queen of cities

Game of Thrones (S5:E2- The House of Black and White) Sentence Meme
  • "Here, I leave you."
  • "You have everywhere else to go."
  • "Must be good food if it's crowded."
  • "You are becoming an observant young lady."
  • "I gave my word I would find you and protect you."
  • "Forgive me, but experiences made me wary of outsiders."
  • "A summons from the queen."
  • "I will burn their cities to the ground if they touch her."
  • "You never made anything better."
  • "I never thought I'd end up settling down in a place like this."
  • "I've been all over the world, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that meanness comes around."
  • "There's no way this little visit could possibly mean anything good for me."
  • "The prince does not wish to be disturbed."
  • "You would have me go to war?"
  • "We do not mutilate little girls for vengeance. Not here. Not while I rule."
  • "Someone who's forgotten fear has forgotten how to hide."
  • "Fear is useful that way."
  • "All they understand is blood!"
  • "I find us repulsive."
  • "Clearly it would not be appropriate for a woman to assume that role."
  • "I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."
  • "I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern."
  • "You would abandon your king in his time of need?"
  • "Old people are terrible at learning new things."
  • "You have no idea what people will do."
  • "A kings word is law."
  • "Show too much kindness, people won't fear you. If people don't fear you, they don't follow you."
  • "I don't punish men for bravery. I reward them."
  • "Kneel before me. Lay your sword at my feet."
  • "You deserve this. You do. I couldn't be happier for you."
  • "Nothing's worth anything to dead men."
  • "There are no more slaves. There are no more masters."
  • "You opened your gates to me because I promised you freedom and justice. One cannot exist without the other."
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A mansion/castle I built for my son to explore in
My son hates survival mode because he isn't very good at combat, but he loves exploring so I decided to build him something to wander around in.
By Imgur

This reminds me of the history of extravagant places as gifts for loved ones - the hanging gardens of babylon, queen mary’s dollhouse, entire cities, and now this strange turn, a gift of comparable scope but actually built entirely by the gift-giver in a virtual world?

how the story goes

Long afterwards, they are remembered.

NB: @pyrohydriscence said: the campfire stories of Vox Machina. title from “Jackrabbit” by San Fermin

Okay. Listen. This is a story of long ago, when the world was old and still untamed. Are you listening? Good.

Once, long ago, there lived a family. They were not exactly a family like you and me––though it is said two were of the same blood, and two were siblings by chance––but they were family none the less. They lived and fought and died together, and they loved each other, and that is the most important thing, in a family.

What? Oh, yes. I love you too, little one.

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The Sex and Gender Symbolism in the Coming Invasion of Qarth

This symbolism occurred to us while finalizing the Ultimate Conquest essay and working on an essay comparing Qarth and Vaes Dothrak. We think this symbolism strengthens our case that Daenerys is going to attack Qarth with the Dothraki, but it’s also fairly…twisted. Not quite “why does Qyburn specifically need multiple women to reanimate Gregor?” level twisted, but still pretty twisted. So we’ll just lay it out here without further comment.

The Dothraki worship the Stallion (a male horse) and await the coming of a khal of khals who will be The Stallion Who Mounts the World (world conquest as male rape). In A Dance of Dragons, Qarth is twice referred to by Xaro Xhoan Daxos as The Queen of Cities and hence is a feminized entity. Naturally the Dothraki have an extremely macho culture and the Qartheen an extremely effeminate one, each with appropriately different systems of status competition:

Drogo’s braid was black as midnight and heavy with scented oil, hung with tiny bells that rang softly as he moved. It swung well past his belt, below even his buttocks, the end of it brushing against the back of his thighs.

“You see how long it is?” Viserys said. “When Dothraki are defeated in combat, they cut off their braids in disgrace, so the world will know their shame. Khal Drogo has never lost a fight.“ (GoT Dany I)

“Did you weep?”

“The blood of the dragon does not weep,” she said testily.

Xaro sighed. “You ought to have wept.” The Qartheen wept often and easily; it was considered a mark of the civilized man. (CoK Dany III)

Yet despite these vast differences in what constitutes the ideal man, both civilizations are in their own way predatory, destructive, and rife with sexual violence. The Dothraki go forth and ruthlessly conqueror, while the Qartheen go forth and immorally trade. The Dothraki, because of their unsurpassed horsemanship, are supreme on land, while the Qartheen, because of their city’s unrivaled strategic location, are supreme in world trade. Each culture in its own way gathers up world for its own aggrandizement, the Dothraki through the collection of plunder and tribute, the Qartheen through the collection of exotic experiences and commodities. The Dothraki khals desire to dominate the world by tearing down all its cities and enslaving all its peoples, while the Qartheen merchant princes seek to enjoy the world by transmuting all its production and peoples into easily enjoyed urban pleasures. Both cultures have achieved their opposing yet equally predatory macho/effeminate specializations through the labor provided by chattel slaves:

“All these savages know how to do is steal the things better men have built… and kill.” [Viserys] laughed. “They do know how to kill. Otherwise I’d have no use for them at all.”

“Your brother had part of the truth,” Ser Jorah admitted. “The Dothraki do not build… The buildings you see were made by slaves brought here from lands they’ve plundered, and they built each after the fashion of their own peoples.”(GoT Dany IV)

“Consider Qarth. In art, music, magic, trade, all that makes us more than beasts, Qarth sits above the rest of mankind as you sit at the summit of this pyramid … but below, in place of bricks, the magnificence that is the Queen of Cities rests upon the backs of slaves.”(DwD Dany III)

These slaves, male and female, are regularly subject to sexual violence to sate the whims or enhance the status of their masters. Khal Drogo is a mass rapist while Xaro Xhoan Daxos is a pedophile.

Both civilizations are also mutually reliant upon one another. The Dothraki gain a crucial component of their wealth through their overland harvesting and “gifting” of these raw slaves, while the Qartheen gain a significant amount of their wealth by selling Ghiscari trained slaves across the Summer and Jade Seas. Their sexualized specializations have thus led both cultures into corresponding economic niches within the larger slave trade, which Daenerys is trying to overthrow.

Daenerys, in taking command of the Dothraki, will be assuming the traditionally masculine role of Stallion Who Mounts the World. She will be riding on the back of a dragon, a flying fire breathing hermaphrodite monster that is the bane of cavalry and high walls the world over. The Dragon Queen will be bringing the opposing but similar cultures of Vaes Dothrak and Qarth together by burning down feminine Qarth’s defenses and commanding the masculine Dothraki to enter through the breach…