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Forensic Anthropology and archaeology.

Leave no one Standing.

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May the odds be ever in your favor, may mischief always be managed and may you always remain angry but never green.

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You’re not getting your money or item so f*ck off.

If you are familiar with my last post (go ahead and read it) then you know what the outcome of everything is.

Ebay: ebay bullshit

When I pushed Newegg about it, THEY were able to escalate the problem to ebay who in only 10 minutes they decided my case no longer qualifies for their buyer protection. 10 FUCKING MINUTES.

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Oh and Paypal?

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And how long did it take for them to come to this decision? Keep in mind I had to go through my mom as it was her paypal we used because she had loaned us the money to begin with so you can add a few minutes to the times if you wish.

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It’s good to be a big company who can say fuck you to their customers and not care how many customers they loose because of it because they can afford to loose “a couple” of people. And they always come back. ALWAYS.

Because if you don’t want to share your credit card/bank information when you shop online, where are you going to go to?

Or if you need to send or receive money now and you don’t live in the same city/state/country?

If you want to sell or buy something from other people on the planet, where would you do such a thing?

Or where can you find no longer in production items sometimes at good prices?

Thankfully Newegg isn’t the last and only place to buy electronics.

Until next time, forgive me all of you who have played The Evil Within. And for any artists looking at my 10 minute redo of the image. All rights belong to the people who paid for them and etc. I own nothing, not even those items I paid for or the money I used to purchase them.

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How hard is it to get my money back?

When you inform someone that you had not gotten a package due to the address being an old one, they will usually either replace the item and send it to your new address or they refund you the money and that’s the end of it.

Unless you buy from Newegg.

It appears that since the tracking shows that it was delivered to the house, Newegg says that’s enough for them and will not even talk about the situation anymore. Ebay is of no help on this matter so far. Next will be contacting Paypal, but why do I have to go that far to begin with???

A tracking number isn’t actually a good way to determine who gets the package. Yes it does show that it was delivered, but no proof it was delivered to the correct address nor to the person whose name is on the box. Only a signature can do that. Not sure if this is how it would be viewed in a legal venue, but for most it is how it is viewed. USPS Delivery Confirmation is acceptable evidence for proof of delivery by Paypal, GlobalPay, NPC, and many other credit card processors if shipped to the credit card holder’s billing address.

Of course, this was actually shipped by FedEx.

When we went to the old address to talk to the person living there, she told us that she took the package to the USPS office on a certain road a few days prior. So we went to the USPS office in question who then informed us that if they get packages like that they’ll hand them off to FedEx when they show up. So then we talked to FedEx they told us they haven’t gotten anything new on that tracking number. At this point I’m fairly certain the lady kept the item.

So we went to Newegg on ebay and explained it all to them. But according to a person at Newegg, that since the tracking shows it was delivered, then it was delivered to me and if it was coming back to them they’d reject it since we didn’t have permission to send it back.


Newegg rejects packages that are sent back to them??? What horseshit is this? So who is going to get my $250 item? It certainly isn’t me. After looking at the Policy & Agreement page, I found nothing about misdeliveries. I will admit, I don’t quite understand the Risk of Loss part as it’s not terribly clear. I then decided to escalate this to ebay since it had been three days since I opened the issue.

If you have ever had to do this on ebay you’re probably familiar with the resolution center and how after three days if the seller and you can’t agree on a solution, ebay will gladly step in and help. They can only do that however, if you select to have the issue escalated. Which means clicking on a button that let’s them know. Which requires a button to be there to click. WHICH. I. DON’T. HAVE.

Seems like if you are a big enough company, you don’t have to worry about customers escalating any problems they may have with you up to ebay.

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that ebay has been restricting things for some sellers across the site. For example, if you are a certain star seller you no longer have to worry about negative feedback (as buyers can no longer leave you any; it is either good or neutral feedback only) and now apparently not having any issues brought up against you should a problem arise.

I have actually reduced my ebay usage because of that. The last thing I ordered off of ebay was a digital item and I had no problems.  I only ordered 6 times from ebay in 2017. 5 times in 2016. I am actually looking more to Amazon now then ebay when it comes to low prices; with exception of hard to find older items (think My Little Ponies any year before 2009, or any other old not yet redone by an unimaginative group; and then usually poorly corporate america).

Hopefully Paypal isn’t going to be the same. As it wasn’t sent by USPS, I am wondering if the rules will be any different. I just want my damn money back or the item I ordered!

