wip/sneak peek (more to come!); so how about that Zelda-centric game ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) nah these are a couple of concepts i drafted during the first excruciating days of going over highschool stuff but yes!! indeed this is the ‘game’ where zelda saves link’s ass but,, it has a twist. it doesnt exactly pertain to the formula of a regular zelda game but u kno im just testing out the waters for now
i aim for this concept to be EXTREMELY reminiscient of past zelda games because i aim big and suck ass
this timeline, this Zelda has already received prophecy that her childhood best friend Link (currently enrolled as a Knight in the Hyrule army) will be appointed the Saviour of Hyrule, and has hopes of leading him to his destiny. She is the only person (other than close associates to the royal family) to know about the Elemental Seals, Crests of ancient history that represent realms/civilizations spread across the world, declined or thriving. The Crests are shielded by a protective veil called the Shawl of Light. One day, she requested his assistance in protecting her when transferring the Seals one by one to their respective realm– the first being the Leaf Crest within the Lost Woods. Handing him the hero’s tunic, this was the time she was ready to relay Link’s and Hyrule’s fate as she guides him through the Lost Woods and conveniently stumbles across the Master Sword. This was cut short when the antag (Ganon,, questionably?) cuts in thru some rift, snags the Seals, abducts Link and traps him in a mirror, and makes an attempt to snag Zelda. However, she is protected by Shawl, throwing antag back into portal, spreading the Seals across the world, and also dropping a Crest. Retrieving it, the Seal presents itself with sentience, locking itself onto her wrist as a bracelet and a glove. thruout the game its the equivalent of Navi and preaches alot of advice to Zelda.
do one of your favorite fe8 pairings for the meme. :)
Imma do Kyle/Lute because there ain’t no status difference there.
who’s the werewolf and who’s the hunter: Werewolf!Kyle being tracked by scientific investigator Lute? Yes. who’s the mermaid and who’s the fisherman: Uh… Lute’s no mermaid and I like werewolf!Kyle better than merman!Kyle. who’s the witch and who’s the familiar:Lute’s a witch. Kyle got changed into a raven or something. Yes. who’s the barista and who’s the coffee addict: I can maybe vaguely see barista Kyle if I squint but I don’t think Lute’s rolling on coffee. who’s the professor and who’s the TA: Huh. Professor Lute with her TA Kyle is one application of this that doesn’t bother me. Go figure. who’s the knight and who’s the prince(ss): LOL. PRINCESS LUTE??? Or Kyle as the prince with the world’s least obliging knight at his alleged command. Hah. who’s the teacher and who’s the single parent: Oh dear. Kyle as a frowny-face teacher and Lute’s raising the Arthur!sprog? Or Lute as the teacher everyone’s terrified of and Kyle’s raising Syrene’s kid? Hmmm. who’s the writer and who’s the editor: Pretty sure Lute’s the writer and Kyle is the doting sort of editor rather than the kind who’s taking a scalpel to the manuscript.
This week proved that my Photoshop skills haven’t gotten rusty. It also showed that I need to make my theme weeks about popular and recognizable cards more often (as if that wasn’t obvious). nekomatawaltzer contributed the eighth card for Elspeth, Knight-Errant week.
So reading the Arya VIII chapter in ACoK made me think about the feudal system in Westeros and how is works. Before we jump in some words on what exactly the feudal system in medieval Europe was and why this post became two posts in the process of writing.
Disclaimer: I’m not a historian, just someone who really likes history! Also, this is a very simplified look at feudal society.
Feudal society can be said to be comprised of three classes: Lords, vassals, and serfs. The Lord is the one who actually owns the land and gives rights to use this land to his vassal in return for (usually military) service on from of a fief. In the case of Westeros this means that all lords are actually vassals of the King of the Seven Kingdoms and don’t really own the land they live on, it’s just a loan, except not really. I will get more into the relationship between king and lords in the second part of this post. Here I actually want to focus on the commoners of Westeros.
