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  1. McGuv19

    Island lords

    House Velaryon were powerful, but only because of towns like Hull and Spicetown, and the wealth the Sea Snake Corlys Velaryon brought from the east, not because of land or resources on Driftmark. They are just well situated in the narrow sea and wielded much influence at Targaryen court. If we look at the Velaryons now, forced to survive without the Targaryens propping them up and having lost a war, they are merely ‘codfish lords’ to people like Renly, and even their liege, Stannis, regularly bemoans how little men or resources the lords of the narrow sea contribute. So House Velaryon alone really isn’t really super powerful. House Redwyne have a near monopoly on the wine market, and have a massive fleet which can be used for trade in peacetime, so it makes sense for them to be rich. House Estermont and House Mormont are poor compared to practically any other house of note. Much of the Estermonts’ influence I think derives from their blood ties to Robert and his brothers, and the Mormonts are among the least influential of Winterfell’s bannermen. In the Middle Ages, did the lords of islands also maintain lands on the mainland? Would the ruler of an island even be able to maintain any high-level of influence or wealth? See the King of England, Richard the Lionheart and his lands in France as of 1190 (called the Angevin Empire).
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    Lem Lemoncloack is secretly...

    I think they meant the White Bull, Gerold Hightower.
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    Why doesn’t Dorne have a navy?

    I agree with you, and also, given the blood between the Reach and Dorne, surely somewhere along the line the Redwyne fleet would have attacked Dorne from the sea. Seeing as Dorne can field so few men and has no naval defence it should be an easy thing to raid Sunspear or the Greenblood.
  4. Since the burning of the ships by Nymeria was 700 years ago shouldn’t Dorne have at least some form of fleet? There are quite a few major castles along the coast (Salt Shore, Lemonwood, Wyl, the Tor, and obviously Sunspear) and more along rivers, so I would think that at least of these castles would have ships for defence. Or Dorne might just not have the funds or inclination to support a navy, Or House Martell may not have any ships because of tradition or out of respect for Nymeria? Anyway I would like to hear the community’s thoughts on this, and apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere.
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    Neck Will be the New Wall

    The Neck wouldn’t be a great place to defend from a Northern threat because the crannogmen’s poison arrows wouldn’t do any good against the Others and Moat Cailin is super easy to take from the north. But I suppose if the men built new fortifications then it would actually be a pretty good line of defense. If the fight against the Others is indeed everlasting then the Dornish Marches perhaps could be the Westerosi’s last line of defense. The rivers in the Riverlands could act as natural obstacles but since the Others and the cold come at the same time they would probably just freeze over. The only other natural obstacles to the Others I can think of are the Mountains of the Moon and the rainwood maybe.
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    Baelish's plan to the Throne

    Yes and he has already reconciled with half the Lords Declarant, and made friends with Lyonel Corbray and Nestor Royce.
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    The Red Wedding Was Justified.

    You make some good points but in my opinion they do not justify killing dozens of nobles and thousands of men-at-arms just because one man chose another woman’s honour over your daughter’s hand in marriage, and killing all those people while they were under your protection as your guests, having eaten your bread and salt. A different way to bump off Robb would be to do what Lord Manderly did to Rhaegar, Symond, and Jared Frey (I don’t mean eat them, I mean wait until they have left and then kill them). And if you did that you wouldn’t have the blood of thousands on your hands and be despised by all the realm, instead you would only have killed a few men, buddied up with the throne and the Lannisters, and not have had to endure a costly war for independence.
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    What happens if Euron sacks Oldtown?

