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  1. Maybe the same way Brienne got it: he bought it off some BWB-affiliated douchebag, after the BWB took it from Lannister or Brave Companion forces floating around the Riverlands after Gregor retook Harrenhal. There's still one or two parties of Companions unaccounted for - if mem'ry serves, one heading down Oldtown way for sure.
  2. I think that's a POV thing: Daenerys sees an old man with "a tall hardwood staff" and doesn't twig that she's looking at a deadly weapon. But that's a quarterstaff, my friend. The biggest clue is when he beats the ever-loving shit out of Capt. Mero with it: he's obviously trained with it, as a serious knight like Selmy would have.
  3. Ah. Aegon, Aerys, etc. And Arstan Whitebeard. This just blew my mind.
  4. Thank you. What does necro'd mean? You'll have to explain what the significance of Aethelred is. (Fun fact: this Aethelred was king of Mercia, which is the true location of the Shire.) I'm also at a loss at how the people moving Ned's bones are Tullys. Isn't it Hallis Mollen and some Silent Sisters? And I completely did not twig that somebody in the story was called Oswald. Interestingly, Ostryth is trying to bury her uncle's bones... was Oswell Kettleblack her uncle? It's not stated so, but the ages kind of work, if Oswell was the much younger brother. I'm not sure what that'll all add up to, if anything, but the idea that a dead man's bones aren't where they're supposed to be, and are even being transported in secret, kind of hints towards the idea that certain graves marked by certain cairns outside the remains of a certain tower don't actually contain the bones of a few certain persons whose bones are supposed to be contained there. P.S. certain. Naturally, I don't think that exact story will simply pop up in ours, especially since it's on wikipedia so who the fuck knows if that's a proper telling of the story, or what version of it GRRM may have read, if any. His interest in English history tends to focus on the middle ages rather than the dark ages. By the way: if it really is Tyrek Lannister in the Vale, could this shifty merchant headed for Gulltown be Varys in disguise? He's gotta be looking for something to do during AFFC and ADWD. (Matter of fact, nobody ever really has a particularly satisfying answer to that question. It's generally just assumed that Varys hung out in the secret tunnels for a few months, but that's a bit lame.)
  5. Oh, and I googled Hibald and got this. I'll quote the interesting part: I found that interesting given that Ned's bones are still floating around the Riverlands somewhere. What if Hallis Mollen and the Silent Sisters transferred custody of them to Howland Reed, who arranged for them to be shipped north under the cover of commerce?
  6. Apologies if I'm rehashing anything - there's no way I'm reading all half a jillion words in this thread - but I wanted to chime in with a couple of things. 1. If Brienne's journey is full of important people met on the way, then is the merchant someone important? "Hibald is as niggardly as he is fearful. And he is very fearful." Why? It's dangerous abroad at the moment, sure, but is there something more? 2. I love the idea that Ser Byron's kiss is a signal that confirms she's Sansa. But that would mean Ser Byron was someone who'd know Sansa on sight. Aside from the Hound, were there any other compelling suggestions? 3. I forget who said it, but I like this: We've seen the same technique used in The Mystery Knight. (The fella with the snail on his shield.) Note that this does not invalidate the idea that Ser Shadrich is Howland Reed, nor does it mean Brienne shouldn't trust him. But posing as something unthreatening might be a great way for him - whoever he is - to preemptively disarm his opponents in the spying game. And it's fitting, because Littlefinger does pretty much the exact same thing.
  7. you see my mega post on recognition? got zero response here AFAIK.

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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    OT: what's the best Elric of Melnibone book to start with?
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    I still cling to the hope that there's something more going on with Doran than meets the eye. I'm half-convinced - with some evidence! - that Doran wanted Quentyn to harmlessly waste his time in the Free Cities, and although that involved entrusting Quentyn with a dangerous secret, it didn't involve trusting him with anything Doran thought was really crucial. And it seems to be the case that Doran isn't ever going to rely on Arianne for anything important either. (Yes, I know that he's sent her to see Aegon, but I think that expedition is totally under Doran's control, and is merely an intelligence gathering and bet-hedging exercise. I mean, he tells her that one raven from her will mean the difference between peace and war, but can we trust him?) (As an aside: when Doran tells Arianne that Dorne doesn't really have 50,000 spears, do we have any independent confirmation that he's telling the truth? Maybe that's the lie!) But what possible explanation could there be for Doran not preparing his kids for their political futures? I can only think of crazy reasons: 1. He plans to disinherit them both one day 2. They're not really his kids 3. They're his kids, but he's not really Doran Martell 4. He's Doran Martell, and they're his kids, but he has a secret older sibling whose children are the rightful heirs to Dorne If all the Dornish story amounts to is, "Doran fucked up", then I think we'll all be pretty disappointed. It's not that "Doran fucked up" is a bad story... but it ought to be a short one. GRRM's devoted a lot of pages to it (and still will), and what's more, he's written it in a way that deliberately promotes mystery. Multiple conflicting POVs, none of which are the actual major player, suggests that said major player has something hidden up his sleeve.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Cheers I just remember the way he spoke about the ruby, he made it sound like he *couldn't* take it off
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Refresh my memory: as Abel, does Mance (a) look like Rattleshirt, and (b) have that ruby?
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    So someone counts as a dragonseed - and can ride a dragon - even if the Targaryen ancestor is several generations back? Blimey - "the seed is strong" indeed.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Princess and the Queen question: if Hugh the Hammer is a dragonseed and a blacksmith's bastard, then logically it follows either that his mother was a blacksmith, or it was a Targaryen woman whose blood had been running hot. Or GRRM made a mistake. Can anyone reconcile this?
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Not necessarily. He was an officer in a military order. You're expected to uphold certain standards, no matter your background.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Yep. Re: the abovementioned prophecy, is there any indication that it originated in the Valyrian language? If not, it could be possible that the gender/translation issues occur earlier in the chain, and therefore that the Valyrian for "prince" might not be gender neutral.
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