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Lady '''Barbrey Ryswell''', better known as '''Barbrey Dustin''', is the Lady of [[Barrowton]]. She is the daughter of Lord [[Rodrik Ryswell]] and the widow of Lord [[Willam Dustin]]. {{Ref|aFfC|Appendix}}
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Lady '''Barbrey Ryswell''', better known as '''Barbrey Dustin''', is the Lady of [[Barrowton]]. She is the eldest daughter of Lord [[Rodrik Ryswell]] and the widow of Lord [[Willam Dustin]].<ref>[[A Feast for Crows]], [[A Feast for Crows-Appendix|Appendix]]</ref>
 
 
She  is the younger sister of [[Bethany Ryswell]] and, through her, a former sister-in-law to [[Roose Bolton]]. {{Ref|aDwD|32}} Her personal banner depicts the spiked crown above crossed longaxes of House Dustin, quartered with the golden horsehead of [[Rodrik Ryswell]], her father. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
  
 
==Character and Appearance==
 
==Character and Appearance==
Barbrey Ryswell has wrinkles around her mouth and eyes, but she is still tall, unbent and handsome. Her hair is equal parts brown and grey. She is wearing it tied behind her head in a widow's knot. {{Ref|aDwD|32}} She is always clad in black wool, severe in cut and unadorned. {{Ref|aDwD|37}} Her dark eyes at times seem to be sparkling. {{Ref|aDwD|37}}
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Barbrey Ryswell has wrinkles around her mouth and eyes but she is still tall, unbent and handsome. Her hair is equal parts brown and grey, wearing it tied behind her head in a widow's knot. While intelligent, she has grown into a very bitter woman over the years.
 
 
While intelligent, she has grown into a very bitter woman over the years.
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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In her youth she was infatuated with [[Brandon Stark]], who took her maidenhead. She claims Brandon never wanted to marry [[Catelyn Tully]] and that the match was made when Lord [[Rickard Stark]]'s [[maester]] put the idea in Lord Rickard's head. Lady Dustin is extremely distrustful of maesters in general and refers to them as "grey rats."
  
In her youth, Barbrey was very close to [[Brandon Stark]]. The young man was fostered in [[Barrowton]], but spent much of his time in the [[Rills]]. Her father was willing to offer Barbrey for marriage to the heir of Winterfell, or to any member of [[House Stark]]. She eventually lost her virginity to Brandon. She was in love with him, and claims Brandon never wanted to marry [[Catelyn Tully]]{{Ref|aDwD|41}}. That match was reportedly the idea of Rickard Stark, though she is convinced that his maester put the idea in Lord Rickard's head. She recalls his name was [[Walys Flowers]]. Lady Dustin is extremely distrustful of maesters in general and refers to them as "grey rats." {{Ref|aDwD|37}}:
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When her husband rode off to war, she gifted him with a fine red steed, the pride of her father's herd. Lord Willam swore he would return to her mounted on the horse. After the war Lord Eddard returned the steed to her, but not her lord husband. She bears an intense grudge against [[Eddard Stark]] for not bringing her husband's (who died at the [[Tower of Joy]]) bones north with him so she could bury him at his ancestral home.
{{Quote|"The grey rats read and write our letters, even for such lords as cannot read themselves, and who can say for a certainty that they are not twisting the words for their own ends? {{Ref|aDwD|37}} }}
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With Brandon engaged, her father hoped to marry her to [[Eddard Stark]], but "Catelyn Tully got that one as well". Barbrey had to settle for marriage with [[Willam Dustin]]. About 6 months following her wedding, Eddard called Willam to arms, recruiting him for service in [[Robert's Rebellion]]. Barbrey begged Willam not to go, to send his great-uncle instead, who was a veteran of the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]]. Willam would not listen; he decided to personally lead the forces of Barrowton. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
When her husband rode off to war, Barbrey had a gift for him. It was a red stallion with a fiery mane, the pride of her father's herd. Lord Willam swore he would return to her mounted on the horse. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} Willam was one of the men fighting and dying for Eddard at the [[Tower of Joy]]{{Ref|aGoT|39}}. Eddard Stark returned Willam's horse to Barbrey, claiming that her husband died an honorable death. He never returned Willam's bones, explaining that the body was buried in [[Dorne]]. Barbrey took note that Eddard had transported the bones of [[Lyanna Stark]] all the way from Dorne to [[the North]]. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} She felt insulted and still bears an intense grudge against Eddard. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
[[Domeric Bolton]] spent four years as a page to Lady Dustin. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
Lady Dustin had offered men to [[Robb Stark]] for service in the [[War of the Five Kings]]. She claims to have given as few as she dared, not willing to risk the wroth of Winterfell. But she points out having her own eyes and ears within the army of Robb, keeping her well informed. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} She lost her men at the [[Red Wedding]], giving her reason to hate [[House Frey]]. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
 
