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Ser Lepus

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  1. Maybe GRRM just wanted to leave Aegon and his sister-wives's relationship veiled in mystery? There must be a reason they had so few children and so late in life... but GRRM didn't say why. You say "if it was stillbirths... why didn't GRRM say it?" but that would apply to any other reason we could give: "if it was ********... why didn't GRRM say it...?".
  2. The decadence of Planetos goes beyond that. Essos hasn't just decayed into petty fiefdoms ruled by warlords... it's like 80% empty, and even nature is degrading, becoming unable to sustain civilization or even human life... It is very common for fantasy worlds to be littered with the ruins of previous great civilizations... but new civilizations are usually built around these ruins... You have hobbits living next to the barrows where the kings of Arnor are buried, but while the hobbits are rustic compared to these ancient kings, they work their farms, build homes, raise children and live rich lives. You have the Rohirrim living among the renmants of more advanced cultures, from Isengard to Helm's Deep and from the Paths of the Dead to the Pillars of Argonath... but the Rohirrim are a vital and vigorous people, claiming that land for Humanity. Classic D&D settings like Forgotten Realms or Greyhawk have ruins and dungeons all around, but there are villages sprouting around these ruins, and adventurers appear in these villages who explore and loot these ruins... In the aSoIaF world great civilizations are destroyed... and that's all. Nothing replaces them. Nobody resettles. The land itself becomes arid and hostile, and savages roam the regions still able to support life, making sure nobody rebuilds... Valyria - Has become inimical to life. Cities of Sothoyros - Cursed, ravaged by disease and cannibals. Ghiscar - Most of the land has become desertified, and the few cities surviving at its fringes have become slaving shitholes. Red Waste - The Qartheen had to leave it for the coast when it became a desert. Sarnor - It hasn't just been destroyed by the Dothraki, the Silver Sea has dried out. Plains of the Jogos Nhai - The ancient Patrimony of Hyrkoon disappeared due to the attacks of the Jogos Nhai and droughts, and its heart now is the Great Sand Sea. Its central sea has shrunk and become a few lakes. Meanwhile, the Dothraki, Jogos Nhai and corsairs of the Basilisk Islands make sure nobody can rebuild. They Dothraki and Jogos Nhai are actively trying to wipe civilization out, apparently unaware that their current lifestyle is dependent of their thievery, and they won't be able to keep it if the succeed (the Dothraki can't even forge the swords they wield...). I wonder if GRRM is purposely implying a dying world... Something even worse than the Long Night... people rebuilt after the Long Night... this time nobody rebuilds...
  3. Aerys commanded Jon Arryn to execute Eddard and Robert. So Robert has little choice but to start the rebellion...
  4. Meh. I think that, having access to the records of the Targaryen family history as Valyrian Freeholders and as Lords of Dragonstone, he was well aware that half the Targaryen go mad, so he would probably shrug the crazy and incompetent ones off as wrong tosses of the coin... But he wouldn't be happy about the Blacks and Greens driving the dragons to extinction during the Dance of Dragons... he would be mad about that. With dragons, the Targaryen could endure as monarchs despite a hundred mad kings... without dragons, it is a countdown to being dethroned and eventually fall into being just another petty noble family claiming a long gone glorious past...
  5. I suspect that, if he had ran away, he would have returned after a few weeks living as a commoner. He might be teased by the other squires, but he still was Lannister of Casterly Rock, and enjoyed the greatest living standards and honors that Westeros can offer... commoners, on the other hand, are treated like trash... and he would be a 13 years old commoner in a city under siege... not fun... As for his baby wife... she makes him the lord of Hayford. And he can enjoy a bachelor life for like 16 years until she becomes an adult... by that time he will be close to 30, and ready to settle and become a father... not a bad plan, if he stops to think about it.
  6. After re-reading the World of Ice and Fire, I feel a strong sense of a world in its twilight: Magic is waning; empires fall and cultures disappear, and they aren't replaced by new ones; grasslands dry out, inner seas shrink and deserts expand; the Dothraki, Jogos Nhai and Basilisk Islands Corsairs prey at will on the civilized peoples of the world, destroying their cities, which aren't rebuilt; the Children of the Forest are dying out, and their magic and knowledge will be lost; the Others threaten Westeros and maybe the world; a ten years long winter is starting, and nobody is prepared for that... Is GRRM portraying a dying world on purpose, or is it just an accident? Did he just want to create a world with a rich past, and he went overboard with the fallen empires? Or, is there really an ongoing theme of the aSoIaF world going to ruin and nobody can stop it...?
  7. We don't know if the Doom was like that. Most volcanic eruptions leave plenty of time for flying creatures to escape: People could escape Mount Vesuvius's eruption by sea and land. Even if the Doom was like Krakatoa multiplied by fourteen, and it happened without previous warning, there probably were dragons flying out of Valyria or in the fringes of Valyria proper; some of them could have been far away from the volcanoes to escape the cloud of ashes. If ALL of Valyria terrain had exploded as if the whole peninsula were a single Plinian volcano, and not just the Fourteen Flames, the effects would have been way more catastrophic on a global scale than they are described.
  8. The problem with the feudal contract is that, in the absence of Pope-like figure wielding power above kings who can act as an arbiter (and even Popes were often under the thumb or some monarch or another who dictated what they had to do, or they were interested part in the conflicts and dictated sentences that benefited their own interests as temporal princes) the ones who decide if the contract has been violated or not are the interested parties, the lord and his rebelling vassals... So, were Robert, Ned, Hoster and Jon justified in removing the Mad King from the throne and replacing the Targaryen as ruling family? Or maybe they were justified only in removing Aerys, and his children should have inherited the throne? Robert and his allied decided they had to remove the Targaryen entirely, but other people didn't think so: Connington, Mace Tyrell (who only joined Robert's side after being captured), Doran Martell... even Stannis had doubts. In the end, Robert and his allies took the more pragmatical decision, the one that ensured the safety of their houses and secured their power, regardless of how justified they were (because, where is the neutral arbiter who says if they are justified?). And Daenerys would be doing the same if she wiped their houses after retaking the throne...
  9. Mmmm... all these High Septons were chosen before King's Landing's Great Sept replaced Oldtown's Starry Sept as the seat of the High Septon... It seems that the Hightower had a strong influence on who became High Septon when the High Septon lived in Oldtown, but that influence probably was lost afterwards... If the Targaryen have the same or a greater level of influence over the Faith as the Hightowers once had, they probably pick direct vassals from the Crownlands, or maybe other nobles from houses that had shown a great loyalty to the crown... Lord Jon Arryn and later Tyrion and Tywin probably selected high ranking Septons from the Crownlands or the Westerlands...
  10. What is being "justified" depends on your moral and ethic context. Some cultures think "an eye for an eye" it totally justified, others do not. Some cultures think a criminal's family should share the punishment... Our culture thinks Daenerys wiping the Baratheons and Lannister wouldn't be justified, but Westerosi culture probably would think it right (but Daenerys should give then the option of going to the Wall). I think making an example of the Lannisters and the Baratheons would be the most pragmatic choice, if not the most moral one...
  11. He is a strong and handsome man who kind of likes and respects her... of course she wants him to be a good man. I don't think she believes Jamie could ever be her lover, but she likes him and doesn't want him to be a monster... Nobody wants to accept that the people they like are evil...
  12. It has been years since I read the book, but, maybe it was Egg who spotted it?
  13. Its a gamble, I guess. When you become a Maester your post depends on your talent: The better you are, the greater the house. If you are lucky, they are decent people, they treat you well... if not... well, bad luck!. If too many Maesters die too fast the Citadel may grow suspicious and refuse to send more, but if they get wind of a Maester being mistreated or tortured, the best they can do probably is to send an appeal to the king or to the torturer's overlord so they stop it... or the Maester may try to escape, reach the Citaldel and ask for a new post... If the lord torturing or killing Maesters is great lord... well, the Citadel is in trouble... they can't risk opposing such powerful lord, and if they refuse to send new Maesters, the lord can just steal the Maesters from his vassals' castles...
  14. Tyrosh is inspired by the phoenician city-state of Tyre. The name is almost the same, they have a reputation of greedy merchants and great sailors just like the Phoenicians, and their wealth started with their production of dyes made from seashells, just like Tyre... Maybe a bit from Genoa too, given the role of mercenaries in their history. Lys is probably inspired by Corynth, a rich, powerful maritime power that has come to be known more for its decadence and luxury than for its achievements. A bit by Florence too, given the parallels between House Rogare and the Medici family. Myr seem to be inspired by Florence, a merchant city famous for its crafts, arts and learning.
  15. In real life, inbreeding is a cause reduced fertility. It also provokes a poorer health and other problems, but the Valyrians, being magical, seem to have suffered of madness and deformed reptilian stillborn babies as a consequence of incest rather than mere ugly, unhealthy and low intelligence children like in real life... In short, inbreeding didn't seem to affect the Targaryen as much as it would real life people, and they managed to remain attractive and healthy, but they seem to have been plagued by madness and stillbirths. What if Aegon's sister-wives suffered many stillbirths, just like Maegor's wives did...?
  16. People in Essos just converted to other religions... I mean, how many worshipers of Jupiter or Minerva do you find in Europe nowadays...? Also, it is likely that the Faith of the Seven Gods was very different back then. The Westerosi worshipers of the Seven will claim that their holy book is a perfect copy the one they received from the gods and that their doctrine is pure an unaltered... but that's what every religion claims... The truth probably is that primitive Andal religion probably was quite different before the Andal migration to Westeros. The religion of the Andals who moved to Westeros evolved differently from the beliefs of the ones who stayed in Essos, and nowadays they have become so different that the Westerosi won't acknowledge their connection...
  17. They tried, eventually: It was called the War of the Ninepenny Kings. The Band of the Nine, which included Maelys Blackfyre, leader of the Golden Company, conquered the Stepstones, and used that kingdoms as a launching point from which they conquered Tyrosh for Alequo Adarys and intended to conquer Lys, the Summer Islands and the Seven Kingdoms among other territories (each one of the members of the Band of the Nine would get their own realm...). When they reached the point of becoming a real threat to the Seven Kingdoms, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen sent an army to stop them.
  18. It seems Tywin was very public about his intention of never letting Tyrion inherit the Rock, and since the next in line (given that Jamie was Kingsguard), was the queen and the royal princes... well, you can bet the Iron Throne wasn't going to say no to Tywin... I mean, if Tywin told Robert Baratheon that he wanted to make Tommen the heir to Casterly Rock, what was going Robert to say "No! I want Tyrion to succeed you!", or "Cool! Now my firstborn will be king, and my second son will be a great lord!..."?. And nobody would oppose the combined will Tywin and Robert in order to help Tyrion...
  19. Given how society works in Westeros, I find difficult to believe that a commoner would be allowed to pass over all nobleborn Septons and become High Septon. I would expect noble families to use every bit of their influence to try to push their second and third sons into the upper ranks of the Faith, and to succeed at that... But, on the other hand, nobody ever comments on the origins of the High Septons. While they are supposed to renounce their family name upon becoming Septon, and their fist names when they become High Septons, everybody would know their previous names.... People like Cersei and Tyrion would call them "the Hightower High Septon" or "the Florent High Septon" or "the Arryn High Septon" when speaking among themselves, and they would suspect their loyalties... So, has GRRM ever given any hint about the origins of the High Septons (besides the High Sparrow, which is supposed to be lowborn, but he was chosen under exceptional circumstances...) ?.
