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  1. Is it allowed to discuss SoIaF / GoT fan fiction here? Or merely to list web links to SoIaF / GoT fan fiction here? For example, the much-criticized ending to the TV series season 8 has caused a big bulk of fan fiction alternate continuations .
  2. As regards Balerion's fire being described as black and red, I assumed that it was smoky.
  3. A passage in the books described the dragon Balerion's fire as being black with red streaks. But hot flames are not black!? (Unless magic is involved.) But there are plenty of Youtube videos about real-world army flamethrowers, and some of them show a flamethrower making a petrol/gasoline flame of the usual bright color, and soon after, much black smoke. Could it be that GRRM looked at flamethrower videos to get an idea about what dragon fire might look like? (I read that when the movies were being made, flamethrower blasts were used as special effects in dragon fire-breathing.)
  4. And how severe will the winter become? Will we see Lannisport ice-locked? Men having to mount masts and sails on big sledges to cross the Narrow Sea from Gulltown to Braavos? Frost killing the wine grape vines on the Arbor?
  5. Some of these changes between the books and the TV series may be due to the change from a written medium to a spoken medium. As https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Others in "A Wiki of Ice and Fire" points out, the difference between "the others" in its ordinary sense as "not us", and "the Others", is clear in printed text, but not so easy in oral speech, and the TV series refers to the Others as the White Walkers. Regrettably, I have not watched much of the TV series. (I have read the books plenty.) What word does the TV series use to mean wights, to distinguish them from "whites" in speech? For meanings of the English word "wight" as it changed over time, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wight . How is the difference between the Others, and others, handled in the books as translated into languages do not have distinct lowercase and uppercase letters? (Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hindi and other Indian languages)
  6. For many small brains to link together and become a hive mind, needs reasonably fast communication between them. Compare the length of time that a swarm of bees needs to decide where to fly to, after scout bees have found possible hollows to build honeycomb in and have come back. Unless there is a hidden advanced technology like the Star Trek Borg have. With 2 more books to come, there may yet be a top leader of the enemy, which GRRM has not yet seen a need to write about in what has been published.
  7. I was recently admonished for bringing the movie (GoT) storyline's Night King into a discussion about events in the timeline of the books (SoIaF). But in the book continuity someone will have to lead the Enemy's army of wights etc and organize its equipping and supplying and provisioning. Is there any clue as to who or what that will be?, when the book WoW (Winds of Winter) comes out - I have seen various theorizations on Youtube about when that will be. Will there be a Night King, like in the movie? Or will the leader be the chief of the Others? Or what? The Enemy's armies need a leader, else there will be chaos among their ranks.
  8. Sorry. I was bringing a character from the movie timeline into the discussion.
  9. Wights are described as having very bright blue eyes. Is that so of all wights, or only of the Night King's wights? Beric Dondarrion is described as having changed into a wight, but by Thoros of Myr and not by the Night King, and he retained the loyalties and aims that he had when living. If I was talking about wights, rather than writing about them, to avoid people confusing "wights" with "whites", I would be tempted to pronounce "wight" as "wikht" as in early mediaeval English.
  10. Is there anything in GRRM canon to say whether wights need to breathe air (or oxygen) to stay active and move about and fight?
  11. What GRRM canon is there about the layout of a sept? Some GOT / SoIaF -derived videogames include ability for the player to build a sept, but such septs as shown in the game seem to me to be much influenced by European cathedrals without reference to GRRM and are not reliable as canon. (Search for the word "sept" is much swamped by "Sept" meaning "September".) Canon bit of information that I have found are: (1) A sept built on the Iron Islands had been demolished by the Ironmen, leaving only a seven-sided foundation. (2) Weddings take place between the images of the Father and the Mother, which therefore must be on adjacent corners of the heptagon. (3) There is singing in septs, presumably of hymns. (4) At intervals there is a Festival of the Maiden, where only virgin women and girls are allowed admission. If each of the Seven gods is an equal representation of a One God, as seems to be stated, that may mean that each of the 7 images and altars in a sept must be equally related to the others and so must be in a perfect circle (or heptagon). That causes a problem providing an adequately wide door to the sept, and (1) seems to prevent making the sept 8-sided with the 8th side being for the door. I have not yet found canon info even about which of these is true: (i) The Seven images are at the corners, or at the middles of the sides, of a heptagon, and face inwards. That constrains the amount of space that there is for a congregation, and for weddings (which attract a big congregation) would put the images of the Father and the Mother a long way apart. Compare most real churches and Hindu temples, which are rectangular with the sacred images at one end. (ii) The Seven images are all together in a small circle and face outwards, at the centre of the heptagonal building.
  12. Is 'Lajasar fini arthaso' correct for "the Army of the Fallen"? The main query is: Have I used the genitive plural of "fin" correctly? (Literally: army -- of those who -- fell) (To remember the meaning of "fin", I suppose that think that: "fin" is the relative pronoun, and when I scuba dived, my fins related me to the water.)
  13. It is recorded that the First Men entered Dorne from Essos from where Tyrosh is now, dry-shod on the Arm of Dorne before it was broken, walking or riding on seabed which then was land, between the Stepstones which then were inland rocky hill areas, and reached higher land. The main account seems to say that they then had to endure the long drought of Dorne before they found the Prince's Pass. But https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Sea_of_Dorne says that The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Breaking. says that "some maesters, such as Cassander, believe the Sea of Dorne was once a smaller inland sea separated from the narrow sea by salt marshes". That would have let many of the First Men go straight north dry-shod from the east end of Dorne to the east end of the Stormlands, a shorter and better-watered jouney.
  14. In "Fire and Blood" I have read plenty about Targaryen royalty flying about on dragons. But when the dragon was big enough to carry two people, the only people who got to ride pillion on a dragon was a personal bodyguard, in canon stories, as far as I remember. I would have thought that dragons would have been used more often this way, to ferry important people about in a hurry and safely over the heads of dangers on the ground.
  15. Is there a list anywhere of how WoIaF / GoT personal and place names are represented in translations into other (real world) languages?
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