 
 
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
[[Davos Seaworth]] spends time at [[Lazy Eel]] in [[White Harbor]], listening to the gossip of sailors. His way of collecting information on recent events. Among others news is that the combined forces of [[House Ryswell]] and [[House Dustin]] had surprised the [[Ironborn]] on the [[Fever River]]. They had managed to burn the longships of the Ironborn located there. {{Ref|aDwD|15}} Both [[Ramsay Bolton]] and [[Hother Umber]] are reportedly riding south to join the Dustin-Ryswell forces, preparing an attack on [[Moat Cailin]]. {{Ref|aDwD|15}}
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She is present at the [[House Bolton|Bolton]] wedding of [[Ramsay Bolton]] and the [[Jeyne Poole|fake Arya Stark]].<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[Reek III (A Dance with Dragons)|Chapter 32 - Reek III]], pages 432-433</ref>,<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]],[[The Prince of Winterfell (A Dance with Dragons)|Chapter 37 - The Prince of Winterfell]], page 491</ref> She explained much of her history and story to [[Theon Greyjoy]].<ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]],[[The Turncloak (A Dance with Dragons)|Chapter 41 - The Turncloak]], pages 536-548</ref>  
 
 
[[Melisandre]] reports the recent finding of her visions, the banners of northern lords who have sworn loyalty to [[House Bolton]]. Based on her descriptions, [[Clayton Suggs]] identifies each house by name: [[House Hornwood|Hornwood]] (the moose), [[House Cerwyn|Cerwyn]] (the battle-axe), [[House Tallhart|Tallhart]] (the three pine trees), Ryswell (the horse's head with fiery eyes), and Dustin (the longaxes crossed beneath a crown). Suggs dismisses them all as lapdogs of the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]]. {{Ref|aDwD|17}} [[Jon Snow]] points out that the Ryswells and Dustins are tied to House Bolton by marriage. {{Ref|aDwD|17}}
 
 
 
At [[Deepwood Motte]], [[Asha Greyjoy]] receives a [[raven]]-delivered message from [[Barrowton]]. She tries to recall who rules Barrowton, and fails. She assumes it is "some northern lord" with no affiliation to her. The message announces the fall of Moat Cailin to the northmen, and threatens all remaining Ironborn to leave [[the North]] or share the fate of [[Theon Greyjoy]]. It is signed by Ramsay Bolton, with six other signatures appended below his own. The co-signatories are Lady Barbrey Dustin, Lady [[Jonella Cerwyn]], and four members of House Ryswell. {{Ref|aDwD|26}} The four mentioned are probably Lord [[Rodrik Ryswell]] and his cousins [[Roger Ryswell|Roger]], [[Rickard Ryswell|Rickard]], and [[Roose Ryswell|Roose]]. {{Ref|aFfC|Appendix}} Below the signatures, a crudely-drawn giant stands in place of a signature for a member of [[House Umber]]. The message came with a scrap of Theon's skin. {{Ref|aDwD|26}}
 
 
 
