Kierria Posted October 23, 2022 Share Posted October 23, 2022 On 9/25/2022 at 11:37 AM, James Fenimore Cooper XXII said: Craster was born to a Wildling woman and a man of the Night's Watch. His mother presented him to the Watch but they refused to take him in. He grew to manhood on the north side of the wall and built his own keep. He took his daughters for wives and had children with them. He was known to offer his baby sons to the White Walkers. But still, he had always maintained good relations with the Night's Watch. What is more remarkable are the White Walkers for allowing him to live at all. The relationship between the Night's Watch, Craster, and the White Walkers is not simple. It's not a simple "the friend of my enemy is also my enemy." Craster was a friend to both. You could say he was trading with the NW and the WW. The thirteenth Lord Commander, a man from House Stark, met a pale woman and fell in love. He took her for his wife and they ruled the Wall for thirteen years. This man must have had the power to control minds because the Crows accepted this arrangement. It was found that he was "sacrificing" his children to the White Walkers. His name was removed from history to protect the Stark reputation. The Wildlings are a promiscuous people. Babies were made all the time. It is assumed that many of these babies were unwanted and they were left in the woods to die. The Lord's right to the first night also resulted in many unwanted babies that were left to die in the woods. Craster's sons were special though. The White Walkers allowed Craster, might have even protected him, to live in his keep. All Craster did in return was to give them his sons. His sons were more acceptable to the White Walkers and we have to ask why. Why was baby Craster turned away at the wall? Probably because his presence would create an awkward situation for a noble family who was particularly prickly about their honor. Craster's father was a Stark. Just like the thirteenth lord commander was a Stark. The boys he was offering to the White Walkers carried the blood line of the 13th commander. Craster is of noble blood. The Starks were the Kings In The North. Craster has king's blood. The Starks of Winterfell also practiced human sacrifice, but of a different kind. The Starks killed their victims and used the blood to provide nutrition for the Weirwood. Craster gave his sons to the White Walkers and they were assimilated to the Others. I am saying this. The North have no problem with human sacrifice. They left bastards and accidental babies to the elements to die. So why did they all of a sudden have a problem with the 13th commander doing the same? Because he was not. He was not murdering the children. He was offering them to the White Walkers. He was increasing their numbers and making them powerful. His blood carried the skinchanging genes that the White Walkers depend on to control their wights. The Lord Commanders who followed learned that this bought them peace with the White Walkers. The Free Cities gave gifts to the Dothraki to buy their safety. The Night's Watch, Craster, were doing the same things. Some truths are very uncomfortable. The Lord Commanders must have kept this secret from the other Crows. Bloodraven comes to the wall and expected to fight wildlings. All of this must have been a shock to him. Why did Brandon build the wall? I would guess because the Starks were reluctant to continue giving their sons. But the flow of babies cannot be completely stopped. The non-Stark babies were used as food for the wights. The ones with the Stark genes, like Craster's, were assimilated to the White Walkers. The White Walkers are placated as long as there is a Craster or a Stark provider. Craster's death during the mutiny at his keep stopped the flow. Trouble is coming. Human sacrifice or any animal sacrifice is cruel. The Gods they worship must be cruel indeed. If it's a choice between every body freezing to death and having to sacrifice a few then the math says you have to do the latter. Or find another land to occupy. The choice is to leave or pay the price. They or their victims pay the price. It's bad but nobody thinks the FM are heroes. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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