RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hello folks! Well, it’s been a lousy week in a lousy year, but I’ve always preferred to react to these kinds of setbacks by redoubling my efforts. (Didn’t hurt that the news was so stressful that I wrote 2800 words of Bran I to avoid having to think about it…) So Bran I will definitely be ready for Monday morning, and in the meantime we have some really good (if occasionally morbid) stuff on the Tumblrs:

Also, in a somewhat off-topic development, I’ve started GMing a tabletop RPG campaign, running the classic Call of Cthulhu adventure, “Masks of Nyarlathotep,” and I’ll be blogging about each session. So if you’re interested, check it out here:

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21 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

  1. Steven Xue says:

    As someone who’s a huge fan of the Total War games and spends so much of my free time playing them. I think you are spot on from the way you characterized the strengths of each of the kingdoms in detailing what unique bonuses they would have in a Total War like game.

    Though personally I think like the Riverlands, Dorne could also have a bonus in scorched earth tactics as the Dornish have proven to be very effective at fighting a war of attrition against larger invading armies. And for the Riverlands, I think it would be appropriate if they get a discount when it comes to hiring and paying for mercenary troops. After all the Riverlords do have a tendency to invite foreign armies into their lands to fight their wars, not to mention Torrance Teague even managed to conquer the Riverlands with a sellsword army.

    That’s just my two cents on this matter.

    • Glad you liked them!

      Yeah, there were a couple places where I was having problems with potentially overlapping bonuses, like the Vale and the Reach both being known for their knights, and both the Riverlands and Dorne known for guerilla warfare.

  2. winnief says:

    Good points about why Robb didn’t become suspicious of Roose’s military strategy.

    The better question is why everyone isn’t automatically suspicious of Roose because of his over the top creepiness and how he has evil tattooed on his forehead. Frankly I think the show was right to cast McElhattan whose take was so much more toned down…except of course for those eyes. THOSE EYES!

    • David Hunt says:

      I wonder if some of Roose’s success came from a “Sure, he’s an evil SOB but he’s OUR evil SOB” sentiment.

      Plus Roose is flamboyant on the battlefield in his Anime Badguy armor, but lots of ASOIAF lords play up their House symbology is outlandish ways and he goes out of his way to seem reserved and respectful in the presence of Robb and, I expect, the lords he’s sticking the knife into.

      Roose strikes me as the type of psychopath who’d practice looking at pictures of facial expressions so he could recognize and mimic normal emotions and respond to them in a normal way to blend in.

      • Grant says:

        Remember that he’s both fully capable of playing the political game and lectures Ramsay on how human skin isn’t good for making clothes.

        The guy is a monster, but he knows enough to camouflage himself in society. Ramsay ironically might be ultimately less dangerous, if only because he would get himself quickly killed by everyone else.

        • winnief says:

          That was always my interpretation as well. Frankly neither book or show Ramsay make for compelling villains in my eyes because its so hard to believe they didn’t “fall down the stairs” years ago.

          Whereas Show Roose especially is great because he can pass as ordinary but he’s essentially a shark in a skin suit. Which is why he and Tywin were my favorite baddies by far.

          Of course it turns out that even disorganized, irrational, obviously con men, type vicious bad guys can flourish too. The last few days the whole Kingsmoot where a megalomaniac who was clearly full of BS winning out over a flawed but still much better qualified not to mention rational woman now finally seems plausible.

          • Grant says:

            If you’re referring to the show’s kingsmoot, I’ve given up on it. If you’re referring to the books, Euron offered them a way to not give up on their conquests (an insane gamble but one he really sold them on) and presented himself as really the ideal Ironborn. Also while there were probably a lot that suspected something, there’s nothing there to concretely tie him to Balon’s death.

          • Winnief says:

            Not to mention that Iron Born killing their brothers is NOT unheard of behavior in the Iron Islands anyway.

            Oh yes, the promise of conquest based on dragons half a world away.