At [[Castle Black]], Jon Snow receives a similar letter to the above, with the same signatures and a crudely-drawn giant. It also announces the fall of Moat Cailin. But includes an invitation by [[Roose Bolton]], summoning all his leal lords to Barrowton. First to affirm their loyalty to the [[Iron Throne]], secondly to celebrate the marriage of Ramsay and "[[Arya Stark]]" ([[Jeyne Poole]]). {{Ref|aDwD|28}}
 
 
 
Theon notes that [[Walder Frey (Big)|Big Walder Frey]] and [[Walder Frey (Little)|Little Walder Frey]] each ride a grey colt, given to them by Lady Dustin. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}<ref>A colt is a male [[horse]] below the age of four. </ref>He recalls that Ramsay is forced to restrain himself while in Barrowton, always courteous and smiling. Cautious to not offend the Dustins and Ryswells, since House Bolton needs them. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
After a  fruitless 16-day search for the missing Freys ([[Jared Frey|Jared]], [[Rhaegar Frey|Rhaegar]], [[Symond Frey|Symond]]), Ramsay gives up on finding them. With his return in Barrowton, Ramsay demands a feast from his current host [[Harwood Stout]]. Theon hears muttering from the servants that Ramsay and his [[Bastard's Boys]] are eating through their winter stores, leaving them vulnerable to a harsh winter. Pointing to supply problems in the settlement. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
That night at Stout's empty hall, Roose and Ramsay have an argument. With Theon the only other person in attendance. Ramsay complains about not having access to Barrow Hall (the seat of Lady Dustin), nor its kitchens. Roose points out that he is himself a guest at Barrow Hall, not its owner. He is not the one who takes decisions there, Lady Dustin is. And Lady Dustin cannot abide the presence of Ramsay. Ramsay suggests skinning her, but Roose points out that the price would be losing all support from Barrowton, House Dustin, and the entire Ryswell family. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
She cannot abide the presence of [[Ramsay Bolton]] as she suspects him to be responsible for the death of her nephew [[Domeric Bolton|Domeric]]. Roose himself shares her suspicions, and [[Skinner]] is certain that the tale is true. She was reportedly fond of Domeric, and nurses a grudge over the subject. According to Roose Bolton, Barbrey Dustin is a woman who knows how to nurse a grude; Barrowton is only loyal to the Boltons, because Barbrey also had a grudge against [[Eddard Stark]]. She holds Eddard responsible for the death of her husband. {{Ref|aDwD|32}} In case information connecting Ramsay to the deaths of [[Bran Stark]] and [[Rickon Stark]] ever leaks out, Roose expects Barbrey to be the only remaining ally of House Bolton. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
Roose decides to have the planned marriage take place in [[Winterfell]]. Also deciding, that their group and their wedding guests will march from Barrowton to Winterfell in three days. After making his decisions known, Roose leaves Stout's hall for Barrow Hall. He takes Theon with him, despite the protests of Ramsay. Roose takes Theon to Lady Dustin herself. {{Ref|aDwD|32}} She expected to meet a boy, and seems surprised that Theon looks like an old man. She enquires Roose on the state of Theon's mind, particularly on whether Greyjoy is insane. Roose himself is uncertain of the answer to that question. {{Ref|aDwD|32}}
 
 
 
Barbrey explains to Theon that is expected to give away the bride at the wedding. Pointing that Theon is the closest thing to living kin that "Arya" has. Her father and mother being dead, all her brothers also dead, and her uncles lost, dead, or captive. Theon points that [[Jon Snow]] is a closer relation than himself, a brother. Barbrey dismisses the idea. Replying that Jon is a half-brother to "Arya", [[Bastardy|bastard-born]], and bound to the [[Wall]]. While Theon was the ward of Eddard Stark. Theon is the only one who can assertain the various lords that "Arya" is genuine, not an imposter. Theon gets the message, that he is to serve as a cloak for their deception.
 
