Slayer of Lies Posted March 8, 2014 Share Posted March 8, 2014 I’d written what follows as part of a Tyrion reread project, and decided (with the nudging of some friends) to post it here. The basis of the original essay was an all-points chapter review of Tyrion VI from Dance, and I’d chosen to review this particular chapter because the cyvasse game between Tyrion and Aegon appears to be laden with blatant foreshadowing and symbolism, as mentioned by nekrohsis on a prior thread, and it was this very subject that ultimately fueled my desire to review this particular chapter when presented with the opportunity to select any Tyrion chapter from Dance. For the usual forumers, it is worth noting that what follows is more of an “essay” than a post and, as such, is quite long. Nonetheless, to keep things focused, I’ve edited out several other sections from the original essay discussing other events and characters in Tyrion VI, but I still provide ample preamble to better frame my stance behind the overarching meaning of “the game within a game” before getting into the details of the game itself. And with that out of the way – to those of you that make the time to read what follows – I hope you enjoy it. --- When is a cyvasse game merely a cyvasse game? Whatever your answer, it seems bordering on inarguable that Tyrion’s game with Aegon appears to be the most meaningful game in the series to date, and the one that is the most laden with foreshadowing and subtext, and is therefore worthy of a much deeper exploration. Prior to analyzing the cyvasse game itself, though, it seems almost necessary to broach the subject of Tyrion’s opponent, the prince that would be king, as doing so sets the stage for precisely why it is so important for Tyrion to beat him. The Pisswater Prince “If Lord Connington’s prince has a crushed skull, I will believe that Aegon Targaryen has returned from the grave. Elsewise, no. This is some feigned boy, no more. A sellsword’s ploy to win support.” As fans of the series know, there are a many hints throughout Dance ranging from subtle to overt that Aegon is “fake” on some level. For one, readers and characters alike are led to doubt Aegon’s survival of Robert’s Rebellion, with this head purportedly having been smashed against the wall, ending his life in infancy, as indicated strongly through the first three books of the series. As such, we are led toward one of two possible scenarios upon learning of the “reemergence” of Aegon: either that the real Aegon was swapped with a tanner’s son from Pisswater Bend, as the boy claims to have been, or that he is instead a fake that’s been led to believe that he is the real Aegon from a very young age, as he certainly seems to think he is the real Aegon. However, as one of many key clues pointing toward Aegon’s lack of legitimacy, Dany’s journey through the House of the Undying in Clash reveals a multifaceted prophecy amongst which the deposing of a “false Targaryen” seems an inevitable part of her arc, as under the umbrella of the three-faceted “slayer of lies” prophecy, she is provided a vision: “A cloth dragon swayed on poles amidst a cheering crowd.” Further corroborating that a “false Targaryen” will appear in the series are Moqorro’s prophetic statement to Tyrion, which points to the existence of a “false dragon,” as well as Quaithe’s warning to Dany in regards to a “mummer’s dragon,” which Dany further connects to the sort of “cloth dragon” she saw in her vision from the House of the Undying. And while none of these clues directly point to Aegon, the case for Aegon starts to become clearer when we accept that – in order to be “held up” and “cheered” before the masses – our leading suspect might very well be in contention for the throne, as Aegon proves to be by the end of Dance. As we continue compiling clues in this argument, Tyrion places Aegon at “fifteen” or “sixteen” years old, when the real Aegon should be at least eighteen if not nineteen by the time Dance ends. Admittedly, it does seem that Tyrion is bad at guessing ages (having guessed Jon Snow’s, possibly Lemore’s and possibly the ages of several other characters incorrectly), but it’s another observation that – if true – would align with Aegon being a stand-in for the real Targaryen prince. We also know that Varys is behind Aegon VI’s alleged “survival,” which is suspicious in itself since Varys seems to be one of the least trustworthy characters in the series, and could thereby also be playing a long con of putting his own “puppet” in place to rule the kingdom. That is to say, Varys ostensibly killed Kevan because of Kevan’s too “capable” rulership, implying strongly that Varys likely has long term plans to put someone less capable (or more malleable) in mind to rule, and overtly suggests as much to Kevan that “Aegon” is this very person. It is also worth noting that the phrase “mummer’s dragon” could be interpreted as “Varys’ Targaryen,” noting that Varys was a mummer when he was a boy, and that mummers are actors and entertainers, famously known for acrobatics, juggling, and slight-of-hand. So is Aegon indeed the false dragon he seems to be? And, if so, how? For