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|Title|| Lord of Winterfell|
Warden of the North
|Died||In 282 AL, 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 the head of House Stark and Lord of Winterfell who lived and died before the events of the books. He was the father of Eddard Stark. 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 born in 261 AL, Eddard, 263 AL, Lyanna, 267 AL and Benjen Stark. He negotiated the betrothals of Brandon and Lyanna to Catelyn Tully and Robert Baratheon, respectively. According to Barbrey Ryswell 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 an engraving of Rickard on his tomb. Rickard's engraving is said to match his appearance in life with a "long, stern face."