Angalin Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 Last posts from the previous thread:I live in the midwest, Kansas to be specific, and my whole life my family has had horses. For the most part our horses drink water out of a pond. And every winter, I have to "chop ice" so the horses can get water when it freezes. Basically I have to chop holes in the ice, with an axe, and during the worst part of winter this has to be done every day, because the holes re-freeze over night.My point is, I am sure winter in The North of Westeros, is worse then winter in Kansas. So I Do believe Stannis will get his "ice Lake trap" idea, from seeing the holes that were made from his army fishing out the lake. But I don't think he will be able to use those same holes, because those holes would have re-frozen by now. Because the lake was "fished out" days ago. At the very least, Stannis will need have the "ice fishing holes" re-cut, no longer than 12 hours before the Bolton army goes out on the lake. Otherwise I believe the ice would be to solid to break, when the Bolton army goes on the lake(because it is so bloody cold in the North).So I guess what I am trying to say is, this plan could take some very good timing to work right.It does appear that Maester Tybald is a new character introduced in the gift chapter: http://awoiaf.wester...ndex.php/Tybald...and I live in Minnesota, so I too am familiar with ice! I work in the transportation industry and therefore talk to many people from other states and I have been asked about ice fishing from people who live in southern states. They seem to be under the impression that the ice is only a few inches thick. They are often surprised that it's typically 14+ inches thick with many fishing holes drilled in it. I do hope that since GRRM has spent much of his time in CA and NM that he's spent some research into "ice" before writing any "rotted" ice passage! (I'm sure he has...he must have!)I'm sure GRRM has done his research too .Happily for me, I'm not that familiar with ice ( Canadian west coast .. now , mud I can relate to) But would all the ice re-freeze to the same thickness ? ... Stannis helping out is fine with me , too. and what about the slippy - slidiness ? I guess a lot would depend on how much snow cover there was , but it seems like a horse's leg would sink in farther than a person's.And surely the northmen with " bear paws " can be put to some good use ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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