LongRider Posted January 29 Share Posted January 29 While warging/skinchanging seems to have some heritability, we can't of course discount the magic angle. The Stark kids present some interesting issues regarding this, and what's known and understood about warging/skinchanging. Please note that when going forward when I write warg or warging, that this includes skinchanging, but I just don't want to type it out. In the prolouge of ADWD we learn: "Dogs were the easiest beasts to bond with; they lived so close to men that they were almost human. Slipping into a dog's skin was like putting on an old boot, its leather softened by wear. As a boot was shaped to accept a foot, a dog was shaped to accept a collar, even a collar no human eye could see. Wolves were harder. A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf. "Wolves and women wed for life," Haggon often said. "You take one, that's a marriage. The wolf is part of you from that day on, and you're part of him. Both of you will change." Here we learn dogs are easier to warg than wolves and indeed, the family dogs were Varamyr's first wargs when he was still a child. What then of the Stark kids? There is mention of a kennel at WF, and as the kids had the run of the castle, they all must have interacted with the dogs and puppies of Winterfell. When the direwolf pups were first found, Jon, Robb and Bran all reacted like kids who like dogs and puppies. And yet, we do not have any mentions of the kids warging the dogs. Why is that? If warging dogs is easy as Haggon noted, and shown by Varamry, why did the kids not warg them? If warging/skinchanging is inherited, why no warging for the Starks until the direwolf pups were introduced? Magic seems to be the answer and possible blood magic at that. The direwolf bitch shed her blood when speared by the stag, and Gared shed his blood when beheaded by Ned. These events happened within a short ride of each other. Did blood magic bring out what was latent in the Stark kids; the innate ability to warg which had not be activated until the pups were found? Once the warging ability was started, they began to warg the pups, with each child having their own unique ability. The direwolves died out south of the Wall about two hundred years prior according to Theon who mentioned it when the pups were found. So, was it blood magic that brought back warging magic south of the Wall. I checked the timeline and the hatching of the dragons still months away. Link to time line Aejohn the Conqueroo, Springwatch, Northern Sword and 2 others 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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