Begging brother

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A begging brother, by Victor Garcia © Fantasy Flight Games

Begging brothers are mendicant holy men who serve the Faith of the Seven.


Begging brothers often wear robes of undyed wool belted with hempen ropes.[1] While septons wear a crystal about their neck on a leather thong, begging brothers instead have a bowl.[2][3]


Begging brothers spread word of the liberation of the riverlands from House Durrandon after the battle at Fairmarket, but House Hoare then claimed the region for themselves.[4]

The Poor Fellows were similar to begging brothers, but they wielded axes instead of bowls.[5] The Poor Fellows and their knightly counterparts, the Warrior's Sons, were outlawed by King Maegor I Targaryen during the Faith Militant uprising.[6]

When a begging brother preached against Dreamfyre residing at Fair Isle, Lord Marq Farman had him imprisoned in the dungeon of Faircastle, where the preacher eventually died.[7] Humble begging brothers opposed House Targaryen's practice of polygamy,[6] so the Seven Speakers espoused the Doctrine of Exceptionalism to change their minds.[8]

During the Dance of the Dragons, the Shepherd was a begging brother who preached against Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.[9]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

At Cobbler's Square in King's Landing, Tyrion Lannister sees a begging brother prophesizing about the red comet.[1] When one prophet preaches that Ser Jaime Lannister had murdered the rightful king, Aerys II Targaryen, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister has Vylarr take six prophets to the dungeons.[10]

Lord Varys disguises himself as a begging brother when coming to see Tyrion at Shae's manse.[2]

A Feast for Crows

During her search for Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth passes groups of begging brothers on the Rosby road, with some having joined the sparrows.[3]

Brothers with begging bowls pray at the Great Sept of Baelor while Ser Jaime holds a vigil for his father, Lord Tywin Lannister.[11]


If you are here about those begging brothers, Tyrion, spare me your reproaches. I won't have them spreading their filthy treasons in the streets. They can preach to each other in the dungeons.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  7. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  8. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.