Lord of Karhold
Karlon Stark, a younger son of a King in the North, was the first Lord of Karhold. He built the castle on the lands he received from his father. Originally called Karl's Hold, the name was later changed to Karhold and Karlon's descendants became the Karstarks.
Lord Rickard Karstark participated in Robert's Rebellion and fought for the rebels at the Battle of the Trident. He once came to Winterfell hoping to betroth his daughter, Alys, to the heir of Lord Eddard Stark, Robb Stark, but to no avail.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Rickard brings his forces to Winterfell when Robb Stark calls his banners. He is accompanied by his three sons, Harrion, Eddard, and Torrhen. At Moat Cailin he occupies the Drunkard's Tower. When the northern host splits at the Twins, Rickard stays with Robb. He takes part in the battle in the Whispering Wood, but Rickard's younger sons, Torrhen and Eddard, are killed by Ser Jaime Lannister during the fighting.
A Clash of Kings
Rickard accompanies Robb when the king campaigns in the westerlands. During the Battle of Oxcross, he rides down Ser Stafford Lannister, the commander of a Lannister host, and kills him with his lance. Rickard and Galbart Glover then lead the raiding along the westerlands coast.
A Storm of Swords
After learning of the capture of Winterfell, Catelyn Stark releases Jaime Lannister from captivity at Riverrun. When Robb's host returns from the westerlands, Lord Karstark is furious and considers the actions of Robb's mother to be treason.
Lord Rickard, overcome with grief and anger, sends the Karstark horse from Riverrun, promising the hand of Alys, to anyone who recovers Jaime for him. Rickard leads a small group of Karstark men to murder Willem Lannister and Tion Frey, two of Robb's captives from the Whispering Wood, in their cells at Riverrun.
King Robb declares Lord Karstark a traitor and sentences him to die. He carries out the sentence himself, beheading Rickard before the heart tree in Riverrun's godswood. Rickard is succeeded by his sole surviving son, Harrion.
A Feast for Crows
Lord Harrion is a captive at Maidenpool.
Known Lords of Karhold
- Lord Karlon Stark, the first Lord of Karhold.
- Lord Rickard Karstark
- Lord Harrion Karstark, Rickard's eldest son and the current Lord of Karhold.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.