Who was right, Aegon or Rhaenyra?
So, I didn’t know the deep lore of A Song of Ice and Fire well enough to remember on my own exactly who Aegon and Rhaenyra are or what there was for either of them to be right about, so take this with a grain of salt… but I talked to Jim the Editor about this and read part of a wiki article, and it seems pretty clear-cut that Rhaenyra was the rightful heir and got fµ¢£ed over? I mean… it’s A Song of Ice and Fire so obviously the whole story is ridiculously complicated and I assume everyone involved was absolutely awful in one way or another, but the actual inciting dispute of the civil war feels to me like an open-and-shut case.
I’m, uh, not sure what house words are… but I think this sounds neat?
In the TV show Game of Thrones, and the Mediaeval fantasy novels on which it is based, each of the ‘houses’ – the great noble families – has so-called ‘house words,’ basically a fancy name for a motto, like House Stark’s “Winter Is Coming,” or House Greyjoy’s “We Do Not Sow.” Promotional materials for the show include posters that depict a house’s sigil (a wolf, a giant squid, a three-headed dragon, whatever) alongside its motto, and one of the internet’s pastimes is creating new images in this style for other people or groups, like “House Google – We Are Feeling Lucky,” “House Wayne – We Are the Night,” or “House House – It’s Never Lupus.” Google image search “Game of Thrones house words” and you’ll get some idea of what’s going on here. HBO has a website where you can make your own.