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  1. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Here´s a good illustration of what I´m trying to convey regarding the crystal dissolving in water. Even the colour is right... :-) Hot water on the left, cold on the right. Potassium permanganate dissolving in water Milk is irrelevant to the discussion, but try some raw, unprocessed, non-homogenized milk and (don´t) get back to me.
  2. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Over time, yes. I´m not saying it settles into dregs, merely that any crystal dissolving in non-turbulent fluid will take time to spread into the entire glass, and that the concentration will be much higher at the bottom (if the crystals sink). Milk is homogenous because it´s been processed and homogenized (and not really a good comparison). I´ll illustrate this with a little experiment later if I have the time. Magic is def real in the series, but so is chemistry and physics.
  3. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    GRRM goes to some length describing the process of making it and it´s purely chemical, so is should follow normal chemical/physical constraints. Also, Mel knows her chemistry, using trickery where magic is not needed, so I´d assume she knows about concentration gradients in liquids... Is magic just chemistry involving your soul and the forces of life as the ingredients?
  4. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    ASOS, Jaime III: "At Maidenpool, Lord Mooton's red salmon still flew above the castle on its hill, but the town walls were deserted, the gates smashed, half the homes and shops burned or plundered. They saw nothing living but a few feral dogs that went slinking away at the sound of their approach. The pool from which the town took its name, where legend said that Florian the Fool had first glimpsed Jonquil bathing with her sisters, was so choked with rotting corpses that the water had turned into a murky grey-green soup. Jaime took one look and burst into song. "Six maids there were in a spring-fed pool . . ." "What are you doing?" Brienne demanded.""
  5. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    ASOS prologue, Cressen trying to poison Mel. Cressen uses Davos´ cup of wine, which has been standing for a while, meaning there´s little to no turbulence in it from the pouring. Crystals take time to dissolve. Assuming the crystals of strangler sink, they´ll dissolve in the bottom of the cup and stay there, so when Mel drinks "long and deep" (deliberately slowly and carefully?), there´s no, or only a small fraction of poison in her part of the glass and all of it for Cressen in the "half a swallow of wine" left. Just a potential non-magical way for Mel to survive, bearing on her knowing he was going to poison her (by his weird actions, not a stretch) and her understanding the poison he´s using (not at all a stretch given that: "Cressen no longer recalled the name the Asshai'i gave the leaf.").
  6. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that. Vol. 18

    Azor Ahai Asshai Azhai Probably some elaborate theory on this already, but I just noticed.
  7. SiSt

    The whole "Tower of Joy" story is flawed

    I subscribe to Ashara being Jyana Reed, and suppose the two to be already married at the time of the TOJ showdown. Then what Howland did would be to fight Arthur Dayne after informing him of his marriage to Ashara, making them kin. "The perfetct knight" as he´s remembered by Ned would not be a kinslayer, and fight Howland with the intent of killing him. I guess Ned killed Arthur while Howland was fighting him (or possibly vice versa) by making use of his honor and chivalry, making the "win" even more bitter.
  8. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that v.17

    Belwas shows up in Dany 5 ACOK. Tyrion leaves illyrio by Tyrion 3 in AFFC. I'm ashamed.
  9. SiSt

    Wow, I never noticed that v.17

    Illyrio could be masquerading as Belwas? They´re both fat, but light on their feet (ref thread on Illyrio/Varys under the red keep, thanks to @Widowmaker 811 for the idea). We know Illyrio was a fighter from Tyrions pov, and that he longs for the days of his youth. Going as a eunuch is a good move, removes his prominent beard (if that´s even real) though shaving all the time is hard if it isn´t. Having Arstan with him is an effective smoke screen, both for the readers and in-universe. Motivation, controlling/safeguarding/observing Dany. Will have to look for evidence of him pushing his agenda on her, but this is probably pretty flimsy. All in all, this is probably a thing that´s left open, but will never be resolved. Whatevs.
  10. That doesn't mean he enjoys it. He seemingly doesn't enjoy fat Walda much either, merely finds her noises endearing in a comical sense. The skinning is pretty much a family tradition, which he may be keeping up merely to keep his smallfolk afraid of him. I trust Barbrey Dustin. Ramsay is the sadist in the family imo.
  11. I like the first idea. Not much to support it, but the idea of a seemingly figurative name being completely literal is funny, and classic "hidden in plain sight". There is the correlation of dwindling numbers of both weirwoods and cotf, and the very slow birth rate of the cotf, though. Even if correlation does not imply causation.
  12. Really? I can't remember any from the text where Roose seems to act out of sadism or enjoying himself much, if at all. There is his active part in the red wedding, but mostly, he just hangs back and does as little himself as possible. I can't remember him showing any enjoyment from anything, really.
  13. Tywin is genuinely sadistic, vindictive and motivated by pride. Roose is seemingly just completely amoral and emotionless. Not getting a kick out of neither rape, murder or torture. A peaceful land, a quiet people. Not saying this makes Roose any more sympathetic, but Tywin is far worse in at least three respects 1. Making himself out to be honorable and noble, and his actions seemingly defensible. Hypocrite extraordinaire. 2. Sheer numbers. 3. Sadism against his own family.
  14. Easy. As Roose isn't entirely human, it has to be Tywin. I think Tywin anyway.
  15. Thanks! I'm keeping this books-only, as the show has gone way off from the source material.