Welcome back, seekers:
As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages). Even more excitingly, we here at the blog have partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire. We – that is, NFriel and I – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.
So every Monday we present to you The Ravenry. We collect the questions we’ve answered during the previous week over on the Tumblr in post form, with a brief description of each, and publish it here, and link that post on Twitter and Facebook as well. This week was easily our most productive, a week as productive as any under Viserys II. We answered 70 questions, with particular highlights being the Queen Regent (hopefully) putting to rest the allegations of Catelyn ‘mistreating’ Jon Snow, as well as the Lord Hand answering which Great Houses will probably not survive the end of the series, and a few lengthy essays on topics like why he supports Robert’s Rebellion and dislikes Daenerys’s philosophy on rulership.
We have a lot of questions on our queue, and we do our best to answer every one. Lately, we’ve been seeing an increase in submissions of the same question. This will not get us to answer these questions any faster, and indeed, makes sorting through the question and answer queue that much harder. Rest assured your question has been seen, and will be answered in is own time. Also, please do not ask question we’ve already answered. We want to spend as much time as we can on the questions we can answer.
Also of note, we here at Wars and Politics of ASOIAF do not have any secret materials or insight that is not available to the general public. Thus, we may not be able to answer questions that are entirely hypothetical in nature, or ones that don’t have enough material for us to draw a conclusion for us to feel comfortable answering. We might be able to draw a parallel with a historical figure or institution, but at the end of the day, even that might not be good enough for an answer. So, if we don’t answer your question, it might be that we don’t have enough information to answer it. If it’s an anonymous submission, then we cannot message you to tell you we can’t really answer that question. So, rest assured, we are not ignoring your question if we decide that we cannot give a firm enough answer.
Without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of October 5:
- SomethingLikeaLawyer suggests that Aerys might have had a fertility problem.
- SomethingLikeALawyer dismisses the possibility that Aerys wasn’t Daenerys’s father.
- SomethingLikeALawyer shares his theory on the tragedy of Summerhall.
- SomethingLikeALawyer illustrates why Lannisport and Oldtown were large despite being on the west coast.
- NFriel doubts that Jon Snow was especially good-looking.
- NFriel outlines whether or not Tywin was unfaithful to Joanna.
- NFriel theorizes what Alicent Hightower could have done if she bore only daughters.
- NFriel details the specifics of a Howland Reed truth-bomb about Jon Snow’s parentage.
- NFriel points out mistakes in the Baratheon look.
- NFriel finds a possible mythological inspiration for Euron’s Greyjoy’s missing eye.
- SomethingLikeALawyer shoots down the Tyrion Targaryen theory.
- SomethingLikeALawyer believes that Kevan and Tywin really loved each other.
- SomethingLikeALawyer dons his engineering hat to prove that weirwood bows wouldn’t petrify in an archer’s lifetime.
- NFriel draws a contrast between Aerys II’s taking of mistresses and Robert Baratheon’s womanizing.
- NFriel portends a grim future for House Lannister of Casterly Rock.
- NFriel wonders if Marei is Tywin’s bastard.
- NFriel defines who handles fiefs when the entire family dies out.
- SomethingLikeALawyer denies that losing a mother at birth is a metaphysical component for a destined hero.
- NFriel visualizes the luster wearing off quickly in a Rhaegar-Cersei matchup.
- NFriel goes into some detail about an Elia-Eddard matchup.
- NFriel doesn’t think Aerys II had any bastards.
- NFriel refutes the notion of a commoner girl becoming Queen of the North.
- NFriel diagrams the size regression of dragons through the years.
- NFriel pictures a younger, attractive Tywin and Joanna.
- SomethingLikeALawyer speculates on the North unified under Cregan’s son, Rickard.
- SomethingLikeALawyer clarifies that Jaime did love Tyrion, but Tyrion believes he didn’t after his Tysha revelation.
- SomethingLikeALawyer reminds everyone that an R+L=J Jon Snow means Alliser Thorne is following the orders of the literal incarnation of why he was sent to the Wall.
- SomethingLikeALawyer thinks that Robert and Stannis might have been different if their parents lived.
- NFriel gives the best resource possible on the R+L=J theory.
- NFriel lists her top “badass without kicking ass” ladies of Westeros. The Queen Regent and the Lord Hand both believe that female empowerment does not mandate a rejection of traditional feminine gender roles.
