Men crowded shoulder to shoulder on the benches. “Stark!” they called as Bran trotted past, rising to their feet. “Winterfell! Winterfell!”
So, Telltale’s Game of Thrones game dropped today, and I played through it. Thoughts below the cut:
Last night, I sat down with Sean T. Collins, Stefan Sasse, and Amin Javadi at the Boiled Leather Audio Hour to talk even more about the World of Ice and Fire. Join us as we discuss Dornish letters, the Revolt of the Faithful, retcons, the Blackfyre Rebellion, and so much more! (we never even got to the Reach!)
“The substance flows through my veins, and lives in the heart of every pyromancer. We respect its power….any little mistake can bring catastrophe. That cannot be said too often.”
“Sweet, sweet sister…I promise you, that was the last time you will ever strike me.”
Synopsis: the Hand of the King is having a busy day. Tyrion meets with deranged pyromaniacs, taking in the populist sentiments of local religious leaders, meeting with envoys from Riverrun, and a friendly meeting with his sister the Queen Regent.
Ok, a while back, madeinmyr responded to my rebuttal of their critique of A Laboratory of Politics Part III. I had been intending to reply for some time, but a half-finished version of this got eaten by a browser crash, and I got delayed.
So here goes. Putting this under the cut because it’s huge.
Over on Westeros.org, there’s a feature called “So Spake Martin” that collects George R.R Martin’s email responses, interviews, comments from his book signings and other events, and answers from Q&A sessions. Unfortunately, it’s organized horribly – pages are organized only by month (across a period of more than 15 years), there’s no way to search by topic, there’s no keywords, etc. So for the longest time, I’d basically ignored it, save for the few times in which someone quoted it, or it got used as a source on the wiki.
However, I recently got the chance to read the entire thing as one document, all 386 pages of it. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of repetition both in the questions asked and answered, multiple reports from the same event, etc. but there’s a wealth of new information here.
So check it out:
“What if the wolves come?”
So a while back, I got into a bit of a debate with yuyurana andmightyisobel about the nature of Westerosi feudalism, whether serfdom existed in Westeros, and to what extent the smallfolk had/have political agency in their own land. At the time, I was super-swamped and promised a future rebuttal, but that kept slipping down my to-do list.
Well, the recent publication of AWOIAF sort of jogged my memory, and has given us a much better (although by no means complete) picture of the status and activities of the smallfolk, so here’s my long-promised response: