Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Game of Thrones Quiz

Decided to do something a little more fun and interactive! So here is a Game of Thrones Quiz that I made up of questions found here, here and here, I changed some of them around though! Don't look for the answers before you do the quiz because that will only ruin the fun! 

Put your answers in the comments below and in a couple of day's I will post the answers to the Questions and we shall see who really know's the most about Game of Thrones! 

These questions are only based on the two series that have aired on tv. and stuff from the blogs.

I think most of them are pretty easy, though in saying that I've gotten a few simple ones wrong myself! 

Game of Thrones Quiz 
1. What is Arya's sword called?
2. Why was Eddard Stark killed? (I want the full reason, not just for treason)
In short he said Joffrey was born of Incest and wasn't the rightful heir to the throne.
3. What is the family symbol of House Tully?
Silver fish on a red and blue background
4. At the end of Season 2 Joffrey is King, but who is the rightful King of Westeros?
5. How did Talisa's brother nearly die?
He nearly drowned
6. Who was Daenerys father?
Aerys II Targaryen
7. Davos Seaworth is the son of a what? (What did his father do?)
8. What colour does shade of the evening turn your lips?
9. Who was the first character in Game of Thrones to die? 
Waymar Royce one of the rangers for the nights watch
10. What are the Worlds of House Baratheon?
Ours is the Fury
11. Who did Daenerys lock in the vault in Qarth?
Xaro Xaon Daxos and Jhiqui
12. What is Rickon's Direwolf called?
13. Who do the Red Priests pray to?
14. Where is Torren Square situated?
15. What did Daenerys name her son?
16. Which House holds the Trident?
17. How does Jaqen H'ghar kill Amory Lorch?
Poison Dart
18. Who is Renly in a relationship with in Season 1?
Loras Tyrell/The knight of Flowers
19. Name both of Joffrey's swords?
I forgot he has more than two but they were, Lions Tooth, Heart Eater and Widow Maker
20. What are the names of Rhaegar's murdered children?
Aegon and Rhaenys  

Friday, 5 October 2012

Robert's Rebellion

Robert's Rebellion
Robert Baratheon's rebellion was a civil war among the Great Houses of Westeros that took place about 17 years before the series begins. The rebellion displaced House Targaryen as rulers of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. House Baratheon became the new royal house after the war's conclusion.
Aerys II Targaryen the Second of His Name, also known as the Mad King, was King of Westeros. His reign became increasingly erratic and murderous. He had a fascination with fire and began to burn his victims alive. A final round of bloodshed, when his son Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna Stark of Winterfell, saw the Seven Kingdoms rebel against him.

Lyanna Stark was a prominent noblewoman, the daughter of Rickard Stark, Lord Paramount of the North. She was also betrothed to Robert Baratheon. Robert served Aerys as Lord Paramount of the Stormlands prior to Lyanna's abduction. House Stark and House Baratheon were the first Houses to protest Rhaegar's actions. 

Brandon Stark, Lyanna's eldest brother, demanded justice from Aerys in person. Aerys had him arrested for treason and then offered to ransom him to his father Rickard. Aerys summoned Rickard to court and when he arrived, Aerys publicly executed both Rickard and Brandon. Lord Rickard was burned alive inside his armour with wildfire and Brandon was tied to a strangulation device, with a sword inches from his hands, he strangled himself by trying to reach the sword.

This brutal murder gave rise to much sympathy for the rebels and many houses joined their cause. Jon Arryn was a natural ally to the rebels. He was the Defender of the Vale and a respected nobleman. Both Rickard's second son Eddard Stark and Robert fostered with his as children and became close friends. When Aerys demanded that Eddard be turned over to the Kings Justice, Lord Jon rebelled and called his banners to war. The rebels forged an alliance with House Tully through marriage with Eddard married to Catelyn Tully and the then-elderly Jon to the young Lysa Tully. 

Stannis Baratheon fought for his elder brother Robert during the war. Aerys used his allies in House Tyrell to besiege Stannis at Storm's end for much of the war. Stannis's forces were rescued from starvation by the smuggler Davos Seaworth, who brought a ship full of onions into the castle.

Rhaegar was killed by Robert during the fighting at the battle of the Trident. The site of Rhaegar's death is now called the Ruby Ford because it is believed to be scattered with rubies from his armour. Rhaegar's wife Elia of House Martell was kept in King's Landing by Aerys to ensure the Martell's loyalty during the conflict. Aerys was betrayed by his allies in House Lannister. He was slain by his Kingsguard Ser Jaime Lannister after he ordered King's Landing burned. His final words being ''Burn them All''. The gates of Kings Landing were opened to the Lannister armies and they sacked the city. Elia was raped and murdered by Gregor Clegane during the sack. Both of her children were also killed.

Robert claimed the Iron Throne because he started the war and was the one who killed Prince Rhaegar. Robert also had the best claim to the Iron Throne as a result of being related to the Targaryen's of old on his mothers side. The other leaders of the rebels both refused the throne. Lyanna Stark also died during the war but her cause of death is still unknown to us. Robert was devastated by her death but married Cersei Lannister in tanks for her father joining his cause late in the conflict and delivering the capital of Kings Landing to him.

Tywin remained the Lord Paramount of the Westerlands. Robert named Jon Arryn his Hand while Eddard took his father's role as Warden of the North. House Tyrell, House Martell and Houe Greyjoy swore fealty to Robert to retain their pre-war positions and lands. This maintained the Seven Kingdoms under their new royal house.

