The Poor Fellows was an order of Westerosi, mostly Prostaczkowie, sworn to the Wiara w Siedmiu. They were part of the Wiara Wojująca, and were otherwise known as the Stars, as they used a red seven-pointed star as their badge. Their counterparts were the "Swords" or Synowie Wojownika. The Poor Fellows obeyed and answered to the Wielki Septon, as they believed the Wielki Septon spoke for the Seven.
Acting as a militant counterpart to begging brothers, Poor Fellows became defenders of wayfarers on the road, escorting pilgrims between septs. They greatly outnumbered their Rycerzly counterparts in the Wiara Wojująca, the Synowie Wojownika.
The Poor Fellows accepted members from all ranks of society, regardless of birth, sex or station, though they were led in battle by the Warrior's Sons.Potrzebny przypis Despite not being as trained, disciplined, or well-armed as the Warrior's Sons, the Poor Fellows formed the bulk of the Faith's army. They were lightly-armed footmen who carried whatever weapons they could make or find, often axes or cudgels, and they wore star badges, red on surcoats bleached white. Some even scourged or branded the seven-pointed star in their flesh.
At the start of the Faith Militant uprising in 41AC, Poor Fellows slew Septon Murmison for performing the incestual marriage of Prince Aegon Targaryen to Princess Rhaena Targaryen, both children of King Aenys I Targaryen. Poor Fellows also tried to assassinate the Targaryens in the Czerwona Twierdza, but were stopped by Ser Raymont Baratheon of the Gwardia Królewska.
Members of the order were brutally suppressed by King Maegor the Cruel because of their involvement in the rebellions. Maegor achieved a great victory over the Poor Fellows in the battle of Stonebridge, and defeated thirteen hundred of them at the Great Fork of the Blackwater. An unnamed septon wrote a discourse on Maegor the Cruel's war against the Poor Fellows.
Maegor outlawed the militant orders, offering a silver stag coin for an unrepentant Poor Fellow. Support for Maegor declined in 48AC, however, when Riverrun supported Septon Moon and Ser Joffrey Doggett of the Poor Fellows. Lord Daemon Velaryon and many great houses instead supported Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, and Maegor died on the Żelazny Tron.
Although outlawed, the Poor Fellows existed until the reign of the Old King, Jaehaerys I. Jaehaerys the Conciliator and Septon Barth negotiated a peace with the Wielki Septon, however, and the Swords and Stars peacefully disbanded. Some discrete groups of Poor Fellows still existed decades later, however, and the Shepherd who led the Storming of the Dragonpit in 130AC is rumored to have been of the order.
A Feast for Crows
In the aftermath of the Wojna Pięciu Królów, a new Wielki Septon, known as the Wielki Wróbel after the religious movement he leads, is allowed to restore the Poor Fellows after negotiating with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. She overturns the law forbidding holy men from being armed, and the order is reborn. The bulk of the current Poor Fellows are members of the Wielki Septon's movement, known as sparrows.
A Dance with Dragons
- Septon Moon, a commander during the Faith Militant uprising
- Ser Joffrey Doggett, known as the Red Dog of the Hills
|“||This debt shall be forgiven, and King Tommen will have his blessing. The Synowie Wojownika shall escort me to him, shining in the glory of their Faith, whilst my sparrows go forth to defend the meek and humble of the land, reborn as Poor Fellows as of old.||”|
References and Notes
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 28, Cersei VI.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, Ancient History: The Arrival of the Andals.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 65, Cersei II.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 11, Córka Krakena.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 33, Jaime V.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- Świat Lodu i Ognia, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- Uczta dla Wron, Rozdział 30, Jaime IV.
- Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 54, Cersei I.
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