|Alias||The Old Man of the North|
Lord of Winterfell|
Warden of the North
Hand of the King
1st: Arra Norrey|
2nd: Alysanne Blackwood
3rd: Lynara Stark
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)|
The Princess and the Queen (Mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
The Dance of the Dragons
Upon the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon flew to Winterfell on his dragon Vermax to gain the support of the Starks and the North for his mother Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen's claim to the throne. The alliance, known as the Pact of Ice and Fire, stated that a Targaryen princess would marry into the Stark family. Cregan pledged his support to the blacks. The fear of a hard and long winter had driven the Winter Wolves to gather beneath the banner of Lord Roderick Dustin and die fighting for Queen Rhaenyra. But behind them came a greater army of childless and homeless men, unwed men, old men, and younger sons, under the banner of Lord Cregan Stark. They had come for a war, for adventure and plunder, and for a glorious death to spare their kin beyond the Neck one more mouth to feed.
The poisoning of King Aegon II had denied them that chance. Cregan still marched his army into King’s Landing, but to a much different outcome. He had planned to punish Storm's End, Oldtown, and Casterly Rock for having supported the King. But Lord Corlys Velaryon had already sent envoys to the Rock, Storm’s End, and Oldtown, suing for peace. And for six days, while the court waited for news of Lord Corlys’s success or failure the realm trembled at the thought of more war, Lord Stark held sway at court. This came to be known as the Hour of the Wolf.
Yet in one thing, Cregan would not be dissuaded: the betrayers and poisoners of King Aegon II must pay the price. To kill a cruel and unjust king in lawful battle was one thing. But foul murder, and the use of poison, was a betrayal against the very gods who had anointed him. Cregan had twenty-two men arrested in King Aegon III’s name. Among them were Lord's Larys Clubfoot and Corlys Velaryon. Cowed, the young Aegon III who was eleven at the time, agreed to make Lord Stark his Hand. He married Black Aly Blackwood in exchange for honoring Aegon III's pardon of Lord Corlys Velaryon.
Cregan Stark served in that office for a single day, presiding over the trials and executions. Most of the accused took the black (led by the cunning Ser Perkin the Flea). Two alone chose death Ser Gyles Belgrave of the Kingsguard and Larys the Clubfoot, the last of the ancient line of House Strong. The day after the executions, Lord Stark resigned as Hand. No man ever held the office so briefly, and few left it as gladly. He returned to the North, leaving many of his fierce northmen behind in the south.