Lord of Winterfell|
Warden of the North
|Born||In or between 230 AC and 249 AC, at Winterfell|
|Died||In 282 AC, at King's Landing|
|Spouse||Lady Lyarra Stark|
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The son of Edwyle Stark and Marna Locke, Rickard married his cousin once removed Lyarra Stark and had four children: Brandon, Eddard, Lyanna and Benjen. He negotiated the betrothals of Brandon and Lyanna to Catelyn Tully and Robert Baratheon, respectively. According to Barbrey Dustin the southern marriages were the idea of Rickard's maester at the time, Walys Flowers.
Before any of the marriages could take place Lyanna disappeared. Brandon held Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the heir to the throne, responsible and went with a small company of young nobles to King's Landing to challenge Rhaegar. Aerys II had them all imprisoned on charges of conspiring to kill the crown prince and summoned their fathers to answer for the crimes of their sons. The nobles went and were immediately executed with their sons by Aerys. As was his right, Rickard demanded a trial by combat. Ser Jaime Lannister relates that Aerys granted Rickard's request but to Aerys, the Targaryen champion was fire. He had Rickard burned, with the pyromancer Rossart lighting a fire beneath him while Rickard was dressed in his armor. Brandon was made to watch his father die with a noose around his neck and a sword just out of his reach. Trying to reach the sword to save his father, Brandon strangled himself.
In the crypts of Winterfell there is a statue of Rickard at his tomb, which is flanked by those of Brandon and Lyanna. Rickard's engraving is said to match his appearance in life with a "long, stern face."
References and Notes
- See the Rickard Stark calculation.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Stark Linage.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.