Rickard Stark

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Rickard Stark
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Title Lord of Winterfell
Warden of the North
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Northmen
Born In or between 227AC and 249AC[1], 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)
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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.[2]

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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.[3] According to Barbrey Dustin the southern marriages were the idea of Rickard's maester at the time, Walys.[4]

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.[5]

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."[3]

Rickard was succeeded by his second son Eddard. Together with Jon Arryn and Robert Baratheon, Eddard led the revolt against the Targaryens that overthrew their dynasty.

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
Willam
 
Artos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edwyle
 
Unknown
wife
 
Lady of
Clan Flint
 
Unknown
husband
 
Brandon
 
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
Member of
House Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rickard
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three daughters
 
Vale Lords
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
Unknown
 
Eddard
"Ned"
 
Catelyn
Tully
 
Lyanna
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
Offspring
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Snow
 
Robb
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
Sansa
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Arya
 
Brandon
"Bran"
 
Rickon
 
 
 
 


Rickard was probably an only child.[6] According to Old Nan, he might have a baby brother Brandon, who died just three years old of summer fever.[7]

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