Lord Varys Posted March 31 Share Posted March 31 6 hours ago, Aldarion said: While I have said before that wildlings need to assimilate, I will point out here that Mountain Clans in the Vale as well as the clans in the North also appear to maintain their own culture. So not all Wildlings need to assimilate, especially not immediately, so long as they don't cause trouble. Issue of course being that there are likely simply too many wildlings to establish such isolated societies. So majority of them will probably need to assimilate in due time. Of course, one would imagine that it will be a slow process, taking decades and centuries. But one would imagine that the feudal lords who rebuild the northern parts of the North in the wake of the defeat of the Others will want to take possession of the lands and resources beyond the Wall. Also, of course, they would like to push back the surviving wildlings further who, without a Wall to hinder their raidings anymore, would remain a constant threat. But there certainly might remain very obscure places close to the Lands of Always Winter - which then might be mundane arctic territory - where the old ways effectively survive for a very long time. Also, of course, normal seasons should change things throughout the world, making agriculture likely easier and more profitable, so silly raiding practices and stuff are likely to die out, anyway. The clansmen of the Mountains of the Moon might actually suffer greatly in the coming winter, so I'm not sure much of their culture will survive the coming wars. But that's another issue and also kind of silly since the wildlings up there really make no sense. The idea that no efforts would be made for millennia to resolve this issue makes no sense. The Arryns wouldn't really suffer this problem this long, nor would the wildlings up there be happy to remain there forever. Back before the Conquest an obvious ploy for an Arryn king would have been to strike a deal with the a big group of the clansmen and invade the Riverlands together, settling the wildlings in whatever lands they would conquer together. Also, of course, whenever a plague or a hard winter hit the lands hard, there would have been more than enough land to settle people in. Yet the reason why the wildlings are in the mountains is basically that there is not enough land for them in the Vale. And that the Targaryen kings would allow their overland passes into the Vale be plagued by those people also feels pretty off. The high road alone is so dangerous that you can only travel it in strength - that should be poison to trade between the Vale and the rest of Westeros. Also, of course, it feels silly that the clansmen don't get rich and complacent by way of demanding fees and tolls for safe passage through their lands. Why aren't they like the Freys? We can also expect that the silly customs of the Ironborn die out. Quellon already tried to do away with it, Balon kind of revived them, but Euron now leads his people to destruction. We can expect that most of his followers will die or never return to the Iron Islands, so regardless if it is Asha or Theon who picks up the pieces ... the raiding days will be over. Morte 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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