ladies of asoiaf [3/?] → alyssa velaryon

Alyssa married her cousin, Prince Aenys Targaryen. Aenys became king, but died after only five years of troubled rule. Alyssa became a hostage of her good-brother, King Maegor I Targaryen, when he usurped the Iron Throne from Aenys’s and Alyssa’s eldest son, Prince Aegon. Alyssa remained a captive on Dragonstone until the death of Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen; the chaos afterwards gave her an opportunity to escape with Jaehaerys and Alysanne, her two youngest living children. Alyssa’s escape lead to the death of her eldest living son, Viserys, who was tortured for nine days until he died.
Upon Jaehaerys’s coronation in 48 AC, Alyssa became his regent. Half a year after stepping down as regent, she married the Hand of the King, Lord Robar Baratheon.

*viva bianca as alyssa velaryon

I keep seeing headcanons that Jon and Dany will name their first child Lyanna. I don’t mind it, because after all that’s the name of the woman who gave birth to Jon.

But consider this: Jon and Dany naming their first child Rhaella. She’s not only Jon’s grandmother and Dany’s mother but also a good woman who didn’t deserve all the pain she went through. It would be nice to see Jon and Dany honoring her memory by naming one of their children after her.

anonymous asked:

Do you agree with the notion that Varys & Littlefinger have a truce, possibly unspoken, not to directly interfere with each other? Varys passes up several opportunities to rat him out (to Cat & Tyrion), even tho he isn't pleased at his haste (talking to Illyrio), or is he using Petyr & letting LF think he's got one over on the Spider? Is LF clueless about V's Targ agenda?

No, I don’t. It just so happens that Varys’ goals and Littlefinger’s short-term goals have been quite compatible thus far, and we’re only now seeing the hard divergence at the end of AFFC and ADWD.

Book one, they both want the destabilisation of the Baratheon-Stark-Tully-Arryn coalition. While Littlefinger got the action under way by killing Jon Arryn (leaving Arryn power in Lysa’s hands) and pointing the Starks at the Lannisters, the level of chaos Littlefinger instigated was what Varys needed to soften Westeros up for a Dothraki invasion. This is the principal reason why he let Littlefinger’s lie about the dagger pass - if he let it go, he could be sure that the Starks would pursue the Lannisters straight away. Catelyn threw off the timing when she arrested Tyrion.

Book two, they both have an overriding interest in keeping Stannis off the throne. Should Stannis win the Iron Throne, neither’s keeping their job, and most likely neither are keeping their heads. Varys allies himself with Tyrion; Littlefinger works with the Tyrells.

Books three and four, they both want the Lannister regime in place and off balance. They want people on the Iron Throne who can be knocked off at will, and relief when that person is gone. Littlefinger’s toppled his financial house of cards and is standing back from this arena for the moment while he works in the Vale and the North; Varys kills the key people between Cersei and power. Both take steps to ensure there is zero chance Tyrion ever works with House Lannister again (Littlefinger by framing him for murder, Varys by recruiting him; compare and contrast their actions re: Ned Stark, where Littlefinger almost certainly had him killed while Varys took steps to tuck him somewhere out of the way).

Their overall goals are definitely incompatible. Varys is one hell of an extremist, but he’s also an idealist. Littlefinger’s out for Littlefinger alone. They can’t work cooperatively due to these differences, and their mutual ignorance of the other’s endgames makes a truce undesirable, but they can avoid stepping on each other’s toes so long as they’re working to those similar short-term goals.

Two Queens: The Sun and the Moon

In which Rhaegar and Robert perish together on the trident and Elia seizes control of King’s Landing and declares herself Queen. She sends Oberyn and thirteen loyal Dornishmen to retrieve the Lady Lyanna Stark and her newborn son, Jon Targaryen from the Tower of Joy and are successful. Lyanna and Jon’s presence in King’s Landing have brought the Quiet Wolf and his Northern Lords to heel, but consumed with sadness and anger over the deaths of his father and brother, Eddard leaves a grieving Lyanna in Elia’s hands and rides back North. 

At first, the two women can scarcely speak to each other. Elia has a realm to run and no desire to coddle her dead husband’s mistress. The girl is a token to keep the North in line. Lyanna ( now Queen Lyanna ) chafes under the weight of her golden cage and is resentful towards the First Queen for keeping her here. She is allowed to fight with a sword, to ride as much as she wants and make her own freedom…but she is not allowed to take her son and ride to Winterfell. Lyanna hates her. Elia could care less. 

And yet it is a sick baby Jon that forces the two Queens to bond over their losses and finally learn to heal from the wounds Rhaegar left behind. 

“You hate me.”

“I don’t hate you. Not really. You’re just so…so…

“Infuriating? Impulsive?” The She-wolf smirks, grey eyes dancing in the light of Jon’s chambers and Elia cannot help but smile back. “Both,” she answers and for the first time since Rhaegar draped those dreaded flowers on Lyanna’s head, the two women laugh. ‘Perhaps…,’ Elia thinks, ‘Perhaps I will grow fond of you, Lyanna Stark.’

