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    So what was Criston Cole's deal?

    Interesting. I had always taken that it was modeled on Cersei and Jaime- she did seduce him, and married Laenor anyway.
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    The Stupidity of Everyone during the Regency

    Hatred requires forgetting he is fictional, and also attributing intent to the fallout of decisions that was in no way predictive. Daeron I was, on the surface, what Aegon III could not bring himself to be: Decisive, martial, accomplished in the manly arts, charming. Aegon III may have been well satisfied with his eldest son. That son making disastrous choices, despite the clever advice of Aegon's brother, is the son's fault. Children are not blank slates, and they do possess agency. Their father has no part in decisions they make after his death. His second son encouraged to be scholarly or religious, a fair occupation for the heir's spare once he hits the age he can sire his own. The fact the boy is a bit extreme is more reason, not less, to push him to monasticism while his virile elder inherits.
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    Harrenhall curse

    Curse is less to do with a cahrssse then the fact it is too damned big. Ruinous to maintain. Recall, a large chunk of the lands were given to Darry.
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    The ramifications of killing Aegon the Younger

    And now, an unsolicited spate of information on agnatic marriages! Agnatic, or left-hand marriages, were a thing on the European continent. For example, during the Ancien Regime in France, an agnatic marriage (or marriage to someone below your social rank if you were noble) did not make your children illegitimate but could prevent them from inheriting. Essentially, agnatic marriages nullified your nobility; your children under any nation practicing agnatic descent would no longer necessarily be considered dynastic members of the family. This led to the creation of agnatic branches of families; in the case there were no legitimate heirs available, an agnatic line may be considered. George is obviously drawing on this with Jenny of Oldstones and Duncan, Prince of Dragonflies. He had to foreswear the throne for her- the only reason this would be an issue would be that the marriage was considered agnatic and therefore lowering the status of their descendants. Since this appears to be the case in Westeros, but not in the North or Dorne, one assumes it is an Andal custom. This is in turn the issue with the Great Bastards of Aegon IV. He could legitimize all his children- which he did- as king, but any children fathered by him on non-noble women would be disbarred from inheritance as they would be of agnatic lines of descent. His noble-born bastards were a different story. Now, it can be debated whether children sired by a Targaryen on a noblewoman, legitimized, may still be considered agnatic due to "Targaryen exceptionalism" in comparison to non-agnatic "pureblood" Targaryens, analogous to how the Egyptians perceived the Pharaoh and household (a son of a Pharaoh and not his full-blood female relatives would be "half-divine", although he could become heir in the absence of another). That's roughly speaking. So, Daemon Blackfyre would be the eldest incontrovertibly non-agnatic heir *if* Daeron II Targaryen were in fact the son of Aemon the Dragonknight and Naerys, instead of Aegon IV and Naerys. There's a whole field of study on this kind of thing, it's actually interesting if you get into it. Now, the relevance to the main text? If there was a surviving Blackfyre male heir (legitimate), he would under these laws take precedence over Daenerys; unless there was a legitimate Targaryen male of male-line descent found first. EDIT: And this is the issue with Aemond's wetnurse and her son. Even if they were married (unprovable), the marriage would in fact be agnatic and therefore disbar her son as being part of the dynastic line with the exception of the case where there were no true-born dynastic heirs.
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    The ramifications of killing Aegon the Younger

