|Died||In 298 AC, at King's Landing|
A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Desmond is a member of the guards of Winterfell, he is killed in King's Landing in the Stark household purge. Since Eddard had sent most of his best swords with Ser Beric Dondarrion to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice, he is probably not considered amoung the best of the House Stark guardsmen.
A Game of Thrones
Desmond accompanies Lord Eddard party to the execution of a deserter from the Night's Watch. Desmond admits Maester Luwin to see Eddard in Catelyn chambers, when he brought a coded later from Lysa.
Desmond was one of the guards that goes south with Lord Eddard, when he becomes Hand to the King. He present Yoren, the night watch recruiter before Eddard and later soothe Arya worries about her father, telling her every northman is worth ten southron swords.
Desmond was killed in the Stark household purge following Lord Eddard arrest. Arya, finding his body in the stable, remembers him telling her they would protect her father. She also remembers him telling her that a northern sword is worth ten southern swords and notes that there is only the body of one guardsman from House Lannister near him. Arya kicks his body, calling him a liar.