Mother (the Seven)
The Mother or the Mother Above, is one of the seven aspects of a single deity. Believers of the Faith of the Seven consider their god to be one with seven aspects, as the sept is a single building, with seven walls.
- See also: Images of the Mother
The Mother represents motherhood and nurturing. She is prayed to for fertility or compassion, and is depicted as smiling with love, embodying the concept of mercy.
The Mother's Hymn
Gentle Mother, font of mercy,
save our sons from war, we pray,
stay the swords and stay the arrows,
let them know a better day.
Gentle Mother, strength of women,
help our daughters through this fray,
soothe the wrath and tame the fury,
teach us all a kinder way.
A Clash of Kings
Melisandre burns the wooden statues of the Seven from the sept at Dragonstone as a sacrifice to R'hllor. A longsword is thrust through the heart of the Mother's statue, and during the ceremony Stannis Baratheon pulls it free to reveal Lightbringer.
Catelyn Stark prays in a nameless village's sept. The sept is modest and has no statues of the Seven, only rough charcoal drawings to represent them. A crack runs down through the Mother's left eye. It makes her look as if she were crying. Catelyn sees her own mother's face in the face of the Mother, as well as her sister Lysa and Cersei Lannister.
Upon entering the sept of Maegor's Holdfast, on the eve of the Battle of the Blackwater, Sansa Stark sees that the Mother's altar is swimming in candlelight. Sansa visits each of the Seven in turn, lighting a candle at each altar, then sings the Mother's Hymn with the people in the sept. She silently prays to the Mother for Sandor Clegane:
A Storm of Swords
After being taken captive by the Brave Companions, Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth are taken to Vargo Hoat who is sacking a small sept with some of his men. The sellswords have dragged the sept's carved wooden gods outside. Jaime sees Zollo sitting on the Mother's chest prying out her chalcedony eyes with the point of his knife.
A Feast for Crows
Lancel Lannister tells Cersei Lannister that the High Septon told him that the Mother spared him for some holy purpose, so he might atone for his sins. Cersei wonders how he intends to atone for her.
The Mother gives the gift of life,
and watches over every wife.
Her gentle smile ends all strife,
and she loves her little children.
References and Notes
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 46, Samwell III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.