stannis out

anonymous asked:

Hey!!! 😇 I have read like all fics on your coming out tag page, when you have time can you update them? Today It's my one year anniversary of coming out!!! ☺️☺️☺️ -B

Happy Belated Anniversary! Sorry it’s a little late but we’re so happy we could celebrate with you! Here’s the tag for everyone else. - Anastasia

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Taking Bets by S_Horne

(1/1 I 406 I General I Sterek)

“Dad, Mel” Stiles started. “I’m gay.”

With a sudden boost of confidence, Stiles reached a hand out to take a hold of one of Derek’s.

“And this is my Derek” he continued, turning his face to meet the other’s gaze.

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Stiles has a confession for his parents, and they have one for him!

Dream a Little Dream of Me by 42hrb

(1/1 I 830 I Teen I Stanny)

Coach pairs Stiles and Danny in a hotel for a lacrosse trip, it turns out they have some stuff to talk about.

About Damn Time by fancyachatup

(1/1 I 903 I General I Sterek)

It’s essentially Teen Wolf, except that there are such things as soulmates.

Deal? by fancyachatup

(1/1 I 921 I General I Sterek)

Only Peter is evil and it’s for like 1 sentence.
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Basically Sheriff answers a domestic violence call and Stiles hits on Derek while simultaneously coming out.

The Person He Loved In So Many Different Ways by QueenofCrazy

(1/1 I 1,136 I Not Rated I Sciles)

“Bro.” He whispered, hands gripping his knees and fingers tapping. “Bro you uh, you left your porn up on your laptop that I borrowed for my presentation.”
Scott felt his face heat up. He knew what porn Stiles was talking about, how could he be so stupid not to check it before giving it to Stiles.

Sourwolves Do it Better by siao

(1/? I 1,406 I Explicit I Sterek)

In another time, in another place, but not exactly as the story still occurs in the much beloved town of Beacon Hills, Stiles Stilinski is a quirky (kind way of saying a walking disaster) teenager just trying to figure out his life in the wake of his parents uncommunicated separation, and being the perpetual third-wheel to his power couple friends Lydia and Jackson that makes him question if their friends because they happened to have playdates in the e-old age or because their parents gave them no choice but to be friends.

And yeah, maybe having sex with a complete stranger in the supply closet at school wasn’t his brightest idea - sue him, but how was he supposed to know that his one time fling that he wanks since forth was his English teacher?

Throw in teenage werewolves, alphas, hunters and some kind of demon tree that may or may not be trying to seduce him into being evil and what you got is a whirlwind romance that’s not quite legal but profound all the same.

Two Hearts in One Home by TheMipstaz

(1/1 I 1,851 I Explicit I Malia/Kira)

In which Kira bakes 11 pies.

Silver and Cold by inatshej

(1/1 I 2,044 I Mature I Steter)

Stiles admits to himself finally that it is cold, quiet and lonely. It didn’t change when he met Peter, but at least he could forget about it. Somehow the thing with Peter ends up hurting him even more.

And The Oscar Goes To by 42hrb

(1/1 I 2,241 I Teen I Sterek)

Being publicly in the closet means Stiles can’t go to the Academy Awards with who he really wants, but it’s not like he’s going to win so he doesn’t have to worry about slipping up and thanking Derek in his speech… right?

Outed by smokesforsterek

(1/1 I 2,419 I General I Sterek)

Nancy O’Dell was standing on her chic set but in the background on one of the set pieces was a obviously zoomed in and blurry picture of Derek and Stiles kissing on the beach.
Fuck.

or the one where Derek and Stiles are famous and secretly dating, and are caught. So naturally the only thing to do is pretend they’re making a movie.

Heavy Is The Head by tragicama

(1/? I 2,574 I Explicit I Sterek)

Heir Prince of France, Derek Hale is tired of his royal life.

When he meets a palace servant named Stiles, everything changes.

Or, the one where Derek falls in love with his own Prince Charming.

Awake by reillyblack

(1/1 I 3,441 I Mature I Sterek)

Stiles was too goddamn old for a sexual awakening.

Never Been Subtle by totallyrandom

(2/2 I 3,886 I Teen I Sterek)

Stiles has something important to tell Scott, but Scott’s not making it easy.

Green Beer and the Howling Wolf by TVTime

(1/1 I 4,152 I Teen I Stisaac)

Stiles, Isaac, and Scott go out drinking for St. Patrick’s Day and Stiles discovers that his hopeless crush on Isaac may not be as hopeless as he thought.

Stiles-centric/Stiles POV, dialogue-heavy college AU story with no powers. Primarily humor with some fluff and Stisaac romance. Alternate character histories. Isaac is Scott’s adopted brother.
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Stiles held his arms out and turned around in a circle. “I look okay right?”

Scott’s face lit with understanding. “Ah, someone wants to get lucky on St. Paddy’s Day.”

Stiles didn’t deny it, just changed the subject – well, technically he didn’t change the subject, but Scott would think it was a change of subject. “So when’s Isaac getting here?”

Trust by live_laugh_murder

(1/1 I 4,436 I Teen I Steo)

Stiles always knew Theo Raeken couldn’t be trusted. But he seems to forget that when the werewolf gets under his skin.

Out in the Open by inmydreams

(1/1 I 5,188 I Teen I Sterek)

Derek Hale, successful actor and Oscar winner, is ready to come out and where better to do it than on his boyfriend’s chat show?

Indecent Proposal by lavieboheme0919

(1/1 I 5,432 I Explicit I Stetoper)

Peter and Chris have been married since they were in their twenties. Stiles is introduced to the mix after Peter meets him in the showers at the on-campus gym. All of them love the relationship they’re in. Unfortunately none of them know how to explain said relationship to Stiles’ dad.

This is the first of a series I’ll be working on as I work on my other story, “Gods and Monsters.” This one will be heavily focused on sex. If I missed any tags, please let me know. As always, comments welcome and encouraged!

Aparecium by GameCake

(1/1 I 5,446 I Teen I Sterek)

“Hey, Derek, look! Aquamenti!” Stiles yelled laughing.

His laugh though was short-lived as his hand tickled the same time as water shot out of the tip of his fake wand?


What?


“Whatever you did, wherever you found it, put it back!” Derek ordered flashing his alpha crimson eyes.

“Do you really think it is a good idea to leave it here unattended? What if a kid takes it? What if someone said ‘Avada Kedavra’” Stiles defended as he flayed his arms around.

That proved to be another bad choice. His hand buzzed again and lightning escaped the wand and stuck an innocent tree. Which immediately cracked and started decaying to the point that it looked sick and… well… dead.

There were a few bits of silence after that until Derek spoke up. “That’s it! Put it back now.”

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Or the one where Stiles finds a wand that responds to Harry Potter spells, is apparently a mage and gets a boyfriend out of it.

Don’t hate me for who I am by AnnSnape

(2/6 I 5,649 I Mature I Sterek)

It was Christmas when Stiles pack rejected him for being different and Stiles, who turned for the first time, had to run away from his own pack to survive.

Closeted by stilinski_wolf

(2/2 I 7,483 I Teen I Sterek)

Derek is part of a very rich, very conservative - and very homophobic - family, and so he has to hide who he truly is from them.

And then, Derek takes a liking to the new bartender working at the gay bar he frequents, and contemplates coming out to his family.

But his choice is taken out of his hands when his sister Cora follows him one night to the gay bar, changing Derek’s life irrevocably.

wolf in the headlights by thedeathlyalpha

(1/1 I 7,581 I Teen I Scisaac)

When Scott finds out that Derek has added a member to the pack, he can’t believe it.

When he discovers who it is, even worse.

As Scott becomes closer to Isaac, feelings develop and the lines blur, making everything just seem so confused.

Getting To Know Me Getting To Know You by alternativename

(3/? I 9,477 I Mature I Steter)

In an Omega verse where Stiles has never really felt comfortable in his own skin, he seeks out the company of other Omegas to help him make sense of the world they live in.

Meeting Peter Hale however was totally unplanned, and so was everything that happened from the moment they met.

And…Action! by defenselesswriter

(5/? I 9,632 I Explicit I Sterek)

“Not looking for casual hookups. Sorry, bro. Most codependent independent person you will ever meet. Part-time actor, full-time asshole who coincidentally preaches positivity. Worst bowler in the world after my best friend. Looking for a guy whose first thought isn’t ‘Can I put my dick in one of his orifices?’ Also super hella bi and might be down for a threesome.”