Quenn Rhaella fled to the Targaryen ancestral seat on the island of Dragonstone. She was accompanied by her son Viserys Targaryen and was also pregnant. Rhaella died soon after giving birth to Daenerys Targaryen. The children were taken into exile in the Free Cities, by loyal retainers. Stannis went on to conquer Dragonstone and was made Lord of Dragonstone.

Robert's rebellion earned him the name Usurper from those loyal to the Targaryen's.

So ending the reign of the Targaryen's and the mad King Aerys. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Season 3 Characters

Season 3 is months away! It's airing on HBO on March 31st and Sky Atlantic usually airs it the night after so assuming they still do that, it should air there on the 1st of April (what an amazing birthday present for me :P)!

I have read ahead on the books and I can't wait to start blogging stuff for season 3. I'm running out of idea's, that won't spoil things, fast!!

Here, I'll give you a quick introduction to the new characters you can expect to see in season 3. Be prepared we will be seeing lots of new faces along with the ones who survived season 2 :) Also as with Season 2 I expect that some characters will be changed and in some circumstances two characters put into one.

Note: For those who don't know already, because of the length of the third book it will be split between season 3 and season 4, and some events from the start of the 3rd book were included in the end of season 2.

Season 3 Characters

Brynden "Blackfish" Tully: Younger brother of Hoster Tully who is Lord of Riverrun. Uncle to Catelyn and Lysa Tully. He is seen as the black sheep of the family, and, because the sigil of House Tully is a fish, he is sometimes known as the Blackfish.

Shireen Baratheon: Daughter of Stannis Baratheon who is Lord of Drangstone and has declared himself King of the Seven Kingdoms. 
Myranda: I am unsure of who this character is. In the Song of Ice and Fire Novels,the only character of note to be called Myranda is Myranda Royce, a young noble lady who lives in the Gates of the Moon, the castle at the foot of the mountain that the Eyrie is located on. However she does not appear until the fourth novel. It is very possible that the character in the TV series is a different person altogether. 
Lady Olenna Redwyne: Also known as the ''Queen of Thorns'', Lady Olenna is grandmother to Margaery Tyrell and Ser Loras Tyrell. 
Orell: Orell is a wildling ranger from the same group as Ygritte. He has an affinity for animals including his pet eagle. Orell is a fairly minor character in the books and it is speculated that his role is being combined with that of a bigger character from the books called Varamyr Sixskins. 
Missandei: Missandei is a slave, born on the island of Naath in the Summer Sea, off the coast of Sothoryos. She was enslaved when she was very young and now serves Kraznys mo Nakloz of Astapor as a translator. 
Thoros of Myr: Thoros is a red priest of the Lord of Light and also a noted warrior. He has not been spoken of or mentioned much in the last 2 seasons.
Jojen Reed: Jojen is the eldest son and heir of Howland Reed of Greywater Watch. His older sister is Meera Reed. Technically speaking Jojen and Meera should have been cast in Season 2 but they will now appear in Season 3.
Meera Reed: Eldest child and only daughter of Howland Reed. Older sister of Jojen Reed. Technically should have been cast in Season 2 but is now being cast in Season 3.
Beric Dondarrion: Lord of Blackhaven and head of House Dondarrion. Beric was seen only in Season 1 when Eddard Stark sends him with a group of men to apprehend Ser Gregor Clegane. He has been recast for Season 3. Since Robert's death the group have now become outlaw's and are known as the Brotherhood Without Banners, of which Beric Dondarrion is the leader.
Tormund Giantsbane: Is a wildling chieftain serving under Mance Rayder, the King beyond the Wall. He is a good humoured man with a sense of humour and, by wildling standards, a rough sense of honour. 
Anguy: Anguy is a skilled archer of Dornish origin and is also a member of the Brotherhood without Banners. 
Selyse Baratheon: Wife of Stannis Baratheon and mother of Shireen Baratheon.
Edmure Tully: Only son and heir of Hoster Tully of Riverrun. Younger brother of Catelyn and Lysa Tully. Nephew of Brynden Tully.
Qyburn: Was once a maester of the Citadel but was stripped of his chain many years ago for conducting unethical medical experiments on living people.
Boy: This is another character I am of unsure of. It is speculated that he is meant to be Ramsay Snow. The bastard son of Roose Bolton.
Mirelle: Here is another character I am unsure of. Infact I have no clue at all who she is meant to be as there is no character in the books called Mirelle. I'll keep an eye out though and update if I find out.
Mance Raydar: I don't need to explain who this guy is. We've heard of him all last season and now we finally get to meet ''The King beyond the Wall''.
Kraznys mo Nakloz: Kraznys is a slave-trader in the city of Astapor, on the coast of Slavers Bay. He is extremely wealthy and has grown rich from trading and training Unsullied warrior-eunuchs (for anyone who doesn't know at this stage eunuchs are men who have been castrated).
Prendahl na Ghezn: Prendahl is a sellsword of Ghiscari decent. He serves as the commander of the Stormcrows, a noted mercenary company which fights for the highest bidder. 
Daario Naharis: Daario is a Tyroshi sellsword and is one of the three leaders of the company known as the Stormcrows. He is an accomplished warrior and commander.
Grey Worm: Is a member of the Unsullied warriors. Like all Unsullied he has never had a real name, instead choosing a name everyday by lottery from a barrel.

So far these are the only characters that have been announced. It is possible that more could be announced but filming has started since June so they might not announce any more either! We'll have to wait and see!