|Noble and Puissant Order of the Warrior's Sons|
A rainbow-colored sword is the sigil of the Warrior's Sons
|Type||Military chivalric order|
|Seat|| Starry Sept (original Faith Militant)|
Great Sept of Baelor (reformed Faith Militant)
|Allegiance||Faith of the Seven|
|Current Leader||High Sparrow|
|Reorganized||300 AC (reformed Faith Militant)|
|Disbanded||~58 AC (original Faith Militant)|
The Noble and Puissant Order of the Warrior's Sons is an order of Westerosi knights sworn to the Faith of the Seven. They are part of the Faith Militant, and are also known as the Swords. Their counterparts are the "Stars", also called the Poor Fellows. The Warrior's Sons obey and answer to the High Septon, as they believe the High Septon speaks for the Seven.
- See also: Images of the Warrior's Sons
The Warrior's Sons of old wore rainbow cloaks and inlaid silver armor over hair shirts. They bore star-shaped crystals in the pommels of their longswords.
The recent Warrior's Sons wear swordbelts and cloaks striped in the seven colors of the Faith. They have crystals adorning the pommels of their longswords and the crests of their greathelms, and carry kite shields displaying the ancient badge of the Swords: a rainbow sword shining bright upon a field of darkness. Their armor is made of silver plate, and polished to a mirror sheen. Underneath, the Warior's Sons wear a hair shirt, as did the Warrior's Sons of old.
Vows and Duties
The Warrior's Sons are all anointed knights. Most had been household knights or hedge knights before joining the military order, while few are of higher birth. Upon joining the Warrior's Sons, they take vows, giving up their lands and gold. The Warrior's Sons of old were said to have been holy men, ascetics, fanatics, sorcerers, dragonslayers, and demonhunters, implacable in their hatred for all enemies of the Faith.
The Warrior's Sons fortified the Hill of Rhaenys, ensuring the Sept of Remembrance could withstand the Targaryens. Following the death of King Aenys I on Dragonstone in 42 AC, his half-brother, Maegor I Targaryen, claimed the crown. Maegor travelled to King's Landing, where Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen challenged those who questioned her son's right to rule. The captain of the Warrior's Sons, Ser Damon Morrigen, met this challenge, and the parties agreed to a trial of seven. Maegor was the only survivor of the fourteen combatants.
Maegor raised a set of laws which forbade holy men from carrying arms, and offered bounties for their scalps: gold dragons for the scalps of Warrior's Sons, and silver stags for the scalps of Poor Fellows.
Thirteen thousand Poor Fellows and hundreds of knights of the Warrior's Sons joined forces with rebel lords of the riverlands and westerlands to fight against Maegor's forces at the Stoney Sept. During this fierce battle at the Great Fork of the Blackwater, the Faith lost when Maegor and his dragon, Balerion, left death in their wake.
In 44 AC, the High Septon suddenly died shortly after Maegor threatened to incinerate the Starry Sept at Oldtown. The High Septon's death allowed Lord Martyn Hightower to open his gates before Balerion and Vhagar could burn the city. Rumors about the nature of the High Septon's death still persist today, suggesting the High Septon was murdered. One of the people who has been suggested as the culprit is Ser Morgan Hightower, who had been the commander of the Warrior's Sons in Oldtown, as he was the only Warrior's Son who received a pardon of King Maegor.
The new High Septon attempted to disband the Stars and Swords, but made little effort to reduce the constant violence. In 46 AC, Maegor brought two thousand skulls from his campaign against the Faith back to King's Landing, claiming they were the heads of Warrior's Sons and Poor Fellows. However, many suspected they were the skulls of innocent smallfolk.
The end of the Warrior's Sons began following the death of Maegor I and the ascension of Jaehaerys I Targaryen in 48 AC. Although much reduced in numbers, the Warrior's Sons and Poor Fellows were still present. They remained restless and eager to restore their orders. King Jaehaerys sent Septon Barth to Oldtown to speak with the High Septon. Eventually, it was agreed that the Iron Throne would always protect and defend the Faith, if the last few Stars and Swords would put down their weapons, and if the Faith agreed to accept justice from the Iron Throne instead of the Faith. As a result, the Faith Militant was disbanded.
A Feast for Crows
After the War of the Five Kings in 300 AC, the ruling King Tommen I Baratheon, under the edict of his mother and Regent Cersei Lannister, overturns Maegor the Cruel's law which forbade holy men from being armed, and the orders of the Faith Militant are reborn. Over a hundred knights have so far pledged their swords and lives to the Warrior's Sons and obey the new High Septon, known by many as the High Sparrow. Lancel Lannister, Lord of Darry, renounce his titles, land, and bride to serve the Warrior's Sons and the Faith of the Seven. Cersei observes the Warrior's Sons' rainbow-striped robes, rainbow stripes on their swordbelts, and crystals on the crests of their greathelms,
A Dance with Dragons
- Ser Theodan Wells, known as Theodan the True, commander of the Warrior's Sons
- Ser Lancel Lannister, former Lord of Darry and head of House Lannister of Darry
- Ser Morgan Hightower, a commander during the Faith Militant uprising
- Ser Damon Morrigen, known as Damon the Devout
|“||Holy men, ascetics, fanatics, sorcerers, dragonslayers, demonhunters … there were many tales about them. But all agree that they were implacable in their hatred for all enemies of the Holy Faith.||”|
|“||Drunk on the gods, the lot of them.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.