RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hey folks! Work on Politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Part II (The North) continues – currently up to 16,000 words and I’m finally into Theon the Hungry Wolf who has to be on the list of the top five most important Stark Kings – but in the meantime, here’s some Tumblering:

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8 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

  1. Winnief says:

    Thanks for the round-up Steve.

    Henry VII that old money miser, and his son Henry VIII one of History’s most colorful monsters. Like the comparison between his death and Aegon IV, and now that I think on it that wasn’t the only point of likeness. Both former hunks who went completely to seed. Both total horn-dogs. Both men whose selfishness and ego caused enormous damage to their kingdoms and great suffering to their people.

    If Robb’s Kingdom *had* survived I agree House Manderly, and House Blackwood would both have been excellent homes to marry into. Also, in that chain of circumstance though, it’s possible the Starks never fall out with the Karstarks which might make it possible Sansa marries Lord Karstark’s heir and/or Edmure weds Alys. House Mallister and Seagard may have been possible for Sansa as well.

    The one thing we can be completely sure of is that neither Edmure nor Sansa are going to be wasted on any damn Frey’s!

    Can’t wait for the next chapter and Battle of the Bastards!

    • Keith B says:

      Edmure should be marrying higher than Alys Karstark. One of the Manderlys might be better, but with Viserys dead, Prince Doran could be willing to reconsider a match with Arianne Martel. Though that’s not a fate one would want to wish on Edmure.

      • Winnief says:

        LOL!!! I am NOT a fan of Arianne though, she seems to have quite the following among male readers.

        If Robb DID look outside his Kingdom for matches for Sansa and Edmure then the Vale and the Reach seem like natural prospects. Besides SR and Harry the Heir, (who I’d NEVER wish on Sansa,) the Vale does after all have some VERY eligible young lords and ladies from powerful families who’d be good allies; the Royce’s, the Waynwoods, the Redfort’s etc.

        The Reach of course has even better prospects; any of the Tyrell children would be perfect for Edmure or Sansa, and then there’s House Tarly (one of Sam’s sisters for Edmure perhaps?), House Rowan, and maybe some single folks in House Hightower as well.

        • thatrabidpotato says:

          What is wrong with Harry the Heir? Robb would never in a million years have arranged that match as it pretty much means he expects his cousin to die childless, but you seem to not like Harry as a person.

      • The question was specifically about internal marriages, tho.

  2. Keith B says:

    Regarding King’s Landing, the one historical example of someone building a city from scratch with the intention of making it the capital is Saint Petersburg. Peter the Great started work on it in 1703, when he was still at war with Sweden. It reached a population of 500,000 about 150 years later.

    Then there was Alexandria, founded 331 B.C., but I don’t know if that was intended from the beginning to be a major city, and there was already a town at that location.

    Brasilia and New Delhi are other possible examples, but both are much more recent, and New Delhi is really just part of Delhi. Those four are the only examples that come to mind.

    • Keith B says:

      How could I have forgotten Washington, DC?

      Then there’s Baghdad, founded in 762 specifically to be the Abbasid capital, and Caesarea, built by King Herod the Great. So building new capital cities isn’t all that uncommon.

  3. thatrabidpotato says:

    I used to be a fan of your Economic Development Plans, Steven, until I read a comment on the originals that I don’t think you ever saw- else you would’ve replied to it.

    The gist of it was that a feudal Lord or King has neither the money nor the authority to make his lords consent to such a project as massive canals, and lend all their smallfolk to it for years on end. Also, several of the canals you propose run through terrain that would be difficult in modern times, and impossible in medieval ones. For instance, your Mander-Blackwater canal both runs through hills and joins the two rivers at their sources, which is a big no-no. It would also join a freshwater river to a brackish river, which would be major environmental damage. And your Seagard-Blue Fork canal runs through swamps IIRC.

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