Technically the blood that splatters on you does have an effect. It heals you if you hit the enemy fast enough after taking damage. Damaging the enemy in a way that doesn’t draw blood, like hitting them with a torch doesn’t heal you, making it fairly clear that it’s the blood that does the trick.
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Not necessarily. People are inclined to turn towards asceticism and religion during times of crisis, but that does not make them inherently better or worse. The High Sparrow is sincere with his beliefs and charitable with his actions, but he is also a fanatic with no tolerance for any other way of life than the one he… » 4/27/15 9:13am Yesterday 9:13am

I really wouldn’t call Shakespeare’s plays “the greatest literary works in history”. They were written as entertainment for the masses, not as great works of art. Many of them are very clever and intelligently written, but with the exception of Tempest none of them are even original to Shakespeare, even though he lent… » 4/24/15 4:09pm Friday 4:09pm

Yep, free will is a ridiculously complex and paradoxical concept. I’m yet to see even a good definition it that doesn’t result either in circular logic or “turtles all the way down”-recursion. I can’t even begin to debate whether there is free will because I have no clue what it’s supposed to be in the first place.… » 4/24/15 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

Why do you imagine that soft metal and shiny rocks would have any kind of value in post-nuclear apocalypse world? Any medium will work for currency as long as it’s difficult to forge, plentiful enough and backed up by something substantial, be it a concrete resource like oil or water, or simply the abstract labour of… » 4/24/15 12:25pm Friday 12:25pm

The Others in the books look very different from the ones in the show. They are described to be inhumanly beautiful and appear to consist entirely of ice; when killed, they melt into a puddle. They went with the emaciated look in the show to emphasise how ancient they are, and because it’s easier to write “inhumanly… » 4/23/15 4:04pm Thursday 4:04pm