Jheral said:In a way, you're right, but since all named characters are busy elsewhere at the time, we wouldn't really be able to use any of them.
Biter, Rorge, Vargo Hoat, Bronn etc.. are all good, since they're mercenaries, and as such, not exactly the most loyal people around.
What I ment was that it's common knowledge that there are plenty of hedge knights in Westernos who are just looking for a lord to align themselves to who would pay for their service. So instead of named characters in the book like Biter, Rorge, or Varge Hoat, we could just make up a few hedge knights.. like Ser Robert Rivers or Ser Desmond Sand or Ser Jon Storm. And if you need characters with high healing skills just make up a Maester, like Maester Walder or Maester Karyl. And you could always just raid the family trees and take younger sons, like Royces were loyal to the Arryns, but one of his sons was fighting for Renly. With this you can have an infinite number of NPCs (something I like, fielding an army of 100 NPCs, kinda puts a face to your soldiers). Personally I like this more than having Biter and Rorge with me, but others might feel different.