imagine a Clone Wars episode/arc where a criminal is hired to dig up dirt (real or imagined) on the Jedi so they’re expelled or fall out of favor with the Chancellor or something
but like the investigator/criminal gets inVeStEd
“what do you MEAN Windu has never taken a day?? in his Jedi career?? someone teach this man SELF CARE”
“what do you MEAN General Kenobi would have left the order for Satine Kryze??? and they haven’t seen each other in over seven months?? do I NEED to wreak havoc on Mandalore so you can get thee to her, ginger-in-chief?”
“what do you MEAN Yoda’s apprentice fell to the dark side? what absolute madman does that to a liddle green bloke?”
“I have a bad feeling about exposing any of General Skywalker’s private life… as in… imperially bad feeling… I think he needs some blankets and maybe calming herbal teas”
“boss I’m sorry Commander Tano has done nothing wrong in her life ever”
On March 16th, 2017, Onision uploaded a video titled “
My Ex Is Targeting My Spouse?”(here is a mirror in case you don’t want to give him views). In this video, Onision explains that a girl named Veronika, a previous friend of his ex-fiance Shiloh, had written him an email trying to warn Onision and Lainey of Shiloh possibly contacting them. The entire basis of the email is written in speculation; Veronika makes various bizarre claims that Shiloh is still in love with Onision, refuses to get a tattoo of his name removed, and that Shiloh may potentially be targeting Lainey to get to Onision once again after five years of separation.
The video description is as follows:
My spouse was warned via email by my ex girlfriend’s ex close friend that my ex girlfriend may be targeting my spouse. In the past this ex has befriended people I’ve been romantically involved with & tried to get them to refuse to associate with me. In a previous video I discussed my spouse being informed that one of my ex’s was actually convince to stay away from me only to wind up dating me herself, basically making room for her to step in using lies to convince people close to me that I’m something I’m not… it’s intense, especially considering this person is five years in my past.
This video comes as a surprise to everyone well versed enough in the events that followed Onision and Shiloh’s breakup. Since they had separated, Shiloh deleted all her social media that had been tied to Onision, started fresh with all new online alias’ and privatized all her accounts. Shiloh completely stepped out of the limelight in response to the massive amount of negativity and harassment she was receiving from Onision’s followers. The last thing Shiloh wants to do is associate with this previous abuser of her’s.
Here is the only response Shiloh has made in regards to the drama Veronika and Onision had attempted to jump-start.
After that a week had gone by and nothing really ever came of Veronika’s accusations. On March 24th, another friend of Shiloh’s took to twitter to tell Onision that all the claims made in the email by Veronika were false. Everyone could see that there was no evidence to support Veronika’s claims and that the email was sent with malicious intent to smear Shiloh’s name once more, using Onision as a way to spread this misinformation to his massive audience.
Something interesting that came up was Veronika claiming that she had never sent the email in the first place. Veronika is now vehemently denying any involvement whatsoever, despite the substantial amount of evidence pointing otherwise.
Veronika in fact shifts the blame to an anti-Onision blog as being the source of the email, despite showing zero proof. She even goes so far to say that she lacks the ability to even WRITE AN EMAIL so it couldn’t have possibly been her doing. It’s extremely suspicious to use an excuse as poor as that, but to also try and frame some random ~anti-o~ blog as the source. In my personal experience, the anti blogs on tumblr are very respectful towards Greg’s exes’ privacy, most won’t even use their real names when referring to them (using nicknames or initials instead).
Now let’s look at some of the evidence against Veronika.
Veronika had a twitter account under the name @veron_liddle, which has since been deleted. Numerous tweets were screenshot showing her intense hatred of Shiloh, and the content of these tweets match up extremely well to the information that was sent in the email. Veronika also used this twitter account to post hate towards Onision, and support to Social Repose, Jaclyn Glenn, Ayalla, Billie, and even Joy Sparkle BS.
Not only did Veronika obsessively subtweet hate towards Shiloh for months, she also made a video about Shiloh and attempted to use lolcow to spread it. Everyone quickly noticed Veronika’s ulterior motive and ignored her. The video has since been deleted as it seems Veronika did not get the reaction she was expecting.
An anonymous user even points out the possibility of Veronika using Onision to bring down Shiloh once again.
Veronika even has a tumblr account where she admits that she is anti-Shiloh and will use her blog to post hate against her.
