Church of Starry Wisdom

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The Church of Starry Wisdom, also known as the Cult of Starry Wisdom,[1] is a religion followed in many port cities throughout the known world. Its leader holds the title of High Priest.[2] Some consider it to be sinister.[2]


The legendary Bloodstone Emperor of the Great Empire of the Dawn, who renounced the gods of Yi Ti and began to worship a black stone that fell from the skies, is believed by some scholars to have been the first High Priest.[2]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

While posing as Beth, Arya Stark overhears the acolytes of the church atop their scrying tower in Braavos, singing to the evening stars.[1]

Behind the Scenes

The Church of Starry Wisdom is a reference to the eponymous cult in H. P. Lovecraft's short story The Haunter of the Dark. In the story, the Church worships Nyarlathotep, one of the "outer gods".

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti.