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Cregan Stark

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Cregan Stark
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Alias The Old Man of the North
Title Lord of Winterfell
Warden of the North
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Northmen
Died In or after 157 AC[1]
Spouse 1st: Arra Norrey
2nd: Alysanne Blackwood
3rd: Lynara Stark
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)

Cregan Stark was a Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, and head of House Stark.[2] He briefly served as Hand of the King for Aegon III Targaryen after the Dance of the Dragons.[3]


The Dance of the Dragons

Upon the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon flew to Winterfell on his dragon Vermax to gain the support of the Starks and the north for his mother Rhaenyra Targaryen's claim to the Iron Throne. The alliance, known as the Pact of Ice and Fire, stated that a Targaryen princess would marry into the Stark family. Cregan pledged his support to the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons.[4]

According to semi-canon sources, Cregan had a bastard half-sister, and Mushroom's ribald account of the war claims that Jacaerys fell in love with and secretly married the girl.[5]

Lord Roderick Dustin commanded the first host of northmen who marched south, known as the Winter Wolves, men who feared a long winter. They were followed by a larger host led by Lord Cregan, many of whose men were childless, homeless, unwed, or young sons marching to war to spare their families from supporting them in winter. Cregan's host was denied combat, however, by the poisoning of King Aegon II Targaryen. Lord Stark had intended to punish the leaders of Aegon II's greens, but Lord Corlys Velaryon had already sent envoys seeking peace.[3]

Cregan held court at King's Landing for six days, a time known as the Hour of the Wolf. Acting in the name of the eleven-year-old King Aegon III Targaryen, who named him Hand of the King, Cregan had twenty-two men arrested for the murder of Aegon II, among them Lord Larys Strong and Corlys Velaryon. Cregan Stark served as Hand for a day, presiding over the trials and executions. Most of the accused, led by Ser Perkin the Flea, agreed to join the Night's Watch, but Ser Gyles Belgrave of the Kingsguard and Larys the Clubfoot chose death. Cregan married Black Aly Blackwood in exchange for honoring Aegon III's pardon of Lord Corlys. Lord Stark resigned as Hand the following day and returned to the north. Many of the northmen who had marched to King's Landing with him remained in the south, however.[3]

Later Life

King Aegon III Targaryen granted many rewards to Cregan, although a Targaryen princess never did marry into House Stark.[6] Maester Kennet served at Winterfell during Cregan's long reign.[7]

Cregan once fought Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. Aemon claimed he never faced a finer swordsman.[8]

Cregan was entombed in the crypts of Winterfell after his death.[2]


Lysa Locke
Gilliane Glover
Margaret Karstark
Bastard daughter
Alysanne Blackwood
Arra Norrey
Lynara Stark
Jeyne Manderly
Robyn Ryswell
Alys Karstark
Wylla Fenn
Jon Umber
Osric Umber
Robard Cerwyn
Myriame Manderly
Lorra Royce
Lonnel Snow
House Stark


  1. See the Cregan Stark calculation
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  4. The Princess and the Queen.
  5. Elio & Linda Reddit AMA
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Lords of Winterfell.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Dawn Age.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.