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  1. bent branch

    Poll: Did Jojen Die Off-Page in DANCE?

    No. I'm pretty sure it is just tree sap.
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    The three Kingsguard were loyal to Rhaegar, not Aerys.

    I will just state my opinion that the rumor about Aerys and Rhaegar being at odds is just that, a rumor. Since there are not "sides" between Aerys and Rhaegar, there is no need for the Kingsguard to pick a side. Barristan only confirms there were rumors about there being a rift between father and son. I also renew my standing challenge to find any quotes in the books from someone claiming Tywin "really ruled" the country from someone other than a Lannister loyalist. The rumors about a rift between Aerys and Rhaegar was used as "evidence" the Targaryens were unfit to rule. It is called political propaganda.
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    Who is Haldon Halfmaester?

    Tyrion has been placed with Aegon's group under the excuse he is an expert on dragons. Haldon is testing Tyrion's knowledge. They are having Tyrion write about dragons in an effort to make him useful during the trip.
  4. Actually, Jeor did leave it to Jorah when he entered the NW. Jorah gave it back to Jeor when he ran. The sword reminded Jeor of Jorah's shame and that is why he kept it in a closet. He was just as happy to give it to Jon. My opinion on the swords is that they are the personal property of whoever owns them. They can be given away in whatever manner the owner would like. It is honorable to give the swords back to family, but not necessarily required.
  5. I think Rhaegar could have had some influence from his parents because they were forced to marry because of the prophecy. We know Aerys and Rhaella were never really happy with each other and if they had even one argument where this issue was brought up Rhaegar would have been made aware of the prophecy from that. I think I'm providing support for what you're saying, but maybe my thoughts aren't overly clear today.
  6. I agree with you. Everytime Bran tries to think about how he came to be crippled, something diverts his attention away from the issue. I think at some point Bran will come "face to face" with Jaime and have to make the decision to kill him or let him go. I put "face to face'' in quotation marks because Bran might be in Summer at the time.
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    Thoros and his flaming sword~Melisandre and magic

    Actually I brought this up in the past. Thoros is using his own blood to light his sword. I would have to find all the quotes about this, but Thoros talks about how he was taught the proper prayers to ignite his own blood when he became a priest, but they didn't work until recently. I will see if I can find all the quotes about the "fire inside" of R'hollor priests.
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    Does Nettles prove the Valaryians weren’t exceptional?

    You are talking about a recessive trait that can reappear after several generations. For a recessive trait the carrier has to meet another carrier and their child get a copy from both parents for that trait to reappear. However, with a latent dominate the trait can reappear without having to meet someone who is also a carrier of that gene. Since Ben has the trait and hasn't had any additional Targaryen input to his heritage I speculate that this is a dominant trait. A latent dominant is a trait that is only revealed under the right environmental conditions (in this case exposure to dragons). All of this is, of course, picky minutiae on my part. I agree Nettles is a dragonseed. I will say that it is one of the dragon-rider "rules" that a dragon can have only one rider at at time (the first rider must actually die before it will accept a new rider) and a rider will be accepted by only one dragon. Essentially, this means Dany has probably lost control of the remaining two dragons at this time.
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    Does Nettles prove the Valaryians weren’t exceptional?

    Jaime and Brienne bathed together. I figured out at one time that Quentin and Ben probably have about the same amount of Targaryen blood, this is taking into account when and where the blood entered their families and the difference in their two ages. It seems as though all the dragonlords had practiced incest to keep the bloodline pure. I think that the dragons were originally made with magic as a special sort of weapon. I think there were originally 40 dragons and 40 riders who were especially bonded to those dragons. I doubt that the different dragonlord families could ride each others dragons. I also see the ability to ride dragons as a dominent, but latent ability. In other words, in the first generation born to Targaryen/non-Targaryen match would be able to ride the dragons. Once this T/non-T had children with another non-T, then the trait could be passed or not passed in a random manner. If the child of this match didn't receive the ability then none of their descendents after would ever have the ability. In other words, a dominent latent ability is one that is there whether or not it is ever used. Once it has left a bloodline it is gone forever. This would mean that while there could be people out there with the ability, it probably isn't wide spread like a recessive ability can be.
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    [Spoilers] Red Herrings

    You don't much like the idea much that Illyrio gave the eggs to Dany because he believed she would be able to hatch them based on prophecy, do you? Seriously, GRRM kind of doesn't need to put in red herrings because people will believe what they want to believe.
  11. Having recently reviewed my eight type written pages of notes in regards to the three (or four) major prophecies in the books and the dating of the last long night, I have to say that I wrote down it was 5,000 years ago. Annoyingly, I didn't note why I thought that. This makes me feel that conclusion was probably more right than wrong, even if I can't remember why I thought that.
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    Bowen Marsh's Plan

    Even if Marsh survives there is nothing saying he will end up in charge. And as I tried to point out earlier, there is actually a difference in how the different "branches" of the NW think. Builders and Stewards have a tendency not to think that there is anything going on except a lot of Wildlings gathering at the Wall. The rangers have a tendency to side with Jon in regards to what the actual threat is. Notice that the both of the people we know that stabbed Jon were stewards. Thorne was an exception in that he didn't really go north of the Wall until Jon sent him. Anyhow, the NW leadership isn't decided by who killed the last commander, but rather by who the majority choose.
  13. Thanks for bringing me back to Earth.
  14. Wow! This is what I had suspected! This is one of the key pieces of information I had been waiting for. I am even more convinced I am right about the bigger picture in the story.
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    Bowen Marsh's Plan

    Bowen Marsh doesn't believe in the Others. He thinks it is just Wildlings. So his only plan is to close up the gates.