♥ self care tips ♥

I was just recently thinking of some things I do to take care of myself so I thought I’d share with everyone:

  • Wash your face, seriously, use a gentle cleanser or a rough scrub, whatever makes you feel better, I like st. ives apricot scrub because that stuff is heavenly, just don’t use it too much or it’ll dry out your skin
  • Change into clean clothes, wearing the same clothes for days or just staying in pajamas isn’t going to help, wash those clothes and put on all fresh clothes
  • Keep your lights on and blinds open, sitting in the dark will really only help if you’ve got a bad headache and are sensitive to it, brighten up your space and it may brighten you up, I recommend string lights because they aren’t harsh and they create a tranquil environment  
  • Light a candle, pick your favorite smell and light it up, my new favorite is “vintage lace” from target, it’s relaxing and a nice smell may cheer you up, but please maintain fire safety because a fire will not cheer you up
  • Make something or doodle, keep your mind active, I personally like origami or writing, but just do something to keep your hands moving, shifting your focus to something else will help
  • Play a game, I personally like playing animal crossing because it’s a low-key calming game, but you can find loads of calming games online if you look for them, again with keeping your mind active
  • Express your feelings, whether it’s texting a friend or writing them down for only yourself, getting them out will help you, an remember all of your feelings are completely valid and don’t be afraid to reach out for help
  • Treat yo’ self, get a popsicle or some ice cream or whatever the heck you enjoy, though something healthy may be better in the long run so maybe make a smoothie or have some cold fruit, but you do you, friend

I could probably list a bunch of other things, but here’s some of the basics. Take care of yourselves, lovelies ♥♥♥


“You are a warg too, they say, a skinchanger who walks at night as a wolf.” King Stannis had a hard smile. “How much of it is true?”

“I had a direwolf, Ghost. I left him when I climbed the Wall near Greyguard, and have not seen him since. Qhorin Halfhand commanded me to join the wildlings. He knew they would make me kill him to prove myself, and told me to do whatever they asked of me. The woman was named Ygritte. I broke my vows with her, but I swear to you on my father’s name that I never turned my cloak.” x

GRRM on the Starks’ warg talents

[GRRM] was asked if the trait of being a warg ran in the Stark family.

“I don’t know if I want to get into genetics - this is fantasy, not scifi,” he replied. “I don’t think this is necessarily a ‘Stark’ ability, though all the children have it to one extent or another. They also realize it to one extent or another. Arya doesn’t realize she has it, she keeps thinking she has these weird dreams, and of course Bran is much further along.”

book signing report, November 2000

Q: Are all the Stark children wargs/skin changers with their wolves?
A: To a greater or lesser degree, yes, but the amount of control varies widely.

correspondence, February 2001

All of the Stark kids have certain links to the wolf.  I think in Westeros there’s a certain amount of identification of all of these great houses to their sigils, to the animal charges that they bear.  The Lannisters are always likening themselves to lions, for example, and their motto “Hear me roar” speaks of a certain way of looking at life.  But I think for the Starks it goes a little bit beyond that, especially in this generation, with these direwolves.  It’s more than just a handy metaphor with them. 

interview, 2003

Oh, George said all the Stark children of this generation were full Wargs. I thought they were like one shot Wargs and were only bonded to their wolves but no they can warg into just about anything. Bran is just the only one working on it.

con report, August 2007 (note Arya and the cat in ADWD post-dates this)



Though not yet a man grown, King Brandon Stark had lived a thousand lives and one. During the Long Night, he had seen and done more than most men ever would through the whole course of their lives. Yet, when he returned to Winterfell after the War for the Dawn, he found that his bannermen and bannerwomen looked upon him as they would a child. Worse, a crippled child. No amount of greendreams, skinchanging, nor any other magic would change that. But efforts to earn their respect and prove his worth would.

