okay that’s really weird o.O do you have any interfering mod? Erika said sthg about IA being a possible culprit while we were chatting yesterday, have you checked that out yet?
Yeah I have IA installed. I deleted the file before loading Bran’s head, and his hair still wasn’t showing. And all the guards in the room - including Bran - were suddenly naked xD
|D looks like you’re missing the eye texture and the hair files.
OH RLY YOU DON’T SAY xDDD It’s weird though because I have the hair file Erika told me to use, same for the eyes. I’ll try putting them all back again.
Revenge - Part 2 (of 4, or possibly 5)
My life has been taken over by this stupid stats presentation I’m giving on Monday, so the story isn’t finished yet. So I thought I’d send it in parts, so you don’t have to wait. Plus, this way there’s more antici … pation. ;)
The luncheon consisted of hearty Fereldan fare served in the palace garden. Thankfully, the weather had stayed fair during this first week of August, and everyone was happy to be outside, enjoying these few last lovely weeks of warmth before autumn made its arrival.
The king and queen sat side by side, at a table with Leonas Bryland and Alfstanna Eremon, and of course, Bran’s brother, Fergus, and an amiable conversation was in progress.
"So." Fergus turned to Alfstanna. "Where is that lovely wife of yours? I take it she opted to stay in Waking Sea this year?"
"Yes. I tried to get her to accompany me, but she said she just wasn’t up to facing the endless salons that would be required of her."
Anora leaned close to her husband.
"It’s such a shame I can’t lean down right now, get you out of those trousers, and take you in my mouth," she whispered into his ear. Then she sat up straight again. "I don’t blame Helene at all," Anora said to Alfstanna. "Salons can be so tedious."
Bran had frozen in place, and a slight blush rose on his cheeks. So far, so good.
"Habren," Leonas began, "has always seemed to love salons. The chance to spend time with her friends, gossiping wildly. And I suppose she enjoys the opportunity to show off new songs she’s learned on the clavichord. I enjoy salons, simply because I know if she’s in attendance at one, she’s not spending my money in the marketplace."
This garnered a round of laughter.
"So." Leonas turned to Fergus. "How is construction coming along in your harbor? I understand the first of the caravels is nearly complete?"
"Yes," Fergus replied. "It looks as though the ship will be seaworthy within the month, and we’ve another shipment of lumber coming from Gwaren to begin work on the next one right away."
"It’s a good time to increase the fleet," Alfstanna said. "It will help with our defense, and also open up new opportunities for trade."
"Exactly," Fergus agreed. "To be honest, it’s been a bit embarrassing all this time. For a country that is anything but landlocked, we’ve had a pathetically small naval force."
As Fergus spoke, Anora leaned close to her husband again. “I could do that thing with my tongue,” she whispered. “You know. That thing.”
"And," Fergus continued, "to be honest, it feels like something of a memorial for our parents. For years, they had hoped to get Highever involved in the shipbuilding trade. Isn’t that right, Bran?"
"What?" Bran swallowed, and his cheeks flushed more deeply. Clearly, he had not been following the conversation.
"Your parents were in favor of building more ships, darling," Anora purred. "Weren’t they?"
"Ships?" Bran’s eyes grew wide, and he gave a rather awkward smile. "Yes. They liked ships. There’s a harbor in Highever, after all."
Fergus arched at brow. ”Is everything all right little brother? You look … flustered.”
"Oh, no. Everything’s fine." Bran nearly stumbled over the words, in his hurry to get them out. "Just fine. Just thinking about ships. Y-you … you know how glad I am you’re building ships in Highever now."
"Yes." Fergus sounded unconvinced. He shrugged, and got to his feet. "I think I’m going to have a wander around the rose garden before the afternoon session gets started. Would anyone care to join me?"
Alfstanna and Leonas both eagerly agreed. Bran, too, rested his palms on the table, as though he meant to push himself up out of his seat, but Anora stopped him with a touch on his leg.
Once again, she leaned close, and breathed into his ear. “I think perhaps you should sit here just a while longer, my love.” Taking care not to move her upper arm in a way anyone might notice, she slid her hand down between his legs. Oh yes. Her words had already had exactly the effect she’d hoped they would. With a firm pressure - one she knew from experience would do the trick, she rubbed her hand down his length, and up again. Almost immediately he seemed ready to burst through the fabric of his trousers.
"Herd of eighteen … cattle, indeed," she murmured.
Then she stood and, with a merry laugh, abandoned her husband at the table. No doubt, it would be at least a few minutes before he could risk standing with no danger of his ‘condition’ being noticed.
