my problem with trying to read ASOIAF is that I am more interested in the climate and ecology than literally anything else
what would it even mean to have a world where the day and year were standardized but the seasons varied by years? Martin says its magic, but what kind of magic? I’ve read multiple possible scientific explanations for why a planet would have variable seasons and any or none of them could be true. TELL US MARTIN, TELL US.
But never mind that, how did a preindustrial society even identify the standard length of a year without being able to associate it with the cycle of the seasons? Probably stars, I guess.
I get that humans can store food, but what do the animals do? Are there bears that can hibernate for a decade? What about migration? Is there even a place with the opposite seasonal cycle for animals to migrate to, or do birds hang around all winter? Are the reproductive cycles of animals constant like humans, or tied to the seasons? Are direwolves giving birth in the middle of winter as well, or does the population go years and years without new members to replace the animals that die off during the winter?
I’M SO CURIOUS BUT HE KEEPS WRITING ABOUT BATTLES