RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! I’m hip-deep in preparing for a brand-new course, so it’ll take a while for me to get through the next (incredibly long) Fire & Blood chapter. After I’m done with the reign of Jaehaerys I, I think I’m going to take a bit of a break from Fire & Blood, finish off (my version of) the Hour of the Wolf, and get back into doing some ASOS chapter essays.

In the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs.

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9 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

  1. Brett says:

    This reminds me of something that’s been bugging me about the Valyrians and Targaryens. The Targaryens clearly didn’t have whatever magic and magical artifacts (horns) that the Valyrians had used to tame dragons by the time of Aegon’s Conquest. Do you think that means the Valyrians were getting so decadent that they’d forgotten a big chunk of their own magical arts used to tame dragons in the first place? Or were they just not allowed to take anyone who had knowledge of that stuff to Dragonstone when they left?

    If whatever screwed over Hardhome hadn’t happened, that might have had potential for a future Northron conquest. Conquer it, make some younger son of the Umbers or Karstarks the lord of the area, and now House Stark has a prominent foothold north of the Wall to project force (not good for the Wildings, although maybe those in Hardhome itself would have benefited from the protection and possible greater trade access).

    • Grant says:

      That could be risky, Stark people taking a (comparatively) major source of wealth from local leaders and giving them a common threat to unite against could make King-Beyond-the-Wall’s a once-a-century thing, or even more common.

      As for the inhabitants, they seemed to be doing alright beforehand (though with divided control, it must have been a chaotic affair sometimes) and with this they’d be told they have to pay taxes to and obey invaders who killed Free Folk leaders and are now forcing an alien political system on them.

  2. Grant says:

    The Divine Cities isn’t bad on ideas and the change of setting is refreshing, but it has some odd politics. They’ve occupied Bulikov in the first book for seventy five years, but still claim it’s temporary without developing some philosophy about why it’s a good thing to rule the place, and they don’t have any intel about the city leaders most opposed to their rule?

  3. Sean C. says:

    Regarding the office of Master of Whisperers, it’s interesting that after Tyanna of the Tower there’s nary a mention of the office at all in the account of Jaehaerys’ reign. It only pops up again midway through Viserys’, when Larys Strong holds it.

  4. fjallstrom says:

    Regarding what happens if Ned doesn’t discover the Lannincest, I think the dynamic between him (as Regent), Cersei and Joffrey would be interesting. In particular, how does he handle Tywin’s private war in the Riverlands? Go up North and raise an army? But what about defending the King from his Baratheon uncles?

    • Keith B says:

      Even if Ned acknowledges Joffrey as King, Cersei and Joffrey will immediately dismiss him as regent and install Tywin as the hand. Then what? Tywin is attacking the Riverlands, which is Ned’s closest ally. Stannis and Renly are enemies, and Cersei doesn’t know that the Vale and Dorne will stay out of it. She may not throw Ned into a dungeon, but she won’t allow him or his household to leave King’s Landing. Ned, Sansa and Arya will be hostages to ensure the North stays out of the war.

      • fjallstrom says:

        I don’t think a king who is a minor can dismiss the regent. Though they can of course accuse him of treason anyway and throw him in a dungeon and the plot returns to the original. And given Cersei’s actions in later books, maybe that’s the most likely scenario.

        • Keith B says:

          But Cersei did exactly that. She ripped up Robert’s will and demanded that Ned swear loyalty to Joffrey. She had more guards, so she could do that. The only difference is that if Ned doesn’t know about the incest, she probably won’t accuse him of treason.

          • fjallstrom says:

            But there is no knowledge of Lannincest, then Ned would swear loyalty to Joffrey and insist to remain regent, because he swore that to Robert. And then Cersei either throws him in the dungeon or not. If she doesn’t, then Ned as regent is in a tough spot.

            Also, if Ned doesn’t discover the Lannincest, then he probably doesn’t ask Littlefinger to bring the gold cloaks, making a showdown much more even, and probably turning on the Kingsguard.

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