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  1. It_spelt_Magalhaes

    Cersei will know about Aegon

    It's not paranoia... Yada yada.
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    The Plutionian Others

    Still on topic with the low hanging fruit at the expense of His Skeevyness the Leech Lord. I had a weird thought about the leeching and it's effects on red blood cell prodution and for damn all, my brain made the sideways jumpstart into 'this guy's not an over botoxed news caster saying a baby whale was saved and then a bus full of people fell into a river and everyone died with the same flat face, he's Lance Armstrong!'. But wouldn't that make him more iron and red blood packed? The whole scandal was due to Epo use and/or own blood transfusions (autologous? Iirc, that's the term) Don't bother trying to puzzle out my reasoning, because, as it turns out, it was wrong. Even surface online research about blood donation and the less noble bits show that, despite training or more correctly, triggering, your body to produce more red blood cells, you can easily go over out of bounds and create a bad anemic condition. If, say an adult male donates more than a unit every 12 weeks, stuff might be a bit sketchy, as far as the Portuguese Red Cross indicates. In your transcribed bit about Roose Bolton's session we read they 'clung to the insides of his arms and legs' and 'dotted his pallid chest', that sounds like a bunch of them. If each one can gorge 10-15mls per feeding and the 'unit' for blood is 450ml? He was directly making himself anemic, not just in removing the blood in each session, but by creating a sustained iron deficiency in his system. And then you add the ancient, and also modern medicine, reputation of leeches curing or at least treating things like rheumatism, hearing loss and other maladies we associate with aging. Or the euphoria and 'rejuvenating' feeling described by patients who are leeched on. No wonder the Pale Wonder looked good for his age. And omfg, man did hate the iron stuff. As an aside? Ramsay's blotchy complexion, the red blood pushed to the surface of his skin? I always considered it to be eczema, or something like it, and it does get worse in the winter in many. You can treat it with leeches, apparently.
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    The Plutionian Others

    Oh boy. Cujo? Yikes about your bad history. Betrayal of 'cultural formatting' so to speak, for me. As in, St..Bernards are supposed to be cuddly, teddy bear cuties, yeah? Randomising? I used to watch a cartoon bee, Maya. And then my three year old self saw a real one and went and grabbed it. It was a wasp, actually. My tiny, three year old fist was twice the size of the other one. Nature's a beautiful, vengeful hag when you stop paying attention. Summer children, the lot of us.
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    Yeah. Depletion of ressources is something that we're all being slapped in the face with daily. Such a large scale predation and overall wastefulness made me cringe.
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    The Plutionian Others

    Yep. I did think about it while reading your comparison with the silicone rock-spider. They must be heavy indeed, as they are dense enough for impact and touch and combat, but what if there’s something our pov persperctive simply doesn't 'see' carrying them as they move? And as to @Lady Dacey's information about the impossibility of protein maintaining it's 3d structure at such extreme temperatures and also hemolymph not being viable due to crystal formation? Could something in the Others' makeup act as a natural antifreeze? There's all sorts of products used even on food industry that 'delay' cristal formation to much lower temperatures, or good old car service products based on propylene glicol. Which, awesomely enough, are many times sold in the form of a cristaline, bright blue liquid?
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    The Plutionian Others

    Sorry in advance for the mini rant or the pseudo unfit placement of it, but I'm putting it out there. I like my horror, fantasy, 'weird stuff' (ha! that's such a dad thing to say), not 'in your face', so to speak. Even as a kid, the notion that you could be following a story that's more a romance novel or an historical account if it wasn't for that splinter under your fingernail that's nagging 'something's not right'? It made reading even very upfront assumedly scifi like Verne more enjoyable. Sure, we're all for the sciency bits, but it's the story that keeps you ready for more development. My earliest Stephen King reads did it for me because it was like 'that one detail is tilting this crap sideways' and the characters had to deal with the extraordinary just like they're your neighbour or cousin. As to GRRM'S awesome furniture comparison, round the countryside here we're for food analogies. Country of hearty foods and all, and the first thought I got to translate it mentality has always been 'the rest is salad'. No offense to vegans anywhere, it's a cultural thing. Once you get passed the meat and starch, the leafage is just dressing the plate. Might be good for your health and make everything neat, but it's not what's really 'feeding you'. And whoopsie?, writing this on a forum dedicated to the works of someone who uses 'gardening' as an analogy to story building...
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    Thanks! Neither do the Portuguese. After all, we subtitle every broadcast needing a translation. But the network I saw it on failed to deliver that detail, so either the audience was supposed to be really into it and recognize the phonetics of dothraki and valyrian or the 'speaks weirdstuff - focus on unsullied, then still speaks weirdstuff - focus on dothraki' was supposed to be the way for us to see it? The fact that people are confused enough to nitpick might say it wasn't the best way..
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    Ah, when something as simple as the abhorred lowkey subtitle claiming: (speaks dothraki), (speaks valyrian), (speaks effin english - for other audiences) would've done the same. After all, it's not like the author of the works being adapted ever toiled to create a complex world of different cultures, ethnicities, languages, history, mythology, etc. @BalerionTheCat seems pretty sure it was Valyrian and then dothraki. Though how they cheered for the bits spoken in the other groups' language makes one go a bit 'meh'.
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    Dunno? Much as I wouldn't take it as gospel, you could sideways compare them to the Wraith in Stargate:Atlantis? Maybe the culling effect of their predation delays or even stalls development in those they prey upon? Or even worse, seen as we're on a roll here and have pointed out the hypocrisy in their ways? Did they specifically target cities that might be growing, and as such, or due to difficulty itself, possibly developing technologically, to raze them?
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    So it's not random or complete destruction. There's a method. They need some of their prey to endure so they can collect tribute, keep their targeting and exploitation of settlers. Same way hunter-gatherers would migrate to avoid 'drying out' their resources. Eventually they'd return. But my question was in case of an unprecedented catastrophe that would abolish or even seriously compromise civilization in a widespread area instead of something quite localized like the Doom. Say Winter? Would the horde be the better adapted by 'virtue' of their predatorial lifestyle or would the eventual depletion of their usual hunting grounds finally push them? To what? More war? Like they're such a cuddly people? I don't know. Your thoughts?
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    How did Rhaegar get his reputation as a warrior?

