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  1. There is probably a difference between who a lady marries and who a lord marries. A lady marrying a lower lord is worse because she will be dependent on that lord and his holdings. Stannis as a lord marrying a lower lady is less an issue because she will be entering his household rather than him leaving to join hers. I doubt Robert cared the slightest who Stannis married. If Stannis had married on Robert's order that would have came up in one of Stannis's various sessions of complaining about everything while making himself out to be a martyr. House Florent had no problem supporting Renly over Stannis, why shouldn't House Hightower still favor Renly over Stannis in that case? Especially, how Renly is married to Hightower's granddaughter so he is still supporting his blood.
  2. Why can't Loras be a prodgy all around like Jaime or Dayne? Jaime thinks Loras reminds him of how he was when he was younger.
  3. He loses to Brienne when she channels her ancestor and turns the melee into a wrestling match. Before that he had disarmed her and was raining down on her with his blunted ax. If it had been an actual combat his ax likely would have cleaved into her before she jumps onto him.
  4. Oh, another change I would make in the world building would be to drastically rewrite the Bracken/Blackwood feud so it isn't completely one sided. Have there be some noble Brackens and villainous Blackwoods. Maybe have it so the Blackwoods became devoted followers of Maegar out of desire just to murder followers of the Seven, while the Brackens supported Jaehaerys. Maybe, have it so Otho Bracken fought with Dunk during his Trial of Seven. That could cause an interesting contrast with Egg's distaste for the houses that supported the Blackfyres. Heck, have it rather than marry a Blackwood that Egg marries a Bracken (out of love and against his father's will, thus setting up his own sons rebellions) causing Bloodraven to push for Aemon to follow Maekar as part of push for Bloodraven to be sent to the Wall. Just anything to make the feud not so remarkbly one sided.
  5. When did that dagger even reappear? I only remember it being in a few scenes in Season 1, before suddenly reappearing when Arya kills Littlefinger. It is supposed to be the Catspaw blade? How does Arya even get hold of it?
  6. You don't want your heir to be a childless couple. She is likely already going to be considered to have trouble with child birth based on her being sickly losing ideal child birthing years because Jaime is still to young to father children onto top isn't ideal Oberyn is still a poor choice for Tywin's eldest daugher when there is no reason to expect he would inherit anything. I similarly doubt Ned would have betrothed Sansa to Loras.
  7. Tommen isn't currently fathering heirs on Margaery, instead they are having to wait until he is older. The age gap between Margaery and Tommen is actually even smaller than that of Elia and Jaime. When Jaime is 15/16 that would have Elia being around 25/26, while equally being sickly. She is as good of a match for Jaime as Tyrion was for her.
  8. The issues are less for Rhaegar than Jaime. Rhaegar and Elia could start trying for heirs relatively soon. Jaime and Elia would have to wait around ten years of prime birthing years for Elia before they can start trying for heirs. Yet, despite for when ran by the disasterous Tytos, are they marrying individuals that are third in-line? Joanna would have been aware of Tywin's objection when Tytos gave Genna to a Frey that wasn't a heir. Why would she think he would be okay with marrying his eldest daughter so someone equally not a heir?
  9. Maybe if she was marrying Doran. I doubt that one that is third in-line is considered the second best compared to heirs of other great houses (the Royal Family is different.) Moreover, despite their title, I bet plenty of lords don't consider them the second most prestigious in the realm. Especially, when one accounts for the disdain people have for the Dornish. Age and health issues that might affect a lady's ability to birth children would be of uttermost important when deciding the wife for one's heir. The lady's main sell being her ability to birth heirs of her own. By the time, Jaime would be expected to start fathering his own heirs the sickly Elia would be around 26. Around an age in the series where she is told she can't have any more children. I am sure he would have complained about any difference of his grandchildren. For example, if Rhaegar married Catelyn then they would have smelt like fish and so forth.
  10. Even if one ignores Tywin's ambition for her to marry Rhaegar, Cersei can still do better than a second son (who is also concidently third in-line). Brandon, Edmure, Robert, and likely Mace were unmarried at that time if Tywin wanted to look for another great house. Even a heir from relatively smaller house like Hightower, Redwyne, etc would be better than an individual third in-line, such as Oberyn. If she had an offer from the Lannisters then why scope out House Hightower for a match? Elia wasn't ten/nine years older than Rhaegar. Meanwhile, she was ten/nine years older than Jaime. That is a larger age gap than between Margaery and Tommen all while having the added disadvantaged of her being sickly. Aerys likely agreed to the match between Rhaegar and Elia, because Martell was the next closest great house with Targaryen blood with daughters.
  11. I question if there was ever any talks between Joanna and the Princess of Dorne, or if that is just a tale the Princess made up to sell her offer. How marriage proposals strongly favored the Martells while were diminishing to the Lannisters. Oberyn, third in line, would be a terrible match for Cersei, the only daughter of House Lannister. While, the sickly and much older Elia would be a poor match for the heir of Casterly Rock.
  12. Create different level of titles rather than just King, Prince, Lord, and Knight. i.e King: House Targaryen Crown Prince: House Targaryen on Dragonstone Prince: House Martell Duke: House Stark, House Lannister, and House Arryn Marquess: House Baratheon, House Tully, House Tyrell, and House Greyjoy Earl: House Bolton, House Manderly, House Redwyne, House Hightower, House Florent, House Royce, House Frey, House Mallister, House Harlow, House Yronwood, and some other houses of similar level. Viscount: House Umber: House Blackwood, House Bracken, House Tarly, House Dayne, House Tarth, and some other houses of similar level. Baron: House Clegane, House Grover, House Seaworth, House Connington, and other landed knights. Then the general mix of household knights, stewards, and so forth.
  13. He defeated them with twice their numbers while commanding forces just experienced at the sea as the Ironborn. The Wildlings are vastly more undisciplined than Tywin's Westernlanders. Furthermore, his hit in the rear hit their camps of children, women, and elderly further causing chaos. It defines him as being stubborn and being able to hold discipline. He didn't need any strategic ability as he had an extremely defensivable castle and an unmotivated foe. Penrose likely would have held a similar length if not for magic. Regarding his age, it is less remarkable when one remembers Robert and Ned were leading armies in the field at the same age. Similarly, even Tywin was of a similar age during his attack on the Reynes and Castameres.
  14. Stannis has similar advantages in almost all of his victories. For example, at Fair Isle he would have had greater numbers than Vic. Against Mance, he had the advantage of being guided by the NW into a surprise attack to the rear camps of infamously undisciplined army. He had both greater numbers and surprise when he defeated Asha. His siege at Storm's End only shows he can hold discipline not any tactical/strategic ability.
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