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- "She's a foreigner, preaching a foreign religion."
- ―Davos Seaworth
Unlike the clergy of the Faith of the Seven, Red Priests and Priestesses do not take vows of celibacy. Red Priestesses (and possibly priests as well) seemingly also engage in a form of sacred sex.
Known Red Priests Edit
- Melisandre, from Asshai. Called "the Red Woman", also a shadowbinder. Former adviser to Stannis Baratheon.
- Thoros, from the Free City of Myr. Participated in the Siege of Pyke, fighting with a flaming sword. Now a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners.
- High Priest of Myr.
- A Red Priestess in Volantis.
- A Red Priestess in Meereen.
- Zanrush, a Red Priest active in Meereen.
- Kinvara, High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis.
On multiple occasions, Red Priests have demonstrated a variety of magical abilities. However, it is unknown precisely how these abilities are acquired, and their effectiveness is not always certain. Indeed, sometimes the priests themselves express skepticism regarding magic:
Prophetic Visions Edit
Melisandre can see into the future by staring into flames. She is able to show others these visions, as she did for Stannis after his defeat at the Battle of the Blackwater, completing his faith in her. She also seemed to know that Matthos Seaworth would die by Wildfire, as she foreshadowed his fate to him before the battle. By staring into Arya Stark's eyes, Melisandre was also able to see the eyes of many other people that Arya would "shut forever".
However, these visions can be misinterpreted, or they may not manifest in the way the seer expects. Melisandre claimed that she saw a vision of Jon Snow fighting at Winterfell, and becomes temporarily despondent when he is found dead, believing that everything she saw in the flames was a lie. The vision is apparently fulfilled later, when the resurrected Jon defeats Ramsay Bolton.
Upon meeting, Kinvara, Varys expresses his skepticisim about religion in general; he claims that practicioners' mentality of "everything is the Lord's will" is an excuse for lack of genuine spiritual phenomena. Though unfazed, Kinvara counters by revealing events of Varys' childhood that should have been impossible for her to know about; there were no witnesses to the events and those involved were unlikely to have told anyone, yet she was able to describe them in astonishing detail.
Fire Magic Edit
Cold Resistance Edit
Poison Protection EditMaester Cressen attempted to kill Melisandre by slipping poison into a cup of wine. After realizing that the cup is poisoned, Melisandre drank almost the entire cup without fear, completely unaffected by the poison, while Cressen died moments later from a simple sip. The red amulet around her neck lit up and glowed as this happened.
Thoros of Myr showed this ability after Beric Dondarrion fell in combat against Sandor Clegane. By repeatedly chanting "Lord! cast your light upon this man, your servant. Bring him back from death and darkness. His flame has been extinguished, restore it!" Beric was revived alive and well, his wounds healed within seconds of being slain. When Thoros later explains to Melisandre that he had also done this on five other occasions, she is astonished that it happened at all, let alone that it worked six times. Thoros himself insisted that he has no control over this ability, claiming that he's just a lucky drunk who recites the words, and the Lord of Light apparently sees fit to answers his prayers.
In the sixth season, Melisandre employs a different and more elaborate ritual in order to resurrect Jon Snow, involving burning pieces of Jon's hair and repeatedly reciting words: "Zyhys oñoso jehikagon Aeksiot epi, se gis hen syndrorro jemagon. Zyhys perzys stepagon Aeksio Oño jorepi, se morghultas lys qelitsos sikagon. Hen syndrorro, oños. Hen ñuqir, perzys. Hen morghot, glaeson." ("We ask the Lord to shine the light, and take a soul from darkness. We implore the Lord to share their fire and light a candle went out. From darkness, light. From the ashes, fire. From death, life."), in High Valyrian. In spite of the differences in ritual, Melisandre's efforts were a success. 
Some Red Priests can cast magical glamours, illusions which alter a person's appearance in the minds of others.