Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the jury

I participated in The Nerdstream Era's "Supreme Court of Westeros" this week. Quite a fun little project Stefan Sasse has going on there, check it out right here (and the thirty-nine (!) preceding court rulings can of course also be found on that website). It was fun to be called to the stand and be part of the jury. But I noticed there was no headsman there.


  1. I realize this blog isn't a forum to discuss the deep truths of ASIOF - and I'm planning (at work of course) to review related threads on the westeros forum...
    HOWEVER - in commenting about Maester motiviations, I got to thinking back further in the story: Why were Ned (N) and Robert (R) fostered with John Aron (JA)? JA, the lord of the Vale was known to be an honorable man, with N and R from different kingdoms. That's a potential for an alliance of 3 great houses!!! What better condition to set to destabilize the realm in the face of a mad targaryen king? Surely some coordination between castle Maesters was required to accomplish this feat.

    Old town surely factors in as well, acting in some regard as the Maester Control tower - either sending out remote instructions, or establishing marching orders during Maester training, and selection of castle posts for individual Maesters (with particular names, and proclivities.) The possibilities are endless... The Hightowers control Old Town, and while they may not be pulling the strings at the Citadel - they clearly will have an influence as the deep pockets in the area. Gerold Hightower was a Knight of the KG - hand picked by Rhaegar T to accompany Lyanna Stark to Dorne. GH had the opportunity to witness directly the madness of King Aerys, and to Visiting hightowers about it - who would talk to Maesters etc. etc.

    The possibilities are endless, and I think GRRM tries to replicate real history in many ways with his saga, which gets more complicated the more deeply it is studied (mountains beyond mountains.) There are planners in ASIOF - and in many instance those plans go horribly awry and lead to consequences both good and bad depending on the perspective (just like real history.) In the same way history is completely biased by individual author, GRRM's perspective storytelling allows him to play around with the story and truly allows the reader to construct his own truths. It's just marvelous...

  2. ok last one on this thread.... Below follow lady Dustins' words (extracted from a forum thread.) Surely we can't take them at face value - but it is a big suggestion from Martin to the reader that we should be thinking about what the Maesters are up to individually and as groups.

    "They scurry everywhere, living on the leavings of the lords, chittering to one another,whispering in the ears of their masters. But who are the masters and who are the servants, truly?" ...

    ... “They heal, yes. I never said they were not subtle. They tend to us when we are sick and injured,

    or distraught over the illness of a parent or a child. Whenever we are weakest and most vulnerable, there they are. Sometimes they heal us, and we are duly grateful. When they fail, they console us in our grief, and we are grateful for that as well. Out of gratitude we give them a place beneath our roof and make them privy to all our shames and secrets, a part of every council. And before too long, the ruler has become the ruled"