ruminantmonk  asked:

Can I give you a prompt of sorts? Rewrite some of the house mottos to reflect how bad the show has gotten. For example: "Winter is dumbing" and "The North selectively remembers."


  • The North Can’t Be Bothered (technically not related to a particular House, but 100% the takeaway)
  • Winter Means Nothing
  • Here I Stalk
  • Family? Duty? …Meh
  • As High as the Writers’ Room
  • Ours is the Fan-service
  • Growing Stale
  • We Do Not Plan
  • Uninspired, Unappealing, Unqualified
  • Hear Me Mansplain
House Words Wednesdays: House Haigh

Welcome to House Words Wednesdays! Each week, I take a House without known canon or semi-canon words and present what I think could make sense as that House’s motto. You’re free to suggest more as well, if your favored House has not yet been suggested; take a look at this link to see what has already been suggested, and shoot me an ask through Tumblr if you have another House you’d like to see done. 

House Haigh is a noble House of the Riverlands, one of the vassal Houses sworn to the Freys of the Crossing. Little is known about the Haighs, although I think the Haighs are landed knights rather than lords (we have yet to meet a “Lord Haigh”, and Perianne Frey, Walder’s eldest daughter, was married to Ser Leslyn Haigh; you might think the eldest daughter of the liege lords of the Haighs could do better among her father’s vassals than a non-ruling knight). The Haigh sigil is known, though: a black pitchfork on a gold bend sinister, on a russet field - an obvious play on their name being a homophone of "hay" (like the Waxleys of Wickenden, who have burning candles, or the Belmores of Strongsong, who have bells).

One of the most defining feature of the modern Haighs - and probably historically true as well, for as long as the Haighs have been Frey vassals - is an open, demonstrative closeness to House Frey. In the story of the Knight of the Laughing Tree, it was a squire to a knight of House Haigh who, along with the squires to a Frey and a Blount, bullied young Howland Reed (and subsequently saw his knight’s ass beat by Lyanna). As noted above, Leslyn Haigh married Perianne Frey, and he, along with his sons Harys and Donnel, attended the Red Wedding; the three Haighs were seen drinking with three particularly loathsome Freys - Lothar, Hosteen, and Raymund - as well as their fellow Frey marital relations and cronies, Lord Lucias and Ser Damon Vypren. During the bloody chaos of the Red Wedding, Harys Haigh was seen wrestling a Vance as Black Walder moved to kill him, while “poor old Leslyn Haigh” lost half an ear trying to subdue the Greatjon. Nor did the Haigh assistance of the Freys end there, as Harys and Donnel joined their cousin Arwood Frey in responding to the raid on Saltpans. Jaime himself counted the pitchforks of Haigh among the banners of the Frey vassals in the siege of Riverrun.

The Haighs, to me, seem real flunkies, eager to show their attachment to House Frey. With that in mind, I wanted words that would reflect that eagerness. Thus, I came up with Sprung From Good Seed. As with the words for the Waxleys (fittingly, “Light in Darkness”), I thought the Haigh words should incorporate the wordplay already present in the House sigil; the best hay would presumably be sprung from good seed. Additionally, this motto reflects the intermarriage between Haigh and Frey: all descendants of Leslyn will have that Frey blood from Perianne, and for the sycophantic Haighs, they might point to that connection as a further example of their being sprung from the “good” Frey seed. Finally, as vassals of the Freys, the Haighs receive all they have at the sufferance of the Freys; I could imagine the Haighs think of the Freys as the tenders of the land and themselves as the sustenance. If it sounds sickeningly sycophantic … well, that’s the Haighs.

Let me know what you think of these Haigh words. Next week House Words Wednesdays looks east, to a family of the Vale on the rise under new management. 


asoiaf meme: 4/9 houses

House Stark of Winterfell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and the principal noble house of the north. In days of old they ruled as Kings of Winter, but since Aegon’s Conquest they have been Wardens of the North and ruled as Lords of Winterfell. Their seat, Winterfell, is an ancient castle renowned for its strength. Their sigil is a grey direwolf racing across a field of white. Their words are “Winter is Coming”, one of only a few house mottoes to be a warning rather than a boast.