one, we really only need a boy who is of the right general appearance and approximate age, both of which “Young Griff” appears to be. But it’s also possible that interconnection to other subtext in the novels exists as well. For example, it’s often suggested that Aegon is a Blackfyre instead of a true Targaryen. As touched on in A Feast for Crows and The Hedge Knight, we know that the Blackfyres are not truly the rightful claimants to the throne, being descended by legitimized bastards, so Aegon may indeed qualify as a false dragon if this were the case. Further, we are given several pieces of information that could lead one down this path, beginning with Septon Meribald’s story of Aegon IV in Feast, of a black iron dragon head sign that was removed from the Inn at the Crossroads which later turned up red with rust after being plucked from the river. Noting that Blackfyres favor black dragons red fields versus true Targaryen red-on-black, this story seems to suggest that a black dragon (Blackfyre) can be “thrown” in the water (Aegon’s long anticipated sojourn to Westeros via the narrow sea) and come out red with rust (a “true” Targaryen) on the other side. Combined with Illyrio’s statement in Dance that, “Black or red, a dragon is still a dragon,” one could further deduce that the people will accept a false dragon as their ruler as readily as a true one – such as a Blackfyre in place of a true Targaryen – such as Aegon instead of Dany. Furthering this notion of a possible Blackfyre ruler, Dance also presents us with the statement that the Blackfyres died out through the male line, yet the female Blackfyre line is overtly omitted from that statement. This seems a clear omission, which – combined with the above details – insinuates that a Blackfyre claimant pretending (or even believing himself) to be a true Targaryen will make a play for the throne, and even claim it for a time. If so, and if we are allowed to combine this notion with Dany’s House of the Undying vision, a series of events has been put into place by the end of Dance which would seemingly lead down the path of the citizens of King’s Landing “cheering” a “cloth dragon” (Aegon) upon his eventual overtaking of the capitol (with Varys’ help), which in turn would suggest that Aegon is the person that Dany is meant to overthrow as part of the “slayer of lies” prophecy, as the real life embodiment of the House of the Undying prophecy as well as two other prophetic warnings about false dragons. Additionally, Aegon overthrowing the Lannister rule of King’s Landing (at least temporarily) would meet with Martin’s public statement that the iron thrown was likely to change hands more than once before the series was over. So we are presented with “Aegon VI,” who may not only be a false Targaryen, but a Blackfyre as well, tying several different elements of backstory information together. Beyond all of the above, there’s the subjective element to consider as well. For example, many readers agree that it would feel “cheap” to introduce a major endgame player this late in the series without providing ample setup as to his endgame necessity. And, yes, the real Aegon was technically introduced in Game, and even set up as important in Clash through Dany’s House of the Undying vision, although we were led to believe he’s been dead for the duration of the series. Further, he is not a POV character, such as Jon, Dany, Tyrion, and he is not even a likeable character. For instance, we are provided with several reasons to “dislike” Young Griff from the outset, including in Tyrion VI alone where he petulantly says things like, “I know how to use a sword,” “I’m sick of cyvasse,” and “I will not come to my aunt a beggar,” …enough to remind Tyrion (as well as many readers, I’m sure) of the morosely rotten Joffrey, of which reader consensus appears to be “better off dead.” Considering all of this, can Aegon truly be the son of the seemingly infallible Rhaegar Targaryen? Can he really be critical to the endgame, and turn into someone we’ll root for during the inevitable invasion of the Others? And is he “worthy” of riding one of only three dragons in the series, when he’s not even a POV character? Of course, for a reader to not “like” Aegon, or to feel like a “late hero” is “cheap,” does not overrule canonical evidence that he might, in fact, be who he says he is. However, beyond Aegon’s late arrival and his lack of redeemable character traits, we still have a false dragon to identify – a mummer’s dragon specifically – and the mysterious death and reappearance of Aegon VI, now operating under puppeteer-esque direction from Varys and Illyrio, seems to fit perfectly with this “mechanical requirement” of the series. So with Aegon’s legitimacy firmly in question, let’s now move onto a brief overview of the significance of his opponent: Tyrion, also known as Hugor of the Hill. And For Just a Moment, Tyrion Lannister Stood as Tall as a King "Dragons," Moqorro said in the Common Tongue of Westeros... "Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of all." While I am deliberately not bringing Tyrion’s lineage into this discussion, as to whether the story