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  2. Jo498

    German politics xth attempt

    I would love to see Merkel go down. And the CDU fully deserves the fate of the SPD (i.e going below 20%). And the CSU deserves a crashing defeat in Bavaria. But don't get your hopes up. They hate each other but they love power more than anything else, so they will work out some compromise and blunder on for another two years. And the Greens are fairly stable and have shown to be even more "flexible" than the FDP (i.e. spineless, opportunistic scum) so they will be happy to provide scaffolding for a crumbling government. If the AfD were not self-destructive idiots they would already be above 20%, not around 12-15. It will only get worse for quite a while. Next big thing I expect is a lynch mob trying to get at a refugee/foreigner suspected of rape or so. (There apparently recently was a lynch mob after a TV show on pedophiles. They broke into a flat and seriously beat up a person who looked similar to a suspected pedophile offender shown on TV. Needless to say, the poor guy was innocent.) https://meedia.de/2018/06/14/war-rtl-bericht-ueber-paedophile-ausloeser-fuer-lynchjustiz-ermittler-pruefen-punkt-12-beitrag/
  3. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    I can't tell you for certain, GRRM has given hints, like Jon's comparison of the mountain clans being the equivalent of petty lords, so my understanding is in regards to prestige and rights. here is the quote In King’s Landing, a score of lesser lords gathered at Maegor’s command, amongst them Lord Darklyn of Duskendale, Lord Massey of Stonedance, Lord Towers of Harrenhal, Lord Staunton of Rook’s Rest, Lord Bar Emmon of Sharp Point, Lord Buckwell of the Antlers, the Lords Rosby, Stokeworth, Hayford, Harte, Byrch, Rollingford, Bywater, and Mallery. Yet they commanded scarce four thousand men amongst them all, and only one in ten of those were knights. now the context of the quote is important, Maegor, in the previous paragraphs how the likes of Lord Tully, Lord Velaryon, Lord Rowan and Lord Oakheart had declared against him while his support were lesser. Again, GRRM's lack of titles in his world only serve to the confusion but there is no reason to think that the Lords referred to as Lords are petty. sure, she is the Queen of Westeros and the daughter of the Lord of the Westerlands, her frame of reference is not going to be the norm on what constitutes as tiny. he wouldn't? when does he call the Caron's petty? how is that disagreeing? You have lost me completely, what do you think that the quote proves?
  4. I think it's still early days yet. It only came out in the UK this past week so hopefully more people will go to see it. In the meantime here is a list from the Guardian which prompted a lot of discussion at my house. American Psycho is not a horror film! Top 25 Horror Films...or are they?
  5. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    Ratios of overall armies, not individual houses. And do we have a composition for that army? Renly has around 20000 horsemen and 60000 footmen. Of this horse only about ten thousand are knights, the rest are light horse and freeriders and hedheknights. I said trying to attain, not always achieve. Individual composition of lords may differ, but they try to get that for overall composition. Again, we see Renly has barely achieved it with half of his force being non-knights and it is clear he could have raised more men from the reach, the 30000 Garlan and Loras can raise in a month for starters, he didn't though as he was hard struck to get enough horse in the first place. I'm not trying to avoid admitting to a mistake. I said he may or may not have. I'm trying to provide some possibilities for his apparent lack of casualties. If it makes you happier, he may have fought in half a hundred battles, left his men behind and charged at the enemy and defeated them single handedly for all we know, but he has his army seemingly intact when he joined with Dustin and Rivers. We'll know more on it come november.
  6. Loge

    Formula One 2018

    The official announcement is out. Now Red Bull must find their driver lineup for next year. As for Alonso, after winning at Le Mans he talked of the "triple crown," which is the Monaco GP, Le Mans and Indianapolis. So it seems possible that he leaves F1 for IRL, or splits his time between the two. Renault don't look like they could win a championship any soon (say within the next two years), and apparently McLaren has Indianapolis ambitions. Alonso also seems to have signed up with Toyota to do the full WEC superseason ending with next years Le Mans 24 hours. All of that leaves a departure from F1 more likely than a change of team.
  7. Spaßvogel

    Chris Hardwick (of Nerdist) to be fired--from everything?

