House Stark of Winterfell is one of the great houses of Westeros and the principal noble house of the North; many lesser houses are sworn to them. In days of old they ruled as Kings of Winter; since the Targaryen Conquest they have been Wardens of the North. Their seat, Winterfell, is an ancient castle renowned for its strength.
Their sigil is a grey direwolf racing across a field of white, and their words are "Winter Is Coming", one of only a few house mottoes to be a warning rather than a boast. Members of the family tend to be lean of build and long of face, with dark brown hair and grey eyes.
Winterfell is the ancestral castle and seat of power of House Stark and is considered to be the capital of the North. It is located in the center of the northern province of the Seven Kingdoms, on the kingsroad that runs from Storm's End to the Wall. It is situated at the eastern edge of the wolfswood, north of the western branch of the White Knife and Castle Cerwyn. Winterfell is south of the northern mountains and southwest of Long Lake, one hundred leagues (three hundred miles) southeast of Deepwood Motte.
Winterfell was supposedly built by Brandon the Builder over eight thousand years ago, with the help of giants. For most of recorded history Winterfell was the seat of House Stark, the Kings in the North and later as Wardens of the North, after King Torrhen Stark bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror and his dragons. As the regional capital of the North, harvest feasts have been hosted in Winterfell for centuries.
Winterfell is a huge castle complex spanning several acres, consisting of two massive walls and a village located just outside called the "winter town". Winterfell itself has been built around an ancient godswood and over natural hot springs. The water is piped through walls and chambers to heat them, making Winterfell more comfortable than other castles during the harsh northern winters.
Inside the walls, the complex is composed of dozens of courtyards and small open spaces. Weapons training and practice take place in those yards. The inner ward is a second, much older open space in the castle where archery practice takes place. It is located next to the broken tower. Inside Winterfell stands the Inner Castle, which contains the Great Keep and the Great Hall.
Prior to A Song BeginsEdit
Under Rickon of the House Stark, the north saw the Lord Paramounts who had ruled over them for so long once again. Though the Starks had sided with Robert Baratheon in the war of the usurper, Aegon, in his peacefulness, gave the Starks mercy, and drew back the Boltons back to their home, the dreadfort. Longclaw, a bastard sword and the sword of Jon Snow was given to Lord Stark by the Night's Watch when Jon died. It is capped by a snarling wolf's head of pale stone with chips of garnet for the eyes, to reflect Jon's heritage. The blade itself is Valyrian steel, old and light and deadly sharp.
In 579 AL, The North and the Iron Islands had been fighting a war for seven years. This war was long and hard on both regions and there was no end in sight. It wasn't until Rodwell Stark and Beron Harlaw met and discussed a truce that the war came to an end. Beron had strong beliefs against the Iron Island's old ways and wanted to bring about a new age. An accord was struck between the two lord's, promising to unite the regions in marriage in the coming years. The marriage has yet to take place, but now that both of the lord's have children of age, that day is soon coming where they must face their promise.
The North has since seen years of peace and prosperity under the lordship of the Starks for three hundred and four years. A new era is rising under the crowning of Lucerys of house Targaryen and the northern lords are looking for guidance from their Lord Paramount Rodwell Stark. Will this be a time of peace or a time of transition and war. In the words of the Starks; “Winter is coming.”
A Song BeginsEdit
604 AL -
When King Aemond VI died, his son Lucerys took the throne. During the coronation feast of the King, Lord Rodwell and Lady Anya Stark were poisoned. Walton Stark declares himself the new King in the North during his marriage to Anarya Harlaw.
Rodwell Stark born 557 AL, Lord Paramount of the North and Lord of Winterfell deceased
Anya Stark (Arryn) born 558 AL, Lady of Winterfell deceased
Bethany Stark born 598AL, daughter of Rodwell Stark
Edrick Stark born in 579 AL,Lord of Wolf's Den
Maester: Maester Leo, born 540AC, has been assigned to Winterfell since 584AC.
Steward: Briam Cassel, born 563AC.
Master-at-arms and Castellan: Ser Martyn Lake, born 567AC.
Captian of the guard: Harwin Moss, born 564AC.
Master of horse: Alyn Moss, born 581AC.
Septa and tutor: Septa Layna, born 536AC.
Septon: Septon Alyx, born 543AC, keeper of the sept and library in Winterfell.
Blacksmith and armorer: Arnell, born 561AC.
Kennel Master: Kyle, born 575AC.
Cook: Mern, born 550AC.
Guards: Rickard Snow