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  1. I disagree with your assessment that the Red Keep could have held out that long without Tryions preparation and defenses. Example: the burning of the hovels in flea bottom and the relocation of the civilians was unpopular, but nessecary, it clears the land outside the city walls to create a killzone for archers and the houses could be scaled to climb the wall eaiser. I agree that he didn't really have enough time as hand to really make any big political/ administrative changes, and those he did where shortlived. As a small aside, it's really the same for his tenure as Master of Coin, he may have actually done a good job if he was at it longer.
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    What happened to the Targaryen slaves?

    My guess is that they were nominally freed by Aenar, but were more like Ilyrios "servants" for a generation or two, that is slaves in all but name, eventually they interbred with the westrosi smallfolk already there and became more like them as they and the targs acclimated to the new culture
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    Did Bran Go Back in Time in ACoK?

    Very possible, we see evidence on this even earlier though.... In Brans chapter in Game, the one where he is falling and than awakes from the coma at the end, he sees... "His brother Jon laying cold and stiff as all memory of warmth fled from him"(paraphrased from memory, not exact quote). This suggests that as early as the first half of the first book, Bran could at the very least see the future(or I suppose it's more accurate to say he sees time in a non linear fashion), if not effect it....yet. So yea I think there is definitely evidence to support a time traveling Bran theory(i Iike to call him Bran Conner, but that may just be me).
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    Annulment vs. 'setting aside a wife/marriage'

    If we were to take "setting aside" as Robert taking one or several mistresses and simply ignoring or sending Cersi away, I would say this is a definite possibility and a very real fear for Cersi to have, Tywin can either take it laying down(unlikely), stand against the entire realm ( The Crownlands, Riverlands, Stotmlands, The Vale and the North are all firmly his, and Dorne wants Tywin broken and killed, leaving his only potential allies as The reach(posible) or the Ironborn(unlikely)entire scenario also unlikely), or wait until Robert dies and champion his grandchildrens claim if they still live(most likely). Robert would face no legal repercussions, in fact such a thing would not be possible due to the above circumstances, and Cersie's children become whatever Robert decides they will be. When Robert dies however, his heirs will reap what he sew. As evidence I present the reign and heirs of one Aegon IV, and the Blackfye rebellions which followed a few years after his death.
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    Why Does Darkstar Matter?

    I remember reading on this forum that some believe Darkstar is actually Doran's mole in Arriannes group, and that he is still working for him , and the plan the send Balon Swan to kill him is actually in fact, the other way around, an way to discreetly kill Balon and keep some plausible deniability
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    Did Tywin waste his legendary wealth?

    I personally do not think pursuing naval strength would be impractical...the Lannisters already control one of the major ports in Westeros, and the only one on the entire western coast, thier seat of power is on or very near the coast and they count at least one fairly large island( Fair Isle) and several other settlements on or near the western coast among thier kingdom(for lack of a better term).
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    Did Tywin waste his legendary wealth?

    As to your third point, a slight advantage in equipment I would say is both a bigger advantage and much more expensive than you realize, in the real world, most medieval conscripts brought thier own equipment to war, the cost of equipping Lannister men even with the most basic gear should not be underplayed. I agree with some of your other points though, especially the Navy.
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    Opinion: Coolest Sounding Name

    Yea..
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    Should the Andal vs First Men conflict be more bitter?

    It's been somewhere between 2 and 8 thousand years, even the smallest number is a really long period. The amount of Time that has passed and Interbreeding can explain the relative peace. There are outliers though, mountain clansmen, orphans of the green blood, etc, but they are small, isolated, and lack political power
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    Let's speculate about Illyrio's chests

    I like this a lot,( especially the stuff in the first paragraph) every thread I see about (f)aegon assumes he is Varys and Ilyrios endgame, would be interesting if it were actually the other way around.
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    Military of Skagos/ Skagosi Rebellion

    So I do not think that the Skagosi would be as poorly equipped and everyone else. I don't see them having castle forged steel and plate mail obviously, but iron weapons, chainmail, leather and furs seem likely. Thier isolation is fairly recent and imposed by the Starks, they would have been traders or Sea raiders before that,(they definitely raided Skane), so even if they cant make thses things themselves they can get them.
  12. He could have skinchanged without training, Arya goes into that cat and Varmyr into the family dog, neither have had formal training when they did this. So yes I think BR figured out how to skinchange on his own, and that he did sp frequently
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    Suppose Robert was the middle son and Stannis the elder

    Yep...the rebs opposing the Lannisters would def drive Tywin to Viserys and Dani, with possible dornish and reach support, could get messy
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    Why did Benjen take the black?

    Oh yea i get it, I was simply saying I get the point of view that the alliances seem a bit contrived, and I agree that something probably happened with Ned and Ashara, maybe not an official bethothal, but the other Dornish ladies we have meet are not bothered by such things, so it's no great a stretch to say Ashara wouldn't be either, but yes there is something there. I think something is up with Edmure as well, perhaps another alliance that feel through?
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    Why did Benjen take the black?

    This is interesting, and you are right to a degree I think, the bethothals don't make much sense except for plot convenience, to set the sides for Robert's Rebellion. For example I think a double marriage between Stark and Tully makes more sense, if Rickards intent was to bring the riverlands under his rule,(which is not certain), meaning Brandon and Cat and Edumure And Lyanna, so this way the next generation of both houses would be tied(the way Daeron the good brought Dorne into the realm btw). However even those factions are loosely defined and in flux, not to mention the fact that thier may or may not be a third faction, led by Tywin and Reagar, that is also possibly working to build political power to oppose Aerys. It all gets real messy and to me the only thing certain is that there are several pieces of very important information still missing. As for Ben specifically, he does not seem resentful or bitter with his lot in life(the watch), in fact, he seems content if not happy in the limited interaction that Jon has with him. So right now, I would say he definitely went there of his own free will, like Jon, I am not sure exactly why though.
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