night's-watch

anonymous asked:

Regarding Robb's will and his intentions to release Jon from his NW vows - Stannis has pretty much the same idea at the end of ASOS when he offers Jon Winterfell and legitimacy if he bends the knee and recognizes Stannis's claim to the Iron Throne. The fact that both think they can get Jon released from his vows surely suggests that there must be at least one sort of obscure precedence?

There are precedents … but they are “very rare” and the oaths are taken “very seriously”. We don’t know what they are, but I would think it would be tough for Jon, who joined voluntarily while he was at the cusp of manhood, to wriggle out in order to get a crown.

As far as Robb and Stannis … well, neither of them cited precedent, at least not precedent for the Watch:

“So do the knights of the Kingsguard. That did not stop the Lannisters from stripping the white cloaks from Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Boros Blount when they had no more use for them. If I send the Watch a hundred men in Jon’s place, I’ll wager they find some way to release him from his vows.”

“Yes,” he said, hesitantly, “kings have legitimized bastards before, but … I am still a brother of the Night’s Watch. I knelt before a heart tree and swore to hold no lands and father no children.”

“Jon.” Melisandre was so close he could feel the warmth of her breath. “R'hllor is the only true god. A vow sworn to a tree has no more power than one sworn to your shoes. Open your heart and let the light of the Lord come in. Burn these weirwoods, and accept Winterfell as a gift of the Lord of Light.”

- NFriel

anonymous asked:

Will Robin Ryger and Desmond Grell arrive safe and sound at the Wall? If so, what do you think can be their role there as two seasoned knights at a time the Night's Watch is severly lacking people as them?

Honestly, the Night’s Watch is a circus right now, so I think they need to handle the brewing conflict between the loyalists and the traitors before they can worry about slotting Robin Ryger and Desmond Grell. But Robin Ryger is a good choice for a ranger, and Desmond Grell might be a much better trainer of new recruits than Alliser Thorne.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

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  • Lord Commander Jon Snow: I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared. I'm standing on the mouth of hell, and it is going to swallow me whole. And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? They're not ready. They think we're gonna wait for the end to come, like we always do. I'm done waiting. They want an apocalypse? Oh, we'll give them one. Anyone else who wants to run, do it now. Because we just became an army. We just declared war. From now on, we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut out their hearts one by one, until the Night's King shows itself for what it really is. And I'll kill it myself. There is only one thing on this earth more powerful than evil, and that's us. Any questions?
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anonymous asked:

Why do you think Harren the Black's brother joined the NW? Also, loved your Harroway words!

Thanks for the question, Anon.

I always assumed it was a power move on Harren’s part - forcing his brother to join the Night's Watch to make him politically neutered, no longer a threat to Harren’s line. After all, there were extant rumors in his time that grandfather Harwyn had had a hand in the deaths of his elder brother and/or father; I could see where Harren might not have wanted his brother to get any ideas about usurping him, and forcing him to take the vows of the Watch would be a neat way to remove him as a dynastic alternative a la Sam Tarly (especially when he himself would become infamous for his tyranny and cruelty, which might well foment rebellion among his subjects). That explanation also provides a practical reason why this unnamed Hoare refused to intervene during the Targaryen Conquest: Maester Aemon might cite him as a prime example of the “Night’s Watch takes no part” pledge, but if he had been forced into the Watch into the first place, this Hoare might have taken a grim satisfaction in watching his hated brother burn before the dragonlords without lifting a finger to aid him.

So glad you liked the Harroway words!

The Queen Regent (NFriel)