History of the Starks
|World of Westeros - History|
|Monday, 11 January 2010 14:02|
By ancient custom, an iron longsword had been laid across the lap of each who had been Lord of Winterfell, to keep the vengeful spirits in their crypts. The oldest had long ago rusted away to nothing, leaving only a few red stains where the metal had rested on stone. Ned wondered if that meant those ghosts were free to roam the castle now. He hoped not. The first Lords of Winterfell had been men hard as the land they ruled. In the centuries before the Dragonlords came over the sea, they had sworn allegiance to no man, styling themselves the Kings in the North.
— Game of Thrones
The legendary Brandon the Builder aside, the Starks still possess a long and proud history. The Lords of Winterfell — and the Kings of the North before them — have an unbroken familial line extending 8,000 years. Through time and determination, they rose to a point of prominence over all the other houses of the North, establishing a kingdom that lasted for millennia. The most pivotal of the Stark kings is likely the last one, Torrhen Stark. It was he who bent his knee to Aegon the Conqueror rather than pitch his lands into war. His crown was given over to the invading Targaryen and has not been seen since.
Another notable Stark is Brandon the Shipwright, who disappeared after trying to sail west across the Sunset Sea. His tomb lies empty. His son, also a Brandon, was known as the Burner for torching his father’s fleet in grief. Other notable Starks include King Theon, known as the Hungry Wolf for his warlike nature, and King Rodrik, who is said to have won Bear Island in a wrestling match.
|Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2010 14:29|