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes by huffleluff

(1/1 I 21,866 I Teen I Allydia)

If you had asked Allison Argent if she was straight two months ago, she would have said yes. Now, she isn’t so sure.

On her eighteen birthday, she receives the name of her soul mate via a mark on her wrist: seventeen year old Lydia Martin. Her sense of identity suddenly gone, Allison must deal with her feelings for her best friend, her preacher father’s homophobia, and learning to love herself for who she truly is–preferably before Lydia’s eighteenth birthday in just one year’s time.

There’s Nothing That I Wouldn’t Do (I Found My Way Back To You) by SuperMARVELous

(5/5 I 51,051 I Mature I Sterek)

Four times Derek and Stiles pass each other by and the one time they find their way back to each other.

The Payoff Pitch by Leslie_Knope

(12/12 I 83,974 I Explicit I Sterek)

Derek is on the cusp of his second season with the LA Dodgers, and as the reigning runner-up Rookie of the Year, the pressure’s on him to become the team’s star pitcher and lead them to the playoffs for the first time in five years. He’s trying to deal with the burden of expectations and really has zero desire to spend any extra time or energy on anything that isn’t baseball.

But then he meets Stiles.

Building a Better Chimera: Part Two by Uthizaar

(21/21 I 200,638 I Explicit I Steo I MCD)

Theo returns to Beacon Hills with the task of guiding and protecting Stiles as he becomes one of the most powerful chimeras alive…Well that was the Dread Doctor’s plan. Theo has a different idea, and Stiles fits nicely into it, not merely as a fellow chimera, but as something more. Of course, Stiles not being aware of his abilities is but one small obstacle… 

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Listen to me, you’ve got this dark pit inside you. I know. Believe me, I know. But that doesn’t mean you have to fall into it. You don’t have to be a monster… It doesn’t matter what you are. It only matters what you do. It’s your choice.

NEW Game of Thrones Season 7 Spoilers
  • Daenerys sends a letter saying “Bullshit Kings Meet @ Casterly Rock 6pm: Free Punch and Pie” 
  • Daenerys hits each person who shows up and no one questions it because clearly they have differing opinions of “punch and pie”
  • She has a whirlwind romance with Euron Greyjoy then feeds him to Drogon, Yara gives Dany the thumbs up and takes back the Iron Islands
  • Jorah Mormont is cured of grey scale by doing shots out of Stannis Baratheon’s skull
  • Bronn and Pod have sex for the first time on a romantic boat ride (captained by Gendry)
  • Ned Stark returns as Ned Stark the White 
  • Ser Davos is Azor Ahai 
  • Brienne pulls off Jaime Lannister’s mask to reveal he’s been Arthur Dayne this whole time
  • Jon Snow captures a white walker and tames it–this white walker is Renly Baratheon. They become good friends and share in an adventure where each one learns a little about themselves
  • Sansa is the Princess That Was Promised and she is fantastic, lemon cakes for all
  • Inspired by Vanishing Twin Syndrome, the Hound eats what’s left of his brother
  • Everything is actually fine in Dorne 
  • Same with Highgarden
  • Ireland wins, but Krum gets the snitch

anonymous asked:

Why did Robert dislike Stannis? I can't think of a reason that wouldn't also apply to Ned. The pros would be that they're both obedient and dutiful. The cons would be that Robert would find them too boring/serious. They're not the same character but I can't see what he loves about Ned that he hates about Stannis.

You’ve just put your finger on the main reason why Stannis resents Ned so much. Because yes, Stannis and Ned are not really that different which is exactly why Robert’s close friendship with Ned hurts Stannis tremendously. Ned is the brother Robert chose above Stannis which is something Stannis does not understand, he is just like me Robert, can’t you see? Why did you pick him and not me?

We don’t get an outright explanation to why Robert dislikes Stannis but considering all the talk about Stannis’ grim personality and how Stannis himself ruminates on how different he and Robert are, and how different they are viewed by others, it seems like a classic case of different personalities and temperament that created a rift between the brothers as the reserved and serious Stannis made for a disappointing prospect in companion to the lively and wild Robert. I believe it’s Robert’s fosterage at a young age that played a huge part in the chasm between the two Baratheons though. The two brothers never really built a relationship because while it’s possible for fostered children to still have a good relationship with their siblings (hence Ned’s strong attachment to his own siblings), I don’t see Robert going out of his way to stay in touch and build a relationship with Stannis, and Stannis…. well, Stannis had trouble reaching out and showing vulnerability, and the one time we hear about him doing so as a youth with Proudwing, he abruptly got smacked down by both Robert and their great uncle. So with distance, and no interest in forging a relationship, their disconnection grew.