    She was on his podcast talking about Stan vs Evil in the last year or two. She didn't seem weird about it at all. I think Hardwick's problem is that all the people who think he is a dick and who have hated how successful and ubiquitous he's been in the last few years, particularly at SDCC and what-not are going to give him zero benefit of the doubt.
  8. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    I just pointed out the first two forces we are told about and neither of them have it. it is not a rule. point out all the other individual houses with this ratio. Renly does not have it, his army is awaiting on 10,000 more men from Highgarden before he sets of. the Lannister host does not have that ratio, nor does Stannis' host or the Florents. No, it is clearly pointed out he fought gallantly UNTIL the fishfeed. I don't want to be patronizing but either you stubbornly don't want to admit you made a mistake or you are unclear on the english language. I am fairly certain it is not the latter.
  9. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    And on what level is a lesser house? I can't quote with Book of Swords not in search site but Maegor gathers 3600 foot and 400 horse from a score of not petty, but lesser houses. houses that include Darklyns and Towers of Harrenhal. Cersei calls it as such, though. Varys wouldn't agree. Wyman Manderly may also disagree, or at least Bran does
  10. RedEyedGhost

    Chris Hardwick (of Nerdist) to be fired--from everything?

    You have a staggering amount of faith in humanity.
  11. PetyrPunkinhead

    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Currently I'm hate watching S1 of Lost in Space [2018]. For a family of geniuses, the Robinsons sure do lie a lot and do stupid shit. The cast is all pretty solid, but the characters all do something each episode so dumb or clearly written in for the sake of "story" that I have to pause the show and yell like at the screen like a crazy person. Speaking of crazy people--Parker Posey as Dr. Smith is inspired casting. The robot it also pretty great. I'm currently on episode 7, and Smith & Robot are pretty much the reasons I've gotten this far. Hopefully the final act of the season improves things. Yeah, I saw it in IMAX 3D and loved it. However, I tried to watch it on HBO the other night and didn't make it far. It's definitely one of those films you have to be in a certain mood to view.
  12. Kawhi would Red Tiger do such a thing to you?
  13. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    nope, they are petty lords, read the appendix of ADWD bannermen of Winterfell, the Lords of the North: JON UMBER, called THE GREATJON, Lord of the Last Hearth, a captive at the Twins, {JON, called THE SMALLJON}, the Greatjon's eldest son and heir, slain at the Red Wedding, MORS called CROWFOOD, uncle to the Greatjon, joint castellan at the Last Hearth, HOTHER called WHORESBANE, uncle to the Greatjon, joint castellan at the Last Hearth, {CLEY CERWYN}, Lord of Cerwyn, killed at Winterfell, JONELLE, his sister, a maid of two-and-thirty, ROOSE BOLTON, Lord of the Dreadfort, {DOMERIC}, his heir, died of a bad belly, WALTON called STEELSHANKS, his captain, RAMSAY BOLTON, his natural son, called THE BASTARD OF BOLTON, Lord of the Hornwood, WALDER FREY and WALDER FREY, called BIG WALDER and LITTLE WALDER, Ramsay’s squires, BEN BONES, kennelmaster at the Dreadfort, {REEK}, a man-at-arms infamous for his stench, slain while posing as Ramsay, the Bastard’s Boys, Ramsay’s men-at-arms: YELLOW DICK, DAMON DANCE-FOR-ME, LUTON, SOUR ALYN, SKINNER, GRUNT, {RICKARD KARSTARK}, Lord of Karhold, beheaded by the Young Wolf for murdering prisoners, {EDDARD}, his son, slain in the Whispering Wood, {TORRHEN}, his son, slain in the Whispering Wood, HARRION, his eldest son, a captive at Maidenpool, ALYS, his daughter, a maid of fifteen, his uncle ARNOLF, castellan of Karhold, CREGAN, Arnolf's elder son, ARTHOR, Arnolf's younger son, WYMAN MANDERLY, Lord of White Harbor, vastly fat, SER WYLIS MANDERLY, his eldest son and heir, very fat, a captive at Harrenhal, Wylis’s wife, LEONA of House Woolfield, WYNAFRYD, their