The bells of Stoney Sept rang in celebration after King Harwyn Hoare's victory over King Arrec Durrandon in the battle at Fairmarket, but Harwyn subsequently claimed the riverlands for himself instead of granting the rivermen independence.
It was rumored that Ser Bennis of the Brown Shield once killed a knight near Stoney Sept. Ser Duncan the Tall and Prince Aegon Targaryen were in the town prior to the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. A hunchbacked septon spoke treason in the town square about Lord Brynden Rivers, so his head was displayed above the town gates after his execution.
During Robert's Rebellion, Lord Robert Baratheon hid in Stoney Sept from a royal army led by Lord Jon Connington, Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen. Jon's men searched from house to house and hostages were hung in cages, but the townfolk moved Robert from one hiding place to another, including the Peach. When Robert's allies, Lords Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully, arrived at Stoney Sept, Robert defeated Jon in the Battle of the Bells, forcing the Hand to retreat. After the battle, Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Jonothor Darry rode to Stoney Sept to rally surviving royalists.
A Storm of Swords
Ser Wilbert, a prominent knight from Stoney Sept, is slain by Lannister raiders early in the War of the Five Kings. Wilbert's sons ride to the westerlands with Robb Stark, King of the Trident. Lannisters also attack the household of the Mad Huntsman, raping his wife and his sister. Besides Lannisters, Stoney Sept is also attacked by northmen and Brave Companions.
The town is supportive of the brotherhood without banners. Lady Ravella Smallwood tells Harwin there is famine around Stoney Sept and the Threepenny Wood. When Arya Stark visits the town with the brotherhood, she finds its gates have been rebuilt with new wood and every third house is burned and empty. An alehouse has been reduced to rubble, and the Peach's roof is rebuilt.
After the Mad Huntsman captures northmen accused of crimes committed at Tumbler's Falls, he imprisons them in crow cages in Stoney Sept's square. Anguy puts the surviving prisoners out of their misery. Arya and her outlaw companions stay overnight at the Peach, and the next day the Mad Huntsman returns with a captured Sandor Clegane.
The whole town was a nest of traitors. At the end they had the usurper hidden in a brothel. What sort of king was that, who would hide behind the skirts of women? Yet whilst the search dragged on, Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully came down upon the town with a rebel army. Bells and battle followed, and Robert emerged from his brothel with a blade in hand, and almost slew Jon on the steps of the old sept that gave the town its name.
- thoughts of Jon Connington
Chapters that take place at Stoney Sept
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Stoney Sept.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- The Sworn Sword.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.