Comparatively, while Ned shares an introverted and reserved nature with Stannis, he was Robert’s childhood and teenage companion. It was Ned that shared Robert’s new exciting life in the Eyrie, Ned that he trained with in the yard and squired alongside, Ned that he built a brotherly bond with. It’s a given that Jon Arryn took great care in fostering friendship and kinship between his two wards, and Ned’s strong family values and good relationship with his siblings surely also appealed greatly to Robert whose relationship with his own brother was aloof and distant. Ned also had experience with a Robert-like character in his brother Brandon, and so probably was quite used to dealing with (and somewhat indulging) a wild and boisterous character like Robert. And when you take into consideration Robert’s knack for romanticizing things, I’m sure the Vale felt like a grand new adventure that he got to experience, and Ned was the person he got to experience it with which built a brotherly bond between them.

With how fosterage relationships is regarded as being equivalent to blood relationships, and with Robert building relationships there that he did not have back home, Robert all but replaced his blood family with his foster one, something he displayed repeatedly and made no secret of. Once Robert found a new family in Ned and Jon Arryn, and later zeroed in on the Starks as his chosen prospective family, his relationship with Stannis was doomed. He simply couldn’t be bothered. Robert is notoriously lazy, and he had a brother he liked in Ned, one that came with a family that actually likes each other and that Robert can be a member of, so why should he exert himself to build a relationship with a brother he did not like, especially since all of Stannis’ good qualities existed in Ned anyway?

my favorite moments of character hypocrisy in no particular order (feel free to add)

Stannis “the Iron Throne is mine by rights” Baratheon offering Jon Snow Winterfell

Catelyn Tully: frees Jaime after he slays Lord Karstark’s sons in battle

Catelyn: Lord Bolton, I hope you are not suggesting that we free the man who killed my sons?!?!?

Jaime Lannister killing the mad king to stop his mad plans and then fathering the next mad king

Nymeria Sand wanting to kill Tommen to avenge her father’s murder but then is shocked to find that Cersei would want to kill innocent little Trystane

Literally anything Tywin says

Robert’s Rebellion: Writ in Blood

Robert Baratheon died quickly–his rebellion, less so. The scattered army of the Trident knows better than bend a knee and pray for a dragon’s mercy. And so begins the fight for scraps between the royalists and the rebels…

argelladurrandon sent this prompt via replies:

Awww congrats!!! �� I’ll request my trash faves Stannis and Mel

Stannis remembers what Davos said to him, remembers it often, and particularly when he shares Melisandre’s bed.

Your people will not love you…

He clenches his jaw. They would not love him better if he sent her away. Men loved Robert, even when Robert did nothing to deserve that love. Stannis did his duty and all it earned him was betrayal and disdain.

They will never love me.

Melisandre is not asleep. She pretends, and he pretends not to know she is pretending. She faces the fire, and he knows she will be looking into the flames, wielding that power that made men fear her. With her by his side Stannis could achieve much.

They will not love me, but they might fear me.

Interview with  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on how Stephen Dillane found out about Stannis’ Death.  If you don’t already despise the Ds, maybe this will convince you!  Stannis got no respect on screen or off!

“The main characters will get a phone call, usually. [laughs] … A lot of people also just find out when they read the script. I don’t think anyone finds out at the actual table read. For some reason I think Stannis — Stephen Dillane — he found out in his trailer, reading the script, I think because they made a mistake, apparently. They forgot [and said], Are you going to call him? No I’m going to call him. OK! So he was like, Are you… what?! I guess I’m not the chosen one, but the red priestess said it was me! But … other than that they’re pretty good in telling people. “  

anonymous asked:

What do you think made Stannis suspect that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen weren't Robert's children?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

It’s a very good question, and not one that I think we have enough information to ever definitively answer.

