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A motherhouse is a monastic community for septas of the Faith of the Seven similar to a convent.[1] A similar community for men is the septry.


Humfrey I Teague, King of the Rivers and the Hills, founded septs and motherhouses in the riverlands in his efforts to stamp out worship of the old gods.[2] Merle I Gardener, King of the Reach, encouraged construction of septries, septs and motherhouses in the Reach.[3]

Maegelle Targaryen was a pious princess who became a septa. Her sister Saera, however, ran away from a motherhouse while still a novice.[4]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Aemond Targaryen used Vhagar to destroy the motherhouse at Bechester.[5]

The journey of King Baelor I Targaryen to Dorne is remembered in songs popularized by septries and motherhouses.[6]

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A Storm of Swords

The great-aunt of Lady Ravella Smallwood is a septa at a motherhouse in Oldtown. Ravella sends her daughter, Carellen Smallwood, to the city for safety during the War of the Five Kings.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Andals in the Reach.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  5. The Princess and the Queen.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.