Is it true that Daenerys Targaryen had diarrhea in ASOIAF? If so, how was that plotline resolved and how did it affect the character?

Yes Daenerys had diarrhea in A Dance With Dragons, but what is more significant is that Daenerys had moonblood!!

Daenerys had a miscarriage, brought on by the berry poisoning and the resulting diarhhea. This event is proof Daenerys was months pregnant with a living child.

In the prophecy by Mirri Maz Duur, she states Daenerys must ‘bear’ a living child. Technically speaking, ‘to bear’ means ‘to carry’, it does not mean to give birth to. 

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ASOIAF: Why were iron and bronze the chosen metals of The Kings of Winter? Why are they said to be ‘strong and dark to fight the cold’ ak…

The Real Reason Iron & Bronze Are the Metals of Winter

Bronze and iron are the metals of winter, of the Kings of Winter, which we learn both through Robb’s comments and again through Catelyn’s comments in A Clash of Kings:

‘bronze and iron were the metals of winter, dark and strong to fight against the cold’ – A Clash of Kings, Catelyn I

Another reason for the importance of iron is supported by Old Nan who tells us the White Walkers:

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ASOIAF Is there any significance or dual meaning behind the reason the bones of the Starks are buried in sepulchres in the crypts of Wint…

My answer to ASOIAF Is there any significance or dual meaning behind the reason the bones of the Starks are buried …

Answer by Ava Monroe:

The Secret Dual Religious Aspects and Implications as Suggested by the Presence of the Stark Bones in the Sepulchres, Combined with the Deeper Definition and Meaning of ‘Sepulchres’ which are Specific to the Crypts of Winterfell

There are a number of characters from the Holy Bible which I believe GRRM has drawn inspiration from and has represented rather beautifully in his A Song of Ice & Fire series. The deeper definition of the word sepulchres and the Starks in the crypts helped me tie it all together. Here goes my theory….

The Crypts of Winterfell, Death & the Stone Starks

Upon death, the bones of the King of Winter, aka Lord of Winterfell, are buried in stone sepulchres in the enchanted crypts, which are placed behind a giant stone likeness of the dead Stark. This stone Stark giant is seated on a stone throne, and a giant stone direwolf is carved and placed at the feet of each stone Stark.

  • “…Flickering light touched the stones underfoot and brushed against a long procession of granite pillars that marched ahead, two by two, into the dark. Between the pillars, the dead sat on their stone thrones against the walls, backs against the sepulchres that contained their mortal remains – A Game of Thrones, Eddard I

This visual sounds a lot like the Valley of Bones from the Christian Bible. While burying one’s bones in a stone sepulchre is not necessarily significant at first glance, and was practiced throughout history in the past, when we take a deeper look at the alternate meanings of the word ‘sepluchre’, we can find more sneaky deaky GRRM wordplay clues, foreshadowing some very intriguing aspects to the Stark bloodline….. religious aspects, which lead us to a few significant juicy reveals.

A sepulchre is defined as:

  • a place of burial, a tomb; (crypts of Winterfell)
  • a crypt (crypts of Winterfell)
  • a receptacle for religious relics especially in an altar

Whoa whats that?

Religious relics are located in the crypts of Winterfell?

Could the bones of the Starks truly be religious relics?

It is this 3rd definition of sepulchre which got me digging like a mad-woman.

Let us say for arguments sake, GRRM is into duality in the form of dual meanings (along with so many other aspects of duality we find riddled throughout the series).

If we consider this possibility, the definition of ‘sepulchre’ has one heck of a powerful double meaning, as does the word ‘relic’.

A relic is defined as:

  • a corpse; remains (the Starks in the crypts)
  • a surviving memorial of something past (the Starks in the crypts)
  • something cherished for its age or historical interest (the Starks in the crypts)
  • an object of religious veneration, especially a piece of a body or the personal item of a saint; something associated with being holy

Here we find nestled within the definitions of both ‘sepulchre’ and ‘relic’ there exists the possibility of a religious aspect CONNECTED to the BONES of the STARKS.

A religious relic implies an element of holiness.

In this case, since we are addressing the bones of the Starks, this implies the Starks are in some way connected to:

  • God, or
  • a greater power,
  • and/or possess an aspect of holiness.