eldest daughter, WYLLA, their younger daughter, {SER WENDEL MANDERLY}, his second son, slain at the Red Wedding, SER MARLON MANDERLY, his cousin, commander of the garrison at White Harbor, MAESTER THEOMORE, counselor, tutor, healer, WEX, a boy of twelve, once squire to Theon Greyjoy, mute, SER BARTIMUS, an old knight, one-legged, one-eyed, and oft drunk, castellan of the Wolf's Den, GARTH, a gaoler and headsman, his axe, LADY LU, THERRY a young turnkey, MAEGE MORMONT, Lady of Bear Island, the She-Bear, {DACEY}, her eldest daughter, slain at the Red Wedding, ALYSANE, her daughter, the young She-Bear LYRA, JORELLE, LYANNA, her younger daughters, {JEOR MORMONT}, her brother, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, slain by his own men, SER JORAH MORMONT, his son, an exile, HOWLAND REED, Lord of Greywater Watch, a crannogman, his wife, JYANA, of the crannogmen, their children: MEERA, a young huntress, JOJEN, a boy blessed with green sight, companions of Bran Stark GALBART GLOVER, Master of Deepwood Motte, unwed, ROBETT GLOVER, his brother and heir, Robert’s wife, SYBELLE of House Locke, BENJICOT BRANCH, NOSELESS NED WOODS, men of the wolfswood sworn to Deepwood Motte, {SER HELMAN TALLHART}, Master of Torrhen's Square, slain at Duskendale, {BENFRED}, his son and heir, slain by ironmen on the Stony Shore, EDDARA, his daughter, captive at Torrhen's Square, {LEOBALD}, his brother, killed at Winterfell, Leobald’s wife, BERENA of House Hornwood, captive at Torrhen's Square, their sons, BRANDON and BEREN, likewise captives at Torrhen's Square, RODRIK RYSWELL, Lord of the Rills, BARBREY DUSTIN, his daughter, Lady of Barrowton, widow of Lord Willam Dustin, HARWOOD STOUT, her liege man, a petty lord at Barrowton, {BETHANY BOLTON}, his daughter, second wife of Lord Roose Bolton, died of a fever, ROGER RYSWELL, RICKARD RYSWELL, ROOSE RYSWELL, his quarrelsome cousins and bannermen,[2] LYESSA FLINT, Lady of Widow's Watch, ONDREW LOCKE, Lord of Oldcastle, an old man, GRRM is pretty clear, all the actual Lord's and Ladies get that capital L treatment, Stout is the exception, he is not on their level.
  14. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    yeah, there is. As GRRM says, it is all to do with the honorific title, there are real Lords and petty lords, there is a clear difference in their standing. sometimes he will tell the reader, such like when he clearly points out the Stouts only being petty The riders had been sixteen days on the hunt, with only hard bread and salt beef to eat, aside from the occasional stolen kid, so that night Lord Ramsay commanded that a feast be laid to celebrate his return to Barrowton. Their host, a grizzled one-armed petty lord by the name of Harwood Stout, or when we are told about the Spicers, another petty house. Jon gives a pretty decent descrition of them "The map is not the land, my father often said. Men have lived in the high valleys and mountain meadows for thousands of years, ruled by their clan chiefs. Petty lords, you would call them, though they do not use such titles amongst themselves." A petty lord is about the same level as a clan house, probably a similar level to knightly houses but below actual Lords it is hardly tiny. it is about the same size as Driftmark which once had two towns on it. no, the Caron's lands are forfeit because their lord died, the Caron's are Lords according to the appendix "the one-eyed knight Ser Philip Foote, who had slain Lord Bryce Caron in single combat...."It is His Grace's wish that these good men be rewarded for their valor. By his decree, Ser Philip shall henceforth be Lord Philip of House Foote, and to him shall go all the lands, rights, and incomes of House Caron" i don't recall House Caron ever being referred to as less than Lord. some may be, but not in title and rights. A Lord is, title wise at least, more influential and powerful than a petty lord who is still essentially governing someother's lands. You have no idea that is true since the Charton's are not mentioned till much, much later in the series. Again, you are merely guessing. I don't know, neither of us know.
  15. Wolfgang I

