anonymous asked:

You called the reaving in ACOK Theon III his moral event horizon. I can see the point, but what does that mean for Asha? After all, at the same time she did the exact same thing on a larger scale somewhere else. Asha is generally portrayed and viewed favorably. So do I have to picture Asha surveying the carnage, with women being casually raped left and right as she walks by? Does the fandom or even GRRM have a blind spot there?

It’s definitely a reason to be more skeptical of her speech at the ‘Moot. Yes, “Peace. Land. Victory.” sounds like a great reforming agenda, but remember that it’s built on a foundation of holding Sybelle Glover and her children hostage and somehow persuading the North to forget invasion, murder, and pillage all across their western coast. 

I think the key moment where we see that part of Asha’s dream fall apart is the attack on Deepwood Motte, where the Flints, Norreys, Wulls, Liddles, and Mormonts come storming out of the woodwork to take back the North, and where Sybelle Glover, one badass lady who needs more respect, who breaks her promise to Asha the first chance she gets and immediately raises her banners for King Stannis despite her children still being held at Harlaw. (Although I’ll bet dollars to donuts that part of her deal with Tycho Nestoris is to get her kids back)  And of course, Asha gets hit in the face with this when she talks to Alysane Mormont, who reminds her that what we are is what you made us. On Bear Island every child learns to fear krakens rising from the sea.” (emphasis mine)

There’s a great bit in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall that’s apropos (emphasis mine):

“The English will never be forgiven for the talent for destruction they have always displayed when they got off their own island. English armies laid waste to the land they moved through. As if systematically, they performed every action proscribed by the codes of chivalry, and broke every one of the laws of war. The battles were nothing; it was what they did between the battles that left its mark. They robbed and raped for forty miles around the line of their march. They burned the crops in the fields, and the houses with the people inside them…they found out the families of the dead and demanded that the living ransom them; if the living could not pay, they torched the corpses before their eyes…

 “This being so, the kings may forgive each other; the people scarcely can.” 

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Chrisscreama as Juliet from Lollipop Chainsaw
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anonymous asked:

Why are Quellon Greyjoy's sons so different than him?

Well, Balon seems to have specifically chafed against Quellon’s New Way and rebelled against it. It’s not uncommon for sons who despise their fathers to emphasize as many different traits as possible. Look at the Viserys II-Aegon IV-Daeron II conga line. Balon sees Quellon’s New Way as weak, contemptuous, and un-Ironborn, and seeks to win more with the Old Way to prove he is the stronger man. Hilariously enough, Quellon seems to be the winner, since Quellon’s tenure saw more riches and glory than Balon ever did.

Aeron seemed to just want to have fun and entertain himself up until the Greyjoy Rebellion. As a youngest son, he had no real dynastic prospects, so he was just content to sail and reave. There’s some looking up to big brother Balon, and then comes the Greyjoy Rebellion and Aeron embraces religion. It’s not unheard of for people who suffer a near-death experience to reverse their lifestyle habits and embrace their religion, so Aeron makes sense.

Victarion looks up to big brother Balon as well, and he’s not the most intelligent of men. He can’t really reason how unsustainable a raiding culture is, and he just trusts big brother because big brother is smart. Victarion knows how to fight and how to sail and that’s really enough for him. The greater benefits of the New Way just fly over his head.

And as for Euron, Euron’s a special case. Euron’s just a monster in every sense of the world. Euron’s greatest joys are domination and humiliation, mocking everything he can. He mocks Aeron’s protests of godliness with his “from Ib to Asshai” speech and sells the people of the Shields into full-on slavery to mock the cultural taboo against the gold price. His feast in Oakenshield is again, an exercise in mockery and humilation. He binds Lord Hewett to his chair, turning the lordly chair as the seat of power on his head, and forces all of the ladies of House Hewett to strip naked and serve in an inversion of their traditional role, where they were served in their finery. He names himself a storm despite that being the cultural enemy of the Ironborn. Specifically, Euron finds all of these things to be incredibly hilarious. Anything that a person takes pride in becomes a target. Victarion prides himself in his masculinity? Emasculate him! Aeron tries to sideline Euron with Ironborn traditions? Use those very traditions to become the king and leave Aeron speechless! Euron is careful to strike his enemies in their places of pride and power, because it makes him utterly terrifying. Some of the best horror, after all, comes from feelings of disempowerment. In this, Euron is a master horror crafter, by stealing what makes you powerful. This is good in and of itself, but it builds the more he does it. If Euron can strike where you are strong, and turn it into your weakness, then his capability seems infinite, his power unmatched. Nothing seems beyond his capacity, and that renders him an unknown quantity to observers. Lovecraft said it well when he told us: “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.“

