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I am the king beyond the wall.

I am three chiefs. To many, a symbol of hope and peace.

And yet, I could adorn the banner of a coward.

What am I?

Hint #1:

The king and the chiefs are not literal. In fact, the first line could just as easily read, "In winter I am a conqueror". I am just a nerdy-geek and couldn't resist adding a little nerdy-geek cultural reference.

Hint #2:

"the banner of a coward" is almost literal, albeit stretching the meaning of the word "banner".

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I think the answer is

White

I am the king beyond the wall.

In Game of Thrones, almost the entirety of the land north of the wall is white with snow, frost, etc. Also, the mythical beings that occupy the land are known as whitewalkers.

I am three chiefs.

Possibly in reference to the three white chiefs of Lagos

To many, a symbol of hope and peace.

White hope often refers to someone who is hoped to bring success to an organisation.
A white dove is a symbol of peace.

And yet, I could adorn the banner of a coward.

A white flag has been a symbol of surrender

Hint 1

In winter, white conquers all other colours.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done on the answer and the explanations. :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers May 30 '16 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ The three chiefs are actually 3 primes that when combined make up the answer. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers May 30 '16 at 12:53
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Here's a silly answer . . .

Mance Rayder from Game of Thrones

I am the king beyond the wall

His most recent main title is literally King-Beyond-the-Wall. (Lateral Thinking = 0)

I am three chiefs

He has three chief titles. King Beyond the Wall, The Unburnt King, and The King of Lies (last one given by Mellisandra in the show only I believe. Do correct me otherwise, I'm show only)

To many, a symbol of hope and peace

He united the Wildling camps

And yet, I could adorn the banner of a coward

He abandoned his post in the Night's Watch which is a treasonous and cowardly act

Realistically I don't think this is the answer but thought it was funny it seemed to match.

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  • $\begingroup$ Have neither seen nor read, but I take your word for it. +1 for great match. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety May 27 '16 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ It's a little less nerdy of an answer. I went with the nerdy first line because I couldn't resist but it could just have easily read "I am the king in winter". Cool answer though. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers May 28 '16 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ Anyone who's ever seen Game of Thrones thinks Game of Thrones the second they read "king beyond the wall". @BrentHackers $\endgroup$ – Insane May 30 '16 at 2:47
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Is the answer

A feather

I am the king beyond the wall

Not sure but American Indian Chiefs would wear feathers in their hats to show they were chief or king.

I am three chiefs. To many, a symbol of hope and peace.

In Christianity, feathers can represent virtues. 3 feathers symbolize charity, hope and faith. These are the 3 'chiefs', the many refers to the fact there are lots of Christians and the 'symbol of hope and peace' I have explained.

And yet, I could adorn the banner of a coward.

In WWI if a man didn't go and fight in the war, he would be given a white feather to show he was a coward.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess. Not what I'm looking for. think less literally with regards to 'chiefs' $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers May 27 '16 at 19:08
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Are you

Jack Frost

The King beyond the wall

King of the winter.

I am a three chief

Chief of frost, snow and ice.

Yet I can adorn the banner of a coward

As winter draws to an end, Jack Frost leaves like a coward and makes way for summer.

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  • $\begingroup$ Getting closer but less winter-specific. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers May 29 '16 at 19:31

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