Certainly, I don’t think it was until a good few years at least into Robert’s reign that Stannis would have ever begun to suspect anything. After all, the look of Joffrey alone would not be enough to prove anything: the strong dominance of Baratheon “genes” over Lannister (that is, blond) ones doesn’t seem to be common knowledge in Westeros (considering it took the reading of that old genealogical tome for Jon Arryn, and Ned, to come to the shocking conclusion). However, I would think that no later than the birth/infancy of Tommen would Stannis have started to suspect something. One Lannister-looking Baratheon child might be expected, two perhaps coincidental, but three in a row? A hard claim to swallow, especially since by 291 AC (when Tommen was born), Stannis had already borne witness to the conception and birth of the king’s bastard Edric four years prior - a boy who looked exactly like Renly and Robert, minus the large Florent ears.

Not to mention that, the longer Cersei and Jaime’s affair continued, the less discreet they almost certainly would have been. It’s common enough behavior that, the longer one gets away with something illicit, the less careful one becomes about doing the illicit thing - the odds of being caught appearing to be low. The sheer number of people who eventually learned Cersei and Jaime were having an affair (Varys, Littlefinger, Renly, Pycelle, Jon Arryn, and of course Stannis, at minimum), along with the twin’s attitudes toward it, speaks to how not-careful Cersei and Jaime were about keeping their highly illegal activities a secret. Stannis, who would have been living at least part-time in the Red Keep as a member of the king’s small council, would have been a direct witness to Cersei’s “half a hundred” urgings to her husband to go hunting while her brother kept her “well-protected”, and would have been on the front lines of any gossip concerning the queen and her Kingsguard twin. I don’t think Stannis would have failed to take notice that the queen was spending an awful lot of time with her brother, and indeed seeking out opportunities for the two of them to be alone - and while history-minded Stannis might have thought of Queen Naerys and her Kingsguard brother, Cersei was far from pious Naerys, and Jaime the Kingslayer far from the sterling-reputation Aemon.

Obviously, when talking about this matter, Tyrion’s conversation with Varys in ACOK has to be included:

Tyrion adjusted the heavy cloak and paced restlessly. “You missed a lively council. Stannis has crowned himself, it seems.”

“I know.”

“He accuses my brother and sister of incest. I wonder how he came by that suspicion.”

“Perhaps he read a book and looked at the color of a bastard’s hair, as Ned Stark did, and Jon Arryn before him. Or perhaps someone whispered it in his ear.” The eunuch’s laugh was not his usual giggle, but deeper and more throaty.

“Someone like you, perchance?”

“Am I suspected? It was not me.”

“If it had been, would you admit it?”

“No. But why should I betray a secret I have kept so long? It is one thing to deceive a king, and quite another to hide from the cricket in the rushes and the little bird in the chimney. Besides, the bastards were there for all to see.”

“Robert’s bastards? What of them?”

“He fathered eight, to the best of my knowing,” Varys said as he wrestled with the saddle. “Their mothers were copper and honey, chestnut and butter, yet the babes were all black as ravens … and as ill-omened, it would seem. So when Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen slid out between your sister’s thighs, each as golden as the sun, the truth was not hard to glimpse.”

Tyrion shook his head. If she had borne only one child for her husband, it would have been enough to disarm suspicion … but then she would not have been Cersei. “If you were not this whisperer, who was?”

“Some traitor, doubtless.” Varys tightened the cinch.

“Littlefinger?”

“I named no name.“ 

Here, Varys all but explicitly accuses Littlefinger of planting the idea in Stannis’ mind. On the one hand, this is as Littlefinger likes to operate - using well-placed intermediaries to nudge pawns in his chosen direction, while keeping his own hands clean (his trick to get Loras planted in the Kingsguard being a preeminent example). With Littlefinger’s string of brothels in the capital, it might be suspected that perhaps Litttlefinger used the prostitutes there employed to spread the gossip of Robert’s black-haired bastards to, say, Justin Massey (a man whom Stannis describes as sharing his brother’s "appetite” for women), who then passed it on to Lord Stannis.

At the same time, I share with @racefortheironthrone doubts as to Littlefinger’s part in this scheme. While Stannis is quick to blame Littlefinger where he sees fit - in the unsuccessful attempt to fire Janos Slynt, for one - he never brings up Littlefinger’s supposed role in this most important political maneuver. Nor would it really benefit Littlefinger to have Stannis find out: if Robert believes him, that brings Stannis within a breath of the Iron Throne as its heir - hardly a good position for a man like Littlefinger, who had profited handsomely from bureaucratic corruption. And, of course, Varys himself had every reason to attempt to discredit his biggest rival to the new Hand of the King while the latter was still in the early part of his tenure.