A saint is one regarded as possessing a likeness or similarities to God, one with a degree of holiness about his or her being.

While many comments we hear regarding the Kings of Winter imply they were oh so very far from ‘saint-like’, the kicker that puts a different spin on things can be found in the way in which one becomes a saint:

  • a living human cannot become a saint
  • sainthood can only be achieved upon death.

Upon death the bones of the dead Starks are buried in an enchanted crypt and a change or shift does appear to occur once this happens as those stone Starks are not ‘dead’ in the traditional sense, as in the books they are given attributes which are associated with the living, things that are ‘alive’.

  • Upon death and burial in the Crypts, do the Starks of Winterfell go through a partial resurrection of sorts?
  • A resurrection of the soul, not the body?

Resurrection is a direct connection to a higher power, or God of some kind.

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ASOIAF characters which GRRM has drawn inspiration from the Holy Bible:

Fallen Angels from Heaven on the side of Light

  • the Kings of Winter and Lords of Winterfell, the Starks, who are buried underground in the ‘Valley of Bones’ aka the Crypts of Winterfell. (They will rise from the crypts as Stark Stone Giants and fight the White Walkers. When/if they succeed and the Walkers are destroyed, these Starks succeed in rightng a terrible wrong from long ago – this will link to the White Walkers – which will result in the release of the Stone Starks ‘vengeful spirits’ from their earthly underground chains, allowing the Stark spirits to rise up and go wherever spirits go.)

Fallen Angels from Heaven on the side of Darkness

  • White Walkers

The Grigori who Watch over Mankind, Protecting humans from Darkness

  • The Watchers on the Wall (now check out their vows with this in mind)

Jesus of Nazareth, Saviour of the Souls of Mankind

  • Jon Snow, Saviour of Mankind, who wields the sword forged from a fallen star from the Heavens (Dawn), which transitions into Lighbringer, enabling Jon to save mankind from Darkness.

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Starks in the Crypts of Winterfell are ‘Alive’ – Their Spirits Resurrected

Those stone Starks in the crypts certainly are not ‘dead’ in the traditional sense, yet in the books are given many attributes which are associated with the living, and as we know,

  • the bones are the memory of the soul,
  • and memory exists in things which are ‘alive’….

The Crypts of Winterfell remember.

The Kings of Winter remember.

The Bones of Winter Remember.

While the living Starks have forgotten, the ‘dead’ Starks do not forget a thing. The dead Starks remember everything, even things which they never knew during their lifetime.

The enchanted crypts of Winterfell act as a network of knowledge, similar in the way weirwood trees share a collective consciousness, and as we know, the weirwoods retain memories of Westeros reaching farther back than any other living being or entity.

The roots of the weirwoods in the Godswood of Winterfell reach deep and are directly connected to the Kings of Winter in the crypts.

Upon burial of a Stark’s bones in the crypts under Winterfell, not only does the dead Stark’s consciousness return to him, living on in his bones, but he also absorbs the knowledge and memories of every other Stark buried down there as well, from the first King of Winter right up to, and including, Lyanna Stark herself. This is yet another aspect of ‘life’ existing in a ‘dead’ Stark.

The bones are the key to Stark resurrection.

Over 8000 years of memories and knowledge which was once lost, becomes known again, deep in the earth.

  • What is dead may never die, but rises harder, stronger.

The Stone Stark Giants in the crypts contain the spirits of the Starks and are very clearly conscious in the books. Down in the ground the stone Starks of Winterfell are watching, waiting, listening, alive, and drawing strength from the earth, much in the way the weirwoods are. The Kings of Winter have not forgotten a thing.

  • "The bones help," said Melisandre. "The bones remember.” – A Dance with Dragons, Melisandre I

Bones are the memory of the soul after all, and the Bones of Winterfell are stirring, as are the giant Stone Starks who sit upon their stone thrones in the ‘Valley of Bones’ deep beneath Winterfell … the stone giants, the giants the Horn of Winter will awaken.

The Stones of Winter remember.

ASOIAF Is there any significance or dual meaning behind the reason the bones of the Starks are buried in sepulchres in the crypts of Wint…

Since Hodor has translated to ‘Hold the door’ can ‘Azor Ahai’ be ‘Azure Eyes’ thereby making Brienne the Prince That Was Promised?