Until this is settled, and let’s be honest, done so to MY satisfaction, I’m not buying anything from Newegg and would greatly suggest you not buy things from them as well.

And to be completely honest, I really do think the lady kept the item as something would have been seen at least through FedEx about it and there has been nothing. Pretty sure she’s kept other items that were accidentally sent to the old address. Can’t prove it, but from the few places I know sent stuff there, none of them have gotten anything back. Wish I could prove it as this family made my mother-in-law’s life a living hell the last month she was there.

Until next time, it’s good practice to make a list of online businesses you buy from on a regular basis so if you move, you know who needs your current address. Instead of waiting until you get a shipped notification on something to see it wasn’t delivered to your new address and having to go through the hassle and headache of either tracking down the package, rerouting the package (I had to do that with UPS and managed to get it to my local UPS so I could pick it up there, wish we had done that for FedEx) or getting the package resent/refunded.

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Much makes sense to me now.

Like many out there, yesterday I gave up two and a half hours of work to go see a movie. Granted I didn’t have to give up so much time, but I did it nonetheless.

And I am sure you know what movie it is I’m talking about.

And I hope you understand what is coming next.

But before I share my thoughts and feelings, I’m just going to say that if you were [insert any emotion here] about Star Wars The Force Awakens ignore it, trust me and go see The Last Jedi.


So without further ado…..

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There’s a word for that.

There is a name. A phrase. A moniker. I know it and I’m not really bothered by it. I however do find it a little funny. Maybe just the universe looking at me and going “Take that then!”

If you’re familiar with this blog you’ll roll your eyes in the moment and possibly even use one of those phrases, monikers or names if not all of the above.

Despite all things I managed to land myself in a work from home job as a CSA (Customer Service Agent) at least for the holidays.

For Amazon.

Yep. Go ahead and read that again if you wish. It’s not going to change. This doesn’t mean all is forgiven just because they’re giving me money to sit at home in my pjs (or less if you want to imagine that one next time you’re on the like with a csa and are upset at them). But I did figure you would all enjoy this little twisted universal role that is being played out at the moment.

And for anyone who might not be familiar with why this is a thing, read this and then this. And this too I suppose, but it’s not really all that relevant.

Don’t even start thinking I’m going on the inside to fix anything. I’m way too far down the pecking order/totem pole/directory to be able to do anything like that. And currently I’m not even helping out the customers who order things, but rather the drivers who deliver the packages the customer’s order.

Oh, didn’t you know that Amazon has their own drivers now? At least in most areas they do and not just the Flex areas (where you can get groceries, or order of food delivered from a grocery/restaurant) but others as well.

However that being said and all, I still had a HELL of a time getting started with this job. And for once it isn’t really entirely Amazon’s fault.

Appling and getting the job was no problem. Easy actually and I suspect so since they are looking for the extra help for the holidays. I had to go back up to the US in order to do a I9 form (this shows proof I am who I say I am and can work in the US) which with a little shuffling wasn’t too terrible either. I’d go up, do the form, wait for the equipment to arrive then come back home, do training and then work.

Universe is wearing a shit eating grin at all of that nonsense!

Getting to the US wasn’t a problem. I flew straight to El Paso Texas instead of the normal fly to Juarez and walk across the border way we usually go. I’m a little white female. I shouldn’t have to explain to you that going to El Paso would allow me to not spend too much time alone and therefore less likely to get harassed by anyone of any sex, religion, race or ethnicity on the planet. You know. Besides the Immigration officers who are generally awesome people anyway.

I got to take off my shoes for the first time ever when going through security (nope, I don’t go through US security often at all) and I even got to snag an Einstein Bro Bagel and a good cup of Starbucks coffee before hopping my next plane in Houston Texas. Oh, and Hi Houston, you were a wee bit warm!

Didn’t even have a problem getting my bag or meeting up with mom in law. The ride back to her house was uneventful.

In fact, everything that happened up to October 05 was pretty normal and boring. I drove, did the I9, got Starbucks. Normal. Boring.

Then UPS arrives with my equipment for my job and even that went okay for the most part. Obviously as they were sending a laptop and some sensitive materials I had to sign for it which I was expecting and reason I was waiting around for it.

The UPS driver set the small rectangular package on the ground while I signed my name strangely on his electronic device then he picked it up and handed to me and hot footed his ass out of there. Which by the way, is ALWAYS a sign that something is about to go topsy turvy on you. ALWAYS.

With the package in one hand I place my other under the corner and walk into the house and as the fingers of my left hand is playing with that corner they discover a hole. I flip the package over and of course it’s not a small hole. it’s a relatively large hole. I can stick more than one finger in this hole.

This is a hole I have pictures of because I just KNEW I was going to be missing SOMETHING important from that package. And I was. Something that I needed just to sign into the device!

I make calls, send emails, ask on Quora just for an answer. I was suppose to get the equipment a week before I was due to start training. I started training October 9. A week is still 7 days.

First day of training comes and I do not have the tool I need to log into my device but of course I’m calling in to the conference and have already contacted my Team Manager about the situation. Since there was nothing I could do, after roll call I could hang up and do whatever. I wasn’t the only one however who was having problems. Some others too had lost one of the tools in the mail as I did (although I’m starting to wonder if they were even packed to be honest) so I don’t feel too left out I suppose is the appropriate state of mind.

The next day I still hadn’t gotten my tool. In fact I won’t get it until that Friday. My Team Manager has decided that I’ll just start the training with the group after hers but I still get paid for that one Monday as I was there.

Tool comes in. I get to train. Long story short but not short enough, an at most week long trip turned into a month. Hubby ended coming up for the last week as Mominlaw was in the process of moving, which really didn’t effect my training or starting on the phone at all. I did however have a major panic attack when I first started on the phone but took a pill that made me too tired to have a panic attack and I have been fine ever since.

I’ve already gotten my first full pay check (by full I mean working full time for two weeks) and do not mind the job all that much. It can be a bit boring at times as there has been some pauses between calls.  But it’s pretty easy.

Of course I say that before the SEASON kicks in. Before people go crazy with stress and all those silly notions that they’re the only people on the planet that matter. Hopefully they’ll keep me on drivers as I’m going to pretend they’re not going to flip their lids as bad as purchasing customers will. But they have their own set of stresses as well.

That is what I have been up to for the last month. Travelled back to the US on September 28th then back here on Halloween. I am very glad to have my fur babies (furbies…can’t really call them that as there are some who are all too aware of the toy of the same name but it really fits) around me again, but I discovered that I’m not entirely happy with the house we’re in and so am actively looking for a new place to rent.

It’s amazing what you discover about where you live when you’ve been gone from it for so long.

Until next time, remember that should you have to call into customer service for any reason and any business, the person you get on the phone is no way connected to your problem. They are just learning about it and although they can tell you’re upset or distressed over the issue, you are going to get further by showing some kindness instead of trying to force an issue. Just think of how YOU would react to how you’re acting and adjust your attitude accordingly.

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What is the answer to gun control?

In light of every mass shooting the United States has had in the modern era, I got to wondering what can actually be done about this type of horror we keep seeing.

I know people will never give up their right to own guns. Why should they when a great number of them are gun intelligent? In other words, you give them a gun and they won’t shoot themselves or others on accident.

What’s left to do then?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer lies in the lives that we lose.

Upon some poking around and doing some research I discovered that the people who are dying from gun-related incidents are not from mass murders. Don’t get me wrong, 58 dead with more than 500 injured is no small thing.

Neither is the 49 killed and more than 50 injured on June 12, 2016, at Pulse nightclub.

Certainly not the 32 killed with an undetermined number of others injured on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech Blacksburg.

The senseless killing of 20 little ones, and 6 adults on December 17, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The 23 killed on October 16, 1991, at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.

21 adults and children dead in a San Ysidro California McDonalds on July 18, 1984, because of some old white guy.

16 were killed and 30 others wounded at the University of Texas in Austin Texas on August 1, 1966, where it was later discovered that two more were killed earlier that same day.

San Bernardino: 14 killed on December 2, 2015

Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 postal workers killed on August 20, 1986, with handguns.

Fort Hood: 13 are killed and 32 injured at Fort Hood, Texas military base.

There are five other instances where 13 people lost their lives because someone has been pushed to the edge of tolerance.

Here are some other numbers for you:

33,000* – the approximate number of lives ended by guns in the United States every year.

Two thirds – how many of those gun deaths in the United States that were suicides.

1 in 5 young men (15 to 34) killed in homicides often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.

1,700 – the number of women murdered every year generally as the result of domestic violence (quick note: I am more than aware that domestic violence goes both ways. I feel that the laws against domestic violence need to be enforced onto both sexes. Here the focus is on women deaths due to domestic violence as women are more often killed then men).