Nymeria and Visenya reborn. The song of Ice and Fire. 

duslawa  asked:

Hello! Firstly, this is my absolutely favorite ASOIAF themed blog, the amount of great meta and theories is overwhelming! Secondly, I wanted to ask one thing: do you have any theories about city of Yeen? Was it build by some ancient civilisation (or maybe by aliens ;))? What happened to Nymeria's people? What makes the city so evil? And finally: whassup with that greasy stone? I know that it is a mystery to all of us, but I really want to know your thoughts on the subject. Greetings!

Thank you so much! You can see my theory about the black stone here and here (with some further commentary in my black stone tag). But to summarize my theory:

  • I think that Yeen, and the Isle of Toads, and the Seastone Chair, and Asshai – various creepy places and things constructed of black stone with a greasy, oily, unpleasant feel – were made by the Deep Ones, long ago.
  • Per Maester Theron, in his book Strange Stone, the Deep Ones are a “queer, misshapen race of half men sired by creatures of the salt seas upon human women”. FYI, they’re one of GRRM’s tributes to HP Lovecraft, and you can see more info here. In Lovecraft, the Deep Ones worship a Great Old One, Dagon. (Dagon is also an Ironborn name, because GRRM is not subtle with his references; also the “what is dead may never die” of the Ironborn is a reference to the Great Old One Cthulhu.)
  • Note that the Mazemakers of Lorath, an ancient race of giants that lived thousands of years ago, were per legend destroyed by creatures from the sea.
  • Because the labyrinth-like foundation of the Hightower is similar to the mazes of Lorath, I think that Maester Theron is incorrect in believing that the black stone Hightower base was made by the Deep Ones.
  • I believe the grand structures made of black stone that is described as dry or fused like Valyrian dragonfire construction, but predate the Valyrians by millennia – like the base of the Hightower, and the Five Forts – were made by those defending against the attacks of the Deep Ones.
  • These defenders may have had dragons, long before the Valyrians ever did. The Mazemakers were evidently not human, it’s uncertain if those who built the Five Forts or the base of the Hightower (also massively scaled) were either, but it probably doesn’t matter.
  • This war in antiquity may have been the same as the first Long Night, but more likely even earlier, a different cycle of history, a different ancient Enemy who came from somewhere else.

But anyway, back to Yeen. Whatever the Deep Ones were, they’re evidently connected to creepy, eldritch, alien things (not sf space aliens, but fantasy other-dimensional aliens), evil from beyond, evil beyond what we can comprehend. The places they made are toxic to life (human, animal, vegetable) – though they may attract cultists and others seeking magical powers and forbidden knowledge, and note the people of the Isle of Toads are fishlike with webbed hands and feet so are probably descended from Deep Ones and thus immune. The greasy black stone the Deep Ones left behind creeps people out because of either the evil vibes it gives off, a collective memory of that ancient war, or both. And the abandoned city of Yeen, made of this oily black stone, avoided by natives, animals, even the plants of the jungle – well, every attempt to resettle it has ended in horror, so, like… don’t go there. Just don’t. It’s a Bad Place. (Not to be confused with Thin Places.)

Regarding Nymeria’s people…

Keep reading


a song of ice and fire : game of thrones
                 top 10 chapters/pov’s || #9 bran

     bran’s cloak billowed out, rippling in the wind, and the snow seemed to rush at his face. robb was well ahead, glancing back over his shoulder from time to time to make sure bran and the others were following. he snapped the reins again. smooth as silk, dancer slid into a gallop. the distance closed. by the time he caught robb on the edge of the wolfswood, two miles beyond the winter town, they had left the others well behind. “i can ride!” bran shouted, grinning. it felt almost as good as flying.
     once he was gone, the woods seemed to close in around bran. the snow was falling more heavily now. where it touched the ground it melted, but all about him rock and root and branch wore a thin blanket of white. as he waited, he was conscious of how uncomfortable he felt. he could not feel his legs, hanging useless in the stirrups, but the strap around his chest was tight and chafing and the melting snow had soaked through his gloves to chill his hands. he wondered what was keeping theon and maester luwin and joseth and the rest.
     robb shouted, “winterfell!” and kicked his horse. the gelding plunged down the bank as the ragged men closed. a man with an axe rushed in, shouting and heedless robb’s sword caught him full in the face with a sickening crunch and a spray of bright blood. the man with the gaunt stubbly face made a grab for the reins, and for half a second he had them… and then grey wind was on him, bearing down. he fell back into the stream with a splash and a shout, flailing wildly with his knife as his head went under water. the direwolf plunged in after him, and the white water turned red where they had vanished.