The restoration of the North was no easy task. Winter and the Boltons had ravaged the land and the people. But with the snows thawed and the flayed men in their graves, the spring that began Bran’s reign could only bring about better times. The young king formed a council around him representing the vast and varied land he was to govern. He called to him she-bears and mermen, Skagosi and Crannogmen, the moose and the silver fists, men of the mountain clans and even the free folk. This was not often a harmonious council in the early days, but together they could work in the interests of every region.

As a man, Bran shifted his focus from rebuilding the North to enhancing the kingdom beyond the state it was in before the wars. That meant taking Lord Manderly’s advice and building ships to give them strength at sea to guard both their coasts. That meant arranging for a few towns to grown into cities with greenhouses to support the people through the long winters. That meant pushing for the wider acceptance of women in leadership positions, an already common reality in his reign given the loss of so many male lords and heirs  in the wars.

Stories that would become myths and legends would remember him as Brandon the Winged Wolf, Brandon Dragonskin, and Brandon the Bringer of Dawn. The histories would regard him as Brandon the Rebuilder, Brandon the Summer King, and King Brandon, the Forty-Fifth of His Name. Though he would never walk on his own legs again, Bran would never be known as Brandon the Broken.


                                         HOUSE STARK META POST

PART 1 // PART 2 // PART 3

                                                                HOUSE STARK

  1. Bran Stark and Bran the Builder
  2. Arya as a Pack Leader
  3. Bran Stark: Wed to Winterfell, Wolf, and Weirwood
  4. Sansa as a Narrative Mirror
  5. Bran and his Destiny
  6. An Analysis of Winterfell: As Camelot, Avalon, and Sacred Tree
  7. A Time for Beasts: Bran, Arya, and the Long Night
  8. The Stark in Winterfell: Bran Stark and the Fisher King
  9. Sansa and the Royces
  10. Bran and the Caves of Gendel and Gorne
  1. Arya and Bran: 1 | 2
  2. Sansa and Bran
  3. Catelyn and Arya
  4. Ned and Arya: 1 | 2
  5. Arya and Robb
  6. Jon and Sansa: 1 | 2
  7. Arya and Sansa

                                                               EDDARD STARK

  1. Who Truly Killed Eddard Stark
  2. In Defense of Ned Stark’s Talent for Power
  3. In Defense Of  Ned Stark
  4. Who is Ned Stark?
  5. Ned Starks Motivation for Everything
  6. Character Discussion: Eddard Stark
  7. Why Ned Stark and Ashara Dayne were not an Item
  8. If Ned had Lived he would have Fought Against a Targaryen Restoration
  9. Would Ned have executed Theon if Balon Rebelled: Yes | No
  10. On Why Ned Allowed Jon to take the Black
  11. Why People Took Ned’s Word for it that Jon was his Son
  12. For the First Time in Years: Eddard Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen
  13. The Importance of Being a Quiet Wolf
  14. Why Ned Remained Loyal to Robert

                                                              CATELYN STARK

  1. In Defense of Catelyn Stark
  2. The Curse of Harrenhal is Real and its Greatest Victim is Catelyn Tully
  3. Why Catelyn Stark is a Good Person
  4. Catelyn Stark on Trial
  5. Character Discussion: Catelyn Stark
  6. Why I Like Catelyn Stark by Me
  7. Catelyn and Lady Stoneheart
  8. Catelyn and Vengeance
  9. Does Catelyn Stark Really Love all her Children?
  10. Book 1 vs Season 1: Catelyn on the Sidelines
  11. On My Honour as a Tully, On My Honour as a Stark
  12. The Silencing of Catelyn Stark
  13. Catelyn was a Good Political Adviser to Robb
  14. Catelyn Stark is Not Defined by her Interactions with Jon Snow
  15. Re: Catelyn Reacted Better to Ned’s Bastard than Ned
  16. Is Catelyn all bad?

