Hey guys! It has been so long since my last post. Now I just want to write about Game of Thrones. I mean can you believe it?! Daenerys has finally arrived at Westeros. A moment we are all have been waiting for ever since this show started. The same can be said for Jon Snow, the current King in the North. Somehow, we knew from Season 1 that he is someone special. Someone that possess the key for the storyline. And yes, he truly is! At this point of the show, they have revealed the key players, which is Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, the Stark Siblings, and some minor groups such as Brotherhood without Banners. Those who are not the key players are now mostly defeated, obliterated, or have allied themselves with the key players.
Still, the seven kingdoms stand with its great houses. And these houses have played cardinal roles in the history of the seven kingdoms. With the unique historical backgrounds and definitely some unique traits that they are well known for. This will be the first three houses that I will describe.
As one of the most powerful house claiming the Lion sigil, House Lannister are known to have an extraordinary political ability, regal appearance, clever scheming minds, and intimidating charisma. But the best of all: they are the richest house in the land since their empyrean seat, The Casterly Rock is actually the largest goldmine. In fact, this is the primary reason why King Robert Baratheon married Cersei Lannister in the first place.
They have the best military minds and clever political strategies. But their cardinal strengths came from their extreme ruthlessness. Remember the Red Wedding where Tywin Lannister orchestrated the massacre of House Stark and Northern Bannermen? Or… the annihilation of almost every Tyrells and Septons during the Sept of Baelor explosion orchestrated by Cersei? Yeah. Many other houses can play the chess and follow the rules. But House Lannister? They can easily flip the f****ng table.
All these abilities are topped with their ambitious nature. But this does not mean that all Lannisters are heartless. Take Tyrion for example. While he inherited the brain of his father, he is soft toward the weak, unlike his father and sister. Jaime Lannister also show his soft side during his time with Brienne of Tarth.
Their word is “Hear Me Roar” but they are famous for saying “Lannister always pay his debts” which means they will repay whatever injustice being imposed on them. As the richest house, this phrase also means they never forget their financial debts.
House Tyrell’s sigil, Golden Rose with the words “Growing Strong” actually represent their main personality. They will plant some seeds and may appear as harmless and charming at first. As the time goes, they will slowly but surely grows into something bigger and bigger until their roots stick with their host. As they have grown strong, they are able to destroy everything as they please. Like some thorny plants that can destroy even a fortress when they outgrew it.
Like a rose petal, the Tyrells may appear as sweet hearted, graceful, pretty, alluring, and caring. But beneath this persona, they possess sharp thorns which can effectively kill. They are actually extremely cunning, politically-savvy, manipulative, and ruthless.
Their empyrean seat, The Highgarden is best known as the fertile lands and is the main source of food in Westeros. As one of their best political tactics, the Tyrells allure the commoners into thinking how kindhearted they are by providing them with foods and supplies. However, those commoners often do not realize that the Tyrells are the one who starve them in the first place.
But their best political move ever? The poisoning of King Joffrey Baratheon of course.
The sigil of House Martell is a red sun with yellow spear which signifies the marriage between two of its earliest founder, Nymeria (the red sun) and Mors Martell (the yellow spear). Their empyrean seat, Sunspear, is sorrounded with harsh environment which makes House Martell one of the most difficult House to be invaded by Westerosi. In fact, their words, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” just represent this. the Martells have never been conquered by any other houses, even in the times of Aegon Targaryen who successfully conquered the other six kingdoms in Westeros. When the Martells finally joined the seven kingdoms, it was not by conquest, but by marriage.
House Martell perhaps is most famous for their liberal values. They do not care whether a male or female be the heir of their house, they uphold the notion of equality by addressing the leaders not as king but as mere prince, and they do not place stigma toward those born as bastards. Most interestingly, they are the ones who embrace pleasure and lust instead of denying these which is quite opposite to any other houses in Westeros. This includes pleasure of promiscuous behavior as well as homosexual sex.
The Martells are also known as their mastery over poisons. Since snake is also their symbol, it is hardly surprising. Oberyn Martell (also known as The Red Viper) imbued the poisons in his spear to defeat his enemies. His wife, Ellaria Sand and his daughters, the Sand Snakes are also known to be the expert in poisons.
All of those traits actually signifies the Martells’ respect for nature. They embrace the natural lust, equality, and pleasure along with the natural weapons of nature, poison.