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|Title|| Lord of Winterfell|
Warden of the North
|Born||In or between 227AC and 249AC, at Winterfell|
|Died||In 282AC, at King's Landing|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Rickard Stark was Lord of Winterfell and head of House Stark during the reign of Aerys II. He was the father of Lord Eddard Stark and his siblings. Like most Starks he was a friend of the Night's Watch.
The son of Edwyle Stark, Rickard and his wife had four children: Brandon, Eddard, Lyanna and Benjen Stark. He negotiated the betrothals of Brandon and Lyanna to Catelyn Tully and Robert Baratheon, respectively. According to Barbrey Dustin the southern marriages were the idea of Rickard's maester at the time, Walys.
Before any of the marriages could take place Lyanna disappeared. Brandon held Rhaegar Targaryen, the heir to the throne, responsible and went with a small company of young nobles to King's Landing to challenge Rhaegar. Aerys II had them all imprisoned on charges of conspiring to kill the crown prince and summoned their fathers to answer for the crimes of their sons. The nobles went and were immediately executed with their sons by Aerys. As was his right, Rickard demanded a trial by combat. Jaime Lannister relates that Aerys granted Rickard's request but to Aerys, the Targaryen champion was fire. He had Rickard burned, with the pyromancer Rossart lighting a fire beneath him while Rickard was dressed in his armor. Brandon was made to watch his father die with a noose around his neck and a sword just out of his reach. Trying to reach the sword to save his father, Brandon strangled himself.
In the crypts of Winterfell there is a statue of Rickard at his tomb, which is flanked by those of Brandon and Lyanna. Rickard's engraving is said to match his appearance in life with a "long, stern face."
|Rickard||Unknown wife||Three daughters||Vale Lords|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Rickard Stark calculation.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 43, Jon.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell (Reek IV).
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran.