This is a dramatic reading of the fever dream Jaime Lannister has while being escorted from Harrenhal to King’s Landing, in which is confronted by the dead Kingsguard in the bowels of Castely Rock. It is taken from Jaime’s sixth chapter in A STORM OF SWORDS (book 3 of George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE saga).

Artwork: TeiIku http://teiiku.deviantart.com/
Music: Encrypted Dreams (Trevor DeMaere)

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This is a dramatic reading of the conversation between Catelyn and Robb Stark amidst the ruins of Oldstones. It is taken from Catelyn’s twelfth chapter in A STORM OF SWORDS (book 3 of George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE saga).

This is a dramatic reading of Ser Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister’s speech Edmure Tully, urging him to yield his family castle RIverrun. It is taken from Jaime’s sixth chapter in A FEAST FOR CROWS (book 4 of George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE saga).

This is a dramatic reading of Lord Euron “Crow’s Eye” Greyjoy’s speech to his brothers and niece, boasting about all of the towns and sacred idols he has sacked. It is taken from Victarion’s first chapter in A FEAST FOR CROWS (book 4 of George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE saga).

Artwork: Ertaç Altınöz http://ertacaltinoz.deviantart.com/
Music: Final Boss Ganon (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 339
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In this Halloween spooktacular, Valkyrist ventures into the Darkling Plain in search of lost podcast recordings, and summons the ghosts of Kingsgrave’s past.

Clips have been selected from the following unpublished VOK podcasts:

02:10 – DragonCast S04E09 Review
24:20 – SoccerCast (Vol.2)
47:49 – CockneyMoot 2014 FCR Outtakes
50:41 – ASOIAF Future Predictions
1:13:44 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview
1:38:23 – Mockingjay: Part 1 Review
1:44:50 – WolfCast S05E10 Review
2:02:09 – SeattleMoot 2015
2:22:32 – APOIAF April Fools’ Aftershow
2:39:49 – Kingsgrave Jukebox

Disclaimer: This podcast contains spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. Please consult the timestamps above to avoid being spoiled for any of these titles.

Credits:
Curated by Valkyrist
Songs by jed o’white hart, Aiwendil, Bina007, and Amberrocks


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 338
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The Vassals gather round the console to bask in gaming’s warm, pixelated glow. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Bing (Shoeshiner), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (drownedsnow), and Hannah (shadow_ baby) as they chat video games and gush over some of their favourite titles of all time.

1:17 – What We’re Playing
17:21 – Favourite Games (Round #1)
1:04:33 – Favourite Games (Round #2)
1:58:38 – Thoughts on the Current Gen

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Nintendo

This video essay looks at the themes of grief and addiction in George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and the way characters are tormented by “poisoned memories”.

NOTE: This essay was originally published on TowerOfTheHand.com in 2015 http://towerofthehand.com/blog/2015/02/15-poisoned-memories/


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 331
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Do you remember the Nightrider? The vassals set their tires to the blood-scorched roads of dystopian Australia. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), and Matt (Varley) as they discuss George Miller’s 1979 cult action film Mad Max.

Warning: Contains spoilers for the Mad Max film series

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Edited by Valkyrist
Audio Clips owned by Roadshow Entertainment

This video essay looks at how the 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project manages to frighten its audience; in particular, how its pseudo-documentary technique generates an unsettlingly familiar aesthetic and evokes themes of technological paranoia.


VASSALS OF KINGSGRAVE: EPISODE 327
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War… what is it good for? The Vassals take up arms in defense of their favorite war movies. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Zach (Alias), Thomas (FTWard), and Matt (Varley) as they grapple with the slippery definitions, prevailing themes, provocative images, and moral ambiguities of the war genre.

10:10 – Waterloo (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1970)
34:08 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
57:45 – Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2007)
1:19:23 – First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist