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  1. Lyanna was of the Old Faith, not a Seven-worshiper and Rhaegar was a Valyrian, following the Seven for reasons of state. They could have had some alternative sort of marriage ceremony. A septon wouldn't be necessary for that. That's could have, not definitely had, but the possibility is there.
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    Who builds better ships?

    I'd have to say that there is no ship that is best for all purposes. Braavos is modeled after Venice and Venice pretty much ruled the Eastern Mediterranean for a long time with their navy. Likewise, Braavos's navy kept them safe from the various Essosi states. That doesn't mean that their ships are best overall, just that they are well-suited to their own needs. Their ships are galleys, not well suited to deep ocean voyages and rough weather. It pretty much follows that everyone's ships have plus and minus factors. Military use isn't of primary importance. Tywin had something to say about winning battles with quill and raven rather than an army.
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    If Renly lives, how does the war play out?

    I'd say that Renly would use the info that Cersei's children were the product of an incestuous affair with her brother as an excuse to execute her, the kiddies, and Jaime. And publicize it to the max. That would attaint the Lannisters to the extent that Tywin would have to retreat to Casterly Rock in shame, not to mention that he would no longer have dynastic aspirations anent the Iron Throne. Renly's next step would be to clear his name of kinslaying in connection with Stannis's death.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    The Titan is often taken to be Littlefinger. In the Ghost' narrative the characters are referred to by their house sigils, and Baelish's is is the Titan of Braavos.
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    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I like to think that Sansa has lost her direwolf to force her to develop other talents, as she's learning the seamy side of medieval politics from Littlefinger.
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    Should the Andal vs First Men conflict be more bitter?

    It reads as if you have some need for things to follow your worldview. Obviously GRRM has his own and has written the books in accordance with that. Try looking at it this way: this is a work of fantasy, and fantasy calls for a "willing suspension of disbelief". Suspend your disbelief in a world without religious or ethnic strife and just enjoy the story.
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    Great Houses - Valyrian Steel Sword Names?

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    Would Lyanna start a war for Robert if Rhaegar kidnapped him?

    Bottom line, Lyanna didn't like Robert and didn't want to marry him. Why would she start a war over him? Better question, why would Rhaegar kidnap Robert? Under what circumstances?
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    Who will be Lord Commander after Jeor and Jon were killed by mutiny?

    Not Bowen Marsh. He and his little group have mutinied and killed their rightful Lord Commander. That's a capital offense in any military. If they aren't killed on the spot I see there being a "block party" with the mutineers as guests of honor.
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    Arya, not Sansa, is the maid that will slay Littlefinger, the savage giant

    Whether or not Sansa has cause to want Lord Petyr dead the Ghost of High Heart has prophesied that the maid with venomous snakes in her hair will kill the raging giant, and that is taken by many as Sansa killing LF. I don't think Sansa has many illusions about the man LF is. She's seen him have Ser Dontos, the man she's protected and who got her out of the Red Keep killed in cold blood. Who knows what else she may find out? That he was the one who persuaded Joff to have Ned killed rather than having him sent to the Wall, as had been agreed on?
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    What will Iron Bank do if NW doesn't pay debts?

    Not feasible.She could maybe take his face, but she's rather too small to pass as an adult male.
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    References and Homages

    On the Norse thing, Thor had a cart pulled by two goats, Tooth Gnasher and Tooth Grinder, which describes Stannis.
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    References and Homages

    There's a lot of stuff here, not easy to check on duplicates, but the sword forged from the heart of a star reflects a similar weapon in de Camp's The Tritonian Ring. In that story the protagonist is tasked with retrieving that which the Gods fear, which was a ring forged from a fallen star. The ring is lost (treacherous ringbearer eaten by crocodiles) so the protagonist obtains the fallen star and takes it to the only smith who can forge that metal. Instead of a ring he has a sword made. As it turns out, the reason the Gods feared the ring was that the star metal killed magic.
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    Lollys Stokeworth's Rape

    Hoster told his maester "My daughter is preggers by that worthless POS from the Fingers. If she comes to term we'll be a laughingstock and she will lose her value as a marriageable commodity. Give her something to fix it." If you can't trust your maester who can you trust? Why assume that Hoster knew what would be administered or what the long-term effects would be? He didn't forge a link for medicine at the Citadel, to the best of my knowledge. And, of course, it's just a guess that the tansy did damage Lysa's reproductive organs. Could be "the seed is weak"on Jon Arryn's part.
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    Lollys Stokeworth's Rape

    As I said, Hoster talked about tansy, not moon tea. If moon tea was all that dangerous maesters wouldn't be providing it to young ladies the way they do. Dosage is important. In the real world digitalis is both a deadly poison and a treatment for a heart attack.
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    Lollys Stokeworth's Rape

    Moon tea would be tansy with buffers and stuff to make it milder, IMO. Moon tea is pretty commonly used so it can't be all that hard on the ladyparts the way full-strength tansy seems to be. But we never see too much clinical discussion, do we?
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    Lollys Stokeworth's Rape

    What Lysa got was probably stronger than moon tea. It's referred to as tansy by Hoster. Moon tea is like a "morning after" preventive dose while tansy actually causes an abortion.
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    Lollys Stokeworth's Rape

    It probably would have been a good idea, but the whole situation in KL was pretty turbulent right then and nobody really cared much about poor Lollys anyhow. Overall, she didn't make out so badly. Bronn willingly marrried her, big tummy and all, and he's the kind of ruthless opportunist that will survive the upcoming chaos where the Stokeworths, who were pretty useless, would have been destroyed.
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    Quentyn Martell is Alive?... Death and POV characters

    Somebody gave (re-gifted?) us a set of those pots and pans as a housewarming gift. Those are actually pretty damn good, not perfectly average. Worth the price? Hell, no, but quite a bit better than average. I worked in housewares for several years in an earlier life, so I know a bit about the subject.
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    Quentyn Martell is Alive?... Death and POV characters

    You'll get a lot of flak here for citing Preston Jacobs as a source, just FYI. That said, Quentyn's death was witnessed. He's dead as Ned.
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    Who would be the best King from the WoFK

    A smith has more to do than forge weapons. Copper is the major component in bronze, one of the more useful materials then and now. Iron may be soft for weapons but it has a lot of other uses. A smith should know that, and certainly not conflate cast iron with iron in its more malleable form. This is just one more of GRRM's slips, like calling a bird a hawk and a falcon in the same paragraph.
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    Who would be the best King from the WoFK

    If this is the case then his evaluations really don't count for a lot.
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    Who would be the best King from the WoFK

    I wouldn't place too much trust in Noye's evaluations. For a smith he showed little knowledge of metals. Copper is lots more expensive (worth more) than iron, for one thing. He also says that Stannis is iron, hard but brittle. Iron is actually pretty malleable and relatively soft unless it has been given a high carbon content, as in cast iron. And then he says Robert is great, and he turned out to be a lazy, womanizing drunk, though a charming one. He's a badass, though, killing Mag the Mighty one-handed. I'll give him that.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    Or for lots of things Melsiandre does.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    The Staples Singers' "Smiling Faces" for the whole scene in King's Landing. "Smiling faces show no traces of lies that work within"