samwpmarleau  asked:

I apologize if you've answered this before, but why do you think GRRM made Elia and Rhaegar's marriage so short and Rhaenys so young? I feel like his betrayal would have had more impact if they'd been married for longer. And I have trouble buying the "Rhaenys was too recognizable to properly fake her death" excuse if she were still several months shy of 3 during the Sack of KL. Many two-year-olds look alike; a 5- or 6-year-old, for example, would be more believable IMO.

Oh, no, the betrayal is all the worse because Rhaegar left Elia on Dragonstone with newborn Aegon when he went off to the Riverlands to abduct Lyanna. It’s all the worse because Elia was probably pregnant with Aegon during the Tourney at Harrenhal. And it only makes sense with Rhaegar’s need for three children, that he and Elia could only have been married long enough to have two children and for them to learn that she could never have a third. And the hurt is all the worse because Rhaegar’s children were only a babe-in-arms and a toddler, but Tywin decided they needed to be murdered anyway.

Also, Rhaenys looked like a Martell – how many salty Dornish-looking 3-year-olds could possibly have been in King’s Landing? Especially if she had a touch of Targaryen features (like Bittersteel with his black Bracken hair and purple Targaryen eyes, or Valarr with his brown hair and silver-gold streak). But even if Rhaenys looked pure Martell, evidently her body was recognizable enough, and also because she was merely stabbed “half a hundred” times, and didn’t have her head bashed in like her baby brother. :( 

BTW, you’ve got that excuse reversed – nobody in the books has ever said that Rhaenys was too unique-looking to duplicate; that’s just a fan theory to explain why Elia would ever have allowed her son to be replaced by the “pisswater prince” while not protecting her daughter in the same way. Whereas the real truth is that Varys’s secret Blackfyre restoration scheme is dependent on the fact that Aegon was killed in a way that destroyed his features and the replacement story was invented after the Sack (especially considering Aegon did look like a Targaryen, so how’d Varys find a baby of the right age with the right hair to fool Aerys’s spies, eh?), and most likely Varys never spoke to Elia about protecting her children, either one of them.

And last, but not least, the real answer to your question:

“Rhaenys was a child too. Prince Rhaegar’s daughter. A precious little thing, younger than your girls. She had a small black kitten she called Balerion, did you know? I always wondered what happened to him. Rhaenys liked to pretend he was the true Balerion, the Black Dread of old, but I imagine the Lannisters taught her the difference between a kitten and a dragon quick enough, the day they broke down her door.” Varys gave a long weary sigh, the sigh of a man who carried all the sadness of the world in a sack upon his shoulders. “The High Septon once told me that as we sin, so do we suffer. If that’s true, Lord Eddard, tell me… why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?”


These are your lands, America! Celebrate 40 years of enjoying #YourPublicLands!

The Bureau of Land Management was established in 1946, but its roots go back to the years after America’s independence, when the young nation began acquiring additional lands.  At first, these lands were used to encourage homesteading and westward migration.  The General Land Office was created in 1812 to support this national goal.

Over time, values and attitudes regarding public lands shifted, and Congress merged the GLO and another agency, the U.S. Grazing Service, creating the BLM.

The BLM manages public lands and subsurface estate under its jurisdiction under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act or FLPMA, passed in 1976.  Despite the rapidly changing environment in which we work, the BLM remains committed to its core mission mandated by FLPMA – a careful balancing of multiple use and sustained yield.

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Land of Dragons, by Nicola_Pirondini

Hi everyone, today I wanna show you this image taken on the Dolomites, which depicts a fantasy land, the land of dragons. I was inspired by this theme because the mountain you see in the image always reminds me a part of a dragon’s body thanks to his strange shape. I tried more times to resharpen the image for 500px but after the latest quality update I can’t find the deal with horizontals. I hope you can enjoy it anyway! Nicola

@hotchickswithsuperpowers replied to your post “everyone’s doing that platonic brotp meme thing and because my brain…”

also have you done mehane for the brotp thing yet????? i haven’t refreshed my tumblr