is better served by him being a tried and true Lannister and trueborn son of Tywin, or a Targaryen bastard (pseudonym: Hill) as descended by the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, it is critical to note Tyrion’s importance in the overarching story, and his connections to, understanding of and interactions with “dragons” in their various forms. As Dance concludes, Tyrion has racked up forty-nine total chapters, more than any other POV character in A Song of Ice and Fire. He has dreamed of dragons and learned of their histories. He has even dreamed of being a Targaryen prince and has mismatched non unlike the Great Bastard Shiera Seastar. And he has travelled farther and wider than any other single character in the series, as far north as the Wall, where Jon Snow, the ostensible Targaryen-born son of Rhaegar and Lyanna spends his days, and as far east as Meereen, on his way to Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. We should also note that “the dragon has three heads” is another prophetic statement brought to us by Dany’s experience in the House of the Undying. The identities of these three “heads” – should they turn out to be three separate people – is clearly a central mystery of the series, and one that seems to work to symbolize the importance of Targaryens and/or Targaryen blood in the endgame of the series. Yet, whether Tyrion himself will later be revealed as a Targaryen bastard, and/or one of the heads of the dragon, it is important to note that his impact on the world and the characters in it thus far – as well as his involvement and fascination with dragons in particular – speaks volumes of his potential significance to the endgame. To this point, during their cyvasse game, that Tyrion may be half-Targaryen and is diametrically opposed to Aegon – who may be a Blackfyre – could be seen as having much greater symbolic significance to the series than if Tyrion is a Lannister. Further, everything from Tyrion’s obsession with dragons to his journeys to meet Jon, Aegon and Dany will have been done by a Lannister instead of a “dragon,” and would also mean that a Lannister had more chapters than any other single character in a series centered around the survival and wellbeing of the Starks and Targaryens. But let’s consider Tyrion’s lineage a side point to this discussion. Instead, we’ve touched on Tyrion’s overarching importance to the series and his connection with “dragons,” as well as established Aegon’s questionable legitimacy, so let’s now move onto their cyvasse game and its potential foreshadowing implications on the overarching story, as well as the use of language and symbolism within the game itself. A Game of Foreshadowing “I’m sick of cyvasse.” “Sick of losing to a dwarf, you mean.” As Tyrion (and later Varys) notes, Tyrion’s princely opponent is intelligent. He knows his histories, he knows multiple languages, he can play cyvasse… and he’s being groomed for rulership by the likes of Varys and Illyrio. And, sure, he might struggle with arithmetic a little, where cyvasse requires the sort of strategic thinking born of complex mathematics understanding, but Aegon should at least have a chance against a drunken dwarf who only learned how to play the game a few short days ago. Unfortunately for Aegon, though, Tyrion is a player of the only game that matters in ASOIAF: the game of thrones. As such, he has actually ruled the kingdom in Tywin’s stead, he is been Master of Coin, he is even more studied than Haldon Halfmaester on the matter of dragons and more, and although he has only just learned to play cyvasse, he has quite clearly mastered it in a very short period of time. So we go into the game virtually knowing in advance that Tyrion is going to win, yet we want to watch it happen anyway so we can witness him smearing the annoying little, self-entitled princeling upon which the future of Westeros cannot possibly depend. Yet Tyrion winning at cyvasse is hardly all that’s going on here. Up until this point of the story we have been led to believe that Tyrion was sent on a mission by Illyrio to meet Dany in Illyrio’s stead, and to get her to Volantis with “Griff’s” company’s assistance. We anticipate through this course that the Volantenes may provide naval transport for Dany’s armies to Westeros, and we are told that Illyrio will reconvene with the party in Westeros. We also know at this point that Tyrion knows the “true identities” of “Griff” and “Young Griff,” which doesn’t necessarily change the goal of travelling with them to Meereen. However, during the course of their cyvasse game, Tyrion outsmarts Aegon twice – not only by beating him at cyvasse – but by convincing him to change the entire entourage’s plans during their brief four-move game, all the while making it all seem like Aegon’s idea. And it’s these very parallels of “small scale” (cyvasse) versus “full scale foreshadowing” (of “the game of thrones”) that provide the context for the various layers of meaning through the game. I would therein argue that it’s foreshadowed within the game that Tyrion will outsmart Aegon “full scale” for a second time when both of them are reestablished