astarkchoice Posted February 10 Share Posted February 10 7 minutes ago, Prince Rhaegar Targareyen said: It was easier because no one was there to defend it. Had Robb crossed into the North the Ironborn would be obliterated if they don’t retreat. The Ironborn are raiders, and can’t hold a castle far away from water. Balon, as a “King”, was never going to be successful. He next to no chance of holding the North without Tywin giving it to him, which he would never do. He’d let Roose fight them, and when Tyrion’s child by Sansa came of age it would’ve been given to them. Even without that, the Northerns by themselves would push them out eventually. And it’s cowardly because he attacked the weakest enemy he could, and won next to nothing. They weren’t gonna farm the land or mine. They were stealing what little resources they had. Essentially it was liking robbing a bank and only walking away with a couple hundred dollars. By Ironborn standards, Balon was a weak man. And not particularly bright. Or perhaps he was just afraid. Either way, just a bad ruler. Right but only we as readers know robb can get back north We cant judge balon too harshly for not knowing that as even most of his northen lords dont know he cant get north without moat cailin! Thats not cowardly its common sense you pick the side thats gonna win and join in not the losing side, he wsnted bzck the ironborns old.lands and the cream.of their military were stuck south Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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