The Seven-Pointed Star

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The Seven-Pointed Star is the oldest holy text of the Faith of the Seven.[1] It is divided up into sections, based on the different aspects of the faith, such as the Maiden's Book.[2]

Teachings

It is stated in The Seven-Pointed Star that:

  • Spirits, wights, and revenants cannot harm a pious man, so long as he is armored in his faith.[3]
  • Men bow to their lords, and lords to their kings, so kings and queens must bow before the Seven Who Are One.[4]
  • Married men and women must stay faithful to each other until death.[5]
  • Pride goes before a fall.[6]
  • Death is never far in this world, and seven hells await sinners who do not repent their sins.[7]
  • Incest is sinful.[8]
  • All sins may be forgiven, but crimes must still be punished.[9]

History

During the Faith Militant uprising, Septon Moon proudly boasted The Seven-Pointed Star was the only book he ever read, whilst Lorcas the Learned claimed he committed the holy book to memory.[10]

The Wise Women cited from The Seven-Pointed Star to Princess Alysanne Targaryen to dissuade her from marrying her brother, Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen.[11]

King Jaehaerys I Targaryen looked to The Seven-Pointed Star for guidance.[5] With the help of Septons Barth and Oswyck, he pushed the idea of the Targaryens being different than the people they rule over.[8] The Seven Speakers were sent throughout Westeros to win the smallfolk over, sometimes using passages of The Seven-Pointed Star in their advocacy.[8]

In her youth, Princess Maegelle Targaryen read from The Seven-Pointed Star every night before sleep.[6]

Princess Daella Targaryen was so shy that she cried when her septa asked her to read aloud from The Seven-Pointed Star.[6]

In the beginning of the Dance of the Dragons, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen refused to sent her sons, Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon, as envoys but later accepted when they both swore a solemn oath upon a copy of The Seven-Pointed Star.[12]

The mother of Tyene Sand read to her from The Seven-Pointed Star when she was in her cradle.[13]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Septon Meribald cannot read or write, but he knows The Seven-Pointed Star by memory.[2]

Brother Narbert and another proctor take turns reading from The Seven-Pointed Star whilst meal is served for the other residents of the septry on the Quiet Isle.[14]

During her imprisonment in the Spear Tower, Princess Arianne Martell tears a page of The Seven-Pointed Star to smuggle a letter out with the help of her servant Cedra.[15]

A copy of The Seven-Pointed Star is given to Queen Margaery Tyrell during her imprisonment in one of the tower cell of the Great Sept of Baelor.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

Tyrion Lannister recalls passages from The Seven-Pointed Star during his travel to Ghoyan Drohe with Magister Illyrio Mopatis.[16]

Therry gives Ser Davos Seaworth a copy of The Seven-Pointed Star when he asks for a book to read during his imprisonment.[17]

During her visit, Septa Scolera sometimes reads from The Seven-Pointed Star to Cersei Lannister.[18]

Passages

The Father reached his hand into the heavens and pulled down seven stars and one by one he set them on the brow of Hugor of the Hill to make a glowing crown...[16]
The Maid brought him forth a girl as supple as a willow with eyes like deep blue pools and Hugor declared that he would have her for his bride. So the Mother made her fertile, and the Crone foretold that she would bear the king four-and-forty mighty sons. The Warrior gave strength to their arms, whilst the Smith wrought for each a suit of iron plates...[16]

See also

References

  1. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Arrival of the Andals.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  10. Fire & Blood, Prince to King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  11. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  12. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.