  20. Given all the information we have, dragons may not be natural animals at all, but magical chimeras bred from Valyrian firewyrms and Sothoyran wyverns. As such, they may not be able to reproduce at all without the help of magic. Aegon V tried to use magic to hatch dragon eggs. Daenerys managed to do it using magic accidentally... what if magic was always needed to hatch dragon eggs...? We know there were "wild", unclaimed dragons in Dragonstone, but, what if the Targaryen performed blood magic on the wild dragon nests, in order to keep a reserve of dragons for breeding purposes...? If the Valyrian Dragonlords died during the Doom, nobody was left to cast the hatching magic on the eggs, and the dragons became unable to breed... Also, there are hints that the Doom wasn't just a massive volcanic eruption... the settlements closest to Valyrian are populated by mutant "monsters". And ships don't return from Valyria... Can the whole island be affected by earthquakes, burning cinder rain and lava flows all the time? Is the sea around it always suffering constant tsunamis without respite? Like, isn't there even a safe corner in the whole island? If so, even Ghiscar should receive constant rains of ashes, given the monstrous volume of ashes the volcanes would be releasing every day... What if the Doom wasn't just a bunch of massive volcanic eruptions, but it also was, somewhat radioactive? What if the volcanos released poisonous, teratogenic substaces all over Valyria...?
  21. Even if the Arryns manage to bring the leaders and warriors of the Mountain Clans to a single place, that wouldn't wipe the clans. The women and children and all the men too busy to travel to the meeting would survive, they would hide in the mountains, and soon or later you would have a new generation of very pissed Mountain Clan warriors viciously attacking the Valemen... Servius Sulpicius Galba and Lucius Licinius Lucullus tried that against the Lusitanians in 150 BC, and what the Romans got wasn't the defeat of their foes, but the beginning of the Third Lusitanian War, the most violent and bloody one (the Lusitanians didn't ask for peace terms even after defeat, and didn't offer them after victory either, since they no longer trusted the Romans and refused to speak with them ever again), under Lusitanian leader Viriathus. Anyways, I suspect there won't be many Mountain Clansmen after the next winter. Not many Valemen either, most will starve during winter unless they migrate to the coastal settlements and eat fish...
  22. GRRM has confirmed that some of the more important Septs are centers of learning where Septons are trained. He has said that many Septons are locally trained in small Septs and Septries in the countryside, and the Septons trained there can be quite ignorant and poorly trained, but places like Baelor's Sept have higher standards.
  23. Late to the party (I have kinda lost interest in aSoIaF after the awful ending of the GoT TV series...). About the casting of Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon: I'm okay with the casting becoming more inclusive, but, do they have to be so clumsy about it...? I mean, first they wipe all the canon Black characters in the books from the TV series, and they even erase whole cultures (there were many characters from the Summer Islands in the books, and they weren't present in the series), only to make characters like Missandei or Salladhor Saan Black so they can fill their quota... Why didn't they portray the proud, cool archer-sailors instead? Wouldn't that be better that having some slave maid around...? Now they make Corlys a Black Valyrian of mixed blood. Cool, lets do that... but, couldn't they try better than giving Steve purple contacts and silver tresses...? Valyrian Dragonlords are basically magical albinos... they keep their recessive looks thanks to inbreeding. When they marry non-Valyrian people, their kids either look normal, like Baelor Targaryen, or like Valyrian albinos, like Maekar Targaryen (well, if they were like real albinos there is no way Maekar would have kept the Valyrian looks, but, whatever, this is Fantasy). If Corlys is half-Valyrian and half-Summer Islander he should look either like a normal man of mixed heritage without albino traits (like say Barack Obama or Lenny Kravitz) or as a mixed or Black albino. This is how an African albino looks: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a0/a9/c1/a0a9c10930210d09c796c5a82cb9e0e2.jpg https://media.istockphoto.com/videos/portrait-of-albino-african-millennial-man-video-id1200322722?s=256x256 What they did instead was give Steve a dye job and some contact lenses, and it looks fake...
  24. The part about the Lannister is true: They are descendants of Ser Joffrey Lydden, who married a Lannister heiress... But the story of Bael the Bard is nothing but a wildling folktale.
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