                                                                 ROBB STARK

  1. Military Commander: Part 1 | 2 | 3 
  2. The Men Who Would Be King: Robb Stark
  3. On Robb and whether he warged into Grey Wind
  4. On Robb and Jon and Ruling
  5. Why Robb had to die
  6. A Message from the South: The Location of Robb’s Letter
  7. The Location of Robb Stark’s Will
  8. On the Existence of Robb’s Will
  9. In Response to Robb Hate
  10. Robb, Theon, Jeyne & Jeyne
  11. Thoughts on Robb Stark
  12. What Robb Symbolised to his Siblings
  13. On Whether Robb Earned the Title of The King Who Lost the North
  14. War of the Roses Parallels
  15. How Robb was able to Finance his War
  16. Robb’s Blind Spots, Privelege and Empathy (or Lack Thereof)
  17. Theon and Robb’s Dynamic
  18. “Robb Deserved to Die” Or, A History Lesson in Hindsight
  19. A Few Thoughts on Robb and Grey Wind
  20. Robb did not Bring the Red Wedding on Himself
  21. Robb and What Being a King in a Feudal System Means

                                                                   JON SNOW

  1. Other Wars: Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
  2. Jon Snow in ADWD: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
  3. On Jon’s Likely Reaction to Finding out his Parentage 1 | 2
  4. Jon, Rhaegar, and the Big Picture
  5. Jon Joining the Night’s Watch as a Case of False Agency
  6. Why I Respect Jon Snow and How You Can Too
  7. Jon Snow and the Laaaadies
  8. Jon Snow is not a Feminist
  9. What Resurrected Jon Might be Like
  10. The Relationship between Jon and Ghost
  11. On Whether Jon Might take the Northern Throne
  12. Parallels between Jon and Dany
  13. Jon and Dragon References 
  14. Jon Snow will return as an Other
  15. Lightbringer is not a sword. It’s a child: Jon Snow
  16. Character Discussion: Jon Snow
  17. Why did Jon got stabbed
  18. Jon will not think Himself Heir to the Iron Throne, He Already has a King
  19. Jon Snow and Ygritte
  20. Parallels Between Jon and Theon
  21. On Jon’s Judgement of Selyse
  22. What if Jon had been raised at Starfall?
  23. Jon Snow and Making Dad Proud
  24. Jon Broke his vows for Ramsay
  25. Jon Broke his vows for Arya
  26. Playing with Robb and Historical Heroes
  27. On Jon Snow’s Life Pre Asoiaf
  28. Jon the Rebuilder
  29. Jon and identity
  30. Jon Went Overboard in Allying with the Wildlings
  31. Jon and Bloodraven
  32. On Jon and Ghost and the Wall Interfering with the Direwolf Connection
  33. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow Parallels
  34. On Whether Jon is a Bastard
  35. Jon’s leadership of the Night’s Watch
  36. On Whether Jon Might Have Avoided the Night’s Watch Mutiny
  37. The Romance of Jon and Ygritte
  38. Fetch Me a Block: Jon Snow’s Leadership
  39. Some Ramblings About Jon Snow
  40. On Tyrion and Jon
  41. On Jon Snow and Knowing Nothing
  42. Jon’s Constant References to Ygritte in ADWD
  43. Jon and his Bastard Status 
  44. The Ingenuity of Jon Snow
  45. How to Win Friends and Influence People
  46. The Night’s Watch Takes No Part…

