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2023.03.14 12:39 BeggarBear AAR: Another Targaryen restoration AAR

AAR: Another Targaryen restoration AAR
So i really enjoy using the console to create my own narratives and decided to do a custom targaryen run and its some of the most fun playthrough ive had so i also decided to make my first history book style AAR out of it (also first one in general) btw its LONG AF like REALLY LONG eaching king did a lot of stuff and im almost 200 years into the campaing lol

Year 295 AC as the writings of grand maester Marwyn prince Daegon son of Aerys ii "The mad king" and queen consort Rhaella disembarks on the island of bloodstone accompanied by his two younger siblings prince Viserys "The Shield of Castle Black" and princess Daenerys "Stormborn" after being spirited away to Essos by loyalists ser Aelyx Longwaters a member of the royal guard tasked with protecting prince Rhaegar (young king Daegon would be squiring for his older brother at the battle) during the battle of the trident and ser Willem Darry the former master-at-arms of the Red Keep (the later dying of sickness 5 years prior) after the defeat of the Royalists and the fall of Kings Landing, their entourage would be formed by the previously mentioned ser Aelyx, queen Rhaenya Blackfyre and her brothers, the future lord paramount of the stepstones hand of the king and husband of princess Daenerys lord Daemon Blackfyre and their youngest sibling ser Vaemon "the Fyreknight" at the time the squire of king Daegon he would become lord commander of the kingsguard after the death of lord commander Davyd Allyrion in 327AC, princess Rhaenys Targaryen niece of the king and his siblings and also the inseparable childhood compannion of the king during his childhood (a fact that would save her from sharing her mother and who at the time was believed to be her brother prince Aegon), her husband Haerys Bittersteel "the merciless" ser Walder Marbrand, ser Omer Tarly, ser Davyd Allyrion, ser Harbert Fell, ser Willis Ryger, ser Osgood Grafton (these 6 being latter risen to the kingsguard after the dismisal of all members of Robert i kingsguard with the exception of ser Barristan Selmy who would die 2 years into the reign of king Daegon), ser Geremy Reyne, the Strong siblings Duncan and Denys, ser Harys Hillbeck, ser Malcolm Rainhill, the siblings Payne Drace and Paine Lannister nee drace (the former would come to rule and restore Harrenhal while the latter would come to fall in love with ser Jaime Lannister "the kingslayer" after his dismisal of the kingsguard on the grounds of oathbreaking, high treason, adultery and incest with the queen his sister Cersei Lannister and they would come to rule Casterly Rock), the siblings Will and Dick Cole, ser Harry and ser Hoster Strickland the newborn she-dragon hatchling Aegal "the Dark Queen" the largest recorded dragon in history comparable only to Balerion "the Black Dread" and Drogon "the Black Whip" (Drogon and Aegal being considered as reincarnations of different aspects of Balerion)

Year 296: The king and Queen are blessed with their first born, a daughter named Visenyra, after the conquerors sister-wife and former princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, a year later in 297 they would be blessed again with the birth of their second daughter, Aella

Year 299 AC: The invading Targaryen host would prevail with the kings 6 companions, prince Viserys, the newly knighted ser Vaemond, and the now pardoned ser Jaime distinguishing themselves, particularly ser Walder Marbrand and ser Davyd Allyrion would come to be known as "the Star of Dark Den" and "the Hammer of Dark Den" for their defense and latter liberation of the island during the war. The importan cassualties on the Baratheon side would be minimal with the only noble death being that of the Kings brother, Lord Renly Baratheon at the hands of Harlon Botley during the battle outside Storms End. Later that year a coronation and oficial annoinment as king of the andals the rhoynar and the first men, lord of the seven kingdoms and protector of the real for king Daegon i would be held being known as "The Dragon", a series of trials would also be held for those directly responsible for the Targaryens downfall, the most important of those being for the former king Robert for the murder of prince Rhaegar and the usurping of the throne, Gregor Clegane "the mountain" for the murder of princess Elia Martell and prince Aegon Targaryen, Lord Paramound Eddard Stark, Hoster Tully, and Tywin Lannister, Robert and Gregor would both die at trial by combat at the hands of the king, lords Stark and Tully would be pardoned after the bend the knee under the thread of dragon fire each giving away 2 hostages, in case of lord Eddard his 2 oldest trueborn sons Brandon and Robb (Brandon would become the kings squire along with his best friend prince Tommen Baratheon both joining the kingsguard latter in life and managing to become lord commander one after the other and Robb would become master-at-arms of the Red Keep after marrying lady Margaery Tyrell, one of many matches sugested by queen Rhaenya as a way to bind the realm), the only one that would refuse would be lord Tywin Lannister, instead deciding to declare himself King of the Rock like the Lannisters of old.

Year 300AC: This year would mark the birth of the king and queens first born son, prince Rhaegar Targaryen latter known as King Rhaegar "Half-Fyre", Tywin Lannisters uprising (the latter being known as the claw trimming for its failure) would be squashed by the royal forces led by king Daegon, ser Geremy Reyne, and Tywins son ser Jaime, who would kill his father in the field of battle succesfully ending the uprising, the now lord Jaime Lanniser for this would be pardoned for all his past crimes by both the crown and the faith and would be elevated to the position of warden of the west, shield of lannisport and lord of Casterly Rock by the king, along with the restoration of house Reyne to their former place and the reconstruction of Castamere and Tarbeck Hall, installing house Hillbeck into Tarbeck Hall, and granting the castle of Cubeck to house Rainhill for their loyalty, that same year the king would also grant Harrenhal to his friend and former squire ser Payne at the official wedding of lady Paine and lord Jaime, along with restoring land titles and honors to all the houses that may have lost them during the reigns of King Robert and his father king Aerys and even in some cases to former enemies of the crown for their loyalty as it was the case with houses Osgrey, Stickland, Toyne, Cole, Blackfyre and Bittersteel, the king would also grant the title of lord paramount of the stormlands to the former kings natural son, Edric "Storm" along with legitimization as a proper Baratheon and the hand of his cousin lady Shireen (this after the retaking of dragonstone and exile of ser Stannis Baratheon) along with this the king would also come to grant lands and noble names to all of Roberts Bastards with the condition of oficially abandoning theirs or any future descendants claim to the throne or any Baratheon lands.

Year 301: Lord commander Barristan Selmy dies and ser Davyd is appointed in his stead as the new lord commander, ser Vaemon Blackfyre would be also appointed as ser Barristans replacement

Year 302: The kings second born son would be born prince Visegon, with another son prince Daelor being born a year after, a sister princess Baena would follow up 3 years after Daelor with the final trueborn child of the king being born a year after his sister Baena, prince Maenys, this year would also mark the landing of the until that moment believed dead prince Aegon in crackclaw point to reclaim his believed birthright aided by essosi mercenaries, the royalist forces would defeat them most of them dying by the flames of Aegal, in chains prince Aegon would forego his claims in exchange to be confirmed as the true son of Rhaegar, he would then be given command of 3 out of 7 of kings landings gates, the hand of lady Lysanne Dayne (their daughter would later marry king Baelor ii "the winter drake" uniting both lines again), the restoration of his friend and mentor ser Jon Connington as lord of Griffins roost along with restoring Connington lands titles and honors, and finally granting his best friend ser Rolly Duckfield a keep and some land to rule over at the mouth of the mander river

Year 304: House Greyjoy led by lord Balon would lead a second uprising against the crown, he would be defeated and sent to the nights watch with his only remaining son ser Theon Greyjoy succeding him, he would bring a wave of reforms to the islands in emulation of his grandfather lord Quellon

Year 310: The king would be asked by lord commander Benjen Stark "the Wolf lord" to ride north with the forces of the seven kingdoms in defense against the threat of the others, the king after being asked to turn lord Stark away by his small council would retreat to the godswood of the palace what transpired there remains unknown to history but after 4 days in solitude the king would emerge to call all the lords and ladies in aid of what came to be called "the war for the dawn" the war would take 4 years of bloodshed with the royal family being particularly distinguished, prince Viserys would come be known as "the Shield of Castle Black" for leading the defenders against the first wave of undead invaders and king Daegon would come to be known as "the Dawndragon" after burning hordes of undead along with one of the others atop Aegal, he would personally lead the last battle along with his squires Tommen and Brandon, his brother Viserys, his friends lord Jaime Lannister "the kingslayer", Lord Payne Drace "the bladesman" and Ser Robb Stark "the Red wolf", Tommen and Brandon would be knighted after the battle gaining the epithets "Thundersword" and "The Ice-breaker" for their valor during the battle

This would be the last war fought during king Daegon 1s reign the latter years would be marked by the kings ambition to see the realm flourish, the return of the sword Dark Sister to royal hands after the war for the dawn being granted to prince Viserys, the king finding Blackfyre in an essosi dungeon the acquisition of a third valyrian steel sword to the royal house after the king himself took it from a dead pirate after a failed raid on Stokeworth, the sword would be called "Dawnbreaker" and would later be reforged into a greatsword with a dragonbone guard and a dragon leather grip, the recognizition of the kings bastard, ser Jaehaeron after he won the great tourney of Driftmark, the acquisition of valyrian steel blades by many of the noble houses like Tyrell, Lannister, Velaryon, Whitewolf, Harlaw, Greyjoy and Rainhill and finally the marriages of the kings children, oficially securing the royal line.
King Daegon 1 one of the most fun characters ive played
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2023.03.13 02:55 TenThenn Baela Celtigar - Lady of Claw Island and Cracklaw Point


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Discord Tag: Waffle#5715
Name and House: Baela Celtigar
Age: 20 Cultural Group: Valyrian (Heavily Andalized)
Appearance: WIP description
Trait: Artisan
Skill(s): Architect (e), Shipwright (e), Scribe (e)
Talent(s): Sailing, Fishing, Smut Writing
Negative Trait(s): N/A
Starting Title(s): Lady of Claw Island, Lady of Cracklaw Point (Claimed)
Starting Location: King's Landing
Alternate Characters: Leowyn Grafton, Ballabar Beesbury


Baela Celtigar was a happy addition to the growing Celtigar family, one who had recently received such a boon as to be married into House Targaryen. Baela was a product of that line, Saerra Targaryen being married to her grandsire.
Even from an early age, her family nurtured her with what could honestly be described as delusions of grandeur. Despite their austere nature, House Celtigar could not claim the same power that their peers could, they did not have command of the seas like House Velaryon nor did they ever produce a dragonrider. At most, they could claim to owning Valyrian Steel and having the blood of Old Valyria course through their veins but even the latter had begun to wain, and more often did Celtigars have the telltale brown hair rather than that spun of silver. Baela was no different, but unlike the rest of her family, she was absolutely doted upon.
Her parents were trying to raise a messiah for their house, someone who would bring them the respect that the thought they deserved. As such no expense was spared for her education as experts from across the Narrow Sea were brought over to teach her everything from art to math to rulership. Baela for her part was a brilliant child and often enjoyed learning about new things, a deep curiosity that expanded outside of her time with her tutors. Even among the standards of the nobles of the realm, the richest houses, Baela wanted for nothing.
Yet raising House Celtigar's supposed messiah was much different than raising a child. To many who met her, she was a quiet child, prone to bursts of excitement and joy through largely just distant to the world around her. Though she was able to charm any adult that was unfortunate to come across her path she in turn was filled with a nervous energy that made those who spoke with her sure that she wasn't entirely focused on them.
Eventually, her father accompanied her to the capital to begin her true education in the world of courtly intrigue. While she would eventually internalize much of what she saw and heard at the time it was too much for an eight-year-old and she often acted out much to the chagrin of her parents. After two years in court, her parents left her in the capital hands of her Septa to continue while they returned back to Claw Island.
On that fateful night, a freak storm hit what should have been a light ferry ride home, destroying the ship that Alyssa Darklyn and Howard Celtigar were on. Baela was not old enough to fully grasp what had happened but before she knew it she was whisked away to Claw Island to begin her rulership at the family seat. When Corlys I decided to pass over members of her family, she was not entirely angry herself, though the rage and frustration expressed by her family were infectious.
After ruling Claw Island officially for six years, managing to get the finances back on track and the ships of the fleet restored, she felt a jolt of confidence that she had known learning from her tutors as a child. She would restore her family back to greatness, though not in the way that her father and mother had intended.
She has spent the last four years in between King's Landing and Claw Island, a prominent though not entirely active, fixture at court.


180 AC - Born to Alyssa Darklyn and Howard Celtigar, their last and only child
188 AC - Was sent to the capital, under the tutorship of her Septa to learn more about the royal court and rulership.
190 AC - Both Alyssa Darklyn and Howard Celtigar die during a freak storm off the coast of Cracklaw Point, neither body is found though Baela is declared the Lady of Claw Island after a few months
193 AC - During the reign of Corlys I, Baela and other members of House Celtigar through their grandsire Alton and grandmother Saerra Targaryen, were considered for the throne should the king pass. Eventually, they were passed over in favor of Aerys and Aerea.
196 AC - Growing in confidence, friends. and supporters Baela decides to add the ancestral title of Lady of Cracklaw Point with the intention of adding it and begins to plot and plan toward that goal.
200 AC - A member of the court, though not always the most vocal one, Baela hopes to advance her desires and perhaps see her family rise from the slight it had received.