    German politics xth attempt

    It looks like the BND spied on targets in Austria at least from 1999 to 2006. That is not a real surprise and the information is not new and among the targets were the UN and a lot of embassies. I guess that is legal by German law and job of the BND. An Austrian newspaper now got a list of targets. According to that list the BND seems to do a lot of industrial espionage which is illegal by German law. It is also illegal to spy on Germans for the BND according to the article and as it is nearly impossible to find a bigger Austrian company without German employees that could be a problem to.
  16. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    No, but it is the ratio one of the two ratios we most commonly see, the other being one in ten. So most lords are obviously trying to attain that when possible. Robb's overall host does have the same ratio. So does Renly, who attained it through thousands of light horse and hedge knights. As for well seasoned, it is to point out even a couple of battles or a single siege fight is considered enough for a man to be well seasoned. Forrest may have just fought in one war earlier and yet considered to be gallant. Or it may even be he fought gallantly in Fishfeed until he was killed.
  17. Free Northman Reborn

    Military Strengths and More!

    There is no official title of “petty lord”. There are just lords and non-lords. Petty lord is a derisive description used to refer to a lord of lesser power or influence. Usually a lord sworn to a vassal house instead of to a lord Paramount. The Stouts, 12 Manderly vassal lords, Charltons etc are all lords. Some would call them petty lords, some would not. But they are still lords, with right of pit and gallows.
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  19. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    I have no idea, I never claimed to know just pointing out that the books are pretty clear, 'he fought gallantly, until the fishfeed''. Now the war started in 129, the battle of Harrenhal being one of the first early with quite a few known battles in between and towards at some point in 130 was the battle of the Fishfeed. there is around a year of war between his introduction and his death, he may have been involved in a couple he may have been involved in many more, the point being is we don't know except that he was regarded to have fought gallantly in the war and made a large enough impact that the world book remembered his contribution. neither of us have any idea. though what I would point out is that due to the field of fire I kind of doubt any Lord would want his entire host in one place when it can so easily be decimated from above. that would explain that even in the early stages of the war, such as the sack of Duskendale, we are seeing such low numbers what? is this some rule of thumb you have made up? the Karstarks go to Winterfell with 2,000 foot and 300 horse. the Manderly's send 300 cavalry and 1,300 hundred foot with Robb. I'm not getting your point, nor do I see where it is claimed that Forrest had his entire force present, the North certainly did not. they are not answered because the books have not answered them, by all means quote from the text where you think it does and I will happily go over it. neither of have any idea, do we? why do you keep on mentioning 'well seasoned'?, all you are doing is making me peckish
  20. BigFatCoward

    Match Day 6: Colombia v Japan; Poland v Senegal; Russia v Egypt

    By far the least inspiring set of fixtures so far. I've mainly been flicking in and out of the games to see what is happening, i doubt i'll even do that today.
  21. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    And yet there is a distinction being madr between a lord, however petty, and a landed knight/master, however rich, powerful and influential. A petty lord is still a lord and in fact there is no real distinction being made between lords in their titles. Sure, we are told of petty lords, lesser lords, high lords and great lords but where is the distinction? Estermonts on their tiny rocky island with their castle greenshit are called great lords whereas Carons are considered lesser lords as seen in Varys' report of the dead of Stannis' army, their lands are taken away. Who is to say a petty lord and a lesser lord are not close to each other in terms of strength? That Charlton need not always act with Frey, but he did so on AGOT. Walder said he was gathering all his strength, the strength that includes Charltons. It doesn't mean he'll strip castles of garrisons or won't have patrols on his borders and outriders for scouting during war time.
  22. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    And how many battles do you think he fought in? How many casualties has he sustained? Did he perchance kill some of his own men to get the perfect 1:3 ratio? All these are questions unanswered by you because it doesn't fit your head canon. How many battles have these seasoned men fought, care to give a guess? How many of them are not one sided ones? 2? How many battles Donnel Noye, an armorer, fought in to get well seasoned in war? A siege in which he lost his arm?
  23. Bernie Mac

    Military Strengths and More!

