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  1. Ibbison from Ibben

    Who's the worst human being, Tywin Lannister or Roose Bolton

    Roose commits atrocities, but advocates discretion and moderation while doing so. Tywin also commits atrocities, but was one of the most effective administrators in the history of Westeros. Many commoners considered the reign of Aerys II a golden age of peace and prosperity, largely due to Tywin's actions. There are many powerful people in the series that are far worse than either Roose or Tywin, but Tywin's atrocities were calculated, while Rosse's were for pleasure. I would rather live under Tywin.
  2. Ibbison from Ibben

    the honeyed locusts...

    Strong Belwas was previously a pit fighter in Meereen. He has one rather peculiar personality trait that is amply demonstrated throughout the series - he loudly proclaims what his favorite foods are. Any native of Meereen familiar with pit fighting would likely know that Belwas loved spicy honeyed locusts. Any native of Meereen would also know that Daenerys despised Slaver's Bay cuisine. If someone was truly trying to poison Dany, locusts would be the last dish they would try. Belwas was the target of the poisoner(s). The likely perpetrators were the women of House Pahl, which is now extinct in the male line, partly due to Belwas. It is well known that poison is a woman's weapon, after all.
  3. Ibbison from Ibben

    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    The ultimate Sansa song - Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" And of course Elton John's "Lizard Lion Rock" for Meera Reed.
  4. Ibbison from Ibben

    ASoIaF character poll

    1 54 2. male 3. Meera Reed 4. Aeron Greyjoy
  5. Ibbison from Ibben

    POLL: Will you continue to read the books if _________

    Depends on the death, actually. If I feel that a truly valuable character got killed off cheaply, I might give up. (It's really hard to get me to give up on a series, but Malazan managed it.) I don't expect cheap deaths for major characters from GRRM, but I'm not confident he can finish the series well. If he had a good grip on his story, he would have finished by now.
  6. Ibbison from Ibben

    Poll x2: Will Sandor Slay Robert Strong? ...or Slay A Dragon?

    Q1 - No. Sandor may not be a POV character, but he is a dynamic character, one who changes throughout the story. He hit rock bottom when he begged Arya to kill him and she refused. He has begun to recover. He will never be truly at peace, but to continue his growth he must reject his vendetta against his brother. Gregor isn't worth a vendetta. Q2 - No. (for the time being) Sandor will die heroically, but he will likely be killed by ice, for the sake of irony. I will remain open-minded on this issue, though.
  7. Ibbison from Ibben

    Poll: Did Summer See a Dragon?

    No. Summer, under the influence of Bran, had a vision that referred to Meera. As to the possible presence of dragon eggs in Winterfell from the time of the Dance, I would contend that people aren't thinking things through properly. A dragon in Winterfell would be an incredibly rare (and possibly dangerous) event - Vermax would have been watched every second. Jace, however, was a teenager on his first long trip away from home. Cregan Stark undoubtedly was a properly gracious host, and provided the young prince with a bedwarmer. Dragon eggs were not left at Winterfell. Dragon seed was.
  8. You got it right with the top line. The Princess of Dragonflies - Meera Reed. (Thank you for including her in the poll. She is perhaps the most overlooked character in the series.)
  9. Ibbison from Ibben

    Predict her future: Penny

    Penny is the valonqar. The Sealord of Braavos owes her a favor. That favor will be Cersei's death.
  10. Ibbison from Ibben

    Poll. Is Bran ever leaving the cave?

    My opinion on this question is well established, and hasn't changed. Not only will Bran leave the cave, but as of the end of Dance he already has.
  11. Ibbison from Ibben

    Poll: Is Sweetrobin the Son of Littlefinger?

    No. Given Lysa's wedding night performance in Storm, if LF really was Sweetrobin's father everyone in the Red Keep and half of King's Landing would have known. The better poll question would be - is LF really that good in bed? If he is, how does that affect Sansa's story?
  12. Ibbison from Ibben

    Will Selyse burn Shireen?

    I am in total agreement with the OP - Selyse will give Shireen to Mel to be sacrificed. Stannis has already implied that he intends to fake his own death to gain an advantage against Roose and Ramsay. Actions, unfortunately, have consequences. Mel will hear of his death and demand a sacrifice to resurrect Stannis "Only death can pay for life." Selyse will gladly comply. Faking your own death is like turning into a snake - it never works. (Evil Overlord List #34.)
  13. Ibbison from Ibben

    TWoW Prologue POV

    Love potions are pretty well established in-story. In The Sworn Sword, Egg tells Dunk that his younger sister Rhea tried to slip him a love potion to break up his betrothal to his older sister Daella. Cersei informs us that Maggy the Frog was well known for dispensing love potions. More importantly, the Love Potion Theory fully and successfully explains all aspects of Robb and Jeyne's relationship, along with Tywin and Jaime's reactions to it. Robb was a) Obsessed with being honorable, b) totally immersed in fighting a war, c) had never shown much interest in girls/women/sex, d) was wounded, feverish, and drugged to lessen sensory input, and e) had just found out his two younger brothers had been murdered. Hardly a favorable time for romance. Yet we are expected to believe that Jeyne comforted/seduced him. When Tywin explains the situation to Tyrion, he claims Robb was his father's son, and Jeyne was her mother's daughter. He is implying that Robb, like Ned, puts honor before reason, and Jeyne, like Sybell, is a scheming bitch. Yet when we see Jeyne, she is nothing like her mother. Jaime views her sympathetically, and states she is worth ten of her mother. In fact, she is maniacally, insanely in love with Robb. When Robb leaves Riverrun for the Twins, she can't control herself - three times she rides out to bid him farewell. Long after he is dead, she is still insanely in love with him, to the point that she will not give up the crown he gave her, and she ritually rends her clothes in mourning. Sybell obviously told Tywin she would have her daughter seduce Robb to break up the Stark-Frey alliance, and negotiated rewards for her house based on that. In fact, she undoubtedly slipped love potions to both Robb and Jeyne, making them both victims. It will come back to bite her in the ass.
  14. Ibbison from Ibben

    Shade of the evening.

    Those trees that Shade of the Evening is made from are one of the most underestimated mysteries of the series, IMO. (They need a name. I have suggested "Shadewoods" on several occasions, but it has never caught on.) Black trunks and blue leaves - complimentary and opposite to the red and white weirwoods. And who are those little mini-dwarf servitors at the HotU? Are they supposed to be complimentary and opposite to the CotF? Were the Undying themselves complimentary and opposite to the Green Men of the Isle of Faces? Many people think Bloodraven contacted Euron Greyjoy when he was a boy via dream. What if was someone from the other side - the shadewood side?
  15. Ibbison from Ibben

    TWoW Prologue POV

    Just getting a look inside Casterly Rock will be interesting. We may get a look at the Stone Garden, the Hall of Heroes, and many other places at the Rock that will help us understand House Lannister. We might lean more about Lann the Clever, and that could foreshadow future events. We may get to hear conversations with various people of Casterly Rock that will shine light on the past and current state of the Lannisters. We could get tidbits about Joanna. We might hear their opinions of Tywin, Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, and Kervan. We could hear about the current state of the Westerlands. The Lannisters were the first to mobilize - they have been fighting longer than any other house. How exhausted are they, how many men have they lost, how much damage did Robb do to them? Are they prepared for winter? We would also get inside Sybell's head, and learn about the negotiations between her and Tywin. We could also learn about the potions she used, and perhaps about the magics her grandmother Maggy the Frog was capable of, thus giving us clues about the nature of magic in the East. A Sybell POV prologue would be chock full of juicy infodumps.