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The Army of the North is one of the key armies of the Seven Kingdoms. During the War of the Five Kings, the Northern army fought for King Robb Stark.

History

War of the Five Kings

After the imprisonment of Lord Eddard Stark, Robb Stark, the acting Lord of Winterfell calls the bannerman of House Stark. With an army accompanying him to the Crownlands, Robb Stark plans on marching to King's Landing and rescuing his father. First they needed to pass their army through the Crossing, held by the Frey's. Lady Catilyn Stark negotiated with Lord Walder Frey, who allows Robb and his army through his gates if he swore to marry one of his daughters.

But they soon learn that Ned Stark had been executed on the orders of King Joffrey Baratheon.

Following the execution of Lord Stark, his son, Robb Stark starts a war against House Lannister. He is proclaimed the new King in the North and rallies House Stark's vassals to wage war against the Lannisters and the Baratheons of King's Landing. Having already crossed the Twins, Robb's army march through the Riverlands into the Westerlands, the lands of House Lannister.

The Red Wedding

The Northern army begins to weaken following Robb Stark's execution of Lord Rickard Karstark, who murdered Martyn and Willem Lannister against his command. The Karstark forces head back north to Karhold, causing Robb Stark to desperately find a way to replenish his forces. Two of Lord Waller Frey's sons, Lame Lothar Frey and Walter Rivers arrive at Riverrun, telling Robb that their alliance can continue under a few conditions; The Frey's will be given Lordship of Harrenhall, and the second that Lord Edmure Tully will be wed to one of Lord Walder's daughters, Roslin. Robb Stark, Edmure Tully and their army soon arrive at the Twins for the wedding.

Bolton rule

Following the Red Wedding, House Bolton of the Dreadfort was elevated to the new Great House of the North by Tywin Lannister, including being granted Winterfell as a reward. However, House Lannister and House Frey have denied Roose Bolton any aid in securing the North or retaking Moat Cailin. Lord Bolton sends a small force to retake the castle, under the command of his bastard Ramsay Snow. To achieve this further, they use their captive, Theon Greyjoy, to persuade the Ironborn stationed there to surrender, with the promise of being able to return home. However, Ramsay executes and flays all the Ironborn they find. With the castle retaken, Ramsay is legitimised by King Tommen Baratheon, and they head to Winterfell to rebuild it.

Over the coming weeks and months, Winterfell is rebuilt, and Ramsay himself is left to enact harsh punishments on the northern lords and nobles who defy the Bolton's, even flaying Lord Medger Cerwyn, his wife and his brother alive for refusing to pay their taxes, hanging their bodies from Winterfell's walls to be made an example of. Disappointed with Ramsay's barbaric practises, Roose tells Ramsay that marriage is the better way to gain support, and that he has arranged a marriage between him and Sansa Stark.

Jon Snow's Northern campaign

While very few northern houses remained loyal to House Stark, many noble houses feared the consequences of fighting House Bolton, especially with Ramsay Bolton now Lord of Winterfell, and few others felt they owed the Bolton's a dept, namely House Glover, whom the Bolton's helped retake Deepwood Motte. House Mormont, House Mazin and several others aid Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in order to retake Winterfell. Tired and ready to fight, Jon Snow readies his army, and marches on Winterfell without continuing the northern tour.

Thousands of Bolton and Stark bannermen die during the Battle of the Bastards, including Lord "Smalljon" Umber and Lord Harald Karstark. The giant Wun Wun succeeds in breaching the gate of Winterfell before ultimately dying at the hands of Ramsay. Ramsay is quickly defeated by Jon Snow, and later fed to his own hounds by Sansa, ending House Bolton's rule over the North.

House Stark fly their grey direwolf banners over Winterfell once again.

King in the North

Jon Snow orders the Northern maesters to scour their records for any record of Dragonglass, and orders that dragon glass be found and made into weapons that they can use against the Wight Walkers. The Wildling army is sent back north to man the Wall led by Tormund.

Jon soon receives a letter from his friend Samwell Tarly from the Citadel, telling him that the castle of Dragonstone sits atop a mountain of Dragonglass. He also receives a letter from Dragonstone, written by Tyrion Lannister, inviting him down south to meet with Daenerys Targaryen.

The Great War

Strengths

  • S indicates being a Sellsword.
  • L indicates being Lowborn or Smallfolk.
  • K indicates being a knight.
  • BB indicates being bastard born.
  • † indicates having been killed during the War of the Five kings or soon after.
  • N indicates being Noble born.
  • R indicates having been killed during the Red Wedding.
  • P indicates having been taken prisoner.
  • T indicates being a turncloak.
  • I indicates having been involved indirectly.

Robb Stark's forces were 20,000 strong, made of Lords, Knights, other nobles and Sellswords.

Noble Houses

Houses loyal to House Stark

The Riverlands

Houses loyal to House Tully

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