Hi Butterfly! I'm a huge fan of your blog. My question is, what do you think of Vaes Tolorro? What is the reason GRRM created this abandoned city and describe it in so many details, only to leave it so quickly? What does it symbolize?
Vaes Tolorro is part of Daenerys Targaryen’s messianic journey in her first chapter of A Clash of Kings – beginning with following a star, wandering in the empty desert, flensing away all her illusions – arriving at a city of dust and ghosts, yet filled with natural innocent pleasures in the form of ripe fruits and pure cold water – before being greeted by three wise men who will take her to the next stage of her journey, the city of decadent pleasure and temptations.
Vaes Tolorro is also the symbol of hope among the ruins, peaches so sweet you almost cry. Life, sprouting wild and fierce and defiant, amidst nothing but death and destruction. Life finds a way. An oasis of life and hope, glorious and beautiful, still standing after everything, as @joannalannistersays.
Vaes Tolorro, the City of Bones, is also one of GRRM’s many creations that give his world “flavor text”, a feeling of an epic, beautiful, and lost civilization, beyond our reach, beyond our full comprehension. It’s a lost city, like Chroyane (once a glorious festival city, now a place of mists and silences, haunted by stone lepers), part of the grand tradition of lost cities in literature, as @racefortheironthrone says. Or as @boiledleathersays:
I’m saying that whatever theory you can hash out and write down is likely beside the point. The point is how it makes you feel. Do you feel
that something of tremendous, awesome importance has happened that you
can never fully understand? That there are forces at work in this world
beyond even those of the Others and the Children, beyond R’hllor and the
Seven and the Old Gods, beyond the Stranger? That you are, in some
fundamental and inescapable way, at sea?
The sea is the point. Not the land you could perhaps construct amid the sea, holding it at bay for however long—the sea. The sea. THE SEA.
ARMY, please be supportive of each other, each other’s opinions and work. Please, be respectful towards one another and each other’s personal choices. Please, don’t call another ARMY ‘fake’ if their opinions are different than yours. Please, don’t make other fans regret joining the fandom. Please, don’t make ARMY ashamed of being an ARMY. Please, don’t try to divide the fandom to ‘true’ and ‘fake’ stans. Please, remember that everyone is different and people’s decisions and choices are made only by themselves and often can’t be changed, because they made it themselves basing on what makes them happy. Remember, that no one is obligated to please anyone, but themselves if it comes to something as simple and pure as being a fan. Please, let’s support each other and respect each other the same way we support and respect BTS. No matter how much our opinions and choices may differ, we are all one Family. Please, don’t forget that.
The very last Marveltober. This has been a crazy experience, I can’t believe I did the whole month and never fell behind! I’m gonna post a group photo tomorrow~ but for tonight, Inktober #31, my small magical son, the first one I planned for this month~
Tsurugi or Tinker will become the next Eve of Wrath!
Plot twist, Mahiru now has two Servamps.
And that other Servamp is World End. He heard about Mahiru's legendary cooking from Lawless and traveled to C3 to make a contract with Mahiru. World End saved Mahiru and Wrath and now he's on his way to challenge Kuro! That's how everyone reunites and beat Touma.
Wait, who do you think is going to be the next Eve of Wrath?
No idea. This is Tanaka Strike after all and they're unpredictable. I like Tsurugi and Tinker so I'll be happy either way.
I wonder what you’re up to I wonder what you got going on I wonder if you’re feeling blue I wonder if you think I’m a moron
For texting you that one day Asking if you were okay But that didn’t play out like it does in the movies And I wonder if you saw right through me
Did you think I had forgotten you before then? Well surprise because on my mind you’re all that’s been I’m consumed with thoughts of there being an us again But I know there’s a 99% chance that’ll never happen
I don’t say 100 because only a sith deals in absolutes I had to throw in a Star Wars reference because I know you’d think it’s cute But back to the question at hand Where do we stand?
I know you want nothing to do with me But in a world that’s infinite tell me honestly That you really believe we weren’t meant to be Just look at all the signs and with me you’d agree
We live miles apart But somehow someway I found my way to your heart You said we’d definitely met in previous lives And with each of our encounters we did nothing but thrive
Idk man I guess I just refuse to believe we have an end Maybe we’re not completely broken and this is just a bend And maybe one day this is something we can mend Ugh I wish I had the courage to type this on my phone and hit send