                                                                SANSA STARK

  1. Sansa and Sandor: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  2. Sansa as the Sixth Major Character: 1 | 2 | 3
  3. Sansa and Petyr: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
  4. Sansa has a Tendency to Romanticize 1 | 2 | 3
  5. Sansa as the Good Girl
  6. Why Sansa Represses and Alters her Memories 
  7. Sansa and Sandor and the Unkiss
  8. Sansa and the Game
  9. Sansa’s Growth: Handling Robert Arryn
  10. Sansa and Arya
  11. Sansa and Bravery
  12. Sansa is a Fighter
  13. Parallels Between Sansa and Lysa
  14. Sansa and Stark Identity
  15. ASOIAF Clothing Sansa Stark
  16. Sansa and the Likelihood of Warging/Skinchanging
  17. What Lady’s Death means for Sansa
  18. From Pawn to Player: Rethinking Sansa
  19. Kneeling at her wedding
  20. Re-thinking Sansa Stark
  21. Myranda Royce & Alayne Stone
  22. Sansa Stark, Prophecy, and Elizabeth of York
  23. An overlooked explanation for Sansa’s mistakes in AGOT
  24. Snow Winterfell
  25. Character Discussion: Sansa Stark
  26. Sansa, Ned & Cat
  27. Sansa’s Neglect and Grooming
  28. Sansa & Suicide
  29. Following Joffrey’s Death
  30. Sansa Stark not Alayne
  31. Reactions to Alayne I in TWOW
  32. Sansa & Poison
  33. Why Harrenhal may be the Castle built from Snow
  34. Sansa as an ISFJ
  35. Please Understand that Sansa Stark is not Passive
  36. Medusa Imagery
  37. Alayne and Harry the Heir
  38. She Got Better
  39. Sansa’s Coping Mechanism

                                                                 ARYA STARK

  1. Why Arya is with the Faceless Men 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
  2. Arya and Femininity 1 | 2
  3. Arya and Lady Stoneheart 1 | 2
  4. Why Arya is a Badass
  5. Why Arya will Survive
  6. Arya and the Trauma of Killing
  7. Arya on Justice, Survival and Killing
  8. Arya and Value of Death/Desire to Kill
  9. Arya is Traumatised, Not Detached
  10. Arya’s List: A Cry for Revenge or a Cry for Control
  11. Why Arya Chose the People on her list
  12. The Significance of Nymeria for Arya’s Storyline
  13. Arya is not Losing her Identity
  14. Arya and Compassion
  15. Arya is not a Sociopath or Psychopath
  16. Arya and Kindness and Compassion
  17. Arya and Self Esteem
  18. Things people forget about Arya Stark
  19. Arya and making friends
  20. Don’t Forget Valar Dohaeris
  21. Arya was Bullied by Sansa
  22. Arya and Bullying
  23. Arya and Loneliness
  24. Parallels Between Arya and Dany
  25. Parallels Between Arya and Daenerys
  26. A Response to the Claim that People Should not Root for Arya
  27. Reasons to Love Arya
  28. The Importance of Lady Smallwood
  29. Arya has Intelligence and Cunning
  30. Arya’s Mental Strength and Wits
  31. Arya has the Skills to Handle Politics
  32. Arya does not Represent the Stranger
  33. Arya and Signs of Depression
  34. Arya is not Anti-Women/Arya is a Feminist
  35. Arya and the Old Gods
  36. Arya the Outcast
  37. Arya and her Northern Roots and Starkness
  38. On Arya and Marriage and Children
  39. Arya is an Extrovert
  40. Why Arya Treasures Needle
  41. Arya and “Needlework”
  42. Dragon References in Arya’s Narrative
  43. Arya is Going to the Wall Foreshadowing
  44. Arya is Batman
  45. In Defense of Arya Stark
  46. Arya on Beauty, Romance and all Those Things we don’t Focus on
  47. Character Discussion: Arya Stark
  48. Arya Was Playing Shae in “Mercy”
  49. The Evolution of Arya: Comparing Arya in the Proposal Letter to Arya in ASOIAF
  50. The way Arya refers to Sandor Reflects her Feelings about him
  51. Arya is Relatable
  52. Arya is Important for Feminism and not because she has a Sword
  53. Arya’s Ideals and Code of Justice will Never line up with the Faceless Men

                                                                 BRAN STARK

  1. Bran and Winterfell 1 | 2
  2. Bran and Skinchanging into Hodor 1 | 2
  3. Bran and Bravery and Fear
  4. Bran and Harry Potter Parallels
  5. Bran the Underdog
  6. Will Bran Skinchange a Dragon?
  7. Abomination in Training: The Indoctrination of a Greenseer
  8. Bran, Skinchanging Hodor, and the Deconstruction of Destiny in ASOIAF
  9. On Bran and Hodor
  10. One Does Not Simply Warg Into Hodor
  11. Bran as Lord of Winterfell
  12. Why Bran will end up ruling Winterfell
  13. The Significance of Bran’s Name
  14. Reasons to Love Bran Stark
  15. Why Bran is not the Villain of ASOIAF
  16. Bran Stark and the Mythological Figure Bran the Blessed
  17. Bran Stark: Born to Lead, Born to Rule
  18. The Crown of the King in the North Manifested within Bran’s Story
  19. Bran’s First Three-Eyed Crow Dream
  20. Hodor, Bran, and the Land of Always Winter
  21. Character Discussion: Bran Stark
  22. Bran as a God of Winterfell
  23. Why Bran May Never Return to Wintefell
  24. Why Bran is not going to Die
  25. Bran and Hodor have a Genuine Friendship
  26. Bran Stark: Interesting Character
  27. Reasons why Bran Stark Matters
  28. The Jojenpaste Theory is not True
  29. King Bran Summary and Masterpost
  30. Bran Stark: INFP
  31. My Favourite Thing about Bran
  32. Bran Will not Stay in the Cave until he Dies
  33. Similarities Between Bran and Dany’s Last Chapters

                                                               RICKON STARK

  1. Rickon Post Skagos will not be a Savage/Cannibal
  2. Rickon and the Skagosi
  3. Re-interpreting Rickon

                                                               BENJEN STARK

  1. Benjen Stark is too much of a Chekhov’s Gun to be Coldhands
  2. The Mysterious Benjen Stark
  3. Benjen Stark is in Skagos
  4. Why Benjen Joined the Night’s Watch, the Secret He Should Have Shared
  5. On Whether Benjen Knew About Jon’s Parentage

                                                               LYANNA STARK

  1. Parralels Between Lyanna and Helen of Troy 1 | 2
  2. On Lyanna Stark
  3. Lyanna the Grey
  4. The Implausability of Rhaegar’s and Lyanna’s Love
  5. How Rhaegar May Have Seen Lyanna
  6. Love Is Sweet, Dearest Ned, But It Cannot Change a Man’s Nature
  7. Rhaegar, Lyanna, and Consent Issues
  8. On the Romanticised Attitude to Rhaegar and Lyanna
  9. The Dragon’s Ladies Part 3: The Rose of Winterfell
  10. The Disappearance of Rhaegar and Lyanna in TWOIAF
  11. Lyanna Stark is the Knight of the Laughing Tree


  1. The Winds of Winter: Mercy Preview Chapter
  2. History: House Stark
  3. Plots: House Stark
  4. Book Discussion: Jon Snow
  5. Catelyn - A Mother’s Madness
  6. Jon Snow - Only the Cold
  7. A Dragon, a Wolf and a Rose
  8. Sansa - A Song of Innocence
  9. Arya - A Gift of Mercy
  10. Sansa and the Hound
  11. Grand Northern Conspiracy 1 | 2
  12. Princes of Winterfell
  13. EPIC HISTORY: House Stark
  14. North/Stark History
  15. The Knight of the Laughing Tree: Story & Theory
  16. Why did Rhaegar take Lyanna?
  17. Epic Starks: King Theon Stark
  18. Bran the Builder: Legendary Founder of House Stark
  19. Bran the Builder Theory: Legendary Hero?
  20. The Winds of Winter: Sansa I
  21. The Winds of Winter: Arya I
  22. FeastDance: Jon Snow
  23. FeastDance: Arya Stark
  24. FeastDance: Brandon Stark
  25. FeastDance: Sansa Stark
  26. “No one”: how will Arya Stark’s story end?
  27. Will Jon Snow return?
  28. R+L=J: who are Jon Snow’s parents?

“You are a warg too, they say, a skinchanger who walks at night as a wolf. How much of it is true Bjorn Stark?”                     

                                               🎁 Happy Birthday Mark/bjornstark  🎁


Asoiaf meme (minor characters): (10/10) characters ⟶ Alysane Mormont

“Mormont women are skinchangers. We turn into bears and find mates in the woods. Everyone knows.”

Asha smiled back. “Mormont women are all fighters too.”

The other woman’s smile faded. “What we are is what you made us. On Bear Island every child learns to fear krakens rising from the sea.” ― The King’s Prize, A Dance with Dragons.

The risks of skinchanging, or How to become an Other

This is a totally crackpot theory that I’ve been working on. I think the eventual consequence of breaking the rules of skinchanging is a transformation into an Other, and sundering the connection between the skinchanger and the world of the living (i.e. the Old Gods).

We first need to establish that there is some connection between the magic of the Others and their wights, and the magic of the Children of the Forests. This certainly does not imply that they are in cahoots; they are far more likely to be ancient antagonists, two sides of the same coin, forever at war. The Others have the power to raise the dead and, seemingly, to control them. I like to think of this as “Northern Death magic”.

Greenseers can also control humans and animals, although generally living ones. Moreover, they can connect with weirwood trees, providing them a connection with the entirety of the living world: near and far, past and future. I think of this as “Northern Life Magic”. Although it is likely that the Others and the Children both have additional magical properties, this is the basic outline. These are the two sorts of magic we see in the North of Westeros (until Melisandre shows up), Is it possible that they are connected?

Coldhands provides the key. Although his identity while alive remains a mystery, his allegiance as a wight is certain:

“Who sent you? Who is this three-eyed crow?”

“A friend. Dreamer, wizard, call him what you will. The last greenseer.” (ADWD Bran I)

Coldhands is a dead member of the Night’s Watch, animated and controlled by Bloodraven. This implies that the line between Greenseer and Other is not impenetrable. Bloodraven can skinchange into a wight, and in that form exhibit characteristics (speech, planning, etc.) that we do not see in the Other-controlled wights. We don’t know if Bloodraven animated the corpse in the first place, of if he wrested it from an Other caught unaware, but it certainly means that the powers of a greenseer can be extended beyond the living world. I suspect this means that the two forms of Northern Magic are, in fact, facets of a single magical system. (yes, yes, GRRM doesn’t use magical systems. I know. This is a crackpot theory, and it doesn’t need your authorial intent getting all over everything.)

    Another, much more flimsy connection between the two types of magic is eye color. We know that the Others, and the wights they control, have bright blue eyes. Eye color is a marker of magical abilities for the Children of the Forest as well:

“Those you call the children of the forest have eyes as golden as the sun, but once in a great while one is born amongst them with eyes as red as blood, or green as the moss on a tree in the heart of the forest. By these signs do the gods mark those they have chosen to receive the gift.” (ADWD Bran III)

    A spurious connection? Quite possibly. But I believe that the magical system of the North are connected, and that a warg or greenseer, through willful misuse of their powers, can end up as an Other, forever separated from the world of the living. The evidence for this is scattered throughout Varamyr’s prologue, the legends of the Native Americans/First Nations of the north woods, and Made In Myr’s powerful Euron theory. 

Keep reading


Part 1



  1. Dragon Lore // Lightbringer
  2. Cryptozoological Analysis of ASOIAF: Dragons 
  3. Dragon Eggs in the Crypts at Winterfell?
  4. Myth, Meme or Real? The ‘Ice Dragon’

the Others:

  1. Introduction; Will’s Prologue // The Cold; Other Abilities // The Haunted Forest; The Wildlings; Night’s King; The Name
  2. Jon Is the Next Night’s King: Part 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
  3. The True Nature and Purpose of the Others & the Ending
  4. The Importance of Winterfell, and a theory of the Great Other.
  5. The Origin and Identity of the Others
  6. In Defense of the Others
  7. A Property of the Others

