RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! I’ve emerged from my turkey coma – although I’ve managed to get a surprising amount of writing done in between the eating and the movies –  to put out another Tumblr Roundup. First, some news:

  • Battle of Blackwater Week Update: Tyrion XI is done, Tyrion XII is almost done, Sansa IV and V are in the process of being written, and I’ve just plugged in the quotes for Davos III. Need to add the quotes for Tyrion XIII and XIV and Sansa VI and VII, but the end is coming closer to in-sight.
  • Catelyn VII has the quotes put in and I’m starting work on it today. Hopefully get it out on Monday, but it might be Tuesday. I’m a bit scared, because I’ve only got Theon V after that before I run out of non-Blackwater chapters that come before the end of the Blackwater section, but I will persevere.
  • Kickstarter Fulfillment News: my editor Marc has been working like gangbusters, and the Kings, Hands, and City-States e-book is almost ready to go! So if you were a Kickstarter contributor, check your email tomorrow morning. Isn’t that better than braving the crowds on Black Friday?

Now, the Tumblrs:

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23 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

  1. Grant says:

    Mance and the Wildlings have pretty much always been considered a Northern problem I think, and at this point I really don’t think Lannisters would feel any pressure to help defend the North. I don’t know how much could or would have been done if they had seen the hand, but at the very least a clearly animate severed hand would stick in memory and would be hard for the Maesters to disprove.

    On Tyrek I find it hard to imagine that Cersei would be so careless as to let someone see her with Jaime prior to Robert’s death.

  2. thatrabidpotato says:

    Ugh. It really does get disheartening and frustrating seeing the leftism on what is otherwise an excellent site for the best literature I’ve ever read. It’s your blog, Steven, and you can write what you wish, I just wish it didn’t involve politics. I see too much of it everyday.
    As a lifelong resident of South Carolina, raised in Charleston and a senior at the University of SC in Columbia, the two areas hardest hit by the recent flooding, I knew several people who lost their homes in the storms. None of them started screaming for FEMA assistance; they looked to church and private charity. It’s disappointing that Haley requested federal aid, but she’s been disappointing in a lot of things this year.

    Leaving that aside, I’ve always thought it odd that Catelyn thinks the Greatjon is too aggressive to be the commander, so she immediately gravitates to his polar opposite. Couldn’t there have been a happy medium, like Galbart Glover?

    • I’m sorry you don’t like it, but I’m going to answer honestly from my own perspective. And my response was specifically focusing on politicians and their votes on FEMA relief, not ordinary citizens.

      • Grant says:

        I see nothing controversial about it. It is a simple example of regional unwillingness to see their resources devoted to another part of a nation in its time of need, something neither new nor unique to the United States. Politicians representative of a region are both focused on the demands of their local voters and feel no political pain if they earn the anger of voters from another region.

    • Keith B says:

      I don’t know your neighbors, but I do know that Lindsey Graham voted against Federal relief for Hurricane Sandy, only to demand it for Hurricane Joaquin. The problem is not so much the hypocrisy, but the short-sighted selfishness. When a large number of our leaders lack any sense of reciprocity, they will quickly destroy it in the rest of us. At that point, we’re no longer a country, just a bunch of squabbling provinces, much like Westeros.

      I remember reading about the response to the San Francisco earthquake. As soon as news of the disaster got out, people all over America were offering assistance. FEMA and Federal disaster relief only regularize and coordinate that reaction. Senator Graham, wittingly or otherwise, is trying to kill it. So I don’t have an issue with South Carolina, but I do have one with your Senator.

  3. winnief says:

    For the record Steve I LOVED the Hurricane Sandy example.

    Thanks for all the updates. Cat VII should be interesting but Theon V is the pre-Blackwater chapter I’m most hyped for.

  4. Steven Xue says:

    Thanks for responding to my question about Aegon V and his relief efforts to the Northerners. I loved your Hurricane Sandy example. Goes to show how self serving not only people but collectives are.

    By the way for your answer to the Citadel butting heats with the Faith. Aren’t most Maesters worshipers of the Seven? No doubt they are quite conceited in their attitude as a intelligentsia class but as far as I know most of them are not atheists, and even those who are very skeptical of the supernatural like Luwin still don’t question the validity of religion.

    Also the Faith itself don’t seem to have any restrictions on scientific pursuits of knowledge or deem them as heresy the way the Catholic Church did. As far as we know there is no creation story or erroneous mythical tales from the Seven Pointed Star that can be contradicted and thus destroyed by scholars finding evidence against it. That’s why I don’t see why there would be any conflict between the two parties.

