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Supporting the Faith by Gabrielle Portal © Fantasy Flight Games

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


See also: List of septs
A sept, by Franz Miklis © Fantasy Flight Games

A sept is a single building with seven walls. Some septs are small and humble, but 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. Wealthy septs in cities have stone statues and altars for each of the Seven.[4] Crystals spread seven-colored rainbows onto the altars,[5] which may be inlaid with precious metals and stones, such as mother-of-pearl, onyx, and lapis lazuli.[6] In more isolated or rural septs, however, the depictions of the Seven may be merely carved masks or simple charcoal drawings hanging on each wall.[4]


Ceremonies are led by the highest ranking male member of the clergy,[citation needed] and hymns are often sung.[7][8] In the naming of a child, seven oils are used to anoint the infant.[1] Weddings are conducted standing between the altars of the Father and the Mother.[9]

Worshipers can light candles before the different altars during their prayers.[10][7][11] Rites of worship held in wealthy areas and during special occasions can feature embellishments such as choirs of seventy-seven septas.[12]

Knights traditionally stand vigil and are consecrated with seven oils in septs.[13] Brothers of the Night's Watch who worship the Seven can make their vows at the small sept at Castle Black.[5]

As they are considered holy places, bloodshed is forbidden in septs.[11][14]


In the aftermath of the coming of the Andals, kings such as Merle I Gardener,[15] Humfrey I Teague,[16] and the Arryns[17] 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.[18] Septs in the Iron Islands have periodically been destroyed by worshippers of the Drowned God.[19]

Aegon the Conqueror is said to have prayed at the sept of Dragonstone before beginning the Conquest.[20] A sept was destroyed during Aegon's burning of Harrenhal.[21]

The Starry Sept in Oldtown was the seat of the High Septon for a thousand years.[22] The Sept of Remembrance was built in King's Landing after Aegon's Conquest, but it was destroyed by King Maegor the Cruel.[23] Eventually the High Septon moved from the Starry Sept to the Great Sept of Baelor in the capital.[22]

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.[24]

The Sept-Beyond-the-Sea is a sept in Braavos for Westerosi.[25]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The High Septon before the Great Sept of Baelor, by Joshua Cairós © Fantasy Flight Games

King Joffrey I Baratheon orders the execution of Lord Eddard Stark outside the Great Sept of Baelor.[26]

A Clash of Kings

Some of the Night's Watch pray in Castle Black's sept before embarking on the great ranging.[27]

The queen's men destroy the sept at Dragonstone, and Stannis Baratheon allows Melisandre to burn its statues.[20]

Many septs in the riverlands are destroyed during the War of the Five Kings.[28] 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.[29]

A Storm of Swords

Arya Stark visits Stoney Sept with the brotherhood without banners.[30] 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.[31] The sept at Lord Harroway's Town is flooded by the Trident.[32]

Joffrey weds Margaery Tyrell in the Great Sept of Baelor.[9]

A Feast for Crows

The town's sept is destroyed during the raid on Saltpans.[33]

Obara Sand claims the septs of Dorne are full in the aftermath of Prince Oberyn Martell's death.[34]

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.[35]

Disinterested in his marriage to Amerei Frey or being the lord of Darry, Ser Lancel Lannister sleeps in the castle's sept.[36]

With Joffrey having died at his wedding feast, King Tommen I Baratheon marries Margaery in the Red Keep's royal sept.[37] 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.[37] The High Sparrow has Cersei taken into custody at Baelor's Sept.[38]

A Dance with Dragons

The bones of Ser Wendel Manderly are interred in the Sept of the Snows.[39]


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

She loved the statues, the pictures in leaded glass, the fragrance of burning incense, the septons with their robes and crystals, the magical play of the rainbows over altars inlaid with mother-of-pearl and onyx and lapis lazuli.[6]

—thoughts of Sansa Stark

God is one, Septon Osmynd had taught her when she was a girl, with seven aspects, as the sept is a single building, with seven walls. The wealthy septs of the cities had statues of the Seven and an altar to each.[4]

—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.[22]

—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.[40]

Randyll Tarly to a criminal


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  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
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  17. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  18. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Kings of Winter.
  19. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Black Blood.
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  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
  26. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  28. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
  29. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  32. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
  33. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  34. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  35. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  36. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
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  38. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  39. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
  40. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.