So in my mind, I think Stannis simply came to the suspicion himself based on his own observations, and that Varys was more correct than he lets on in pointing out how Robert’s many bastards made the Lannister looks of his “trueborn” children that much more glaring. Hence why, I think, Stannis decided to go to Jon Arryn: the only evidence at this point was the queen’s desire to be in her brother’s company, the obviously unhappy marriage between the two, and Robert’s black-haired bastards (the only one of whom Stannis might have known for sure at this point was Edric), and such a weak case might have been easily dismissed - or, worse, been investigated and dismissed for lack of evidence, damning any further accusations in the future.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

oneminutetomidknight  asked:

How do you see Ramsey dying in the next two books?

1) Stannis defeats Hosteen Frey in the Battle of Ice (likely via the hollowed-out ice mentioned in “The Sacrifice,” judging by Stannis’ comment in Theon I TWOW about natural defenses) and wins over the Karhold men formerly in service to Arnolf to his side, as he plans in Theon I TWOW. 

2) Said Karhold men ride to Winterfell with Lightbringer and tell the Boltons that Stannis is dead, on the very-much-alive Stannis’ orders. Ramsay writes the Pink Letter and then kills Roose and Walda. 

3) The king infiltrates the castle, thanks to Bran and/or the Karhold men, and executes Ramsay in front of Theon. 

I think the show basically swapped Stannis out for Jon as the one to defeat the Boltons and Theon out for Sansa as the victim of Ramsay who takes catharsis in his downfall. 

anonymous asked:

Did Renly know about the Stannis/Jon incest investigation/plans? Why didnt Renly bring Stark in on things, since he probably knew and had weeks of time being in the capital with Eddard but does basically nothing till Robert is dead. Or heck why not bring Jon Arryn in on the replace lannisters with tyrells plan?

Renly knew.

Actually, Renly did sort of bring Eddard in on it, rather inadvertently:

Ned was not sure what to make of Renly, with all his friendly ways and easy smiles. A few days past, he had taken Ned aside to show him an exquisite rose gold locklet. Inside was a miniature painted in the vivid Myrish style, of a lovely young girl with doe’s eyes and a cascade of soft brown hair. Renly had seemed anxious to know if the girl reminded him of anyone, and when Ned had no answer but a shrug, he had seemed disappointed. The maid was Loras Tyrell’s sister Margaery, he’d confessed, but there were those who said she looked like Lyanna. “No,” Ned had told him, bemused. Could it be that Lord Renly, who looked so like a young Robert, had conceived a passion for a girl he fancied to be a young Lyanna? That struck him as more than passing queer.

See, here’s the thing about Renly and the investigation: it is not in Renly’s interest for the truth to come out unless and until he’s succeeded in getting Margaery into Robert’s bed. Because if the truth comes out and Robert is unattached, then Stannis becomes the heir to the Iron Throne

However, if Robert is remarrying to Margaery, then the Tyrells replace the Lannisters in the King’s Landing power structure but because Renly’s brokered the deal and is romantically attached to Loras, they become allies to his faction. And while Stannis might temporarily be the heir to the Iron Throne, the moment that Margaery becomes pregnant, Stannis is out of the picture and Renly’s path to a Handship/Regency is clear. 

So what’s happening above is that Renly is both trying to get info as to whether the Margaery as Lyanna 2.0 thing will work but also seeing if he and Ned are sympatico, and neither works. It previews Renly’s pitch to Ned, in that he completely misunderstands how to appeal to Ned and win him over.

As to why not Jon Arryn, well A. Jon Arryn suddenly dying kind of makes that impossible, and B. there’s no reason to assume that Jon Arryn would favor Margaery - he might push for some other marriage. 

snowintheriverlands  asked:

Hi butterfly, I am rereading AGOT and the absence of Stannis while Ned is trying to piece together Jon Arryn's death is really striking. I know that Stannis sends out letters stating his claim to succeed his brother first thing in ACOK, and also that he is a dutiful brother that would not have plotted against Robert. So my question is, what is Stannis doing in between the deaths of Jon Arryn and Robert? And when does Melisandre join his retinue? Thank you!