@kathubs replied to your post “everyone’s doing that platonic brotp meme thing and because my brain…”

do the platonic brotp thing for mehane then you dork

all right fine here we go bitches 

mehane (the brotp version)

  • who steals french fries off the other’s plate - there is nothing more faith lehane on this list. and it wouldn’t even be a thing. like “steals”? c’mon, man. you know tara would get a large order of fries anywhere they went just to ensure there’d be enough for faith who considers tara’s food to be fair game in literally any situation ever 
  • who jokingly moves in for the kiss when someone asks if they’re a couple - FAITH and i’m 99% sure she would actually go through with the kiss just to see tara blush 
  • who has to bust or bail the other out of jail - i mean, the obvious answer is tara. and i’m laughing just imagining tara’s sass when faith has to make the dreaded call from the police station to tara’s dorm room to beg her for help. tara would hear the whole “blah blah an inmate from blah blah is trying to contact you” thing and just be sort of like really??? again??? but she’s like okay i accept the charges or whatever let me speak to this bitch and before tara can even say anything faith’s all like “yo yo yo listen before you say anything i can explain” and this is just as much an accepted part of their friendship as the french fries thing (also now i’m thinking about the big “what if” of tara somehow ending up in jail and needing to call faith after all those times she nagged her for getting into trouble and how that would go over and goddamn i wish i had time to write this fic. it’s on my personal wishlist now for… myself… because with some time i could do this right)
  • who gives the other advice/comfort about dating issues - both of them. like tara obviously hits faith with the whole “you have to tell buffy how you feel you cannot keep hitting on her and playing it off like it’s nothing okay it’s been like four years babe please tell her that you like her the world is literally about to end” and just generally trying to get faith to express her feelings and be open to hope and love while faith is always telling tara not to let girls take advantage of her and when willow screwed with her memories and junk faith was all over that shit in two seconds, kicking things off by coming over to help tara pack her stuff and keeping willow away from her so she could leave and keep things as painless as possible and then letting tara stay with her during the break-up so she could provide comfort and probably some booze until tara’s ready to hop back in the saddle again (and you know faith would take her out and force her to meet other girls until things with willow finally cool down like faith is not going to let her best friend be single and sad for long)
  • who shamelessly cheats at games by reaching over to cover the other’s eyes - faith? duh? tara doesn’t get it because she’s horrible at video games in the first place but maybe that’s just because faith cheats all the time who knows (tara never will)
  • who immediately calls dibs on the top bunk - FAITH (but i mean honestly this lonely bitch would probably end up falling asleep in the same bed as tara or stumbling back to whatever bedroom it is they share all drunk and incapable of actually making it back into the top bunk that she was so adamant to call)
  • who starts and who wins the pillow fights - faith she’s an actual menace to tara’s life someone please save her from this (lovable) demon spawn 
  • who says “your pants would look better on their floor” to the other’s potential crush - oh my god both of them like originally i was going to just go with faith but then i remembered tara’s sassy ass at buffy’s birthday party with spike and ajdfkalf can you imagine faith and tara and buffy and willow all stuck together at some bronze party thing where they’re forced to communicate and tara and faith dropping hints for the other’s love interest like it’s some kind of stupid contest all night long until willow and buffy finally get uncomfortable enough to leave and they’re just sort of left alone to drunkenly bicker about who’s fault it was 

They went back to it.  They almost went and did shit together too.

That’s very… VERY strange.  A werewolf who is not a werewolf who is CLEARLY a werewolf who is susceptible to Andrei’s bug.  … somewhere there’s some Inception shit going on.

Anyway I said almost because I reset one of the members of this household and it broke Shavonne and Clayton apart.

I know, I wanted to see them bone too if just to mess with them.  xD

…. he’s telling you to remember your pressure points.  :/

Yes, a sim who is clearly an analog of your own Grumpy af son just told you to cool your shit.

That and he’s got no fur.  Disturbing.

Anyhow, Clayton had enough of this cockteasery so…

He left, looking like he fucked someone’s mother anyway.  :|  WELP.