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That's all I have at the moment Via Reddit , a bit more:. This chapter was mostly a discussion of battle plans, in the battle between Meereen and Yunkai. Barristan was on Dany's silver mare, preparing for battle. He talked about what the different groups were going to do. Barristan then gave a pep talk to the boys he had trained to be knights who were about to fight in their first fight.
He talked about how everyone fears and that is normal.
It was a nice pep talk, and very well-written. I'm sorry I don't have it memorized. The chapter ended with the line "May the warrior protect us all.
Sound the attack! This was about the battle. One highlight was the description of the pit fighters coming out to fight, in ridiculous armor, totally unprepared for real battle. One of them, a woman, was nearly naked, dressed in a snake. It also described the herons the Yunkish slaves on stilts fighting and not doing very well. Then suddenly lots of ships arrived. Someone noticed there were "squids" on the ships.
Barristan recognized that that meant Ironmen. Someone saw that they were fighting against the Yunkai. Barristan didn't know which Ironmen were on the ships and he first thought Balon, then remembered that he heard he died, and wondered if it could have something to do with his son who was living with the Starks.
Holy shit that its awesome. I'm just wondering how this battle is going to turn out. And I'd like to see afterwards who, between barristan, tyrion and victorian will end up together also mormount moccorro and brown ben plum. And I wonder since the ironborn are there to aid danny and her cause how will they know who they are with and who against since I dout that barristan has banners meant for his men to wave around. Okay, so Plus presumably some new chapter in the ADWD paperback whenever that comes out.
Is that right? I wonder how far beyond those chapters he's gotten in his writing. He's giving to much away and spoiling the excitement for me of a completely new book where I don't know what will happen.
I'm just going to stay away from these forums until I've read WOW. Most of what he read till now is fairly predictable, in my opinion. Victarion's there for Dany, of course he'll join her side on the battle. The chapter begins with a gory description of the bodies of plague victims being thrown into the city by the trebuchets. Only the northern districts across the river are far enough away to avoid being hit.
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Barristan rides into the large market by the western gate wearing his new Queensguard armor and riding the silver horse that Drogo gave to Dany. He feels that this is presumptuous, but thinks that even while the queen is missing it is important to have some symbol of her around to improve morale. There are five thousand unsullied, the Storm Crows, a ragged band of about twenty dothraki and the pitfighters. He meets with his commanders including the Widower, Jokin, Grey Worm, and some of the pitfighters.
Their plan is to lead with the horse and flank the defending legions, taking out the trebuchets and burning the pavilions.
The pitfighters will advance after the horse and focus on intimidation and slaughter. Barristan reminds the commanders that they must retreat or advance when they hear the Red Lamb blow the horn. The Windower asks what to do if there is no horn blast -- that is, if Barristan and his lads are all dead.
Barristan then remembers that Lord Commander Hightower had once told him to never speak of defeat before a battle, since the gods might be listening. It will be dawn soon. Though he knows all men must die eventually, Barristan would like to live through the day.
More bodies fall from the sky. Barristan then gives a stirring pep talk about how every man fears every battle. Even Barristan admits that he shat his pants in his first battle.
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He is interrupted by a murmur among the soldiers -- a fire is lit at the harpy on top of one of the pyramids, presumably to signal the men at each gate to begin the attack. The gate opens and Barristan sounds the call to attack. His gut feels twisted from nervousness as he rides through the gates.
He knows that the feeling will go away when time slows down in the chaos of battle. The air fills with arrows. There are three horn blasts and the pitfighters emerge from the gate behind them. Barristan glances back to see the pitfighters.
There are about two hundred of them, but they make enough noise for two thousand. One woman stands out, wearing nothing but greaves, sandals, a chainmail skirt, and a python. Barristan is a bit shocked and, watching her breasts bouncing around, thinks that this day is sure to be her last. Barristan has reached the Harridan, but a Ghiscari legion six thousand strong has lined up to protect the huge trebuchet. They are six ranks deep -- the first rank kneels and holds their spears pointing out and up, the second rank stands and holds their spears out at waist height, and and the third rank holds the spears out on their shoulders.
The rest have small throwing spears and are ready to step forward when their comrades fall. In particular, Barristan targets the Little Pigeon and his herons. The slaves chosen to be herons were freakishly tall before they were put on stilts, and wear pink scales and feathers and steel beaks. But Barristan sees that they will be blind because of the dawn rising over the city, and like to break ranks easily, so Barristan turns away from the legion guarding the trebuchet at the last minute and heads for the herons.
He cuts the head off of one of the herons and his lads join the fray. In a moment, the herons are scattering and running away, led by the Little Pigeon himself. Unfortunately for the Little Pigeon, he trips over the fringes of his bird armor and gets caught by the Red Lamb.
The Little Pigeon begs for mercy, saying that he will fetch a large ransom. As he watches more of the slave legions get slaughtered, mostly those who were chained together and could not retreat, he wonders where the sellsword companies like the treacherous Second Sons have gone. The unsullied finish lining up outside the gates, implacable even when one of their own number falls with a crossbow bolt to the neck.
His heart sinks when he reasons that the ships from Volantis must have arrived, but then sees that some of the ships are crashing together. He asks Tumco, whose young eyes can see more clearly, to identify the banners. Like in the Basilisk Isles, where sometimes they drag whole ships down. Barristan is almost gleeful.
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We have them! When asked if he felt guilty killing his characters, he said yes, but that stories with perfectly safe heroes are dishonest because death is a part of life. He mentioned the Wild Cards movie that Syfy and Universal are working on, being written by Melinda Snodgrass, and that he thinks they asked for the license in order to have a superhero franchise to compete with Marvel or DC.
Anyway, I loved hearing these chapters and I had a lot of fun at my first con! Hopefully next time I'll be free to track down some folks from the BWB.
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