Family Tree

Archetyped NPCs

Ser Arthor Celtigar - Boatswain
Bartimos Celtigar - General
Crispian Celtigar - General
Hubard Rambton - Ship Captain
Ser Axell the Clean Shaven - Ship Captain
Prudence Celtigar - Trader
Osfryd the Headsman - Warrior
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2023.03.12 20:49 Kingofireland777 Yandel's Archives Version II (Rec Masterlist) Theme: SIs and ISOTs

Please check out this post which gives a lot of good detail regarding the list. It is very important that you give it a read.
Remember that this is not a place for discussing fics, it is a place for archiving them. More info in the post linked.
If you would like to submit a Self Insert/ISOT fic to the archives, please do so using the template in the pinned comment. Self-promotion is always welcomed (as long as it fits the theme)
Please note that if a fic is for "," it more than likely requires an account to read.
Without further delay, here is the table of contents, which acts as a quick portal to each fic link within the comments.
It is also important to note that the entries provided by me as of launch are just copied over from the first version of the self-insert list/ the Dance post in some cases.
Table of Contents
A Farmer's Tale- OC/SI American Farmer in Westeros
A Fish Out of Water- Edmure Tully SI
A Giant Among Wolves- OC/SI second son of Ned and Cat
A Queen's Conquest- Visenya SI
A Rigged Game-Joffrey SI
A Rose By Any Other Name- Margaery Tyrell SI
A Slip Through Time and its sequel The Winds of Change- Sansa Stark SI
A Song Of Steam and Snow- Frostpunk in Westeros ISOT
A Song of Blood and Gold- OC/SI firstborn child of Cersei
A Song of Guns, Germs, and Steel and its sequel- Real world portal into Westeros ISOT
A Trident is Reforged-Edmyn Tully SI
A Voice in Our Heads- OC/SI A“voice” influencing people
Aegon the Green, King of All Andals- Aegon II SI
An Immortal Wraith-OC/SI: A "Wraith" in Westeros
Better Enjoy This While We Can- Stannis SI
Biggering-Eleanor Mooton SI
Blackfish Out of Water-Brynden Tully SI
Canucks- Canadians beyond the Wall ISOT
Catalyst- Aegon VI SI
Charles Dance Saves Westeros- Tywin Lannister SI
Climbing the Ladder- Littlefinger SI
Coin and Conformity- Cat SI
Coming of the Red Anchor- Real-world ships arrive in Westeros ISOT
Deep Wells, Deep Deeds-OC/SI into a Lord of a Northern House
Down a Rabbit Hole to Westeros-Selyse Florent SI
Dragonfly-OC/SI Daughter of Prince Duncan the Small
Dread Our Wrath-OC/SI Stormlander lord in Daeron I’s era
Gaemon the Dragon-Steel's Guide to Not Dying Horribly and rewrite-Gaemon Redux- OC/SI twin brother of Aegon II
Greyjoy Alla Breve and its sequel-Greyjoy Allegro- Theon SI
Hear Me Roar: Lannisters in the Lord of the Rings- The Westerlands in LOTR ISOT
High Plains Robert- Robert SI
High Tide- Corlys Velaryon SI
In His Arms- Sansa SI
Inside the Wolf- Robb SI
Into the Old Falcon- Jon Arryn SI
King Business (ASOIAF/GOT)-Tommen SI
Lex Tailionis- Elia Martell SI
Lion Heart- OC/SI Daughter of Tywin Lannister
Whales and Unicorns: A Skagosi SI
Lord of Thunder-Robert SI
Man, I Surely Hate Dragons- Alicent Hightower SI
My Life As An SI In King Viserys Court-OC/SI son of Daemon Targaryen
Never Cut Twice-OC/SI into minor Northern House
Of Kings and Crowns-Robb SI
One Giant Growth Spurt-Giant SI
One Positive Change at a Time- Viserys SI (brother of Dany)
Poison of Kings, Zarniqa
Reincarnation Redux- Dany SI
Rhaegar the Great and its sequel Rhaegar the Terrible
Ride 'em Hard: A Jonos Bracken Self Insert
Sean Bean Saves Westeros 3 part series- Eddard SI
Son of Stannis Baratheon and its sequel Son of Man(nis)-OC/SI
Stars and Swords: A Self Insert Story- OC/SI Great Bastard of Aegon IV
Sunrise- Quentyn Martell SI
The Blacks, the Greens, and the Reds-Rhaenyra SI
The Dragon's Breakdown-OC/SI twin brother of Aemond
The Good, the Bad, and the surprisingly competent-Tommen SI
The Journal of King Joffrey Baratheon, The First of His Name- OC/SI: Historian
The Leech Lord- Roose Bolton SI
The Lysene Midwife- OC/SI modern-day woman in Westeros
The Mountain's Range-Gregor Clegane SI
The Prancing Stag- Renly SI
The Prophet From Maine-OC/SI American man in Westeros
The Prophet- OC/SI Priest from the real world
The Return of the Queen- Dany SI
The Second Coming-Tommen SI
The Sons of Dutch-Red Dead Redemption universe in Westeros ISOT
The Stranger-OC/SI Man from Earth in Westeros
The night is Dark and Full of Terrors- The U.N in Westeros ISOT
The private journal of Lysa Tully and its sequel uprising- Lysa Tully SI
The Wind Our Steed- Androw Farman SI
Twilight of the Mad King- Aerys II SI
Under the Dragon's Eye- The Walking Dead in Westeros ISOT
Wearing Robert's Crown- Robert SI
Zigzag- Rickon SI
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2023.03.12 19:16 OurQuarterMaster 5th Moon of 200AC Recap


Aerea Targaryen calls forth the Small Council in her husband’s absence to discuss filling the open seats with those loyal to her.
Gaelyn Targaryen sets off on her dragon to Winterfell in order to gain the support of Lord Stark and the North.
Davos Doggett attempts to measure the mettle of Ilyn Crakehall to see if he is worthy of becoming a member of the Kingsguard.
Letters are sent to every lord and lady of Westeros inviting them to King’s Landing for the marriage of Tywald Lannister and Arwen Arryn.
The newborn princess, Rhaneys Targaryen, is found with a hatchling dragon sleeping soundly beside her.


As king Aerys and Lord Stark finalize their agreement to bind their houses together in marriage, princess Gaelyn gives her consent to marry Brandon Stark, son and heir of lord of Winterfell. With that, she takes flight to Winterfell.
Starbreakers return back to lord Bolton's land, sending message to Dreadfort. Lord Domeric has an answer to that, reasoning with his foes.
Meanwhile, A small town outside of Highpoint has been put to the torch by an alleged Starbreaker attack, leaving the castellan, Dale Whitehill, heavily wounded. Reported casualties are in the dozens; pensions have been issued to the families of craftsmen killed in the attack. The whereabouts of the surviving 'Starbreakers' involved in the attack are unknown.
Lady Sarra Karstark has another greendream, where she sees the White Walkers north of the wall. She debates on what to do about it and who to tell. Sometime later that day, she visits Lord Ryswell at his solar.
Damian Dustin arrives at White Harbour to have a meeting with Lord Manderly. At last, Cloud Chaser makes a landing at Winterfell, bringing bride to be, Gaelyn Targaryen.


As the Crown discusses filling their council, Ser Billy Royce is suggested for the Master of Laws position.
The King sends letters across the realm, announcing the wedding of Lady Arwen Arryn and Ser Tywald Lannister.
Meanwhile back in the Vale, Lady Arwen is sending out some letters. She meets with Lord Arryn for breakfast. Lady Gretchel Waxley helps to build a sept as part of her trial of the Smith! Ser Eon Arryn visits Gulltown as Allard Grafton (Acting Castellan and Captain of the Guard) meets with him.
Five days before his eighty-ninth name day, Lord Grafton passes away. Letters are sent throughout the realm to announce his death. Ser Oren Egen builds some additions to Mooncrest. Hearing of Lord Robar Grafton's passing, he then rides out for the funeral in Gulltown.


The Land of Storms is coloured by the events of the battle in the mountains of Wyl. Though their losses were small, the touch of death sits with those who fought alongside their Dornish neighbours.
The closest to the battle, physically at least, Tyana Dondarrion finally had a taste of closure from the deaths of her family at the hands of the cultists decades ago. Now, with her mind free of the weight of those fallen family members, the lady of Blackhaven can admit a truth she has long held to her chest.
Marianna Toyne, long since best of friends with Tyana DOndarrion, rushes to Blackhaven to see her friend’s return, and tends to what wounds she may. In the hearth-lit forge of Blackhaven, the two women finally admit their love for each other, vowing their hearts to the other in a moment of relief.
And waking from a long slumber, Tarth sees its first whispers of life for a time.
Gawain Buckler sees to the sorting of his deceased men’s grievances. Letters are signed and weight lifted as the lord of the Bronzegate settles back home.
Finally, Argella Selmy begins to plan remembrance and celebration for the deaths and the triumphs respectively.


Breaking his streak of bad luck, lord Daven Chester manages to convince lady Tyrell to appoint him to lord treasurer and shipright of the Reach, though not without oversight of ser Raymund. Only time will tell if lord Daven could use his positions to his advantage or they shall remain empty titles. At last, Cynthea appointed Chester chief diplomat for the Reach. With that, he departed for King's Landing to represent Tyrell and Reach at the royal court, much to everyone's relief. Once in King's Landing, Daven decides to take a loan from Iron Bank. Meanwhile, Raymund Tyrell appoints Mathis Fossoway as second steward.
High General of the Reach, Ser Bors Rowan, held a feast and tourney at Highgarden to congregate the commanders of the Reach and allow for warriors to test their mettle. Ser Addam Ball won both the joust and blunted Melee only to be bested in a challenge of live steel against Ser Wendell Westbrook.
House Redwyne seeks to expand their existing fleet, sending the letters with offers to purchase the ships of Lady Tyrell and Lord Florent. While Cynthea outright refuses, lord Nyles Florent bargains for a better deal, hinting that he may have another potential customer besides Redwyne.
Pol Zhao, the scholar from far land of Yi Ti, makes arrival at Oldtown. Urrathon Hightower calls a secret council with all of his family and the houses loyal to him. Meanwhile Raymund Tyrell tries to convince Victor Hightower to support his plot against Cynthea Tyrell. Theomar Tyrell tries to do the same, but a spy is discovered hearing them. Ceryse Hightower tortures him to get to know who sent him, but she's unable to do so and the spy dies
In Highgarden, Theodore Caswell had been chatting with Hightower, later approached by Lucia Tyrell. He later takes lucia to meet Eden Oakheart and thinks the two of them might be dating now.
Lucia Tyrell and Marya Florent revealed to Eden Oakheart that they love him, he's confused and struggles to decide between them. He completes his poem about the sadness of watching a tragedy without being able to avoid it. Eden talks to several young Lords and Heirs of the most powerful Houses of the Reach, trying to gain their support for his plan for a better Reach
Lady Cynthea Tyrell breaks the news of her pregnancy and her plans to abort the baby to Nyles Florent, whom she believes to be her real father. Nyles proceeds to try and convince her to keep the baby and marry him instead, to which she agrees. Nevertheless, the question of parentage remains. Raymund Tyrell reveals to Theodore Caswell that Cynthea's baby may be his. Later, in a meeting with lords Fossoway, Peake and Rowan, Raymund reveals them the pregnancy of Cynthea Tyrell and his suspicion that the baby belongs to Tommen instead. Furthermore, he's using this opportunity to further plot against Cynthea.
Agnes Cuy reveals to Tommen Blackwood that she spied on Cynthea Tyrell and Nyles Florent's conversation where they discussed Tommen's secret marriage to Cynthea, that Cynthea is pregnant with Nyles's baby, and that she and Nyles are going to marry.
Ser Ballabar Beesbury is sending letters to the Queen and King checking in on how they are doing, but also is forging a letter hoping for a position


Following a nightmare, Lady Tully sends her daughter Barba and her son Oscar to Highgarden, along with a pair of letters, one to Lady Cynthea and one to Ser Bors, to make sure the message was received.
Meanwhile, at Riverrun Della Tully and Alyn Lannister of Lannisport are married before all the Riverlords.
Eventually, the party escorting Barba to Highgarden arrives at Old Oak and meet with its heir, Eden Oakheart.
Finally, the King arrives at Riverrun, meeting with Lady Tully and his son, Gaemon. The King offers to return Seagard to the Riverlands, if the Tullys give up their position as the Lords of the Trident, an offer that was swiftly refused.

Iron Islands

Following his visit to Riverrun, the King continues onto Seagard, confident that the Lannisters and Starks back his plan to split the Riverlands, he tells Eurona of the plan, though she remains unconvinced by it.
Meanwhile, Sigfryd Farwynd is appointed as Seagard’s ravenmaster, and is becoming more acquainted with his position and the castle.
Intent on disobeying her Lady Reaper’s orders, Robin Harlaw plans where might be a good place in Westeros to raid, and discusses her distaste for their liege to some of her fellow lords.
Finally, Lady Greyjoy holds a council of her Ironborn to discuss the future of the island, appointing Gynir Greyjoy of Pyke as her Grand Admiral. During the council, when the topic turns to discussing where to target their raiding, Robin Harlaw and Gynir Greyjoy insist on raiding Dorne, despite their liege’s repeated warnings that to do so would earn the ire of the Queen. The Reach and Riverlands are also suggested, but Dale Stonetree reminded the council that raiding during a time of peace was against their best interest, suggesting that Essos was a better target.


Now back from the Stepstones, Ser Tywald Lannister rides up Aegon’s High Hill. He is joined by Samwell Swyft and Ken Codd. Ser Tywald announces his betrothal to his companions. They then ride for the Red Keep, the meet with the Crown. To insure Ser Tywald’s match with Lady Arwen, King Aerys sends out letters across the realm announcing the marriage.
Ser Ilyn Crakehall defeats Lord Burton Crakehall and Ser Herrock Crakehall. He wins Boar's Bite and changes the name to "Maiden Kiss". Ser Ilyn then travels to King's Landing and created a masteapprentice bond with Ser Davos Doggett.


The Faithful lie in wait this moon.


The moon in Dorne has been one of short lived triumphs turned into tragic mourning. The lord Gerold Dayne has fallen, the land mourns the sword of morning.
To some, this news is jubilant, as it brings new prospects much sooner than thought, Lara Toland one of these aspirants.
To others, a prince was slain, not a lord Paramount, and the Dornish Remnant prepares its next phase.
For those who feel hatred as easily as they do the breath in their lungs, they seek death and destruction for the cultists who slew the lord Dayne.
Meanwhile, the new lord of Starfall anxiously enters his seat, ready to rule Dorne in the absence of Gerold. What will this new Lord Paramount bring to the land of sand and the red?
Beneath it all, lord Uller faces his demons.


All seems quiet from across the sea, in Essos.