    You are right as I didn’t consider the Hightowers giving weapons to untrained smallfolk. Also I am just reading on the wiki that during the Dance the Hightowers fielded well over 9,000 men, likely not including vassals or the city watch. Combine that with assistance from other nearby castles in the Reach (not Horn Hill as Samwell believes it is lightly garrisoned and not castles along the Mander as they are being raided by ironmen) and increasing the size of the city watch to 4,000+(which Oldtown would be able to support as they are wealthy and likely not in massive debt like the crown) I would now say 15,000 actual soldiers and ~15,000 peasant soldiers. As for navy it is mentioned Baelor ‘Brightsmile’ Hightower is building ships and Gunthor is building up the harbours defences or at least has charge of the harbour. The royal fleet of King’s Landing before the Battle of the Blackwater was about 50 ships, facing off against Stannis’ 200. Since the Hightowers control a sea port city also on a river (like King’s Landing), are actively building ships, and are extremely wealthy I would estimate at least 75-100 ships (Stannis was building ships from Jon Arryn’s death to the Blackwater and I would say ships from the lords of the narrow sea made up about half of Stannis’ 200, the other ~100 being from the Stormlands, the Reach?, and Myrish and Lyseni sellsails). The Hightowers may get more ships (about 25) if the Redwyne ships left at the Arbor join them. My verdict now is that it should be a comfortable victory for Lord Leyton if the ironborn attack head on (which I don’t think they will because Euron isn’t an idiot) because he has the defensive advantage, the numbers advantage, and the bonus of his navy being an extra line of defense. With any luck Hightower’s ships alone would sink 25-75 of Euron’s ships and kill 950-2800 men. If Euron defeats Hightower’s fleet (drawing them into the Redwyne Straits and encircling them?, like how Stannis beat Victarion at Fair Isle) then he could take Blackcrown, Three Towers and Sunhouse at his leisure if they don’t have too many men defending them since they are on the coast. But I don’t see how he could take Oldtown unless it is by stealth or sorcery. Perhaps Euron could intercept Cinnamon Wind and interrogate Marwyn, who may have knowledge of a magic or weakness of Oldtown.
  9. Jon Stark just sounds weird to me.
  10. Oh yeah didn’t think of that, thanks. ‘Dornish snake’ ’Sand Snakes’ House Wyl’s sigil is a snake coiling around a leg.
  11. Why Fang for House Martell? I don’t remember fangs/fanged beasts having anything to do with the house. Since the traditional Dornish weapon is the spear rather than the sword a Valyrian steel spear would be more fitting, maybe with a name connected with the sun (Martells’s sigil).
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    Horns

    Herndon of the Horn and his brother Harlon the Hunter founded House Tarly on Horn Hill. Samwell is their descendant and he found a horn at the Fist
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    What happens if Euron sacks Oldtown?

    I think in Sam’s final AFFC chapter it is mentioned that the Hightowers can field two or three times as many men as Highgarden’s other bannermen. I would guess at least 5,000-6,000, probably more if they took everyone they could and had enough time. It is mentioned that Garth ‘Greysteel’ Hightower is training men but depending on how long they have been training and raising men for they might not have many. However they also have the actual City Watch of Oldtown (judging from King’s Landing may be about 1,500 men during peacetime, perhaps as many as 3,000 now with the threat of Euron). I would say the Hightowers could have the maximum number of ~13,000 men. 3,000-5,000 from sworn houses (Beesbury, Bulwer, Costayne, Cuy, Mullendore), 3,000 in City Watch, and 6,000 from Oldtown and Hightower lands. The numbers for their sworn houses are not that precise as I have no information on their militaries, but all five are lordly and all are able to support or were able to support 1-2 sons as knights, maybe more. As for the ironborn there is a section in a topic here which has their numbers at 400 ships and 15,000 fighting men. Considering that Victarion has left for Meereen with the ~100 warships of the Iron Fleet and due to the Iron Fleet ships most likely being among the largest and best equipped of the ironborn this leaves Euron with 300 ships and about 10,000-11,000 men at most. Furthermore, assuming Euron stationed men and ships back at the Iron Islands to guard them from Mallister’s ships and Lannister ships at Lannisport and Fair Isle, assuming the Lannister fleet was rebuilt after Greyjoy’s Rebellion. Euron may have left as few as 25 ships at the Iron Islands, but perhaps as many as 50, which would correspond to just under 950 men for 25 ships or 1850 men for 50. This leaves Euron with 8,150-10,050 men and 250-275 ships. Euron also has ships left at the Shields (they are raiding up the Mander) and presumably on the small Redwyne islands he captures. Euron would be leaving 25-50 ships for this as well. This would make 200-250 ships and 7500-9375 men. Except the ironborn also capture ships from the Shields, and most likely from their Redwyne rocks too. I would put their gains at 25-50 ships. The final tally is 225-300 ships and 8450-11250 men, assuming they have the men to crew their captured ships. I doubt Euron has enough numbers to simply attack Oldtown, but if he uses some sorcery or magic he may well do it. Also, if the Hightowers give Euron a naval battle he will definitely beat them.
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    Warship types in ASOIAF

    Ramming was used during the Battle of the Blackwater. In Stannis’ fleet the only ship I recall had a ram was Bar Emmon’s Swordfish. Despite that Davos’ Black Betha rams Lady’s Shame, and if you went over Davos’ POV during the battle I’m sure there may be more instances of ships ramming each other.
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    Is Walder Frey the smartest man in Westeros?

    I would think that the only nobles now who would marry a Frey would be the Freys’ own vassals (Erenford, Charlton, Haigh). Of course Edwyn Frey as heir to the Twins would still be able to get a decent match with an important house, but no such luck for the other Freys.
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