The Poor Fellows was an order of Westerosi, mostly smallfolk, sworn to the Faith of the Seven. They were part of the Faith Militant, and were otherwise known as the Stars, as they used a red seven-pointed star as their badge. Their counterparts were the "Swords" or Warrior's Sons. The Poor Fellows obeyed and answered to the High Septon, as they believed the High Septon spoke for the Seven.
Acting as a militant counterpart to begging brothers, Poor Fellows became defenders of wayfarers on the road, escorting pilgrims between septs. They greatly outnumbered their knightly counterparts in the Faith Militant, the Warrior's Sons.
The Poor Fellows accepted members from all ranks of society, regardless of birth, sex or station, though they were led in battle by the Warrior's Sons. Despite not being as trained, disciplined, or well-armed as the Warrior's Sons, the Poor Fellows formed the bulk of the Faith's army. They were lightly-armed footmen who carried whatever weapons they could make or find, often axes or cudgels, and they wore star badges, red on surcoats bleached white. Some even scourged or branded the seven-pointed star in their flesh.
At the start of the Faith Militant uprising in 41 AC, Poor Fellows slew Septon Murmison for performing the incestual marriage of Prince Aegon Targaryen to Princess Rhaena Targaryen, both children of King Aenys I Targaryen. Poor Fellows also tried to assassinate the Targaryens in the Red Keep, but were stopped by Ser Raymont Baratheon of the Kingsguard.
Members of the order were brutally suppressed by King Maegor the Cruel because of their involvement in the rebellions. Maegor achieved a great victory over the Poor Fellows in the battle of Stonebridge, and defeated thirteen hundred of them at the Great Fork of the Blackwater. An unnamed septon wrote a discourse on Maegor the Cruel's war against the Poor Fellows.
Maegor outlawed the militant orders, offering a silver stag coin for an unrepentant Poor Fellow. Support for Maegor declined in 48 AC, however, when Riverrun supported Septon Moon and Ser Joffrey Doggett of the Poor Fellows. Lord Daemon Velaryon and many great houses instead supported Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, and Maegor died on the Iron Throne.
Although outlawed, the Poor Fellows existed until the reign of the Old King, Jaehaerys I. Jaehaerys the Conciliator and Septon Barth negotiated a peace with the High Septon, however, and the Swords and Stars peacefully disbanded. Some discrete groups of Poor Fellows still existed decades later, however, and the Shepherd who led the Storming of the Dragonpit in 130 AC is rumored to have been of the order.
A Feast for Crows
In the aftermath of the War of the Five Kings, the sparrows make their way to King's Landing to demand the Iron Throne protection for the Faith. A man, with a seven-pointed star carved on his chest, identifies the group as "poor fellows".
The new High Septon, known as the High Sparrow after the movement he leads, is allowed to restore the Poor Fellows after negotiating with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. She overturns the law forbidding holy men from being armed, and the order is reborn. The bulk of the current Poor Fellows are members of the High Septon's movement, known as sparrows.
A Dance with Dragons
- Septon Moon, a commander during the Faith Militant uprising
- Ser Joffrey Doggett, known as the Red Dog of the Hills
- The Shepherd, unconfirmed
|“||This debt shall be forgiven, and King Tommen will have his blessing. The Warrior's Sons shall escort me to him, shining in the glory of their Faith, whilst my sparrows go forth to defend the meek and humble of the land, reborn as Poor Fellows as of old.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Arrival of the Andals.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.