Lord Varys Posted April 14, 2015 Share Posted April 14, 2015 Harrenhal stuff: You cannot plot against the king when the paranoid king himself is present. And we should note that Aerys II was actually a very powerful king. He was completely in control of his own court and administration, and power was not much delegated. Aerys had ruled for nearly two decades and people were accustomed to obey him. It is nearly impossible to imagine that many lords would have even entertained the idea to support Rhaegar against his father or back his points in a debate if Aerys himself was present. Not only because they were afraid to be executed but because they knew this would have been treason. If the king is far away then thoughts and words about treason aren't that dangerous. But it is an entirely different when the king and his thugs are only a hallway away... I imagine Rhaegar's plan was to get prominent great lords on his side in informal talks during the actual tourney and then proclaim a Great Council openly debating the matter when the outcome was already effectively rigged - say, if Rhaegar had had 6-7 great lords on board there would have been a very good chance that only very few bannermen of those lords would have dared to champion Aerys' cause. But I doubt that Rhaegar could really have gotten 6-7 great lords on board. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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