The Wall

All remains quiet in the lands North of the North.
Yet war is one the lips of the Men far to the North
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2023.03.08 23:49 1000LivesBeforeIDie House Baratheon in Context: Ours is the Stolen Fury

I was thinking about the decision to take Storm’s End from Stannis to give it to Renly and ended up down a Baratheon rabbithole where I went through lots of historical details in order to trim it down into linear context for my own mind. Here’s a breakdown of the direct lineage of House Baratheon from Orys directly to Stannis.
TL;DR Orys Baratheon was likely a Targaryen bastard and in 300 years had legitimate heirs via > Davos > Rogar > Boremund > Borros > Royce > …~60 years… ???… > Lyonel > Ormund > Steffon > to Robert/Stannis/Renly
Three decades before Aegon’s Conquest the Lord of Dragonstone Aerion Targaryen married Valaena Velaryon and had 3 trueborn children with her:
  1. Visenya in 29 BC (rode Vhagar)
  2. Aegon I in 27 BC (rode Balerion)
  3. Rhaenys in 25 or 26 BC (rode Meraxes) (Six dragons also later hatched during the reign of Aegon I, and possibly the wild Cannibal was alive)
Not a lot is known about Aerion Targaryen… born 75-41 BC (between 12-46 when his first child was born) and died 27-2 BC (so somewhere between 48 and 73 years old).
It is widely suspected however that he had another child: a son named Orys Baratheon born in or before ~20 BC and whose mother’s and official father’s identity is unknown. The estimation for his age comes from the fact that Tywin Lannister is known for being the youngest man to become Hand at age 20. Appointed Hand in the year 1 AC, Orys must then have been at least 21 years old.
Prior to Aegon’s Conquest, the three Targaryen siblings grew up on Dragonstone and Aegon was his father’s heir. A man who enjoyed solitude, Aegon had one single close friend his entire life: Orys Baratheon, his sworn shield and one true bestie. A ferocious warrior skilled at arms, Orys is only described as having had black hair and black eyes. He possessed no known hereditary Valyrian traits, did not ever claim a dragon, but was remarkably close to Aegon I, a man no other man was close to. There are no hints they had a romantic relationship like other close male pairings in Westeros history. He is commonly believed to be a bastard dragonseed of Dragonstone, and the strong bond between the two men is believed by Westerosi to indicate their brotherhood by blood and shared father.
The name Orys shows up for only one other character- a descendant of the one we are speaking of- and has no obvious Valyrian link to Aerion. Baratheon quite uniquely has the name Theon in it, and at the very least rhymes with Aerion. It is a surname that appears just as randomly and unexplained as Orys himself. There’s a delightful fan response that goes into Westerosi naming conventions but we don’t have an official answer. The only other surnames that start with Bar are Barleycorn and Bar Emmon. Bar Emmon is an Andal house formed by a guy named “Togarion” (yes really) who tried to form a small kingdom near-ish to Rosby and ended up settling at the tip of Massey’s Hook (the point of land that curls up forming the southern/eastern edge of Blackwater Bay, pointing at and close to Dragonstone, and sworn to House Durrandon of Storm’s End, but ultimately switched loyalty to Dragonstone and Aegon.
Was Orys Baratheon a bastard of that House? Of House Targaryen? Was he born to the smallfolk and raised to high society by martial merit, or by his Targaryen father and brother? Is he a dragonseed or simply a guy with two married parents who grew close to Aegon? The widespread rumors and absence of a House and named parents, even in his own time period so not simply lost to history, lend credence to the idea of being a bastard, lowborn, or a Dragonseed. A bastard brother of questionable parentage with an unnamed mother, brother to a conquering king, definitely parallels some brothers we readers know of. Ultimately, we might never know who Orys’s parents were. Perhaps he was raised up to noble status like House Seaworth, and chose Baratheon for his noble name. But Orys’s power and his own House of Baratheon originated on Dragonstone, sometime around the year 2 BC.
Let’s talk about another noble family. House Durrandon is an extremely ancient House of First Men ancestry that came to be in the Age of Heroes. King Durran, the first Durrandon, married Elenei who supposedly was a child of the sea god and wind goddess. He built Storm’s End, and it’s believed that for ~1000 years the firstborn son of each generation received the same first name. “Ours is the Fury” was their motto, and their sigil was a black crowned stag on yellow. They have an interesting history.
King Argilac Durrandon was the Storm King who ruled the Stormlands when Aegon and Orys lived on Dragonstone and while Harren the Black was building Harrenhall and conquering the Riverlands and stretching his own kingdom of the Isles and Rivers closer to Argilac’s borders. Argilac sought allies and, perhaps unwilling to believe in the validity of all of that Targ incest as a House of the Faith, offered to marry his daughter Argella to Aegon… and to give those border (eventual Crown) lands (currently ruled by Harren the Black) to Aegon (the double-sister-married dragonrider).
Aegon’s response? He was already married but had a great idea: why shouldn’t his bestie Orys marry the girl instead? Orys was an extremely capable warrior, a tough guy close to Aegon, and Aegon would be inheriting Dragonstone anyway- let his closest pal inherit Storm’s End and protect its borders.
This offer was sent by envoy to Argilac, and the envoy’s hands were sent back in a box in refusal with a claim that the suggestion of a bastard was an insult. Presumably Orys was truly unable to provide a respectable lineage/family tree simply as far back as his own two parents at the moment when it would have been massively socially beneficial to do so. Whoever his parents were, he inherited the dark looks of one of them.
Aegon did not appreciate those envoy hands and insult to his pal Orys, so after conferring with his sisters and bannermen at the Painted Table he decided he would rule all of the Kingdoms as one. Declaring himself King, he began his invasion and raised Orys from sworn shield to Hand of the King… and promptly sent Orys, along with sistewife Rhaenys on her dragon Meraxes, to take Storm’s End. Argilac refused to yield and acknowledge this new conqueror king, but he also knew that Aegon had melted Harrenhall and killed Harren. He chose to come out of his own castle and fight in the field. Against an army and a dragon.
Argilac’s army killed a number of Orys’s men, but was no match for General Orys and Meraxes. Argilac slew men in battle but then lost in single combat against Orys. His daughter Argella refused to surrender after her father’s death and remained holed up in Storms End, calling herself the Storm Queen. When Meraxes showed up above the castle she was stripped naked, wrapped in chains, and given to Orys by her own garrison who were afraid of being melted alive. Orys, impressed by Argilac’s actions in battle, unchained the dead man’s daughter, wrapped his cloak around her (supposedly literally, but metaphorically cloaking her in his House colors which is akin to marriage before the Faith) and married her. Orys Baratheon took Argilac Durrandon’s House words and sigil for his own, and continued that Durrandon line through Argella: sons Davos and Raymont were born, and likely a third child. (Raymont served as King’s Guard and protected his king during the Faith Militant uprising, but strangely is under rewrite by GRRM).
For context imagine if Ned offered to wed Sansa to Viserys, who had already married Dany and suggested his pal Relx instead. Ned got insulted and chopped off a dude’s hands, so Viserys got insulted back and decided to attack Westeros with dragons, with the random bff named Relx that showed up from nowhere, and Dany flew over Winterfell while this bastard brother?/bff (who decided to call himself Relx Bolterys despite probably being a random bastard or Aerys’s illegitimate son) killed all the Starks but Arya and he was impressed by Ned. Old Nan and Jory let Relx in after tying up Arya… now imagine he married Arya, changed to Arya’s religion, gave Arya his last name Bolterys, called himself a direwolf, moved into Winterfell and complimented it and took it for his own castle, established House Bolterys of Winterfell, changed his words to “Winter is Coming”, wore gray and white, and all the future offspring of the Stark line were now Bolteryses with blue eyes and blond hair. Except it was never clear if Relx was even Viserys’s/Dany’s sibling or where in the world he had even come from, none of his kids had direwolves, but he remained close even after Viserys conquered Westeros and his grandkids with Arya married Viserys’s grandkids with Dany for the next few centuries. That’s what Orys Baratheon did. That’s the origin of House Baratheon, only 300 years before Ned became Hand. It’s wild and random as hell.
Back to Baratheon. Orys is now Lord of Storm’s End and having kids with his Durrandon wife. Years later, through Orys’s son Davos and/or an unnamed son, five sons were born to create the third generation of Baratheons. These five grandsons of Orys Baratheon (who never claimed dragons) married, and the eldest and heir Lord Rogar ended up sheltering the widowed Queen Alyssa Velaryon and to publicly support Alyssa’s son Jaehaerys (of famous couple Jaehaerys and Alysanne) over Maegor the Cruel. Rogar became Jaehaerys’s Hand and then later after LOTS of Targaryen drama married Alyssa. Alyssa’s first children with King Aenys Targaryen (Velaryon and Targaryen blood) were traditionally Valyrian in appearance and dragonriders. With the new marriage to Lord Rogar Baratheon, this Velaryon gave birth to Boremund (brawny, powerful, black haired) and later- after a LOT of Baratheon drama- Jocelyn (dark eyes and black hair and 5’11” tall). Jocelyn was born in 54 AC; the House traits of Baratheon weren’t too well described for these first batches of generations yet but we do see persistent black haieyes over Valyrian features, and now height. But no dragon riding.
Jocelyn, Rogar’s daughter, wed her own nephew Aemon Targaryen (son of her half siblings J&A, a case of a Baratheon-Velaryon child wedding hee Targ half-nephew in some non-Targ incest). Jocelyn Baratheon and Aemon Targaryen had a single daughter: black haired and lilac eyed, she is well known to Westerosi history as THE Rhaenys Targaryen who wed Corlys Velaryon the Sea Snake, rode the dragon Meleys, and was passed over for queen thus setting the stage for the Dance of the Dragons. Jocelyn’s brother Boremund (Rogar’s son and carrier of the Baratheon name) wed an unnamed woman and produced at least one lordling son:
Borros Baratheon (born 64-104 AC, died 131 AC) is the very same one who sided with the Greens in The Dance, ignoring his aunt Jocelyn’s Targaryen daughter Rhaenys Targaryen. Borros was the Lord of Storm’s End that fatefully received both Aemond Targaryen and Lucerys Targaryen as envoys sent to recruit the Stormlands to support Aegon II and Rhaenyra, respectively. Borros had four daughters, one of which he tried to make Aemond’s wife to establish his loyalty for the Dance of the Dragons, and his wife from House Caron also gave him one son: heir Royce Baratheon, born during the Dance of the Dragons in the year 131 AC, the same year Borros died. With the Baratheon forces exhausted of war, his widow Elenda Caron decided to capitulate to the Blacks to keep her son Royce, “the future of House Baratheon”, safe. Royce’s four sisters engaged in lots of drama in their time, but had few if any surviving children and none Targaryen dragonriders. Our detailed knowledge of the Baratheon family tree and lineage ends here with this single son Royce Baratheon, born after the death of his own father Borros.
Orys > Davos > Rogar > Boremund > Borros > Royce > …~60 years… ???… > Lyonel > Ormund > Steffon > Robert/Stannis/Renly
From 131-209 AC we don’t have much detail. As the future of his House young Royce was raised by his mother Elenda, who we are told acted as his regent. Her concern in his infancy for the future of House Baratheon and no further famous tales regarding the little Royce Baratheon bodes well.
By 209 AC a Baratheon exists that much fits the ASOIAF reader’s idea of a man of that house. A swaggering giant, nearly 6’11”, that was an exceptional fighter. We know Lyonel Baratheon “The Laughing Storm” from the Tourney at Ashford Meadow in The Hedge Knight, first published in 1998. Given his size and skill in 209, he was likely already in his mid teens. From his knighthood, which fantastic fighters can receive as early as 15, we can maybe guess that as his youngest possible age. On the other hand, Daemon Blackfyre received his knighthood and Valyrian Steel sword at 12 and was also a large man and warrior.
Either way, Lyonel Baratheon was the heir to Storm’s End by 209, so he was likely born in the early 190s. Royce Baratheon could have become his own Lord by 147, so the many-year’s gap suggests there may have been one more Baratheon generation squeezed in between a grandfather Royce and grandson Lyonel. Lyonel’s father is not named, but Ned Stark notes that Gowen Baratheon (the Lord’s third son) and Tya Lannister were wed in roughly 208 AC and had only one son who died in infancy. It’s very likely that Lyonel and Gowen were brothers, and Lyonel the elder. At least one more unnamed brother of Lyonel and Gowen thus existed, but he and his kids aren’t mentioned unless perhaps Lyonel never had a son and the third brother did, producing Lyonel’s heir. It’s murky times.
Whatever the case, Lyonel was Lord and had an unnamed daughter by 237 and an heir (though not officially stated as his son) named Ormund Baratheon.

King Aegon’s (Egg’s) Descendant Drama:

In 237 the bareheaded boy Egg from Dunk and Egg had become King Aegon V; his heir the Prince Duncan Targaryen was betrothed to Lord Lyonel’s daughter (a betrothal Prince Duncan broke by marrying for love in 239, but which would have produced Targaryen-Baratheon children). Lyonel Baratheon’s dishonored daughter as well as his heir Ormund Baratheon set the stage for our current cast of characters in ASOIAF.
This insult to Lyonel Baratheon from the royal family breaking the betrothal resulted in Lyonel rebelling and declaring himself the Storm King (the House Durrandon title from ~240 years prior). When Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk!!!) defeated Lyonel in trial by battle his rebellion ended. Lyonel’s daughter didn’t get a Targaryen son to marry. King Aegon V instead offered his daughter Rhaelle Targaryen as a match for Lyonel’s heir, and steps were taken to ensure it was followed through. Nice mending of affairs. Take note Robb.
Though Lyonel’s daughter fades from the histories, King Aegon V’s daughter Rhaelle Targaryen was sent to Storm’s End to serve as a cupbearer to guarantee that betrothal. She did go on to wed Lyonel’s heir Ormund. Ormund and Rhaelle then had one single son together (with as much a Targaryen blood as any dragon rider, see Aemon Targaryen + Jocelyn Baratheon = Rhaenyra on Meleys): Steffon Baratheon, the father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly.
Prince Duncan, who so gravely insulted Lord Lyonel, gave up his claim to his father’s throne when he wed Jenny of Oldstones. He and his common-born wife died at the Tragedy at Summerhall. When he stepped aside as Aegon’s heir he made way for his younger brother Jaehaerys to become the next king. Jaehaerys had originally been betrothed to a Tully, and his sister Shaera to a Tyrell. They ran away together, wed, consummated their sibling marriage, and ended up with two kids: son and heir Aerys II (the Mad King) and Aerys’s sistewife Rhaella (mother of Rhaegar, Viserys, and Danaerys). Aegon V had one remaining child, Prince Daeron, who was arranged to be betrothed to Olenna Redwyne. Daeron likewise broke his betrothal, and then spent his life with a knight who he had squired with and they died together in battle, trimming King Aegon’s line further. Olenna wed Shaera’s spurned husband and became Lady Tyrell, mother of Mace.
So it is that one daughter of King Aegon V wed Ormund Baratheon and gave birth to Steffon Baratheon, just as Jaehaerys (the second son of King Aegon V) wed his sister who gave birth to Aerys II Targaryen. When the tragedy of Summerhall struck those older generations and other siblings were wiped out, leaving Aerys II and his sistewife Rhaella with their closest and only living relative in Steffon Baratheon. Steffon, Aerys, and Rhaella have the same grandfather and grandmother in King Egg and Queen Betha Blackwood (the House of the dead Weirwood, old First Men kings from the Wolfswood, who still follow the Old Gods in 200 AC). The only other survivor of Summerhall was the Prince Rhaegar, who was born as it burned.
So Steffon has plenty enough blood to be a dragonrider, 1/2 Targaryen 1/2 Baratheon... but his Targaryen mother was herself half Blackwood. Aerys and Rhaella were incested full Targaryen kids, whose parents Jaehaerys and Shaera were themselves half Targaryen half Blackwood. Their kids Rhaegar, Viserys, and Danaerys therefore were half Targaryen half Blackwood, from a family of First Men Weirwood worshipping ancient kings. So Rhaegar is passing on half-Targ-half-Blackwood genes/magic, as is Dany. If Rhaegar does have a living child with Lyanna, that baby is 3/4 First Men and 1/4 Targaryen. Aegon V’s mother was a Dayne, son all these descendants also have Dayne blood from their great grandmother.
Only the Maesters care, indeed!
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2023.02.28 13:35 LChris24 Legitimization: Swords, Crowns, Eggs & Beasts (Spoilers Extended)

Legitimization: Swords, Crowns, Eggs & Beasts

People see powelegitimization in valyrian swords, crowns, etc. so I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of different items/beasts in the series that provide legitimization to the holder.
Note: I am going to leave out seats (castles) as obviously they provide legitimization and the list would be super long.
Note II: I am going to also leave out the crowns of any region/kingdom/etc. that hasn't already declared some form of independence (ex: I don't think Sweetrobin is donning the Falcon Crown anytime soon). Also considered "Invalid Kingsmoot" aka Theon Latecomer but didn't think that fit either.


