Game of Scenery | Statues in the House of Black and White

Statues of them stood along the walls, massive and threatening. Around their feet red candles flickered, as dim as distant stars. The nearest was a marble woman twelve feet tall. Real tears were trickling from her eyes, to fill the bowl she cradled in her arms. Beyond her was a man with a lion’s head seated on a throne, carved of ebony. On the other side of the doors, a huge horse of bronze and iron reared up on two great legs. Farther on she could make out a great stone face, a pale infant with a sword, a shaggy black goat the size of an aurochs, a hooded man leaning on a staff.


Make Me Choose

 lovely-shimmer asked: The Red God or The Many Faced God?

There is only one god, and his name is Death. —Syrio Forel

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the God of Death is referred to as the “Many-Faced God”, or “Him of Many Faces”, and is worshipped, particularly, by the Faceless Men: a guild of assassins based out of the Free City of Braavos.


The dead were never hard to find. They came to the House of Black and White, prayed for an hour or a day or a year, drank sweet dark water from the pool, and stretched out on a stone bed behind one god or another. They closed their eyes, and slept, and never woke. “The gift of the Many-Faced God takes myriad forms,” the kindly man told her, “but here it is always gentle.” When they found a body he would say a prayer and make certain life had fled, and Arya would fetch the serving men, whose task it was to carry the dead down to the vaults. There acolytes would strip and wash the bodies. The dead men’s clothes and coins and valuables went into a bin for sorting. Their cold flesh would be taken to the lower sanctum where only the priests could go; what happened in there Arya was not allowed to know. – A Feast For Crows

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“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess my hair and call me “little sister,” she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes. (…) The Many-Faced God can have the rest, she thought, but he can’t have this.” - Arya 5.03 - High Sparrow

Many-Faced God

The Many-Faced God, also known as Him of Many Faces, is a deity worshipped by the Faceless Men, a guild of assassins established in the Free City of Braavos.

The founder of the Faceless Men came to believe that all the diverse slave population of Valyria prayed for deliverance to the same god of death, just in different incarnations. Thus, in Qohor, the Many-Faced God is called the Black Goat; in Yi Ti, the Lion of Night and in the Faith of the Seven, the Stranger.

This belief of a single god with many incarnations or ‘faces’ came to be reflected in the Guild’s House of Black and White, which contains a public shrine with idols of many death gods, including the Stranger of the Faith of the Seven.

The worshipers of the Many-Faced God believe that death is a merciful end to suffering. For a price, the Guild will grant the 'gift’ of death to anyone in the world, considering the assassination a sacrament to their god. In the Guild’s temple, those who seek an end to suffering may drink from a black cup which grants a painless death.

As the Faceless Men forsake their identities for the service of the Many-Faced God, they only assassinate targets they have been hired to kill and may not choose who is worthy of the 'gift’ by themselves.



Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back! Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through masterpieces.

Let’s get right down to it: Traitorous bloodbath, justified poisoning, or sadistic rape—which GoT wedding ended worst? The most recent bride-to-be channeled a saint in her candlelit meditation chamber. Elsewhere, reasons for (and rituals around) death are not entirely black and white, and the faces of the dead form an architecture of memory to the many-faced god.

A lion-rampant challenges a thorny rose; golden grain is threatened, but a trial before a high priest nevertheless ensues. And we finally get some action in a garden: sand snakes are released to fight with whips, daggers, and spears.

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I used to be like you. I was sick– I was dying… My father prayed to the many-faced god– it healed me.

I decided to do one of those scene redraw things tonight. Arya has always been my favourite character in the series so far, and Arya’s change in the recent episode makes me excited to see how her character is going to develop!

I was reading a thing about how Arya Stark is a very important character, and while I agree with that, I think there’s another major reason that she’s important to the universe.

If we accept that all of the various Gods of that universe exist (whether or not in the form their worshipers believe them to), it also appears that they all have “champions” or people through whom they work their will on the world. The identities are up for debate and there’s probably more than one per deity, but so far I think the Seven have Davos, R'hllor has Dany (as Azor Ahai reborn), the Drowned God has Victarion, and the Old Gods have Bran (although he sort of is the Old Gods so that one’s a bit fuzzy). But what of the God of Death, or He of the Many Faces? I suppose we could lump him in with the Seven as the Stranger, but it’s clear from the temple in Braavos that he shows up in a lot of religions but is in fact his own separate entity with his own independent powers. So if all these other deities have their champions, could Arya be Death’s champion? We could say that Death needs no champion since all men must die and a war against ice zombies isn’t much different from any other war in His eyes, but I think he might have a stake in all of this, and I think that Arya is going to be his tool in staving off the end of the world.

I have no idea how that’s going to happen, but it’s just an idea that I was tossing around and figured I’d put out for other people to think about.