When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.
Welcome to the Citadel, the webbie for Seven Kingdoms, a Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire fan guild. The guild is a place for fans of George R. R. Martin's series to question, answer, and, simply, chat about the wonderful world of Westeros (and beyond the Narrow Sea). Discussion is not restricted to GoT/aSoIaF alone though, this is known. It is known.
Who can join?
Anyone who is a fan of GRRM's series (books or television) can join!
Each member is under the allegiance of a certain house. They currently may choose which house they would swear allegiance to. The houses available are as follows: Arryn, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Martell, Stark, Targaryen, Tully, and Tyrell.
If you wish to join, first read the rules. Afterwards, follow the link to the guild home page and join! We are public!
The rules are as follows:
1. You must be at least semi-literate on the guild board and in any other facet of the guild that requires you to type. Smilies and lol, haha, etc. are allowed.
2. You may not exceed three posts in a row (unless you have a lot to say... Use your judgement). If you are replying to multiple people, you can type their names and reply within the same post. It keeps the boards cleaner.
3. Be polite. This should go without saying, but some people forget. If you have a problem with someone, contact Sheena (Katleesi) or another council member to have it sorted out. Public arguments will cause both parties to be suspended. If you continue, you will be deleted. Use your nice words.
4. If you wish to discuss something (an event or theory, for example) that hasn't yet happened in the TV series, mark the subject as "***BOOK (#) SPOILERS***" (ex: ***BOOK 3 SPOILERS***) with the same stated before and after the body of your post. If you wish to discuss something that has happened in the show, you must mark it the same, but with "SEASON" replacing "book" with the season number (ex: ***SEASON 2 SPOILERS***). This is just plain courteous. If this does not happen, your post will be deleted and you will be sent a warning. If it keeps happening, I'm afraid you'll have to leave the guild.
5. Post as often as you can. We do understand that life comes first, but we don't want you to disappear completely! Let Sheena know if you will be scarce.
Note: We will have member sweeps every month. You will be exempt if you let us know that you will be gone. Should you still want to be in the guild after being taken out, you most definitely may rejoin (things happen. It's understandable). As always, just message Sheena.
The following are members of Seven Kingdoms who have pledged allegiance to a House. PLEASE NOTE: All Houses have a cap of 5 members. If there are already 5 members, choose your second favourite House!
Position: Mother of Cats (Owner)
Position: The Lady Viper
As High As Honour
Ours Is The Fury
We Do Not Sow
Hear Me Roar
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Winter Is Coming
Fire And Blood
Family, Duty, Honour
The Night's Watch
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
Free FolkFree folk don't follow names, or little cloth animals sewn on a tunic. . . . They won't dance for coins, they don't care how you style yourself or what that chain of office means or who your grandsire was. They follow strength. They follow the man.
Ranks are based on how active you are with posting. If you're an active poster, you will get promoted faster. The ranks are as follows:
Peasant: Even the richest of families had to have started at the bottom. Hard work, cunning, and perseverance (and maybe a little trickery or thievery) will get you where you want to be (Easy Street). 0 posts = 0 points.
Squire: What a break! That knight saw something in you and now you're working for him (or you're his cousin and he's forced to have you). You have one foot in the door already! 20 posts = 20 points.
Knight: Those long days and nights, some spent without much food or water or ale, have paid off. You learned that mean knight's weakness, you've grown strong, and you are skilled. You are a squire no more (perhaps you can give another peasant boy a chance). 100 posts = 100 points.
Lord: You've won enough tourneys to make a name for yourself while earning a hefty sum. You have now been able to claim land and build a fortress big enough for you and the generations after you. 250 posts = 200 points.
Royalty: You've left that fortress of yours behind and married into royalty! How lucky! Perhaps you have a say in what happens in the rest of Westeros. 350 posts = 500 points.
Council: You may apply for council if a position is available. However, if you have just joined, you may have to wait a little while. When you apply, please neomail Sheena to let her know 1. that you have applied, and 2. how you are qualified for a council position. Good luck!
If you like to read and would like to join the book club, please send a raven to your Katleesi (Sheena).
