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Old 10-11-2016, 01:08 AM   #31
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Cannon can reduce a castle to a pile of rubble pretty easily. However a pile of rubble still makes a decent defensive position.
Canon aren't nukes. They have limits and well built fortifications wouldn't fall immediately.
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Old 10-11-2016, 01:45 AM   #32
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My major fantasy castles have always had arbalest turrets and archers on the walkways as precautions against aerial assault, and a guarded underground complex so as not to be taken off guard by sappers and to give the inhabitants a place to retreat from overwhelming surface assaults. Many "dungeons" were the intact subterranean component of a destroyed fortification.
Magic may also make them smaller for a given population, which will make defending them easier
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:57 PM   #33
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Winterfell can't have magically created food in a setting where the "wizards" can't even light candles. On the other hand the novels definitely say there's a town nearby, and given the climate I think we can expect that Winterfell sustains itself like say a castle in Gotland would in our history.
IIRC from the books, Winterfell was also built on top of an active geothermal duct, and had something that resembled greenhouses for fresh vegetables, to help it through the many-years-long winters where the inhabitants relied on preserved food stored in the cellars.

I have no idea if any of that existed/exists in the TV show, though, and events made it impossible to prepare properly for the winter, anyway.
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:54 PM   #34
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And it's not like fortresses went away, or stopped being built. The designs changed to better resist and utilize artillery, so they didn't look like what we think of as a castle anymore past a certain point...

The social changes also made it much less likely over time that a new fortress would be built as the seat of a land-holding lord, which often was the role of earlier castles.
Military fortresses would not be built as the seat of a land-holding lord. Obviously many land-holding lords would still have interest in keeping a rock from a disgruntled tenant from coming through the window.
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