House Stark

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House Stark
Words "Winter is Comming"
Seat Winterfell
Region The North
Title Warden of the North
Heir Robb Stark
Overlord King Robert Baratheon
Cadet Branch House Karstark
Ancestral Weapon Ice
Founder Bran "the Builder"
Founded 9000 years ago

House Stark is the principal noble house in North; many lesser houses are sworn to them. Their seat is Winterfell. Their sigil is a grey direwolf on a field of white, and their words are "Winter Is Coming." Several of the main point of view characters of the series are members of House Stark.


The Starks are descended from Brandon the Builder, a lengendary figure from the Age of Heroes thousands of years in the past, who built Winterfell and the Wall. They were Kings of Winter in the North from the Age of Heroes beginning with Bran the Builder until Torrhen Stark submitted to Aegon the Conqueror at the end of the War of Conquest. Since that time the Starks have held the North for the kings of Westeros as Lords of Winterfell and Wardens of the North.

After Robert's Rebellion, the Starks have become a relatively small Great House. They share a common ancestor with the Karstarks, and may have distant relatives elsewhere in the North, possibly in White Harbor and Barrowtown. [1]

House genealogy

Lady of
Clan Flint
Someone of
House Royce
Lords out
The Vale
Tully Stark

Current members


Eddard Stark was lord of the house until his death, shortly after taking office as Hand of the King.

Catelyn Tully

Catelyn Stark is Lord Eddard's wife. She is the mother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon Stark.


Robb Stark is Lord Eddard's eldest legitimate son and heir. He took his father's position as lord of the house and later crowned himself King of the North before his death during the War of the Five Kings

Jeyne Westerling

Jeyne Westerling was the wife of Robb Stark.


Sansa Stark is Eddard and Catelyn's elder daughter, raised to be a perfect lady.


Arya Stark is Eddard and Catelyn's younger daughter, a fiercely independent tomboy.


Bran Stark is Catelyn and Eddard's second son, who becomes crippled and learns to warg.


Eddard's youngest child, only three years old when the series begins. Rickon is a naturally aggressive and strong-willed child, but his youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that come to his family and life. His direwolf companion is named Shaggydog.

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Shortly after Eddard's death in King's Landing, both Bran and Rickon shared a vision of their father's spirit in the crypts. As the turmoil of Eddard's death shakes his family, Rickon became largely unsupervised as his eldest brother and mother left to war, and his sisters were held captive at King's Landing. Alone with his crippled brother Bran at Winterfell, Rickon developed an unruly, often violent temper. His fear and rage were reflected in his direwolf, Shaggydog, who turned largely feral and attacked several people before being restrained. Several times, Bran's direwolf Summer was forced to fight Shaggydog into submission. Rickon hid with Bran in the crypts during Theon Greyjoy's brief reign at Winterfell. When Winterfell was sacked and burned by Ramsay Bolton, the brothers were separated for their safety. The wildling woman Osha took Rickon and Shaggydog to parts unknown.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is Eddard's bastard son, who was raised at Winterfell alongside his Stark half-sibilings.


Benjen Stark is Eddard Stark's younger brother, and the First Ranger of the Night's Watch. He is Eddard's last surviving sibling.

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When King Robert visited the Starks at Winterfell, Benjen was invited back to the castle. At the feast held in honor of the king, Benjen's talk with his nephew Jon Snow ultimately prompted the young bastard boy to join the Night's Watch. Benjen took Jon north with him after the visit. However, Benjen disappeared while ranging beyond the Wall shortly after he and Jon Snow arrived at Castle Black. Lord Commander Jeor Mormont refused to name a new First Ranger until Benjen was recovered, dead, alive or otherwise, but he has not been seen or heard from since.

Past and historical members


Eddard's elder brother, who died before the Usurper's Rebellion. He is described by those who knew him as taller, more handsome, and more passionate than Eddard. He was also an excellent swordsman and jouster.

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Brandon was betrothed to Catelyn Tully of Riverrun, but Petyr Baelish, a ward of Catelyn's father, loved Catelyn and challenged Brandon to a duel for her hand. Brandon won their duel, but did not kill him in concession to Catelyn's pleas. Brandon was on his way to Riverrun to wed Catelyn when word reached him of his sister Lyanna's supposed abduction by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Brandon and four companions rode to King's Landing and threatened Rhaegar's life. They were arrested by King Aerys and charged with plotting Rhaegar's murder. Their fathers were called to court to answer the charges. Brandon died while trying to save his father from being burned to death by King Aerys.


Eddard's only sister, Lyanna died at the end of Robert's Rebellion. She is described by many people who knew her as a spirited young woman and an excellent rider. She was said to exhibit the same Stark coloring as her brother Ned, and was regarded as beautiful.

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Lyanna was betrothed to Robert Baratheon, who was infatuated with her. Lyanna, however, was not as ardent in her love for Robert, and was fully aware of his philandering ways. However, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen crowned her Queen of Love and Beauty after winning the Harrenhal tourney, passing over his wife, the Dornish princess Elia, in her favor. The exact nature of her relationship with Rhaegar is not presently clear, but shortly thereafter Rhaegar apparently abducted her. Robert and Brandon Stark believed that Lyanna had been taken against her will. Their anger over the event triggered Robert's Rebellion. After the sack of King's Landing, Eddard and six companions went to retrieve Lyanna at the building Rhaegar had named the Tower of Joy. They fought three Kingsguard knights stationed there, who killed all but Eddard and Howland Reed. Eddard found Lyanna dying in a "bed of blood" and clutching a withered wreath of blue roses. She forced him to make a promise to her, the contents of which are unknown, but which haunted Eddard for the rest of his life. She was sixteen years old at the time of her death.

Other Starks

No precise lineage of House Stark is known, but the individuals listed below are supposed to be in rough chronological order.

  • Bran, the Builder, founder of house Stark and the first King of the North, builder of Winterfell castle and the Wall.
  • King Theon, the Hungry Wolf
  • King Jon
  • King Brandon, the Shipwright, loved sailing and built up a mighty Northern fleet.
  • King Brandon, the Burner, burned the entire Northern fleet after the disappearance of his father on the Sunset Sea.
  • King Jon
  • King Jonnel
  • King Jon
  • King Dorren
  • King Jon
  • King Jon, built the castle of White Harbor after driving away sea raiders.
  • King Rickard, defeated the Marsh King extending their kingdom to include the Neck.
  • King Rodrick
  • King Edrick
  • King Benjen, the Bitter
  • King Benjen, the Sweet
  • King Eyron
  • King Edderion, the Bridegroom
  • King Walton, the Moonking
  • King Brandon, the Bad
  • Karlon, a younger brother of the king and founder of the Karstarks.
  • King Jorah
  • King Jonos
  • King Edwyn, the Spring King
  • King Bran, the Daughterless
  • Torrhen, the King Who Knelt, The last King in the North, who bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror, making the North part of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Cregan, who fought Aemon the Dragonknight
  • Brandon
  • Barth
  • Jonnel
  • Rodwell
  • Beron
  • Donner
  • Artos, the Implacable
  • Willam
  • Edwyle
  • Rickard, killed by order of King Aerys Targaryen at the start of Robert's Rebellion.

Sworn Houses

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