Red priests are the clergy of the religion of R'hllor, called so because of the loose, crimson robes they wear. Red priests, who may be male or female, administer the last kiss to deceased followers of the Lord of Light.
They are a common sight in Essos, as the faith of R'hllor's influence is widespread and children are sometimes given to temples of R'hllor to be raised into the priesthood. Red temples also buy children to serve as slaves of R'hllor and raise them as priests, temple prostitutes, or warriors known as the Fiery Hand. In cities like Volantis where slaves are branded with facial tattoos, slave red priests have flames tattooed across their faces. There are few followers of the Lord of Light in Westeros, but red priests can be found in Dorne, Dragonstone, King's Landing, and Oldtown.
Known Red Priests
- Benerro, High Priest of R'hllor in Volantis.
- Thoros of Myr, member of the brotherhood without banners.
- Moqorro, called the Black Flame by the crew of Victarion Greyjoy.
- Melisandre of Asshai, called the red woman, counselor of Stannis Baratheon.
- Ezzelyno, established on Braavos.
Red priests are human beings, and like other human beings, they vary greatly.
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- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 33, Tyrion VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- So Spake Martin: R’hllor and Evil (January 02, 2002)