History ASongOfIceAndFire / TropesAToI

30th Jun '16 9:43:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* BastardAngst: There are several bastards, but the ones who exhibit this trope the most are:
** Jon Snow grew up as an outsider among his legitimate family, especially by sort-of stepmom Catelyn. Partly because of his bitterness about this and for lack of better career options, he joins the Night's Watch in order to make a name for himself. [[spoiler: Notably, when offered legitimization and the chance to inherit Winterfell, he declines, claiming it belongs to Sansa]].
** Ramsay Snow goes to great lengths to prove to his father that he's just as sick a bastard as the rest of his family and deserving of the family name, including torturing, mutilating and brainwashing a family rival. It's implied he murdered his legitimate brother to get where he was, too.
** Downplayed with Mya Stone, who is aware of being King Robert's bastard. She angsts about her baseborn birth making her unable to marry the minor lord she fell in love with, but other than that she's pretty happy where she is.
18th Jun '16 12:18:34 PM Generality
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* EthnicGod: The Drowned God is only worshipped by the Ironborn people. Lesser known ethnic deities from this universe are the Great Shepherd (worshipped by the Lhazarene people), Boash (was only worshipped by the Lorathi a long time ago), the nameless god of the Norvoshi, and the Black Goat of the Qohoriks.
14th Jun '16 12:02:34 PM DrakeClawfang
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** The two great politically neutral institutions, the Night's Watch and the Kingsguard, wear black and white, respectively. The city watch of King's Landing wear gold. Played with for the Maesters; there is no official rule that they must all wear grey, but it is a common color for them to choose and they're often referred to as wearing grey.
8th Jun '16 7:21:45 AM MetalJesus
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** The sigil of House Glover is, rather fittingly, a clenched fist in a mail glove.
31st May '16 9:30:59 PM Tnoel
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** Also InUniverse, the Night's Watch. They used to be a massive fighting force capable of garrisoning seventeen castles guarding a 300 mile wall with regular patrols, and it was considered an honorable occupation for second sons and ambitious fighting men. Now they're considered a joke with less than a thousand men left, guarding the world against fairy tales, and almost the only people joining are criminals who took the black
in lieu of worse punishment.

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** Also InUniverse, the Night's Watch. They used to be a massive fighting force capable of garrisoning seventeen castles guarding a 300 mile wall with regular patrols, and it was considered an honorable occupation for second sons and ambitious fighting men. Now they're considered a joke with less than a thousand men left, guarding the world against fairy tales, and almost the only people joining are criminals who took the black
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blackin lieu of worse punishment.
31st May '16 9:28:28 PM Tnoel
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** Also InUniverse, the Night's Watch. They used to be a massive fighting force capable of garrisoning seventeen castles guarding a 300 mile wall with regular patrols, and it was considered an honorable occupation for second sons and ambitious fighting men. Now they're considered a joke with less than a thousand men left, guarding the world against fairy tales, and almost the only people joining are criminals who took the black in lieu of worse punishment.

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** Also InUniverse, the Night's Watch. They used to be a massive fighting force capable of garrisoning seventeen castles guarding a 300 mile wall with regular patrols, and it was considered an honorable occupation for second sons and ambitious fighting men. Now they're considered a joke with less than a thousand men left, guarding the world against fairy tales, and almost the only people joining are criminals who took the black black
in lieu of worse punishment.punishment.
** Robert Baratheon before the events of the story was a tall, fit handsome man who was renowned as a great fierce warrior. By the time the first book takes place, Robert has became a fat bloated slob who is a shadow of the man he used to be.
31st May '16 10:09:14 AM Nutilnas
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** When told that his former fellow squire Merett Frey died (by the man's wife and daughter), Jaime eventually manages to tell them Merett's strength was extraordinary, and then proceeds to lament on how much easier it is to drink to Merett's memory than speak about him.
29th May '16 10:43:50 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AltarDiplomacy: Political marriage is the default expectation for marriages among the nobility and very few marriages are love matches.
** And when people do marry for love, it has a habit of turning out really bad. Just look at the children of Aegon V. One abdicated his position of Crown Prince to marry a commoner, another was forced to make up for the one that abdicated by marrying into the same family, the younger two siblings married each other, breaking two betrothals in the process, and the last remained unmarried because he preferred the company of men, breaking another betrothal. The Lords of Westeros hated Aegon V because of all the broken betrothals.

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* AltarDiplomacy: Political marriage is the default expectation for marriages among the nobility and very few marriages are love matches. \n** And when people do marry for love, it has a habit of turning out really bad. Just look at the children of Aegon V. One abdicated his position of Crown Prince to marry a commoner, another was forced to make up for the one that abdicated by marrying into the same family, the younger two siblings married each other, breaking two betrothals in the process, and the last remained unmarried because he preferred the company of men, breaking another betrothal. The Lords of Westeros hated Aegon V because of all the broken betrothals.
28th May '16 9:40:35 AM ghannawi13
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** And when people do marry for love, it has a habit of turning out really bad. Just look at the children of Aegon V. One abdicated his position of Crown Prince to marry a commoner, another was forced to make up for the one that abdicated by marrying into the same family, the younger two siblings married each other, breaking two betrothals in the process, and the last remained unmarried because he preferred the company of men, breaking another betrothal. The Lords of Westeros hated Aegon V because of all the broken betrothals.
28th May '16 9:26:59 AM ghannawi13
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** The Knight of the Laughing Tree, a mystery knight that fights in the Tourney at Harrenhall before Robert's Rebellion, is heavily implied to be [[spoiler: Lyanna Stark, sister of Eddard Stark. Lyanna is also said to have loved to spar against her brothers in the practice field, and ride horses better than any man in the North.]]
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