There are many different (approximately 227 in Westeros) valyrian weapons, although only a few of them would carry any weight as far as legitimization right now (Dawn isn't Valyrian obviously).
If interested: Valyrian Steel vs. Valyrian Steel & Characters Killed by Individual Weapons
The ancestral sword that every Targaryen king held from Aegon I through Aegon IV before Aegon IV gave it to Daemon I Blackfyre. Often theorized to be in possession of Illyrio Mopatis.
This was followed by Bittersteel's mad charge, with Blackfyre in his hand, as he attempted to rally Daemon's forces. Meeting with Bloodraven in the midst of the charge, a mighty duel ensued, which left Bloodraven blinded in one eye and sent Bittersteel fleeing. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II
Frey and I harbored doubts about Lord Peake's pretender since the beginning. He does not bear the sword! If he were his father's son, Bittersteel would have armed him with Blackfyre.
If interested: The Three Treasures of House Blackfyre
Dark Sister
The secondary Targaryen valyrian sword, made for a woman's hand. GRRM confirmed Bloodraven took it to the Wall with him.
Dunk had seen him with his own two eyes, as he rode a pale horse up the Street of Steel with fifty Raven's Teeth behind him. That was before King Aerys had ascended to the Iron Throne and made him the Hand, but even so he cut a striking figure, garbed in smoke and scarlet with Dark Sister on his hip. His pallid skin and bone-white hair made him look a living corpse. Across his cheek and chin spread a wine-stain birthmark that was supposed to resemble a red raven, though Dunk only saw an odd-shaped blotch of discolored skin. He stared so hard that Bloodraven felt it. The king's sorcerer had turned to study him as he went by. He had one eye, and that one red. The other was an empty socket, the gift Bittersteel had given him upon the Redgrass Field. Yet it seemed to Dunk that both eyes had looked right through his skin, down to his very soul. -The Sworn Sword
Mentioned (still so weird that Egg would let him take it):
Fun Fact: Neither ancestral Targaryen blades have been mentioned in the main series.
If interested: Dark Sister and Blackfyre: Could they meet again? & How did Bloodraven get Dark Sister?
Widow's Wail
Part of the second "Ice", reworked into two swords (along with Oathkeeper). Tywin give's Widow's Wail to Joffrey.
[Where is the sword Widow's Wail?]
GRRM: Still at the Red Keep, until such time as King Tommen is old enough to wield it -SSM, Loras, Robert Arryn, The Clegane Sister and a Sword: 15 April 2008
If interested: Swords that are on Version 2.0 & Tywin Lannister's Attempts to Purchase Valyrian Steel
Oathkeeper aka "OathbreakeFalse Friend"
Part of the second "Ice", reworked into two swords (along with Widow's Wail). Tywin gives Oathkeeper to Jaime, who in turn gives it to Brienne.
"She asked the name of this blade of yours," said the young northman in the sheepskin jerkin.
"Oathkeeper," Brienne answered.
The woman in grey hissed through her fingers. Her eyes were two red pits burning in the shadows. She spoke again.
"No, she says. Call it Oathbreaker, she says. It was made for treachery and murder. She names it False Friend. Like you."
Brienne is then asked to slay Jaime with Oathkeeper (keep her oath to Cat/Lady Stoneheart). Confirmed by GRRM that she says the word "sword".
If interested: Lady Stoneheart: The Culmination of Numerous Riverland Plotlines
Stannis has in his possession, Lightbringer aka the ancient sword of heroes (likely a glamor from Mel).
Whatever doubts his lords might nurse, the common men seemed to have faith in their king. Stannis had smashed Mance Rayder's wildlings at the Wall and cleaned Asha and her ironborn out of Deepwood Motte; he was Robert's brother, victor in a famous sea battle off Fair Isle, the man who had held Storm's End all through Robert's Rebellion. And he bore a hero's sword, the enchanted blade Lightbringer, whose glow lit up the night. -ADWD, The King's Prize
which is mentioned in the Pink Letter as now in Ramsay's possession ("it may even be true"):
Your false king is dead, bastard. He and all his host were smashed in seven days of battle. I have his magic sword. Tell his red whore.
and is also mentioned as part of a potential sacrifice to the Old Gods:
"Then do the deed yourself, Your Grace." The chill in Asha's voice made Theon shiver in his chains. "Take him out across the lake to the islet where the weirwood grows, and strike his head off with that sorcerous sword you bear. That is how Eddard Stark would have done it. Theon slew Lord Eddard's sons. Give him to Lord Eddard's gods. The old gods of the north. Give him to the tree." -TWOW, Theon I
It is theorized that Stannis will fake his own death and the Boltons, etc. will return to Winterfell with Lightbringer.
If interested: Glamored Characters/Items
Someone in House Dayne who is "deemed worthy" is given the title "Sword of the Morning" and wields Dawn. The last known wielder of Dawn was Ser Arthur Dayne. While its possible that Edric Dayne was a potential wielder before the 5 year gap was abandoned (and his mysterious disappearance), but now since Darkstar is headed in that direction, its theorized that he may steal it.
It last appears at the Tower of Joy:
"And now it begins," said Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. He unsheathed Dawn and held it with both hands. The blade was pale as milkglass, alive with light.
They whispered of Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, deadliest of the seven knights of Aerys's Kingsguard, and of how their young lord had slain him in single combat. And they told how afterward Ned had carried Ser Arthur's sword back to the beautiful young sister who awaited him in a castle called Starfall on the shores of the Summer Sea. The Lady Ashara Dayne, tall and fair, with haunting violet eyes. It had taken her a fortnight to marshal her courage, but finally, in bed one night, Catelyn had asked her husband the truth of it, asked him to his face. -AGOT, Catelyn II
What happened to Ser Arthur Dayne's sword Dawn after Ned brought it back to Ashara?
GRRM: Dawn remains at Starfall, until another Sword of the Morning shall arise. -SSM, Valyria Related Subjects: 01 Jan 2002
If interested: Dawn (Ancestral Sword of House Dayne) in TWOW & A Thought on Dawn
More Shameless Self-Promotion on Swords: Tobho Mott, Valyrian Steel & Gendry & GRRM's New NotaBlog Post: Blackfyre Sword


Robb's Crown
When Robb Stark is named KING IN THE NORTH!, he has a crown fashioned after the old crown (bronze/iron) and later has a similar crown made for Jeyne.
A trestle table had been set up across the cave, in a cleft in the rock. Behind it sat a woman all in grey, cloaked and hooded. In her hands was a crown, a bronze circlet ringed by iron swords. She was studying it, her fingers stroking the blades as if to test their sharpness. Her eyes glimmered under her hood. -AFFC, Brienne VIII
If interested: Lady Stoneheart & Robb's Crown
Aegon I's Crown
When the Young Dragon was killed in Dorne, he had the Conqueror's crown. It is unknown what happened to it since:
Such was his desire to split from the past that he had a new crown made—a warlike crown with black iron points in a band of red gold, since Aegon the Conqueror's crown had been lost after Daeron I's death in Dorne -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I
While other Targaryen crowns are missing (Viserys/Dany sold their mothers), none carry the same weight as the Conqueror's.


While dragon eggs are extremely valuable, I doubt we have any eggs hatch before the end of the series. Even so, it would be years before they could be ridden (they wouldn't get the sped up growth due to the abandonment of the 5 year gap that Dany's do).
That said there are numerous groups that are potentially in possession of a dragon egg with the likelier candidates being:

Dragons (and other beasts)

The ability to ride a dragon is something that very few people get to do. We see with the Addam (LOYAL) and even the Two Betrayers, how much power it immediately brings. I strongly doubt that any other dragons have survived from history (If interested: Post-Dance Dragons: Last Sighting For Each).
As the western sky turned the color of a blood bruise, she heard the sound of approaching horses. Dany rose, wiped her hands on her ragged undertunic, and went to stand beside her dragon.
That was how Khal Jhaqo found her, when half a hundred mounted warriors emerged from the drifting smoke. -ADWD, Daenerys X
By the time Plumm and his companions came galloping back from the camp of the Girl General, the white dragon had flown back to its lair above Meereen. The green still prowled, soaring in wide circles above the city and the bay on great green wings. -TWOWk Tyrion I
By the time Plumm and his companions came galloping back from the camp of the Girl General, the white dragon had flown back to its lair above Meereen. The green still prowled, soaring in wide circles above the city and the bay on great green wings. -TWOW, Tyrion I
Note that both Rhaegal and Viserion have seemingly gorged themselves on corpses during the Battle of Fire.
Other Dragons
Euron's Summoning
Euron is summoning something off the coast of Oldtown. Whether it will be successful or exactly what is up for debate, but even if it is as small as a kraken(s) or even something horrific, it will aid Euron's cause.
The usual options:
The smart money is still on krakens (they've been spotted in TWoW), but who knows with Euron. If interested: Euron Greyjoy: The Summoning & A Thought on Euron in TWOW
A "Dragon"
During the end of the first Dance, Alys Rivers claims to have a "dragon":
The next day, a thirty-third made his appearance. Having been captured with a dozen others, he had been forced to watch them die by torture one by one before being turned loose to deliver a warning. “I’m to tell you what she said,” he gasped, “but you can’t laugh. The widow put a curse on me. Any man o’ you laughs, I die.” When Ser Damon assured him that no one was going to laugh at him, the messenger said, “Don’t come again unless you mean to bend your knees, she says. Any man who comes near her walls will die. There’s power in them stones, and the widow’s woken it. Seven save us all, she has a dragon. I seen it.”
While I firmly believe that Alys was using some form of sorcery/glamor on Caraxes' corpse, its possible that this could be replicated in the main series (by Melisandre, Euron, etc). If interested: The Witch Queen of Harrenhal: Alys Rivers & Alys Rivers & Shadowbabies & Glamored Characters/Items


If interested: The Two Wolves: Manderly's Decision & War of the Wolves II
Due to the Boltons masquerading Jeyne Poole as Arya, if any of the Stark children were to show up with a direwolf, it immediately would shift the balance of power in the North (Manderly's plan).
Note: While there is some form of respect, not all wargs are revered/liked. As we see with Jon in the Night's Watch and with some of the skinchangers/wargs and the other wildlings there is fear as well.
Shaggy was last seen by Bran following Osha/Rickon east:
Shaggydog stalked after them. The last Bran saw of them was the direwolf's tail as it vanished behind the broken tower. -ACOK, Bran VII
and was later seen on (via wolfdream):
Far off, he could hear his packmates calling to him, like to like. They were hunting too. A wild rain lashed down upon his black brother as he tore at the flesh of an enormous goat, washing the blood from his side where the goat's long horn had raked him. -ADWD, Jon I
and we have Davos intent on bringing Rickon back into the northern plotline:
Wex stole after the two, a woman and a boy. He must have stayed downwind, so the wolf would not catch his scent.""He knows where they went," Lord Wyman said.
Davos understood. "You want the boy.""Roose Bolton has Lord Eddard's daughter. To thwart him White Harbor must have Ned's son … and the direwolf. The wolf will prove the boy is who we say he is, should the Dreadfort attempt to deny him. That is my price, Lord Davos. Smuggle me back my liege lord, and I will take Stannis Baratheon as my king." -ADWD, Davos IV
If interested: Osha's Decision: Taking the Raging Wolf to the Isle of Cannibals & Davos/Rickon & The Northern Plotline
Last Known Location: Hunting near the Cave of the Last Greenseer.
The moon was a crescent, thin and sharp as the blade of a knife. Summer dug up a severed arm, black and covered with hoarfrost, its fingers opening and closing as it pulled itself across the frozen snow. There was still enough meat on it to fill his empty belly, and after that was done he cracked the arm bones for the marrow. Only then did the arm remember it was dead. -ADWD, Bran III
If interested: How Does a Certain Skinchanger Affect the Story Going Forward? & Beyond the Wall in TWOW
Last Known Location: Castle Black
Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger's hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking. "Ghost," he whispered. Pain washed over him. Stick them with the pointy end. When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow. He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold … -ADWD, Jon XIII
If interested: Life, Death & Direwolves & List of Wargs/Skinchangers
Last Known Location: The Hills in the Riverlands
It is snowing in the riverlands, in Westeros, she almost said. But he would have asked her how she knew that, and she did not think that he would like her answer. -ADWD, The Blind Girl
She took a breath to quiet the howling in her heart, trying to remember more of what she'd dreamt, but most of it had gone already. There had been blood in it, though, and a full moon overhead, and a tree that watched her as she ran. -TWOW, Mercy
If interested: The Night Wolf & Direwolf Kills


There are a few other potential items that I considered quite valuable when it comes to "legitimization" (although I probably have forgotten one or two):
The Iron Throne
As we see in the first Dance, being able to claim your kingship from the Iron Throne can be extremely powerful, especially in the eyes of smallfolk and lords who happen to be on the fence. As Tommen currently sits the Iron Throne.
If interested: The Death of Kings of who Sat the Iron Throne & Future Characters on the Iron Throne
The Blessing of the High Septon
As Cersei mentions below, it is an empty ritual but still provides legitimization:
"It is, Your Grace," Lady Merryweather agreed. "The High Septon should have come to you. And these wretched sparrows . . ."
"He feeds them, coddles them, blesses them. Yet will not bless the king." The blessing was an empty ritual, she knew, but rituals and ceremonies had power in the eyes of the ignorant. Aegon the Conqueror himself had dated the start of his realm from the day the High Septon anointed him in Oldtown. "This wretched priest will obey, or learn how weak and human he still is."
"Orton says it is the gold he really wants. That he means to withhold his blessing until the crown resumes its payments."-AFFC, Cersei VI
"We have foes on every hand, Lord Tarly," Ser Kevan reminded him. "Stannis in the north, ironmen in the west, sellswords in the south. Defy the High Septon, and we will have blood running in the gutters of King's Landing as well. If we are seen to be going against the gods, it will only drive the pious into the arms of one or the other of these would-be usurpers." -ADWD, Epilogue
If interested: The High Sparrow and Young Griff
Robb's Will
The following characters were witnesses to Robb's will:
If interested: Characters Who Know a Stark Location & Character's Who Know: Jon's True Parentage and Robb's Will & Lady Stoneheart: The Culmination of Numerous Riverland Plotlines
Valyrian Armor
In the Forsaken, Aeron sees Euron in valyrian steel armor (could potentially be a glamor):
When he laughed his face sloughed off and the priest saw that it was not Urri but Euron, the smiling eye hidden. He showed the world his blood eye now, dark and terrible. Clad head to heel in scale as dark as onyx, he sat upon a mound of blackened skulls as dwarfs capered round his feet and a forest burned behind him.
Euron Crow’s Eye stood upon the deck of Silence, clad in a suit of black scale armor like nothing Aeron had ever seen before. Dark as smoke it was, but Euron wore it as easily as if it was the thinnest silk. The scales were edged in red gold, and gleamed and shimmered when they moved. Patterns could be seen within the metal, whorls and glyphs and arcane symbols folded into the steel.
Valyrian steel, the Damphair knew. His armor is Valyrian steel. In all the Seven Kingdoms, no man owned a suit of Valyrian steel. Such things had been known 400 years ago, in the days before the Doom, but even then, they would’ve cost a kingdom.
Euron did not lie. He has been to Valyria. No wonder he was mad. -TWOW, The Forsaken
As I mentioned above we could list out every old crown and valyrian steel sword known but most wouldn't carry much weight right now.
TLDR: A list of crowns, swords, beasts, etc. that would provide immediate legitimacy to a character's claim on a kingdom, establish identity, etc.
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2023.02.23 20:07 AllenEBundy Bin finds! a few rental clams, a couple horror flicks, and my personal favorite the video aquarium lol

