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The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Throne's New Dragon-Killing Weapon
Popular Mechanics ^ | July 28, 2017 | William Gurstelle

Posted on 07/28/2017 11:50:28 AM PDT by C19fan

Cersei Lannister needs some anti-dragon air defenses. This past week on Game of Thrones, the self-appointed Queen of Westeros asks her cryptic right-hand man, Qyburn, to reveal his secret dragon-killer because Daenerys Targaryen and her trio of fire-breathers might be knocking on the door of King's Landing any day now.

What he comes up with is this double-bowed monstrosity. He even tests it on an ancient dragon skull (which would be like firing an AR-15 through King Tut's sarcophagus, but whatever).

(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bows; dragon; dragons; gameofthrones; got; projectiles; romans; thehobbit

1 posted on 07/28/2017 11:50:28 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

The whole thing sounds kind of dark.


2 posted on 07/28/2017 11:52:17 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: C19fan; martin_fierro; ConjunctionJunction
Qyburn was like: "I have watched "The Hobbit" 16 times and come with this idea!"


3 posted on 07/28/2017 11:55:08 AM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: KC_Lion
George R.R. Martin was like: "I have read Tolkien 16 times, Alison Weir's The Wars of the Roses 3 times, stolen some good bits and added mostly gore and gratuitous sex and came up with this idea."
4 posted on 07/28/2017 12:02:37 PM PDT by FredZarguna (And what Rough Beast, its hour come 'round at last, slouches toward Fifth Avenue to be born?)
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To: C19fan

Thanks for screwing things up!!!
I dont subscribe to paytv channels, already bought seasons 1 thru 6, and eas patiently waiting till 7 hit the store!


5 posted on 07/28/2017 12:20:40 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: FredZarguna

It’s ‘Kingmaker meets Dragonheart’...................


6 posted on 07/28/2017 12:21:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (Road Rage lasts 5 minutes. Road Rash lasts 5 months!.....................)
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To: C19fan

I don’t see how that weapon is going to have any effect on Kahleesi’s dragons...unless they are flying straight in at the weapon on a “straffing run”. They are far too maneuverable for that thing to hit one. But, it’s TV. So it will work at least once.


7 posted on 07/28/2017 12:23:52 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers)
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To: Terry L Smith
Thanks for screwing things up!!!

Then why did you click on a thread with Game of Thrones in the title?

8 posted on 07/28/2017 12:25:57 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Easy they’ll put a heat seeking front end on the quarrel!


9 posted on 07/28/2017 12:51:11 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Reily
But of course.

Or as my wife would respond to my outrage at such a feat against a huge dragon in flight:

"Because it was in the script dear."

10 posted on 07/28/2017 1:05:31 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers)
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"Because it was in the script dear."

LOL!

That is what I tell my husband.

11 posted on 07/28/2017 1:11:48 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Not a Romantic, not a hero worshiper and stop trying to tug my heartstrings. It tickles! (pink bow))
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To: al baby; Baron 2A; BobinIL; BroJoeK; cardinal4; carolinablonde; cld51860; ClearCase_guy; ColdOne; ..
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12 posted on 07/28/2017 1:24:23 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Ain’t that the truth.

Love it!


13 posted on 07/28/2017 1:52:51 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: C19fan

Never heard of any of this crap


14 posted on 07/28/2017 6:24:44 PM PDT by hawg-farmer - FR..October 1998 (---->VMFA 235 '69 -'72 KMCAS <--- F4 PHANTOM... FLYING BRICK)
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