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  1. Faera

    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    More likely that they are inspired by both. There is definitely a crocodile/alligator element to them due to them staying in the water much of the time, unlike the komodo dragon, which was first described as "the land crocodile". It might be a fantasy cross between a crocodile and a komodo dragon, only much bigger than either. Plus, the komodo dragon has very venomous, which would fit into the theme of the Neck have various venomous snakes and lizards.
  2. Faera

    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    Well, endemism is a thing and animals don't necessarily need to be stuck on an island like the dodo for it to happen. They might only thrive in the Neck due certain ecological factors unique to that wetland area that they rely on and don't exist elsewhere on the continent. Plus, again, magic might be a factor. A more likely scenario to me though is that lizard lion numbers, much like many of the other magically-large animals, could have declined due to humans over-hunting them and encroaching on their habitats. In comparison, the crannogmen are supposed to have grown close to the CotF after all so this value of magical qualities and "working with nature attitude" might mean they consciously don't overhunt the animal populations, meaning they have an overall less destructive impact on the environment compared most societies. So, who's to say the lizard lion wasn't once more widely found in other areas but they have become a threatened species over time like so many other animals in Westeros?
  3. Faera

    Lizard Lions in the Neck

    We don't know if lizard lions "work" the same way as real-life crocodiles or alligators do. It might be that cold-blooded animals are able to withstand much lower temperatures than those of our world. Considering that their world experiences years long winters one would presume the wild-life has adapted. In any case I suspect that lizard lions are probably semi-magical in nature much like the direwolves are so perhaps that helps them too. In any case, I doubt there is citrus fruit in the Neck as there doesn't seem to be any in the Riverlands with which is probably shares a similar, if not slightly colder. Water does tend to help insulate so the Neck probably doesn't get as bad a cold-spurts as the rest of the North but the presence of bogs in indicative of a cool, cold climate (like the times we have in the UK and Ireland) perhaps even colder. So, yeah, no citrus there unless the crannogmen are actively cultivating it somehow for food. Not that I give "Lemongate" any kudos whatsoever. The lemon tree was in Bravos, most likely in the sealord's palace. That's all there is to it until I see more evidence than a red door and a lemon alone.
  4. #WalderFreyDidNothingWrong... I guess. In all seriousness though, characters can be awful people and still not deserved what happened to them, (Joffrey was the ultimate prick but his death was arguably a needlessly cruel thing to happen to a thirteen-year-old boy); I just don't think that was ultimately is the case with Slynt. He dug his own grave. He could have been a half-decent person and I still would be shaking my head and thinking, "How the hell did you think publically disobeying the LC and insulting him to his face was going to end?" That's sort of where it ends for me. We can make it a debate of whether this makes Jon a tyrant or a horrible person but that's not what I took away from it myself.
  5. Yep, and that was the whole point. Insubordination = Death a lot of the time until very, very recently in history, Especially when the Watch is still technically negotiating peace with the Free Folk and are essentially still at war. I know we don't know either way but I would argue that it would be naive of us to presume that is true. Again, that was the point. He refused to obey Jon's orders and was executed for it. One could argue that Jon could have just locked him up but given the situation the Watch was currently in... no. In times of peace, maybe, but they are in dire times. If more people acted like Slynt, the Watch would fall into disarray, which it inevitably will following Bowen's assassination attempt on Jon. Ultimately, for me, there really, truly was no better way to deal with Janos Slynt than to make an example of him and a lesson for others. Machiavellian it might be but Jon being respected and feared is what was needed during that time of uncertainty. To argue otherwise would be to pick over a personal dislike of how Jon handled the situation (which, I get - I wouldn't have had to stomach to execute someone no matter how much I hated them) rather than a practical look at the bigger picture. I've never seen it as just that myself. The reason why Bowen trying to kill Jon was so effective to me is because both men have a point depending on which way you look at it. Bowen is acting on what he perceives as preservation but is naive to think that Ramsay won't just come and kill them all anyway, especially since they don't have "Arya" or "Reek", and a flatout moron for creating a power vacuum when the wildlings and half the Watch are still loyal to Jon and will probably lead to a mini civil war. You might want to call his actions selfless but they were no less misguided than Jon's. Meanwhile, Jon perceives the danger of fighting a war on two fronts and wishes to put a stop to Ramsay, a danger to the North as much as the Watch, despite the fact that he and the wildlings are outnumbered, as well as the question of breaking the Watch vows by not staying neutral. It opens up an interesting: "who shot first" question - Ramsay by threatening to attack the NW or Jon by choosing to leave the Wall and neutralise. I see no point in arguing that point because there is no "correct" answer as far as I am concerned. I get where Bowen is coming from, I get where Jon is coming from - the one you prefer is a matter of opinion as far as I'm concerned. It's why I was so intrigued by what happened.