in Westeros. So with that in mind, let’s talk cyvasse, first by addressing the conversation that takes place during their game, and secondly, by analyzing the game within a game. Death in Four Tyrion not only uses a simple taunt to trick Aegon into playing him, he also chastises Aegon over his first move showing that – if he is careful with his words – he can manipulate Aegon’s actions on the board as well as in reality. From the outset of their game, Tyrion illustrates that he has a special kind of power over Aegon: that he can effectively make the boy do his bidding, which would seem to remain important even beyond the end of their game. To exact his plans, Tyrion starts the conversation slowly, asking Aegon about his purported father, Rhaegar, and slowly coaxing Aegon into exposing more of his seemingly “scripted” backstory before getting to the heart of the conversation. During their exchange, Aegon’s moods swing from petulant to prideful to petty and back again, all while Tyrion collects the story of Aegon’s supposed survival, and ultimately learns that the boy self-righteously seems to believe that he can simply walk right up to Dany and have a made-to-order, obedient Targaryen bride… and maybe a real life dragon of his own as the icing on the cake. To that, Tyrion takes the tact of building Dany up to near legendary status in his subsequent speech, all while insinuating that Aegon has accomplished very little in a similar span. Tyrion then spells out a plan to Aegon that is drastically different from what Illyrio had scripted for their company, to make for Westeros instead of Volantis: “All you need to do is raise your banners, rally your supporters, and hold, until Daenerys arrives to join her strength to yours.” Tyrion next points out that if Aegon actually accomplishes something grand on behalf of their shared cause prior to their first meeting, Dany will be much more likely to view him as an equal instead of a supplicant… …and just when Tyrion has Aegon right where he wants him, he delivers his fourth and final move, ending the game and the conversation in a single blow. In this moment, it feels as though Tyrion’s dominated Aegon so thoroughly and quickly simply to show him who the smartest man on the boat is. But later, when Aegon takes the bait and takes his company to Westeros, it becomes clearer that Aegon’s decision was practically dictated by the game, and his conversation with Tyrion. And even during the game, before Aegon and Jon Connington commit to head west, it becomes clear that – should Aegon arrive in Westeros prior to Dany – this would give him ample time to establish a powerbase in Westeros, which would mean that the “cloth dragon amidst a cheering crowd” vision has time to be carried out prior to Dany landing in Westeros. This, of course, is something that was completely unclear prior to Dance, between the reader identifying who the “cloth dragon” from the House of the Undying vision be, as well as how/why he’d go to Westeros to garner a following. Further, Tyrion provides Aegon with two very contradicting pieces of advice during their game: first, to head west, but also, at the end, to “keep your dragons close.” Something that Aegon fails to do – on the one hand – by abandoning his plans to unit with Dany and head west on his own and – on the other hand – to procure any actual dragons before establishing a beachhead. Further, Tyrion also advises to Aegon to “trust no one,” yet Aegon can be seen to be very much putting his trust in Tyrion’s advice, by instead ignoring Illyrio’s (and by extension Varys’) plan to head east before heading west. Finally, the result of Tyrion’s and Aegon’s exchange also illustrates to the reader that Martin had never planned to “unite” Aegon with Dany in Essos, instead choosing save their upcoming interaction for Westeros. Within that, by Aegon instead establishing a beachhead in Westeros, this provides the time necessary for Aegon to make a power play at King’s Landing, for example, garner a following, and for that “cheering crowd” to add their voices of support behind the “cloth dragon.” The Game within the Game In addition to their conversation, the moves within the game itself are also quite meaningful, as are the symbolic implications of its aftermath, as Martin beautifully weaves allegory throughout this scene, and the movements of the pieces themselves seem nearly as meaningful as the words being exchanged, if not more so. In the beginning of the game, Tyrion observes Aegon’s initial setup as a “young man’s formation,” with dragons, elephants and heavy horse up front. Now, without us truly knowing the game itself, we should first note Martin’s perspective on what it is, and how it’s played as… "…a bit of chess, a bit of Blitzkrieg, a bit of Stratego. Mix well and add imagination." Within that frame, the pieces mentioned in Aegon’s setup simply sound like the strongest pieces on the board, and to put them all upfront does seem like overbold symbolism indicative of Aegon’s personality, not to mention his ostensible field commanding ability. This observation combined with Aegon’s eventual loss of the game should indeed