3 problems I have with the undercover Jon theory:

There’s literally no reason for Jon to have sex with Daenerys after she’s already pledged her support to fight for the North no strings attached (Jon is the one to bring up pledging the North to her at that point, she makes no mention of him bending the knee). She’s invested deeply after having lost Viserion. If its already a sure thing, why go the extra mile of “seducing” her?

Jon doesn’t even take Sansa’s counsel seriously enough to tell her that he’s leaving and that she’s in charge of the North until the moment he’s telling everyone else. It’s pretty well established that Jon doesn’t consult with Sansa on any of the critical decisions he’s going to make so I find it hard to believe they would collaborate on something like this behind the scenes.

It would be pretty dishonorable of Jon to plan to just use Daenerys for her dragons and then turn on her and if the Dragonpit scene proved anything its that Jon will chose to do what is honorable in the end.

anonymous asked:

So does a lot of your enjoyment of Jaime stem from his sense of humor? I have to say it's one of the things I miss the most in his adaption in GoT, they ignored all of his dry sarcasm after S3.

Oh my, yes. Jaime’s still an asshole - there are places where his wit makes him more of an asshole, because he sometimes uses it to kick people when they’re down - but he is definitely funny.

you just know that even after TWOW comes out and grrm has arya think a line like “im not no one i could never be no one im arya stark” some idiots are still gonna be here like “sansa said no one can protect her!! arya as lc of her queensguard confirmed!” or “cersei said no one can kill her!! arya will steal jaime’s face and is valonquar confirmed!!!”

rbwannabe  asked:

Hi Butterfly! Sometime ago I saw a post in which you said GRRM viewed the Dornish as "southern european" but they were always represented w/ a North African/Arabic twist, and I thought that maybe he meant that envisioned Dorne as Spain during the period of Muslim domination (which reminds me of Nymeria's conquest, as she carried a different religion as well). I don't know, maybe it's just an headcanon of mine ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

No worries, that is exactly the reference GRRM is going for. :)  Some comments by GRRM about real-world influences on Dorne:

I read a lot of history, and mine it for good stuff, but I also like to mix and match. That is to say, I don’t do straight one-for-one transplants, as some authors do, so you can’t really say that X in Westeros equals Y in real life. More often X in Westeros equals Y and Z in real life, with squidges of Q, L, and A.

In the case of Dorne, yes, Wales was definitely an influence, for all the reasons you cite. But there’s also some distinctly unWelsh elements down there. South of the wall of mountains you have a hot, dry country more like Spain or Palestine than the cool green valleys of Wales, with most of the settlements along the seacoast and in few great river basins. And you also have the flavor given the culture by the great Rhoynar influx led by Nymeria. I suppose the closest real life equivilent to that would be the Moorish influence in parts of Spain. So you could say Dorne is Wales mixed with Spain and Palestine with some entirely imaginary influences mixed in. Or you could just say it’s Dorne….

GRRM, Historical Influences for Dorne

Q: What is the Welsh influence in how you envision Dorne?

Several generations of English kings tried to add Wales to the English crown, but never with much success. The Welsh successfully resisted for centuries… not by defeating the English in large battles, but by melting away into their mountains and hills and waging campaigns of small scale resistance… what today we would call “guerilla warfare” or maybe even “terrorism.” The Dornish used the same approach.

GRRM, Asshai.com Forum Chat

Q: Is there any location in Westeros based in Spain?

Yes. Dorne is definitely influenced a bit by Spain, a bit by Wales. But nothing is one and one. I took that together. Dorne is a very special land, with a slightly different cultural basis than the rest of Westeros… it was politically apart for a long time, it was also culturally apart because of the Rhoynar and the traditions they brought, but they didn’t influenced the rest of Westeros so much. So the Dornish have their own particular sort of [customs]. I see that in Spain with the whole history, particularly the Moorish history of Spain, you know… it really sets apart from France.

GRRM, interview with Adria’s News

Also, I think you’re referring to this post? IIRC the trouble was GRRM referring to the Dornish as looking “southern European” but implying that meant white skin… contradicting both his own words about the North African cultural and racial influence on Spain, as well as the text of the books describing Dornish skin color. (“brown as a Dornishman”, et al.) And I still don’t even know there…

Rory is an amazing Sandor. I mean, his skills as an actor and his interpretation are stunning and he’s also a really beautiful and particular man. He’s huge, he’s massive. And when he plays Sandor, he strikes fear with a look and his eyes seem both sad and full of anger... I adore him! But...

…his age and physical appearance aren’t quite canon. Since I’ve read ASOIAF I have that particular Sandor in my mind and I’m desperately searching for someone or even a fanart that truly reflects him, but to no avail. I wish I could draw well… At least I could portray my ideal Sandor! I know that there are many great artists out there who draw wonderful Sandor, but these works are always different in some details from what I have in my head. Justly, I think. Every reader gathers informations from the books and then subjectively imagines the character.

So…how is your perfect Sandor? How do you figure him? I’m curious.