Hello fellow readers,
Lately I’ve been working really hard on a few things, so I’ve been quiet for a while. Rest assured, that will not continue to be the case.
One of those things dropped last Thursday and I didn’t notice like a dunce. So check out The Nerdstream Era and his Supreme Court of Westeros segment. I had the pleasure of working with the impeccable Stefan Sasse in talking about a few things, mostly Varys. You can find our rulings here.
The Wolf in the Night or the King Who Lost the North
Artwork by Riotovskaya
Robb Stark is a mostly beloved character by fans of the series and several characters within the series itself. While never having his own POV we do gain many different perspectives and opinions on Robb from various POV and non POV characters. This essay will incorporate many of these opinions and perspectives in order to build up a more complete picture of the man who would be named King in the North and King of the Trident.
Hope everyone is well! A number of folks here and on reddit have asked when the next essay or essay series will come out. Well, I have some individual essays and essay series that I’m working on (more on that in a little bit), but in reality, I haven’t been able to do too much writing of late. Why?
Pure Iron or True Steel
Stannis Baratheon is a controversial character to both fans of the series and characters within the series themselves. While never having his own POV we do gain many different perspectives and opinions on Stannis from various POV and non POV characters within the series. This essay will incorporate many of these opinions and perspectives in order to build up a more complete picture of the man.
Administrative Note: This is the first in a series of posts that will be discussing the various character perspectives of the many would be kings of Westeros. These posts will comprise several character’s opinions, my analysis of said opinions, and a few of my final thoughts regarding the character being discussed. The analysis parts of these essays are informed my own interpretation of the opinions expressed by various characters. The intention of this series is to build up a more complete picture of these would be kings by using these opinions.
Artwork by Amok
“…madness and greatness were two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air…” Barristan Selmy, attributing a quote to King Jaehaerys II, ADWD, Daenerys VI
Aegon I, Aegon the Dragon, through a combination of conquest and diplomacy, conquered all of Westeros, save Dorne. With those accomplishments behind him, many claimed that Aegon I was the greatest Targaryen king that ever existed, but they neglect one critical contender to this honor — one that was able to accomplish something that has eluded conquerors and heads of state to this day: lasting peace. Only one candidate was able to take a disjointed country and bring a long-lasting peace, an accomplishment that neither Aegon I, nor Robert Baratheon, nor any other conqueror has since equaled. That singular ruler was the Old King: Jaehaerys Targaryen, the First of His Name.