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Catelyn Stark

Catelyn Stark

Catelyn married Ned Stark after King Aerys executed Ned's brother, Brandon, to whom Catelyn was betrothed. Though she barely knew Ned at the time of their wedding, their love has grown strong over the years, and as the Lady of Winterfell, Catelyn has raised his five legitimate children. Her husband's bastard, Jon Snow, however, is an embarrassment she has refused to accept.

Eddard "Ned" Stark

Eddard Ned Stark

A stoic, duty-bound and honorable lord, Ned Stark embodies the values of the northern realm over which he rules. Seventeen years ago, he left his home to rise up against the Mad King Aerys Targaryen , fighting alongside his longtime friend Robert Baratheon, who took control of the throne after the war. As Warden of the North, Ned returned to Winterfell with his bastard son, Jon Snow, who despite joining the household, has never been accepted by Ned's wife, Catelyn Stark.

Benjen Stark

Benjen Stark

Ned's younger brother and First Ranger of the Night's Watch, Benjen Stark is also a hero of Jon Snow's

Robb Stark

Robb Stark

As the oldest Stark son, Robb is heir to Winterfell, and very aware of the responsibilities that come with his title. Despite being the house's most important son, Robb has a close relationship with his bastard half-brother, Jon Snow, and is on good terms with Theon Greyjoy, his father's ward from the Iron Islands. His direwolf is named Grey Wind.

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Sansa has inherited her mother Catelyn's beauty, which should serve her well in the courtly world of knights and princes she dreams of inhabiting. But growing up in the northern reaches, where the only hardship she experiences are taunts from her sister, has left Sansa somewhat sheltered, and her naiveté won't help her in the world outside Winterfell's walls. Her direwolf is named Lady.

Arya Stark

Arya Stark

A young girl far more interested in wielding a blade than becoming a lady, Arya is constantly at odds with her prim sister, Sansa. Arya is very much her father's daughter, and Ned has a certain level of appreciation for the girl's rebellious attitude... up to a point. Her direwolf is named Nymeria.

Bran Stark

Bran Stark

Young Bran dreams of becoming a great knight while his brother, Robb, rules over Winterfell. The boy's natural curiosity and infectious humor endear him to all the members of the Stark household, though those same traits can land him in precarious – even dangerous – situations. His direwolf is named Summer.

Rickon Stark

Rickon Stark

At 6, Rickon is the youngest of the Stark children. His direwolf is named Shaggydog.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow

Ned Stark's bastard son, Jon has been raised at Winterfell on near-equal footing with his siblings. He joins the Night's Watch, following in the footsteps of his Uncle Benjen. His direwolf is named Ghost

Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy

Stark Household

A ward of House Stark, Theon came to Winterfell when he was 8. His wardship at Winterfell serves to ensure that his birth family will not take arms against the Starks and was initiated after his father, Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands, led a failed rebellion for independence against King Robert. Theon has reached a friendly detente with the Starks, but his cavalier actions and swaggering style contrast greatly with the staid ways of the North.

Luwin

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Stark Household

Maester of Winterfell, he provides wise counsel to the Stark family and serves as tutor to the children.

Jory Cassel

Jory Cassel

Stark Household

Jory is Captain of the Guard at Winterfell, where his uncle Rodrik is Master of Arms. He fought at the Siege of Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion.

Rodrik Cassel

Rodrik Cassel

Stark Household

Winterfell's Master at Arms, Ser Rodrik serves as the Starks' primary military and security adviser. He is also an expert in close combat and administers the Stark boys' warrior training

Mordane

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Stark Household

A member of the Stark staff, Septa Mordane serves as a governess to the girls at Winterfell. It is common for septas, who are female clergy members of the Faith of the Seven, to take on teaching positions in noble families.

Old Nan

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Stark Household

A servant and one-time nurse of a now-deceased generation of Starks, Nan's primary role these days is storytelling to the Stark children. She is forever spinning tales of the world beyond the Wall.

Hodor

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Stark Household

A simple-minded stableboy and grandson of Old Nan, Hodor serves the Stark family. He is believed to be descended from giants and can only express himself with the single word, "Hodor."

Game of Thrones Houses

House Stark

  • Flag Stark

  • The leading house of the North, the Starks reigned as Kings in the North until the Targaryen conquest after which they served as the region's warden for nearly 300 years. Following the execution of his father, Robb Stark served ties with King's Landing and declared himself King in the North. That bid for independence came to a violent halt when Walder Frey and Roose Bolton murdered Robb and Catelyn Stark at a massacre known as The Red Wedding. In an alliance arranged by Petyr baelish, Sansa Stark returned to Winterfell and married Ramsay Bolton, who terrorized her. Sansa escaped and reunited with her half-brother Jon Snow. Together, with help from Littlefinger they were able to take back Winterfell, and Jon was proclaimed King in the North.

  • ➲ Brandon Stark
  • Bran the Builder was a legendary member of the First Men from the Age of Heroes, the founder of House Stark, during a time when House Dustin of Barrowton ruled The North. Many famous structures are attributed to have been built under his direction (hence his nickname of "the Builder"), including Winterfell and most famously the Wall, which according to legend, he raised with the aid of giants. Also according to legend, it is said he aided Durran with the construction of Storm's End. After a thousand years of war in the North, House Stark eventually took control over the land. But it still took him many years to make all northern houses kneel to him.

  • ➲ The North
  • The North is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms. It was formerly a sovereign realm known as the Kingdom of the North before the Targaryen conquest and later during the War of the Five Kings and Daenerys Targaryen's invasion of Westeros. Along with the Vale of Arynn, it currently recognizes Daenerys as its' sovereign, although it continues to be ruled from Winterfell by House Stark.

    The North is ruled from the castle of Winterfell by House Stark. It is the largest of the nine major regions of the continent, almost equal in size to the other eight combined. Its total population, however, is under one million, meaning it has fewer residents than city of King's Landing.

    According to legend, the Kingdom of the North was established eight thousand years ago by Bran the Builder, the founder of House Stark, who constructed the Wall as a shield against the possible return of the White Walkers. The North is the only region where the First Men were able to successfully resist the Andal Invasion, six thousand years before the War of the Five Kings. As a result the North is the only region of Westeros in which the ethnic makeup is predominantly First Men, and the only region where the culture, customs, and traditions of the First Men still predominate. Among these is the belief that the man who passes the sentence of death must swing the sword himself. In particular, the religion of the First Men, the worship of the Old Gods of the Forest, is still the dominant faith in the North. The Faith of the Seven introduced into southern Westeros by the Andals has found little foothold in the North. As a result, warriors from the North are not "knights", because "knighthood" is a code of values associated with the Faith of the Seven. However, mounted warriors are still an honored and esteemed military asset in the North, so that while northmen like Ned Stark may not carry the title "Ser", Northern cavalry are functionally equivalent to mounted knights.

    Bastard children of noble blood born in the North are given the surname Snow. People of the North are known as Northmen (or Northerners), and, derogatorily as wolves, in reference to the sigil of House Stark.

 

Winterfell

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The home of the Stark family has stood for millennia in the North, and the winding tombs beneath the castle tell the history of the many Stark kings and lords who have dwelled in it. The fortified keep sits atop a series of hot springs, which makes the harsh winter months somewhat more livable.

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Winterfell was the seat of the Stark family for generations until one-time Stark ward Theon Greyjoy seized the castle for his father during the War of Five Kings. Roose Bolton's bastard son, Ramsay Snow took it back but left it in ruins. Tywin Lannister awarded the castle to Lord Bolton after the Red Wedding for his service to the crown.