Maia Posted November 27, 2018 Share Posted November 27, 2018 33 minutes ago, Ran said: Was there turmoil in the North after the New Gift grant that Gyldayn doesn't care about, but which Yandel highlights as an explanation for why the Starks sided for Laenor instead of Viserys? But, interestingly enough, Lord Cregan, who had 2 golden opportunities to try to reverse the New Gift - first when he was haggling with Jace over his support of Rhaenyra and then during The Hour of the Wolf, didn't even bring it up. This, to me hints that it ceased being contraversial - if it ever was, for the Starks _and_ that the New Gift wasn't yet failing at the time. It is also quite intriguing that we have a Stark uncle attempting to usurp a nephew in Bennard - could it be that _he_ was the one writing letters and hoping to reverse that ruling, in a bid to become popular with the lords who had to cede those lands - probably Umbers, Karstarks and Boltons? Also, we finally have firm candidates for the Starks depicted on the genealogical tree in WoIaF, who took the Black, though likely not voluntarily - Bennard and some of his sons. At least one of them probably remained free to marry, though, since somebody had to sire Lyarra Stark. Given that Alaric's sons predeceased him, it would be intriguing if Starks continued through his daughter's son(s) - which could also explain their support of Laenor, perhaps? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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