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Here's Looking At You, Kid

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  1. Rhaenyra was chosen by her father, the king. She was the legitimate heir and the rightful successor.
  2. Browsed through the comments and the fandom is again divided. One end are those who want no punishment for Arya, to the opposite end are the ones who want Arya to get executed for her crimes. I agree that the punishment for her crimes so far have to be severe and permanent. Being blinded in one eye for the rest of her life will pay for the murder of Dareon. I don't buy that she will stop. Arya's mind is in a very dark place and she will become evil as the names on the list are crossed off.
  3. We, the readers, are meant to doubt the veracity of the claim. Drogon has never done anything of the sort. It is also his habit to take his food back to his lair in the Dothraki Sea. I do not believe the man.
  4. It is my suspicion that Stannis will live until Dany arrives. The two will meet and Stannis will learn who the real Azor Ahai is. But the Pink Letter contradicts this time line for Stannis. In which case the funds will be stolen by his emissary.
  5. Fine performance from Paddy Considine. Now the prophecy. Viserys saw a blonde girl in his vision, the Prince(ss) Who Was Promised, and mistook her for Rhaenyra. The girl he saw was Daenerys Targaryen.
  6. To make Stannis competitive if he's still alive. He needs funds to fight Tommen.
  7. Innocent puppet show or veiled insult to the Targaryens? It looked like an insult to me. Freedom of speech does not exists in Westeros. I don't think any of the Houses would tolerate an insult. Aerion was not wrong to get offended but he should have talked to her in private and ordered her to refrain from showing that play.
  8. A farm instrument like a plow. Good, honest hard working people. I like Walder Frey and Petyr Baelish despite what they did because they have a working class ethic. It is the kind of attitude which serves one in life and builds prosperity. Hard work and being somewhat frugal works for most.
  9. Ok, correct. Advantage does not mean unstoppable. But the question was how would the Dothraki and the Unsullied do in Westeros based on the data that we have. They would do well, based on the data. But yeah, sure, anything can happen. The Children could pull a miracle and raise giants. GM could bring in a yet unknown element like ice spiders. No guarantee of victory just a prediction that they will do well.
  10. Yup. Robert's fear of the Dothraki and now this confirmation from GM of the superiority of the Unsullied are proof that they are able to deliver victories for Dany when she gets to Westeros.
  11. How do y'all think the Unsullied and Dothraki will perform in Westeros? They will win their battles and Dany will be victorious. I think they can accomplish victories without needing to employ the dragons.
  12. Does Anyone Else find Everything East of the Free Cities a bit odd? Not me. I found the change of venue a welcome relief from the dullness of Westeros. Daenerys, the dragons, Barristan, Jorah, and the best of the characters are all in the East.
  13. and why Daenerys can defeat the forces of Westeros. I have read the two threads debating the effectiveness of Daenerys Targaryen's armed forces against the forces of Westeros. Now, it is obvious to me that the Anti-Daenerys folks are not going to be convinced, so this thread may not be for them. They have dug themselves into a position and will stay there. But for those who are already on Team Daenerys or who possess a reasonable level of objectivity, read on. The armed of forces of Westeros are composed of peasants, farm workers, craftsmen, fishermen, and builders. Soldiering is not their livelihoods. Most of them have never been in battle. A wealthy family like the Lannisters might be able to equip most of their soldiers with decent quality weapon but they are the exception. The economy of Westeros cannot support a large, standing army. What it has is a small number of knights. Some are very good, most are going to be mediocre, and a significant number are there for show. They would make Oznak look like a pro. You see, in Westeros, the people who will be called to fight are the economic engine. They produce the goods needed for the population to eat, have shelter, and maintain livable conditions. Any lengthy war will be devastating because the leaders will send their labor force to go to battle. Just about everything needed by the people will stop being produced. Social order will break down. They will definitely run to hide inside their castles. But as you can see from Roose's dilema in Winterfell, supplies will run out very quickly. Battle horses will become food after the mice and vermin have been consumed. There will be desertion where soldiers will sneak out at night. Men will turn to cannibalism. Are mothers psychologically prepared to see their farmboy sons die? I don't think so. Farmboys are not supposed to die in battle. Most have never experienced battle. The Dothraki, The Unsullied, and the mercenaries are all professional fighting forces. To the Dothraki, warfare IS the economy. The culture they come from