    Not sure what you mean? That people close to him would rig several tourneys to make the Prince look good? And manage to bully, coerce or buy every single opponent to favour him? The 'whimper' Rebellion, as per Ser Duncan the Tall, was a mess. That Daemon Blackfyre didn't realize he was being favoured doesn't really take away from my opinion that, should multiple tourneys be 'obviously' rigged for Rhaegar (and how does one push Wolfboy and the likes of Toyne to do that?), the realm would talk, and our dear Mad King might just take exception. So, while it might be feasible to artificially bolster his tourney portfolio, I don't think it was.
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    The death of the Dothraki and racism

    Not necessarily, as far as I saw it. Due to their beliefs, the settled society systems we see as more developed and culturally advanced, for the Dothraki are treated as targets, in a way, prey to destroy. The flaw is how they might condemn agriculture and industry, but they sure do take advantage of others' work, stealing their work, and then destroying their cities as an ofense. So they enslave settlers like cattle, take their works for their own and raze their 'sinful' cities to the ground. Smells of hypocrisy, right? And so a very human way to justify acting like other people are prey while they mere rove after more. So, never mind evolving. For them everything is right just the way it is. Begs the question, though : What would happen to them if there should be no more cities to destroy?
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    The Plutionian Others

    @sweetsunray I'm taking the time to read your awesome essay fullsize and ponder it out to nurture my inner, sh*t scared of spiders child. Just a thought on the Roose Bolton is an Other weird notion? When I got to the bit where you transcribed Barbrey Dustin's description of him I honestly did a spit take. Again. Roose Bolton is not an Other. He's just had a very badly done, heavy handed botox aplication. :-)
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    How did Rhaegar get his reputation as a warrior?

    If it's easier to consider, look at tourneys as sports events. Repetition and training creates a basis for automatic reaction. Facing others in combat allows for more variety in movement and technique. Winning in a tourney, even if it is in the joust and not, say, the melee, will translate into true ability in the field. Will it be a faithful translation? Only true battle can tell, but it's a better bet than if the Prince had cut a poor figure. Rhaegar being renowned as a tourney winner would make his reputation more a fact than a mere suposition. After all, wouldn't it be also disrespectful towards the Prince, if not the whole Royal House, if the tourneys and participants were suspected of favouring him?
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    The Plutionian Others

    I can’t find the thread again. But elsewhere round these parts where the weirwoods were being likened (pet nightmare, yes!) to that gigantic mass of trees somewhere in the US? (also on an X-Files episode, iirc) It smacked me again how the 'gods' or supernatural influences in this verse are so very much not like Eru and the Valar. Those are creation entities, and Man as a species, or all living things in the end, are part of creation, and as such actually are supposed to be given a damn about. Using spider attributes to describe the Others just pushes the 'don't really emote about humans' intelligence of them. Same as every other bit about the weirwoods gives us more 'otherness' about them as well. They don't even experience Time the same way 'animal' beings do. Same as I don't subscribe to the 'Golden Army' way of seeing them as a creation of the CotF. That would make them a weapon with an actual use and target, even if we could consider they could go astray or out of control. But it would still diminish the sheer 'threat' of them to reduce them to an unintelligent tool. I would somewhat be interested in the horror level thought if they'd been an engineered species, but it resounds with my own recently reawakened arachnophobia (thanks for that :)) more deeply of they'd simply always been a part of the world they live in and eventually just woke one day marabunta style and went off. The 'insect' characteristics also allow the Others to gain a societal structure, behavior and even an archetype of perfection and efficiency. It is ingrained in our minds.
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