Dandelion + The Night King = The Song of Ice & Fire
Dragons + Night King/Resurrected Viserion = The Song of Ice & Fire
End of the story. The song might be about more than just Jon, it can be about Dandelion, the Night King and the Dragons as well, as shown above, but Jondelion shippers should really stop using “Jon and Dandelion are The Song of Ice & Fire” as an argument to prove why their ship is meant to be, because by their (questionable) logic, Jonsa shippers could also say Jon and Sansa are The Song of Ice and Fire (which they aren’t, just like Jon and Dandelion aren’t).
Jon + Sansa = The Song of Ice & Fire & Ice
Jon + Dandelion = The Song of Ice & Fire & Fire
Melisandre: “I brought Ice and Fire together.”
Oh boy, is Mel ever right about anything? lol She brought together Ice & Fire with Fire. Mel said that, because she doesn’t know Jon is half Targaryen, she doesn’t know, that he is both Ice & Fire.
Conclusion: Jon is the Son of Ice (Lyanna) & Fire (Rhaegar), he doesn’t need neither Sansa, Dandelion, Dragons nor the Night King for him to be The Song of Ice & Fire, for the song to be his.
I’ve talked a lot about good and evil and writing tips and an extra litmus I always like to put on any villainous plan I’m writing or conceptualizing is:
Does it make sense? Is this largely, a practical and coherent plan I could see someone coming up with? And if the person coming up with it is bent out of shape in a particular way, does it make sense with their biases and personal hangups?
Because unless your villain is a petty bully who just loves the suffering of others- making other people suffer is in fact a very tedious and resource-intensive thing. It’s like if you’re walking down the street on your way to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted and you personally have to stop and cut down every flower you encounter.
Nobody’s got time for that! Even people who hate flowers and nature are going to reach a point at like their third lilac bush and go “you know what? I have priorities. And standards. I’m an important person and there are things I care about more than how much I hate flowers. Like world domination. Wasn’t I supposed to be doing something about world domination?”
One of the biggest reasons many old-school cartoon villains are ridiculous to me is they seem to have no sense of urgency or priorities, like they’re personally compelled, they cannot possibly pass up the smallest act of cruelty. Their entire life is bent around enacting some arbitrary standard of unpleasantness around everything and everyone they encounter.
It doesn’t make them scary or threatening. It just makes them frankly ridiculous. It makes you wonder how in hell this person managed to become a villain and build an army in the first place. There are so many opportunities to be awful. The richest and most well-connected person in the world doesn’t have time for that. If anything, the richest and most well-connected person in the world would have even more of a reason to stop and look at the data sheets and go “I’m spending how much having my minions setting dandelions on fire?”
And yeah, villains are going to be petty. Villains are going to have weird hangups. But if their personality is nothing but an elaborate cluster of hangups- you have to consider these are weaknesses. These are ways the villain is being impractical. These are things your hero can exploit against them.
Consider Zarkon, in Legendary Defender, and his fixation on the Black Lion. In s2e5, Eye Of The Storm, Shiro sits down and makes a plan: They need to get Zarkon’s flagship away from the castle long enough for it to get to safety. Any prudent enemy would stay on the castle, as Haggar points out.
But Zarkon wants the Black Lion back. More than anything. He’s so used to winning he can’t deal with having his goal in front of his eyes and not chase it.
So? Voltron can basically just pop up in Zarkon’s field of vision and he will literally ignore Allura, ignore Coran, ignore his golden opportunity to hit the heroes right where they live and take out two integral members of the team. He has to chase the Black Lion. And, just as Shiro predicted, just as they were betting on- Zarkon ends up with nothing because making large scale military decisions on irrational personal fixations is a huge liability.
And this is my big issue with the writing of overly vindictive villains: there reaches a point where looking past all the shock and moral revulsion of what they’re doing, trying to understand it from their perspective where none of this is repulsive at all- it’s just… what are you even getting out of this? What do you possibly gain? Why are you sinking so much time and energy into doing this? There’s a villain having a nasty hobby and then there’s a villain who cannot stop shooting themselves in the foot for five seconds long enough to point the gun at the hero.
In which case it just falls into “you, the writer, are solving problems for your heroes that they haven’t earned just so you can make the audience cringe a little more at how nasty the villain is being.”
