House Stark of Winterfell
Winter is Coming
The Starks are a House overflowing with good fortune an abundance of heirs, a long lived lord, and wisdom to know when to put pride aside for the good of the common folk and nobility alike. While many of his children play at the life of a mercenary or wander the world, he knows one will take up his throne and be the good ruler the lands will need. His oldest leads the mercenary company known as the Company of the Rose filled with those who could not fathom why a king might give his crown up. Though he argues and disputes with his son he loves him dearly as such the Company of the Rose may not be the Starks own men but their in reality mostly controlled by the Stark children and some of their men.
Recent History:Since giving up his crown the North has entered a period of true growth, though many grumble about the changes such as the suspension of first night privileges or the new gift. While the hot blooded and young of the household have grumblings about service to the Targaryen household dragons are not something that they can simply overcome with blood and sweat. It would take cunning, skill, and luck beyond on any mortal man or woman to overcome them... Perhaps someone might find the way to achieve this.
- Torrhen Stark, The King who Knelt, 71
- First wife, Lywyn Bolton, killed with her children after the Boltons attempted a coup to unseat the Starks in the name of rallying against the King.
- Second wife, Marion Mormont, died while sailing to visit her former home of Bear island.
- Third wife, Rayiah Karstark, current wife of Torrhen. 50
- Alwyn Stark, deceased
- Aregerick Stark, deceased
- Elanna Stark, deceased
- Jociane Stark, deceased
- Karlor Stark, deceased
- Branwyn Stark, The Last Prince of Winterfell, 35
- Alyswyn Stark, She-Wolf, 33
- Barthor Stark and Artyn Stark, The Dancing Wolves, 29
- Gillyn Stark, The White Wolf, 27
- Lyrra Stark, The Lady of Winterfell, 25
- Marwyle Stark, The Great Wolf, 22
- Magna Stark, The Pup, 21
- Brandon Snow The Exile, 61
- Bennaric Snow, Frostblade, 30
- Karlen Snow, The Mystic, 24
- Elion Snow, The Apprentice, 19
Torrhen Stark, The King who Knelt
Appearance:Stark's do not wither into bone and crumple, to live among a frozen land such as the North is to harden ones body as much as ones resolve. Though the old Warden of the North has lost most of his ferocity he has done much to at least keep his body and mind sound. His once raven black hair now white as Snow and his great stature reduced, he cannot walk around for long in his armor or hold a great sword without leaning upon it when not in use.
Description & biography: One the mighty King of North now withered old man. His life one of great loss and great joys. For in his once foe he has found a way to make the North more powerful earning if nothing else respect and autonomy. The Northmen may not like having to pay the King's tax and nobles may grumble however they are loyal to the Starks and the Warden of the North is oathbound to the Targaryen's. He has already shown considerable judgement and care, first exiling his own brother to prevent a rebellion, then facing off against his own wife and children when they attempted to take his life and claim the throne for the Bolton's.
Having argued heavily with children over trying to convince the Targaryen's to at least allow the King in North to maintain his crown even if subservient to the Targaryen family.
Branwyn Stark, the Last Prince of Winterfell
Description & biography: Branwyn is the rebellious and troublesome oldest living son of Torrhen and current holder of Ice. In his youth attempted several times to prevent construction of the Highway and regularly argued for striking at the dragons. Torrhen sent his son away only for him and his sister Alswyn to steal Ice and head off to join the Company of the Rose... Which within a few year they had become leaders of. Under Branwyn the company of the Rose secured contracts and recruits from all walks of life from across Westeros his brilliant command and personal skill have carried the day for them more than Branwyn would like to admit. Now he seeks new employment after their relaxation in Dornish lands. Commanding the ten thousand men and women from across Westeros, earning scorn from more conventional commanders and praise from more progress leaders.
Alyswyn Stark "The She-Wolf"
Description & biography: "I've never met a man I couldn't best... But a woman? My She-Wolf sister is my match and then some." A quote from Branwyn on his dear little sister, while while Branwyn may be a charismatic leader, battle proven warrior, and inspirational Alyswyn is the quiet fierce wolf at his side. Often found side by side with her brother she rights in the vanguard, known as wolfpack these adaptable horseback heavy calvary come from across Westeros made up of the most talented men and women from across the Kingdoms. While Branwyn works to run the company Alyswyn heads up teaching, training, and weeding who is not sorted for service. She is shorter than her brother and while not as large her presence makes many feel like a they are being hunted.
Barthor Stark and Artyn Stark "The Dancing Wolves"
Description & biography: These brothers are the currently spies and scouts for the Company of the Rose serving as heads of intelligence and information gathering specialists. This pair of rogues left to follow their dreams and cause trouble, clearly unfit for the throne though they were beloved sons, the pair were often caught climbing, gambling, and otherwise being unruly troublemakers. Though they were popular among the soldiers and people they were disliked by the nobility for their last than stellar reputation among their fellows. They slipped away off to join their kin in the Company of The Rose drinking and whoring their way across the world, they are well liked by soldiers though their trickery and brash ways have earned them scorn as nobles of little regard for the ways of their southern countrymen.
Gillyn Stark "The White Wolf"
Description & biography: The most renowned swordsman of the north, hoped to bring honor to House Stark and show they glory of the First men and their ancestors to the southerners. Gillyn is an aspiring member of the Kingsguard known as the White Wolf and hopes to face off against his wayward brother to reclaim Ice in the name of his father.
Appearance: Once a toned and sculpted body has faded with age and lack of heavy meals so often found in Winterfell's halls. His stands like a warrior alert and sharp but he carries no sword merely a long hefty wooden staff. His beard washed and clean though wild and long, the green of his cloak and the book at his waist mark him as learned man.
Description & biography:Long ago, the house Stark decided that the Stark family needed new branch. One intertwined with the magic of the old gods and their gifts, so after years of searching and careful planning. Brandon Snow came into the world, born from a line of those blessed by the Old Gods he was educated by in the old ways. His skill as a warrior senses made him uncanny in the field of battle, yet of all things he and his older brother Torrhen were close as they could be.
When bitter survivors of a dead religion with great mutant lizards came upon the North, he devised a plan... One that might see them through the danger. However, his brother whom he cherished and was cherished by could not risk his life without a guarantee he would survive. Instead he gave up his crown, a lesson his brother would take years to fully understand... And be more proud of than anyone.
He was exiled when talk from lords came to kill Torrhen and force the inexperienced and unprepared Brandon to lead them. He left with no ill will between himself and his brother still sending letters and on occasion receiving them. He has fathered three sons, wandering the world and now seeks only a quiet place to sit and wait for his end. One might call him a Greenseer it is a title he does answer to nor acknowledge when asked. Long ago it was thought if any man could slay the great dragons of the conquerors it was Brandon Stark, now as a quiet and thoughtful man he spends his twilight years educating his youngest boy. Few believe the tales told in the North about what he once was or what he could be seeing an old man believing in a dying religion in an ever changing world.
Appearance: A tired and worn looking man with long unkempt raven hair and short scraggly black beard. A worn heavy cloak drapes over his form, he is tall and fit though a bit narrow shouldered compared to his fellow Northmen. He is quiet and more fond of grunts and mumbles than actual speech, only willing to have real conversations on occasion or when pushed. Usually taking one of his siblings to get him out of his shell and put a smile on his usually dour expression.
Description & biography: Usually found not far from a tavern nursing a drink and a warm meal, Bennaric ply's himself as a mercenary and monster hunter... Of a sort from unruly nobles to bastard hedge knights Bennaric has cut them all down. With a sword, horse, and armor he works whatever can be given with little care to lining his pockets more so doing right by people. He understands the ways of small folk growing up around them and often will be the first to take their defense. He has little time for nobles or titles they do not stop a blade after all.
Elion Snow, the Apprentice
Appearance: With soft dirt brown hair and deep hazel eyes to match Elion's constant smiles and cheerful demeanor stands in contrast to his brother's. His jovial nature and kind personality make him far removed from how many see the Stark's. Never found far from his journal or sketch book he has near unlimited appetite for knowledge.
Description & biography: A kind and seemingly innocent young man who appetite for knowledge has made him a a great learner. Through his father's teachings and borrowed books he has found himself eagerly questioning and meeting anyone he can. His training with a blade is well short of his brothers though he is still young, he has found a talent with a bow. Feeding and caring for his father by himself his skill in camping and hunting is well known. Though his modesty makes him almost impossible to take the compliment, many feel something strange about the boy.