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  1. The Freys didn't even follow the Tullys to the Trident when Hoster was hale,healthy and a main man in the rebellion who had destroyed bannermen like the Goodbrooks. They turned up after the battle was over. I don't think Hosters health would have any bearing on the 'late' Walder Frey. He would have acted exactly the same.
  2. For me its the mirror image of the 'lord' Ramsay with no training and GRRM made explicit mention through Roose Ramsay had no training by a master at arms and fights like butcher. Then Mance the 'savage wildling' who has recieved the training from a master at arms through the watch and is capable of beating Jon that leads me to believe they will confront each other. GRRM loves these contrasts. Ramsay is the 'lord' but he fights and acts like a savage. Mance is the 'savage' but he will fight and act like a lord. I find it a curious contrast and its GRRM making Roose say Ramsay had no training made me suspicious. While Mance was trained and can even defeat Jon. It think there is something parallel going on between the two characters and that they both have now met (maybe) leads me to believe they will confront each other. Like Bronn and Lyn but in reverse.
  3. Noone. I think its possible these positions were not filled and were gradually fleshed out during Roberts reign. Littlefinger was a recommendation of Jon Arryn. You already had Pycelle, Varys and Barristan It would have made sense for Robert to reward supporters with positions at court after the rebellion but we know he he wasn't the most observant of rulers. So that implies to me these positions were not filled immediately but as the need arose and by on Arryn as he got to grips with the governance of the realm. What year was Littlefinger appointed? As for Master of Laws it seems a sop to Renly to get Roberts brother on the small council. I don't think these positions are hard and fast and depend on monarch. It's not like a a modern cabinet system. So its entirely possible after the rebellion some of these positions were vacant and then filled based on need or Roberts wishes.
  4. This is a theory I have posted before but I would like to expound upon it and add some background. I Believe Mance will be the character to kill Ramsay Bolton and I think there is alot of evidence in the text to lead to this conclusion. Mance Rayder- Mance Rayder was fostered by the watch but eventually returned to his wildling roots. Qhorin described him as the best and the worst. He was a ranger and having been fostered would have been trained under a master at arms as he grew up and then would have honed his skills as a warrior beyond the wall as a ranger. We see when Jon locks up with him (as rattleshirt) Mance is more than a match for Jon. We have a foundling trained from a young age to be a warrior. He united the Wildlings and in his spar with Jon showed himself to be a cool, measured fighter of considerable skill. In conclusion while Mance is a Wildling he is as well trained and battle tested as any knight in the 7 kingdoms. He also has honor while many would believe wildlingshave no honor. Ramsay Bolton- As pointed out by Roose, Ramsay received no training from a master at arms. He fights like a butcher. Ramsasy is sensitive to his upbringing. He was raised a peasant but in his eyes is a lord. Wildlings are often described as fighting with pure savagery as they are not as skilled and trained. Ramsay in many ways epitomises the folk of Westeros thoughts of Wildlings. He is a savage. Ramsay has no honor. Mance in many ways while a 'wildling' displays the skill and honour folk would associate with a knight. This creates a curious juxtaposition. On the one hand we have the 'wildling' Mance. Yet he has been trained as a warrior and as we have seen in the books has a sense of honor like when he spared Jon. Then we have the 'lord' Ramsay. Raised a peasant and fights like a butcher.He has no honour. It is this mirror between the two that leads me to belive they will confront each other and Mance will cut him to pieces. The 'lord' Ramsay is the savage and the 'wildling' Mance is the honourable warrior. I believe even if as the red letter states Mance has been in a crowcage he will goad Ramsay to a fight somehow. They will face off and the honourable 'wildling' will defeat the 'savage' lord
  5. I have recently been reading on the physical characteristics of reptiles and various other animals and considered how this might influence the growth rates and sizes of Dragons in Westeros. Balerion the Black Dread was the only one of the Targaryen Dragons to be born in Valyria before the Doom. He is described as around 200 at the point of his death and in terms of size his teeth were as big as swords and he could swallow a Mammoth whole. Vhagar was described as near the size of the Black Dread by the time of the Dance. After that Vermithor is described as the oldest and largest and was the mount of the old king. However Dreamfyre was his older sisters mount yet Dreamfyre is not described in terms of size like Vermithor. While we can infer from the text Dragons can change sex, in real life there is considerable sexual dimorphism between species. Whereby a male may be much larger and indeed this can be seen in crocodiles. If similar sexual dimorphism was to exist in Dragons this could explain the size variances between the Dragons described in Fire and Blood. For example we could assume Vermithor and Silverwing were similar of age but Vermithor is always described as the larger. This could be a result of the sexual dimorphism between Vermithor as a male and Silverwing as a female. We also hear in the books 'dragons never stop growing'. This has also been said of crocodiles. However as they grow they grow older they grow stouter and heavier as opposed to longer and I believe this may be true of Dragons. For instance because of the square cube law the weight of a crocodile increases approximately cubically as length increases. So a younger Dragon could potentially almost match an older for length but not approach it in mass. So in the case of Crocodiles a 16ft specimen is only 4 feet shy of a 20ft specimen. Yet due to the square cube law the 20ft specimen would be twice the weight. Vermithor at nowhere near the age of Balerion could have for example been 160ft in length compared to the Black Dreads 200ft. The size difference does not seem that big until we take into account if that was the case Balerion could have been twice the mass. One of the points I wanted to make is I believe Danys Dragons will attain sufficient size to be unmatched weapons of War. They do not have the time to approach the size of Balerion or Vhagar but as we can see from Fire and Blood even a young dragon like Tessarion could turn the tides of battles. It may also be that Drogon is an outlier and simply 'bigger'. After a few short years he now big enough to mount and clearly views himself as an apex predator. In a similar way crocodiles are born small but studies show males grow considerably faster than females. They then grow a foot a year which then slows and at a point they fear nothing as there are very few animals that can be a threat once they are grown. I believe the life cycle of Dragons may be similar except they grow faster. So they exhibit considerable sexual dimorphism and grow swiftly to a point but then as they age this growth slows but mass increases. There are also exceptional cases where one individual is simply bigger which we see across all species and Drogon could well be one of these. I believe this would be a logical explanation for the size discrepancies amongst the Dragons described in the Dance and also how Danys dragons will easily attain the necessary size to be able help her in her conquests though they are not nearly the size of Balerion.
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