Eddard Stark

Name: Eddard Stark

Gender: Male

Age: Mid to late thirties

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire

Journal: winter_came

Typist: Wil

Quick Biography

Eddard Stark, informally called "Ned", is Lord of Winterfell, Lord Paramount of the North, and Warden of the North. He and Catelyn Tully Stark have five children, and he claims a bastard son, Jon Snow.

From the age of eight, Ned was fostered by Jon Arryn at the Eyrie, alongside Robert Baratheon. Ned befriended Robert, and came to consider Lord Arryn a second father. After Ned's father and brother died by command of King Aerys II, the king demanded that Arryn send him the heads of the two wards. Arryn refused and instead launched a rebellion, in which Ned and Robert joined as lords of their houses and chief commanders. Shortly before the final battles of the rebellion, Ned married Catelyn Tully, who had been betrothed to Ned's brother Brandon before his death. Ned was present, along with Howland Reed, at a tower on the Dornish border known as the "tower of joy" when his sister Lyanna died there, an incident surrounded in mystery that haunted Ned ever after.

Once the conflict had ended and Robert had taken the throne, Ned returned home, bringing with him a bastard son, Jon, about whose origins he refused to speak, even to his own wife; he quickly silenced rumors that the boy's mother was the Dornish noblewoman Ashara Dayne. He spent the next fifteen years as Lord of Winterfell, a task he had never expected and did not always feel equal to; he rarely left his lands, and did not involve himself in the complex intrigues of the southern courts.

After Jon Arryn's death, King Robert travelled to Winterfell to ask Eddard to replace Arryn as Hand of the King, the monarch's closest advisor. Ned preferred to decline the request, but went south at his wife's urging to investigate Arryn's death. He discovered that Robert's children were actually the product of incest between Robert's wife Cersei and her brother, Jaime Lannister. Pursuing his usual forthright, honorable approach, he confronted Cersei with this knowledge, giving her a warning to flee while she could. Instead, Cersei used her time to orchestrate Robert's assassination and buy off the city watch, known as the Gold Cloaks. Ned trusted Petyr Baelish to keep the Gold Cloaks loyal to him, but Baelish betrayed him. Cersei had Ned imprisoned for treason. Although Ned's daughter Sansa, who was betrothed to King Joffrey, pleaded for Ned's life, Joffrey unexpectedly had him executed, against Cersei and her council's wishes. Ilyn Payne, the King's Justice, decapitated Eddard with his own greatsword, Ice, in public view with his daughters Arya and Sansa present.


Eddard is in his mid-thirties. He has a long face, dark hair, and grey eyes. His closely-trimmed beard is beginning to grey. He is neither as large nor as handsome as his brother Brandon was.


Eddard is known for his sense of honor and justice; he dislikes deceit, intrigue, and secrecy. Though his family finds him kind, some consider his reserved personality a sign of coldness and disdain. Ned feels that a ruler must be there to hear a condemned man's final words and to take the mans life himself otherwise killing becomes easy and Ned believes that killing should never be easy. Eddard holds this honor about himself throughout his time in the novels. Ned is also a devout worshiper of the Old Gods, the gods of the First Men. These gods are also said to be the gods of the children of the forest, and are worshipped in a godswood.


  • Family: Robb Stark, though the family looks like it's on the way to expending. Robb's wife, Angelique. The second of four Starks in his brood, Ned's youngest (and only living) sibling is Benjen Stark.
  • Lovers: His wife, whom he never quite stopped pining for, Catelyn Tully.
  • Score card (People they snogged without dating): He had dinner with Marguerite Blakeney and kissed her in the library, just once.
  • Friends: Parsifal, Titus Groan, Will Treaty.
  • Enemies: Lannisters and Greyjoys.
  • Allies: Oberyn Martell (though awkwardly).
  • Affiliations (to a particular group, of origin, or not): The Westerosis.

RP Canon

At Ye Olde Mansion

His experience at the Mansion has consisted, so far, of having uncomfortable conversations with various people and being reunited with his son. His greatest feat, at the time, was pulling him and his fiance of the fire which Steerpike had ignited in the elven wing.

In 2010

Ned spent some time befriending Marguerite Blakeney and worrying about his missing wife and children. He also got very busy preparing his first trueborn's wedding, Robb, who apparently managed to never mention his marriage to Jeyne Westerling (which is convenient, considering).

Ned has met, in no particular order:

  • 11-12, who offered to help with the wedding, considering his intimate friendship with the bride;
  • Angélique, his son's newliwed wife;
  • Tsuzuki, who seems to look up to him, at times;
  • Eeyore, who is good at being gloomy with Ned;
  • Fuchsia Groan, whom he took to Belize to get her head fixed, and has been feeling protective of;
  • Isolfr, a good friend of his son's;
  • Jaenelle Angelline, who conjured a godswood just for him;
  • Jarvis, who was confused by the presence of another Stark;
  • Marguerite Blakeney, whom Ned once kissed, though it shan't go further, he insists;
  • Medraut, who reminds Ned of Theon;
  • Oberyn Martell, who managed to get Ned drunk at Robb's wedding, causing much typist glee;
  • Parsifal, a friend with whom Ned shares spirituality, if not religion;
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