{{Ref|aDwD|37}}
 
 
 
Barbrey did not follow Roose Bolton in his march to Winterfell. She arrives at a later point with baggage train, bringing with her Theon and "Arya". She had insisted on having custody of "Arya" until the wedding day. {{Ref|aDwD|37}} She attended the wedding of Ramsay and "Arya" (Jeyne). though Theon does not mention her activities. He does, however, take note of  her presence in the wedding feast. She sits near the end of the high table, to the left of Theon himself. Nobody else was willing to approach him. {{Ref|aDwD|37}}
 
 
 
She observed that Theon was not eating and pointed it out. He did not bother to explain that his broken teeth made chewing an agony. She converses with him anyway. Observing that [[Wyman Manderly]] would have them believe that his pork pie is the best any of them have tasted. She also takes note of the apparent happiness of Manderly. She describes Mandely as [[Frey Pies/Theories|almost dancing, while serving pieces of pie with his own hands]].  She believes the man is trying to drown his fears, as  she considers Wyman "craven to the bone". She expects the fat man to piss himself with the eventual arrival of [[Stannis Baratheon]]. She does not doubt that Manderly would like to kill them all, but doubts the man has the courage to perform the deed. {{Ref|aDwD|37}}
 
 
 
She turns her attention (and that of Theon from Mandely to Roose Bolton himself. Pointing how closely Roose observes Manderly. How Roose avoids tasting any dish and any cask of [[wine]] which Manderly has not touched first. She offers her personal assessment of Roose, and speculates on his ambitions. With the Lannisters a "spent force" and [[House Stark]] mostly gone, Roose might aspire to more than mere lordship. She believes that Roose aspires to the position of [[King In The North|King of the North]]. With [[Fat Walda Frey]] as his queen, and the support of [[Lord Walder Frey]] behind him. In her view, the only obstacles would be Stannis and perhaps Manderly. But in that case Roose will "remove" them both, the same way he removed Robb Stark.{{Ref|aDwD|37}} She asks a seemingly rhetorical question:
 
 
 
{{Quote|''"Who else is there?"'' {{Ref|aDwD|37}} }}
 
 
 
Theon points that Barbrey herself could serve as an obstacle to Roose's plans. Lady Dustin admits that she could indeed be an inconvenience, if she makes that choice. She knows it, and Roose knows it. That is why Roose tries to maintain her favor. She is about to say more when three [[maesters]] ([[Maester Henly|Henly]], [[Medrick]], [[Rhodry]]) enter the Great Hall, and she quickly changes the subject. {{Ref|aDwD|37}} She converses a bit concerning her distrust of maesters and the agendas of the ones at the [[Citadel]] in [[Oldtown]]. Her chat is interrupted by Roose, who rises to give a speech. {{Ref|aDwD|37}} When the wedding feast ends, Lady Dustin was among the last persons to rise from their seats and exit the Great Hall. Theon finds himself missing her company, finding the Hall suddenly oppressive. {{Ref|aDwD|37}}
 
 
 