333 – the number of people who have lost their lives in mass shootings.

All these numbers are horrifying. But please explain to me how a blanket law for gun control is going to help?

Australia. Yes, they have a nice ban on guns but look at the number of mass shootings they have had. Not enough to actually make the ban show any difference in overall numbers.

In both Britain and Australia, bans have not reduced the number of mass shootings or gun related-crimes. And gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.

Now let us look at some of the blanket ideals for gun control:

Assault weapons*: You do not go in and buy an assault weapon. This is a classification that includes any semi-automatic with two or more features. A bayonet mount, rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, folding stock or pistol grips. Anyone who is gun intelligent can tell you that these features can easily be added or removed to a gun like Lego sets.

Silencers: Not so silent. Or rather forget movie silencers. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer*. These are more for the shooters then quietly ending lives.

Magazine limits: A bit better, if you ignore the practiced shooters* who can change magazines so fast the limits are quite meaningless.

There has been no proposed restriction that would make it harder for people with guns on hand to actually use them.

A blanket gun control law is not going to help. What possibly will help is narrowly tailored interventions. All the deaths listed above need different protections.

People who think about committing suicide need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. These are usually older men!

Women who are endangered by specific men need police to get off their asses and enforce restraining orders that prohibit these men from buying and owning guns.

Mentors are needed who can help de-escalate conflicts and keep young people at risk of being violent from becoming so.

New Orleans has the right idea with their gang member identification practice*. The numbers are there, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally.

When we can make the small individual changes then we can see a large scale difference in not only the not often seen numbers but in those publicized mass shootings ones as well. Most of those shootings are caused by someone, usually a white male that has problems that we know how to begin treating that just isn’t given the chance to be treated.

*33,000 gun deaths a year in the United States

Data of Mass Shootings (suicides, gang/street related, domestic violence)

Mass Shooting Analysis

Suicides in the US

Domestic Abuse towards Women

*Assault Weapons

*Loud as a jackhammer

*World’s Fastest Reload

*New Orleans gun control

This was spurred by an article with many of these points laid out, but it’s a Washington Post article and they really limit the amount you can read on their site without a subscription. Here is a 30 day pass for The Washington Post. As a subscriber I do not know if the Washington Post will hassle you into buying a subscription or not. Only you can choose if this is something you wish to do or not. Do not come at me because of anything the Washington Post may do to or for you.

Until next time, we as a nation need to look closely to laws that help the ones that need it the most. There has never been a successful blanket solution that works for all.

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The most famous adult day care center in the US.

Corker made headlines last week when he starkly suggested that the national security team provides the president with badly needed adult supervision.

And of course, you are aware of the tweet storm the dotard did this lovely Sunday morning (October 8, 2017) raging against the Senator when Corker decided not to run in 2018. When I saw the headline “Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in response to Trump’s latest Twitter tirade” I knew this was going to be an article I just HAD to read.

Although I cannot find where Corker suggested that the national security team provide the president with badly needed adult supervision. It’s probably buried in an article or tweet somewhere. But not in any of Corker’s tweets it appears.

I with millions of Americans (not just in the US) agree with the Senator on this topic greatly. The dotard has made it his “signature” to tweet storm like an angst-filled teenager about anything or person who dares stand in his way or suggest he is anything but awesome.

As if the tweet storms themselves were not bad enough, his spelling and usage of American English are appalling. He has no grasp on how to use simple things as quotation marks; which he displayed prominently in his latest tweets this morning.

If nothing else what his tweet storms actually do is provide great fodder for comedians and people worldwide to mock and ridicule him. And he also uses them to distract the public from certain agendas and missteps his administration are continuously making.

I suppose these storms wouldn’t be as bad if they were thoughtfully and inspiringly done. Hell, Kim Jong-un brought back an old English word that had been long forgotten in these modern times and made it popular again. If that wasn’t enough, it’s a word whose definition speaks the truth on how many US citizens (here and abroad) and the rest of the world think of and feel for the adult toddler in the White House. Who knew such a word existed that fully in all totality conveyed how we think of him?

What other forgotten words are missing from our vocabularies that should be brought back? We could have a whole lexicon of wonderful words that people are clueless about, almost as if we’re speaking a whole new (old?) language! Should there be classes on this old forgotten language, and what words should we bring back.

