Storm's End

anonymous asked:

do you think it was just Robert having bastards that put Lyanna off? It is pretty much expected for Westerosi men to have extra marital relations (ie Cat POV) but be discreet. That fact that Robert turns into a brutal wife beater and drunk rapist leads me to believe she saw more. I just really like your thoughts

Well, you just answered your own question, right? Robert wasn’t discreet. It’s one thing to sleep around and father bastards on the down low, but a whole other thing if it’s common knowledge. Brandon also had a penchant for the ladies and got at least one pregnant (that we know of), but from what we can glean from the text, it wasn’t something that everyone knew about him. Here’s what we know were Lyanna’s famous thoughts:

“Robert will never keep to one bed,” Lyanna had told him at Winterfell, on the night long ago when their father had promised her hand to the young Lord of Storm’s End. “I hear he has gotten a child on some girl in the Vale.” Ned had held the babe in his arms; he could scarcely deny her, nor would he lie to his sister, but he had assured her that what Robert did before their betrothal was of no matter, that he was a good man and true who would love her with all his heart. Lyanna had only smiled. “Love is sweet, dearest Ned, but it cannot change a man’s nature.”

If Robert were being careful, there would have been no way a 13/14 year old Northern girl would have picked up on this sort of rumor. It’s evident that Lyanna formed a composite of Robert based on these rumors: that he was womanizing, not careful, and not discreet. She doesn’t doubt Ned’s words that he’s “a good man and true” and that he would “love her with all his heart”– she doubts that this part of Robert, his “nature”, would change. She doubts that “what Robert did before their betrothal was of no matter”. She doubts that he can “keep to one bed”. She sagely concludes that love isn’t enough to change any of this. “Love is sweet”, yes, but to Lyanna, it’s not everything.

This passage is so well liked and attended to because it’s the first thing we read that reveals something significant about Lyanna’s character beyond a beloved sister or a tragic figure. We see a young girl who is wise beyond her years. We don’t know how experienced or inexperienced she is in the realm of love, but we see that she’s drawn her own conclusions about the matter. We see that love isn’t as important to her as fidelity. No doubt she’s known for years now that she’d be married off to a man of her father’s choosing, which perhaps may explain her lack of faith in love, and has given her time to establish what she wants in a marriage: dignity. Lyanna wanted dignity in her marriage.

This initial observation is followed by the Tourney at Harrenhal: here she spends time with her betrothed, gets a taste of adventure by participating in the joust and nearly getting arrested, possibly meets Rhaegar, and is crowned the queen of love and beauty in the most scandalous fashion. Between the tourney and the unknown events that passed between it and her “kidnapping”, something had to push her over the edge to decide to run away. But make no mistake, the odds weren’t in Robert’s favor from the start. It was already clear to Lyanna that the dignity and security she sought in her marriage was not going to happen; all it took was further persuasion to force her away from him completely.

So no, I don’t think she could have foreseen Robert’s abusive behaviors. I think she was just practical in her assessment of the facts, and more than a little impulsive.

anonymous asked:

I keep hearing people say that Gendry is a better marriage prospect than Jon. That makes ZERO sense at all. Even if legitimized, Gendry isn't King of anything, only the head of Storm's End. She wouldn't gain anything. He would gain everything.

I agree with this 100%. Gendry is no KitN. He doesn’t have anything to offer Dany in terms of an alliance, which is what we know she wants. 

More importantly, Gendry’s sweet ass is reserved for Arya Stark :P

Just to remind you who Gendry is, and why someone needs to legitimize him as Baratheon.

Gendry: But just explain it to me. He offered to have any three people you wanted dead. All you had to do was give him the names. Anyone. You could have picked King Joffrey. 

Arya Stark: Shut up! 

Gendry: You could have picked Tywin Lannister. 

Arya Stark: Jaqen got us out of Harrenhal. So why are you complaining? 

Gendry: Because you could have ended the war!

~~~

Thoros of Myr: Where’d you train? 

Gendry: King’s Landing. Tobho Mott’s shop. 

Thoros of Myr: That criminal! He charges twice as much as every other armorer in the city. 

Gendry: That’s because he’s twice as good.

~~~

Gendry: How’d you know he was a knight? 

Hot Pie: Well… ‘cause he’s got armor on. 

Gendry: You don’t have to be a knight to buy armor. Any idiot can buy armor.

~~~

Gendry: I’m done serving. 

~~~

Gendry: Oh, you like picking on the little ones, do you? You know, I’ve been hammering an anvil these past ten years. When I hit that steel it sings. You gonna sing when I hit you?

another actual friendly reminder

Rowan loves Aelin so much he ate the horrible (he had to throw up afterwards) chocolate cake Aelin baked for him to the very last bite because she was nervous about whether he’d like it or not

SU Season 4: Defying Expectations (contains leak spoilers)

KINDERGARTEN KID

What we thought: AMETHYST ORIGINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Peridot = Wile E. Coyote

LAST ONE OUT OF BEACH CITY

What we thought: INVASION!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Pearl begins moving on from Rose.

GEM HARVEST

What we thought: JASPER COMES BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: A Crystal Gem Thanksgiving

STEVEN’S DREAM

What we thought: CORRUPTION GETS CURED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Greg gets kidnapped by Blue Diamond

THE NEW CRYSTAL GEMS

What we thought: THE DIAMONDS COME TO EARTH AND FIGHT CONNIE PERI AND LAPIS!!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO FUSION SOMEHOW!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Wacky antics and a look into how Peri and Lapis act without Steven

STORM IN THE ROOM

What we thought: PINK DIAMOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Steven meets Rose but not really and begins to come to terms with that.

TIGER PHILANTHROPIST

What we thought: JASPER WRESTLES!!!!!!!!!!!

What we got: The bookend to Amethyst’s character arc.

ROOM FOR RUBY

What we thought: RESCUE EYEBALL!!!!!!!!!

What we got: Navy lands on Earth and turns out to be not as nice as we thought, and Lapis isn’t as well adjusted as we thought

LION 4: ALTERNATE ENDING

What we thought: JASPER????? PINK DIAMOND?????? BISMUTH??!????!????????????

What we got: Steven realizes that he can’t let Rose dictate his life, and gets some much needed development

Hi guys! Here’s a little masterpost of quotes from children’s books that you can use in your bullet journal, or anywhere else you feel like!

THE LITTLE PRINCE (ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY)

  • “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
  • “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
  • “You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.” 
  • “You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.”
  • “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
  • “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” 

A LITTLE PRINCESS (FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT)

  • “If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
  • “When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn’t said afterward. “
  • “There’s nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in–that’s stronger. It’s a good thing not to answer your enemies.”
  • “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
  • “Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes.”
  • “But I suppose there might be good in things, even if we don’t see it.”
  • “You don’t forget, but you bear it better.” 

LITTLE WOMEN (LOUISA MAY ALCOTT)

  • “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
  • “It’s wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can’t have the one you want.”
  • “Love is a great beautifier.” 
  • “Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”
  • “I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” 
  • “Conceit spoils the finest genius.” 
  • “Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”
  • “Life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom.”
  • “The only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.”
  • “Books are always good company if you have the right sort.”
  • “The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them.”
  • “Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort that is.”

MATLIDA (ROALD DAHL)

  • “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” 
  • “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…” 
  • “I have found it impossible to talk to anyone about my problems. I couldn’t face the embarrassment, and anyway I lack the courage. Any courage I had was knocked out of me when I was young. But now, all of sudden I have a sort of desperate wish to tell everything to somebody.”
  • “I’ve always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn’t I?”
  • “There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards.”
  • “I’m afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are.”

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (NORTON JUSTER)

  • “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
  • “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
  • “Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ”
  • “You must never feel badly about making mistakes … as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”
  • “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between.”
  • “What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.”
  • “What you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”
  • “Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way.”

THE GOLDEN COMPASS (PHILIP PULLMAN)

  • “You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”
  • “We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.”
  • “Every opportunity will come again.”
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Stannis Baratheon was only 18 when Lord Mace Tyrell descended on Storm’s End with the Reach’s host, and Lord Paxter Redwyne took the Redwyne fleet of the Arbor and closed Shipbreaker Bay to all trade. Stannis successfully held against the siege of Storm’s End for almost a year, with the garrison having to eat their horses, dogs and cats, and were nearly forced to eat their own dead, until the siege was lifted by Lord Eddard Stark.

Garrett Hedlund as young Stannis Baratheon.

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i asked a bot in a discord groupchat what to draw and it said something bt and gay so???? also my gif thing isn’t working so you get individual frames for dramatic effect i guess lmao

“summer storms always felt like coming home”


lovely tonberriesandcream commissioned me to draw this scene from an absolutely stunning fic called running on air, which is 75k of beautifully written slow burn with long road trips across the country, muggle cars, unusual career choices, flower fields and starry skies, time turners and memories stored in tiny glass vials

believe me, you really want to read it

anonymous asked:

Why didn't Aegon & Co. try to take Dragonstone first? Wouldn't that have carried some symbolic weight as the ancestral seat of House Targaryen?

Good question!

While Dragonstone carries symbolic weight, it doesn’t carry a lot of political/military weight - as Stannis bemoaned in the Prologue of ACOK, Dragonstone only has three thousand men sworn to it. And by the time that Aegon and Co. show up, those men are gone - either they died at Blackwater, bent the knee to King’s Landing, or they’re up in the North with Stannis. So you’re taking on the same risks as besieging Storm’s End, but without any payoff. 

Moreover, it’s a high-risk strategy: you’re parking yourself on an island right next to King’s Landing, which means you’re going to have to go right at the Iron Throne right away because they’re going to do it to you. And if you lose the naval battle, you might not be able to retreat at all.

By contrast, Storm’s End holds quite a bit of political/weight. Not only do you make a big name for yourself if you can take the unconquerable castle, but I think there’s as many as 12.5k men in the Stormlands who never joined up with Renly, who could potentially be recruited into Aegon’s army - more than doubling it in size. 

And the nice thing about the Stormlands is that it’s close enough to King’s Landing that it’s a quick march away, but it’s also far enough that if King’s Landing marches against you, you have opportunities to fight them defensively at some nice spot in the Kingswood or when they’re trying to cross a river. And if you lose, you can still retreat back to Storm’s End, one of the strongest castles in Westeros. 

Plus, Jon Connington wants his castle back and his castle is in the Stormlands.