Interesting idea ! You actually had me laughing out loud.

Once the laughing stopped, well, Hold the Door/Hodor could be used as the event which set the precedent for further such word-play.

Then a certain quote from a Bran chapter early on in A Game Of Thrones popped into my mind, the one which describes Jon’s skin as cold and hard.

“Finally he looked north. He saw the Wall shining like blue crystal, and his bastard brother Jon sleeping alone in a cold bed, his skin growing pale and hard as the memory of all warmth fled from him.” – A Game of Thrones, Bran

And then the ‘blue eyed king who cast no shadow’ quote danced across my brain. This is what I cam up with:

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Does Daenerys or Viserys know that her/his great-great uncle Maester Aemon is alive, and does he know about them?

My answer to Does Daenerys or Viserys know that her/his great-great uncle Maester Aemon is alive, and does he know …

Answer by Ava Monroe:

Targaryens were once widely known to be able to communicate across far distances however Maester Aemon’s final days in the books seems to suggest the cold of the Wall acted as a block for Targaryen telepathy.

A Targaryen deep in the cold climates is cut-off from accessing other Targaryens, which could prove to be an interesting tid bit.

It is curious Maester Aemon dreams of Daenerys and dragons galore after leaving the coldness of the Wall. In the books Maester Aemon becomes aware of Daenerys only after leaving the Wall when he is travelling by ship with Sam, Gilley and the baby, although he passes not long after. He does comment the cold helps temper the fire and is likely the reason he lived so long, and it is the lack of cold that is likely the reason he dies so soon after entering warmer weather.

I can not recall anything to suggest either Daenerys or Viserys knew Maester Aemon Targaryen was still alive, or if they did, he wasn't a big topic or interest of theirs.

Thanks for the A2A 🙂

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What does Cersei’s icy cold breath in Game of Thrones Season 7’s official promo mean?

Honestly I think it’s just D&D messing with us. An artistic way of showing Winter Is Here. Besides there is a pattern of misleading promo trailers, all is not what it seems so I am not taking it too seriously.

Although it did plant the idea of Cersei transitioning into Queen Cersei the White Walker – she does have the heart and temperament for it – however I am guessing (in the show) Daenerys will likely get her hands on Cersei before the Walkers do.

Who knows though …. anything is possible.

A pair of short spikey white frosty horns would hold up her crown ever so nicely 🙂

-Ava Monroe

What does Cersei’s icy cold breath in Game of Thrones Season 7’s official promo mean?

Would Daenerys, Jorah, Tyrion and Grey Worm believe Jon Snow when he tells them whats coming to Westeros?

My answer to Would Daenerys, Jorah, Tyrion and Grey Worm believe Jon Snow when he tells them whats coming to Wester…

Answer by Ava Monroe:

Absolutely.

Tyrion would believe Jon in a heartbeat. Both books and show do suggest a certain rapport exists between Tyrion and Jon, and Tyrion is a good read of character. Besides, he knows Jon is a moral compass intact Ned-type, not one to run around telling lies on any level. Tyrion is also an avid reader an has more then likely come across tales of White Walkers already. He did also spend some time with Lord Commander Mormont during his visit to Castle Black  and certainly appeared to believe the Old Bear’s worries about the White Walkers.

Jorah is of the North and I expect he definitely has heard all tales about the White Walkers throughout his life prior to his exile, and therefore I do not see any reason why he would question such news. Jorah does consistently show a fair amount of worldly knowledge and knows of the Dothraki legends regarding ghost grass and cold death sweeping across the land. Jorah will believe Jon.

Daenerys will believe once she sees Tyrion and Jorah do.

Grey Worm was originally from the Summer Isles – no shortage of strange and scary ways to die over there so hearing of an Army of Undead might not be such a far out idea to him. However he was taken at a very young age so he may not necessarily remember all the strange and wild things on the Summer Isles. Regardless, even if he was not open to believing Jon initially, Grey Worm is programmed to take orders so he would act as a believer soon enough.

Would Daenerys, Jorah, Tyrion and Grey Worm believe Jon Snow when he tells them whats coming to Westeros?

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