House Cassel

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House Cassel
House Cassel.svg
Coat of arms Ten white wolves' heads, 4-3-2-1, on grey with a black border
(Cendrée, ten wolves' heads 4-3-2-1 white within a bordure sable)
Head Lady Beth Cassel
Region The north

House Cassel is a minor house of the north in the service of the Starks of Winterfell. According to a semi-canon source, they blazon their arms with ten white wolf heads on grey with a black border.[1]


Martyn Cassel was killed at the Tower of Joy in the Red Mountains of Dorne during a battle with three members of Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard. Lord Eddard Stark buried him there in a cairn.[2]

Martyn fathered four sons, yet only Jory lived to be a man. Jory was among those who attended the wedding of Eddard and Catelyn Tully. In his attempt to remove the dress from Catelyn, he tore it.[3]

Martyn's brother, Ser Rodrik Cassel, was married three times and had only daughters. His only surviving child is Beth.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Jory Cassel is captain of the guards at Winterfell,[5] while Ser Rodrik Cassel is the master-at-arms at the castle.[5]

Jory takes part in the Hand's tourney.[6] He is slain by Lannister red cloaks in King's Landing.[7] Jory's body is sent north to be buried next to his grandfather at Winterfell.[2]

Rodrik accompanies Catelyn Stark south to King's Landing[8] and east to the Eyrie.[9] He returns to Winterfell after being named castellan by Catelyn.[10]

A Clash of Kings

Rodrik departs to take care of the Hornwood inheritance after Lady Donella Hornwood is kidnapped.[11] He breaks Dagmer Cleftjaw's shield wall at Torrhen's Square and ends the siege of the ironborn.[12]

Theon Greyjoy uses Beth as a hostage to prevent her father from storming Winterfell. During the attempt to retake Winterfell, Rodrik is slain by Ramsay Snow.[13]

A Feast for Crows

Beth is a captive at the Dreadfort.[14]

House Cassel at the end of the third century

The known Cassels during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members

  • Unnamed Cassel, Rodrik and Martyn's father. He is buried at Winterfell.[2]
    • His wife, Rodrik and Martyn's mother. She is forty years dead at the start of the series.[8]
three wives
Three sons


It is speculated that the Cassels might descend from a bastard of House Stark. See House Cassel/Theories for more information about it.