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    The Kingsguard doesn't precisely shine in FaB

    Oddly enough, the only KG of note is that of Aerys "The Mad King." Gerold Hightower, Arthur Dayne, Barristan Selmy, Lewyn Martel, Oswell Whent, Jaime Lannister, and Jonothor Darry seem to be the last truly formidable group. If they had all been on the Trident with Rhaegar I can foresee a very different outcome.
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    Jon Arryn or Tywin Lannister. Who would be the better King?

    Say what you will about his brutal methods, Tywin's administrative abilities were second to none. Aside from restoring order in the West and reestablishing House Lannister as a power to feared, he became Hand of the King at age twenty. All this before becoming Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West. He went on to give the realm peace and plenty for nearly twenty years despite the madness of King Aerys. Realm would have been better off had he been crowned instead of Robert.
  3. Not too much to go except for the obvious. But, there were two wars in Robert's Rebellion and the Greyjoy Uprising. 1. Tywin Lannister (not much of a question here) 2. Ned Stark - judging from what we know of Rob and his finishing the rebellion after Robert was injured by Rhaegar on the Trident 3. Randyll Tarly - Dealt Robert his only true defeat during the war, and should have been on the Trident with Rhaegar 4. Robert Baratheon - won three battles in a day and inspirational icon 5. Stannis Baratheon - Held Storm's End and smashed the Iron Fleet of Fair Isle 6. Brendon Tully 7. Hoster Tully 8. Yohn Royce 9. Jaime Lannister 10. Victarian Greyjoy
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    Let's suppose...

    Well, for one thing, lets start by separating foolish rumors from plain truth. Rhaenyra was a full-blooded Targaryen (no question there) and Laenor was half Targaryen and half Velaryon (no problem there). Her sons had no Valyrian features (big problem). C'mon, it is one thing to turn a blind eye to the truth, but most of the learned people of Westeros knew what was amiss, especially given Laenor's proclivities. And Strong was her chosen protector. Everyone knew what was up. Aenys was questioned quietly because of his lack of martial ability and overall weakness, as compared to his sire. Whatever condition you think the Faith was in, to think it was powerless is a bit naive. Just look to the storming of the dragon pit to see what power religious zealotry can have over the masses. I would not have been surprised if it was indeed the Faith that would have pushed Daemon to set aside the Strong boys as heirs. Likewise, there were many pious lords who also voted for Viserys at the Great Council, establishing the precedent of male Targaryen claimants over the female. I've no doubt they would answer another call to arms should it come to it. To legitimize her boys, she must first acknowledge what they are. You see no problem with that? She would have to openly disgrace her dead husband, then hope there was no opposition to her legitimizing her bastards over true born Targaryen heirs. Several true born heirs of House Velaryon certainly objected when Rhaenyra attempted to have Lucerys made heir to Driftmark.
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    Heredity laws of westeros

    As Catelyn Stark was trying to dissuade Rob from legitimizing Jon, she mentions that there were Stark cousins in the Vale and elsewhere who could lay claim to the name. Just as we see in the Vale with Harrold Hardyng, the next offshoot from the Stark branch would be the rightful heir.
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    Let's suppose...

    One has to wonder how the "Faith" would have responded to the Strong boys as heirs to the Targaryen dynasty. On the one hand, the doctrine of "exceptionalism" had taken root thanks to the wise rule of Jahaerys, but the taint of bastardry is quite another matter. It was plain for all to see that the boys were bastards born of adultery, and who the father likely was.
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    Ranking the best warriors at the start of asoiaf

    IIRC, at the end his thoughts he says that being stronger than him is irrelevant. With his skill and speed, he would best everyone that he mentioned. Which leads me to believe he was focusing his statements on strength and stamina, not necessarily overall ability. The only guy he basically yields to was Dayne.
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    Ranking the best warriors at the start of asoiaf

    It seems as if Jaime was listing warriors who could match or exceed him in strength only, not overall skill. There is simply no evidence of the Greatjon's fighting skills. We just no he is very big and very strong.
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    Ranking the best warriors at the start of asoiaf

