In this two-part essay series I would like to unveil two major secrets, one regarding Robert Arryn and the other Clydas, the meek ‘maester’ at Castle Black.
The revelations proposed in these essays have significant implications, suggesting sinister plots in the Vale and on the Wall. In fact, one could argue that these discoveries enable a process by which we can begin to unravel some of the central events from A Dance with Dragons.
Getting to the point, this two-part series provides evidence and reasoning to support the following arguments:
Lysa Tully was drugging Robert Arryn for quite some time, perhaps even years.
Littlefinger abuses this knowledge to engineer Robert’s death.
Part Two (forthcoming):
Clydas is abusing the same drug.
Although seemingly of trivial importance, these observations will later be shown to have tremendous implications. Continue reading
Throughout the Mannifesto, Stannis is repeatedly granted almost superhuman powers of secrecy and deduction. The first three essays (The Night Lamp, Subverting Betrayal and Operating in the Dark) alone suggest that Stannis was pursuing goals and using strategies that he did not reveal to even his closest confidants unless necessary.
Stannis is executing his northern campaign with an extreme level of secrecy.
The truth is that Stannis’s conspiratorial nature—particularly in A Dance with Dragons—is necessary, due to factors that we can readily prove:
Stannis was aware of ‘untrustables’ in his midst at Castle Black, most especially concerning letter handling. Subsequently Stannis did not entirely trust the security/privacy of messages at Castle Black, nor did he trust his secrets to anyone that did not need to know.
Thus, the idea that Stannis is operating a “conspiracy” is not the product of reader bias, but of strategic necessity.