Perhaps most importantly who is going to unearth those ancient dictionaries, brush the dust from their covers and read those fragile pages that hold a wealth of information and possible verbal ammunition?

Where do these tombs hide I wonder, besides long forgotten places known as libraries?

The dotard has successfully embarrassed an entire nation of her citizens and made the other nations push us to the side as if we’re that annoying relative that has lost most of their minds and only on rare occasions actually brings something useful to the table.

We went from an awesome nation who was proud of their first African-American president to almost making another first but failing with such brilliance as to leave many absolutely baffled at the turn of events.

It’s understandably ironic to think that we went from 8 years of having an African-American President whose racist oppositionist’s voices were smothered by all those who had open minds to a White Supremacist whose close-minded supporters gleefully and violently stomp on all those whose beliefs differ in any way from theirs.

Because darlings, the type of person we choose to sit at the head of the table greatly influences the type people our nation becomes. While the beliefs of the people may never change, the voices that are heard above all others does.

Until next time, it may actually do us all some good to expand our vocabularies and minds. Find yourself an old dictionary and get to reading!

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Game of Thrones Spoilers Ahead!!!

If you haven’t seen the finale then please don’t keep reading. Instead GO WATCH THE FINALE!!! NOW!

All the rest of you…………..follow the dragons

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If you’ve come this far, whatever happens now, you’re responsible for it. I warned you.

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Rhaegar and Lyanna. And Season 8 Spoilers.

If you do not wish to learn anything about Rhaegar and Lyanna that has been gathered from the books and around the web, skip this. There is no real spoilers as it just clarifies what you should probably already know or have figured out on your own.

The stuff about Season 8 is hidden by a read more tag so you can read this without spoiling yourself. Although this too is put together by things we’ve seen already and just what the natural way of things usually go, but this is George R.R. Martin we’re talking about here and the whole thing is more speculation than outright knowledge.

Let’s begin with a history lesson that could be quite important:

Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son of the Mad King Aerys and Queen Rhaella Targaryen. Known as the Prince of Dragonstone, he was the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys Stormborn. Rhaegar was married to Elia Martell of Dorne, and together they had two children: Rhaenys and Aegon. This is Rhaegar’s immediate family tree as recognized across Westeros, but as we’ll soon learn, there is more to Rhaegar’s past than meets the eye.

At the conclusion of Robert’s Rebellion, the war which ended the Targaryen dynasty roughly two decades before the first season of Game of Thrones, Jaime Lannister slew the Mad King. Elia Martell and Rhaegar’s two children were in King’s Landing when Tywin Lannister’s forces sacked the city; Gregor Clegane AKA The Mountain murdered Rhaenys and Aegon before raping and killing Elia. Meanwhile, a pregnant Queen Rhaella and Viserys were safely on Dragonstone. After Rhaella died giving birth to Daenerys, loyalists to the Targaryens then brought Viserys and the infant Daenerys across the Narrow Sea to Essos to live in exile lest they be killed by the new regime usurping the Iron Throne.

As for Rhaegar himself, he met Robert Baratheon in the decisive battle at the Trident. Robert bashed in Rhaegar’s chest with his war hammer and killed him. With the heir to the Iron Throne slain, Robert Baratheon became King. And, because history is written by the victors, the version of events established by the triumphant Baratheons and Starks is the history that took hold across the Seven Kingdoms. However, the accepted story about what Rhaegar Targaryen did to spark Robert’s Rebellion was manufactured to hide the truth, which is known to very few in Westeros who are still alive.

The official story oft-repeated about the ill-fated affair between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, the sister of Ned Stark, is that Rhaegar abducted Lyanna, raped her and killed her. Thus Robert Baratheon, whom Lyanna was betrothed to, started a war to save her that ultimately brought down the Targaryen dynasty. This version of events is widely believed, including by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who repeated the tale to Lord Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) when they were at the Stark family crypt beneath Winterfell in season five.

Littlefinger in turn told Sansa a different story involving Rhaegar and Lyanna, which he personally witnessed. Years ago, there was a tournament at Harrenhal which was attended by all of the noblest highborn families, including the Mad King. Rhaegar won the tournament and in victory, he rode past his own wife Elia Martell and crowned Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty. As Littlefinger tells the tale, all the smiles that day vanished and the crowd fell into silence.

