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“As a young boy, the Prince of Dragonstone was bookish to a fault. He was reading so early that men said Queen Rhaella must have swallowed some books and a candle whilst he was in her womb. Rhaegar took no interest in the play of other children. The maesters were awed by his wits, but his father’s knights would jest sourly that Baelor the Blessed had been born again. Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. No one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the knights were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, ’I will require a sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior.

anonymous asked:

royal banjo twins au: 🌺

They live in a sort of Fairy tale world so I thought I might have them kidnapped by a dryad of fairy spirit.

They are under a sleeping curse and are in the center of the enchanted forest in the middle of a cursed lagoon on a mossy island surround by black thorny vines as tough as steel but don’t worry that won’t stop their big brother Sir Lute and the court wizard Ford from saving them.

anonymous asked:

why is it so implausible that rhaegar and lyanna fell in love?

I really don’t like answering this question since I know there’s a lot of romantics out there (and trust me, I’m one of them), but when I say that Rhaegar and Lyanna were not in love, I’m saying it from the perspective of someone who once believed they were in love, and then saw the light. (Read that post!! That’s an actual thing I wrote in September 2013 when I realized HOW FUCKED UP CANON RHAEGAR/LYANNA IS).

I’m not trying to shit on anyone’s hopes and dreams, anon, but I’ve become more and more cynical towards that relationship, especially when I see how many flowery romanticizations of that relationship exist. And to be honest with you, I don’t blame anyone who romanticizes them (I was one of them!). In the books, the little pieces of their story that we get seem to frame them in a romantic light. We get this conflicting and disjointed story: Viserys and Barristan insisting that Rhaegar loved Lyanna, Ned never demonizing Rhaegar as Robert does, Rhaegar crowning Lyanna as the queen of love and beauty, both of them dying, Rhaegar saying Lyanna’s name before he died– all of these parts of the narrative (and more) seem to push at least the more romantic readers to believe that this is a love story. (GRRM does this same thing with Jaime/Cersei; he frames it like a love story to distract you from the fact that’s unhealthy cause oh my God they’re brother and sister; it’s a great tactic to distract the reader from the real issues beneath the surface).

But if you step back and look at the details, analyze the characters and the situation, I think it becomes very difficult to accept this magical and tragic ~love story~. The people who insist it’s a love story in the books are all Targaryen supporters, or once stood to benefit from Targaryen rule. Targaryen supporters, are just that; they believe the best about the Targaryens, and stand behind them. No pro-Targ is going to entertain the idea that they might not have been in love, at least not to Dany’s face. Rhaegar was these’s peoples’ beacon of light, their beautiful silver prince. And it’s easier to believe that he took a girl out of passion rather than calculated planning and obsession.

Rhaegar, before he can be a lover, or warrior, or even a prince, was someone driven by prophecy.

“Prince Rhaegar’s prowess was unquestioned, but he seldom entered the lists. He never loved the song of swords the way that Robert did, or Jaime Lannister. It was something he had to do, a task the world had set him. He did it well, for he did everything well. That was his nature. But he took no joy in it. Men said that he loved his harp much better than his lance.” -ASoS, Daenerys

“As a young boy, the Prince of Dragonstone was bookish to a fault. He was reading so early that men said Queen Rhaella must have swallowed some books and a candle whilst he was in her womb. Rhaegar took no interest in the play of other children. The maesters were awed by his wits, but his father’s knights would jest sourly that Baelor the Blessed had been born again. Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. No one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the knights were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, ‘I will require sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior. -ASoS, Daenerys

“It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. Rhaegar, I thought… the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet. What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise!” -AFFC, Samwell (though it was Aemon Targaryen who said this)

The man had her brother’s hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. “Aegon,” he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. “What better name for a king?”
“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked. “He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany’s, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. “There must be one more,” he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. “The dragon has three heads.
-ACoK, Daenerys

When you take all of these quotes into account, and for me the most telling is that second one (”something in his scrolls that changed him”), it becomes exceedingly clear to me that Rhaegar found it absolutely necessary that this prophecy be fulfilled. When he believed that this prince that was promised was himself, he immediately took it upon himself to become a knight. But when he believed he saw a red comet the night he fathered Aegon, this belief shifted to Aegon instead. And when he believed that the prophecy demanded three children, he took it upon himself to have a third.