After Jon Arryn’s death, Stannis removed himself to Dragonstone, believing that Cersei had poisoned Jon to cover up her secret, and that he might be next. He was also somewhat ticked off that Robert planned to make Ned Hand of the King and not him, with a combination of “if my brother doesn’t trust me enough to make me Hand, he certainly won’t believe any proof I have of Cersei’s adultery.”

On Dragonstone, Stannis began to gather his strength, sending out envoys to Stormlands houses and houses sworn to Dragonstone with demands of fealty. (The Stormlands houses rejected him, alas.) Also note that when he left King’s Landing he took most of the royal fleet with him, and for the whole year any ship that came within sight of the island was not allowed to leave. He also hired sellsails, Morosh of Myr and Salladhor Saan. By the time of the ACOK prologue, there were 3000 men training on Dragonstone (very few compared to Renly’s forces, unfortunately), and the harbor was crowded with ships.

Melisandre had arrived on Dragonstone some years earlier. At the time, she was considered only to be a red priestess, at least by those who traffic in gossip, who also noted that Selyse had taken up with her. However, once Stannis came to Dragonstone, she began to work on converting him to her beliefs. By the time of Ned’s execution, Varys was reporting that Stannis had brought a shadowbinder from Asshai, showing that more of her history and powers were becoming known.

Anyway… yes, Stannis is very much the missing man during AGOT. His absence, the mystery of his absence, and the potential threat he represents are discussed in many chapters, from Bran II (where Cersei is worried that Robert will listen to Ned, unlike Stannis), to many of Ned’s, to Arya III (where she overhears Varys telling Illyrio he’s gathering an army), to Tyrion’s last – where Tywin calls him “a greater danger than all the others [Renly, Robb] combined”, but also wonders why he hasn’t done anything yet. All this buildup leads to the prologue of ACOK, where Stannis is finally revealed… as both all he was described and also slightly underwhelming as well (petty, grudgy, complaining). If you’re interested, @racefortheironthrone has an excellent overview of Stannis’s character as he appears in the prologue, here. Hope that helps!

Be My Darling

“You chucklefuck.”

Bill slid out from under the bed. His red hair was tousled and rising with friction. He squinted at Richie in the midday sunlight, which streamed through their open windows. “Excuse me?”

Richie leaned back into a sitting position, examining his nails with disinterest. “You heard me, you snot-nosed wiener demon.”

“Rich,” he rose to his feet, dusting his trousers off, “what exactly is this about?”

Richie sniffed. “You know exactly what.”

Bill stared, blankly. At last, Richie caved. “I was looking through your briefcase the other day—”

“You were what?!”

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anonymous asked:

Do you think Edric Storm was educated in a way that will allow him to rule the Stormlands as many believe he will come Spring?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

Oh, I certainly think Edric will be more than capable of ruling the Stormlands in a post-ADOS world. The boy has been raised as a prince in all but name, living exclusively in castles, having access to the same maesters and master-at-arms and training figures any young lordling would have. Edric was seen taking part in the same lessons Shireen Baratheon and Devan Seaworth had with the maester, and according to Davos never “miss[ed] a morning’s work with sword and shield”. Granted, we don’t know how talented he is in either department, but he’s certainly not lacked for education.

Apart from that though, Edric just seems like a good kid. He’s courteous in his actions, even to Davos, whom many in the Dragonstone court look down upon. Stannis points out (with some exasperation) that the boy has all of Robert’s charm, the charisma that could turn pro-Targaryen lords who came for his head into battlefield allies who died for his cause. When he knocks into Davos, he first insists Davos shouldn’t have gotten in his way when he was running … but immediately thereafter he helps Davos up and offers to get him aid for his cough. He seems to really care about Shireen, playing a game he thinks is silly because he knows it would make her happy and wishing he could bid her goodbye before he leaves in exile. Sure, he can be proud and confident in his own lineage, but he’s also 12 going on 13, and for the high haughtiness he could have as “the king’s son”, Edric instead seems to be a pretty decent person. Given time to mature, Edric could be Robert while improving on Robert’s faults - the sort of charismatic rebuilder who could bring people together again.

Plus, if the Seven and GRRM are good, Davos will be with him, to be his regent and de facto Hand. And if there’s anyone I could think would be perfectly capable of guiding the rulership of the Stormlands (and whatever portions of the Crownlands and elsewhere swear allegiance to young Edric) in the world beyond the Second War for the Dawn, it’s Davos Seaworth.

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