Wielki Septon

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The Wielki Septon in his crystal crown - by Amoka©

The Wielki Septon is the head of the Wiara w Siedmiu. Historically the Wielki Septon ruled from the Starry Sept in Stare Miasto. However, after the invasion of Aegon Targaryen, the Wielki Septon at that time threw his support behind Aegon and the position was eventually relocated to the new capital of Królewska Przystań.

Position

The Wielki Septon and the Najpobożniejsi convene in the Wielki Sept Baelora in Królewska Przystań, a vast building of white marble with seven crystal towers. Prior to being stationed in Królewska Przystań, and before the arrival of the Targaryens, the seat of the Faith was the ornate Starry Sept in Stare Miasto, which was constructed of black marble with stained glass windows set in pointed arches.

The Wielki Septon was not especially "beholden" to the Targaryens and was often a dangerous rival to them, until the reign of Maegor the Cruel.[1]

The selection of a new Wielki Septon is traditionally in the hands of the Najpobożniejsi but the will of past Targaryen kings has sometimes influenced their choice. This was most notable during the reign of Baelor the Blessed, who had a stoneworker and later an eight-year old boy chosen for the office.

A new Wielki Septon extends the practice of septons giving up their family names by renouncing any kind of individual name. This is due to the belief that the individual becoming Wielki Septon is no longer a man but an avatar of the gods. This leads to trouble distinguishing between various past holders of the office, as one can only refer to them by descriptions such as "the stonemason one" or "the fat one" or the "one before the fat one." Wielki Septons usually wear a great crown made of crystal and gold while performing their duties.

Historical Wielki Septons

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The Wielki Septon, known as the fat one, is a grossly fat man who has been Wielki Septon for many years. He is regarded by many lords and smallfolk as corrupt.[2]

A Clash of Kings

The fat Wielki Septon is killed in the riot of King's Landing.[3] His crystal crown is destroyed by thieves.

Nawałnica Mieczy

The new Wielki Septon, who was selected by Tyrion Lannister,[2] weds King Joffrey I Baratheon to Margaery Tyrell and wears a grander crystal crown gifted by Lord Tywin Lannister.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Tyrion's Wielki Septon is regarded as a weak willed but good man. He prayed with Ser Lancel Lannister when he was injured and near death. Lancel confesses his sins to him, such as bedding Queen Cersei Lannister and giving King Robert I Baratheon a more potent wine than he was used to which resulted in his death. The Wielki Septon said he must forgive her though. Cersei, paranoid about what Lancel may have told him, orders the Wielki Septon's death. Osney Kettleblack sneaks into the Wielki Sept Baelora and suffocates the man with a pillow while he sleeps.[5]

The next Wielki Septon is imposed on the Najpobożniejsi by the "wróble" who turn up as refugees from the Wojna Pięciu Królów. He's dubbed the Wielki Wróbel[5][6] The Wiara Wojująca is reinstated during his term when Queen Cersei wants the crown's debt to the Faith settled.

A devout and holy man with an iron will, the High Sparrow has much of the Faith's riches, such as crowns and rings, sold to raise funds for the poor.[6] He has Cersei and Margaery arrested due to accusations of infidelity and adultery.[7][8]

Quotes

Our good Wielki Septon was taken, the gods' own voice on earth, with a third of the Najpobożniejsi and near all our silent sisters.[9]

- Sefton to Dunk regarding the Great Spring Sickness


The Wielki Septon speaks for the Seven here on earth. Strike at him, and you are striking at the gods themselves.[10]

- Kevan Lannister to Cersei Lannister

References and Notes


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