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House Karstark

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House Karstark

The sigil of House Karstark from Game of Thrones.

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Based on George R.R. Martin’s famous series of novels (collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire”), the television series “Game of Thrones” first premiered in 2011 on the channel HBO. It is set in a fantasy world heavily based on the society and culture of the European Middle Ages. Two primary continents, known as Westeros and Essos, make up the bulk of the visible landmass in this world, with the former being featured in storylines much more frequently. While typical elements from fantasy stories, such as dragons and various forms of magic, are seen throughout the series, in the long run these generally take a backseat to the military conflicts, political machinations and family dynamics that are the principle focus of the story.

The continent of Westeros is made up of many different regions, each of which has its own culture and history. Most of these regions form constituent parts of a single political realm, which is presided over by a ruling monarch. While the monarch holds ultimate power over the realm, local governance of each region is handled by a “Great House”, a noble family whose members answer directly to the sovereign. Each region also possesses any number of “Vassal Houses” who owe their loyalty to the governing Great House in one capacity or another. House Karstark is one of the Vassal Houses in The North. Their ancestral keep is known as Karhold, a fortified castle in the eastern part of The North that overlooks the Shivering Sea. Their sigil is a white sunburst on a field of black, and their motto is “The Sun of Winter”.

As their names may suggest, the lineages of House Karstark and House Stark, the governing Great House of The North (at least until the end of season three of the series) are closely intertwined. The Karstarks claim descent from Karlon Stark, a younger member of the Great House who was awarded lands in the eastern area of The North as reward for helping to put down a rebellion by House Bolton, another Vassal House. This ancestral bond earns the Karstarks a key place in army of The North- a force that plays a major role in the plotlines of seasons two and three- but the execution of the Karstark patriarch causes the House to withdraw their forces from the campaign, setting in motion events that would lead to the army finally being annihilated at the end of season three.

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Symmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

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