RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks, it’s that time of the week again! First, the news:

  • I have 3 pages of Tyrion XI and 2 pages of Jon VI roughed out, so I’ve officially commenced Battle of Blackwater Week preparations!
  • The Kickstarter is up to 85% of the final goal! 128 out of the original 172 donors have contributed, so we’re just waiting on a couple dozen more people to re-do their contributions, and then we can get underway actually delivering on the rewards!
  • If you missed it last weekend, Aziz, SomethingLikeALawyer, and I did our Redgrass field episode, so you should check that out.
  • Midterms were due, so I’m busy grading. Might slow updates down but just for this week.

Now, the Tumblr Roundup:

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12 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

  1. Crystal says:

    Why wasn’t Balon executed for his rebellion? I’d look to Jon Arryn for that. Robert hated “kinging,” so after the Fun Part of physically putting down the rebellion was done, I think Robert gave Jon Arryn the resulting mess to mop up. Jon, meanwhile, did the honorable thing (as befitting his House motto and Vale culture) and left Balon’s head attached to his neck, thinking that a resounding defeat and the taking of his only son as hostage was enough to cow him into submission. With Rodrik Harlaw’s sons dead, and Baelor Blacktyde as hostage in the Reach, Jon probably concluded that the Ironborn were declawed (detentacled?) and could be left alone.

    And Jon was right, for a given value of “right” – Balon did not give a hoot about his only surviving son, but he didn’t dare raise another rebellion until Robert died and mainland Westeros was disunited.

    • Space Oddity says:

      I’m not so sure. Honestly, I can see Robert sparing Balon on a whim and leaving the mess to everyone else…

    • winnief says:

      Regardless of why Balon was spared, I doubt Euron can expect similar mercy.

      Wanted to comment on how the issue of crazy royals has often been a problem. Further examples include Mad Juana of Spain and King George III.

      Congrats on getting to $8500 Steve. Just one more thou to go.

      • Crystal says:

        If “Dracarys” is how Euron’s fate will end, then nope, I don’t think he’s going to get any mercy. I am pretty certain that dragon-grilled is the way Vic is going to go, but Euron might get the same fate for either getting above himself messing with dragons, or Dany being angry, especially now that she’s gone full on fire and blood, dragons plant no trees.

    • Jon Arryn probably played a role, but remember Robert was the one on the scene, and he generally spared non-Targaryens who fought against him.

  2. Steven Xue says:

    Robb’s empire was doomed to fracture over time either from his death, over-powerful vassals asserting their power more and more as well as cultural aversions and some historical enmities could make the whole thing come down like a house of cards. Also if the North’s allies do become its subordinate districts with the lords of the Vale, Riverlands and Iron Islands swearing fealty to the Kings of the North. Doesn’t that also mean these places must pay tribute to the Starks directly and perhaps be obliged to send food and resources during long winters so the Northerners don’t starve to death? Not to mention they would have to provide military service whenever their Stark overlords go to war. Because I’m not sure the people of those places would be ok with that, at least not in the long run.

    • Grant says:

      The Iron Throne survived centuries of Targaryens, and even after the dragons died they still managed to more or less rule a truly gigantic area with many different cultures. Robb’s northern kingdom could work, depending on the state framework, politics and the shape the Iron Throne was in.

      • Steven Xue says:

        While I’m sure Robb’s kingdom may survive for a good run, unlike the Targs Robb’s kingship will be more or less of a foreign king ruling over territories of entirely alien people. While I agree that the Targaryens were in a similar boat given how they always stuck to their Valyrian roots, they still did their best to assimilate as much as possible into the Andal culture. They became worshipers of their faith and ruled their kingdom very much like Andal kings which was why their rule was accepted for so long by most of the continent.

        Robb on the other hand worships the Old Gods, isn’t as in tune to his Andal roots compared to his Northern heritage and for the most part puts the interests of the North above all else. I am reminded of the scene on show when the Freys demand Harrenhal, Robb tells his uncle “we’re fighting for the North, Harrenhal is not in the North”. In my opinion this is a reflection of Robb’s policy for a Northern kingdom comprising of the Riverlands, Iron Islands and Vale will mostly be about putting the interests of the North first even at the expense of its vassal kingdoms. While that might work initially, overtime these vassal states will see no benefit in staying with the North especially if they are powerful enough to break off and declare for themselves.

        • Grant says:

          Foreign kings is a very relative thing sometimes. Most of Europe’s nations (based on preexisting kingdoms) had a king from a different group than one part of the kingdom at some point. They all had their wars and they all had their peace. Just look at the Austrian empire. It’s easy to look at it in the last one hundred fifty years or so and see it as a weak empire that was fatally compromised by its heterogeneous nature until it fell apart, but for centuries prior that empire was one of the great.

          Managed right, with careful marriages, focusing on using internal disputes to raise up useful lords and not too much interference with local autonomy, either the Kingdom of the North or the Federation of the North could survive. Maybe setting up some sort of cultural center in the Riverlands to be the fashionable place for young nobles to go to weaken their regional ties and establish a trans-North noble culture (obviously the Iron Islands are the difficult one there but not insurmountable).

    • Depends what time period, though. The Ottoman Empire was said to be tottering and doomed for more than two hundred years, but it managed to KBO.

  3. Winnief says:

    Am panting for Blackwater week….when can we expect Jon VI?

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