"You’re a fool if you thought you were ever rid of Eddard Stark and Stannis Baratheon. They were Robert’s men and even in Robert’s death, they will avenge him. Stannis for the sake of the family name, and Ned for the sake of a friend’s memory."
bad blood, a modern asoiaf au jcink rp
grahamnism asked STARK or BARATHEON?
↠ House ◈ STARK
'The stone is strong, Bran told himself, the roots of the trees go deep, and under the ground the Kings of Winter sit their thrones. So long as those remained, Winterfell remained'
Weirwood sketch by ~JuliaS29
THE NORTH REMEMBERS AU: In a glorious, alternate future, the surviving Stark children make it into adulthood and reclaim Winterfell…
I get a bit miffed when people talk about Renly holding a tournament during the Battle of the Five Kings as a bad thing. As if what he was doing was so dumb because everyone else was off fighting a war and he was just holding tournaments.
Uh… no. What he was doing (or he had been advised to do), was a really smart thing.
First off, he was holding off his march in order to let the Lannisters and the Starks weaken one another (and hopefully destroy one or the other in the process). You can see this sort of military tactic often throughout history— don’t involve your men in something when two other groups are doing all the work for you. For instance, during World War II, the Russians were in the position to aid the Polish Resistance in Warsaw. The Russians, however, wanted Warsaw for themselves, and let the SS armies that were in the city eliminate the Resistance and went in to clean off the weakened SS units, eventually claim the city for themselves— with little loss to their own persons.
The tournament was a way in which to keep his massive army occupies whilst they waited. You get a bunch of men ready and revving to go and fight, and then tell them to sit around for a while, you’re going to run into troubles. Old feuds could crop up, men could start fights, raping and pillaging of the countryside to keep occupied could happen… By hosting a tournament, Renly was keeping everyone entertained and distracted whilst they waited. It’s like keeping a bunch of children in a playpen with nothing to do— kids are gonna start fucking with each other unless you tucker them out beforehand.
So ridicule Renly all you like for being a usurper or a child playing at war, but even if the above wasn’t thought up by him, he was being advised by very competent and capable men— men who had fought before and knew what they were doing.