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This page addresses frequently asked questions regarding this website, not about A Song of Ice and Fire itself.

Tower of the Hand wants to make sure that you're seeing only the information you want to see. That is, we want our website to be as useful to new readers as it is to those reading A Song of Ice and Fire for the hundredth time. If you've just finished your first read of A Game of Thrones--the first book in the series--you can view all our reference pages and essays without seeing a single detail from later books. Fear no spoilers here. To accomplish that, our articles employ what we call a "scope."

What is my "scope"?
Ask yourself: What was the last book of A Song of Ice and Fire that you completed? That's your current scope. If it's the first book, set your scope to A Game of Thrones and all character, house, and location articles will be limited to details that occur in AGOT. Some essays, blog discussions, and polls may also be affected.

Please remember that our articles are updated for each book, not on a chapter-by-chapter basis. That means you should still set your scope to AGOT even if you're halfway through the second book (A Clash of Kings). Only after you finish the last page of the current book should you update your scope.

By default, your scope is set to AGOT. We hope everyone that visits has at least completed that book. If you are caught up through A Feast for Crows, set your scope to AFFC to make sure you're not missing anything.

Are chapter summary pages limited to scope?
No. Chapter summary pages are not affected by scope. That is, you can view any chapter summary from any book, even if your scope is set to A Game of Thrones. However, the details within a chapter summary are limited to its respective book. For instance, you won't find any information about A Clash of Kings in a chapter summary from A Game of Thrones.

How do I change scope?
At the top of every reference article and applicable essays, you'll find a form that says "Current Scope." This allows you to select how much information about a given character, house, or location you'd like to see. For example, if you've only read the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire, you can select A Game of Thrones as your scope. Any details that occurred after AGOT will now be hidden for the entry you are currently viewing, as well as any subsequent entry you request. You can change scope as often as necessary.

Why can't I change scope?
In order to make use of the scope feature, your browser must have JavaScript and Cookies enabled. Most browsers have these two options enabled by default. If you are unable to use JavaScript or Cookies, you will only be able to view summaries, chronology, and references for A Game of Thrones. Also note: changing scope may not affect all articles, especially entries that have limited information.

Why is my question not answered here?
If you cannot find the answer to your question in any of the FAQs, feel free to contact us.

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