And now what I consider the most damning evidence of all– Veronika’s friend admits that Veronika wrote the email in various tweets to Onision, begging him to censor her name so she won’t receive backlash.
So Veronika, even if you claim zero involvement with the malicious email sent to Onision, it’s extremely clear that you are the one responsible. Veronika has a clear motive and has tried to create a personal army against Shiloh. She has gone to twitter, tumblr, youtube, lolcow, and even Onision himself with hopes of bringing Shiloh down. When each attempt proved fruitless, she tried to delete the evidence as shown with her twitter account and youtube video.
So what I can gather from all of this is: Veronika is a petty and hateful person set on destroying a previous friend of her’s, and will even try to use a KNOWN ABUSER to get her revenge.
Also Onision is too lazy to fact check anything he hears, reveling in speculation to start drama at any cost. Onision doesn’t care about the truth, he only cares about bringing down his exes of over five years ago.
When they woke the next morning, the fire had gone out and the Liddle was gone, but he’d left a sausage for them, and a dozen oatcakes folded up neatly in a green and white cloth. Some of the cakes had pinenuts baked in them and some had blackberries. Bran ate one of each, and still did not know which sort he liked the best. One day there would be Starks in Winterfell again, he told himself, and then he’d send for the Liddles and pay them back a hundredfold for every nut and berry. - Bran, ASoS
You write all the best ASOIAF meta so I have to ask, any thoughts on the Reeds? They are inexplicably my favorite and I wonder what you think of them.
You’re too kind, anon. Thank you! I quite like the Reeds. I find their place in the narrative really fascinating in a way that transcend their character arcs. I mean, individually they rock, but the way the text handles their introduction and the place they occupy in the Starks’ overall story is extremely compelling to me.
Look at how GRRM handled their introduction. We’ve been hearing about Howland Reed since AGoT as the only other survivor of the Tower of Joy and someone whose relationship with Ned sounded was deep and strong. It was not just that Howland was present for one of the most traumatic events in Ned’s life, one that haunts Ned throughout the book till his very end, but there is also a pointed intimacy in the description of the event that frames the relationship Howland enjoyed with the Stark siblings and the care he displayed for both Lyanna and Ned. Howland was there to take care of Ned as Ned shut down in his grief over Lyanna’s death, he was the one who eased Lyanna’s hand from Ned’s grasp, and I have no doubt that he took on the bulk of the effort of preparing Lyanna’s body for transport and any other needed task, something that must have been excruciating for him in light of his own personal friendship with Lyanna. That profound care Howland showed to the Starks as friends and not merely liege lords is compounded by being a holder of the secret of Jon’s real parentage, something that forms a certain bond between him and Ned as the two people who loved Lyanna fiercely enough to essentially commit treason to save her child’s life. I think Howland’s obscurity and the hardship of trying to find Greywater Watch makes people forget that had the truth about Jon’s parentage come to light, Howland’s life would have been in danger alongside Ned’s. The man was not just holding a secret for a friend, he was endangering himself by doing it.
But Howland is not the Reed GRRM chooses to shape our view of the house though, instead it’s Meera and Jojen that we meet first. The first interesting about this is how Meera and Jojen’s relationship with Bran doesn’t only reflect Howland’s relationship with Ned and Lyanna, but House Reed’s historical relationship with House Stark in general as well. The loyalty of House Reed to the Starks has been made a point even in TWOIAF, and as we see, Meera and Jojen really embody that loyalty. I’d be remiss if I did not speak about the historical weight that Meera and Jojen’s oath of fealty has which truly communicates the enormity of House Reed’s loyalty to the Starks in an oath that is hands-down the best oath of fealty I’ve ever heard.
This is our first introduction to any member of House Reed in current
time, and their oath is not only one that sets them apart from other
loyal Stark vassals, but it also holds the weight of history and
thousands of years of loyalty and trust between House Stark and House
Reed, while also acknowledging the true spirit of feudal vassalage oaths and their reciprocal nature and how the Starks historically upheld it. Look at how meaningful it is.
“To Winterfell we pledge the faith of Greywater,” they said
together. “Hearth and heart and harvest we yield up to you, my lord. Our
swords and spears and arrows are yours to command. Grant mercy to our
weak, help to our helpless, and justice to all, and we shall never fail
you.” “I swear it by earth and water,” said the boy in green. “I swear it by bronze and iron,” his sister said. “We swear it by ice and fire,” they finished together.
