Did Tywin waste his legendary wealth? in General (ASoIaF) Posted June 9 On 6/6/2019 at 7:50 AM, Br16 said: I know that in the books House Lannister still has its gold, so much that Kevan even considered paying IB with Casterly gold. However, I can't help but think that Tywin (while he was alive) did not use his money usefully. For example: 1) After greyjoy rebellion, why didn't he use it as an excuse to build a massive (say 200 ship) fleet and invest in the merchant shipping business? Seems like a good way to protect and extend trade/ diversify the economy, and secretly increase his martial power without attracting suspicion as he could hide behind the Iron Island's threat. Especially considering that other than mining, Westerlands has limited farming potential. 2) Lannister army seems not very impressive considering his legendary wealth. It just seems normal for a Great House, only better equipped. 3) He never seems to establish charities (philantrophy could be a powerful political tool). 4) Never heard of significant infrastructure investments in the Westerlands invested by him. What do you guys think? Bear in mind as a lord getting deep into commerce and worrying over funds is seen as beneath them ( see freys) plus like all the debtors the crown owed he was prob getting some nice interest anyway on top of his already seemingly limitless wealth 1) traders are already comming into lannisport to sell all manner of items for gold or trade goods for westerlands metals etc ....increasing the westerlands military and merchant navy isnt gonna massively alter that . If was gonna go down that path investing in essosi buissness through the iron bank would prob be an easier and more productive shout 2)its the 2nd largest force and probably tied with the reach for best equiped and best % heavy cavalry etc . Tywin also added an elite loyal force of footsmen to protect lannisters after witnessing abductions and raised up house clegane to give him 2 of westeros best warriors.......cant do much better than that. 3) not many great lords do 4) theres very little lords would do but theres no indication its in any great need of it either Jamies rage at someone attacking near casterly rock ( tyrions first wife) would strongly hint at a well patroled area where incidents of crime near the rock are rare.