Alfyn

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High Septon
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Title Septon
High Septon
Father of the Faithful
His High Holiness
Shepherd of the Faithful
Voice of the Seven on Earth
Allegiance Faith of the Seven
House Targaryen
Died In 5459 AC[1]
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Alfyn was a septon of the Faith of the Seven during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, later becoming the High Septon.

History

After King Jaehaerys I Targaryen wed his sister, Alysanne, Jaehaerys sent seven preachers to walk the realm and win the smallfolk over to the marriage, not with swords, but with words. Septon Alfyn was among these seven. They traveled the realm alone, walking from village to village, telling the smallfolk of Jaehaerys's wisdom and Alysanne's kindness. When challenged on the issue of incest, the seven would say the Valyrians mounted dragons and thus were not like other men, and as such, an exception had to be made.[2]

When the High Septon died in 54 AC, the king and queen hoped to prevent the election of a High Septon that would denounce their marriage as incestuous and begin an uprising. Septon Mattheus of King's Landing was a likely candidate, and fiercely opposed to the Targaryen practice of incest. King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne flew to Oldtown, and according to Septon Barth's account there struck a deal with Lord Donnel Hightower to support Alfyn, a fierce champion of the Doctrine of Exceptionalism, as the new High Septon. King Jaehaerys promised Lord Donnel that, as Alfyn's old age would likely mean he would soon die, Alfyn's successor would be a Hightower on the condition that the Hightowers would support the king's doctrine.[3]

At Ashford, Alfyn was astonished to learn he had been elected High Septon. It took him a fortnight to travel to Oldtown and take up the crystal crown. Alfyn and his successor, a brother of Lord Donnel Hightower, made the Doctrine of Exceptionalism an official tenet of the Faith of the Seven.[3]

In 59 AC, the ruling High Septon died of the Shivers. It is currently unknown if this High Septon is Alfyn or one of his successors.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  2. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.