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Let's begin this answer with a quote from GRRM: The short answer is that the laws of inheritance in the Seven Kingdoms are modelled on those in real medieval history... which is to say, they were vague, uncodified, subject to varying interpretations, and often contradictory. With that being said, Cersei is the current Lady paramount of the ...


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Cersei can't establish her claim on Iron Throne. She is the Dowager Queen and Queen Mother, nothing more than that. She has claimed the Iron Throne because she could. Baratheon Claim King Aegon V Targaryen's daughter Princess Rhaelle married Lord Ormund Baratheon. They had a son named Steffon who is father of Robert, Renly and Stannis. Robert's claim to ...


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There does not appear to be a general method for resolving disputes between races1, suggesting a lack of universally-recognized legal system (or treaties between the systems of different races). We see this become a problem in The Hobbit, when the Dwarves, Elves, and Men of Dale decide to resolve the ownership Smaug's Horde using the time-honoured tradition ...


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Contrary to what you may think from watching TV, police officers are not required to issue the Miranda warning at the time of arrest; only before beginning an interrogation. The duty to warn only arises when police officers conduct custodial interrogations. The Constitution does not require that a defendant be advised of the Miranda rights as part of the ...


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Being a Knight puts you above the smallfolk and opens up prospects but you are still beneath the landed nobility. You can say they are sort of a Quasi-Nobility (If they are not descended from nobility itself). Following are some benefits a Knight enjoys: Knights can marry younger daughters of landed houses and thus climb up a step on social ladder like Ser ...


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Something perhaps worth emphasizing here is that that film dialogue is not a very accurate paraphrase of the book. As already noted in another answer, the book's quote, spoken by Faramir, is: I should now take you back to Minas Tirith to answer there to Denethor, and my life will justly be forfeit, if I now choose a course that proves ill for my city. So ...


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Linda's referring to a detail from George's material that was cut from The World of Ice and Fire, but will be appearing in Fire and Blood, relating to a situation where Lord Hightower took up with his step-mother following his father's death. The High Septon refused to countenance the relationship and would not allow them to marry, but they continued it ...


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It's an Andal tradition that favors the well connected The trial of Seven is best described in The Hedge Knight after a dispute between Prince Aerion Targaryen and Ser Duncan the Tall. Instead of the one on one of trial by combat, it consist on seven champions fighting on each side. It´s an Andal tradition that honors the Seven, seen as more likely to be ...


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As you might expect, Tolkien (that great world-builder) had considered these issues and covered them in some depth. From the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, section Of the Ordering of the Shire (emphasis mine): The Shire was divided into four quarters, the Farthings already referred to, North, South, East, and West; and these again each into a ...


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According to the canon novel Lords of the Sith, spice has non-recreational uses as well: The Empire used spice — refined ryll, harvested from the countless mines that made Ryloth porous — and its derivatives for countless purposes, particularly in the Imperial science and medical corps. Lords of the Sith Chapter 3 As you suggest, this isn't all that ...


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Law of inheritance The law is Agnatic Primogeniture, not Agnatic Seniority. A Grandson by an elder son comes before a younger son in line of succession for a King. If the elder son has no sons, the throne then passes to his younger brother. We don't have anything in Targaryen history where King died and Grandson took the throne (Except when Jaehaerys I ...


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When someone joins the Night's Watch, he takes some vows: 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 ...


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In addition to Shevliaskovic's answer, Ned may have thought it too risky to bring the man back to the Night's Watch. As he explains to Bran in Chapter 1 of AGOT: "In truth, the man was an oathbreaker, a deserter from the Night’s Watch. No man is more dangerous. The deserter knows his life is forfeit if he is taken, so he will not flinch from any crime, no ...


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Power resides where men think it resides. You might remember Varys eloquently explaining this one. It's something of a theme of the story. Cersei will claim the throne, because she's got nothing left to live for now but megalomania and revenge. She's the only person who can command any of the (currently leaderless) King's Guard, so there's no-one to ...


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People knowing who Jon's parents are does not mean anything for his bastard status. One is born a bastard if he is born out of wedlock, regardless to who the parents were. Him being son of Lyanna and Rhaegar does not prove that they had married as well because Rhaegar was already married to Elia Martell and traditionally Westeros is a strictly monogamous ...