    Short on time, so someone may have posted this, but: The blacks: Maintained that legally, women could inherit in the absence of male heirs (I believe this is primary male primogeniture) OR that a king could freely stipulate his heirs Legal basis: Viserys I declared his heir much as Jahaerys did twice: After his eldest son died and he proclaimed his second son (passing over his eldest son's daughter), and declaring the son of his second son as being the next heir. It's fun that Jahaerys had to do this, since he had a surviving older sister. The greens: Maintained that legally, only a man could inherit the Iron Throne (Absolute male primogeniture) They argue that the Great Council set this precedent and Jahaerys acknowledged it, not that Jahaerys was consulting and then issuing a decree that was a one-off. F&B is very clear: due to his burns, Aegon II was sterile. The legitimate sons of his body were dead, his brother was dead. His brother had no known legitimate heir. That means you go to the proceeding generation: The next male heir of Viserys I was his brother Daeron, who was dead, but who had a surviving son- Aegon III. The great irony of the Dance was that it didn't actually solve the legal question- Aegon III was the eldest surviving son of his mother, and by the standards of inheritance recognized by the blacks, he was heir. Aegon III was also the senior male heir of the senior-most junior male branch; the next male branch would have been his great-uncle Vaegon's heirs male, if any, making him the male heir of Aegon II according to the greens! The next senior branch, if Vaegon had no heirs, was the Velaryon line as descended through the senior surviving male branch (by green logic) or no heir at all (by black logic). That's why Aegon II didn't get rid of him- it undermined his own claim to the crown to in any way pretend Aegon III wasn't his heir. Since Viserys II had vanished, Aegon III was in fact the only male-line heir of House Targaryen that we know of- via his much hated father. So the tragedy: The greens didn't want Daeron to be king, so they pushed for absolute male primogeniture- which meant Daeron's eldest legitimate son was the remaining heir based on his father's claim according to the greens, and based on his mother's claim according to the blacks.
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    Nymor's letter to Aegon

    Option: Aegon was gay, Aenys not his son, blackmail. Option 2: What was left of a broken, brain damaged Rhaenys was being kept happily in the Water Gardens. Option 3: Some combination
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    How powerful were the Manderlys in the Reach?

    The section on the North mentions the Stark Kings of Winterfell driving out either the Warg King or Wolf King of the Wolfswood, and instituting the policy of taking a defeated foe's daughter to wife. The W. King "fled". The Blackwoods, a family producing at least one notable Warg through a daughter, have the story above. Methinks the Bracken-Blackwood feud stems from the Blackwoods toppling the Bracken king and seizing some of his lands.
  8. To me, always seemed like Aegon I was gay. Orys being his childhood by, Rhaenys acting as beard and hiding his favorites among her crowd, and Visenya not knowing and insisting he do his husbandry duty one night in 10. Hence avoiding her when Rhaenys dies. No more excuses
  9. Random theories: Dragons are tied to families that they are related to That Volantene dragonriders referred to the Targaryen strain Saera introduced Each "true" Targaryen is coterminal with the quickening of a dragon egg- their egg that completes them. You can ride a different dragon, but it's a symbiosis thing- say, between the pair you are 1 human, 1 dragon. Need the right match. Hence putting eggs in cradles- you send off for the egg getting warm. Also perhaps it takes a certain proximity- hence Princes of Dragonstone. Also, dragonseeds- quickened seeds mean more eggs. Therefore, Dany's dragons are her egg, her brother's egg, and her son's eg. Wild hare: Maegor's dragon "mate" was Cannibal.
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    [spoilers] Aerea

    You didn't follow. If she has her radio on, and they're broadcasting, of course she can pick them up. Doesn't mean she reached into their station. She could, of course; I am proposing an alternative. She's catching them in flight instead of viewing into the cave.
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    [spoilers] Aerea

    The Black Gate is a living Weirwood. Weirwoods are like aspens: their roots connect and become a single plant. Proposal: The wall is not, itself, the source of its magic. The old, now dying gate is, and its true death will bring down the Wall (cold preserves). Further speculation: You take your oath in front of weirwoods so the Gate can know you. In other words, Coldhands needed a weirwood pledged brother. So, any magic connected through the weirwood network is simultaneously on both sides of the wall. Or a networked seer acts through weirwoods to perform magic in the south. Drop that, and living, active magic cannot cross. Inert magic can. Maybe BR and Bran are viewing Mel, not vice versa. My personal face Coldhands theory is that he's one of the Sentinels, buried in ice in the Wall.