Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Game of Thrones History: House Stark and The North

Warning: Contains spoilers if you have not caught up with the t.v series.
The North
Covers the area south of the wall to the hills and bogs of The Neck to the south, along with the sea to the east and to the west.

The area in Red shows the location of the North between the Wall and Southern Westeros
From what is understood, The North was founded 8000 years ago by Brandon the Builder. Brandon the Builder is the man who built the wall as a shield to protect against a possible return of the White Walkers.

The North is the only region in Westeros that resisted the Andal invasion and as a result of this it is the only place where the ethnic make-up of men is predominantly First Men. As a result of this the cultures, customs and traditions of the First Men dominate. 

The Faith of the Seven, brought to southern Westeros by the Andals, has found little foothold in the North. The dominant faith in the North is that of the Old Gods of the Forest. As a result warriors from the North are not known as ''knights'' because Knighthood is associated with The Faith of the Seven. However mounted warriors are still an honoured military in the North.

The North is ruled from the castle of Winterfell by House Stark

Bastards born in the North are given the surname Snow.

The Starks

The Starks trace their decent from Brandon the Builder and the ancient Kings of Winter. Until the Targaryen conquest, when Torrhen Stark swore fealty to Aegon the Dragon, the Starks ruled as Kings in the North. 

During the Targaryen conquest, Torrhen Stark marched his forces North to face them. When he saw their vast numbers and dragons, he decided swearing fealty was better than fighting a losing battle. He was then made Lord Paramount of the North and served as Warden of the North.

Robb Stark became Lord after his father Eddard Stark was beheaded for treason. Robb was declared King in the North by his bannermen and was fighting to secede from the Seven Kingdoms in what is known as The War of the Five Kings. However he was murdered at his uncles wedding for breaking a promise to Lord Walder Frey. His mother Catelyn was also murdered at the wedding.

Bran and Rickon are on their way North having escaped from Theon Greyjoy after he invaded Winterfell. 

Sansa Stark has returned to Winterfell and is betroth to Ramsay Snow/Bolton. We last see her jumping from a castle wall with Theon Greyjoy.

Arya Stark has found her way to the free city of Braavos and is on a journey to become a faceless man. Her latest lesson has seen her become blind for disobeying orders.