It is currentlyWINTERinWESTEROSduring the year 303 AC. The
new moon cycle marks a full twenty years since the Mad King was murdered, and his son King Rhaegar ascended the Iron Throne in his place. Though the year is fresh, war in the Narrow Sea has left the Free Cities of Volantis and Tyrosh in ashes, and the Long Night continues to beckon from the Northern fringes of the Seven Kingdoms. With the Queen Lyanna presumed dead, the citizens of the realms look only to each other for survival.
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If there was ever a female counterpart for Rickard Stark, a pure embodiment of the North, its frost and ice and frozen winds, it would be Lyarra. A Stark in her own right, Rickard's own cousin, the two make a fierce pairing and have ruled their frigid realm for nearly the past four decades. Though she can oft be the salve to his jagged edges and the warmth to his ossified heart, it is not always her bed that he keeps to. Trusted with their House and with even Winterfell itself, still, Rickard has been known to indulge in his fair share of mistresses and paramours throughout their years of marriage. Though all awfully temporary and mostly only when Lyarra was pregnant with their children, it could perhaps be said that it remains his only fault in their otherwise powerful and relatively stable union.
Suffering the disappearances of both Benjen and Lyanna, however, have driven a greater wedge between them than any dalliance he may have in a younger woman. Overwhelmed with a sense of failure, he became painfully distant from her, so much so that even Lyarra felt the need to leave Winterfell alongside Brandon, Elinor and Sansa. For half a year she remained in the Red Keep with her family, present both for Princess Rhaenna's wedding, her daughter's funeral, and even the wedding of Aegon and Visenya. While Rickard remained in the North, he began to find comfort elsewhere...
Only within number of months has Lyarra returned to Winterfell, realizing that perhaps things are not exactly how she left them. Her reunion with Rickard was, though passionate, almost troubled, for the nights are growing longer in the North and the grief of outliving two of their children still weighs heavily on each of their hearts. Her husband very rarely indulges in his emotions, however, and has instead begun finding comfort in the embrace of another, much younger woman. Though he first brought her to his bed during Lyarra's prolonged absence from Winterfell, his wife's return has not stopped nor even slowed this new affair of his. I do plan on her discovering his indiscretion soon enough, and how she handles that WILL BE SO FUN TO PLAY OUT. PM ME IF YA NEED
59 / Julianna Margulies
Having caught the affections of the Lord of Winterfell, this fine piece of woman finds herself in a position not even Rickard himself quite knew existed. Though he has had his share of paramours throughout his lifetime, never were they for very long, and mostly only when he was either away at war, or while his wife was pregnant. The relationships being fleeting and ultimately frivolous, he has never kept to another woman too faithfully, as his grasp of his own emotions is vague at best. A man of many needs, it was in these trysts that he found relief from his day-to-day routine as Warden of the North, refuge from the at times monotonous interactions with his own wife, and peace from all the noise of Winterfell. He is known to show his affection in the form of material possessions, bestowing fine gifts and tokens instead of honeyed words and knightly romance.
But now Lady Ice, as we'll call her, seems to be changing much of that. Already it has been many moons since he first took her to bed, while his wife Lyarra was away in King's Landing, and they were given much freedom in her absence. In truth, it has been many, many years since Rickard last took a mistress, but the girl has exuded such a way over the frozen Warden that it may be that his heart isn't so frigid after all. His current struggles as lord and patriarch seem to be dulled in her presence, and he is all too eager to go to her when he feels the darkness creeping. Despite their obvious age gap, he seems to only be more enamored by her, while at the same time, fearing his wife's discovery of the affair and the infernal backlash that will no doubt come. Alas, true to his nature, it is likely the man will refuse any demand Lyarra will make of him, never tolerating commands and ultimatums not his own. He is fully capable of being with the two women, his affection for one not outweighing or affecting his affection for the other... or so he will say.
Who Lady Ice is, exactly, will be up to you. I do prefer that she is noble, or at least half-noble, if you decide she is a bastard. I don't have any specifics regarding her personality, although with Rickard's wife being the hard-headed type, I can't imagine he would seek that trait in a mistress. (He has enough aches and pains, heh.) Their relationship, as of now, would likely only be known by his servants and wards, at the most his castellan. I do plan on his wife finding out eventually, so that will be a disastrous mess that I can't wait to play! Not to mention that I plan on Lady Ice getting pregnant I MEAN WHAT
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18-25 / Elona Lebedeva
Though second son to Eddard Stark, it is his uncle Brandon who he seems to embody most, adventurous and all too ready to accept the highest of personal risks. Known best for his knack of climbing whatever tall tree, tower or roof he can find, it is a wonder how the boy has not yet fallen and broken a limb. Always under the scorn of his mother for his wild and independent nature, it seems to only fuel the boy's appetite for thrill. Matched only by the energy of his sister Arriana, the two are often found together in the training yards, taking weapons to each other while the master-at-arms is not near. Oft times an eternal thorn in Lady Wylla's side, he is no less doted upon, though is perhaps the one that stands to inherit the least out of his siblings and cousins. With his brother Robb being Eddard's heir, and his younger cousin Artos being Brandon's, Jon knows it will have to be by other means if he wishes to earn a true name for himself.
How he has handled his House's recent losses seems to manifest in his urge to explore and risk even personal bodily injury. Though his direwolf is never far, always watching him from below, no doubt young Jon shares in the sense of failure with the rest of his family since losing Lyanna. Unsure of what he truly wishes for in life, he knows, somewhere, he and his wolf have a role to fill, but finding out which role has been as confusing as it has been infuriating. Perhaps the recent dreams he has been having, where he himself is a direwolf, his direwolf, will give him the answers he seeks.
15 / Matheus Matte
Heir to Winterfell
Canon blurb: Known as the Wild Wolf in his youth, Brandon was born in the warmth of summer and carried the spirit with him until he was well past a teenager. An eternal thorn in his father's side but a favorite of his siblings, Brandon has always, above all things, centered himself around his family. Wild and reckless he may have been, but the Stark lord has wizened over the years and with his long-term wife Catelyn Tully, the two have brought even a larger pack to Wintefell. Not including the direwolves that now call Winterfell home.