  6. I really can’t see any argument for why Janos Slynt could have been left alive after he openly refused an order repeatedly and told the LC where to stick it. That is flat out insubordination essentially at a time of war. Janos should have known better. He could have told Jon that he didn’t like the order and knew it was a ploy to get him out of the way or set him up to fail — but if he had just obeyed the order anyway, Jon wouldn’t have had any excuse to kill him. Alliser knew Jon would not hesitate to do the same the moment he ordered Janos’s execution. So, Alliser showed sense - he wouldn’t disobey Jon no matter how much he hated him and thus by the end of ADwD when he sends him off on a ranging, he thinks to himself that despite everything they are “brothers”. Alliser was someone who could be relied on to do his job, Janos was not. Yes, there was a personal vendetta that went both ways but what happened to Janos was ultimately his own fault.
  7. I'm not sure if it has ever fully been established either way. Even so, I meant more in terms of how the nobility and bannermen would generally view the situation. There is cultural bias against bastards in Westeros and it seems like a taint that doesn't go just because of a royal decree. Overall, they would likely still see the firstborn, trueborn son as heir over the legitimised bastard and thus ignore any age technicalities, especially since they're about the same age anyway. For Jon to really try and supercede Robb, there'd probably have to be doubt about Robb's own legitimacy.
  8. We don't actually know that. Even if Jon was legitimised he would come after Ned's lawful children. Besides, she never fears Jon himself as much as she's worried that her grandchildren might become rivals to any children Jon might have. If Jon legally married and had children, those kids would not be bastards but legitimate children, well-placed the establish themselves as a house in their own right. We have seen cases like it several times. Sure, but the appendix specifically stated that Young Griff is eighteen, while officially stating that {Aegon} died as a babe in arms. Granted, the appendix only states the assumed truth so we can't take that as proof they are different people though I see no reason to doubt that Young Griff isn't eighteen. If they wanted to keep it ambiguous, they wouldn't have included his age at all. I don't agree with your Barristan theory or that Septa Lemore is Jeyne Swan but the notion of Sepa Lemore being Young Griff's real mother could be possible. There are numerous ideas of where he might have come from if he isn't the real Aegon.
  9. Oh, honestly! If they don't want to engage with the criticism then they may as well turn their comment section off. I know sometimes people like to believe something they post will only result in a sea of people just going "OMG you are geniuses!" but they are no less immune to the same critiques all of us here are when we present our ideas. If anything, I think by putting your idea into a glossy video it is the equivalent of mounting it on the wall. Not everyone has to be Brandon Stark or Robert Baratheon. Besides, Edric Dayne can't be Eddard's (I presume that's what you mean) because he was long-since back in the North by that time and we have no indication from Ned or Cat that he ever cheated on her after he returned to the North. Jon was a big deal. @Ygrain pretty much answered this already but I may as well stick the quotes here. This comes from Eddard X: "I gave them over to the silent sisters, to be sent north to Winterfell. Jory would want to lie beside his grandfather." It would have to be his grandfather, for Jory's father was buried far to the south. Martyn Cassel had perished with the rest. Ned had pulled the tower down afterward, and used its bloody stones to build eight cairns upon the ridge. It was said that Rhaegar had named that place the tower of joy, but for Ned it was a bitter memory. They had been seven against three, yet only two had lived to ride away; Eddard Stark himself and the little crannogman, Howland Reed. He did not think it omened well that he should dream that dream again after so many years. He recalls this face when he is awake, too, so no trying excuse it on a fever dream. Now, some might wish to argue that "only two had lived to ride away" as an indicator that "Oh, well, maybe the others didn't ride but walked!" or whatever but... I think if GRRM wanted this to be a point of debate he wouldn't have gone out of his way to state that "only two had lived", full stop. So, I think it is pretty fair to assume that Howland literally was the only survivor aside from Ned. The focus is on the fact that Howland survived i.e. there is another witness, not the ambiguity that others might have also. Most certainly. Besides, the appendix states, "YOUNG GRIFF, a blue-haired lad of eighteen years." Ah, yes! I forgot that line. Pretty much debunks the notion that Ned changed between his youth and adult years- he was always a stick in the mud. Together with Howland reflecting on Ned as the "Quiet" wolf who is too shy to leave his bench and needed his Big Brother to go talk to a girl for him... yeah, I don't think he was fathering bastards left, right and centre any more than he fathered Ashara's bastard at Harrenhal. If she even had one.
  10. I always felt that Cersei's presumption that Jon's mother was of Dornish origin, "Some Dornish peasant you raped while her holdfast burned? A whore? Or was it the grieving sister, the Lady Ashara?" was yet another clue that people had linked the birth of Jon to Ned's campaign in Dorne. So, perhaps @Ygrain is correct when she suggests the wider world of Westeros really don't know much about Jon, including how old he is. I mean, why would they? He's a bastard. Obviously, the immediate family and retainers would know his age because he's been at Winterfell since he was a few months older and they watched him grow up - but there's no reason someone like Cersei would know the precise age. No more than the more than the rest of Westeros who have only heard of "Ned Stark's bastard" through the grapevine. We don't even have proof Robert physically saw baby Jon, so, he wouldn't know for certain what age he was... only that he was fathered "during the war". Ned has a lot of control over the narrative. Actually, GRRM bothers to mention that Joffrey "was twelve, younger than Jon or Robb, but taller than either, to Jon's vast dismay." and then only a handful of chapters later Tyrion actually mistakes Jon for around Joffrey's age of twelve. So, it goes to show no one is keeping tabs on this stuff.
  11. Faera

