The Starry Sept has black marble walls and arched windows. Mansions of the pious are located near the sept. The Starry Sept is rivaled only by the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing and the castle sept of Highgarden.
The Starry Sept was built by Lord Triston Hightower, in honor of his mentor and earlier regent, Septon Robeson. It was the seat of the High Septon for "a thousand years prior" to the Wars of Conquest.[N 1]
When Aegon I Targaryen landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, the High Septon in Oldtown locked himself inside the Starry Sept and prayed for seven whole days while refusing to eat or drink. At the end of the seventh day he emerged from his fast and declared that the Faith of the Seven would not fight Aegon's Conquest, proclaiming that if they did Oldtown would burn and the Starry Sept would be destroyed. Lord Manfred Hightower heeded the prophecy and welcomed Aegon when he appeared before his gates. Aegon was then anointed in the Faith when he became Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. The new king visited the High Septon within the Starry Sept during each of his progresses throughout the Seven Kingdoms.
Prince Maegor Targaryen wed Ceryse Hightower in the Starry Sept in 25 AC. After Aegon's death in 37 AC, King Aenys I Targaryen was anointed in the sept. The High Septon denounced Prince Maegor after he wed Alys Harroway in 39 AC. In 41 AC during the Faith Militant uprising, Queen Visenya Targaryen unsuccessfully advised her nephew, King Aenys, to destroy the Starry Sept and the Sept of Remembrance. After becoming king, Maegor I threatened to destroy the building, which was defended by Warrior's Sons from Oldtown. The High Septon who opposed him abruptly died, however, and Oldtown's gates were opened to the Targaryen forces. The Most Devout then chose Pater as his replacement. In 48 AC Septon Moon led thousands of followers to Oldtown to force Pater's successor, the so-called High Lickspittle, to denounce Maegor.
A Feast for Crows
- Pate recalls the Starry Sept "had been the seat of the High Septon for a thousand years before Aegon landed at King's Landing." (A Feast for Crows, Prologue). It is unknown if this is an exact figure or if George R. R. Martin is being figurative.
- The High Septon has resided in King's Landing at least by the time of The Sworn Sword.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Highgarden.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
- The Sons of the Dragon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.