A septry is a monastic community of the Faith of the Seven, similar to a monastery. Brothers live in penitence, quiet contemplation, and prayer at septries, often taking a vow of silence. The leader of the community bears the title of Elder Brother, and he is assisted by proctors. A similar community for women is the motherhouse.
Forty-four brothers live at a prosperous septry in the riverlands. They tend to a dozen milk cows and a bull, a hundred beehives, a vineyard, an apple arbor, a mill, and a brewhouse. The septry has wooden walls and a heavy slate roof.
The septry at the Quiet Isle contains terraced fields, an apple grove, a stable, a windmill, cloisters, a common hall, and a wooden sept. Modest cottages are set aside for female visitors. Sheep graze on the island.
The ancient septry at Peasedale contains fragments of Annals of the Rivers. House Arryn, the Kings of Mountain and Vale, encouraged learning at the septs and septries in the Vale of Arryn. Likewise, Merle I Gardener, King of the Reach, encouraged construction of septries, septs and motherhouses in the Reach.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
During the War of the Five Kings, northmen burn a holy house near Maidenpool. Sellswords later kill its brothers, aside from a pious dwarf who hides. Brienne of Tarth visits the septry at the Quiet Isle and meets its Elder Brother.
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Andals in the Reach.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.