|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 Rhaenyra Targaryen's claim to the Iron 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 during the Dance of the Dragons.
Lord Roderick Dustin commanded the first host of northmen who marched south, men who feared a long winter. They were followed by a larger host led by Lord Cregan, many of whose men were childless, homeless, unwed, or young sons marching to war to spare their families from supporting them in winter. Cregan's host was denied combat, however, by the poisoning of King Aegon II Targaryen. Lord Stark had intended to punish the leaders of Aegon II's greens, but Lord Corlys Velaryon had already sent envoys seeking peace.
Cregan held court at King's Landing for six days, a time known as the Hour of the Wolf. Acting in the name of the eleven-year-old King Aegon III Targaryen, who named him Hand of the King, Cregan had twenty-two men arrested for the murder of Aegon II, among them Lord Larys Strong and Corlys Velaryon. Cregan Stark served as Hand for a day, presiding over the trials and executions. Most of the accused, led by Ser Perkin the Flea, agreed to join the Night's Watch, but Ser Gyles Belgrave of the Kingsguard and Larys the Clubfoot chose death. Cregan married Black Aly Blackwood in exchange for honoring Aegon III's pardon of Lord Corlys. Lord Stark resigned as Hand the following day and returned to the North. Many of the northmen who had marched to King's Landing with him remained in the south, however.