Pater

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High Septon
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Title High Septon
His High Holiness
Shepherd of the Faithful
Allegiance Faith of the Seven
Born In 54 BC
Died In 44 AC, at Oldtown
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

The High Septon, formerly known as Septon Pater, was the second High Septon of the Faith of the Seven during the reign of Maegor I Targaryen.[1]

Character and Appearance

By 44 AC Septon Pater, was ninety years old, blind, stooped and feeble. He was known to be famously amiable, though he had grown forgetful in his late years.

History

During the Faith Militant uprising, King Maegor and his mother, Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen, after several victorious battles against the Faith Militant, turned towards Oldtown, threatening to incinerate the Starry Sept in response to the High Septon's condemnation of Maegor's polygamous marriages.

The High Septon died suddenly before the Targaryens and their dragons arrived, allowing Lord Martyn Hightower to open his gates before Balerion and Vhagar could burn the city.[2] Rumors about the nature of the High Septon's death still persist today. As he had been in good health, some have suggested that he had committed suicide, either to save himself from Maegor's wroth or to spare Oldtown from the dragonfire. Others believe that the gods themselves had struck him down. Most believe he had been murdered, although opinions differ about the murderer's identity. In any case the Most Devout were roused from their beds and marched at spear point by House Hightower men-at-arms to the Starry Sept to elect a new High Septon. The frail and amiable Septon Pater was named the new High Septon by a single ballot.[1]

The new High Septon nearly collapsed under the weight of the crystal crown when it was placed on his head but he was happy to welcome Maegor when he arrived at Oldtown and blessed and anoint his head with holy oils (though he forgot several words of the blessing). The new High Septon formerly dissolved the Warrior Son's and Poor Fellows, commanding the surviving members to lay down there arms in the name of the Gods. He died later the same year, most likely due to old age.[1]

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