Before we hit the serious topics I wanted to start with a look at Westeros itself and places we visited in season one. All photos used below in this post are of the pop-up guide to Westeros which I got in the Black Friday sales a couple of years ago along with a few action figures!
Here we have Samwell and Ghost at The Wall. Can you actually imagine the security of your country being handed over to criminals and unwanted sons, most of whom only chose to go there rather than die or be disinherited in some way? It's a pretty scary concept isn't it? I would love to see The Wall if it existed for real-the scale of it is incredible...might get vertigo with the view from the top. Seems ironic that Tyrion Lannister's first idea is to piss over the side of it...! Would you like to see The Wall and Castle Black? Would you join The Night's Watch? I'm too much a coward myself...
Here is Ghost at Winterfell. This is the part of Westeros that I might feel most at home. I relate to the values of the Starks, I LOVE wolves, I would rather wear the warm furs than a fancy dress, Winter is a time of year that I can put up with better than hot summers...I can see myself at Winterfell, sitting reading by that gorgeous tree and pool, enjoying the solitude. How would you cope with living there? Do you like the idea of having your own wolf? I'd love a whole tribe of them! I love the whole look of that amazing Castle!
King's Landing and the Court is one part of Westeros that would never have appealed to me. I very much identify with Arya Stark in that I'm not a girlie girl so I'd hate wearing those big fancy dresses, and I would not enjoy Court life with the scandal and intrigue especially under Lannister rule. I don't like the idea of being told to marry, and ending up with idiots like Joffrey! I would not feel happy or comfortable here as things like jousts don't appeal. Do you like the idea of being at King's Landing with all the tournaments and celebrations? Would you like to be dressed in fancy clothes and invited to Royal events?
I used to ride horses as a kid under supervision but wasn't confident enough to keep doing it. I loved the smell of the horse, the warmth on his coat on a summer day...but I don't really see me as being Dothraki material y'know? I'd love to be able to speak the language though. I'm not cut out for hot desert living or raiding. Does this appeal to you?
For an added bit of fun, I tried a bit of name generator fun:
As a knight I would be Alyn Blacktyde, fighting on the side of Balon Greyjoy in his rebellion. That is kind of accurate as I have always been drawn to the water. What is dead may never die!
As a bastard I would be Alyn Flowers, again associated with an island lifestyle by the water. I can live with that! The other two options I didn't bother with.