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House Starke
is a major Vandal house located inside the Kingdom of Lucerne, and dominating the town of Stormwind. They hold one of the permanent spots on the Kings Council, due to being co-lord of Stormwind alongside House Lannister. As a Arch Lord House the ranks of House Starke's vassals inluding a huge amount of land northwest of Stormwind, and it is from these lands that a large portion of their wealth arrives from.

House Stark's sigil is a direwolf on a white field, sometimes white and green. Their family motto is "Winter is Coming", which is a token send off to the old ways of their ancient homeland of Norway.

House Starke was once the masters of Karhold in Westros but after the two leading men of House Starke at the time came to conflict the house split in two with the loyalists to Jordin Starke heading west towards the Valley of Lucerne, and the members following Josin Starke stayed in Karhold and became the leading power. Since their arrival in Stormwind they have grown to one of the most powerful houses in the entire Kingdom of Lucerne, and only their conflict with House Lannister could be made into perhaps a problem for them.

History

Main Article : The First Kingdom of Bolten

Early History

The Earliest moments for the founding of House Starke came as with many Germanic tribes as The Great Migration moved their people southward they would find themselves in The Empire.

Karhold

See Also : Karhold

The next evolution of House Starke begin as they would start leaving the Empire and found their way past Arnor into the region of Westros. When they arrived in Westros they kept moving south until they arrived in what is now the Bolten region. When they arrived in Bolten they begin setting up roots, and quickly through handwork, and the strength of their early leaders they became the leading House in the region. As the region surrounding them became known as Karhold the House became leaders in their own right, and came to be known as the King of Karhold. During this time the House was led by Jordin Starke, and he was silently facing resistance from his brother Josin Starke, who wanted to rule on his own without his brother.

Fall of the Kingdom of Winter

Main Article : House Starke Civil War

Josin Starke

Brenten Starke

Once my son, there were four sons, and a single daughter all born your great ancestor Brenten Starke. The first son was a noble knight, and the destined heir. The second son was a scared, evil young man that was hated by many, and loved by none. The third son was the spitting image of the first son, and he followed at his brother's heels. The final son was a quiet by educated man that made strong friends, and was beloved by many, and hated by none. The daughter was a sweet girl loved deeply by her siblings, and it was only the dark love of the second son that would tarnish her.
Eddard Starke to Robb, and Brann Starke

In the trailing days of the Kingdom of Winter, the Lord of House Starke in Brenten Starke would sit and look at his family. He had four sons, and one daughter of which his oldest son Brenten the second was his heir and beloved by the people of the land. His second son Artolf was a twisted man, that had spent too much time in the hands of the Urnet's, and Boltens and had been twisted by that influence. The third son Eddard had spent his life as a squire for the Hornwoods, and had the love of the east. The final son Rodrik was a quiet young man that while skilled with horse, and sword was more apt to be found reading then he was to be found fighting. The final child in the form of his daughter Lyanna Starke I. was beloved by all of the Starke's, but the love her brother Artolf had for her was a dark taboo that she kept secret for fear of his wrath. This peace would end in a most tragic way, as following an attempt by a northern house to leave the Kingdom of Winter the King of Winter would send his son Brenten to end the rebellion, and during the attempt he was accidently killed by an arrow from his own men. The death of Brenten Starke II. would send the entire house into a tailspin as everyone agreed tht in no way should Artolf be named heir, and when Brenten told Artolf that he was being passed over in favor of Eddard, it was with great rage that Artolf fled Karhold, and made his way to the Dreadfort with his sister Lyanna as a silent captive.

When Brenten died the whole thing just fell apart I suppose. It was his unquestionable right to the throne that held all from even thinking treasonous thoughts, and then with him gone every coward, and evil man in the land came of the woods to spin their webs.
Eddard Starke to Robb, and Brann Starke.

The fleeing of Artolf, and the kidnapping of Lyanna Starke caused Brenten great sadness, and despite the ability to storm the Dreadfort he feared the death of Lyanna and thus continued for the rest of his sickness shortened life to get his son to return to Karhold. Upon the death of Brenten Starke the Winter Kingdom would fall to Eddard Starke I., and Eddard sent another letter to his brother and this time his brother would send word that he wished to return to Karhold and be forgiven by his family. Rodrik Starke would plead with his brother not to allow him to return, and when Eddard rejected his please Rodrik would flee the Winter Kingdom with his family for the Moonset Islands. When Artolf Starke arrived he arrived with the heir to House Bolten, and House Urnet, and after a happy meeting the city would awake to news that Eddard Starke had been killed in his sleep. Outside the city the armies of the Urnets, and Boltens had arrived and the search begin for Eddard's family, but they could not be found because Rodrik had arrived in the night and taken them out of the city and moved them by boat westward into the Divine Lands where the Goths of the Winter Kingdom had no reach. Following this Artolf Starke would rename himself Artolf Karstark and alongside the children he had fathered with his sister Lyanna his family became known as the Karstarks after the city they had taken. Artolf would be shocked though when instead of ruling the Winter Kingdom he found himself pushed aside as the Boltens set up a council of which quickly became the Boltens ruling the land, and despite his attempts to resist this he watched the name of the Kingdom change, and the Winter Crown was forgotten.

Stormwind

See Also : Stormwind

Conflict with Lannisters

See Also : House Lannister

Lucernian Invasion of Gondor

Main Article : Gondor War with Stormwind

Founding of Anthor

Game of Rivers

Main Article : Lucernian Invasion of the Riverlands

Invasion of Westbridge

Main Article : Invasion of Westbridge


First Bolten-Lucerne War

Main Article : First Bolten-Lucerne War

Domeric Bolten1
"The Kingdom of Bolten was the first time we were ever met agressively by an oponent, and at first we were shocked at their actions. I determined quickly that they had to be stopped at any cost, and this led to our promise to defend our two major allies in the region, and a massive influx of our troops into the region."
-William Lovie III.

With the taking of Westbrige the region of Bolten became more interested in its own growth and in particular they really wanted to get the Lucernian army involved in pitch battles which they had the numbers to survive. In order to do this they begin threatening several allies of Lucerne in western Westros in the form of Koenisburg, and the town of Jeutenburg. While these threats rancheted up the Kingdom of Lucerne did exactly what the Boltens hoped they would do when they brought huge forces to bear on the defences of the Westros river crossing of Levin. The Lucernians also made it known that any action taken against their allies in Koenisburg, or Jeutenburg would be deemed a decleration of war against Lucerne itself. This promice to defend meant a lot to the two towns, and most believed that with that the conflict would be ended before any blood was spilled. This idea changed quickly when the Kingdom of Bolten sacked Jeutenburg in a massive siege that took place in the guise of a peace mission.

House Karstark

The members of House Karstark and their old House members in House Starke are now mortal enemies due to the betrayal the members of the now House Karstark did against their former House in House Starke. This has led to numerous clashes between the members during trades, and other chance meetings.

There is great conflict amongst the fact that House Karstark continues to use the Stark in their name, and the motto of House Karstark continues to be the same as the one held by House Starke.

Noteable Members

Family Members

Historical Members

  • Brenten Starke
    • Tellisa Starke
      • Brenten Starke II.
        • Died early and was believed childless.
      • Artolf Starke
        • Had several children of which Artolf Karstark II. would come to lead them in Karhold.
      • Eddard Starke
        • Had several children of which Jordin Starke would come to lead them in Stormwind
      • Rodrik Starke
        • Had many children of which came to lead House Greystark.
      • Lyanna Starke

Other Noteables

Vassal Houses

Name Power Seat Lord
House Ambry
House Baratheon
House Tarly
House Forrester
House Reed

House Ambry

See Also : House Ambry

House Ambry

House Ambry is a large Vandal House located within the Kingdom of Lucerne and making their home inside Stormwind. House Ambry has been one of the longer serving vassals of House Starke, and in this position they retain a position similar to House Baratheon in terms of power and respect.

House Ambry entered the Valley of Lucerne early in the time of the Great Migration, and in this position they founded their hall many days march north of what is now Stormwind at the town of Harlaw. Their hall would be taken over by the increasingly powerful House Harlaw who took their name after the town of Harlaw that they took control of. Under the rule of House Harlaw House Ambry would lose much of their wealth and prestige as the rulers of House Harlaw were notoriously cruel rulers, and thus when House Starke took over in Stormwind it was the decision of House Ambry to abandon their holdings in Harlaw and expand themselves in Stormwind.

House Baratheon

See Also : House Baratheon

House Baratheon

House Baratheon is a large Gothic House located within the city of Stormwind inside the Kingdom of Lucerne. House Baratheon controlled the small village of Tenade before they were invaded by House Starke and became their vassal shortly after, and since then House Baratheon has been the closest house to House Starke in trust.

During the events of the Plague Nedrick Baratheon who was the Patriarch of the house at the time went to Lucerne with his daughter Sarah and his son Edward and hoped to make the point of the rebels known to Bill Lovie. His arrival though was misunderstood by Bill Lovie and instead of seeing it as the peace offering that it was he saw the coming of Nedrick and his children as a hostile act, and had the three executed in the main square of Lucerne.

House Tarly

See Also : House Tarly

House Tarly

House Tarly of Horn Hill is a large, and powerful noble house of the Kingdom of Lucerne where they dominate the Reach which is northwest of Stormwind. Their lands are located in the foothills of the Red Mountains of Forne, and it is here where their main powerbase lies in their capital of Horn Hill. House Tarly is one of the larger Vassal Houses of House Starke and they provide ample military power if little economic benefit to the House Starke powerbase.

Their sigil is the striding huntsman on green. Their motto is not revealed in the books, but according to semi-canon sources it is "First in Battle".

House Tarly's early history before their arrival in the valley of Lucerne is unknown but at some point they arrived in the Reach where they would found Horn Hill. Horn Hill would dominate the Reach for some time before they were annexxed by House Starke during House Starke's expansion. As a member of House Starke's Vassal Houses they would join House Starke during all their fights including the war against Gondor where its Patriarch at the time Randyll Tarly became known for his excellent skills in leading men to war. Randyll would become once again known when he joined the forces of House Starke in the invasion of Westbridge and while there he was responsible for much of the battleplan. With Westbridge in the hands of Lucerne Randyll would return to Horn Hill for a time before he would return to the north leaving Dickon regent of Horn Hill while he left to command the northern field when Eddard Starke and Robb left the north for the Bolten conflict.

House Reed

See Also : House Reed

House Reed
House Reed is a large and powerful Crannogmen House located in the Kingdom of Lucerne that controls the vast province of Blackmarsh. They have been one of House Starke`s most loyal and supportive of vassals but there weak population base in the swamps of the north have left them relatively out of most conflicts that House Starke has been invovled in. House Reed from Greywater Watch rules the crannogmen, small men who live in swamps and marshes from the Black Marsh. House Reed makes their main holding in Greywater Watch of which is a small castle that legends say is built on moving rocks.

House Reed from Greywater Watch rules the crannogmen, small men who live in swamps and marshes from the Black Marsh. They are often called the swamp-dwellers, the frog-eaters, the mud men and to their enemies bog devils.

House Reed is one of the oldest houses in the continent as they are a member of the Crannogmen of which are ancient to the point that they were in the swamps of Blackmarsh when the Numenorians made their doomed attempt at capturing the Valley of Lucerne. They would become a sworn member of the Kingdom of Lucerne after a Lord of House Starke travelled into the swamps of Blackmarsh and treated them with respect instead of the insults they were used too.

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