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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    Whereas men are free to do entirely as they please and totally flout cultural norms, without any censure, judgement or consequences? Right...
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    But we know very little about Valyria. We don't know the names of any of the forty families beyond the Targaryens, and nobody seems to know anything about how they actually bound the dragons, beyond some notion of using horns and whips. I suspect one horn can bind more than one dragon, but not to one person.
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    Not sure about the symbolism, but I could see Dany not actively ruling. Aegon the Conqueror didn't rule, he delegated it to Orys and his sisters.
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    [TWoW Spoilers] Barristan

    I've been wondering if there aren't paralells between the Doom and the destruction of the Sharom and Collam Daan in TWoT. Admittedly, the pre-Shadow Age of Legends was a techno-utopia rather than a slave society, but I do wonder if the Valyrians hadn't dug into something beneath the Fourteen Fires that destabilised their magic, or would have unbalanced the battle between Ice and Fire.
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    Which is why the bloody great direwolf that follows him like a pet will be so important.
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    The Tyrells are in a deceptively weak position. They control KL, but not the King, and assuming Cersei is proved innocent in trial by combat, will be embroiled in nasty intrigue and complicit in Cersei's mis-government. Militarily, they're in trouble too: Euron's raids on the Reach were nasty, and their army could well be trapped between the GC holding Storms End, and a Martell army attacking their flank. Also, even if Mace doesn't want to declare for Aegon, many of his bannermen will want to. They fought for Renly against the Lannisters, and have typically been staunch Targaryen loyalists. The only person the Tyrells have enthusiastically followed thus far is Renly (young, charismatic, honourable etc.). They followed Stannis partly out of fear of killer shadows, and partly convenience. Ditto they followed the Lannisters out of expediency. If Aegon becomes a better prospect than Tommen, then they'll stab Cersei in the back immediately.