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A sept is a building where followers of the Faith of the Seven worship.[1] They can be located in villages and urban settlements, castles, and septries and motherhouses.

Layout

See also: List of septs

A sept is a single building with seven walls. Some septs are small and humble while others are large and magnificent, such as the Great Sept of Baelor. Some septs have crystal[2] or leaded windows.[3]

Every sept houses representational art portraying each of the seven aspects of the Faith. In rural septs, they may merely be carved masks or simple charcoal drawings on a wall,[4] while in wealthy septs they may be statues inlaid with precious metals and stones.

Worshipers light candles before the altars of the symbolizing each of the seven aspects. Crystals spread seven-colored rainbows onto altars.[5]

Ceremonies are lead by the highest ranking male member of the clergy, and hymns are often sung. In the naming of a child, seven oils are used to anoint the infant. Weddings are conducted standing between the altars of the Father and the Mother.

Rites of worship held in wealthy areas and during special occasions can feature embellishments such as choirs of seventy-seven septas.[6]

Knights traditionally stand vigil and are consecrated with seven oils in septs.[7] Brothers of the Night's Watch can make their vows at the small sept at Castle Black or a grove of weirwoods beyond the Wall.[5] The Sept-Beyond-the-Sea is a sept in Braavos for Westerosi.[8]

History

In the aftermath of the Andal invasion, kings such as Merle I Gardener,[9] Humfrey I Teague,[10] and the Arryns[11] founded septs, septries and motherhouses throughout southern Westeros. King Theon Stark, a follower of the old gods, repelled an attack of Andals on the north and retaliated by raiding Andalos.[12] Septs in the Iron Islands have periodically been destroyed by worshippers of the Drowned God.[13]

Aegon the Conqueror is said to have prayed at the sept of Dragonstone before beginning the Conquest.[14] A sept was destroyed during Aegon's burning of Harrenhal.[15]

The Starry Sept in Oldtown was the seat of the High Septon for a thousand years.[16] The Sept of Remembrance was built in King's Landing after Aegon's Conquest, but it was destroyed by King Maegor the Cruel.[17] Eventually the High Septon moved from the Starry Sept to the Great Sept of Baelor in the capital.[16]

Lord Eddard Stark constructed a small sept at Winterfell for his southron wife, Catelyn Tully.[1] The sept at Lordsport was not rebuilt after its destruction during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[18]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

King Joffrey I Baratheon orders the execution of Lord Eddard Stark outside the Great Sept of Baelor.[19]

A Clash of Kings

Some of the Night's Watch pray in Castle Black's sept before embarking on the great ranging.[20]

The queen's men destroy the sept at Dragonstone, and Stannis Baratheon allows Melisandre to burn its statues.[14]

Many septs in the riverlands are destroyed during the War of the Five Kings.[21] Catelyn Stark prays at a small village during the siege of Storm's End.[4]

The royal sept at the Red Keep and Baelor's Sept are crowded during the Battle of the Blackwater.[2]

Catelyn's sept is burned during the sack of Winterfell.[22]

A Storm of Swords

Arya Stark visits Stoney Sept with the brotherhood without banners.[23] Vargo Hoat leads a group of Brave Companions in sacking a sept in the riverlands.[3] Northmen seeking Ser Jaime Lannister burned the sept at Sallydance.[24] The sept at Lord Harroway's Town is flooded by the Trident.[25]

Joffrey weds Margaery Tyrell in the Great Sept of Baelor.[26]

A Feast for Crows

The town's sept is destroyed during the raid on Saltpans.[27]

Obara Sand claims the septs of Dorne are full in the aftermath of Prince [[Oberyn Martell]'s death.[28]

Loyalists slain in the battle at Duskendale are buried in the septs of Duskendale, while northern rebels are buried in a mass grave by Blackwater Bay.[29]

Disinterested in his marriage to Amerei Frey or being the lord of Darry, Ser Lancel Lannister sleeps in the castle's sept.[30]

With Joffrey having died at his wedding feast, King Tommen I Baratheon marries Margaery in the Red Keep's royal sept.[31] Taena Merryweather tells Queen Cersei Lannister that one of her maids, Senelle, is a spy who relays information to Margaery's cousins in the royal sept.[31] The High Sparrow has Cersei taken into custody at Baelor's Sept.[32]

A Dance with Dragons

The bones of Ser Wendel Manderly are interred in the Sept of the Snows.[33]

Quotes

Worship was a septon with a censer, the smell of incense, a seven-sided crystal alive with light, voices raised in song. The Tullys kept a godswood, as all the great houses did, but it was only a place to walk or read or lie in the sun. Worship was for the sept.[1]
- thoughts of Catelyn Stark


When the first shaft of sunlight broke through the clouds to the east, morning bells began to peal from the Sailor's Sept down by the harbor. The Lord's Sept joined in a moment later, then the Seven Shrines from their gardens across the Honeywine, and finally the Starry Sept that had been the seat of the High Septon for a thousand years before Aegon landed at King's Landing. They made a mighty music.[16]
- thoughts of Pate


It is customary to take a finger from a thief, but a man who steals from a sept is stealing from the gods.[34]
- Randyll Tarly to a criminal

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Andals in the Reach.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  17. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  18. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  24. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  25. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  29. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  30. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  31. 31.0 31.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  32. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  33. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
  34. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.

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