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2023.02.20 15:46 LChris24 Sons of the (Black) Dragon (Spoilers Extended)

The Seven Sons of Daemon I Blackfyre

Rise up, I say, and remember our true king across the water. Seven gods there are, and seven kingdoms, and the Black Dragon sired seven sons! -The Mystery Knight
I have posted about the more known individuals, but I wanted something pretty easy to put together before work this morning and I thought it would be fun to post some background and then speculate a bit on the seven sons (and 2+ daughters) of Daemon Blackfyre.
The King who Bore the Sword not only fought like the warrior, but also seemingly believed himself to be the Father (another terrible pun along with the post title) with how many children he and Rohanne had (at least 9) and he died at only 26.
Note: Due to GRRM playing around with the date of the First Blackfyre Rebellion for awhile, I wouldn't make much of anything of the somewhat funky things surrounding it here and there.
Aegon/Aemon (born 184AC - died age 12 up the Redgrass Field)
We don't know much about the twins except that they squired for him:
At the time of the Redgrass Field, Daemon Blackfyre was 26, and his twin sons Aegon and Aemon, who squired for him, were 12. -SSM, Concerning the Great Bastards: 06 Apr 2004
that Aegon was elder:
He slew Aegon first, the elder of the twins, for he knew that Daemon would never leave the boy whilst warmth lingered in his body, though white shafts fell like rain. Nor did he, though seven arrows pierced him, driven as much by sorcery as by Bloodraven's bow.
and Aemon picked up Blackfyre before dying:
Young Aemon took up Blackfyre when the blade slipped from his dying father's fingers, so Bloodraven slew him, too, the younger of the twins. Thus perished the black dragon and his sons.
that their younger brother Daemon dreamed them dead:
"I dreamed it. This pale white castle, you, a dragon bursting from an egg, I dreamed it all, just as I once dreamed of my brothers lying dead. They were twelve and I was only seven, so they laughed at me, and died. I am two-and-twenty now, and I trust my dreams. -The Mystery Knight
that they bullied Daemon/Alyn Cockshaw when they were younger:
Daemon. The name rang in Dunk's head. Not John. Daemon, after his father. Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall. "Daemon Blackfyre sired seven sons. Two died upon the Redgrass Field, twins—"
"Aegon and Aemon. Wretched witless bullies, just like you. When we were little, they took pleasure in tormenting me and Daemon both. I wept when Bittersteel carried him off to exile, and again when Lord Peake told me he was coming home. But then he saw you upon the road, and forgot that I existed." Cockshaw waved his dagger threateningly. "You can go into the water as you are, or you can go in bleeding. Which will it be?"
Daemon II (born 189AC - died between 212 and 219AC)
Daemon II aka John the Fiddler was carried off in to Tyrosh by Bittersteel:
I wept when Bittersteel carried him off to exile, and again when Lord Peake told me he was coming home.
The plot of the Mystery Knight and the Tourney at Whitewalls aka the Second Blackfyre Rebellion revolves around him.
He was not supported by Bittersteel (likely due to Daemon's homosexuality). Dunk (thick as a castle wall) doesn't even realize Daemon is hitting on him the entire novella.
That Daemon the Younger dreamed of becoming king is well-known, as is the fact that Bittersteel did not support him in his effort to claim the throne. But why Bittersteel supported the father but refused the son remains a question that is sometimes argued over in the halls of the Citadel. Many will claim that Young Daemon and Lord Gormon could not convince Bittersteel that their plan was sound, and truth be told, it seems a fair argument; Peake was blind to reason in his thirst for revenge and the recovery of his seats, and Daemon was convinced that he would succeed no matter the odds. Yet others suggest that Bittersteel was a hard man who had little use for anything beyond war and mistrusted Daemon's dreams and his love of music and fine things. And others still raise an eyebrow at Daemon's close relationship to the young Lord Cockshaw, and suggest that this would have troubled Aegor Rivers enough to deny the young man his aid. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings, Aerys I
If interested: The Dreams of John the Fiddler
Daemon is taken hostage and likely dies sometime before 219AC:
Were it not for the fact that Bloodraven had informants among the conspirators, Daemon the Younger could have launched a troubling rebellion from within the heart of the riverlands, but even before the tourney had concluded, the Hand turned up outside Whitewalls with a host of his own, and the Second Blackfyre Rebellion ended before it could truly be said to have begun. Gormon Peake was among the conspirators executed in the wake of the thwarted rebellion, while others such as Lord Butterwell suffered the loss of land and seats. As for Daemon, he lived on for several more years, a hostage in the Red Keep. Some wondered at his imprisonment, but the wisdom of it was plain: his next eldest brother, Haegon, could not claim the throne if Daemon were still alive.
Haegon (born between 190 and 193AC, died in 219AC)
As I mentioned, his elder brother Daemon was kept alive for a bit:
"My lord," he said, "we saw the heads outside. Is that… will the Fiddler… Daemon… will you have his head as well?" Lord Bloodraven looked up from his parchment. "That is for King Aerys to decide… but Daemon has four younger brothers, and sisters as well. Should I be so foolish as to remove his pretty head, his mother will mourn, his friends will curse me for a kinslayer, and Bittersteel will crown his brother Haegon. Dead, young Daemon is a hero. Alive, he is an obstacle in my half brother's path. He can hardly make a third Blackfyre king whilst the second remains so inconveniently alive. Besides, such a noble captive will be an ornament to our court, and a living testament to the mercy and benevolence of His Grace King Aerys."
but sometime after his death, Haegon was crowned and invaded with the Third Blackfyre Rebellion (and the first to include the Golden Company):
The Second Blackfyre Rebellion proved a debacle, but that was not always to be the case. In 219 AC, Haegon Blackfyre and Bittersteel launched the Third Blackfyre Rebellion. Of the deeds done then, both good and ill—of the leadership of Maekar, the actions of Aerion Brightflame, the courage of Maekar's youngest son, and the second duel between Bloodraven and Bittersteel—we know well. The pretender Haegon I Blackfyre died in the aftermath of battle, slain treacherously after he had given up his sword, but Ser Aegor Rivers, Bittersteel, was taken alive and returned to the Red Keep in chains. Many still insist that if he had been put to the sword then and there, as Prince Aerion and Bloodraven urged, it might have meant an early end to the Blackfyre ambitions. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I
If interested: Aerion Brightflame's "ill" act during the Third Blackfyre Rebellion
He had at least one son:
In 236 AC, as a cruel six-year-long winter drew to a close, the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion saw the self-styled King Daemon III Blackfyre, son of Haegon and grandson of Daemon I, cross the narrow sea with Bittersteel and the Golden Company at his back, in a fresh attempt to seize the Iron Throne.
Aenys (born between 191 and 194, executed in 233AC)
The fifth son of the King, he unwisely chose to attend the Great Council of 233:
Even as the Great Council was debating, however, another claimant appeared in King's Landing: none other than Aenys Blackfyre, the fifth of the Black Dragon's seven sons. When the Great Council had first been announced, Aenys had written from exile in Tyrosh, putting forward his case in the hope that his words might win him the Iron Throne that his forebears had thrice failed to win with their swords. Bloodraven, the King's Hand, had responded by offering him a safe conduct, so the pretender might come to King's Landing and present his claim in person.
Unwisely, Aenys accepted. Yet hardly had he entered the city when the gold cloaks seized hold of him and dragged him to the Red Keep, where his head was struck off forthwith and presented to the lords of the Great Council, as a warning to any who might still have Blackfyre sympathies.
The potential exists that the Blackfyres had rival claimants durig this time as well (although it could be an error). If interested: Rival Claimants: Daemon III & Aenys I Blackfyre (with his elder brother Haegon's son Daemon)
Unknown Sons 6 and 7 (born between 195 and 196AC, died in or before 260)
Nothing is confirmed about Daemon's last two sons (outside of the fact that they are dead). While it is probably more likely that Maelys is a grandson of the King, it is also possible he was one of his last two sons.
We do know a few things surrounding the situation that can potentially provide a bit of context for speculation.
MAELYS BLACKFYRE, THE MONSTROUS: Captain of the Golden Company, named for his grotesquely huge torso and arms, fearsome strength, and savage nature. A second head grew from his neck, no bigger than a fist. He won command of the Golden Company by fighting his cousin, Daemon Blackfyre, for it, killing his cousin's destrier with a single punch and then twisting Daemon's head until it was torn from his shoulders
Note: Daemon (and Rhaegar) aren't George Foreman, even if they both believed themselves to be TPTWP at one point it doesn't mean they are having multiple children with the same name. Thus Maelys' cousin Daemon is extremely unlikely to be Daemon's 6th or 7th son.
The Female Line
While I went for the catchy title, I can't leave the daughters of the King out, especially with what we know about the "female line".
Daemon had at least 2 daughters, betrothing Calla to Bittersteel:
Whatever the case may be, Aegor Rivers soon began to press Daemon Blackfyre to proclaim for the throne, and all the more so after Daemon agreed to wed his eldest daughter, Calla, to Aegor. Bitter his steel may have been, but worse was his tongue. He spilled poison in Daemon's ear, and with him came the clamoring of other knights and lords with grievances. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings, Daeron II
but the best info we have lists Bittersteel without having any children. Although it should be noted that Bittersteel died in 241 AC and Calla would have been between 46 and 56 which is not entirely out of the realm of having children (but unlikely).
Illyrio brushed away the objection as if it were a fly. "Black or red, a dragon is still a dragon. When Maelys the Monstrous died upon the Stepstones, it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre." -ADWD, Tyrion II
Daemon Blackfyre's surviving sons fled to Tyrosh, their mother's home, and with them went Bittersteel. The realm would continue to be troubled by the claims of the Blackfyre Pretenders for four more generations, until the last of the descendants of Daemon Blackfyre through the male line was sent to the grave. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II
If interested: The Female Line of House Blackfyre
TLDR: Daemon Blackfyre fathered 7 sons and at least 2 daughters. Each of them was involved in the Blackfyre Rebellions and surrounding drama over the last century. A quick list on some of the facts and some speculation on primary the lesser-known/discussed children.
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2023.02.18 05:25 Roxyyy10th [Discussion] Question on ground up RMC Hybrids

Hi! I've gotten into coasters in the past year or so and its been great! Gonna take a midwest coaster trip this year and I cant wait :) I just had a random thought about rmc coasters like zadra or aerie force one, if a coaster is built ground up, what would the reasoning behind using wood instead of steel supports be? Sorry if this is a dumb question lol
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2023.02.18 05:22 Mirriande [F4A playing M] ASOIAF A/U

The day that Rhaegar Targaryen had crowned Lyanna Stark as the Queen of Love and Beauty at the Tourney of Harrenhal had once been described by Ned Stark as the day that all the smiles died. But it was not so, since Rhaegar Targaryen had gone on to defeat the rebellious Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Trident. From there, the forces turned south to return to King's Landing. By the time they had reached the Red Keep, the Mad King Aerys had been found dead from a sword wound in the back, with Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard fully admitting to the deed.
There was a bloody business to it all, as Rhaegar had lost much of his family in one fell swoop. Elia, with their two children, had been murdered before his army of loyalists could make it. A man who was already quite somber found himself in mourning, but he had the fortunate news of knowing that his mother and brother were safe on Dragonstone, with his newborn sister Daenerys having entered the world in the midst of a terrible storm. To the surprise of the realm, it was announced that Rhaegar had been wed to the Lady Lyanna Stark in secret, and she had given birth to his son, Aegon, in a place that had been dubbed the Tower of Joy.
Under the watchful eye of the realm, Rhaegar Targaryen ascended the Iron Throne, with a new crown that had been forged in the likeness of the conqueror's crown to distance himself from what had been worn by the Mad King, made of yellow gold instead of Valyrian steel, with square cut rubies, and the crown of his mother was given to his wife, the new Queen-consort, Lyanna. While celebrations of a kinder and more peaceful King were celebrated above, the dungeons below the red keep filled with would-be traitors, where they were soon offered a series of choices. Some men, such as Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Jon Arryn, and Ser Brynden Tully, were given the option to swear fealty and return to their homes. Ser Jaime Lannister was given no such option, and sentenced to execution as the Kingslayer, while his father was given the option to take the black, or face execution, and chose execution as opposed to a life sentence in the North, which lead to the title of Lord of Casterly Rock being passed down to Tyrion Lannister.
The Seven Kingdoms fell into a more peaceful time. Queen Lyanna had given birth to four more children, a daughter named Viserya, a babe with dark curls and violet eyes; a son named Daemian with silver hair and dark eyes; and a pair of twins named Baela and Rickon with silver hair and violet eyes. After the birth of the twins, a mysterious gift of peace had come from across the narrow sea from an acquaintance of Lord Varys; a gift of three petrified dragon eggs, one of black, one of green, and one of cream and gold. Rhaegar found himself tending to the eggs regularly, placing them in the fires as he found himself confiding in his eldest son about "The Song of Ice and Fire", that he believed his son was meant to be The Prince That Was Promised, as he was born of the line of dragons and direwolves.
While the dragons tended to their eggs, displeasure was found to the south in Dorne as they did not so easily forget what happened to Rhaegar's first wife, Princess Elia. Rumors that the Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, was planning something for retaliation; against the Targaryens for Rhaegar's betrayal, the Cleganes, for their actions, and the Lannisters, for their involvement. To the North, reports of strange activities from the Wildlings beyond the walls would occasionally come to light, but not much sense was made of it all.
It was on Aegon's 20th nameday that a tragedy struck once again. A tourney in his honor had been hosted by the Good King Rhaegar, where his uncle Viserys sustained a great injury that lead to his untimely death at the hands of Oberyn Martell. Rumors spread that poison had been involved, but Grand Maester Pycelle found no traces of any known poison in Viserys. Filled with grief, his wife Daenerys stopped eating and drinking, succumbing to madness and throwing herself on her husband's funeral pyre and dying in her grief. But as Viserys and Daenerys' bodies turned to ash, three three dragon eggs in their warming chambers cracked and gave birth to three baby dragons. Shortly after, a red comet filled the sky, causing fear and apprehension as the word of three dragons in Targaryen control spread throughout the land, as the Dawn of the Dragons returned to Westeros.