    R+L=J vs N+A=J (GRRM looses either way)

    True dat! Sure, there are always going to be jerks out there who whine and complain anyway but ultimately the fans will have a wealth of material to help us piece it together. At present, we only have a few pieces of the puzzle because we don't have all the books - and our opinions and favoured theories may well change.
  12. Faera

    R+L=J vs N+A=J (GRRM looses either way)

    Sure but that comes with the territory. Heck, maybe he'll just pull the ultimate troll move and say it really was just Wylla all along! "Why you guy so upset? Eddard told Robert it was Wylla. Gawd!" R+L=J only seems "cliche" because the series is twenty years old now and the internet has meant the idea became more widespread that he could have ever anticipated when he first released AGoT. People don't necessarily realise now just how exciting it was "putting together" that Lyanna gave birth and Jon was her son - and in fact most people didn't. I did and it felt awesome. A lot of people invested time piecing together all the hints towards that to people now it seems "obvious". As I said, internet moved the goal posts. Fans getting attitude over the idea that was an actually well-crafted mystery on its conception because it has long since cracked... what can you do? Let them complain. Meanwhile, the likelihood of N+A=J being true at its core principle - that Jon is just their bastard and always had been - is the more obvious answer to "who's Jon's mum?" based on what is, frankly, just blatantly told to the reader. It is the very first suggestion presented and the one GRRM keeps reminding us off by nebulously mentioning in ADwD that Ashara was dishonoured at Harrenhal by an unnamed Stark. So, it turning out to be that simple after all the aura of mystery around Jon's mother would probably frustrate people who thought there was more to it than that. Not least because RLJ is the significantly more accepted theory and treated as "basically fact" thanks to the [redacted thing we cannot mention]. So, that would stir the pot even more. But who cares? Let them complain. Bottom line is you can't please everyone. When you create any form of art that includes and puzzle or mystery where readers have to speculate and work it out, there are going to be people who will guess correctly and some who don't. The internet has been around long enough now and I think GRRM "gets it" after the long career he's had anyway. The rudeness of people over the wait for TWoW isn't entirely comparable to this piece, though, because you have to believe that when he reveals it and people question him on it - he'll have the answer as to how it works out if there are any doubts.
  13. Exactly. It's not like I can't understand the desire for some of these characters to have survived to tell their stories but these are theories born out of wishful people's wish lists more than anything written in the books. I mean, I have a list of speculative "fun" things I want to happen, too. Doesn't mean I run around broadcasting them as fact. Okay... moving on: I'm not sure how much of what happened at the "Tower of Joy", including its very name, is public knowledge. Probably the "official version" that most people in Westeros know is what is said in TWoI&F. Even the bits that are known are probablybased on Ned's version of events. Winner writes history, after all. So, controlling the details of what happened right down to tearing down the Tower itself, burying all the men who had died but taking Lyanna's body home wouldn't have been hard. If I were to speculate, even if someone asked whether Lyanna had given birth all he need say is the baby was stillborn. Lying to protect "his blood" and keep his promise to his sister could have spurred him forward...