Now, you can’t tell me that a man who made every decision in his life based on the prophecy is suddenly going to be doki doki heart eyes over a 14 year old girl he met at a tourney. I don’t care what happened or what was said, it just makes no sense to me. Rhaegar chose Lyanna to bear his child for a reason; that reason must have lied in prophecy, or else why would he choose her? Why take that massive political risk in “kidnapping” a 15 year old betrothed Stark girl if it did not produce an outcome that directly benefitted the prophecy? Why go into this with the knowledge that he may very well start a war if Lyanna was not the person he believed was necessary to carry his child? Not a kitchen girl in King’s Landing, not Cersei Lannister, not anyone else who would be less risky. For him to suddenly be like “I’m in love!” and throw his family’s dynasty barreling into the sea just because ~his heart demands it~ like… please. We’re talking about a man described as having a “sense of doom”, a “melancholy about him”, and playing his harp in the charred ruins of Summerhall. Not Florian the Fool.

It is even more telling, imo, that he didn’t proposition Lyanna to run away with him until after Aegon was born and after he found out that Elia can’t have more children.

And then on the other half of this relationship, we have Lyanna Stark, a 15 year old girl. I’d like anyone who’s ever been 15 once to look back and remember the person they were “in love” with at time and see if you’re still “in love” with them today.

The fleeting nature of young “love” aside, keep in mind that Lyanna was locked in a tower and made to give birth alone. She was isolated from her family, isolated from a war one that she may not known was even going on, considering that Rhaegar may have never even told her; if that’s the case, I’m throwing up a huge red flag for failing to inform a young girl that her father and brother are dead and Ned could die at any moment in battle. Even if Rhaegar had told her of the war and her brother and father’s deaths, do you really think she’d still “love” Rhaegar then?

Think of Sansa when Joffrey had her father killed. Did Sansa still “love” Joffrey after the fact? No. She didn’t.

And being pregnant at 15/16 is no joke! It’s dangerous! It’s scary! And when Rhaegar left her in the care of three knights made to keep her in the tower, to ensure that no one attempted to rescue her, well that’s fucked up. Then giving birth alone as your brother was risking his life to save you, well.

If Rhaegar loved Lyanna, he was delusional and trying to justify his taking her. If Lyanna loved Rhaegar, then it was most likely a coping mechanism, or something that faded after being confined to a tower for as long she was (when she was most likely promised freedom).

Ship them if you want, I don’t care. But it’s unhealthy and if you’re going to look at this critically, it is a terrible thing to romanticize.

WHAT IS TO LOVE?

you think this is it. when you crown him

king with his halo dazzling against

the blackness of the stars because

they, of course,

they are dimmed against him.

he outshines them all.


this is love.


WHAT IS TO LOVE?

you think this is it. you hollow out his thighs

and worship his mouth and surrender to his army.

you build a temple out of the prayers

you have whispered to him against the

breathless warmth of his lips and you

kneel. you kneel.


this is love.


WHAT IS TO LOVE?

you think this is it. this scrambling of limbs

and waking together in the morning,

falling asleep at night with your arm dangling over

his sun-stroked (for the sun, even the sun loves him–

how could it not?) torso, tracing the

dimples of his back with the pins affixed,

haphazardly, to your palm.

you scar him with needles and he kills you with knives.


this is love.


WHAT IS TO LOVE?

you think this is it. the boldness he has

inspired, the boldness he regrets.

the calluses on your palm, the calluses

he carries in his chest.

the fraying leather you don, the shining steel

he was born in. you love the idea of one last

supernova, you taste the idea of going down

in storm and glory on your tongue,

a phoenix in the fire,

of matching his brilliance for the first

and the last

time.


you know with dread and you know

with terrible clarity and you know with the

unerring confidence of a boy who knows

he

has nothing to lose.

all you can lose is him.

all you can lose is him.

and you are saving him, you are,

you are saving him from drowning in his own blood.

you think that, as you become him

and soak up his fire and swallow his flames,

that this is it.


this is love.

—  you would burn the world down and build it up brick by brick for him // s.w.

faustandluce  asked:

Everyone seems to take for granted the idea that Rhaegar is obsessed with prophecy, but the only textual support I can find is Aemon's discussion of TPTWP, Dany's vision in HOTU, and, if we're reaching, his realization that he must become a warrior. Is there anything I'm missing? You seem to have a really phenomenal understanding of the text, so I thought I'd ask. Love your work.

