more likely against than for. We know of no wildling members of NW members that were taken by the Watch. The sole instance that we know of a wildling boy taken in by the Watch is Mance and Mance wasn’t the son of any NW brother. The fact that Craster deals with WW shows us there are other ways to deal with WW besides obsidian and that they aren’t mindless monstrosities. Monstrosities they may be but they can be “reasoned with”, they are treatable. Which is, in my opinion, exactly what the Last Hero did. Last hero, the black brother of a Stark, the so called thirteenth lord commander who actually had set forth as the Last Hero with a dozen companions, hence the thirteen.
  5. Harrenhal is just "too big to fail", but being that big also dooms it to fail. It's too big to abandon or try to demolish so it's kept as it is but is also too big to be maintained properly which also causes it to be kept as is.
  6. Lannister Legacy was already on the verge of being ruined before Tywin. Tywin delayed it but when he took over it was a ruin that could've been redeemed, now it's irredeemably ruined through his actions going as far back as Reyne-Tarbeck Rebellion. Instead of opting to gain the respect of his followers through less violent ways, he had done so through intimidation. Throughout the long history of Westeros we've been shown, few houses were ever extinguished on purpose. Sure, there are plenty of houses that die out in battle but few ever suffered the fate of Reynes and Tarbecks. The usual deal seems to be that the rebelling house loses lands and perhaps even it's lordly status but is allowed to live on. With his actions Tywin has doomed the Lannisters. This was something I intended to open a thread about for a while.
  7. I wasn't even thinking about red wedding while I was writing this, great point!
  8. Or so Jaime would've thought, if he weren't such a hypocrite. Where does this come from? Well from Jaime's own mouth and thoughts as a defeated commander and knight. Below is part of a dialogue between Jaime and Catelyn "He took me unawares. A craven's trick." And What exactly does Jaime's father, Tywin do on his campaign against Riverlands? He's massing men without giving intent. Edmure sends Riders but no answer is given, he's unawares as to his intent. He has attacked and not brazenly but using trickery, under guise to create distractions, give him time to mass and march his troops and provoke an attack on himself. As the war goes on, he's still using trickery. He uses Jaime's host as a distraction to take unawares the Riverlanders. And this wasn't the only part of his life where he used craven's tricks. Though I'll not quote them as I can't recall most of them right now, he repeatedly employed craven's tricks against Reynes and Tarbecks as well. Tywin is the very definition of a craven, that is, in Jaime's opinion of a commander and knight.
  9. Yes, yes, yes on all points and I'd agree with you that Dune and ASOIAF had a common inspirator on these, if there weren't so many of them. Another one, houses that last for several milennia, and retain features. We may argue that these were inspired from medieval guilds, medieval noble houses and some of them being heavily inbred(Habsburg jaw and such) etc. but like I said, so many of this were so similar to Dune to be just inspired by it or share a common thing that inspired both. Night's Watch and FoT7 orders for example are definitely medieval military orders and monastic societies and original creations of George, I'll never say that they were taken from Dune which also had such like fishspeakers. I'm not sayin ASoIaF is a direct rip off of Dune: Even though that there are some characters taken from Dune(Alia of the knife and Arya, even the name is changed only slightly), most aren't, most are GRRM's own creation, yes of course they may have been inspired by another character or real person like Stannis with Tiberius but it is just that, inspiration. Though there may be some parallels in some characters' story, they are few and in the grand scheme of things small and unimportant with so many different original characters and many plot lines etc. but when it comes to the world building, ASoIaF was more than inspired from Dune. Many of the important world building elements are taken straight off of it. Not inspired, not share a common inspiration like how NW was inspired from Medieval orders etc but taken straight off of things in Dune. They have little more than name changes to be inspired by Dune or share a common inspiration.
  10. I've already said Sword Masters of Ginaz which is an oceanic planet with archipelagos and Braavos with it's water dancers. Tleilaxu Face Dancers and Faceless Men Bene Gesserit (and to some extant Mentats) and Maesters of the Citadel, though this may pass off as an inspiration. There are a lot more though I'm tired and can't recall atm. Maybe if I can find an older post of mine I'll add some more. Some more Shade of the Evening is Sapho Juice Weirwood Paste is Water of Life and from there Bran with his weirwood tree and Leto the Godworm. To be fair the latter couple is more an inspiration than being the same even though the method is more than that.
  11. Yeahh... no! Most stuff aren't even parallels, they are taken straight out of Dune. I love sci-fi and fantasy but although I like reading fantasy novels, I don't like sci-fi novels that much. In my opinion while a fantasy is better off read than watched, a book just doesn't portray all the flashiness off sci-fi to me. Even as someone who doesn't read so much sci-fi, I can see plenty of stuff taken straight out of one of the very few sci-fi books that I've read. Most of this stuff wasn't altered beyond a simple name change. I am, for example, not saying he took Targaryen purple eyes straight out off some other book even though I can name others, off the top off my head I can say Yennefer of Vengerberg from the Witcher series. Who knows maybe he was inspired from some book or another, definitely not from Witcher I think because as far as I know it wasn't translated to english until after the games, but it's possible, yes. BUT! and that is a huge but, inspiration is the key word here, being inspired from something and taking it exactly as it is are much different from eachother I think. Even with Dune there may be some inspirations but some things are as I said taken straightly with little more than a name change.