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We don't know... It appears to be an office in the Ministry of Magic, but nobody knows what it actually does in canon. As far as I know (I searched), JKR has not said anything about this. The name could be an Easter Egg, and the office deals with patenting 'ludicrous' things. What is most likely As @user14111 mentioned in the comments, the word comes ...


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We know that Love Potions are legal, simply because the twins sell them. Their public store is visited by 100's if not thousands of people a day, leading us to assume that if they were illegal, A. they wouldn't be on the front shelves. B. someone would have reported them by now. Other notable instances are in book 2, Lockhart suggests that Snape brew up ...


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Tradition and Honour The reason why it was Ned who executed the man was because he was personally carrying out the King's Justice, as pointed out in the following passages from A Game of Thrones: But the man they found bound hand and foot to the holdfast wall awaiting the king’s justice Ned takes his role as the Lord of Winterfell very seriously He ...


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In practice, the reason is of course that he was still useful to the Lannisters, who hold King's Landing and the Iron Throne. Lord Tywin might allow his faithful dog to be killed for the sake of brokering an alliance with Dorne, but certainly not for the sake of honouring a decree made by one dead man on behalf of another, neither of whom had ever been very ...


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Actually, that statement makes sense, including in-universe-philosophy-wise. Most likely, the crime happened outside Federation jurisdiction. One can quibble, but since Douwd were not Federation subjects, and neither were Husnock, any activity between the two of those races are not subject of Federation laws. Any laws imposed on other races would basically ...


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From the words of the Author George R.R. Martin says in an e-mail correspondence that it's "social pressure" which keeps someone from lying about being a knight: [Interviewer] Yet if every knight can create a knight as we have seen in "The Hedge Knight", what prevents a widespread misuse by unscrupulous hedge knights such as Ser Osmynd Kettleblack or the ...


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Brienne was already considered (or would have been) a traitor if she had stayed. Renly's death would have been pinned on her. Nobody (Except Catelyn, who was there to witness it) would have believed her story about the "shadow in the shape of Stannis". In essence Brienne only had one option... to go with the one person who would believe and protect her.


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Most of us think of Prime Directive as just prohibition of interference with less developed society. But fact is that Prime Directive is a doctrine of total non-interference with the affairs of other species, irrespective of technology level. See Wiki for that. Also from Wiki Federation citizens did not need an exception as the Prime Directive did not ...


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There's no answer given in the movie1, but there are a few equally plausible explanations: He didn't read that far. When he reads the contract, Bilbo is more than mildly hung up on the liability clauses: Bilbo: Terms: Cash on delivery, up to but not exceeding one fourteenth of total profit, if any. Seems fair. Eh, Present company shall not be liable for ...


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This is simply unknown as of now. Lord Ramsay Bolton left no living children or siblings. His Father Roose Bolton is not known to have any immediate kins either. Therefore it is unclear whether a Bolton claimant exists. Even if a Bolton claimant exists, why should they be granted Dreadfort? House Bolton is guilty of treason against the North and House ...


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tl;dr: In theory, a Westerosi knight gains is title when the knight he is squired to deems him ready, or when he does something to gain the favor of a lord or monarch (almost always militarily.) In practice, anyone can basically call themselves a knight, and as long as they look and act the part (which basically boils down to having a horse and armor), ...


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Gendry is not an acknowledged bastard of Robert where as Jon was acknowledged by Eddard Stark to be his son. From GOT Wiki page: Gendry is a bastard son of King Robert Baratheon, but is unacknowledged and unaware of his lineage. Gendry did not receive the bastard surname used in the Crownlands (Waters) because he was not openly acknowledged by ...


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What is Trial of Seven? As already stated by Ram, Trial of Seven is another form of Trial by Combat. In it, Both the defenders and accusers are divided into two teams of Seven men each. They fight until one of the party either surrenders or dies. This was explained by Prince Baelor Breakspear: Prince Baelor shifted uncomfortably in his seat. “It is ...


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Case 1 - No, at least there is no canon evidence As Hagrid was underage, he was dealt with by the school administration, i.e. expelled. He did not deny having a giant spider in his possession, but clearly did not realize that it could be dangerous, thus could not be proven malicious, so the whole thing looked a 'tragic accident' that does not require a ...


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There's definitely some distinction between animals and humans as Barty Crouch Jr (as Alastor Moody) demonstrated the Unforgivable Curses on spiders with no repercussions. Given you specifically mention house elves, I'm guessing you're more interested in non-human sentient life, in which case Crouch also says "The use of any one of them on a fellow human ...


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