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  2. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    The same question just occurred to me.
  3. The Young Maester

    Denethoring the Lannisters

    To me it was diplomatic the way Tywin approached them. Since he had to negotiate with them.
  4. The Young Maester

    Gender relations in Westeros

    GRRM was trying to be realistic. Throughout the series you have lots of children dying at young ages because they were born weak. Rodrik cassel had 4 or 3 daughters and they all died due to childbirth complication or a fever they caught. Same for rhaellas children, who had like 4 I think. He depicts them as the footnotes in their history because that’s how they died. When a famous person dies the first thing you research is how or what caused their deaths. Saying Ashara Dayne died in 283 AC with no explanation would be weird. Well yes Elia was the only one being raped, and Rhaella. And of course you won’t see men being raped. Most rape cases are women and children being the victims. And the offender is always a man, so why would a man who’s attracted to women decide to rape someone of his same gender (especially in a medieval fantasy). Maybe they do. But the Nights watch isn’t a 21st century prison. Lots of nights watch brothers go to moles town. When you say male counterparts you mean their brothers and husbands. Well most of the brothers and the husbands were presented in the books, so that’s why we have so much information about them (because they actually appeared in the series). The amount of information we have from Arthur Dayne is equal to his sister Ashara. Same goes for cassanas husband. Now rhaellas husband we do have lots of information of because he was the bloody mad king. Even tho we don’t even know the name of the princess of Dorne, we know even less of her husband. And that’s because he was a consort. The consort is less important which applies to every character that was married to the lord or king of the land. But don’t worry when George releases Fire and blood 2. We shall get a better backstory from these characters.
  5. A Horse Named Stranger

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    If there's a chaple in Westminster, Johnson should go there every night thank his god and light chaple for Jeremy Corbyn.
  6. The Sunland Lord

    Literature Of Old: Plutarch, Appian, Herodotus

    Of course there are obvious fairytales. No one today in his right mind will believe it. We have to consider that among other things, Herodotus was a victim of his time. If you stick to the grand picture however, it seems convincing enough that many events were true. We will never know for certain of course.
  7. kissdbyfire

    The Red Wedding Was Justified.

    Perfect! ETA: I was thinking about some of the quotes you provided, especially # 1 and 3. But you quoted even more!
  8. Chaircat Meow

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    TBH since Johnson has neutralised 'the wait him out beyond Oct 31' strategy by doing his deal I think it is hard to see how Remainers can refuse an election. I am not sure what the point is of trying to fight the WAB through all the stages, the most you get out of that is for it be thrown out via amendments and then you are back to square one. So Johnson has played a blinder here really, and he's obviously much better set up for an election than he was before. See no recourse but to put down the VONC (if the DUP are willing) and try and claw it back.
  9. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    It’s a difference between wanting it to be canon and thinking it will, but folks can still be wrong about both. Especially if they overly romanticize the interactions, which can still happen without shipping. It means you might think SanSans are generally correct, even if you don’t ship it. Either way it ignores what the author has said. If he was surprised by people who want Sandor and Sansa to be together, then he never intended them to be together and they’re just looking at something that isn’t going to happen like they want or think it will. All of this is fine, but the author isn’t going to write a straight romance between Sansa and a child murderer who wishes he should have raped her. Warning bells should be going off, and they’re not. I find that troubling. I wish female readers could see the signs. Joffrey, Tyrion, Sandor, Loras, Dontos, all various shades of white and black, and none of them good enough for her. Sansa stans — people focused solely on Sansa’s well-being and happiness and no one else’s’— discuss how they have all failed her. I’m convinced by their arguments. I’m talking more about seeing them, as romantic figures. I think this exchange from So Spake Martin lends support to the idea of a test reaction and also the winking. Darkstar, Theon, the Hound, all similar characters, but it’s curious how one is given more scenes and the other has a POV and women swoon over that, even though they’re morally all very similar. I think he’s just surprised how low women’s standards are.
  10. A Horse Named Stranger

    Chess - the world in black and white

    Yep. Altho, saying Hao sounds weird. He is Chinese, so Wang Hao's family name is Wang, and Hao is his given name. And I recall cb article from some years ago, where they essentially had the same problem with Hou Yifan (and later with Wei Yi). Anyway long story short, Hao is the thing that is presumably not working. His friends will presumably have some sort of nickname for him, otherwise Wang Hao is the correct one (yes, I am being a hypocrite here, as I also tend write just family name out of sheer lazyness). Anyway, Candidates is taking some shape. Candidates tournament line up (thus far). Confirmed qualifiers. Caruana (by virtue of losing the last WCC match) Radjabov (WC 1) Ding Liren (WC 2) Wang Hao (Winner of the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament [aka lottery]) Open spots. Grand Prix Series (1st place) Grand Prix Series (2nd place) Rating Qualifier (presumably Giri) Organizer Wildcard
  11. He asked her if she thought he could lift 200 lbs. That's what it was about.
  12. The Ned's Little Girl

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    I don't believe anyone was arguing that Meribald's speech doesn't apply to the Hound. Your contention was that Meribald was speaking directly and personally about the Hound. That's certainly how I read it, anyway. If you meant that Meribald was speaking of the Hound only theoretically and that his words are a general approximation for the Hound's emotional state without referring specifically to him, then it was not clear at all by how you wrote it. It's not clear if Meribald, who spends a great deal of time away from the Quiet Isle as he travels all over the Riverlands on foot, has even met the Hound.
  13. Peach King

    Gender relations in Westeros

    If GRRM wanted to be realistic, he'd show a few more infants or mothers dying in childbirth in the main series like Lord Varys said, not just depict it as footnotes in history. Some of them were also raped before they died, which is also gendered, as we don't see that happening to men. Realistically men would get raped in institutions like the Night's Watch. Also we know a lot less about Elia Martell, Ashara Dayne, Joanna Lannister, Rhaella Targaryen, Cassana Estermont, Jeyne Marbrand, the Princess of Dorne, Minisa Whent, etc compared to their male counterparts.
  14. sologdin

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    Any relation to Pierre Poutine? or to pierce inverarity?
  15. Red Tiger

    Comics Phase Fourteen

    If you say so. Part of it is that I don't really care enough to look. I like Emma, got tired of Logan long ago and the other 2....ugh.
  16. Universal Sword Donor

    The Red Wedding Was Justified.