The Children of the Forest, Greenseers & Skinchanging:

  1. Abomination in Training: The Indoctrination of a Greenseer
  2. Cryptozoological Analysis of ASOIAF: Part 1 // 2  
  3. Borroq Skinchanging
  4. Skinchanging and warging in ASOIAF
    1. The Starks and warging vs skinchanging
  5. Bran’s Weirwood Visions 


  1. Warlocks: Palace of Dust // Wine of the Warlocks // Prophecies
  2. Merlings: Sea Dragons // Seastone // Deep Ones
  3. The Oily Black Stone and Merlings: Part 1 // 2 // 3
  4. Cryptozoological Analysis of ASOIAF: Giants 
  5. The Real Krakens
  6. A Scientific Guide to the Fantastical Predators in Game of Thrones
  7. Dragonsilver: The True Nature and Purpose of Lightbringer
  8. The Last Hero and Lightbringer
  9. Melisandre’s Use of Magic
  10. The Grand Unifying Theory of Blood Magic


  1. An Analysis of the Major Religions of Westeros
  2. The Faiths of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’: Part 1 // 2
  3. The Religion of Ice and Fire
  4. Gods and Their Intervention in the Realm
  5. Meta Monday: The Religion // The Faith
  6. The Existence of God in ASOIAF
  7. Rhllor: Gods and Priests // Fire Magic
  8. Analyzing R'hllor: Where Fire Magic REALLY Comes From
  9. Paying Red R’hllor’s Fee: Part 1 // 2
  10. The Drowned Other God
  11. The Story of the Alchemists: A Forgotten History
  12. The Endgame of the Faceless Men
  13. The Faceless Men and the Doom of Valyria


  1. The Error of Her Ways
  2. Under the Bleeding Star
  3. Melony and the Wall
  4. On The Prince that was Promised, Azor Ahai Reborn, and the Last Hero
  5. Dany as AAR; is Lightbringer the giveaway?
  6. Dream Compilation
  7. Daenerys Targaryen Prophecies Explained
  8. Complete Analysis of Quaithe’s First Prophecy
  9. The Ongoing Influence of the Prophecy of Signs and Portents…
  10. Maggy the Frog, Younger Queen and Valonqar
  11. Mysteries of ASOIAF: The HotU Prophecies // Azor Ahai
  12. Interpreting Dany’s HotU Prophecy: Part 1 // 2
  13. Dany’s Visions in the House of the Undying
  14. A Graceful Prophesy of a Lethal Weapon
  15. Patchface’s prophecies 
  16. The Perfumed Seneschal 
  17. Bran’s Dream: The Three Shadows 


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On the Skinchanging and Warging Abilities of Bran and Arya

So I was one of those people who became super excited when I read the new Arya chapter and realised there was a link to Bran. I have been thinking about it a lot and my mind is trying to make certain connections. Some of the following may be reaching, it is certainly speculation but the text possibly backs it up.

We have this at the start of the Winds of Winter chapter:

Her true name was Mercedene, but Mercy was all anyone ever called her…

Except in dreams. She took a breath to quiet the howling in her heart, trying to remember more of what she’d dreamt, but most of it had gone already. There had been blood in it, though, and a full moon overhead, and a tree that watched her as she ran. TWOW

The passage is short but so much can be taken from it. There are implications which might be drawn about a) Brans abilities and what he now knows and b) Arya’s abilities and what she might be capable of.

First up, we know Bran’s greenseeing abilities are advancing but I read something into this with regard to what he is seeing when watching Nymeria in the Riverlands. Mercy says that she is called another name in her dreams. Is this meant to be literal or is she simply referring to how she is the Night Wolf in her dreams (mentioned in ADWD). If it is literal, I wonder whether the name she is being called is Nymeria or whether it is Arya.