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Cobra Kai 2 Dojos Rising Nemesis Edition $55.99 $79.99 30% off Lowest price $11.99 on 2022-12-21
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Digimon World Next Order $12.79 $79.99 84% off Lowest price $11.99 on 2020-4-24
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Dirt 5 Ps4 And Ps5 $15.99 $79.99 80% off Lowest price $11.99 on 2023-1-4
Disco Elysium The Final Cut $26.74 $53.49 50% off Matches low
Disgaea 6 Complete $74.79 $93.49 20% off Lowest price $53.28 on 2022-12-21
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Dmc Devil May Cry Definitive Edition $13.37 $39.99 66% off Lowest price $9.99 on 2019-12-20
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Edge Of Eternity $26.39 $47.99 45% off Lowest price $21.44 on 2022-9-28
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F1 22 Champions Edition Ps4 Ps5 Limited Time Bonus $64.99 $99.99 35% off Lowest price $49.99 on 2022-11-11
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Far Cry 3 Classic Edition $13.19 $39.99 67% off Lowest price $3.99 on 2020-7-8
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Grand Kingdom $5.99 $39.99 85% off Matches low
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Greedfall Standard Edition $30.54 $46.99 35% off Lowest price $14.09 on 2023-1-4
Grid Legends Deluxe Edition Ps4 Ps5 $64.99 $99.99 35% off Lowest price $29.99 on 2022-10-12
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I Expect You To Die $21.43 $33.49 36% off Lowest price $13.39 on 2020-12-22
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Jurassic World Evolution $40.19 $79.99 49% off Lowest price $10.04 on 2021-11-29
Jurassic World Evolution 2 Deluxe Edition $62.63 $93.49 33% off Lowest price $37.39 on 2022-12-21
Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion Bundle $90.51 $106.49 15% off New Lowest
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Leap Of Fate $2.69 $13.49 80% off Matches low
Lego Harry Potter Collection $17.99 $29.99 40% off Lowest price $5.99 on 2021-10-13
Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga Ps4 Ps5 $55.99 $79.99 30% off Lowest price $39.99 on 2022-11-18
Lets Sing 2022 Platinum Edition $93.59 $119.99 22% off Lowest price $71.99 on 2022-8-31
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Life Is Strange True Colors Ultimate Edition Ps4 And Ps5 $79.86 $106.49 25% off Lowest price $53.24 on 2023-1-4
Life Is Strange True Colors Ps4 And Ps5 $55.99 $79.99 30% off Lowest price $31.99 on 2022-12-21
Linkapix Deluxe $5.49 $10.99 50% off Matches low
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Lost Judgment Digital Deluxe Edition Ps4 Ps5 $65.44 $93.49 30% off Lowest price $42.07 on 2022-11-28
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Mahjong Royal Towers $4.74 $9.49 50% off Lowest price $3.79 on 2022-6-8
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Metal Hellsinger $42.79 $53.49 20% off Lowest price $40.11 on 2022-11-18
Metal Hellsinger Ps4 $31.99 $39.99 20% off Lowest price $29.99 on 2023-1-4
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Monster Hunter World $23.75 $64.99 63% off Lowest price $19.99 on 2019-11-22
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Nioh 2 Remastered The Complete Edition Ps4 And Ps5 $48.74 $64.99 25% off Lowest price $32.49 on 2023-1-4
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2023.02.14 17:48 M_Tootles The Lineage of Littlefinger Part 1: Criston Cole Reborn, Oswell "Kettleblack", & The Little Dragonfly (Spoilers Extended)

For a long time, the idea that Littlefinger's lineage might be more "interesting" than we've been told has nagged at me. I decided to explore and write-up the cases for what I see as the most likely "heretical" possibilities. In so doing, I concluded they might ALL be simultaneously true, found what I believe are two (more) real-world inspirations for Littlefinger (in addition to [Andrew Stoney], who I've argued elsewhere was one inspiration for Littlefinger), and ended up with over 600,000 characters of "Littlefinger stuff". (LOL & FML.) This is Part 1.

Preface: In ASOIAF, "All Things Come Round Again", & The Song Is Always "Rhyming"

GRRM likes Mark Twain: He's quoted Twain on his Notablog, mentioned Twain in interviews, and smarter people than me have argued that GRRM's novel Fevre Dream is in part a gothic love letter to Huckleberry Finn (regarding which, see also much of Tyrion's river-boating-and-slavery-and-disguised-disposed-possibly-fake-royalty plot in ADWD, which kicks off with the Huck Finn-ish image of a boy on a poled riverboat in "a wide-brimmed straw hat").
Twain is often credited with coining the adage…
History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.
…and while Twain didn't quite say that exact line, he did write something in a novel that is very similar — something I believe was the literal, direct inspiration for what I think GRRM is "doing" with the text of ASOIAF and its supplementary fake "histories":
History never repeats itself, but the Kaleidoscopic combinations of the pictured present often seem to be constructed out of the broken fragments of antique legends. (
It's my general belief that all the storylines in ASOIAF are quite intentionally "Kaleidoscopic combinations" of one another, and, more to the present point, that they often seem like "Kaleidoscopic combinations... constructed out of the broken [and subsequently rearranged] fragments of antique legends [i.e. the "fake histories" GRRM has fed us]."
I [have accordingly argued] that GRRM's supplementary in-world "history" books — The World of Ice & Fire and Fire & Blood — are less the RPG-sourcebook-ish pure world-building material many take them for and moreso reservoirs of "rhyming" clues about the direction ASOIAF itself will take.
To be sure, the notion of recurring history is foregrounded in ASOIAF proper by Arianne when she tells Arys:
"The dragon is time. It has no beginning and no ending, so all things come round again." (AFFC The Soiled Knight)
That comes in the second Dorne-based POV chapter. In the first Dorne-based POV chapter, Areo Hotah foregrounds the similar notion that in ASOIAF, shit "rhymes" (in a metaphorical sense):
The captain frowned. Ser Arys had come to Dorne to attend his own princess, as Areo Hotah had once come with his. Even their names sounded oddly alike: Areo and Arys. Yet there the likeness ended. The captain had left Norvos and its bearded priests, but Ser Arys Oakheart still served the Iron Throne. (AFFC The Captain of Guards)
With these ideas in mind...

Criston Cole Reborn Is... Anders Yronwood? Seriously?

I strongly suspect it's not (just/primarily) Anders Yronwood who is ASOIAF's "Criston Cole reborn", as Arianne puts it after she foregrounds the recursivity of history:
"The dragon is time. It has no beginning and no ending, so all things come round again. Anders Yronwood is Criston Cole reborn." (AFFC The Soiled Knight)
True, he's Criston Cole, coal is black, and, as we learn in the very first chapter of AGOT when a Sworn Brother of the Night's Watch, Gared, is executed for breaking his vows (which "rhymes" with Cole being a Sworn Brother of the Kingsguard who broke his vows), ironwood (as in "Yronwood" as in Anders Yronwood) is black like coal:
Finally his lord father gave a command, and two of his guardsmen dragged the ragged man [Gared] to the ironwood stump in the center of the square. They forced his head down onto the hard black wood. (AGOT Bran I)
(To be sure, I know it's "Cole" not "coal", but GRRM loves homophones. Even when they barely "work", as Hotah saying "Areo and Arys… sounded oddly alike" already demonstrated.)
But there's no evidence so far that Anders Yronwood wants nor has helped Arianne's brother Quentyn to usurp Arianne's place as Doran's heir (as Cole acted to crown Aegon II in lieu of Viserys II's declared heir, Aegon's elder half-sister Rhaenyra).
There may be something to the idea that Anders Yronwood "rhymes" with Criston Cole, that the story of Quentyn and "Anders" can be seen as a "kaleidoscopic [re]combination… of the broken fragments" of Cole's story, but it thus far seems to entail (mere) wordplay. To wit, where Criston Cole was a Sworn Brother who "deserved the ironwood", so to speak, (i.e. deserved beheading-like-Gared) for breaking his vows, we first hear of Quentyn as a brother who had sworn his vows to and "served" Anders Yronwood. Get it? One "served" An-ders Yronwood, one "deserved the Yronwood".
I'm not pulling the cuteness of sworn brother Cole "deserving the yronwood" and brother Quentyn swearing to "serve" the new Cole, "Anders" Yronwood, (entirely) out of my ass. The language is explicit in Arianne's story: Seconds after Arianne says "Anders Yronwood is Criston Cole reborn", Arys Oakheart thinks that Quentyn had, verbatim, "served" Anders:
Quentyn Martell… had been fostered by Lord Yronwood from a tender age, had served him as a page, then a squire, had even taken knighthood at his hands… (AFFC The Soiled Knight)
And later, Arianne explicitly thinks "I deserve a headman's axe" (and an ironwood stump?) "for what I did", which was, per the chapter's title "Queenmaking", a gender-swapped version of the exact sin for which she'd likened Anders Yronwood to "the Kingmaker", Criston Cole.
I deserve a headsman's axe for what I did, but he will not even give me that. (AFFC The Princess In The Tower)
The most obvious Cole analogue hanging around (Arys Oakheart, the princess-loving, would-be Queenmaking Kingsguard) indirectly furthers the wordplay linking "Anders" and Quentyn to Cole: Hotah is Arys's de facto "headsman", using his axe to chop off his head for his Cole-like treason, thus giving Arys what Arianne and thus Cole "deserve[d]", i.e. "the axe", i.e. "the ironwood".
Meanwhile, we might imagine given Hotah's explicit vow to quote-unquote "serve"—
Serve. Obey. Protect. He had sworn those vows at six-and-ten, the day he wed his axe. (AFFC The Captain of Guards)
—that not only did brother Quentyn "serve" An-ders Yronwood as a page; he then swore a literal vow to, verbatim, "serve" An-ders Yronwood. (Which, again, kaleidoscopically reworks Sworn Brothers Cole and Gared "deserving", and in the latter case getting, "the ironwood" for breaking their vows.)
This wordplay-based "rhyming" is fun and well and good, but it's hardly what Arianne has in mind when she thinks "Anders Yronwood is Criston Cole reborn", right? In Cole she's talking about a guy who actively helped an "heir" with a tenuous claim to legitimacy to seize power, and she's thinking about Anders as doing something similar, "now". So is this Anders Yronwood guy we've barely heard of — who isn't even a Kingsguard like Cole was — really ASOIAF's (primary) "Criston Cole reborn" (if he even wants to see Quentyn supplant Arianne as Doran's heir, as Arianne fears), just because brother Quentyn "served" "Anders" and swore him his knight's vows?
Of course not. GRRM didn't reverse engineer his fake history about a fight for the Iron Throne merely to hint that Anders Yronwood really is plotting against the succession at Sunspear — a hint that's redundant, anyway, even if he is, since Arianne made her suspicions about Anders explicit in 2005. (Nor is he just "fleshing out" the arguably hamfistedly foregrounded ironic reversal whereby its Arianne and Arys, not Quentyn and Yronwood, who make like Cole in AFFC.)
So who is the ("real", not-so-obvious) Criston Cole of ASOIAF? I have at least one idea.

Criston Cole & The Kettleblacks

Coal (as in Cole) isn't just black; it epitomizes black: "Black as coal" is a cliché and GRRM [loves to say "coal-black"]. Indeed, Criston Cole himself had "coal-black hair":
With his pale green eyes, coal-black hair, and easy charm, Cole soon became a favorite of all the ladies at court… (Fire & Blood)
"Coal-black", meet "Kettleblack".
Criston Cole's "easy charm" made him "a favorite of all the ladies at court"?
Meet the Kettleblacks:
Sansa was spared the need to reply when two Kettleblacks reentered the hall. Ser Osmund and his brothers had become great favorites about the castle; they were always ready with a smile and a jest, and got on with grooms and huntsmen as well as they did with knights and squires. With the serving wenches they got on best of all, it was gossiped. (ACOK Sansa VI)
The Kettleblacks would charm her…, and why not… Amiable rogues all three, the brothers were in truth much more skilled at deceit than they'd ever been at bloodletting. (ACOK Tyrion IX)
"Is the little queen blind to [Osney Kettleblack's] charms?"
"His charms is fine. He's a Kettleblack, ain't he?" (AFFC Cersei V)
Cole has an "easy charm" and "coal-black hair"? The Kettleblacks have "easy smile[s]" and "the same black hair":
"She fancies our Ser Osney." He was the youngest Kettleblack, the clean-shaved one. Though he had the same black hair, hooked nose, and easy smile as his brother Osmund, one cheek bore three long scratches… (AFFC Cersei IV)
Osfryd had donned a steel halfhelm over his long black hair… (ibid.)
Criston Cole in mentioned one other time in ASOIAF proper:
"The best and the worst." So one of us is like to live in song. "And a few who were a bit of both. Like him." He tapped the page he had been reading.
"Who?" Ser Loras craned his head around to see. "Ten black pellets on a scarlet field. I do not know those arms."
"They belonged to Criston Cole, who served the first Viserys and the second Aegon." Jaime closed the White Book. "They called him Kingmaker." (AFFC Jaime II)
So Cole was "both… the best and the worst" and he made a king. (The Kettleblacks, too, seem a mixed bag, as exemplified by "amiable rogue").
Oh, and his sigil is "ten black pellets on a… field" (in Targaryen colors).
Where else do we hear constantly about Cole-ish "pellets"? Whole fields of them? From the Kettleblacks' boss—
"But it was me who told Oswell to get his sons to King's Landing when I learned that Bronn was looking for swords. Three hidden daggers, Alayne, now perfectly placed." - Littlefinger (ASOS Sansa VI)
"So silent, my lady?" said Petyr. "I was certain you would wish to give me your blessing. It is a rare thing for a boy born heir to stones and sheep pellets to wed the daughter of Hoster Tully and the widow of Jon Arryn."
"No one has made off with any of my rocks or sheep pellets, I see that plainly." Petyr gestured toward the fat woman. "Kella minds my vast herds. How many sheep do I have at present, Kella?"
She had to think a moment. "Three and twenty, m'lord. There was nine and twenty, but Bryen's dogs killed one and we butchered some others and salted down the meat." (ibid.)
29 sheep down to 23. It's such a tragedy when a House's trademark "beasts" start dying off like that. You know, like the dragons did in the Criston Cole-instigated Dance of Dragons.
(It's a good thing those missing sheep weren't stolen. You know, by the dragon Sheepstealer and Nettles. To whom we'll return.)
Truly there's Cole-ish "pellets" literally littered "everywhere" on Littlefinger's land:
Lord Petyr made a face. "Come, let's see if my hall is as dreary as I recall." He led them up the strand over rocks slick with rotting seaweed. A handful of sheep were wandering about the base of the flint tower, grazing on the thin grass that grew between the sheepfold and thatched stable. Sansa had to step carefully; there were pellets everywhere. (ibid.)
"How would you like to spend your life on that bleak shore, surrounded by slatterns and sheep pellets? That was what my father meant for Petyr." (ASOS Sansa VII)
Putting a bow on it, Littlefinger directly conflates the Kettleblack patriarch, Oswell, with those Cole-ish "pellet[s]":
[Sansa:] "Oswell . . . my lord, Oswell rowed me from King's Landing the night that I escaped. He must know who I am."
[Petyr:] "If he's half as clever as a sheep pellet, you would think so. Ser Lothor knows as well. But Oswell has been in my service a long time…"
I also can't help but note that where Criston Cole's first name baldly evokes (Jesus) Christ, Osney Kettleblack is subjected to clearly Christ-like "holy" torture: He is imprisoned and subjected to interrogation by the High Sparrow (recalling Christ's arrest and interrogation by the Sanhedrin), badly whipped, and hung by his wrists from the ceiling, almost as if crucified:
Osney Kettleblack hung naked from the ceiling, swinging from a pair of heavy iron chains. He had been whipped. His back and shoulders been laid almost bare, and cuts and welts crisscrossed his legs and arse as well. (AFFC Cersei X)
Some of you, savvy to the whole "rhyming" principle, may be wondering if I'm about to "swerve" you by abruptly pivoting to argue that all the foregoing is there to set up Oswell Kettleblack as a kind of clue — a "kaleidoscopic", history-is-rhyming-not-repeating clue — that the "other" Oswell, i.e. the kingsguard Oswell Whent, "went" the way of Criston Cole and helped to crown a guy with a tenuous claim to legitimacy (Robert Baratheon) king, perhaps betraying Arthur Dayne and Gerold Hightower at the Tower of Joy in the process, making Whent ASOIAF's "real" Criston Cole Reborn, whereby this time it was the king-being-made who had the notable "coal-black" hair:
Those old enough to have known Robert and Renly as children said that the bastard boy had more of their look than Stannis had ever shared; the coal-black hair, the deep blue eyes, the mouth, the jaw, the cheekbones. (ASOS Davos V)
I'm not. Not really, anyway.
So how do the Kettleblacks relate to the question of Criston Cole Reborn?
Well… just who is Oswell Kettleblack?