    I'll help! “One glance was sufficient to tell Catelyn that the castle would not be taken by storm. The battlements bristled with spears and swords and scorpions, there was an archer at every crenel and arrow slit, the drawbridge was up, the portcullis down, the gates closed and barred. **** The Greatjon began to curse and swear as soon as he saw what awaited them. Lord Rickard Karstark glowered in silence. “That cannot be assaulted, my lords,” Roose Bolton announced.” ***** “Nor can we take it by siege, without an army on the far bank to invest the other castle,” Helman Tallhart said gloomily. Across the deep-running green waters, the western twin stood like a reflection of its eastern brother. “Even if we had the time. Which, to be sure, we do not.” ******* “They’ll be twenty thousand fresh corpses when Lord Tywin gets here,” the old man shot back. “Don’t you try and frighten me, my lady.”
  17. iberiandirewolf

    Jon being resurrected?

    Ahh, well, I haven't read FaB yet. This is very interesting, one more reason to purchase it soon. I remember I was very interested in Alysanne when I first read about her.
  18. Tywin et al.

    US Politics: A Mickey Mouse Operation

    I have no idea why she’s talking in general. The Clintons need to simply go away.
  19. kissdbyfire

    Jon being resurrected?

    Alysanne went to the Wall. That was when they closed the Nightfort for good etc. But in FaB we learn that even though she tried flying over the Wall a few times, Silverwing wasn't having any of that, and so she never did.
  20. iberiandirewolf

    Jon being resurrected?

    Wasn't it mentioned in one of Bran's chapters that a Targaryen princess was a friend of the Night's Watch and used to fly there often with her dragon? I may be confused, but I believe I remember that she visited the Wall... My Targaryen history is very rusty. For some time I too thought that Jon would somehow return to Winterfell to free it, but I've discarded that idea. I don't want him to be the tragic hero with a written destiny, even if predestination seems to be a solid motif throughout ASoIaF, I believe that GRRM has something different in store for him. I certainly hope it's not to remain inside Ghost forever and then slowly fade into the wolf's spirit and die. Neither do I wish for a Coldhands 2.0. Jon is my favourite character and no matter how many theories I revisit, his fate is, in my opinion, the one that hangs bya thread the most. Because, let's imagine what you said takes place: what would be his fate once Winterfell is freed and returned to a trueborn heir? Such a scenario would make him a stranger in a strange land. Back to the Wall? North of the Wall? Impossible. South? I don't see Jon/whatever he becomes going to KL, or the Vale, or the Riverlands, Dorne etc. What connections would he have left in the world? Sansa's the only one which we know 100% will remain within Westeros forever. Arya's another mystery. God knows what will become of Bran. When and IF Sam returns to the Wall, maybe there isn't a Wall or the Night's Watch anymore... Encountering Rickon somewhere in the North is the only possibility left in a scenario like this.
  21. kissdbyfire

    Denethoring the Lannisters

    Deal =/= diplomacy. Just because Tywin made a deal w/ the Boltons and Freys doesn't mean it was "diplomacy". https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/dictionary.cambridge.org/us/amp/english/diplomacy
  22. Rose of Red Lake

    Is the hound Sansa's 'new direwolf'?

    Really? You think Maribald’s speech about men who break from battle and become outlaws applies not one iota to the Hound, someone who broke from battle and became an outlaw? And not the Beric kind? Meaning, Sandor isn’t as bad as Rorge (yay?) This is where the white meets the grey. But still, the entire thing describes his situation, like other broken men. The Hound: evil dude, driven by ransom, malicious, hates gods, cares only for himself. Dangerous, which the author has used to describe Sandor multiple times. Not Beric. Fights Beric, actually. Checks all the boxes. All of this is basically what happened to Sandor during Blackwater. “Beast” is even used. He even finds a place to hide, in Sansa’s room, which I find creepy, and I feel sorrier for Sansa here because he holds all the power. But Maribald wants us to pity this guy, so ok whatever. I think this is a sign that Sandor will continue on his path, steal from a few families, could have raped (“carried off”) Sansa which fits with his words that he wishes he would have. Sandor. Check. Hint fucking hint. Sandor is a broken man according to Maribald’s speech. He may be one step above the Bloody Companions, but that’s the category he is in. It’s clear as day.
  23. enne

    Hugo Nominations and Awards - Onwards to 2020

    Ah. Didn't even register on my radar, my bad. Looks like the reception is especially bad. Dunno if that'd deter Hugo voters.
  24. Which Tyler

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    In Westminster news away from Westminster... Northern Ireland have being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century; as the DUP get their wish of having similar laws in NI and RotUK. Which means legalisation for abortion and gay marriage. Wait, hang on, no, that's not the DUP want at all, it's just the natural sequelae of what they want... against their wishes... erm... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-50115449
  25. You and me both, if for no other reason so that Coach O can win a natty, thus proving that we currently exist in the unlikeliest of timelines.
  26. Peach King

    Book characters lookalikes

    Renly - Disneyland Loki.
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