Anora hurried to catch up with the others. She always did love the rose garden.
A post about Cat and Jon (and inevitably Ned)
I don’t know why I do this, but then again TBH I don’t know why I’ve been in this fandom for 10 years considering how miserable it makes me, so I’m probably beyond all reason anyway.
I want to make a post elucidating the nature of the relationship between Cat and Jon (and inevitably Ned). Let’s start with the obvious and proceed from there.
- Jon is the son of Ned Stark and a woman who was not his wife. As far as his wife, Cat, knows, he was conceived during their marriage, thus he is a product of Ned’s infidelity. There are theories that this is actually a lie, but should those theories be true then Ned is clearly encouraging Cat to believe in this lie.
- Cat was not happy, upon coming to Winterfell 15 years prior to AGOT, to find Jon living in Winterfell. This is unusual treatment for a bastard; usually they are provided for but raised elsewhere, and not in the home of the lord’s wife and their true-born children. The only time we see bastards raised from infancy to adulthood in the house of their father is with House Frey, and Walder Frey is notorious for not honoring his wives.
- Cat does not have a problem with Ned fathering a bastard so early on in their marriage, when they didn’t know each other and when he was away at war. She doesn’t need to get over this, because she was never actually "under" this. Most people say she’s angry because she was cheated on but she just needs to move on; in actuality she flat out concedes the anger a modern woman with any sense of self respect would gladly help herself to.
- Cat has a problem with Ned raising Jon in Winterfell. This was a thing that did not just happen fifteen years ago; it is a continual reality that remains true for fifteen years. Whatever threat Jon posed as a competitor to her children as an infant does not actually go away after fifteen years. That sort of competitive threat is exactly why the vast majority of Westeros send their bastards out to be raised (in perfect comfort) elsewhere.
- To belabor the point: Jon being raised other than in Winterfell is not a cruel fate. Edric Storm was not raised with any of his (purported) true-born half siblings, and yet he was not at all what we would call deprived. If you are going to say that having Jon grow up in a household separate from his siblings is somehow cruel, you will have to say that Edric Storm’s situation was cruel. But the truth is that he never met his purported true-born half siblings so he never had the opportunity to miss them (or be jealous of them, as it happens). And the truth is he was well provided for and had a pretty good life.
- Cat’s problem with Jon is certainly not only political, though that is a part of it. It is also that she thinks that as long as Ned keeps Jon around, he is still to this day in love with Jon’s mother. In addition to not sending Jon away, Ned won’t so much as tell her who Jon’s mother was. This is information she very arguably had a right to, given that he cheated on her to have sex with this woman. (Even more so, Jon had a right to the information. Really Ned’s secretiveness, whysoever it had to be, didn’t make anyone very happy.) And before anyone says Cat is insecure for thinking this: consider just how much of fandom thinks N+A=True Love. It’s not insignificant, and if fandom can think it, and love the idea, then fandom has no leg to stand on in characterizing Cat as especially insecure and paranoid.
- No matter how hurt Cat is, she doesn’t have the right to mistreat Jon. She does not have the right to act on her misplaced anger.
- What she said to Jon’s bedside was, all explanations aside, wrong.
- Cat ought to not be angry at Jon at all. Jon is innocent.
- However, given that she is angry at Jon, she is doing the best she can in not acting on it. 99% of the time she does not act on it, she keeps her distance from him, and while that is certainly not an example of her generous spirit, neither is it abuse or mistreatment. Jon was fed and clothed and highly educated and kept company with his trueborn siblings. Cat never tried to poison them against him, the four younger ones don’t even seem aware that there is tension between Jon and Cat. As for Robb, yes he knows enough to anticipate some trouble for Jon when he went to say goodbye to Bran, but he also found it believable when Jon told him that Cat was kind. Jon himself never recalls anything in his own internal monologue but unpleasant looks from Cat. Certainly it is sad that Jon felt out of place, but that does not make Cat’s behavior mistreatment or abuse.
- Cat was the one who tried to act productively on her negative feelings by confronting Ned about Jon. Ned is the one who shut down channels of productive problem solving. He is the one who put her in a situation not of her own creation that dishonors her and then expects her to just live with it. Don’t chalk it up to some passive-aggressive tendency in Cat. She was the one who tried to confront it openly and then was purposely frightened by her husband (a figure who has a lot of power over her in this messed up society) for it.
