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Ghostwalker wrote:Not sure if this was covered before, but how fast do you think is the Westeros communication network? It would be cool if we knew how long it takes a raven to get from Winterfell to White Harbor, to King's Landing, to Oldtown, Sunspear, etc. Any ideas?
Ghostwalker wrote:Incidentally, are they sent across the Narrow Sea as well? I can't recall to be honest.
Carriker wrote:Ghostwalker wrote:Incidentally, are they sent across the Narrow Sea as well? I can't recall to be honest.
No, they're not. No place for them to stop and rest during their travel, generally.
Kival wrote:As far as we know the raven-mail is one of the few parts of magic left in the world. It's easy to assume that the magic who leads the ravens is restricted to Westeros.
The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon derived from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia domestica) selectively bred to find its way home over extremely long distances. The wild rock pigeon has an innate homing ability, meaning that it will generally return to its own nest and its own mate. This made it relatively easy to breed from the birds that repeatedly found their way home over long distances. Flights as long as 1,800 km (1,100 mi) have been recorded by birds in competition pigeon racing. Their average flying speed over moderate distances (500 miles) is around 80 km/h (50 mph), but speeds of up to 177 km/h (110 mph) have been observed in top racers for short distance (100 miles).
Homing pigeons are referred to as carrier pigeons when they are used to carry messages.
Carrier pigeons historically carried messages only one way, to their home. They had to be transported manually before another flight. However, by placing their food at one location and their home at another location, pigeons have been trained to fly back and forth up to twice a day reliably. This setup allows Pigeons to cover 160 km (99 mi) round trip.
With training, pigeons can carry up to 75 g (2.5 oz) on their backs
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