Following the wedding, Ramsay insists that "Arya" must be clean prior to any of their sexual encounters. Since "Arya" has no handmains of her own, Theon is tasked with preparing baths for her. Theon regularly borrows servingwomen from Fat Walda and Lady Dustin to help with the baths. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} While wondering around the yard of Winterfell, Theon notes that squires had built snowmen in the shape of various Lords. A single "snow lady" was shaped after Barbrey Dustin. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
Theon is finishing his meal in the Great Hall, listening to "Abel the Bard" ([[Mance Rayder]]) singing. Dustin enters sweeps into the Hall, and has two of her men bring Theon to her. She and her men have been searching for an entrance way into the Stark family crypt. They have already fruitlessly explored undercrofts, cellars, and dungeons. She wants Theon to lead to the Crypt. Pointing that all her favorite Starks are dead. Their small group find the entrance hidden by rubble and snow: great chunks of shattered masonry, burned beams, and broken gargoyles. Her men spend about an hour shoveling through the snow and shifting ruble. Her serjeant, [[Beron (guard of Lady Dustin)|Beron]] used an axe to pull open a frozen door. But the entrance was finally open for their Lady. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
During their descent to the crypts, Dustin complains about "Arya" weeping. Roose is displeased, as the northmen still love the Starks. The sound of her weeping might turn them against the Boltons. Even the Hornwood men serving Ramsay probably find this a painful reminder of [[Donella Manderly]] and her fate. The Freys may not care, and Dustin herself has no love for the Starks. But those tears and wails hurt their cause.  {{Ref|aDwD|41}} When Theon does lead her to the level of the modern Stark graves, Barbrey speculates concerning the lower levels and their current condition. She claims to have never been down there before. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
While observing the statues of former Kings, Dustin enquires on their names. But then insists on specifically finding the tomb of Eddard Stark. She notes that a longsword is missing from one of the tombs. Neither she  nor Theon can identify the occupant of that tomb. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} She later finds more longswords missing: those of [[Rickard Stark]] and [[Brandon Stark]]. {{Ref|aDwD|41}} She explained much of her history and story to [[Theon Greyjoy]].{{Ref|aDwD|41}} <ref>Pages 536-548</ref> She claims to have been watching for any sign of Eddard Stark's bones. They had been send north by [[Catelyn Tully]], but never got past Moat Cailin. She intents to get hold of the bones, supposedly to feed them to her dogs. When preparing to leave the crypts, Barbrey reserves a last "lingering" look for the statue of Eddard. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
Dustin during the ascent from the crypts. Just after exiting the crypts, she warns Theon to not repeat her words to anyone. Theon gets the message that he either holds his tongue, or loses said tongue to Lady Dustin. She notes that Roose trained Theon well. {{Ref|aDwD|41}}
 
 
 
Snow continues falling on Winterfell, day and night. The long-expected enemy, Stannis, has yet to arrive. During a conversation mentioning Stannis, Lady Dustin offers her own take on the subject. She believes that Stannis is lost in the snowstorm, leagues away from Winterfell. Likely dead or dying. If the snowstorm continues, Stannis and his entire army will be buried beneath the snows. Theon silently agrees, but fears that Winterfell and everyone in it will share the same fate. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
 
 
 
The following day, [[Hosteen Frey]] and Wyman Manderly have an intense argument. With several of their men ready to join them if the two came to blows. Barbrey Dustin and Roger Ryswell use quiet words to calm everyone down. Roose himself stays silent. Theon recognizes uneasiness and a hint of fear in the eyes of Lord Bolton. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
 
 
 
Following the murder of [[Yellow Dick]], Roose asks "Abel" to sing at the Great Hall. Providing entertainment to the gathered crowd. "Abel" initially chooses moody songs, and Lady Dustin asks for something more cheerful. The bard replies by singing first "[[The Queen Took Off Her Sandal, the King Took Off His Crown]]", then "[[The Bear and the Maiden Fair]]". The Freys join the singing, and a few northmen slam their fists on the table to the chorus. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
 
 
 
Theon takes a long walk outside during the snowstorm, then returns to his chambers. He is still stripping off his wet clothes, when summoned to the Great Keep. Roose Bolton, Barbrey Dustin, Roger Ryswell, and [[Aenys Frey]] are all expecting him in the solar. Reports of his recent wandering have reached them, making Theon a suspect for a recent series of murders in Winterfell. Lady Dustin asks Theon to take off his gloves, and examines his missing fingers. Aenys instists that Theon can still handle using a sword or dagger. Dustin laughs at the Frey and calls him a fool. She claims that Theon hardly has enough strength to handle a spoon. Not enough to use a dagger, and certainly not enough to wrestle with Yellow Dick. {{Ref|aDwD|46}} Theon privately wonders whether Dustin has told any of the three men about the crypts and their missing swords. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
 
