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Catelyn Stark

Lady Catelyn Stark is the wife of Lord Eddard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell, and the mother of Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon Stark. Born into House Tully of Riverrun, Catelyn has the classical Tully look: long auburn hair and blue eyes. Catelyn is the eldest daughter of Lord Hoster Tully and Lady Minisa Whent. Following the deaths of her two older brothers in the cradle, Hoster regarded Catelyn as his heir until the birth of her youngest sibling, Edmure. Catelyn grew up in her father's castle and was close to her younger sister Lysa and her father's ward, Petyr Baelish. She also had a close relationship with her father, and acted as the Lady of Riverrun for him after her mother died in childbirth.

At the age of twelve, Catelyn was betrothed to Brandon Stark, the heir to Winterfell. When in 282 AC Brandon was on his way to Riverrun for their wedding, news reached him of the disappearance of his sister Lyanna and the involvement of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He traveled to King's Landing in anger, threatening the life of the prince, which resulted in the execution of himself and his father Rickard. Robert's Rebellion broke out shortly after, during which Catelyn was married to Brandon's younger brother, Eddard Stark, now the Lord of Winterfell. She gave birth to their eldest child, Robb, nine months later, while Eddard was still at war.

Though the presence of Eddard bastard son Jon Snow at Winterfell and Eddard's refusal to speak of the boy's mother have caused frictions in their marriage, Catelyn and Eddard grew to love each other, and their marriage became a happy one. Read more...