Every month or so, we will read a new book that may or may not be related to aSoIaF. It gives us something else to discuss and enjoy outside of the guild!
If you have a suggestion for a book to read, please make it (send a raven or post on the guild boards).
Our first book will be announced when at least 2 more people show interest.
Members Currently Involved
+ The Giver by Lois Lowry
Synopsis: it centers around Jonas, a young boy in a dystopian world of the future. The Ceremony of Twelve introduces him to a whole new existence, as the Receiver of Memory. He's blessed (or cursed). Separation from family and friends is a traumatic event for most 12-year-old, but Jonah is introduced to a whole new world of secrets and lies. The Committee of Elders seeks the advice of The Giver to remember what came before (a past long forgotten), but the responsibility is also fraught with unimaginable terrors.
+ Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Synopsis A novel from the speculative fiction genre, this book follows the man now called Snowman as he recounts the events that led to the now post-apocalyptic word. There he survives and cares for the Crakers. The novel deals with genetic engineering, drastic reality television premises, and a future that doesn't seem too far off from what we see today. This is book one in the MaddAddam trilogy. (Adult-level and themes - longer and easy to get through)
+ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Synopsis: the story of seven generations of the Buendía Family in the town of Macondo. The founding patriarch of Macondo, José Arcadio Buendía, and Úrsula Iguarán, his wife (and first cousin), leave Riohacha, Colombia, to find a better life and a new home. One night of their emigration journey, whilst camping on a riverbank, José Arcadio Buendía dreams of "Macondo", a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. Upon awakening, he decides to found Macondo at the river side; after days of wandering the jungle, José Arcadio Buendía's founding of Macondo is utopic.
+ The Last King by Michael Curtis Ford
Synopsis To the Romans, the greatest enemy the Republic ever faced was . . . a ferocious and brilliant king on the distant Black Sea: Mithridates Eupator VI, the last king of Pontus, known to history as Mithridates the Great. At age eleven, he inherited a small mountain kingdom of wild tribesmen whom his wicked mother governed in his place. Sweeping to power at twenty-one-years-old, he proved to be a military genius and a man intent on ousting the Romans from the Black Sea coast territories. For over forty years, Rome sent its greatest generals to contain Mithridates, but time and again he embarrassed the Romans with devastating defeats. Each time Rome declared victory, Mithridates considered it merely a strategic retreat and soon came roaring back with a more powerful army than before. (Adult-level, Historical Fiction - longer, based on fact, interesting)
+ The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Synopsis: The Silmarilli were three perfect jewels, fashioned by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, and within them was imprisoned the Last of the Two Trees of Valinor. When the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, stole the jewels and set them within an iron crown in the impenetrable fortress of Angband, Feanor and his kindred took up arms against the great Enemy and waged a long and terrible war to recover them.
The Silmarillion tells the story of the rebellion by Feanor's allies against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth. It is the history of the heroic First Age in Tolkien's world, the ancient drama long before the time of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
+ One of the Vampire Academy novels by Richelle Mead
Synopsis Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil-feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway-a half-vampire with poor impulse control-is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose's real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors... (YA fiction - easy and quick read)
If you have suggestions, please post them on the guild board.
WARNING: THIS PAGE MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
The following are popular theories based on the books and television show. You may discuss these on the guild board, but make sure you read and follow the RULES about spoilers before you do.
Please feel free to bring up other theories!
Brienne of Tarth's ancestry
Brienne is said to be a descendant of Ser Duncan the Tall due to her strength and height. George R. R. Martin also reported that a descendant of Duncan would appear in AFFC. In the novel, Brienne describes a shield she once saw in her father's armory that matches the description of Ser Duncan's shield. This theory has been CONFIRMED by GRRM!
Jon Snow's parentage
There are several theories regarding Jon's parentage. The first states that Eddard Stark is his father and Ashara Dayne is his mother. At the Tourney at Harrenhal, it is said that a Stark was with Ashara and gave her a child. The theory says that the child may have been Brandon Stark's as well. Before Ashara jumped of the tower at Starfall, it is known that she was with child. Ser Barristan believes her child was a girl who never lived, but other believe the child is Jon.
