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    Timett will steal Alayne

    He can speak for me too. It wouldn't surprise me if the Burned Men attacked someone near the tourney and then got wiped out by the knights of the Vale.
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    Tywin's Choice for Heir to Casterly Rock

    It was always Jaime. He says as much in ASOS when he gives Jaime oathkeeper
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    Robb? Why Not a Fleet of Sellsails?

    He didn't need to. At that point, Manderly was already building ships for months at that point. We know he has 20-25 ships when Davos visits and says he has double that. Any sellsails that Robb would want to hire would be farther away, have to face the Saan gauntlet if they aren't from Braavos, and are still untrustworthy mercenaries. We also aren't sure they seized any actual gold. Castermine has mines but it's a ruin and not actively mined. The other two places the GJ seizes are mines but we know nothing about them but their names. Capturing mines doesn't mean you capture significant amounts of gold, not even any. They could hold some scraps waiting to be sent to CR to be minted into dragons or just stored in the Lannister treasury. He'd already tried to acquire a naval presence from the IB and failed, and the Vale has power at sea too (if FAB holds true to the present day). You can criticize the results and methods, but he definitely realized the importance of naval power and hiring sellsails is basically a non-starter. I swore there was a SSM where Martin basically says "you won't be able to get mercenary companies across the narrow sea in time, so you fight with what's there", but for the life of me I can't find it. If Robb did hire sellsails, there is a very strong probability they would have gotten there after the RW -- akin to the Myrish crossbowmen for the Blackfyre rebellion -- or not come at all.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    Pungent and missing the point as ever. I asked if there was evidence to backup the greenhouse roof being made of diamond shaped glass, which you didn’t provide, and I had to find by looking at the chapter. You showed examples of windows.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    It's not. Frankly your theory doesn't really hold much water to me, even in a series as wrapped up in symbolism and foreshadowing as this series. My point is that GRRM can make his greenhouses work however he wants.
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    The Sack of Darry

    The Karstarks were post Rickard being executed / giving the order to find Jaime Lannister as well as some clearly other leaderless soldiers / broken men / awful people. The ones that come to mind would be survivors of Duskendale or the Bloody Mummers. The bloody mummers could well have pillaged the RL whilst "under Robb's command" as Roose would put it, but we have nothing onscreen to confirm it. Generally operating as an army under Robb, no they were not pillaging in the RL. Nor do we have any textual confirmation that the BWB is pillaging them either. Those closest we get is this: “Justice.” Thoros smiled wanly. “I remember justice. It had a pleasant taste. Justice was what we were about when Beric led us, or so we told ourselves. We were king’s men, knights, and heroes . . . but some knights are dark and full of terror, my lady. War makes monsters of us all.” And we have no idea if he's just talking about hanging random Freys and their men or if the BWB is actually just robbing people now.
  7. Lol who the hell is she going to ask? Ashara is dead. Ned Dayne isn't alive, and the story he hears is about Wylla.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    Right. However I didn't make the point. I asked a question about a point you didn't support. Thank you for clarifying. As to my evidence, well if you're going to make a greenhouse effective, you need to maximize the light coming in. Tons of little latticed diamond shapes -- like those often found in medieval stained glass -- in the roof are going to dramatically reduce the amount of light allowed in. Granted this is a modern example but the contrast in surface area take up is striking. In an area where it might be winter for half a decade, you're going to want the maximum amount of light possible. Throw that in with the knowledge it's a roof that needs to be able to hold the weight of winter snows and will have beams supporting it.... It's a fantasy story so obviously everything can be bent or outright fabricated, so it's kinda moot.
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    The Sack of Darry

    For sure political considerations are always in play, but that doesn't mean that they override military decisions or that someone just didn't make a bad decision. They definitely didn't override the military concerns because keeping his men together instead of bleeding strength was more important. Robb just made a dumb decision like he did with Lord Karstark. Politically and militarily it was more expedient to keep him as a hostage to make sure Harrion kept his men loyal and together. Robb's theme in the Wo5K is that he's militarily great and politically inept. So while political considerations might come into play, Robb's making the wrong decisions anyway.
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    The Sack of Darry

    An army does have to eat, and the army will usually forage (purchase / seize / collect as tax) because it's impossible for a medieval army to bring all the food they need with them. But they definitely bring food with them. We see Robb's army brought supplies at MC “It fell away slowly beneath them as they rode past smoky peat fires, lines of horses, and wagons heavy-laden with hardbread and salt beef.” And Roose's leftovers when they came back: “Farther back came the baggage train—lumbering wayns laden with provisions and loot taken in the war,” However using a monologue of the broken man, who is explicitly *not* part of an army just doesn't really hold water, especially when you're in friendly territory. Note that doesn't apply to the post ASOS Karstarks or the Lannister forces anywhere but Oxcross until AFFC. Broken men don't have baggage trains. We don't see Stannis' army or Renly's army send out foragers at all. Jaime's 2nd army and Tarly's army are strictly forbidden from doing anything of the sort or are rebuilding the RL. Even the RR Frey army (!) isn't sending out foragers as they "only enough food and fodder for their own."
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    Right. The easy way to reply would have been to say "Yes the glass panes are described as diamonds (or something similar)" instead of trying -- emphasis on trying -- incredibly hard to make a post dripping with sarcasm and failing very hard to be funny. Normally when you posit something, you try to support it with evidence instead of insults.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    Uh are the glass garden panes even diamond shaped? That makes basically no sense for a roof
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    What was Tywin's original plan?

