A Feast for Crows
During the War of the Five Kings, septs are despoiled and men and women sworn to the Faith of the Seven are killed, mutilated, and injured. While traveling to Duskendale, Brienne of Tarth encounters self-proclaimed sparrows and begging brothers who are marching to King's Landing with the bones of martyrs, hoping to lay them before King Tommen I Baratheon and plead for protection.
Ser Jaime Lannister observes two sparrows preaching to a crowd of hundreds of smallfolk at Cobbler's Square. Septon Ollidor, a candidate to become the new High Septon, is disgraced when sparrows drag him from a brothel. Sparrows instead carry one of their leaders, a small septon, into the Great Sept of Baelor. The fool Moon Boy japes that this new High Septon is the "High Sparrow".
Queen Regent Cersei Lannister observes hundreds of sparrows in the plaza and gardens of the Great Sept, and bones and skulls are piled about the statue of King Baelor I Targaryen. Cersei, at the behest of the High Sparrow, overturns King Maegor I Targaryen's law that banned holy men from taking up arms in return for forgiving debt. Sparrows join the reborn Poor Fellows, one of the two branches of the Faith Militant, en masse.
Septon: Sparrows need no gold.
Creighton: Sparrows?Septon: The sparrow is the humblest and most common of birds, as we are the humblest and most common of men.
—traveling septon and Creighton Longbough
Taena: I have had a most wicked thought, Your Grace.
Cersei: Best keep it to yourself. The hill is thick with sparrows, and we all know how sparrows abhor wickedness.Cersei: Perhaps too much prayer robs a man of his sense of smell.
Taena: I have heard they abhor soap and water too, Your Grace.
What have we become, when kings and high lords must dance to the twittering of sparrows?
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.