            Make the Iron Islands Great Again Euron!

          • thatrabidpotato says:

            Winnie, keep the politics out pls.

            I disagree that Ramsay is implausible, because he’s spent most of his life under the protection of someone just as sadistic as he is. Roose doesn’t give a crap if Ramsay murders people, and when Ramsay was younger probably thought he could train him to keep it quiet.

          • David Hunt says:

            Book Ramsay didn’t fall down the stairs years ago because he wasn’t raised at the Dreadfort. He was raised be his mother with some minimal support from Roose until Domeric visited him and died of a “sickness of the bowels” very shortly afterward.

            Ramsay was then Roose’s only child he couldn’t afford to kill him or tolerate his murder. At that point, the consequences of succeeding in killing Ramsay are even worse than failing. I can’t imagine how Roose could make a punishment worse than a Reekening, but I have every confidence he could do it.

    • Well, keep in mind he’s spent many years downplaying it – the marriage into the Ryswells, the fostering of Domeric, etc.

  3. Grant says:

    How long before the players throw the game off the rails, I wonder.

  4. thatrabidpotato says:

    “The only people present when Roose gave the order to take Duskendale were Arya and Qyburn”, I wonder how that would’ve played out if Arya made it back to Robb quickly enough…

    • David Hunt says:

      It’s an interesting what if, but I wonder if she would have remembered the order and realized what it meant. Where were Robb & Roose when Robb got the news? Was it even a place where Arya would have been? Catelyn gets to sit in on a bunch of the planning sessions, at least when they’re deciding their political option if not the actual military strategies that pursue them. Arya? Not so much.

      • thatrabidpotato says:

        At that point Sansa has been married off, which makes Arya Robb’s last surviving sibling and his heir. He’s therefore going to want to keep her around him at councils, if he hasn’t already packed her off to someplace safe.

        • Grant says:

          He’s going to have her under heavy guard, but probably not at council meetings since she’s both a child and a girl. Still it wouldn’t be hard to write a way for her to hear about this and tell Robb if she had managed to make her way to him.

          • thatrabidpotato says:

            I can see wanting to shield her because she’s a child, but by that point she’s already been through hell on earth. No sense in treating her like a delicate snowflake IMO. Don’t think her being a girl would’ve had anything to do with it, after all Catelyn got to attend meetings and Arya would need to start being given some training in rulership at that point.
            I think it would all have depended on whether she heard Roose blame Glover in person, or saw Robb get the news in person. If she hears about it secondhand I don’t think she makes the connection.

          • Grant says:

            They’re not going to want children around during their work and Catelyn got in on basis of being Lady Stark as well as the daughter of the Tully lord paramount and sister of Lady Arryn. And even then the lords weren’t immediately open to her presence. Quoting A Game of Thrones, Catelyn X (when Catelyn is pressing for peace talks):

            “You are a woman, my lady,” the Greatjon rumbled in his deep voice. “Women do not understand these things.”
            “You are the gentle sex,” said Lord Karstark, with the lines of grief fresh on his face. “A man has a need for vengeance.”

            They’re focusing on her gender first, not how politically bad her argument is until afterward.

            Arya? Like I said, she’s a child and a girl. She has no importance to them other than being Robb’s sister and so far as they know she has no political power or knowledge to be useful. As far as they’re concerned, the knowledge she needs for how to rule is going to be things like the ladylike arts and stewardship skills. Probably only the Mormonts would ever think that a girl should learn the martial arts.

            As for the how.

            Robb: What could have possessed him to march? Glover must have been mad.

            Arya: He marched on Roose Bolton’s orders. I heard him give the orders myself.

            Robb: WHAT?

    • She’d have to remember, say something about it, and be believed.

      And it didn’t work out well last time she tried.

      • thatrabidpotato says:

        Mostly because she garbled it so it really did sound like childish gibberish. But I agree that the odds of her giving a completely rational, measured, and detailed account the second time around aren’t necessarily the best.

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