the doom of lannister

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Once a man has seen a dragon in flight, let him stay home and tend his garden in content”, someone had written once, “for this wide world has no greater wonder.“ Tyrion scratched at his scar and tried to recall the author’s name.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Lannister gold and the Doom of Valyria

campaignrations asked:

Do you make anything of the Valyrian prophecy (from WoIAF) that Lannister gold would bring about the Doom? I mean, the Lannisters bought their sword right before the Doom, and “Brightroar” is about as succinct a description of the Doom as one can get.

“Right before the Doom” is a highly suggestive statement. Brightroar was bought a century before the Doom. As were who knows how many other Valyrian swords (of the 227 currently existing in Westeros). As TWOIAF says:

Perhaps in preparation for their crossing of the narrow sea, the Valyrians also established their westernmost outpost on the isle that would come to be known as Dragonstone some two hundred years before the Doom. No king opposed them—and though the local lords of the narrow sea made some effort to resist it, the strength of Valyria was too great. With their arcane arts, the Valyrians raised the citadel at Dragonstone.
Two centuries passed—centuries in which the coveted Valyrian steel began to trickle into the Seven Kingdoms more swiftly than before—though not swiftly enough for all the lords and kings who desired it.

–The World of Ice and Fire

And note that Ice was also bought around a century before the Doom of Valyria:

Catelyn had no love for swords, but she could not deny that Ice had its own beauty. It had been forged in Valyria, before the Doom had come to the old Freehold, when the ironsmiths had worked their metal with spells as well as hammers. Four hundred years old it was, and as sharp as the day it was forged. The name it bore was older still, a legacy from the age of heroes, when the Starks were Kings in the North. –AGOT, Catelyn I

As for Brightroar’s name: Nightfall, Lamentation, and Red Rain are also sword names that are pretty good descriptions of the Doom. Heck, even Blackfyre sounds a bit like a volcano erupting ash and flame, doesn’t it. Threats of war and death, fire and blood; most of these Valyrian steel sword names want to tell the same kind of story.

Also, you’ve got the wording of the prophecy wrong, sorry.

The wealth of the westerlands was matched, in ancient times, with the hunger of the Freehold of Valyria for precious metals, yet there seems no evidence that the dragonlords ever made contact with the lords of the Rock, Casterly or Lannister. Septon Barth speculated on the matter, referring to a Valyrian text that has since been lost, suggesting that the Freehold’s sorcerers foretold that the gold of Casterly Rock would destroy them. Archmaester Perestan has put forward a different, more plausible speculation, suggesting that the Valyrians had in ancient days reached as far as Oldtown but suffered some great reverse or tragedy there that caused them to shun all of Westeros thereafter.

–The World of Ice and Fire

Now, the fact that Septon Barth is discussing the subject is a general clue that he was right and we should ignore whatever the skeptic Yandel says. But note that the prophecy does not say “Lannister gold will bring about the Doom of Valyria”, it says “the gold of Casterly Rock would destroy them” – “them” meaning Valyrians.

So it might be that the gold from the purchase of Brightroar – or any other Lannister gold from any other trade – made its way into the hands of those who paid the Faceless Men to assassinate the sorcerers who controlled the Fourteen Flames, and so brought about the Doom. Or it might be that this prophecy refers to Tywin’s part in Robert’s Rebellion, and especially Jaime’s assassination of Aerys Targaryen (remember that Jaime was wearing his Lannister gold armor at the time). Or it might be that the prophecy refers to something that hasn’t even happened yet – and do recall that Tyrion has promised over 150,000 golden dragons of Casterly Rock to the Second Sons for allowing him to join them.

Let’s think about Game of Thrones in terms of airtime. In a TV show, it’s fair to assume that the characters that get the most airtime are the stars, the main ones, the ones that push the narrative forward and carry the most emotional weight. So in Season 5 of GOT, who is it that has the most air time? It’s certainly not Arya, a notable fan favorite who’s had good, but rather short and infrequent, scenes. It’s not the leading POV character of AFFC, Cersei Lannister, whose doomed political dealings have been cut to the quick, to get straight to the “action” of her storyline, aka her punishment. Even Dany, the dragon queen herself, has been completely absent from some episodes. Dorne is wishy-washy and underdeveloped, Tyrion’s scenes have been cut down to primarily their humor, Jon hasn’t really done anything on screen until the most recent episode. Sure, Tyrion, Jon and Dany are featured this season, but considering their dominance of ADWD, it’s shocking that more of their story isn’t included (let’s not even talk about how thin the AFFC content is). So what’s left? What is this show focusing on, if it’s not the Starks, the Lannisters, the Tyrells, or the Targaryens? 

For the first time in five seasons, we have some real Stannis scenes - and that is definitely worth something. And I haven’t done the math, but I’d bet you that the majority of airtime has gone to Sansa Stark being forced into a storyline that wasn’t meant for her. We have been treated to long, strung out scenes of the Bolton family, in which Roose looks stoically at the camera, or Ramsay tortures someone, or Theon/Sansa cowers in fear of Ramsay torturing someone. Sansa is taken to Winterfell, Sansa doesn’t want to be at Winterfell, Sansa is forced to marry Ramsay and be raped in Winterfell….the journey continues on. Theon’s sheer terror, well established at this point, seems to have had more airtime than the entire Dorne sequence. 

Who else is the star of this show? Can anyone tell me? I didn’t know that I was watching Game of Boltons-Killing-People-Ruthlessly, but I guess that’s what we’re getting this season.

Never Shaken

Here, in stilted, stifling Greywater Watch, she was an outsider, and there was no comfort to be had in Lady Jyana’s presence. Lady Alerie was ever a balm, no matter what hurts Sansa took, but Lady Jyana offered nothing but a cool practicality and a polite welcome, and saved all her warmth for her husband.

It was too much like the way Father saved the best of himself for Mother for Sansa to ever like the woman, living the sort of life denied her parents, and so she held herself back, allowed Arya to lead here, where she seemed so very at home, and from which Sansa wished to be gone as quickly as she could.

Read chapter two @ AO3

The World of Ice and Fire - Brightroar, the lost Valyrian steel sword of the Lannisters.

The sword Brightroar came into the possession of the Lannister kings in the century before the Doom, and it is said that the weight of gold they paid for it would have been enough to raise an army. But it was lost little more than a century later, when Tommen II carried it with him when he sailed with his great fleet to ruined Valyria, with the intention of plundering the wealth and sorcery he was sure still remained. The fleet never returned, nor Tommen, nor Brightroar.

Artist: Nutchapol Thitinunthakorn