Pots And Kettles: Oswell Is Oswell

As [I have previously argued in detail], Oswell Kettleblack is Oswell Whent, the knight of "black humor". (ASOS Jaime VIII)
It's in their joking House name: The pot calls the kettle black, i.e. the pot and the kettle are called the same thing, just as Oswell Whent is still called "Oswell". (See the link for the complete case.)
And hey, whaddaya know? The Whent sigil "rhymes" with the Cole sigil: "Nine black bats on yellow" versus "Ten black pellets on red".
At first, it might seem that Oswell Whent surviving his "death" at the Tower of Joy to live as Oswell Kettleblack only strengthens the idea that Oswell Whent acted as Criston Cole Reborn at the Tower of Joy. We can imagine him betraying his two Kingsguard brothers, surviving at their expense, and singularly helping to "make" a King who Ned all-but-calls "coal":
No matter how far back Ned searched in the brittle yellowed pages, always he found the gold yielding before the coal. (AGOT Eddard XII)
The Kettleblack-Cole connections I've sketched could be read as supporting this idea, as could the fact that the Oswell "Kettleblack" was, like his "sons" (in truth his nephews), surely once black-haired like the Kingmaker, Criston Cole.
The fact that Oswell Whent now (as Oswell Kettleblack) has "white hair"—
He sat hunched over his oars, an old man, tall and gangling, with long white hair and a great hooked nose… (ASOS Sansa V)
—could be read as completing a neat inversion "rhyme": Coal-haired Criston Cole was traitorous Kingmaker to a pale-haired King; the now-"white"-haired Whent was traitorous Kingmaker to coal-haired Robert.
Except… I'm not remotely convinced the other two Kingsguards who faced Ned at the Tower of Joy were killed (and thus betrayed by Whent), either.
(FWIW, I think [Gerold Hightower became Qhorin Halfhand] and, while I occasionally lightly fuck with the possibility that Arthur Dayne is the Elder Brother (who on most days [I think is Lewyn Martell]) or Mance Rayder (anagram for M Arcer Dayne, a near-homophone for "I'm Arthur Dayne"), I generally sit with [Arthur as Arya's Kindly Man].)
If all three Kingsguards survived, it would be likely that the three acted in concert at the Tower of Joy, which belies the idea that Oswell Whent acted as a unique Criston Cole figure way-back-when.
That's not to say they didn't all play Kingmaker in a sense, though. Indeed, I'm quite certain they did, but only to the extent that they agreed to "die" and thus to allow Ned's "coal", Robert, to take the throne so the realm could know peace rather than to fight on and drag out a war that could only visit further suffering on the smallfolk, with a Targaryen "victory" promising only the instability and turmoil of long regency and a king-to-be (eight-year-old Viserys) who was already showing signs that he would be Aerys II, the second.
Note that the decision not to fight is the precise opposite of what Criston Cole did when he instigated the civil war known as the Dance of Dragons, and it's also the concerted decision of three men pursuing the collective good, not the quixotic act of one man brooding on past wrongs. Thus it's hard to see how his role in Robert's ascension alone could make Oswell Whent/Kettleblack ASOIAF's definitive Criston Cole Reborn.
If Oswell W/K wasn't yet truly Criston Cole Reborn c. 283, though, might he (with his "sons"?) become our story-proper's Criston Cole Reborn "now", in his "black-as-coal"-evoking Kettleblack guise? The "kaleidoscopic rhyming" between Criston Cole and Oswell (e.g. the pellet-strewn sigil of House Cole and Littlefinger's pellet-strewn estate, dying dragons vs. disappearing sheep, the Kettleblacks' Cole-esque "charm", Criston vs. Osney-as-Christ) remains: Does it hint that we need to keep an eye on what Oswell and his sons are doing "now", on behalf of the endlessly ambitious Littlefinger? (Should we be especially alert should one of them suddenly have their "oily black hair" likened to coal?)
Keeping in mind the rhyming/kaleidoscopic ideas I opened with…

What's In A Penis Joke? The One-Eye & The Littlefinger

Oswell is in league with a guy named "Petyr" and "Littlefinger". These are obviously penis-references: "Peter" literally means penis (, "Petyr" mashes up "Peter" with "Satyr", a mythic creature with "a permanent, exaggerated erection", ( and "Littlefinger" is called out as a penis joke in the text:
"Littlefinger's little finger has been busy," said Lyn Corbray, with a wicked smile. (AFFC Alayne I)
So "Petyr" "Littlefinger" is like a big (or little?) penis joke.
Is there a penis joke name in the "histories" of the Cole-spawned Dance of Dragons?
Of course: Aemond One-Eye. (As in "the one-eyed trouser snake", etc.)
And who was on Aemond One-Eye's side during the Dance of Dragons itself, and indeed narratively paired with him in Fire & Blood?
Criston Cole.
So, yes: I suspect Oswell Kettleblack is ASOIAF-proper's Criston Cole Reborn, a Kingsguard (Oswell Whent) seemingly serving a power-hungry guy with a penis-joke name.
Having now obliquely approached my primary topic ("The Lineage of Littlefinger") via the question of Criston Cole Reborn, and having thus hinted that the Kettleblacks may be Littlefinger's Cole-ish ticket to (a short-lived stint on) the Iron Throne (or perhaps "just" a lesser throne in a fragmented Westeros) — or perhaps to Littlefinger being an Aemond-ish proxy king to some fallen figurehead crowned thanks to the Kettleblacks — let's first flesh-out what will prove to be a proper "kaleidoscopic" "rhyme" between our twin penis-jokes, Littlefinger and the Cole-adjacent "historical" figure Aemond One-Eye, and then turn to the key question of what this nascent LittlefingeOne-Eye "rhyme" might suggest regarding Littlefinger's hazy lineage and hence his motivation to power.

One-Eye and Littlefinger's Rhyming Stories

As a child, Aemond fought with his half-siblings, leading to the loss of his eye:
The Velaryon princelings were younger than Aemond—Jace was six, Luke five, Joff only three—but there were three of them, and they had armed themselves with wooden swords from the training yard. Now they fell on him with a fury. Aemond fought back, breaking Luke's nose with a punch, then wrenching the sword from Joff's hands and cracking it across the back of Jace's head, driving him to his knees. As the younger boys scrambled back away from him, bloody and bruised, the prince began to mock them, laughing and calling them "the Strongs." Jace at least was old enough to grasp the insult. He flew at Aemond once again, but the older boy began pummeling him savagely…until Luke, coming to the rescue of his brother, drew his dagger and slashed Aemond across the face, taking out his right eye. By the time the stableboys finally arrived to pull apart the combatants, the prince was writhing on the ground, howling in pain, and Vhagar was roaring as well. (Fire & Blood)
Years later, Aemond One-Eye was dispatched to win Lord Borros Baratheon to the side of the Greens by betrothing himself to one of Borros's daughters. We don't know which of the four sisters he chose to wed; we only know that he didn't choose Maris Baratheon, and that, feeling "angry" at his preference for "her sisters", who are more "comely" than her, Maris insulted Aemond and thereby goaded him into pursuing and killing his half-brother Lucerys — the one who had put his eye out with a dagger years before — such that Aemond One-Eye was also known as Aemond Kinslayer.
Littlefinger's story "rhymes" with all this.
He proposes marriage to Catelyn but is spurned in favor of the hottie Brandon. Angry, he challenges Brandon to a duel which scrambles motifs from Aemond's first fight: where Aemond drove Jace "to his knees" and forced the boys to "scramble back, bloody and bruised", Brandon "drove Littlefinger… across the bailey and down the water stair", bloodying him badly. (AGOT Catelyn VII) Meanwhile, Aemond losing the fight and an eye matches Littlefinger losing the duel and being left "with a scar". (AGOT Catelyn IV)
Maris being "angry" that Aemond preferred her sisters and therefore goading Aemond (and his dragon) into chasing down and then killing Luke and becoming a kinslayer is echoed first by Littlefinger (I suspect) goading Brandon into chasing after Rhaegar, which leads to Brandon's death at the hands of a "dragon"(Aerys II) while the Kingslayer looks on.
It's also echoed when Littlefinger kills his wife Lysa, who is the sister of the woman who spurned him, while telling her he only ever loved Catelyn — a murder precipitated by Lysa's anger over and jealously of Littlefinger paying attention to Sansa.
Littlefinger the wife-killer's story isn't repeating Aemond One-Eye the Kinslayer's; it's making "kaleidoscopic combinations" of its motifs. It's "rhyming".
Thus where Aemond replaces his eye with a blue amethyst and kills the boy who took his eye, whose younger brother (who instigated the fight that took Aemond's eye) was named Joffrey, Littlefinger (ostensibly) masterminds the murder of the boy-king Joffrey using a black amethyst—
Did he know about my hair net, about the black amethysts? He brought Joff wine. How could you make someone choke by putting an amethyst in their wine? (ASOS Sansa V)
—causing the throne to fall to Joffrey's younger brother.

Littlefinger, Little Prince Targaryen?

But we're surely dancing around the elephant in the room: Is Littlefinger, the guy whose incredibly Targy dragonbone and Valyrian steel dagger in many ways kickstarts everything, the guy with all the pellets to match the pellets of Criston Cole's Targaryen-colored sigil, the guy who employs the Criston Cole-ish Kettleblacks, just some random sellsword's upjumped, climbing scion?
Or is Littlefinger somehow related to House Targaryen?
I suspect that Littlefinger, like Aemond One-Eye, descends (in part, as with all descension that is not purely incestuous) from a branch of House Targaryen that was bypassed.

The Hightower One-Eye & Littlefinger of the Little Tower

Let me pause to address an obvious question: If Littlefinger "rhymes" with Aemond One-Eye, does Littlefinger have a current relationship with House Hightower, as One-Eye did in his time? And/or is he, like One-Eye, part-Hightower?
Certainly there are curious allusions to the Hightowers surrounding Littlefinger.
I have written about a thoroughgoing "rhyme" between Littlefinger and the character Uthor Underleaf from The Mystery Knight. (See the "Uthor Underleaf and Petyr Baelish" heading in [this post], or just trust me.) And what does the name "Uthor" recall if not the legendary Uthor of the High Tower, who took the Hightowers from living in shitty, "gloomy" conditions below "Hightowers" unworthy of the name (see: Littlefinger's own shitty, gloomy tower, discussed below) to a true High Tower:
The early Hightowers lived amidst the gloomy halls, vaults, and chambers of the strange stone below. It was only with the building of the fifth tower, the first to be made entirely of stone, that the Hightower became a seat worthy of a great house. … [T]he king who demanded it, and paid for it, is remembered as Uthor of the High Tower. (TWOIAF)
(Note the reference to the fact that Uthor "paid for it", i.e. did what the Uthor Underleaf-esque Littlefinger has been doing for years as the Master of Coin.)
So Littlefinger "rhyming" with a guy also named "Uthor" makes all kinds of sense if Littlefinger and Oswell are indeed the "reborn" Aemond half-Hightower and Criston Cole.
(There's actually another rhyme in here: Uthor of the High Tower married Maris the Maid, recalling Maris Baratheon who goaded Aemond One-Eye into kinslaying, a story we saw "rhyme" with Littlefinger the goader and wife-slayer. Maris Baratheon became a silent sister, which reminds us of Mother Maris, founder of a Motherhouse of the Seven in Gulltown, Littlefinger's original base of power and a mini-Oldtown with a mini-Hightower I'm shortly going to tell you all about.)
One needn't read about Uthor Underleaf in The Mystery Knight to sniff out an allusion to the Hightowers in Littlefinger's story, though. It's also in ASOIAF proper. It's in (a) House Baelish's old sigil, the Titan of Braavos—
The device painted on the shield was one Sansa did not know; a grey stone head with fiery eyes, upon a light green field. "My grandfather's shield," Petyr explained when he saw her gazing at it. "His own father was born in Braavos and came to the Vale as a sellsword in the hire of Lord Corbray, so my grandfather took the head of the Titan as his sigil when he was knighted." (ASOS Sansa VI)
—which is a giant stone watchtower with a fiery beacon, which is what the Hightower is.
It's in (b) the fact that Littlefinger's seat is the inverse of The Hightower: "the little tower", "a small flint tower" that "seemed even smaller" inside. (ASOS Sansa VI)
And it's also latent in (c) Littlefinger's tight associations with Gulltown, which is where he first rose to wealth and power—
[Littlefinger making up Alayne Stone's backstory:] "We met in Gulltown when I had charge of the port." (ASOS Sansa VI)
[Lysa:] "Jon gave [Littlefinger] the customs for Gulltown to please me, but when he increased the incomes tenfold my lord husband saw how clever he was and gave him other appointments, even brought him to King's Landing to be master of coin." (ibid.)
Petyr Baelish was clear across the Vale, though, attending Lord Lyonel Corbray at his wedding. A widower of forty-odd years, and childless, Lord Lyonel was to wed the strapping sixteen-year-old daughter of a rich Gulltown merchant. Petyr had brokered the match himself. (AFFC Alayne II)
—and the rulers of Gulltown, the Graftons:
"I am well loved in Gulltown, and have some lordly friends of mine own as well. Grafton, Lynderly, Lyonel Corbray…" -Littlefinger (AFFC Alayne I)
(Note the "rhyme": Littlefinger knows a thing or two about graft, to say the least.)
What does that have to do with the Hightowers? The Gull Tower of Gulltown is an(other) ersatz Hightower-in-the-Vale, while Gulltown is the Vale's ersatz Oldtown — a hub of seaborne trading and commerce — making the Graftons the Vale's Hightowers.
Littlefinger's friend Lord Grafton's sigil is "a burning tower in yellow, within a black pile, upon flaming red" (rooted in Gerold Grafton defeating the Shetts of Gull Tower in an ancient battle). ( So basically, the Lord of the town that is Littlefinger's second home has as his sigil something that looks very much like the Hightower of Oldtown — except the whole thing is in flames rather than just the top — on a Targy red-and-black background. See [HERE].
Which is, needless to say, consistent with the LittlefingeAemond One-Eye "rhyme".