Thanks so very much! But first of all, let me just say that this “everyone takes for granted that Rhaegar was obsessed with prophecy” is not really everyone, it’s just those in the fandom who analyze the text and who read that analysis, which is actually a fairly small part of the fandom. And further, this belief is really a paradigm shift in views of Rhaegar; I recall not too many years ago when “everyone” believed Rhaegar was simply in love / lustfully obsessed with Lyanna to the point of neglecting his responsibilities (as well as his wife). (This usually went along with a belief in Lyanna the manipulative temptress, even though y’know she was only fourteen at Harrenhal, and sixteen when she died.)

As for the textual support – well, three data points is a lot, considering they comprise most of what we know about Rhaegar. Plus Rhaegar’s decision to become a warrior is not reaching at all:

“As a young boy, the Prince of Dragonstone was bookish to a fault. He was reading so early that men said Queen Rhaella must have swallowed some books and a candle whilst he was in her womb. Rhaegar took no interest in the play of other children. The maesters were awed by his wits, but his father’s knights would jest sourly that Baelor the Blessed had been born again. Until one day Prince Rhaegar found something in his scrolls that changed him. No one knows what it might have been, only that the boy suddenly appeared early one morning in the yard as the knights were donning their steel. He walked up to Ser Willem Darry, the master-at-arms, and said, ‘I will require sword and armor. It seems I must be a warrior.’”    

–Barristan Selmy, ASOS, Daenerys I

This directly correlates with Maester Aemon’s speech:

“No one ever looked for a girl,” he said. “It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. Rhaegar, I thought … the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet.” 

–AFFC, Samwelll IV

At a young age, Rhaegar changed from a budding Aerys I – who wasn’t just obsessed with books, but with prophecy – to a Baelor Breakspear overnight. And why? Rhaegar initially believed that he was the Prince that was Promised; whether he came to this conclusion on his own or only after with discussions with Aemon we don’t yet know. But these two data points – that Rhaegar believed he was the PTWP, that he found a scroll that changed him – tell us that Rhaegar must have found a scroll that told him that the Prince that was Promised must be a warrior, so therefore he changed his bookish ways and became one. Furthermore, this shows us that Rhaegar had a very strong belief that prophecy is important – important enough to change behavior, habits, indeed the course of one’s entire life.

And the second half of Maester Aemon’s speech, about how Rhaegar changed his mind about the PTWP and decided it was Aegon instead, correlates with the third data point:

Viserys, was her first thought the next time she paused, but a second glance told her otherwise. The man had her brother’s hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. “Aegon,” he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. “What better name for a king?”
“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked.
“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany’s, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. “There must be one more,” he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. “The dragon has three heads.”

–ACOK, Daenerys IV

Rhaegar was certain that the bleeding star had to be a comet. “The bleeding star”, btw, comes from another prophecy: “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.” And he was certain, which meant that he had subjected the prophecy to analysis, considering multiple options before deciding on the truth as he saw it. And this certainty convinced him that his son conceived under a comet was the prince that was promised. He believed that his son needed no song to be written for him, because he already had one… a song no one has heard of, which means it’s very likely some kind of prophecy. And Rhaegar believed that he needed “one more” – most likely one more bride for the prince – because “the dragon has three heads”, another prophecy.

Now, all of this doesn’t necessarily prove that Rhaegar was obsessed with prophecy. But the fact that of the little dialogue we have from him, two speeches are about prophecy… and the fact that we know he discussed prophecy with his wise relative… they tell us that at the very least Rhaegar was deeply concerned with prophecy and it affected his decisions.

But really, the belief of many fans that Rhaegar was obsessed with prophecy is a way of putting a more positive gloss on his actions that sparked Robert’s Rebellion. If you think that Rhaegar’s belief in prophecy caused him to think he needed another child to be the third head of the dragon – if you think that he believed he needed this child to help save the world from the Doom of Man – if you think that this is why he chose Lyanna Stark to be his lover, and hid her away from the world until he was certain she was pregnant – if you think that Rhaegar made all his mistakes, ignored the actions of his mad father, sparked a civil war that led to his death, the deaths of his family, the deaths of thousands, out of a true desire to protect humanity and save the world, out of a true belief that the future was far more important than the present… Well, then even if you think Rhaegar was deeply mistaken in his understanding of the prophecy, even if you think he was so very wrong to act based on prophecy without considering the terrible present consequences of his actions, that’s still a much kinder view of the man than thinking he did it all out of simple lust and shortsighted passionate stupidity.

Anyway, I hope you can see what you’re missing now. Anything else you need, just ask.

anonymous asked:

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SHINY HONEDGE IS DOING THEIR BEST AND COULD ALSO KICK MY ASS

BUT THEY WON’T BECAUSE THEY’RE A NICE POKÉMON

–Mod Mercy