tell us that he is not only rash in his general communication and board game playing, but that he will also most likely be rash in actually leading men to war when finally given the opportunity. Of course, Aegon’s ability to command (or lack thereof) could be speculated on through other avenues as well: his age, his lack of real world experience, his disposition and more, but the symbolism of his cyvasse setup only reasserts the notion of his inexperience in the real world, and allows us to make an observation about his character before the game has even begun. Next up, as his first action, Aegon goes to move his dragon, and Tyrion specifically advises him not to bring it out too early, which is ultimately the move that costs Aegon the game. Now, if we allow our imaginations to carry actions like this up to the “full scale” cyvasse game that Aegon is about to play in Westeros with real men, dragons and more, it will be very interesting indeed to see how this particular cyvasse game plays out as foreshadowing. For one, Tyrion effectively prevents Aegon from ever using – or at least using effectively – his dragon, as touched on in the previous section as well. So might this mean that Aegon will never successfully bond with an actual dragon, as true Targaryens of old are known to do? Might he possibly even die by dragon-flame or the like, like poor Quentyn Martell? Or will he indeed bond with a dragon, but it will be too far away when he needs it? Alternatively, might this mean that Aegon’s lack of alliance with any Targaryens will ultimately be his downfall, and that garnering Targaryen support would have been the right thing to do? Whatever the case, given the choice of cyvasse piece (dragon), and the person moving it (a purported “dragon”), it seems we can speculate on more than a simple cyvasse move, such as what additional implications Aegon’s failure to get his “dragon” into play will have on actual events as they play out full scale in Winds. As an alternate/supplemental interpretation, I take the not-bringing-your-dragons-out-too-early notion as Martin possibly also referencing his own writing, suggesting that the overarching story will be best played if the dragons have their greatest impact nearest the end of the story. Further, he could even be making a subtle joke about giving Dany her dragons too early in A Song of Ice and Fire, since she’s been stuck in Essos with young dragons for five books and a period of many years, and fans of the series “can’t wait” for her to head to Westeros, something most readers have foreseen as necessary to the story since the end of Game. As a final interpretation of Aegon’s desired move, I also take it as symbolism that dragons are “hotheaded” and wild creatures and that, if one isn’t careful, one could possibly lose their dragon, their life, or worse – the war for Westeros – through a lack of careful planning and strategy. Within all of these considerations, will Aegon learn his lesson when it’s “his turn” in Westeros? Or will this cyvasse game be a preview into his eventual defeat, possibly again by Tyrion’s superior mind, in a full scale conflict where the landscapes of Westeros are the cyvasse board? As the game continues, Tyrion follows Aegon’s move up by moving his elephants, and leading by the apparent example of not moving his dragons too soon. Tyrion also plays another strong-sounding piece in the elephant, which also happens to be an animal that is known for its deliberate movements, as well as its intelligence. Particular to Tyrion’s arc as well, who learns much of Volantene politics in Dance, the elephant symbolizes the Volantene political party that has been in power for the last 300 years, and it is indeed the Volantenes that have provided boat transport to Aegon’s party. Additionally, when Aegon’s party lands, there is much concern over the fact that the elephants they’d boated over with them haven’t arrived. Is it possible that Tyrion’s use of the elephants in their “small scale” game also presented a symbolic, foreshadowed tie-in to Aegon’s lack of elephants when they arrive in Westeros? In any case, by employing the elephant early in their cyvasse game, Tyrion’s second move is one that exhibits grace, confidence, power and intelligence… …But it’s really Tyrion’s final two moves that are the crown jewels of this game. The third: The dwarf pushed his black dragon across a range of mountains. And the fourth: Smiling, he seized his dragon, flew it across the board. “I hope Your Grace will pardon me. Your king is trapped. Death in four.” The prince stared at the playing board. “My dragon-“ “-is too far away to save you. You should have moved her to the center of the battle.” “But you said-“ “I lied. Trust no one. And keep your dragon close.” Again, taking the cyvasse game “full scale,” we can likely infer several different possible meanings herein. Regarding Tyrion’s third move in particular, I find it very interesting that a “black dragon” is specifically called out. To this notion, if we can apply Illyrio’s “black or red, a dragon is still a dragon statement,” (amongst other places to support the following statement), the color