    the Manderly's don't have any Lordly vassals that we know of, they have petty lords and knights the Dustins don't have any Lordly vassals that we know of, they have petty lords like the Stouts from the appendix of ADWD HARWOOD STOUT, her liege man, a petty lord at Barrowton, by the time we met the Osgrey's they were only knights, we know they were much greater under the Gardener Kings but they had diminished given what we know "The paper said that if Ser Eustace were to die without a male heir of his body, Standfast would revert to the crown, and Lord Webber's privileges would end." and Rohanne shortly marrying after the events of the Mystery Knight it is safe to assume they no longer exist. what Lordly Houses serve the Rowans in the current series? I guess they once had the Webbers but since none of Rohanne's Lannister children took the Webber lands it is not to clear what their status is though I concede, they well may be another. I did make clear 'that we know'. they may well do, I kind of assume them and the Fowlers, as Wardens of their respective passes, may well be the have Lordly vassals. but I was only going by what we know. house Baelish is a petty house: It was interesting to watch his face. Lord Petyr's father had been the smallest of small lords, his grandfather a landless hedge knight; by birth, he held no more than a few stony acres on the windswept shore of the Fingers. His position on the small council made him an actual Lord, but House Baelish were nothing more than petty lords. Unfortunately GRRM didn't bother making many distinctions, so it has led to this confusion As I see it, the title "lord" -- when used formally, and not simply as an honorific --conveys not only prestige, but certain legal rights as well. _grrm pretty much every noble is given the honorific lord or lady when spoken to even when that is not their actual rank possibly, we don't know that for a fact. the Stouts are and the Smallwoods are not, they serve the Vances of Wayfarers Rest who, as I originally stated, are one of the four none overlord Houses we know who have Lordly vassals. i'm still not clear on your meaning and how it relates to the Freys and Chartlons. Walder Frey likely has influence over his son in law Lord Vypren, what does this have to do with the conversation? no, we have seen around 6k. a few hundred of the 2k force going North are peasants, and as GRRM makes clear all armies are going to include those but the north is much bigger, so it takes longer for an army to gather. And life is harsher there as well, so lords and smallfolk both need to think carefully before beating those plowshares into swords.
  24. Black Crow

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    Worse there seems to be a lack of desire to actually get down and do it
  25. Marriages of young children such as Tommen, or the Tyrek/Ermesande match, are rather uncommon and only happen when there is a good reason. In the case of Tommen and Margaery, the crown needed to secure the Tyrells' loyalty to win the war, otherwise there was no need for Tommen to marry that young. In a feudal society like Westeros it just doesn't make much sense to marry before both partners are biologically capable of having a child. The entire point of the Westerosi obsession with virginity is that the husband can be certain that the child will definitely be his. If a husband can't consummate the marriage for several years because he is not sexually mature yet, how can he be sure his much older wife is not going to take a lover on the side in the meantime? (Exactly what Cersei tries to pin on Marg to get rid of her, btw.) Therefore the norm is to marry a virgin and get her pregnant ASAP so there can be no doubt about the paternity of the child. In this sense, Cersei would not have been a great pick for Viserys compared to someone closer to his own age. Waiting until Cersei was in her early 20s for her to get married would have been an uncommon practice, if we look at how early highborn girls in the series are married (Margaery is about 16, Catelyn, Lysa and Cersei around 18-19, Sansa and Danaerys 13; only the Dornish seem to be an exception. Although one could argue that all these marriages have some political purpose to it, so the wife's age is probably a minor factor.)
  26. alienarea

    Heresy 209 Of Ice and of Fire

    With everything that has happened in the tv show, the parts of the books that got skipped, and the detailed way GRRM tells his story, it cannot be finished in seven books unless the red comet drops and kills them all or some unresolved ending like this. The story will not be finished by GRRM in written form.
  27. Corvo the Crow

    Military Strengths and More!

    No. We have Manderlys, we have Dustins, we had Osgreys and have Rowans who replaced them, we had Yronwoods who may still apply, we have Corbrays who are in all likelyhood the lords Baelish are sworn to and some others I can't name right now who were/are lords with sworn lords. That Tallharts are on the same level in the hierarchy as the Templetons. They may not be as powerful but they are the Northen equivelant to them. May or may not be. Are Stouts petty lords? Smallwoods? That a sworn lord may decide to not go along with his lords decision whereas a lord may take his leadership from another even though not sworn to him. No we haven't. We have seen around 4K soldiers, and then some more Frey men who are just ill equipped peasants.
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