In the opening scene of Game of Thrones S06E07 "The Broken Man", we see a bunch of people using axes to cut logs and build some kind of structure. They were led by a septon (unnamed in the show but subtitles mention him as Ray?).

So my question is what structure were they building?


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They seemed to be a group of peacefully living people, a sort of a religious commune. They were led by Ray, who, according to his own words, was a septon. Based on that it seems that they were building a small sept as the building in construction had a church-like appearance.

In fact this is all we know as there is no information about that in the books, because this plot doesn't appear there at all.

However in one of the Brienne's chapters from A Feast for Crows she is visiting a place called the Quiet Isle, which is a refuge for those sworn to the Faith of the Seven. Its penitents atone for their sins through contemplation, prayer, and silence.

Brienne talks there with the Elder Brother, who tells her how he found the Hound dying and was with him until his end. However some subtle details in his words suggest that in fact Sandor might have not died. Later, in the same place, she sees a novice monk, a gravedigger, who is hiding his face. All the above let the readers to speculate that the Hound lives and is in fact the gravedigger. This (quite solid) theory is described in details for example here and here.

Based on the above it seems that if the theory is correct (and since we now know that the Hound lives it almost certainly is) the commune is supposed to be based on the Quiet Isle, only extremely simplified.


The seven-sided building is undoubtedly a Sept, a "church" in the Faith of the Seven.

Septs are places of worship in the Faith of the Seven. They are traditionally decorated with seven-pointed stars and artistic depictions of the Seven, such as statues or sculptures.

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, septs are built to have seven walls, representing each aspect of the God of Seven.

Sept Under Construction

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    Using a prime number as the base for your building... is going to be tough! Respect to those builders! Commented Jun 7, 2016 at 19:53
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    @StijndeWitt And 7 is even trickier than 5, since it is the polygon with the smallest number of sides that cannot be constructed with compass and straightedge. Commented Jun 10, 2016 at 17:13
  • Since the priests carry a seven-rayed star, they may use it to measure the angles :)
    – IMil
    Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 23:22

Dialog between Beric Dondarrion and Sandor Clegane in Season 6 Episode 8, "No One", shows that it was a sept that Clegane and the villagers were building:

Beric: They attacked a nearby sept and murdered the villagers.

Beric: Why do you want them?

Clegane: Same reason. I was helping build it.

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