Littlefinger, the Little Prince of Dragonflies

Anyway, back to the all-important question I keep putting off: Who is Littlefinger, owner of the dragonbone and Valyrian steel knife that kicks everything off, really?
A few key quotes strongly hint at one possibility:
The Prince of Dragonflies loved Jenny of Oldstones so much he cast aside a crown, and Westeros paid the bride price in corpses. … Treason and turmoil followed, as night follows day, ending at Summerhall in sorcery, fire, and grief. (ADWD The Kingbreaker)
(Note that we're told this in "The Kingbreaker", which is itself a reference to Criston Cole.)
Aegon's eldest son Duncan, Prince of Dragonstone and heir to the throne, was the first to defy him. Though betrothed to a daughter of House Baratheon of Storm's End, Duncan became enamored of a strange, lovely, and mysterious girl who called herself Jenny of Oldstones in 239 AC, whilst traveling in the riverlands. Though she dwelt half-wild amidst ruins and claimed descent from the long-vanished kings of the First Men, the smallfolk of surrounding villages mocked such tales, insisting that she was only some half-mad peasant girl, and perhaps even a witch.
Jenny of Oldstones—Lady Jenny, as she was called by courtesy—was eventually accepted at court, and throughout the Seven Kingdoms the smallfolk held her especially dear. She and her prince, forever after known as the Prince of Dragonflies, were a favorite subject of singers for many years. (TWOIAF)
Storybook stuff. A story Littlefinger clearly takes an interest in:
"We're all just songs in the end. If we are lucky." She had played at being Jenny that day, had even wound flowers in her hair. And Petyr had pretended to be her Prince of Dragonflies. Catelyn could not have been more than twelve, Petyr just a boy. (ASOS Catelyn V)
If the Eyrie had been made like other castles, only rats and gaolers would have heard the dead man singing. Dungeon walls were thick enough to swallow songs and screams alike. But the sky cells had a wall of empty air, so every chord the dead man played flew free to echo off the stony shoulders of the Giant's Lance. And the songs he chose . . . He sang of the Dance of the Dragons, of fair Jonquil and her fool, of Jenny of Oldstones and the Prince of Dragonflies. He sang of betrayals, and murders most foul, of hanged men and bloody vengeance. He sang of grief and sadness. (AFFC Sansa I)
Summerhall happened twenty years after Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies, wed Jenny, around the time their first children might have been marrying. Lots of people including Aegon V and Duncan the Small died:
What became of the dream of dragons was a grievous tragedy born in a moment of joy. In the fateful year 259 AC, the king summoned many of those closest to him to Summerhall, his favorite castle, there to celebrate the impending birth of his first great-grandchild, a boy later named Rhaegar, to his grandson Aerys and granddaughter Rhaella, the children of Prince Jaehaerys.
It is unfortunate that the tragedy that transpired at Summerhall left very few witnesses alive, and those who survived would not speak of it. (TWOIAF)
Jaehaerys II succeeded Aegon V. The very next year he had to fight The War of the Ninepenny Kings. Funny whose absence comes up in our "history" book:
Jaehaerys had known that the Band of Nine meant to win the Seven Kingdoms for Maelys the Monstrous, who had declared himself King Maelys I Blackfyre, but like his father, Aegon, Jaehaerys had hoped the alliance of rogues would founder in Essos, or fall at the hands of some alliance amongst the Free Cities. Now the moment was at hand, and King Aegon V was gone, as was the Prince of Dragonflies. Prince Daeron, that splendid knight, had died years before, leaving only Jaehaerys, the least martial of Aegon's three sons. (TWOIAF)
Duncan the Small, the favorite of the singers, may have been unable to fight, but you know who did help win that war? "Petyr's father":
In response to the why was LF fostered at Riverrun when he was a insignificant lord question: GRRM said that Petyr's father and Hoster met up during the War of the Ninepenny Kings and became friends. Apparently that was a time when a lot of people from all over the realm forged friendships. LF's dad later "cashed in" on the friendship to get LF fostered at Riverrun. (
Now, consider what we're told about Peter's father and grandfather, with the principle of "kaelisdoscoping… fragments" and "rhyming" stories in mind:
Lord Petyr's father had been the smallest of small lords, his grandfather a landless hedge knight; by birth, he held no more than a few stony acres on the windswept shore of the Fingers. (ACOK Tyrion III)
"The smallest of small lords"? So, like Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies.
"A landless hedge knight"? So, like Duncan the Tall, for whom both the novella The Hedge Knight and Duncan the Small are named.
Don't get me wrong: I am not saying that the father and grandfather in question were Duncan the Small and Duncan the Tall. The Duncans are unrelated to one another, to be sure, and Duncan the Small would be Littlefinger's grandfather, in any case, and not necessarily Littlefinger's father's father.
But the implication of some connection to Duncan the Small and Duncan's father Egg (via his friend and Kingsguard Lord Commander Duncan the Tall, a.k.a. "The Hedge Knight") is right there.
The only GRRM-approved art I'm aware of of Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies looks an awful lot like book-descriptions of Littlefinger. You can see a cropped version [HERE], but it's even more obvious in the full image in TWOIAF, in which he stands out next to his larger, more Targ-looking brothers and father.
If you think [as I do that Littlefinger played a key role in the Knight of the Laughing Tree scheme], which involved a mystery knight in strange mismatched armor, the fact that Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies is tied to mystery knights makes this even more interesting:
Ser Barristan of House Selmy. Firstborn son of Ser Lyonel Selmy of Harvest Hall. Served as squire to Ser Manfred Swann. Named "the Bold" in his 10th year, when he donned borrowed armor to appear as a mystery knight in the tourney at Blackhaven, where he was defeated and unmasked by Duncan, Prince of Dragonflies. Knighted in his 16th year by King Aegon V Targaryen, after performing great feats of prowess as a mystery knight in the winter tourney at King's Landing, defeating Prince Duncan the Small and Ser Duncan the Tall, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. (ASOS Jaime VIII)
Before he had gone three steps, Quentyn Martell called out to him. "Barristan the Bold, they call you."
"Some do." Selmy had won that name when he was ten years old, a new-made squire, yet so vain and proud and foolish that he got it in his head that he could joust with tried and proven knights. So he'd borrowed a warhorse and some plate from Lord Dondarrion's armory and entered the lists at Blackhaven as a mystery knight. Even the herald laughed. My arms were so thin that when I lowered my lance it was all I could do to keep the point from furrowing the ground. Lord Dondarrion would have been within his rights to pull him off the horse and spank him, but the Prince of Dragonflies had taken pity on the addlepated boy in the ill-fitting armor and accorded him the respect of taking up his challenge. (ASOS Jaime VIII)
And then there's the time when Littlefinger spits out a bunch of "pale grey moths" in Ned's final fever dream:
The king heard him. "You stiff-necked fool," he muttered, "too proud to listen. Can you eat pride, Stark? Will honor shield your children?" Cracks ran down his face, fissures opening in the flesh, and he reached up and ripped the mask away. It was not Robert at all; it was Littlefinger, grinning, mocking him. When he opened his mouth to speak, his lies turned to pale grey moths and took wing. (AGOT Eddard XV)
Littlefinger spitting pale grey flying insects is entirely consistent with him being the grandson of the Prince of Dragonflies, born on the bleak, grey Fingers to a house with a grey sigil. Especially given that sometimes "dragonflies" are "pale":
They seemed to skim upon the water like dragonflies, their pale oars flashing. (AFFC Arya I)
So one very clear possibility given his "rhyme" with Aemond One-Eye is that "Littlefinger" is a descendant of Duncan the Small, Prince of Dragonflies, and Jenny of Oldstones.
Duncan was the first-born son of King Aegon V (Egg) and would have inherited the throne but waived his rights to marry Jenny. Thus his descendants would have a claim, albeit one complicated by past choices of succession that were made, just as the sons of Viserys I by Alicent Hightower — like Aemond "One-Eye" and his older brother Aegon II — had a claim, albeit one complicated by past choices regarding the succession.


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2023.02.13 15:54 LChris24 The Golden Company: Historical Events Outside the Blackfyre Rebellions (Spoilers Extended)

The Golden Company: History (Outside the Blackfyre Rebellions)

In this post, I thought it would be fun/interesting to discuss the history of the Golden Company (besides the Blackfyre Rebellions). While there isn't a ton of information, there are pretty big events and interesting details.
Note: I will mention the Rebellions/link posts from time to time to add context
In order to centralize the strength of House Blackfyre, Bittersteel founded the Golden Company in 212AC:
In Essos, Bittersteel gathered exiled lords and knights, and their descendants, to him. He formed the Golden Company in 212 AC, and soon established it as the foremost free company of the Disputed Lands. "Beneath the gold, the bitter steel" became their battle cry, renowned across Essos.
If interested: Blood of the Conqueror, Part 3: The Conspiracies (BryndenBFish's essay on the power of the Golden Company) or my (poorer copy of the same thing: The Size, Strength and Discipline of the Golden Company)
Free Cities
When not invading Westeros, they usually fight in the Disputed Lands for one of the Free Cities:
From that day to this, the men of the Golden Company had lived and died in the Disputed Lands, fighting for Myr or Lys or Tyrosh in their pointless little wars, and dreaming of the land their fathers had lost. They were exiles and sons of exiles, dispossessed and unforgiven … yet formidable fighters still. -ADWD, Tyrion II
Bittersteel eluded capture and escaped once again, only to emerge a few years later in the Disputed Lands, fighting with his sellswords in a meaningful skirmish between Tyrosh and Myr. Ser Aegor Rivers was sixtynine years of age when he fell, and it is said he died as he had lived, with a sword in his hand and defiance upon his lips. Yet his legacy would live on in the Golden Company and the Blackfyre line he had served and protected. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V
and unconfirmed involvement in:
Scarcely had he donned the crown than the Seven Kingdoms found themselves plunged into war, for the Ninepenny Kings had taken and sacked the Free City of Tyrosh and seized the Stepstones; from there, they stood poised to attack Westeros. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II
If interested: Tyrosh: A Safe Haven for the Black Dragon
Qohor vs. the Unsullied
While semi canon, the app mentions that the Golden Company earned their reputation when the sacked the city of Qohor (when Qohor refused to honor a contract that was made).
If we remember that Qohor is defended strictly by Unsullied since the Three Thousand of Qohor:
Strong stone walls protect Qohor, but the people of the city are not of a martial bent. The Qohorik are merchants, not fighters. Apart from a small city watch, the defense of the city is entrusted to slaves—the eunuch infantry known as the Unsullied, bred and trained in the ancient Ghiscari city Astapor upon the shores of Slaver's Bay. -TWOIAF, The Free Cities: Qohor
Four hundred years ago, when a Dothraki khal named Temmo rode out of the east with fifty thousand savage horsemen at his back, three thousand Unsullied turned him back at the gates of Qohor, withstanding no fewer than eighteen charges before Khal Temmo died and his successor bid his men cut off their braids and toss them at the feet of the surviving eunuchs. From that time to this, the Qohorik have relied upon the Unsullied to protect their city (though they have been known to hire free companies as well in time of peril and to offer lavish gifts to Dothraki khals to persuade them to pass on). -TWOIAF, The Free Cities: Qohor
If interested: The Golden Company: Fight vs. the Unsullied & War Elephants
Blood Oath & Betrayal with the Greyjoys
While it could be argued that this is part of one of the Blackfyre rebellions (or the section below), the Greyjoys seemingly betrayed Bittersteel after making a blood pact:
A full account of their reigns can be found in Archmaester Haereg's History of the Ironborn. Therein you may read of Dagon Greyjoy, the Last Reaver, whose longships harried the western coasts when Aerys I Targaryen sat the Iron Throne. Of Alton Greyjoy, the Holy Fool, who sought new lands to conquer beyond the Lonely Light. Of Torwyn Greyjoy, who swore a blood oath with Bittersteel, then betrayed him to his enemies. Of Loron Greyjoy, the Bard, and his great and tragic friendship with young Desmond Mallister, a knight of the green lands. -TWOIAF, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New
You might ask, "Why would this even matter? No one is alive to remember this oath. Actually the guy currently left in control of the Iron Islands (Erik Ironmaker) was likely aware of and potentially even present for this blood oath: Asha's Husband, the Iron Islands and a Blood Oath.
Bittersteel Escape
After the Third Blackfyre Rebellion (219AC), Bittersteel was sentenced to the Wall but was freed:
Though Bittersteel was tried and found guilty of high treason, King Aerys spared his life, instead commanding that he be sent to the Wall to live out his days as a man of the Night's Watch. That proved a foolish mercy, for the Blackfyres still had many friends at court, some of them only too willing to play the informer. The ship carrying Bittersteel and a dozen other captives was taken in the narrow sea on the way to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, and Aegor Rivers was freed and returned to the Golden Company. Before the year was out, he crowned Haegon's eldest son as King Daemon III Blackfyre in Tyrosh, and resumed his plotting against the king who had spared him. -TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I
If interested: Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers
Division in the Golden Company
There have been potentially two or more points when there has been at least some form of division in the Golden Company.
Bittersteel crowned Daemon III after his escape above in 220AC and Daemon III didn't die until the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion (236 AC - killed by Dunk). During that time period Aenys pushed his claim at the Great Council of 233 AC.
If interested: Rival Claimants: Daemon III & Aenys I Blackfyre & Daemon III Blackfyre
MAELYS BLACKFYRE (THE MONSTROUS): Captain of the Golden Company, named for his grotesquely huge torso and arms, fearsome strength, and savage nature. A second head grew from his neck, no bigger than a fist. He won command of the Golden Company by fighting his cousin, Daemon Blackfyre, for it, killing his cousin's destrier with a single punch and then twisting Daemon's head until it was torn from his shoulders.
If interested: The Three Treasures of House Blackfyre & Tying up some loose ends in House Blackfyre
TLDR: A list of some of the more interesting events in the history of the Golden Company that don't necessarily involve the Blackfyre Rebellions.
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