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  1. I am guessing that some tribes/clans, such as the ones led by Tormund, Val and Mance are more practical and they might be more willing to integrate into northern society and adhere to their customs, then clans/tribes that are led by people such as The Weeper and Lord of Bones. I imagine that virtually all of the northern houses would be against bringing wildlings into the North, although House Stark under Ned does seem to have pretty good political clout and they have good control over the North and their bannerman. Would bringing the free folk/wildlings and settling them in the North be easier with or without the Others/White Walkers and with Ned being Hand of the King and in King's Landing or remaining in the North? Or would bringing and integrating the free folk/wildlings into the North be impossible, due to their different views and the differing structure of free folk society, compared to northern society? Meaning lords, bannerman/liege's and so on.
  2. Yeah, but when they had dragons, they could have agreed to have the Stark's rebuild Moat Cailin and possibly have a house take control of the lands or have a garrison stationed permanently there, considering that they had dragons and the dragons canceled the advantage that the Moat gave.
  3. That makes sense, but it's also a bit strange. I mean, the Bloody Gate in the Vale serves the same function, in that it protects the main road into the kingdom it is a part of. If an army would like to invade the Vale and if they would like to invade through the main road, then they would have to take the Bloody Gate and they would sustain high casualties doing that. The other options would be to take Gulltown, they fight the Royces of Runestone and then travel through mountain roads, where they could be attacked by the mountain clans. Or they could invade through the fjords in the east of the Vale. And the Golden Tooth of the Westerlands also serves a similar function, as an invading army would have to take the castle to gain further access into the Westerlands. In the books, Robb and the northern army are lucky and find a goat path that leads beneath the castle and they can bypass it. Plus, even as it currently stands, if properly garrisoned and supplied, Moat Cailin can be a formidable defensive structure. If the various kings sitting the Iron Throne wanted the North weaker and easier to invade, they could have asked/demanded that Moat Cailin be completely torn down.
  4. Yeah, the Moat is decaying and sooner or later it will collapse entirely. It's strange that House Stark hasn't taken care of Moat Cailin across the years, considering that it serves a very important function in the defense of the North.
  5. I'm wondering how long it would take to rebuild Moat Cailin or to build a new castle on the same spot. I'm not referring to rebuilding/building the castle to the size it was before, but maybe ensure that it has 4-6 towers and a keep, all of it made of stone. How long might that take, if money would not be an issue and if the lord doing it, would either have a large amount of coin available or if he would have a steady stream on (a decent/large) income? Also, considering the position of the castle and that the lands to the south are bogs and swamps and that i imagine that the lands to the north are solid ground, what might the economy of the lands look like? Would they be able to plant and harvest various produce, such as barley, oats, grain, possibly rice should they trade with a nation that uses it and should rice exist in ASOIAF, potatos, etc? And to also possibly have herds of sheep, ram or cows? Or would the area be (somewhat) poor and depend on the traffic of people/merchants travelling through the area? I know that the location of the Moat is strategically important for the North's security and that the lord there could abuse his station, especially with regards to taxes on the merchants/people travelling to and from the North, but maybe the Lord of Winterfell could include in the feudal contract with the Lord of Moat Cailin, that they are not to raise the taxes without the approval of the Stark's, to avoid a situation similar to the one with the Frey's in the Riverlands, considering that the Frey's also control a strategic crossing. And what military strength would the house controlling Moat Cailin and the lands around, have?
  6. But wouldn't Dorne and House Martell have a vested interest in sending more troops, to ensure that the loyalists have bigger chances of winning and that Elia and her children are safe? And i misspoke in the posting. I meant to say that the majority of big houses in Dorne are situated in the western part of Dorne; houses such as Dayne, Uller, Qorgyle, Manwoody, Blackmont, Wyl and Yronwood.
  7. From what i could find, it is stated that Dorne can raise 50.000 troops, although that is considered to be an exaggeration made by Daeron I to enhance his victory; although Martin said that Dorne is equal in military strength to the North and the Vale. If yes, then how come Dorne sent (only) 10.000 troops under Lewyn Martel? And were the 10.000 troops raised only by House Martell and it's Immediate (geographically) vassals? Because if that is the case, then i can see how Dorne ca have equal military strength to the North and the Vale. But if the 10.000 troops are raised from multiple houses across Dorne, then the dornish are not as strong from a military point of view. I am asking because from what i can tell, the majority of big houses in Dorne, are situate in the western part of Dorne, close/closer to the borders and it would/should facilitate for an easier mustering of troops. Plus, although Dorne has a very large coastal area, they don't have a fleet. With regards to politics and House Martell, the current generation of Martell's seem to be politically isolated. Doran married a Norvosi woman out of love and Oberyn is not married and has sired multiple bastard children. Arianne is currently un-married because Doran wanted to marry her to Viserys and so far, there isn't any evidence of a marriage prospect for her. Quentyn which could have married one of Anders Yronwood's daughters has been sent to Meereen to win Dany's hand and he died trying to take one of her dragons. And Trystane is still young and currently not betrothed. And from an economical point of view, they produce exotic products and spices, and they are also really close to cities in Essos, so they can more easily trade. Although Dorne doesn't have a city the size of Oldtown or White Harbor and they also don't seem to have a large, powerful trading fleet.
