Mithras Posted May 20, 2014 Share Posted May 20, 2014 I think the Roman Empire was the design template of the Valyrian Freehold. If we push this parallel further, maybe we can pass beyond the “fake histories” of the maesters and see the true history of the Valyrians ourselves. We know that;· Proto-Valyrians were originally a peaceful sheep herding society.· The Lhazareen are called the lamb people who worship the Great Shepherd. They draw the attention of a militarily superior nation (the Dothraki) for exploit. As a result, they are attacked and enslaved by the Dothraki. They are a peaceful society.· The Ghiscari Empire thrived much before the Valyrians. They had the strongest military force of the time.· The Ghiscari Empire was a Bronze Age culture. They wielded Bronze weapons and they still make use of Bronze. Therefore, I think the Proto-Valyrians were Lhazareen or they descend from the same ancestor with the Lhazareen. In any case, the proto-Valyrians and the Lhazareen should share a quite similar culture. The “fake history” claims that some 5,000 years ago, the Valyrian Empire discovered the dragons and rose to power quickly. They subdued the Ghiscari Empire after 5 great wars. Now let us introduce the Trojan parallel. We know that;· Trojans were a peaceful society that thrived on trade.· As a result, they drew the attention of a militarily superior nation (the Achaeans) for exploit. Their city was sacked and destroyed by them. They were driven from their homeland.· Aeneas was a Trojan hero. He is known as the legendary founder of what would become Ancient Rome.· The Achaeans were a Bronze Age culture. Here, we can equate the Trojans (later proto-Romans) to proto-Valyrians and the Achaeans to the Ghiscari. Therefore, I think the proto-Valyrians were defeated at their homelands by the Ghiscari Empire and they had to flee to what would become Valyria under the leadership of a culture hero. Valyria was not a friendly place because it was teeming with dragons and wyrms. Its climate should not be much suitable for herding or agriculture. However, as soon as the Valyrians discovered the ways to tame the dragons, they became unstoppable. The dragons of Valyria can be equated to the war machine of the Romans. Romans found a way to produce the best steel of its time. Valyrians discovered the secrets of the Valyrian steel. Much of the Ghiscari blood, religion, and language are now forgotten and wiped out. The Ghiscari of present time are a mongrel folk of a dozen races. Since the history is written by the victors, I think everything related to the early Valyrian and Ghiscari history are constructed. I think the fact that Valyrians were once exploited by the Ghiscari Empire was removed from the records and memories. Also the fall of the Ghiscari Empire was exaggerated by the Valyrians to boast their pride. The victory against the Ghiscari was used as a nation building story by the Valyrians. All the nations of our world have such stories. I think it is even possible that the Ghiscari Empire was already falling or fell before the Valyrians rose to power or the fall of the Ghiscari Empire made an opening for the Valyrians to migrate and have the chance to tame the dragons. I also think that 5 great victories are definitely exaggerated and the Valyrians defeated an already decadent force. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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