are accustomed to casualties and the hardships of war. The Unsullied are even better. The dragons are not needed as long as Daenerys can bring a number that is sufficiently close to the number of the enemy. So if Westeros can squeeze 50K able-bodies from their farms, Daenerys will need close to that. And all of hers will be able-bodied, armed, trained, and by then, experienced. Of the 50K from the Westeros side, maybe 5K will be annointed knights. They won't all have good quality armor. It depends on their finances. Daenerys will need the advantage she has because it is usually harder to be on the offense. The attacking force need the advantage in most cases. If Team Daenerys can build war machines out of boat timber, like they did, they can surely build effective equipment to lay siege to any castle in Westeros. They have no need to batter the gates or the walls. Just the belief can put stress on the army hiding inside. Food, arrows, weapons, and horses can always be resupplied from Essos and the Free Cities. Daenerys will have Essos to support her campaign. The men whom she rescued from slavery will be bringing important skills. Crafts people, healers, carpenters, farmers, and herders. They will provide the army with what is needed. George Martin can do what he wants. He can make Patchface the most formidable warrior ever to carry a sword. But we are making this evaluation based on what we have read from the text. And when a man like Robert fear the Dothraki, there is a good reason to believe that they will be very effective in Westeros. The addition of the Unsullied provides a magnificent synergy.
  14. You're seeing the immediate consequences now. Jon got himself and the NW involved in a conflict with Ramsay Bolton. The pink letter, the admission of guilt at the Shield Hall, Jon's foolish attempts to handle the bad situation he himself had created, and the division among the defenders of the wall. The only good thing to come of it is Bowen finally got the courage to get rid of Jon and end his terrible leadership at the wall.
  15. Aerys Targaryen's treasure was substantial. Ser Willem only need to carry away a portion and the children would be set for life. Enough to live in comfort but not enough to buy an army. The main treasury was in King's Landing. But I will say he must have had help from Westeros during the exile. The Tyrells would be my guess and perhaps the Hightowers. Many of the rich in Essos were helping until they lost hope for a restoration. Ser Willem and the kids were apparently living in comfort. They lived in a big house with servants.
  16. Faith of the Seven comes across as a man-made religion. Whereas the Old Gods and Rhllor are backed up by magic. The Seven create their own mysteries and the convoluted multiple personalities is an attempt to explain the unexplainable. It is an attempt by ancient people to find answers to what they do not understand and end up making a convoluted mess of it. The priests can then claim to understand the mysteries and people pay them to explain it. From there it provides comfort and assurances to help ease the suffering of the masses.
  17. House Manderly is already onboard Rickon's wagon as far as propping up his claim. That will surely collide with LF's ambitions for Sansa. This is where the deadly friction will start. LF will have some of the Arryn vassals on his side while Rickon will have House Manderly and the rest of the Starks.
  18. The apples symbolize knowledge. What better place for Sarella to look for knowledge than the university of Westeros. She will learn some but not enough. This is where the 2/3 come in. It may be Samwell who will find whatever that piece of the puzzle is. Maester Aemon was looking for a way to help Daenerys. Sarella and Samwell will carry on Aemon's will and help in that regard.
  19. It is too good to pass up. Though it will be Ramsey's hunting dogs chasing Arya and Nymeria.
  20. Sarella and Darkstar are characters in the same story arc. The Dornish theatre. I've a hunch that those two are Targaryen bastards. Whatever they are up to will come up short in the end. So she is hunting apples, which is knowledge, in what passes for a university in Westeros.
  21. It appears more than likely that a recession will be coming our way in the U.S. within the next two years. A loan officer friend even told me that he thinks it has begun. I disagree, but it is coming. The advice I have gotten during my adult life was to hold money and wait for the economy to hit bottom. Trouble is, inflation devalues cash. But I am still in favor of saving money, instead of spending, and keeping cash in the bank. How are you preparing for the recession?
  22. Parents told their kids not to trust the weirwood. The ancients knew something bad about the trees and passed it down to their children to distrust the trees. The faces in the weirwoods were there to serve the children of the forest and their barbaric beliefs.
  23. Agreed, except the part about Hoster being patient. Hoster is one of the evil men in the kingdom. He burned the Goodbrooks for doing what they should have all done. Stayed loyal to their king. Hoster was a nasty piece of work.
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