There was a passage in one of the earlier books where Bran sensed the other direwolves through Summer but he also has the ability to sense wargs:

The eyes of the three wolves glowed yellow. The direwolf swung his head from side to side, nostrils flaring, then bared his fangs in a snarl. The younger male backed away. The direwolf could smell the fear in him. Tail, he knew. But the one-eyed wolf answered with a growl and moved to block his advance. Head. And he does not fear me though I am twice his size.

Their eyes met.

Warg!          ADWD

I don’t think it is a stretch for him to have realised that what he is seeing through the tree is not just Nymeria, but Arya warging Nymeria. His connection to the trees is similar to his skinchanging ability. He slips into them in a similar fashion as when he wargs Summer or skinchanges into a raven:

“Close your eyes” said the three-eyed crow. “Slip your skin, as you do when you join with Summer. But this time, go into the roots instead.” ADWD

If he can sense another warg, Varamyr, in a wolf when he is in Summer then it is possible he has sensed that Arya is in Nymeria. This means he knows for sure she is alive.

Moving on to Arya and her abilities, I have been excited about this for a while. Bran is the most aware of his abilities and arguably has the most control but Arya’s abilities are growing-she is looking like she is becoming an even more powerful skinchanger than she was (the cat she skinchanged into in Braavos indicated that) even though she does it subconsciously. Even though she did not understand and still does not understand what is happening (that she is warging), from her very first wolf dream she has had control of what Nymeria does when they are joined.

Her dreams were red and savage. The Mummers were in them, four at least… They thought they were hunting her, she knew with all the sharp certainty of dreams, but they were wrong. She was hunting them. ASOS

This contrasts with Bran who struggled at first with warging Summer more as escape rather than having purpose. Arya has subconsciously used Nymeria for a purpose from the very beginning, specifically targeting the Bloody Mummers and the Lions. Bran is now of course much more advanced but when Arya learns what is really happening it will be fascinating to see what she is able to do with it.

This brings me to what I became most excited about from the passage in the new chapter. There are references to others receiving messages from Bran but nobody else made a connection (yet) with it being somebody watching, an actual person. Arya has even though she does not know it is real. Even while warging she was able to sense being watched by the tree in a similar fashion to Bran being able to sense other wargs.

I can’t wait to see where this leads. I’m thinking skinchanging dragons for one or both of Bran and Arya but time will tell.

these are the things I’m taking for common knowledge for the people reading this:

  • Most, or at least a fair amount, of Targaryens can warg.

lol, no. There is no proof whatsoever in the books or GRRM’s interviews or anywhere that Targaryens can skinchange. The only one we know of with that talent is Bloodraven, and his mother was a Blackwood (a family with First Men origins who are also Old Gods worshippers). (Oh, and Jon Snow too, right, but again, he’s half Stark.)

  • Rhaegar wanted his children to be the three heads of the dragon.

This is correct, but what the hell it has to do with the idea that Rhaenys’s soul is in the one-eyed tomcat, I have no idea.

  • Rhaenys Targaryen was killed in King’s Landing along with at the very least her mother, Elia.

Yes, she was, and it was very sad.

  • GRRM never gives us any information that we don’t need.

(So much useless information in these books. So much. So very very much. Unless you think it’s relevant how often people have to go pee, ‘cos I don’t.)

Sigh. The point of the one-eyed tomcat being Balerion, Rhaenys’s black kitten, is not that it has relevance as the container of Rhaenys’s soul, or Bloodraven’s secret view into the Red Keep (dude, he’s got ravens for that), or any kind of conspiracy theory. It’s to be sad and tragic, and make you gasp when you realize that the old cat Arya couldn’t catch is the little kitten that Varys mentions to Ned. (And maybe he’ll be Arya’s eyes in the Red Keep at some future point, if not one of the other dozens of cats there.)

It’s my attitude to crack theories like this that is the reason why I hardly post anything to asongoftheories and throw all the asks that ask crack theory questions (that is, all of them) into the Drafts to get them out of my inbox. I probably ought not to be the one running that blog. I think the founder isn’t anymore, for that matter. :)