    • winnief says:

      Good points Steven. Also people often forget that there was a rich tradition of scholarship within the Church too….monasteries had some of the finest libraries in the world.

    • Most Maesters probably are, although not when the Citadel first encountered the Faith. Certainly Maester Cressen was devoted to the Seven and viewed R’hllorism as evil.

      But the maesters of the North respect the Old Gods, it they know what’s good for them.

      • Steven Xue says:

        Well when it comes to R’hllorism I think Cressen and other Maesters find the sorcery aspect to that religion very disdainful. Both the Faith and the Citadel share a common interest in subverting everything that is magical.

  5. Keith B says:

    Regarding Tyrek, I wonder less about why he’s being held and more about where he’s being held. Does Varys have him stashed away somewhere in King’s Landing? Or is Illyrio keeping him in a villa in Pentos? Either one is risky; the former because of the danger of discovery, the latter because of the problems involved in transporting him to Essos with shipping stopped because of Stannis’ blockade.

    • Well, Varys has to have some sort of underground lair in King’s Landing where he’s been hanging out since ASOS.

      • Grant says:

        It wouldn’t necessarily be underground, but that would be logical considering the design. If you’re going to build a castle full of secret passages and you’re planning on killing all the designers anyway, why not extend the passages well below where everyone expects them? I wonder how Varys found so many considering he couldn’t just follow Jaime’s example and tear up the place.

        • David Hunt says:

          To steal an argument from Louis CK, Varys solved the problem of exploring the secrets of the Red Keep the same way that any great historical task was accomplished. He just threw human death and suffering at the problem until it was solved. There’s no end to what you can accomplish when certain lives have no value to you.

          To address it more seriously, I think Varys learned some of the secrets of the Red Keep from Aerys and that he got a lot of his Little Birds killed or maimed mapping out the whole complex.

      • Keith B says:

        So he’s keeping this 13 or 14 year old boy underground and incommunicado, basically in solitary confinement, for over a year? (If the “little birds” are taking care of him, he’s not getting much conversation.) And he expects Tyrek to be any good as a witness, or for anything else, after that experience? I think I’d prefer Pentos, but then there’s the problem of getting him there, then bringing him back at the right time.

        • Grant says:

          We have no idea what Tyrek’s environment (assuming he is alive in the first place) is like. I don’t think that Varys would let a key witness fall apart.

          • Keith B says:

            OK, then what are Varys’ resources for taking care of Tyrek and maintaining his network of agents? The little birds are only children, after all. He must have an extensive staff (presumably financed by Illyrio), all of which he’s managed to keep hidden, even after he’s no longer Master of Whispers and is living as a fugitive. Do you find that believable?

          • Grant says:

            Yes, I do. He’s shown quite the ability to move as he likes, he had a long time to arrange everything and he’s been aided by having inattentive employers for a long time. I can’t deny the possibility of Tyrek being in Pentos, but presently there’s nothing to say that it would be any less possible (and indeed for a while that Baratheon fleet would have made Pentos dangerous at best) for him to do this in King’s Landing.

          • Keith B says:

            Perhaps not more unbelievable than some of Varys’ other activities. Still, if he’s holding Tyrek Lannister (which of course is only suspected), and keeping him close, and keeping him sane, he needs a place and people to do it. People to bring in food, clothing, fuel and other necessities; to do housekeeping in whatever facility he’s located; to guard him and keep him from escaping; to allow him some exercise and keep him company so he doesn’t go crazy. That may not be a lot of people, but any one of them could earn a large reward and maybe compromise Varys’ entire operation by turning him in.

            Of course Varys already has this problem with the people needed to take care of his child spies and communicate with his other agents. Qyburn in particularly has to regard Varys as a threat, and would gladly pay to eliminate his operation. But Tyrek is different. Wealthy and powerful people care about him, so the reward would be much greater. Hiding him right under their nose would be extremely dangerous. Varys’ problem, especially after he becomes a fugitive, is that he has no way of commanding anyone’s loyalty other than cash. If he’s only hiding out by himself, with his knowledge of the Red Keep’s secrets and his mastery of disguise, he can probably remain concealed indefinitely. But each person he employs increases his risk, and Tyrek especially, with the potentially large reward for his return, multiplies that risk. So no, I don’t think it’s credible that he’s holding Tyrek nearby.

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