You see, the smallfolk not only does not own the land they are working on, they actually belong to the land. When a lord grants the usage of land to his vassal this includes the people that live on it. They are not free, they are serfs. There is a difference between serfs and actual slaves though to modern eyes this difference can be quite blurry. Serfs are not only required to pay taxes to their lord and not allowed to leave his land, they are also required to lend their workforce when their lord demands it. In time of war they can be forced to fight for him. In return the lord is obligated to protect his people and make sure justice is served. One important thing to note is, that serf technically have the right to be heard by their Lord about grievances. However, the fulfillment of this right lies completely within the hands of their lord. Basically, it’s fine when you happen to live on the lands of someone fair and just and if not, that’s just too bad.
Another important thing to note is, that not all commoners fall into the class of serf. The situation of a commoner in the city is very different from a peasant bound the lands of his lord. So one should take care not to conflate the situation of the craftsmen or merchants with that of the peasants. The same goes for people like Davos or Bronn, who might be looked down upon or operate outside of the law, but have the (however remote) chance of social mobility available to them.
How is this important to ASoIaF? This means for example (and here we get into the Arya chapters from ACoK) that once Tywin took over Harrenhall he was completely within his rights to round up the people living in the area and force them to work in his new castle. He is also within his rights to kill them or severely punish them, if they try to get away. And here the line between serf and slave becomes extremely blurry. As already said technically they could petition for justice, but only to their lord. So basically they would have to petition for justice to the person who is responsible for their mistreatment. Thus we return to the same theme I already mentioned when discussing knightly honor. In the social system of Westeros the weak are at the absolute mercy of the powerful. Knights are obligated through honor, to protect the weak. But if they don’t, how could “the weak” do anything about this? Lords are obligated to rule justly over their people, but again there is no system in place to do anything about it, if they don’t. Again and again we hear about the mistreatment of the common people in Westeros: This is not a bug in the system because of times of war, this is everyday business.
The same goes for Tywin’s attack in the Riverlands. Basically what he is doing is not so much murder, but a property crime. It is not outrageous, because he kills people, it’s outrageous because he destroys the lands of another noble. Notably the people who come before the iron throne to complain are knights, who’s holdfast were destroyed. They bring the smallfolk along as witnesses, probably against their will. From Eddard XI in AGoT:
Small wonder they had been so fearful; they had thought they were being dragged here to name Lord Tywin a red-handed butcher before a king who was his son by marriage. He wondered if the knights had given them a choice.
If he did the same on his own land, nobody would care. In fact, he probably has done the same on his own lands. We don’t know what happened to the smallfolk that was attached to House Tarbeck and House Reyne, but my guess is, it wasn’t good. And for that Tywin wasn’t condemned but applauded. He even got his own song.
Another example might be Bolton’s idea about ‘quite land quite rule’ (though we really don’t know too much about what went on in the Bolton’s lands). Roose Bolton obviously had no problem just going about raping a pretty peasant girl, because he felt like it. The important thing is that he never caused so much of a stir that Eddard Stark would have to do something about it. ‘Quite land quite rule’ is not about a peaceful life for the peasants, but about keeping things down so the Starks would not come looking about what is going on there.
And this brings me to the idea that sparked this whole post: That the attitude toward slavery in Westeros is incredibly hypocritical. While it is true that the peasants in Westeros are not technically slaves, they aren’t free either. Jorah Mormont might be condemned for selling his people as slaves, but the same nobles of Westeros who condemn this, overlook that the smallfolk are often treated like property, even if they are not bought or sold for money.
Oh, and I forgot this while writing this post, so it gets tagged on at the end, but what’s up with the whole saltwife and thrall thing at the Iron Islands? Are they not under rule of the Iron Throne and part of Westeros, were slavery is forbidden? Is that not slavery, because the Ironman don’t actually pay money for the people they kidnap and force into unpaid labor?