Eddard "Ned" Stark is the second son of Lord Rickard Stark and Lady Lyarra Stark. In his youth, he was fostered at the Eyrie with Lord Jon Arryn and Robert I Baratheon, where they developed a close familial relationship. After King Aerys II Targaryen murdered his father and brother, the new Lord Stark rebelled against the Mad King.

During the war, he was forced to marry his late brother's betrothed, Lady Catelyn Stark, to secure her father's armies.

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