Shit Slytherins Say: #112
  • I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet.

House Stark of Winterfell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and the principal noble house of the north. In days of old they ruled as Kings of Winter, but since Aegon’s Conquest they have been Wardens of the North and ruled as Lords of Winterfell. Their seat, Winterfell, is an ancient castle renowned for its strength. Their sigil is a grey direwolf racing across a field of white. Their words are “Winter is Coming”, one of only a few house mottoes to be a warning rather than a boast.

  • Gryffindor: Draco dormiens nun...What?
  • Ravenclaw: *sighs* I thought you'd know it by now. It means "Never tickle a sleeping dragon."
  • Gryffindor: Well, if you're not brave enough...
  • Slytherin: What IDIOT would do that?
  • Hufflepuff: Why would you want to wake up this poor dragon?
  • Gryffindor: ...
Sun in the Houses
  • wherever the sun is, it brings a vitality and focus. they fulfill their ego through that area. it's almost like having the sun in the sign that house rules, but not quite. here we go!
  • sun in the first house: the motto for this house is "i am," and i can't think of a better descriptor for the sun here. these people exist in whatever sign their rising is, and don't hesitate to actually exist.
  • sun in the 2nd house: objects. self worth. money. "i am what i have," and that includes mental shit too. they've got their life together (or will when they grow into their sun).
  • sun in the third house: "i think" is an accurate phrase to describe these people. they are quick. quick witted, quick thinkers. they are so funny!however, they often do not think before they speak.
  • sun in the fourth house: if i described these people in one word, it would be nostalgic. these people are very family oriented and would die for them.they can be very emotional.
  • sun in the fifth house: since this house is ruled by leo, the sun shines here! these people are creative, fun and romantic. however, just like leo, they can get caught up in their pride and ego.
  • sun in the sixth house: "i'll fix that." these people are helpers at heart. many of them will say that they want to fix you-and while this is a bit rude, they do not mean it that way. nervousness is their baseline mood.
  • sun in the seventh house: the seventh house is what we reject of ourselves. here we reject our ego, in a way. people with this placement are the kind to find themselves in other people.
  • sun in the eighth house: this house is ruled by scorpio. it signifies sex, death, change, and the occult. many people with the sun here are ones to be interested in witchcraft, astrology, things of that sort. they like to know everything about everyone else, but hate to let anyone know anything about themselves. they are great at making people feel like they know a lot about them when they really know almost nothing.
  • sun in the ninth house: these people are what you would call opinionated, or preachy. they know what they know, and want everyone else to know it too. they are the philosophers, the thinkers, and they have set high morals for themselves.
  • sun in the tenth house: this is another good place for the sun to be, in my opinion. the tenth house is also known as your MC, which is many things, but one is your public persona. people see your ego when they first notice you with this placement. the tenth is also your career. people with the sun here have a great poker face and seem very strong (i also notice their amazing bone structure).
  • sun in the 11th house: these are your humanitarians. these people are popular seemingly without trying, and will always be found in public with a friend, even if they are loners. you often do not know much about them, especially with scorpio or aquarius on the cusp.
  • sun in the 12th house: where sun in the seventh people reject themselves, sun in the 12th people could never find this part of them. the 12th house rules prisons, and it is like their ego, their main personality is locked away in a cell. oftentimes however, the prison is made by themselves. this may seem a little silly, but 12th house sun natives often seem both sleepy and confused, but that is just who they are.


House Greyjoy of Pyke is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Iron Islands, a harsh and bleak collection of forbidding islands off the west coast of Westeros, from the Seastone Chair in the castle of Pyke on the island of the same name. Their sigil is a golden kraken on a black field, and their house motto is “We Do Not Sow.” Members of the family tend to be attractive and well-built, with black hair.


On this distant star, each tribe or clan fights to ultimately reign supreme. For the longest time, the war just waged on, with no one group holding the advantage. However, this battle that no one thought would ever end was suddenly brought to an abrupt halt, as the “Worms”, invaders from outerspace, suddenly crashed on the planet.

X-Saber” | “Mist Valley” | “Flamvell” | “Ice Barrier

To combat the invaders, the tribes and clans were forced to form a truce and unite together. The four tribes that were the most powerful forces on the continent form their own organization, “Ally of Justice”. Bringing together each of their technologies and crafts, they began to develop anti-Worm weapons.

A on-going series where I create Game of Thrones/House-motto wallpaper based on different Archtype in the Yugioh card game.

anonymous asked:

the question that I keep coming back to is: why wouldn't Jaime tell Cersei or Tyrion the truth about why he killed Aerys? Was it that they never questioned him? That they already loved him so he didn't feel the need to prove himself to them? Cersei especially I can't figure out, because how can he not have revealed his most defining moment to his "other half"?

Thanks for the question, anon.

First, I think that Jaime perceives himself as having managed to hold true to one  vow, and only one vow, in his life: keeping Aerys’s secret. And that secret is the extent of his madness and his villainy. It’s an odd small thing to us considering the ways in which he is already forsaken. Incest, cuckolding one king, slaying another. With Bran and his near murder of Arya, violence against the most innocent. So why should that one small, unbroken vow mean anything? Because it does. Because it’s the only one left.

So, it took a LOT for Jaime to finally break that vow. A year of imprisonment followed by extended torture and a complete breakdown in his identity. A spiritual death and rebirth - once again, bound together with a female “twin” - all this reduced him to that point.

But we also have to ask ourselves what Jaime was trying to get from Brienne in that moment and why not only was he worn down enough to ask for it but why she was the first person of his acquaintance from whom he could possibly get what he sought: a proper judge to hear his case.

Neither Tywin nor Cersei are proper judges. Neither of them understand vows. Tywin understands *deals*, but those aren’t the same thing. If we have a deal and you don’t hold up your end, I don’t have to hold up mine. But if I make a vow, swear an oath, and you break yours, I still have to hold up mine. So this isn’t something Tywin could possibly grasp, and if Jaime tried to explain, he’d consider it nonsense. Tywin thinks he knows why Jaime did it - family loyalty. And Tywin hates Jaime’s Kingsguard oaths, anyway.

Cersei, well…she doesn’t even understand deals, does she? She’ll promise anything in the moment with no thoughts whatsoever on how she’ll live up to it, because she has no plans to bother. See, there are two sides to their unofficial House motto: responsibility and revenge. Cersei gets revenge, but she hasn’t the first clue about responsibility.

And Tyrion, well…Tyrion understands Jaime enough to grasp what it meant to Jaime, but the little brother who hero-worships him isn’t a proper judge either. The only other possibility all these years has been Barristan, who is prejudiced, due to his own role in the crisis.

So, Jaime finds in Brienne someone whose honor is unimpeachable, and he pleads his case. What is it, exactly, that Jaime did to Aerys? Jaime could’ve held Aerys there and let someone else execute him. In that moment, Jaime was witness, judge, and executioner. Aerys didn’t die to prevent the destruction of King’s Landing. Rossart was already dead. Tywin was in the city. Jaime killed Aerys because the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. He looks him in his eye, hears his final words, and swings, because Aerys deserved to die. Not to save lives that were already saved, but as punishment for his crimes. 

What Jaime is asking for from Brienne, then, is for her to pass judgment on the rightness of the judgment he himself passed on Aerys. By what right does the wolf judge the lion? Well, by what right does the lion judge the dragon? Tell me, did he have the right to judge Aerys? Something Gerold Hightower told him explicitly that he had no right to do? So this is what he wants from Brienne. Curse him or kiss him or call him a liar. *Something*. 

He’s breaking the one vow he’s been able to keep so that someone with *good judgment* can finally be asked to evaluate *his* judgment. He hasn’t been able to trust his own judgment since all the grown men he thought were the finest in the realm told him his instinct to protect people from a tyrant was a wrong instinct. He’s been terrified all these years because he truly did not know if he did the right thing. Now he can trust himself again. This is what lets Jaime begin to move back to the land of the living, when for fifteen years he’s just been rotting away in limbo. Now he can think of himself as having saved 500,000 lives. 

He never asked anyone for this before Brienne because no one else he’d met could possibly have provided what he needed.