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Daena the Defiant

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  1. Sorta a Threadjack, but aren't the Septas color-coded, Blue, White and Gray?
  2. I still think that Mya exists for a reason and she will be handed off as a bride to who ever claims Storm's End.
  3. I .... suppose that the very irregular occurrence of convening a Great Council could serve as the kernel of the idea of the lords representing their various realms and fiefs could evolve into a parliament-type body (question: at the various great councils, is the Faith represented?). For example, let's have a thought experiment. Suppose Prince Rhaegar is able to, um, rein in the worst excesses of his father's reign and basically a gigantic conclave of lords is assembled and they then turn around and confront the Iron Throne and say "that's it, no more putting the entire kingdom in jeopardy though your abuses and personal desires and vendettas. We are going tp force some changes and you will sign THIS" - what are the tools for leverage they could use? Could they withhold their taxes and miens? Or are those collected by the Crown?
  4. Don't forget that was after her beloved father died and her home wad burned to the ground.
  5. Oh man, you just know that GRRM is sitting somewhere kicking himself for not creating some historical baddass Tully warlord called the "Iron Fish." "Lord Bradfell Tully, the Iron Fish" or something.
  6. How on earth are you construing my post as "sticking up" for her? Your bizarre reaction leads me to believe that reading comprehension is not one of your strong suits.
  7. emphasis added - now, now. That's the Baratheon-centric version of events. There is also a competing narrative that Lyanna willingly eloped with Rhaegar. Certainly Ned's own private thoughts don't carry any especial hatred for Rhaegar if he supposedly kidnapped his sister and raped her to death.
  8. It's a place name, and a mysteriously exotic one too - it actually has a lovely rhythm to is if you say it out oud. kay-YAK-uh-YAH-nye-UH.
  9. You mean the same Cersei who was being made to remarry against her wishes by her father? Who was unable to get her adolescent son to stick to the plan and send the Hand of the King to the Wall, instead executing him on a whim, igniting a civil war? She asserted herself as Queen Regent, and even then her father(!) forced her to accept her disgraced brother to be the Hand, as a check on her decision-making. (And once Cersei was able claim full authority, she ended up rearming militant religious zealots and resulted in her own incarceration and public disgrace, paraded through the streets, nude, shaved and pelted with offal, feces and rotted fruit). Cersei was placed in positions of great prestige and authority but she commanded very few people, and was often overruled by her own family.
  10. Yes, but for example, can you see an absent King Robert appointing Cersei to rule in his name, willingly and as a notion of respect and esteem? Ned specifically appointed Catelyn the regent of the North. Also, Catelyn was raised as the heiress to the Riverlands until the birth of her much younger brother. She was received as a worthy emissary when she treated with Renly and the Tyrells. She has as much "street cred" as a noble matriarch who does not rule in her own right could expect.
  11. It seems to me that Casterly Rock, if it does fall, will fall by subterfuge and someone (Tyrion?) will take advantage of Tyrion's superior knowledge of its infrastructure to gain entry and lift a vital gate somewhere. (I do also wonder if it has something to do with the Red Wedding II, as I believe that Daven Lannister, the current Warden of the West, slated to marry a Frey maiden but it seems that the Frey household has been infiltrated with the henchmen of Lady Stonetheart)
  12. The existence of the Maiden's Day, replete with encrusted customs that are so hardened that violating them can bring censure and arrest (non-virgins attending - this is Margaery's original ecclesiastical crime - she maintains she was a virgin but people said otherwise, so she had to be arrested and inspected) - anyway, the existence of the Maiden's Day must surely imply parallel events for the other six deities of the Seven. I can easily envision The Mother's Day celebrating moms and bounty and children, and the Warrior's Day, replete with competitions and try-outs like wrestling and archery, etc.
  13. I still love this from way, way back in aGoT. A Game of Thrones - Sansa VI "Did I?" the Hound replied. "I don't recall." Joffrey gave a petulant shrug. "Your brother defeated my uncle Jaime. My mother says it was treachery and deceit. She wept when she heard. Women are all weak, even her, though she pretends she isn't. She says we need to stay in King's Landing in case my other uncles attack, but I don't care. After my name day feast, I'm going to raise a host and kill your brother myself. That's what I'll give you, Lady Sansa. Your brother's head." A kind of madness took over her then, and she heard herself say, "Maybe my brother will give me your head." Also, love this from Arya - A Clash of Kings - Arya X "You are Arya of Winterfell, daughter of the north. You told me you could be strong. You have the wolf blood in you." "The wolf blood." Arya remembered now. "I'll be as strong as Robb. I said I would." She took a deep breath, then lifted the broomstick in both hands and brought it down across her knee. It broke with a loud crack, and she threw the pieces aside. I am a direwolf, and done with wooden teeth.
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