black is used to symbolize Blackfyres, where red is meant to symbolize true Targaryens. Therein, Tyrion moving “his black dragon” could be symbolism for moving Aegon Blackfyre from Essos to Westeros, as later happens in reality, and as ties into with Septon Meribald’s allegory about a Blackfyre.Adding in as well that Tyrion, “seized his dragon, flew it across the board” in his fourth move, might we also assess that Tyrion has success with dragons where Aegon wouldn’t? For example, Tyrion could be the one to bond with a dragon instead of Aegon, and fly that dragon “across the board” to Westeros. Just as well, Tyrion could align with Dany where Aegon might fail, and travel with Dany to Westeros instead. Similarly, Tyrion might defeat Aegon or some of Aegon’s “real life” forces later upon the back of a dragon as well, or with the assistance of Dany. Alternatively, since cyvasse is a game of wit, might we interpret that Tyrion simply outsmart Aegon somehow, either on or off the battlefield? The possibilities are many, and we must also note that in retaliation of Tyrion’s fourth move, Aegon’s “final move” is to kick the cyvasse board and all of the pieces onto the ground, commanding Tyrion to, “Pick those up.” This, I believe, is the real crux of the game, and the potential centerpiece of all of the possible foreshadowing related to the game itself. It isn’t necessarily that Tyrion is going to fly a real life dragon across a range of mountains, although he may. And Tyrion may or may not ally directly with Dany before heading to Westeros. In either case, assuming the game can be taken as a foreshadowing tool, the most significant takeaway would appear to be the possible foretelling that – after Aegon fails at rulership in King’s Landing, or perhaps during his failed reign – Tyrion is going to have to “fly in” and “pick up the pieces.” After all, it seems Aegon is practically destined to muck things up in Westeros somehow, Dany is seemingly destined to remove him from power or “authenticity” somehow per the House of the Undying, and Tyrion – having been tasked as Dany’s counselor in rulership – is quite possibly destined to pick up the pieces – or even “rebuild Westeros” – in the aftermath. While this idea might seem farfetched at first, I think it’s worth considering the possibility that Tyrion will do so from a position of power, whether as a member of Dany’s counsel or otherwise.On the one hand, it seems clear that Tyrion has the know-how to rule from having done so before, and there is foreshadowing in place for him to take Casterly Rock (by way of its sewer system). Alternatively, Tyrion once saw his shadow, the timing of which (early in Game) might indicate the sort of foreshadowing that warrants endgame payoff: When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king. By the end of A Dream of Spring, should Tyrion prove to be part Targaryen and/or a head of the dragon, should Jon Snow (another head) decide to live his days out at the Wall, and should Dany return to Braavos in search of “the house with a red door” – as unlikely as all that may seem to some – Tyrion could conceivably be in the “best” position of power relative to all the other major POVs to begin rebuilding Westeros. In the end, this would further mean that the Tyrion who so excellently ruled King’s Landing in Clash, and who presently has more POV chapters than anyone else in Dance, could make an encore appearance near the end of the series as a much more important character than we’d initially been led to believe. Or perhaps not. ---Whatever the events to follow may be, it seems that considering Aegon’s and Tyrion’s cyvasse game to be more than a simple game presents many interesting possibilities, and is moreover interesting to consider because it is Tyrion’s final interaction with Aegon in Dance. As this partial chapter review concludes, I would like to think it becomes a conversation starter for those who love cyvasse and its potential for symbolism. Each subject opens new doors, and this essay – as long as it is – admittedly leaves out several interesting connected subjects. For example, when Tyrion plays Qavo at cyvasse later in the same chapter, he plays as Yollo (his “mummer” personality), and he plays to lose on Haldon’s advice. As such, different pieces are used (symbolizing a different strategy), the conversation is different, and the game seemingly draws on just long enough for Tyrion to obtain the information they were after. Likewise, Tyrion later plays Brown Ben at cyvasse as well, and has observations about his formation and strategy as well. And Ben is another character who has a history with “sewer systems,” so it will be interesting to see how he and Tyrion remain connected through Winds. In any case, generally speaking, cyvasse seems to be an analog – at least within Tyrion’s POV – to the character traits of the people playing the game, if not much, much more, and it’s possible that a lot can be gleaned from the people and pieces involved with every cyvasse match that Martin chooses to portray. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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