The other theory looks at the woman who was named by Eddard: Wylla. She was a wet nurse at Starfall and may have been Jon's wet nurse, who Catelyn met. When Arya meets Edric Dayne, he tells her that he was a milk brother to Jon (same wet nurse) but not related to him and that Wylla was Jon's mother. But this could be to hide Jon's Dayne relation and could be perpetuated by Wylla herself.
The next theory is the fisherman's daughter. "Lord Godric Borrell recounts to Davos Seaworth about a fisherman and his daughter who brought Ned Stark in secret across the Bite to the North at the beginning of Robert's Rebellion. The fisherman died in a storm that almost short-ended their journey, but his daughter continued and successfully saw Ned to the Sisters before the boat went down. If Lord Borrell is to be believed, Ned left her with a bag of silver and a child, which she named Jon Snow after Lord Jon Arryn." - aWoIaF
Finally, the most popular theory is R+L=J (Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow). In this theory, Eddard is not Jon's father, but rather his uncle. Because aWoIaF describes it well, this is a direct quote from their page:
Many readers believe that Jon is not the son of Eddard Stark. Instead, he is the son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Eddard's sister Lyanna. Rhaegar and Lyanna disappeared together to the Tower of Joy early in Robert's Rebellion. There, it's believed, Rhaegar leaves Lyanna with child to defend his family's dynasty.
At the end of Robert's Rebellion, about one year later, Eddard and his companions find three of the Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy: Lord Commander Ser Gerold Hightower, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Arthur Dayne. The reasons for their presence and the ensuing fight are unknown, but defending the unborn son of the Heir Apparent would be a good reason to have been posted. The only known survivors of the fight were Eddard himself and Howland Reed. Eddard recalls his sister dying "in a bed of blood," where he made her an unknown promise just before she died.
Also, while Robb, Sansa, Bran and Rickon are said to have Tully features (hair color, eyes), Jon and Arya are said to be closer in appearance (which had made Sansa believe Arya was also illegitimate like Jon, until her mother put Sansa's theory down). Arya is said to resemble Lyanna.
Further evidence to the truth of this theory in the eighth Eddard chapter of A Game of Thrones, in which Ned contemplates the significance of King Robert's illegitimate children. As he muses, Ned's thoughts drift to Jon Snow, a logical segue, but also to his sister Lyanna, the promise he made her, and to Rhaegar Targaryen, implying some tacit link between the three individuals.
Daenerys Targaryen's visions in the House of the Undying include an image of Rhaegar with his newborn son Aegon, proclaiming that "there must be a third" because "the dragon has three heads". Given that, according to Jon Connington, Rhaegar's wife Elia was believed infertile after two difficult terms, and that Aegon the Conqueror himself had two wives, it is logical for Rhaegar to have attempted to fulfill the prophecy by having a third child with another woman. Another of the visions Daenerys sees is the image of a blue winter rose growing from a crevice in a wall of ice, filling the air with sweetness. Lyanna was noted by Ned to be fond of winter roses, and he associates them with her death. Jon, who could be the product of Lyanna, is currently at the Wall.
If Rhaegar secretly married Lyanna, it would ironically mean that Jon is not illegitimate despite his life having been defined by his believed illegitimate status to a great extent, and that he is the heir to the Iron Throne after Aegon VI Targaryen (although this last point is rendered moot so long as he belongs to the Night's Watch).
With Eddard beheaded by King Joffrey, Howland Reed is the only living person who knows the nature of Lyanna's death and what she made her brother promise.
more to come soon
Where the poor and downtrod live.
Below are some pets that members have put up for adoption or trade. This is to help members, but you must contact the owner to make arrangements.
umbrom_6 the Halloween Tonu
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The following are some suggestions for the guild. If you agree with them, you may send a raven to the Katleesi (Sheena) to second them, therefore increasing their chance of implementation.
+ GoT/aSoIaF Roleplay (being implemented)
+ Point System (HP-style; being implemented)
+ NR Activities
+ GoT-related Activities (being implemented)
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Images belong to Raenyras (DA).
Map image belongs to Akadoom (DA).