High Septon

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The High Septon in his crystal crown - by Amoka©

The High Septon is the head of the Faith of the Seven. Historically the High Septon ruled from the Starry Sept in Oldtown. However, after the invasion of Aegon Targaryen, the High Septon at that time threw his support behind Aegon and the position was eventually relocated to the new capital of King's Landing.


Relationship with the Targaryens

The High Septon was not especially "beholden" to the Targaryens and was in fact a dangerous rival to them - until the reign of Maegor the Cruel, at least.[1]


The High Septon and the Most Devout convene in the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing, a vast building of white marble with seven crystal towers. Prior to being stationed in King's Landing, and before the advent of the Targaryens, the seat of the Faith was the ornate Starry Sept in Oldtown, which was constructed of black marble with stained glass windows set in pointed arches.

Selection of a new High Septon

The selection of a new High Septon is traditionally in the hands of the Most Devout but the will of past Targaryen Kings has sometimes influenced their choice, most notably during the reign of Baelor the Blessed who had a stoneworker and later an eight-year old boy chosen for the office.

An avatar of the gods

A new High Septon extends the practice of septons giving up their family names by renouncing any kind of individual name. This is due to the belief that the individual becoming High Septon is no longer a man but an avatar of the gods. This however leads to trouble distinguishing between various past holders of the office, as one can only refer to them by descriptions such as "The stonemason one" or "the fat one" or the "one before the fat one." High Septons usually wear a great crown made of crystal while performing their duties.

Historical High Septons

Recent Events

Thus far three High Septons have appeared in person during the story:


The gods’ own voice on earth.[7]
- Septon Sefton,

The High Septon speaks for the Seven here on earth. Strike at him, and you are striking at the gods themselves.[8]
- Kevan Lannister

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