“Wait a moment, Geralt,’ the poet began, looking around. ‘Don’t be in such a rush to get back to
camp. We want to talk to you in private, here, me and Milva. It’s …Well, about Regis.”
“Aha,’ The Witcher lay down his arm full of brushwood. ‘You’re starting to be afraid? It is about
‘Shut up,’ Dandelion raised his eyebrows. ‘We have accepted him as a companion; he has offered
his support to help find Ciri. He pulled my own neck out of the noose, I will not forget that. But,
don’t be surprised that we have concerns, damn it. Are you surprised? All your life you have
persecuted and killed those like him.’
‘I have not killed him. Nor do I have any intentions too. Is this declaration sufficient for you? If not,
though sorrow fills my heart, I am unable to cure your fear. It’s paradoxical but the only one among
us who can cure you is Regis.’
‘I told you to shut up,’ the troubadour said angrily. ‘You are not talking to Yennefer, save us you
twisted eloquence. Just answer directly to a simple question.’
‘Ask them. Without twisted eloquence.”
“Regis is a vampire. It’s no secret what vampires feed on. What will happen when he gets really
hungry? Yes, yes, we saw that he ate fish soup and since then he has eaten with us, as normally as
any of us. But… But will he be able to control his desire? Geralt, do I have to pry it out of you?’
‘He controlled his lust for blood when he was tending to your head wound. When we were tied up,
he did not even lick his fingers. And then, during the full moon, when we were drunk on mandrake
liquor and slept in his hut, he had a unique opportunity. Did you check and see if you have teeth
marks on your neck?’
‘Do not mock,’ Milva snorted. ‘You know more about vampires than us. You can mock, Dandelion,
but you must answer me. I grew up in the mountains, I didn’t go to schools, and I’m in the dark. It
is not my fault and not right to mock. I ashamed to admit it, but I am a little bit afraid of… Regis.”
“And not without reason,’ he nodded. ‘He is one of the so-called higher vampires. Extremely
dangerous. If he was our enemy, I’d be afraid as well. But, the plague, for reasons unknown to me,
he is our companion. He leads us to Caed Dhu, to the druids who can help me obtain information
about Ciri. I’m desperate and so therefore I cannot give up this chance. And so I accept the
friendship of a vampire.’
‘Is that the only reason?’
‘No,’ he said with a slight reluctance, but finally opted for honesty. ‘Not just that. He… He behaves
honourably. In the camp by the Chotla, at the judgement of the girl, he did not hesitate to act.
Although he knew that it would expose him.’
‘He pulled a red-hot horseshoe out of the fire,’ Dandelion recalled. ‘He held it in his hands for a few
moments and did not even wince. None of us could repeat that act, not even with baked potatoes.’
‘He is impervious to fire.”
“What else can he do?’
‘He can become invisible whenever he wants. He can hypnotize you with his eyes, inducing a deep
sleep; he did it to the guard in Vissegerd’s camp. He can take the form and fly like a bat. I think that
these things can only be performed at night and only during a full moon. But I could be wrong. I’ve
already been surprised a few times, and he might have something else up his sleeve. I suspect that
he is unusual even among vampires. For years he has quite convincingly posed as a human. Dogs
and horses can perceive his true nature but can be tricked by the smell of herbs that he always
carries. But my medallion didn’t react to him, and it should have. I repeat he cannot be measured by
the standard measure. You will have to ask him about the rest of it. He is our companion; there
should be no misunderstanding between us or mutual mistrust and fear. Let us return to camp. Help
me with the wood.’
‘I’m listening, Dandelion.’
‘If… Well, I was wondering, theoretically… If…’
‘I honestly don’t know,’ he replied sincerely. ‘I don’t know if I could kill him. I would rather not
have to try.”
“Baptism of Fire” A.Sapkowski
Fanarts by Gotat, MoogleOutFitters, AmySilverShine
Stop commenting on the lovey dovey text posts. Like if theres a post talking about how someone wants a girl with dandelions in her hair and fire in her voice but dirt and callous on her hands…. don’t go commenting
Other people wanna reblog that post. Put your love away, we get it, youre actually happy But some of us are cold and dead inside and dream about actually finding something close enough to mediocre acceptance.