- SomethingLikeALawyer elucidates the muddy mess that is succession.
- SomethingLikeALawyer foresees the reaction of a public unmasking of the Knight of the Laughing Tree.
- NFriel discovers a complete lack of information on the Red Widow’s fate.
- NFriel expects a bad ending for a forcible conversion crusade against the North and Iron Islands led by Baelor.
- SomethingLikeALawyer uses the Catholic Church to demonstrate how the Faith could generate income.
- SomethingLikeALawyer takes up the sword to say how hard each great strongholds would be to take by storm.
- SomethingLikeALawyer examines the relationship between Tyrion and his uncles, Gerion and Tygett.
- NFriel highlights the importance of Renly and Margaery’s marriage not being consummated.
- SomethingLikeALawyer answers why the ambiguity of what killed Baelor the Blessed makes it so interesting.
- NFriel postulates what Jeyne Marbrand’s relationship was like with her children.
- SomethingLikeALawyer talks about what, if anything, was the provocation for Daeron I’s Conquest of Dorne.
- SomethingLikeALawyer places odds on each Great House surviving the series.
- SomethingLikeALawyer expands on the similarities and differences between the North and Dorne.
- SomethingLikeALawyer emphasizes Viserys I’s contravention of the Great Council’s precedent as a major cause of the Dance of the Dragons, and repudiates the idea that the greens killed Viserys I.
- SomethingLikeALawyer portrays what Tywin thought of Cersei, in no uncertain terms.
- NFriel has misgivings about Tywin befriending Aerys and Steffon being a calculated move.
- SomethingLikeALawyer makes a long point about the ouster of Aerys and Rhaegar and Doran’s planned Targaryen restoration have different motivations.
- SomethingLikeALawyer holds up that Daemon’s personal charisma made the Blackfyre Rebellion as big as it was.
- NFriel rebuffs the idea that the Reach is culturally hypocritical.
- NFriel opposes the thought that Elia was cool with Rhaegar and Lyanna.
- NFriel matches up the Lords Paramount with their most powerful vassals.
- SomethingLikeALawyer stresses the need for proper equipment and fortifications when fighting wights.
- SomethingLikeALawyer analyzes Daenerys’s political philosophy and why he could never follow her.
- SomethingLikeALawyer demonstrates the practical advantages of an undying army.
- SomethingLikeALawyer offers that if Rhaegar loses, he has to go into exile or face death.
- SomethingLikeALawyer recalls the Dornish propensity to maim prisoners and commit perfidy.
- SomethingLikeALawyer states that all characters are Jaime, they have the capacity for great heroics and great horror.
- SomethingLikeALawyer marks the advantage that Victarion has with his heavy armor, until he slips.
- SomethingLikeALawyer confirms that Robert would exterminate the Lannisters if the truth behind Jaime and Cersei came out.
- SomethingLikeALawyer imagines the thought process behind the Stormlords when Orys Baratheon is declared their new overlord.
- SomethingLikeALawyer paints a sad picture of Aemon Targaryen suffering loss after loss.
- SomethingLikeALawyer lays out a more brutal Dornish war under King Viserys II, and what he can do to prevent it from getting worse.
- NFriel describes why Oberyn would probably not end up married to Cersei even if Joanna lived.
- SomethingLikeALawyer says that all Eddard needs is a reliable source of information to avoid Littlefinger.
- SomethingLikeALawyer cites Bloodraven’s attempt to take Egg hostage.
- SomethingLikeALawyer expounds on the allure of Asshai in the fandom.
- NFriel quashes the notion that Catelyn mistreated Jon Snow.
- SomethingLikeALawyer defines excarnation, the process that medieval corpses went through to be removed of flesh for safe transport back home.
- NFriel spells out why Eddard never asked Robert to legitimize Jon Snow.
- NFriel charts out the horrible danger that the Starks were in harboring Jon Snow, and what Catelyn would do if Eddard told her.
- SomethingLikeALawyer maps out the peculiarities of command in the War of the Ninepenny Kings
- NFriel briefly responds to accusations against Lyanna in her running away with Rhaegar
- NFriel explains why Aegon III’s succession does not validate Rhaenyra’s claim
As always, we love to hear your text-based questions, so if you have a burning question about ASOIAF, click this link to send us a raven. The more specific the question, the better text-based answer we can write, although we do our best to answer them all.
Until next time,
SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King