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    That older thread's last message was in September 2014. That thread has been archived and closed. It ran to 17 pages. I saw a set of rules where the pieces have ranks 1 2 3 4 etc, and if a piece's rank is x, then it can capture any enemy piece whose rank is (x+1) or less. I am tempted to offer a rule that the dragon can fly over the heads of pieces between, but as it descends and lands it is vulnerable to attack by pieces near where it lands. Are there any takers for an idea that a dragon flying could pick up and carry (on its back sitting behind its pilot), one man of the sort who can walk on foot carrying all his kit (king, rabble, archer/crossbowman, spearman)? The man carried would have to move to an adjacent square when the dragon has moved and landed. Some sets of rules seem to have a rule that a catapult can kill a piece without moving to where that piece was. Is there a piece representing a man who is expert with a sword but is not on a horse/etc? The term "Rabble" to me suggests a poorly-trained new recruit.
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    I am sorry if I am too far from topic, but would it be useful to start a discussion about the chess-like board game called cyvasse which is mentioned in A Dance with Dragons? https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Cyvasse https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=cyvasse In particular, to discuss and clear up the many differences between the various attempts to write a complete set of rules. One query is: does cyvasse have catapults and also trebuchets as two sorts of pieces? This seems to depend on one piece of book text about cyvasse that mentions catapults and also trebuchets. To me, that may mean one of: (1) Catapults and also trebuchets are two sorts of piece. (2) Catapults are trebuchets, one sort of piece, and the evidence has been damaged by that literary nuisance called "elegant variation" which encourages writers to use two or more words for the same thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elegant_variation
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    "The Ice Dragon" (1980 book by GRRM)

    The Land of Always Winter in WoIaF/GoT canon may be part of a big north polar continent, like Antarctica but the other way up. Adara's wight-like cold-bodiedness let her ride an ice dragon safely, which ordinary warm-blooded humans could not do. To me it seems that, in The Ice Dragon, after the main events, Adara developed a normal warm human blood temperature like her family had. That is shown, because at the end afterwards she could not any more handle ice lizards safely. The Ice Dragon was written way back in 1980, and there need not be any detailed history continuity from it to WoIaF. On page 22 The Ice Dragon says "Dragons cannot stand the cold, so when winter fell Hal and his wing would fly south." Here, "fell" means "started", but note the later WoIaF/GoT placename Winterfell.
  4. "The Ice Dragon" (1980 book by GRRM) https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/The_Ice_Dragon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ice_Dragon ISBN 978-0-00-811885-3 This book (about 120 pages) was published way back in 1980, but it contains features that may be ancestral to features in A World of Ice and Fire / A Game of Thrones. It is set on a remote farm in a nation at war with another nation (in the northern hemisphere), with no firearms, and both sides have a force of armed dragon-riders. The ridden dragons are about 5 times as big as a horse, but there are wild dragons much bigger. The central character is a girl called Adara, who was born with and keeps some Wight-like characteristics including tolerance to icy cold, but she is fully alive (not "undead"), and she remains friendly with her relatives. She becomes friendly with an ice dragon. Later, she and the ice dragon play an important part in events. The book refers to the far north as "the land of always-winter" - a name that reappears. The book describes life forms made of animated ice :: compare the Others of WoIaF.
  5. I am reading "A Feast for Crows", and in it I read about the efforts of someone who knew textbook High Valyrian to make himself understood in one of the west Essos ports where the population spoke a derivative of Valyrian. For a real-world analog, compare Classical Latin with very early French as seen (called Gallo-Romance) in the Strasbourg Oaths. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oaths_of_Strasbourg
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    Uses of dragons

    > but an army would be spotted at a distance of 5 miles It depends on what adaptations are in dragons' eyes. In the real world, there is a strong muscle ring in the iris of an eagle's eye, and when it contracts, it squeezes the middle of the lens out of shape, so that the middle of the image enlarges much, and that lets the eagle zoom its vision. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_lens ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A day or 2 ago I came across on the internet what seemed to be a street procession scene including two ridden GoT dragons walking (on their back feet and the wrists of their wings). That brought up the query: when a GoT dragon stands on the ground, how far apart are the wrists of its wings compared to the size of the dragon and the width of the main roads in King's Landing? (Presumably it can fold the hand parts of its wings upright out of the way.)
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    An unexpected Game of Thrones reference

    I found a Youtube video about someone using a movement detector operating a water-squirter to keep cats away from a breeding nest of a pair of native birds. The nest fledged two young -- and the family at the address named the two young as Drogon and Rhaegal.
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    Abilities of mages

    I am starting to read Book 3, and I found where a big heavy stone had been made magical so that it could be made to reveal a secret entrance. Mirri Maz Duur seems to show a good skill at medical magic.
  9. After the determined campaign by the usurping dynasty to kill all Targaryen descendants, the matter may arise after the book and series events of preserving Valyrian blood in the Targaryens' descendants, for reasons discussed here and there. https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Mirri_Maz_Duur Given Mirri Maz Duur's proven medical abilities, would it possible for a suitable mage to bring an old man and an old woman (both Targaryens) temporarily back into condition to start and have a baby (or twins)? The woman would need strong magical help also for the birth.
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    Horse Archers/ Missile Cavalry in Westeros

    One answer, I suppose, is for nations that have trouble with Dothraki or similar, to develop their own horseback archers.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    See https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Quaithe
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    Uses of dragons

    Thanks. Sorry..
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    Uses of dragons

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    Uses of dragons

    There are two clashing purposes here: (1) A dragon is a major destructive weapon, and to keep the story dramatic, some would say that a dragon should be used for serious purposes only and not trivialized or over-used. (2) In the world of the story, the dragon and its rider exist between its major uses in war, and they need to be kept fit and in practice, and undramatic air-patrolling is a useful way to keep them fit. "Everyone under trees, or inside village houses. All open campfires out" :: depends on how much and how good infra-red vision (like in real pit-vipers, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loreal_pit ) the dragon has; a recently-extinguished fire still may emit infra-red. And if its eyes can see in dark much better than a man's.
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    Abilities of mages

    How does WoIaF / GoT mage magic compare with magic as depicted in some other fictional scenarios?:- - Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weirdstone_of_Brisingamen and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moon_of_Gomrath