Why would Rhaegar do such a thing by very publicly insulting his own wife and giving this accolade to a woman he barely knew? Robert Baratheon’s vision of Rhaegar as an evil man who kidnapped, raped and killed Lyanna is the accepted explanation, tarnishing his hated rival’s reputation for a generation. Yet, when Ser Barristan Selmy was Kingsguard to Daenerys Targaryen in season 5, he told her a story of how her brother Rhaegar loved to walk among the people of King’s Landing and sing songs for them with his harp, even trying to see how much money he could earn by donations. Rhaegar was apparently a beloved man of the people who disliked fighting and killing, in contrast to his increasingly insane father the Mad King and to Rhaegar’s reputation manufactured after his death. These two opposing versions of Rhaegar Targaryen don’t add up, but Rhaegar’s apparently lovely singing voice is one of the keys to unlocking the mystery of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

A few incidents at the legendary Harrenhal tournament that are mentioned in George R.R. Martin’s novels, which have not been established in the television show, are still worth noting. The first was Lyanna Stark saving her father’s bannerman, Howland Reed, the father of Jojen and Meera Reed, from a beating by three squires. Lyanna brought Howland to meet her older brothers Brandon, Ned, and Benjen at the great feast for the tournament, where Rhaegar decided to serenade all of the attendees with a song. Rhaegar’s voice was said to have brought Lyanna Stark to tears.
There is also the mystery of the Knight of the Laughing Tree, an unidentified knight of smallish stature clad in mismatched armor who unseated three knights in the tournament, not coincidentally, knights from the same houses the squires who attacked Howland Reed belonged to. The Mad King charged Rhaegar to find the Knight of the Laughing Tree; after a time, Rhaegar returned with only the knight’s shield, claiming he was unable to find the knight himself. Some theories suggest the mystery Knight of the Laughing Tree was secretly Lyanna Stark, who was known for her skill riding a horse, and that Rhaegar did find her, but none of this was witnessed by anyone living and cannot be confirmed (unless Bran Stark as the Three Eyed Raven can confirm it on the show in a flashback).

In “Eastwatch,” Gilly finds a record at the Citadel that Prince Rhaegar married Lyanna Stark in a secret ceremony in Dorne. High Septon Maynard recorded the annulment of Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia Martell. We also recall that Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), Elia’s brother, told Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in season four that he despised Rhaegar for leaving his sister for another woman. This completely contradicts the story that Lyanna was abducted, raped, and murdered by Rhaegar, and the Citadel kept legal proof.

Following the Tourney of Harrenhal, the besotted couple ran off with one another and made a covert home for themselves in the Tower of Joy in Dorne. As Gilly recently discovered at The Citadel, this elopement happened after Rhaegar lawfully annulled his first marriage to Elia Martell, with whom he had two children, Rhaenys and Aegon, his first son. After ending his first marriage, Rhaegar and Lyanna were married in a forest setting not unlike the secret wedding of Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr. Their marriage was presided over by the Maester of the Citadel in Dorne. As Robert’s Rebellion raged on, the couple absconded to the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna would receive protection from Arthur Dayne and his loyal Kingsguard. Though Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident, his lineage lived on through the birth of his second son, Aegon Targaryen.

This does however raise several questions about Rhaegar’s sense of ethics. He not only abandoned his first wife and their two children, but he stole another man’s betrothed bride-to-be, impregnated her, then gave his second son the same name he and his first wife gave their first son? That’s questionable at best, but with a little background on Rhaegar’s obsession with prophecy, it makes a bit more sense.

Since he was a child, Rhaegar was fascinated by the legendary call for “The Prince That Was Promised,” and he seemed to believe that the Azor Ahai savior (the one who would return to save Westeros) must be named Aegon Targaryen. When Daenerys had her visions in the House of the Undying, she saw Rhaegar tell Elia Martell:

“Aegon. What better name for a king? He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire. There must be one more. The dragon has three heads.”

Rhaegar is actually the pioneer of the phrase, “the song of ice and fire.” That’s the first time George R. R. Martin’s book title had ever been directly referenced in the story. Rhaegar was equally driven to fulfil the “dragon has three heads” prophecy, and by fathering Rhaenys and Aegon with Elia Martell, he believed he had achieved two-thirds of the order. At the end of Daenerys’ vision in the House of the Undying, however, Rhaegar seemed to look directly at her and say, “there must be one more…the dragon has three heads.