    Tywin was baiting the RL to attack him. Once the crown / Ned threw that plan in the garbage, Tywin did pretty much the only thing he could. I'm not convinced at all that Robert would have taken Ned's side, but Tywin having a few hostages and every strategic location secured in the RL would be a hell of a bargaining chip if Robert decided to call his banners.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    I keep seeing references to Dreadfort being over volcanic vents, and I swear I saw something similar to it in one of the RPG guides, but I don't think that's strictly canon (or even confirmable). It would not surprise me if Dragonstone had a similar system. It's clearly a volcano and it's not like an island lacks for water (for heating anyway). Pretty sure the saltwater would basically be Brawndo for any plants.
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    The Sack of Darry

    And I don't recall the BwB raping and pillaging the local populace either, just killing Freys and their soldiers. Thoros does give that speech but we haven't seen any on screen examples AFAIK
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    Aegon Targaryen as a ruler - case of Matthias Corvinus

    Aegon the Conqueror was based on William the Conqueror. edit: sigh that’s what I get for half reading. Agree with everything here but I feel the English pretender aligns more with the theme and feel of GRRMs inspirations
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    The Sack of Darry

    Same reason anyone else did. Robb gave them permission to do so. It was dumb, but it was something their liege lord allowed. We see the Brackens, Blackwoods, and Darrys all do the same thing.
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    Strength of Iron Islands navy

    Right it's not. They also trade in fine metalwork and arms and armor
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    Strength of Iron Islands navy

    1) Right the first men and the andals sailed to the Iron Islands. It's in the same book. 2) There was and is plenty of stone, mud, straw, et al to build stuff. Lordsport was completely rebuilt after RR and its meanest houses are made out of stone. 3) Yes the supplies have dwindled but they still exist. FFS they still have trees on the islands. They also have things they can trade for ship building materials. See: the rest of the IB economy 4) Right they also farm. We know this bc the peasants and thralls work on farms and often have to do the work of beasts of burden. Additionally, they can trade or barter for food in addition to stealing it. See last part of point 3. 5) Yes it would, and access to additional resources, say raiding or occupying nearby islands 6) Yes it's a bit of a stretch but no less than, say, CR having active gold mines for 8,000 years.
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    Winterfell, the castle, questions about

    The Greenhouse works because WF has geothermal energy. If no other castle has it, then other castles would likely not have it. That said areas in Dorne would probably benefit from it but I don't know if they have irrigation canals or not. For any significant crop production you'd need fairly major sources of water. First Keep was abandoned too, so it's not just that. I don't know why other than to speculate that the Stark lords had better things to worry and no need for them. It's not like there's been a surfeit of Starks running around WF for the last 100 or so years. the WB points out several instances in the last 100 years where the Stark lord dies and the Starks have had to spend a lot of time / money to fight rebellions / invasions / reavers rather than rebuild parts of WF. However given how quickly Wyman Manderly massively bolstered the WH defenses and how quickly Roose rebuilt much of WF after the sack, I think it's just how GRRM wanted it. “Stone and timber were plentiful with the wolfswood so close at hand. Stout new gates had gone up first, to replace those that had been burned. Then the collapsed roof of the Great Hall had been cleared away and a new one raised hurriedly in its stead.” “Some of the city’s defenses had been strengthened since the last time Davos had been here, half a dozen years before. The jetty that divided the inner and outer harbors had been fortified with a long stone wall, thirty feet tall and almost a mile long, with towers every hundred yards. ” Based on what we know from ADWD, I don't think Mance or the spearwives are around or in any position to be able to access the tunnel. Mance might but as soon as Bolton discovers that the spearwives helped "Arya" escape I don't think Mance is long for this world. He has little if any time to escape and little chance given what we know. It still annoys me that Rodrik took way more men than he needed to fight Dagmer. Seriously leaving 50 men of hte 900 he had behind wouldn't hurt anything and would make WF basically impregnable to any force within 1000 miles of the castle.
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    Strength of Iron Islands navy

    “Archmaester Haereg has argued that it was a need for wood that first set the ironborn on this bloody path. In the dawn of days, there were extensive forests on Great Wyk, Harlaw, and Orkmont, but the shipwrights of the isles had such a voracious need for timber that one by one the woods vanished. So the ironborn had no choice but to turn to the vast forests of the green lands, the mainland of Westeros.” There are still pine trees on Great Wyk as well
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    Strength of Iron Islands navy

    “The ironborn would surely suffer famine every winter but for the endless bounty of the sea and the fisherfolk who reap it. The waters of Ironman’s Bay are home to great schools of cod, black cod, monkfish, skate, icefish, sardines, and mackerel. Crabs and lobsters are found along the shores of all the islands, and west of Great Wyk swordfish, seals, and whales roam the Sunset Sea. Archmaester Hake, born and raised on Harlaw, estimates that seven of every ten families on the Iron Islands are fisherfolk.”
  23. A sixth daughter, let alone the 8th of 10 children, marrying a prominent lord, one that she had favored with her favor, is not a bad match. That Leyton didn't have to throw in a dowry (afawk) and his daughter actually found the guy acceptable only make this more acceptable. The only possible match that comes close to matching Jorah on paper is actually Tyrion, since he is ostensibly the heir to Tywin when Jaime goes into the KG. However we don't know the timing (e.g. before Jaime was in the KG) or the daughter (could have been melora).
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    How do you handle two highborns fighting over a highborn lady?

    Tom of Sevenstreams comes by, sleeps with her, and suddenly no one wants to marry her
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    Depiction of fighters in ASoIaF

    Yep. It's got dragons and ice demons plus a city of 500K people with retconned sewers and pipes for drinking water. Some details were important to the story, others were not or didn't merit much consideration.
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