  12. Only in that he's in service of the Starks at the start of the books like Duncan was in service of Atreideses. Ginaz, ocean world with archipelagos, famous for it's swords masters. Braavos, an island nation famous for it's swordsmen.
  13. Well, there are some hints,clues, leads whatever about Jon's Targaryen name possibly being Aemon. For starters, he can't be Aegon since Rhaegar already had an Aegon as a son. We also know how he had developed a penpal quillpal relationship with Maester Aemon and that he revered him. Now to my random thought, Jon, who is in truth(to my belief of course) Aemon will, when lords come and try to install him to the throne will pass it off in favor of his brother just like his several times great uncle Aemon did. Which throne and which brother? Most likely Winterfell and Rickon.
  14. Helluva dance teacher if you ask me. Also one that sings about First swords of Braavos not running. They've even seen the practice swords, what kind of dance do you think that Lannisters thought he was teaching?
  15. I tell you who wouldn't. Jon. Just look at Jon and ask yourself whether he wants more power or not. We've even seen it through his eyes how he feels with all those duties, responsibilities, power... and believe it or not the character that's most similar to him is Stannis. We've even been told that by Melisandre but even if she hadn't, it's there to see. Stannis is an older Jon who's been embittered by frustration. Oh also one that's awkward when with the ladies. I'd say Stannis may be in constant denial of many things but not wanting the throne, well, at least not for the sake of wanting it for himself, is not one of these.
  16. And why wouldn't Meryn Trant brag about killing the First Sword of Braavos? Or better yet why we don't see his head on a stake like the rest of the Stark household?
  17. Well but to whom were those vows? Aerys II or Rhaegar the prince that was disinherited? Or was it to Jon whose real name is most likely Aemon(think how stupid it would have been if he was to be named Aegon when he already had a brother named Aegon, Rhaegar has made some dumb moves but he's not dumb) was yet unborn? It is bad for Dayne and Whent but even worse for Hightower who was both the eldest and the lord commander. As they said themselves, "they weren't there." Kingsguard's first and foremust duty and vow is to their king, the king may or may not choose to extend this protection to relatives etc. I doubt that Aerys has chosen three of his kingsguard to safe guard the abducted lady Lyanna Stark, so there goes their vows down the privy.
  18. Can a skinchanger welcome a dying skinchanger into his/her/or whatever their preferred pronoun is mind? If it can be done, would that lead into a Bene Gesserit other memory like thing?
  19. Wasn't it established that the great stone beast that took wing was Jon con, who will become one of the stonemen due to his greyscale and has as his sigil a winged monster, griffin and also the shadow fire he breathed was fAegon Blackfyre?
  20. Varamyr is a powerful Skinchanger but the gift is strong with Jon. I don't think that Jon will die and inhabit another's body but if anyone we've seen so far is capable of doing it, it is Jon. Even when he was still a human Varamyr failed to take over another person,though this was with his dying breath so who knows if he was healthy but he'll definitely not be able to after living in the wolf as we know just as the skinchangers control the animals, the animals mind bleeds into the skinchanger's as well. Bran, on the other hand, has taken over another person, though the said person wasn't of a strong mind. Bran is, despite being a greenseer, not as strong a warg as Jon is. Ghost never makes a sound... Then how did Jon hear Ghost? He's so strong he is able to hear a mute direwolf even before laying eyes on it for the first time. As for Jon inhabiting someone's body, I don't believe he'll die but I see him(his body that is) going in a coma for a while and I can also see him skinchanging into Borroq. Why Borroq? Because he'll not be doing so forcefully but at the "invitation" of Borroq.We know that a body can be shared by more than one conciousness(not counting the animals as it is obvious) we've seen this with Bran and Hodor but also Varamyr and Orell in Orell's eagle. Thistle resists Varamyr, just as Hodor resisted Bran but these people weren't skinchangers, the experience would be terrifying for them, but to an experienced skinchanger, it wouldn't be as such.
  21. Yeah... no! Many of the world building elements are taken directly out of Frank Herbert's Dune. Most of these were done so blatantly all they got was a name change. But this part is very true. Even after the huge disappointment I got over this obvious non-originality of the world building and over a decade long wait, I'm still waiting for the next book because I want to learn the fates of the characters and how some events will unfold. I'm no longer interested in seeing how the story will end, especially after how the show ruined a lot for me but as I said, I'm interested in seeing the outcome of some storylines(cliffhangers, mostly) and fate of some characters, namely Jon&Val and wildlings and Watch story line, Stannis and his battle over the ice, Sansa(but don't care much about the vale plotline)Tyrion&Jorah(but don't care much about the battle of the sand cliffhanger nor the eastern plotline), Young Ned&The Hound&Edmure&Blackfish(but don't care much about the plotlines in RL nor do I care much about Jaime or Brienne at this point but loved reading them up to their current point) many characters I like or at least care enough to want to know the fate of
  22. Well, Dune wasn't finished by Frank Herbert and 40 years after it's first movie(which was 20 years after the first book was published btw), it got a remake, a very bad one I must add, but a remake nonetheless. There were also two(or more maybe?) tv series that date to 2000 something.
  23. Of all those names, only Brienne. Perhaps Duncan also if you ignore the fact he blatantly lied about his knighthood.
  24. You’re saying Duncan Idaho wasn’t a Sword Master of Ginaz but a Tleilaxu Face Dancer? Interesting! Sorry, I meant Syrio Forel, Water Dancer of Braavos and Faceless Man, obviously!
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