  8. Considering that current events, with Daenerys being just found by Khal Jhaqo, Aegon having control of Storm's End and going to meet and fight with Mace Tyrell and his army, and with Jon Snow currently dead at Castle Black, how likely would a Targaryen restoration be? Will the events that happened in the show, with Dany taking command of the dothraki, obtaining a fleet and sailing to Westeros still happen? And what might her reception be, considering that Doran is still alive and in charge of Dorne and that Aegon might also still be alive when she arrives? Also, how might Aegon's reception with the Reach lords and the lords of the other kingdoms go and will he be able to gain some support? And how will he react to Dany arriving in Westeros with an army of Unsullied, Dothraki and 3 dragons? And last but not least, what about Jon Snow? Will we see the revelation that he is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, and might he have some proof of that? Possibly some documents ,proving that he is a legitimate son, hidden in Lyanna's tomb in Winterfell or with Howland at Greywater Watch? Or will he lack the documents to prove that, but bond with a dragon, in which case people will most likely think that he is a Targaryen bastard, not trueborn. And how will people react to that, especially Aegon, Dany and the Martell's. And considering all that has happened with Aerys, Rhaegar and the Rebellion, how welcome would a Targaryen restoration be?
  9. It has been speculated/said, that Ned intended to settle the New Gift and name a lord in charge of the land and give him Queenscrown. Who could have Ned chosen as the lord? Would he have named one of his true born sons and create another branch of House Stark? Would have have named the son of another house? Or could he have given the lands to Jon? Also, i have read that if Ned did that, he would have intended to have the lord swear fealty to the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch? Could that have been possible and if yes, how would that work and why would the lord of Queenscrown be a vassal of the Night's Watch, instead of a vassal to the Umber's or the Stark's? Or could the house be a vassal to the Umber's, Karstark's or the Stark's, but agree to send a percentage of their crops to the Night's Watch? I am asking, because from what i can tell, the New Gift is rather fertile and it is also big, so that means that the lord in charge of that could possibly raise 2000-4000 troops, whose lord is a vassal of the Night's Watch, instead of the Umber's or Stark's. And how would the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, deal with his vassal, if he would choose to stop sending food and troops to the Wall? Would he request that the Stark's and/or the crown help them bring their vassal back in line? And would the lords of the North agree with having a house capable to raising troops, loyal to the Night's Watch?
  10. Fair enough. But he still took a chance, considering that Robb could have been killed in battle or died from wounds sustained in battle.
  11. That is possible. But it is also possible that she could have stayed in the Riverlands, either at the Twins or most likely at Riverrun, where she would have gotten to know Catelyn and Robb better. Plus, if she would have went north to Winterfell, she would have went there under guard and the guards could have remained at Winterfell, thus possibly adding 50-100 extra guards to Winterfell, which could have changed what happened.
  12. From what i remember, Walder got a promise that Robb will marry a daughter of his house, once the war was over. My questions is why did he agree for that to happen at the end of the war and not sooner, during the war? He could have asked/demanded that Robb marry one of his daughters once the first siege of Riverrun was resolved, right after the Battle of the Camps. Walder seems to be taking a risk, as Robb could have been killed during the War, thus nulling the promise of marrying one of his daughters to the (then) heir to the Lordship of Winterfell, plus it would have also prevented the marriage between Robb and Jeyne Westerling and probably prevent the Roose from betraying the Stark's. And if Robb died, then the next Stark heir would be Bran who is crippled and Rickon who was 3-4 years old and a lot of things could have happened that could have prevented a marriage between Rickon and a Frey bride. And Jon was at the Wall and he took his vows, so getting him released from the Night's Watch would have been a difficult task, that some people in the North, especially Catelyn would have fought against.
  13. True, armor could be used against other dragons, although the last time dragons fought against each other, was the Dance of Dragons. Currently, Dany doesn't have any reasons to armor her dragons. And if the purpose would be to protect against bites from other dragons, then i believe that the armor would need to be pretty thick, thus heavy and which would make the dragon slower and more cumbersome in the air and it could place it in a disadvantaged, against a lightly armored dragon or if the dragon would not have armor. Plus, the main issue is that the dragons will keep growing, so the armor would need to be changed pretty often, which will get expensive, especially considering the size and thickness. Armor made from valyrian steel would be ideal, as it would be lighter, although that would cost a fortune. From what i know, there isn't any dragon armor and saddles left on Dragonstone or there hasn't been any mention about that.
  14. For the moment, no. But the dragons will continue to grow and their scales will harden. But yes, currently, their best defense while in air is their agility and the possibility of gaining altitude if/when they are in danger. Although even at their current size, i believe that the only danger to the dragons are scorpion bolts, as i don't think that arrows will be able to penetrate their scales. Arrows are a danger to the dragon rider.
  15. Well, the saddle could be very easy and simple to design and use, i believe. As the dragon grows, leather straps of different lengths could be used to secure it and once every few years (3-5) a new saddle could be designed to ensure that it fits the dragon easily and comfortably, and that it fits the size of the dragons neck/upper back. With regards to armor, that seems pretty useless, as according to Marin, a grown dragon is pretty much invulnerable to scorpion bolts. Meraxes was hit in one of her eyes by a scorpion bolt. And armor for Dany's dragons is useless, as they are still growing and she would have to spend a fortune to constantly equip the dragons with armor. Not to mention, the added weight of the armor will most likely make the dragons slower and more cumbersome in the air.
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