- Cat does not have a problem with bastards, plural. She has a problem with one bastard, her husband’s. Mya Stone is not an example of Cat’s “bastard problems”. Cat does not have a problem with Mya; the only reason she was uncomfortable was because she thought of the one bastard with whom she does have an issue, Jon. Cat is in fact perfectly decent to Mya, mentally praising her talent in an area where Cat admits that she herself is not at her best, as well as feeling sorry for the fact that Michel Redfort is basically using her.
- Cat does not have a problem with Jon merely because he is not hers. She has a problem with Jon because he is not hers and is simultaneously her husband’s. Cat’s sympathies are not merely confined to people related to her, and the problem with Jon isn’t merely that he isn’t her kin. Brienne is not Cat’s kin either, yet one can hardly say that Cat has no sympathy for Brienne. If Cat was operating purely on kinship altruism/kin selection she would have more positive regard for Jon than Brienne, but this is obviously not the case.
- Jon was aware of his sense of unbelonging and bastardness through several sources, and not just Cat. The stigma against bastards is clearly society-wide, and it’s not just a southern thing. Luwin and Rodrik discuss how Lady Donella Hornwood would not be pleased at the promotion of her husband’s bastard to heir, and they do so without suggesting that she is either exceptional or, actually, particularly cold hearted (Bran actually thinks Rodrik and Donella should go on a date).
- Cat did not send Jon to the Wall. Cat would have been perfectly happy if Ned had sent Jon to, for example, Torrhen’s Square, if he refused to take Jon to King’s Landing. It’s really Ned’s own fault for not having a career planned out for Jon to fall back on. Jon wanted to go to the Wall himself, and it was not Cat’s responsibility to talk him out of it. If anyone should be faulted for that, it’s Ned and Benjen. And as it happens Jon himself is angry with them for that, not at Cat.
In short, Cat was being unfair to harbor anger towards Jon. He did nothing wrong. But 99% of the time, she did not act on this anger, AKA she did not take it out on him. Moreover, she took steps to resolve the situation productively and was prevented in doing so by someone with more power than her, with power over her. Cat’s ideal scenario would be that Jon Snow, whose mere existence didn’t even nonplus her, was well provided for and taken care of somewhere other than Winterfell, as was the common sense custom of Westeros. She didn’t want him to die, otherwise when Luwin told her that Jon wanted to go to the Wall she likely would not have thought “That way Benjen can take care of him like his own son” in the security of her own internal monologue. That she didn’t truly mean it does not make it okay that she said as much (that he should die) at Bran’s bedside. But while it was definitely not okay, that also doesn’t mean that she truly meant it.
Moreover, when you argue about Catelyn’s overall character, if you limit your assessment of that character to All Things Jon, then that is illogical and biased. You don’t have to like her to be fair. You can dislike her for no other reason than that she was not nice to Jon, that’s actually fair enough, but that does not make it accurate or fair to paint her as an out of control ragingly jealous bitch, especially when she can spare a thought for Jon’s mother in her prayers at the sept, especially when Jaime “Lancel and Kettleblack and Moonboy for all I know” Lannister exists in this story. You have absolutely no leg to stand on when you fling shit at Cat for lol omg not getting over it lol omg you know those women they bear a grudge for ever, absolutely ignoring the fact that Ned’s offense did not occur once fifteen years ago (because it’s not that Jon was born) but kept happening for fifteen years continuously (because it is that Jon was raised and treated like a trueborn child). It neither makes it accurate or fair to say she regularly mistreated and abused Jon. It neither makes it accurate or fair to say she’s bigoted against bastards. And it either makes it accurate or fair to say that she’s the reason Jon is at the Wall.
And you will never be rational for forgiving Jaime and not Cat, not ever.
THE NIGHT’S WATCH, a fanmix | [listen here]
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 fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, 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.
Congratulations to Frozen! Best animated feature and best original song at Oscars 2014!
[backflips off a wall] tall lanky marian and short chunky isabela
marian leaning down to kiss her after battles [punches a meteor back into space]
House Tyrell | Growing Strong | a golden rose on a green field
House Targaryen | Fire And Blood | a three-headed dragon breathing flames, red on black
House Tully | Family, Duty, Honor | a silver trout leaping on a blue and red striped field
House Martell | Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken | a gold spear piercing a red sun on an orange field
House Baratheon | Ours Is The Fury | a crowned black stag on a field of gold
House Stark | Winter is Coming | a grey direwolf racing across a field of white
House Lannister | Hear Me Roar! | a golden lion on a field of crimson
House Greyjoy | We Do Not Sow | a golden kraken on a black field