    A lot of love for Lyn Corbray, but not sure why. His only victory of note was beating an already dying Prince Lewyn. No votes for Darkstar (the most dangerous man in Dorne), maybe even better than Prince Oberyn. And we just don't know about a guy like Ser Gascoyne. He is Prince Trystane's shield for a reason. Also, a shout out to Ser Mandon Moore, as Jaime called him the most dangerous of the KG. 1. Jaime Lannister 2. Sandor Clegange 3. Garlan Tyrell 4. Oberyn Martell 5. Gregor Clegane 6. Loras Tyrell 7. Victarian Greyjoy 8. Areo Hotah 9. Andrik The Unsmiling 10. Georold Dayne/Mandon Moore/Balon Swann
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    Ranking the houses power in each region

    The fate of the Reynes and Tarbecks essentially put an end to all questions with regard to Lannister power in the Westerlands. We know that Lord Farman was being somewhat disobedient sometime after that, but Tywin sent a reminder of the Reynes of Castamere and Farman meekly backed down. During the reign of Tywin's father there was little regard for House Lannister, as King Aegon twice had to send armies into the West to restore order. House Reyne was also the greatest threat to House Lannister since Aegon I. It was said that Roger Reyne could have raised 9k had he given the time. Tywin knew he had to put them down hard, and for good. A lesson the Starks and Tullys never learned to their detriment.
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    Worst Targaryen King

    He should have made her his heir until son was born to him. I totally understand not wanting Daemon on the throne.
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    Worst Targaryen King

    I have to disagree with you here. He did not know how to deal with Daemon, who disrespected him on countless occasions, including violating his daughter. Brother or no, Daemon should have been put to death or made to take the black. Either of those actions may have saved his house from disaster. Similarly, everyone could see that his daughter's sons were obviously Harwin Strong's bastards, borne of treason (given their looks and Laenor's obvious preferences), but he did nothing. The proper thing would have been to solidify the succession within his own true born sons, not a diluted strain. Viserys was an utter disaster. The peace and prosperity were all fruits of the well-oiled machine that his grandfather left him. Nothing was done to improve upon it, and he negligently set the stage for its near destruction.
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    Worst Targaryen King

    Rhaenyra lusted after him and should have been kept at a distance. But, Viserys gave in to her and allowed him as her sworn shield and champion. He was a great warrior and of the true steel, keeping to his vows, but he turned into a bitter enemy of Rhaenyra and ignited the war.
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    Worst Targaryen King

    After reading FAB, I think King Viserys I was the worst Targaryen king in the family's storied history. Worst than Aenys, Maegor, Baelor, and Aerys. I know that Aery's actions directly led to the Royal House's downfall, but it was Visery who was handed the crown at the height of Tarygaryen power, and with it the opportunity to solidify the Targaryen's grip on the Seven Kingdoms for all time. Jaehaerys left Viserys in the best possible position to not only succeed, but to flourish. 1. He was the last Targaryen to bond with Balerion (although the "Black Dread" was at his end), meaning he must have showed great promise. But he never chose another dragon after Balerion's death and allowed himself to grow soft and portly over the years. 2. He ignored the clear precedent set down by the Great Council out of spite and refused to fix his error, once his sons were born. 3. He was too weak to bring his overbearing brother to heel, allowing Daemon to run roughshod over him time and again. Even failing to take part in a private war in the Step Stones, leading to near ruinous taxation of incoming shipping. 4. He ignored the sage advice of his small council and married Alicent when he should have married Laena Velaryon and healed the breach with the "Sea Snake" and House Velaryon. 5. Due to his weak and amiable nature, he failed to see the dangers of Criston Cole. I could go on, but the horrible decisons and indecision of the weak-willed Viserys set House Targaryen on the path to ruin, when it should have easily ruled for a thousand years or more.
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    Ranking the houses power in each region

    How can House Manderly be more powerful than the ruling house? All that they have is through the good graces of the Starks. The Starks command the Manderlys allegiance (including troops), collect taxes as fealty, and set law & policy in the whole of the North.
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