Allow me to go on a little tangent here because I just love that oath. This is an oath that is steeped in history, both personal and political.
Note that Meera and Jojen’s first appearance is during the harvest feast, which is pretty symbolic
considering that they were pledging everything to Winterfell, hearth and heart and harvest, trusting that Winterfell will reciprocate with protection and generosity and justice and friendship because that’s what Winterfell has done for thousands of years. It takes profound trust to say “here, we’re prepared to yield everything up to you. We only ask for mercy, help and justice” and knowing that trust will be rewarded. There is an acknowledgement here to thousands of years of good faith and the personal responsibility Winterfell took to look after their vassals through the worst winters. This is House Reed displaying the fierce loyalty that marks its members’ actions, while reflecting the reason the Starks garner such deep loyalty from their vassals. It is, first and foremost, a show of conviction and gratitude, because the Starks are not only known for upholding their solemn duties of protection as feudal lords, but also sharing Winterfell’s beneficial higher technology to ease the suffering of their people in winter in what can only be described as sheer generosity and kindness. They gave residence in the winter town as a right to their people so they could personally care and provide for them. They gave them justice and safety so trusted that the Liddle keeps talking about how different things were when there was a Stark in Winterfell, and the return of the Starks is treated as a symbolic restoration of order in the North. It will be alright when the wolves comes again.
I can spend a lot talking about that oath tbh but I don’t want to derail the conversation too much. I’ll just say that, unnoticed by many, we got our first inkling of ADWD’s Northern storyline and the first reminder that the North Remembers even before we actually heard that specific phrase. Link Meera and Jojen’s oath with Wylla Manderly’s passionate speech about how the wolves “nourished us and protected us” to the Liddle’s conviction that “when there was a Stark in Winterfell, a maiden girl could walk the
kingsroad in her name-day gown and still go unmolested, and travelers
could find fire, bread, and salt at many an inn and holdfast.” The groundwork for the story about Northern loyalty and Ned’s legacy, the explanation of the reason behind it is all laid in Bran’s chapters in book two and three. The Starks earned that indispensable place they hold in Northern history; they cared for their people, so their people cared for them back. The oaths of loyalty are personal to the Northmen because the Starks’ oaths of protection are also personal.
Those riveting declarations of devotion and faithfulness to the Starks that mark ADWD go back to ACok, it starts with Meera and Jojen Reed. We shall never fail you, they declare and then go on to be a steady source of guidance, support and protection for Bran. It’s Jojen Reed that assures us in no uncertain terms that “the wolves will come again” and that’s huge in what it tells the audience. Hang on. Don’t lose faith. That decency and morality and honor the Starks displayed will be rewarded. No, this is not a story about how honor gets you killed. The Starks honored their oaths, and their bannemen will honor them back.
That same sentiment is reflected in Howland’s actions with Lyanna and Ned which was built on a relationship formed when the Starks stood up for him at Harrenhal, Lyanna by charging into the foray to defend him and later riding in the tourney in his name, Ben by offering to help him find armor, and Ned for offering him a place with them, pretty much inviting him to their pack. I tend to see the Reeds as almost kin to the Starks if I’m being frank, which relates to how I also see them as the guardians of the Starks’ magical side, whether directly or symbolically. Their safeguarding of the Starks’ magic ranges from Jojen’s tutelage of Bran and his encouragement for him to seek the three-eyed crow, to Meera taking on the task of his protector through the journey so she could ensure that he does make it to where he is supposed to go, to both Reed siblings coming to Winterfell with the specific mission of saving Bran and setting him free of the chains from Jojen’s dream, to Howland
assisting in protecting Jon who has his own magical destiny. The Reeds are protectors - protectors of secrets, protectors of magic (House Reed has its strong mystical connections, including Jojen’s green dreams and whatever magical knowledge Howland gleamed during his stay on the Isle of Faces so it’s a fitting role), protectors of magically-inclined individuals, protectors of Starks. Howland saved Ned’s life during the rebellion and helped conceal Jon Snow, while his daughter provided for Bran and Jojen and offered physical protection and emotional support during the journey to beyond the Wall, and his son displayed staggering strength and courage in his persistence to get Bran to the three-eyes crown, even knowing that his end would be in that cave
and subsequently struggling with consuming depression. It is more than appropriate, then, that the Reeds’ geographical location and dominion over the Neck makes them the protectors of the entire North from enemies from the south.