Cregan Karstark

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House Karstark.svgCregan KarstarkHouse Karstark.svg
Allegiance House Karstark
Culture Northmen
Born In or before 249 AC[1]Karhold[2]
Father Arnolf Karstark
  • 1st: Unknown[3]
  • 2nd: Unknown[3]
Book A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Cregan Karstark is a member of House Karstark, the eldest son of Arnolf Karstark, and the cousin of Lord Rickard Karstark of Karhold.[4]

Appearance and Character

Cregan is a strong man with brown hair, streaked with grey, a beard and mustache. He has broad shoulders.[5]

Cregan is twice a widower having outlived both of his wives.[3] Alys Karstark and her brothers always refer to Cregan as their uncle even though he actually is their first cousin once removed.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Cregan and his father conspire to marry him to Alys Karstark, the daughter of the late Rickard Karstark, the previous Lord of Karhold.[6] According to Alys, after the wedding Cregan and Arnolf plan to have her brother, Lord Harrion, Lord Rickard's heir, killed by the Lannisters, who currently hold him prisoner at Maidenpool. That way, they wish to claim the lordship of Karhold for Cregan. Alys fears that Cregan may kill her once she has given birth to his child. To avoid the marriage all together, Alys flees north to the Wall and requests protection from the Night's Watch.[3] Cregan follows her with four men-at-arms, a huntsman, and a pack of dogs. He arrives at Castle Black a day after Alys does, and is subsequently arrested and thrown in the ice cells before he can claim the guest right, together with four of his men, while the fifth is slain.[5] After Alys is married to Sigorn, the new Magnar of Thenn, Lord Commander Jon Snow confronts him, offering him the option of taking the black, telling him that Alys has agreed to allow every man from Karhold who had betrayed her to do so. When Cregan refuses, Jon tells him he might feel different the next day, or the next year, but warns him that sooner or later King Stannis Baratheon will return to the Wall, and can put Cregan to death if he wants to, unless Cregan wears a cloak of the Night's Watch.[5]

Cregan remains in the ice cells, and takes to howling in the night. He additionally begins to throw his frozen feces at the men who bring him his food. When snowstorms start to bury the access to the ice cells, Jon Snow orders Cregan moved to the undervault of the Lord Commander's Tower. Cregan attempts to attack the men of the Night's Watch when they move him, but has been weakened by the cold in the ice cells.[7]

Quotes about Cregan

Once Cregan gets a child by me they won't need me anymore. He's buried two wives already.[3]


first wife
second wife
Six grandsons
[Note 1]
  1. It is not known whether these are the sons of Cregan, Arthor or one of their sisters.