SeanF Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 4 minutes ago, Many-Faced Votary said: Unfortunately, quarantine can only do so much even with total enforcement in modern times, so one can imagine that it spread inevitably when someone infected entered the city -- and in their world, they do not have the concept of germs and do not recognize that carriers exist. We saw the first direct reference to the pale mare having entered city walls here, and it has already had a marked impact by this point in ADwD: From here he could see four lesser pyramids, the city's western walls, and the camps of the Yunkishmen by the shores of Slaver's Bay, where a thick column of greasy smoke twisted upward like some monstrous serpent. The Yunkishmen burning their dead, he realized. The pale mare is galloping through their siege camps. Despite all the queen had done, the sickness had spread, both within the city walls and without. Meereen's markets were closed, its streets empty. King Hizdahr had allowed the fighting pits to remain open, but the crowds were sparse. The Meereenese had even begun to shun the Temple of the Graces, reportedly. The Queensguard, A Dance with Dragons And we were given the sense that it was unavoidable even while we see see mention of Dany's attempts to separate the healthy and the sick, since it accomplished nothing: I have no more help to give, Dany thought, despairing. The Astapori had no place to go. Thousands remained outside Meereen's thick walls—men and women and children, old men and little girls and newborn babes. Many were sick, most were starved, and all were doomed to die. Daenerys dare not open her gates to let them in. She had tried to do what she could for them. She had sent them healers, Blue Graces and spell-singers and barber-surgeons, but some of those had sickened as well, and none of their arts had slowed the galloping progression of the flux that had come on the pale mare. Separating the healthy from the sick had proved impractical as well. Her Stalwart Shields had tried, pulling husbands away from wives and children from their mothers, even as the Astapori wept and kicked and pelted them with stones. A few days later, the sick were dead and the healthy ones were sick. Dividing the one from the other had accomplished nothing. Daenerys VI, A Dance with Dragons There are more chapters, including Dany's, Barristan's, Tyrion's, and Quentyn's, that show the plague spreading through Mereen and through the Astapori refugees and Yunkai'i soldiers without alike. Reveal hidden contents By the time of Barristan's TWoW sample chapter, it has become so rampant that people fear staying in the city and facing the plague more than facing the Yunkai'i seige, as you described. Just a progression from ADwD. Out beyond the city walls, the distant thump of a trebuchet releasing could be heard. Dead men and body parts came spinning down out of the night. One crashed amongst the pit fighters, showering them with bits of bone and brain and flesh. Another bounced off the Chainmaker's weathered bronze head and tumbled down his arm to land with a wet splat at his feet. A swollen leg splashed in a puddle not three yards from where Selmy sat waiting on his queen's horse. "The pale mare," murmured Tumco Lho. His voice was thick, his dark eyes shiny in his black face. Then he said something in the tongue of the Basilisk Isles that might have been a prayer. He fears the pale mare more than he fears our foes, Ser Barristan realized. His other lads were frightened too. Brave as they might be, not one was blooded yet. Barristan I, The Winds of Winter What is unrealistic is the refugees reaching Meereen. Most would have died within 20 miles of Astapor. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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