Why, then, did he give both of his sons the name of Aegon? There are several possible reasons for Rhaegar’s curious approach to child-rearing. On the one hand, his decision to dole out the same name twice may have been a failsafe if the first Aegon died prematurely or didn’t grow up to be a King-worthy man. On the other hand, given his love for Lyanna and his decision to annul his first marriage to Elia Martell, Rhaegar had effectively turned his first two children into bastards. Because the original Aegon Targaryen lost his surname in the annulment, Rhaegar needed a new, legitimate Aegon to take his place.

Either way, Rhaegar was safe to hedge his bets before Rhaenys and Aegon were both murdered by Gregor Clegane (i.e. The Mountain). As part of Tywin Lannister’s coup d’état at King’s Landing, every Targaryen was indiscriminately slaughtered, and Elia Martell and her infant children bore the brunt of the kill order. While this eliminated Rhaegar’s progress towards fulfilling his precious prophecies, he and Lyanna were able to keep hope alive via their newborn baby.

Lyanna and Rhaegar were in fact legally married; their romance began at that fateful tournament at Harrenhal and blossomed since. Rhaegar even left his wife Elia for his new bride, who in turn willingly ended her betrothal to Robert Baratheon, which Robert blamed entirely on Rhaegar as her ‘abductor,’ likely unable to face the thought that Lyanna didn’t reciprocate his feelings towards her, despite being promised to each other. Meanwhile, having more than one wife isn’t unusual behavior for a Targaryen. The Targaryen family have a history of polygamy dating back to Aegon the Conqueror, who was married to both his sisters simultaneously. But that isn’t the case with Rhaegar. He left Elia – a marriage arranged by the Mad King – for Lyanna, whom he fell in love with and she apparently reciprocated that love.

We also know from Bran’s flashback to the Tower of Joy in season six that at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, his father Ned, Howland Reed, and four Stark knights went to Dorne to search for Lyanna and found Ser Arthur Dayne AKA The Sword of the Morning, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Gerald Hightower, who was Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Ned even questioned why three of the most famous knights of this era were mysteriously guarding Lyanna Stark in the Tower instead of fighting alongside their prince Rhaegar at the Trident. But they weren’t merely guarding Rhaegar’s wife. Ned and Howland were the only survivors of the fight.

In the Tower, Ned found his sister Lyanna dying from childbirth and her baby boy – Rhaegar’s son – whom Ned would promise to adopt and raise as his own son, Jon Snow. Ned’s cover story that Jon was Ned’s bastard from a tavern wench is one that Ned would maintain to his grave. Not even his wife Catelyn, and especially not his best friend Robert, who would kill Jon if he knew Jon was really Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son, would ever know the truth.

Skipping ahead to the world of Westeros as fans know it, as opposed to what Rhaegar might have believed, Jon Snow did turn out to be a head of the dragon, as is his aunt, Daenerys (Rhaegar’s sister). Should Jon and Daenerys (miraculously) have children in season 8, their eventual offspring could even become the third head of the dragon (though several fan theories point to other characters who might fit that role, most notably: Tyrion Lannister). Of course, given that season 7 ended with Jon and Daenerys in the throes of passion, it remains to be seen how the Mother of Dragons will react to the news that Jon is actually the rightful heir to what she perceives to be her throne.

Gilly’s discovery of a marriage record that proves Rhaegar and Lyanna were legally married, rather than Lyanna being his prisoner, means Jon Snow is not a bastard at all – he’s actually a trueborn Targaryen! As the only survivor of Rhaegar’s Targaryen line, Jon Snow has no claim to being King in the North (which by rights should now go to Sansa as the eldest Stark, since Bran abdicated the responsibility), but Jon does have legal claim to the Iron Throne! Jon may even have more claim to the throne than his aunt Daenerys, and certainly more than Cersei Lannister does. How any of this holds up legally, and whether one claim has more merit than another’s is anyone’s guess. War and bloodshed tend to be the primary way to settle such disputes in Westeros.

Indeed, Jon has had a claim to power since the moment he was born, but he spent every day of his life viewing himself as a second-class citizen. Even Tyrion, no stranger to public scorn, empowered him to accept his station in life and convert it into a source of strength. Against all odds, the designated ruler is also the humblest leader in all the land. He has made it abundantly clear: he doesn’t like his job, and he doesn’t want to lead. Feelings be damned, it’s his fate to do so. He is Aegon Targaryen. He is the Prince That Was Promised.

He is the song of ice and fire.

Now onto Season 8.

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