Of course, we outside readers know that Euron isn’t as strong as he presents himself, and Rodrik the Reader picks up on this as well, turning Euron’s game in on himself by attacking his position of power, the mystique and terrifying unknown that he exudes. As I’ve outlined before, Euron’s plan is incredibly daring, hinging on everything going right for him, because he’s sunk otherwise. His ironborn simply don’t have the numbers or the naval capacity to defeat Westeros in pitched battle. Euron is looking to the supernatural edge to make the difference. The scary thing is, he told the truth. A driftwood crown is nothing, the domination of Westeros is everything. He’ll throw all those stupid Ironborn on the Shields who named him their king, who celebrate him as a true Ironborn conqueror, into the grinder for that dragon. He doesn’t care about their praise, and the fact that they celebrate him despite breaking their biggest cultural taboo, again, is utterly hilarious to him. He’s taken what was theirs and perverted it and (mostly) everyone smiled. That’s Euron. A special breed of monster.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

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bloody hell i fell asleep at the keyboard and now there’s key prints on my head. at least i had nothing important open. just a draft… that now has a million letters…. welp. in other news expect me to actually get stuff done today.


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Steven Xue Asks: Why didn’t the Ironborn reave an independent Dorne?

I’ve been going through the World Book and I find it strange how during the first century and a half of living under Targaryen rule when Dorne was still an independent kingdom at that time, the Ironborn didn’t take the opportunity to go there for pillage and plunder. I can understand that after submitting to Targaryen rule the Ironborn stopped raiding lands that are under the protection of the Iron Throne as they would not stand a chance against the combined might of the Seven Kingdoms (as Balon Greyjoy would later learn).

However during the time Dorne was still a sovereign country it was outside of the Crown’s jurisdiction so it wasn’t off limits. Surely Dorne should have been the perfect hub for Ironborn raids during the years before it was finally integrated into the Seven Kingdoms. It is closer to home than the lands beyond Westeros and it’s very rich. Its coastal regions especially like Planky Town which brought in a lot of trade seem like ideal targets for eager Ironborn captains as there is plenty to plunder there and they could take their chances with the Martells as there would have been no interference from the Iron Throne.

Given how tenacious the Ironborn have proven themselves to be throughout history when it came to sating their desire to pillage and plunder and attacking pretty much anywhere that’s vulnerable (eg. The North), what was stopping them from conducting full scale raids in Dorne? 

They probably did raid Dornish trade in the Narrow Sea, but the thing about Dorne’s southern coastline is that it’s really not good for sailing: “Nor is the long southern coast of Dorne more hospitable, being for the most part a snarl of reefs and rocks, with few protected anchorages. Those ships that do put ashore there, whether by choice or chance, find little to sustain them; there are no forests along the coast to provide timber for repairs, a scarcity of game, few farms, and fewer villages where provisions might be obtained. Even freshwater is hard to come by, and the seas south of Dorne are rife with whirlpools and infested with sharks and kraken.”

So the basic problem is that the Ironborn couldn’t really raid anywhere in between Skyfall and Plankytown because there aren’t really any coastal villages to raid. Also, the trip to Plankytown is a pain in the ass - if a storm blows up, you’re going to be wrecked and unable to repair your longboat or find food and water, and that’s assuming you don’t get eaten by sharks and krakens.

So my guess is that what the Ironborn would do instead is to run the gauntlet to the Narrow Sea and then prey on Dornish shipping there. 


She erupted like burning lava
ready to destroy everything
in her way.
She was both beautiful and dangerous, luring many but
none actually stay.

Their interest is piqued, studying her hourly then leave.
They don’t quite understand her heart
can ravish and reave.

Lava helps retain moisture
for when the plant is withering.
Yes, lava is dangerous but it is
also beautiful suffering.


arianashepard asked:


(Colour meme | accepting)

[[Alright. Went with darker colours for her because she’s a slightly darker character with a few twists. I honest to God have no idea how to begin explaining myself with this one. Purple because she’s very middle ground, and is neither entirely good nor entirely evil, red for the blood of her enemies ofc, the purpleish pink/raspberry because it’d look good either on her or as part of her decor, the rustier looking red because again the blood of her enemies/it’d look good on her. I don’t know. From the long long time we’ve been writing together I got these colour vibes from Ariana and I just I DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT D:]]