  
Aenys suggests Wyman Manderly and his knights as suspects. Dustin replies that "night work is not knight's work". She then turns the conversation to the [[Red Wedding]]. If Wyman hates the Freys, it is because the man lost kin at their Wedding. But the [[House Umber|Umbers]], [[House Flint|Flints]], [[House Cerwyn|Cerwyns]], [[House Tallhart|Tallharts]], and [[House Slate|Slates]] all had men serving with Robb Stark, and all lost them at the Wedding. Therefore all have reasons to hate the Freys. Roger helpfully points out that the Ryswells and Dustins of Barrowton also lost men there. With a "feral smile" Dustin makes clear that she too bears a grudge against the Freys and announces:
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She cannot abide the presence of [[Ramsay Bolton]] as she suspects (correctly) that he had a hand in her nephew [[Domeric Bolton|Domeric]]'s death. While she appears to be loyal to [[House Bolton]], she bears a grudge against [[House Frey]] due to the fact that several of her own men were killed at the [[Red Wedding]]. She pointed this out to [[Aenys Frey]] when several suspicious deaths occured in Winterfell and stated:
  
{{Quote|''"The North remembers, Frey"'' {{Ref|aDwD|46}} }}
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{{Quote|''"The North remembers, Frey"'' <ref>[[A Dance with Dragons]], [[A Ghost in Winterfell (A Dance with Dragons)|A Ghost in Winterfell]]</ref>}}
  
The following day, Theon recalls that the Ryswells were one of several houses sworn to House Stark for countless generations. Making their current loyalty uncertain. {{Ref|aDwD|46}}
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Greyjoy was ordered by her to show her the [[House Stark|Stark]] crypts, where Lady Barbrey stated that if Lord Eddard's bones, which were heading North before [[Moat Cailin]] was seized by the Ironborn, were ever discovered she would ensure they were never put to rest in the Stark crypts to spite Lord Eddard's shade for never returning her husband's bones to her.
  
 
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Revision as of 23:34, 15 April 2013

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Title Lady of Barrowton
Allegiance House Ryswell
Spouse Lord Willam Dustin
Book(s)

A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons

Lady Barbrey Ryswell, better known as Barbrey Dustin, is the Lady of Barrowton. She is the eldest daughter of Lord Rodrik Ryswell and the widow of Lord Willam Dustin.[1]

Character and Appearance

Barbrey Ryswell has wrinkles around her mouth and eyes but she is still tall, unbent and handsome. Her hair is equal parts brown and grey, wearing it tied behind her head in a widow's knot. While intelligent, she has grown into a very bitter woman over the years.

History

In her youth she was infatuated with Brandon Stark, who took her maidenhead. She claims Brandon never wanted to marry Catelyn Tully and that the match was made when Lord Rickard Stark's maester put the idea in Lord Rickard's head. Lady Dustin is extremely distrustful of maesters in general and refers to them as "grey rats."

When her husband rode off to war, she gifted him with a fine red steed, the pride of her father's herd. Lord Willam swore he would return to her mounted on the horse. After the war Lord Eddard returned the steed to her, but not her lord husband. She bears an intense grudge against Eddard Stark for not bringing her husband's (who died at the Tower of Joy) bones north with him so she could bury him at his ancestral home.

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

She is present at the Bolton wedding of Ramsay Bolton and the fake Arya Stark.[2],[3] She explained much of her history and story to Theon Greyjoy.[4]

She cannot abide the presence of Ramsay Bolton as she suspects (correctly) that he had a hand in her nephew Domeric's death. While she appears to be loyal to House Bolton, she bears a grudge against House Frey due to the fact that several of her own men were killed at the Red Wedding. She pointed this out to Aenys Frey when several suspicious deaths occured in Winterfell and stated:

"The North remembers, Frey" [5]

Greyjoy was ordered by her to show her the Stark crypts, where Lady Barbrey stated that if Lord Eddard's bones, which were heading North before Moat Cailin was seized by the Ironborn, were ever discovered she would ensure they were never put to rest in the Stark crypts to spite Lord Eddard's shade for never returning her husband's bones to her.

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rodrick
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bethany
 
Roose
Bolton
 
Barbrey
 
Willam
Dustin
 
Roger
 
Rickard
 
Roose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sons
 
Domeric
Bolton
 


References and Notes