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Jon knew that other men accused of treason had been allowed to redeem their honor on the Wall in days past. Why not Lord Eddard? His father here. That was a strange thought, and strangely uncomfortable. It would be a monstrous injustice to strip him of Winterfell and force him to take the black, and yet if it meant his life…

(Anonymous requested: Ned Stark and Jon Snow in the Night’s Watch, in a world where Joffrey didn’t cut off his head and he was allowed to take the black.)

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Ned Stark

  • Stood up to the king and vouched for Daenerys, that she would live. Him and Barristan were the only people to do so
  • Wanted Gregor Clegane and Tywin Lannister to face charges and consequences for their war crimes

  • Made it quite clear to Arya that Mycah’s death was not her fault

  • Begged Robert not to kill Lady, but by doing so, Ned managed to prevent Cersei getting hands on direwolve skin (and would fashion it into a new coat)

  • Not only was honourable himself, but respected others such as Jon Arryn

  • Was one of the very few wardens to have close ties with the Nights Watch

  • Showed mercy to Balon Greyjoy

  • Was disgusted at the deaths of Elia Martell and her children

  • Lied for Sansa’s safety and wellbeing

  • Went to Starfall to give Arthur Daynes sword (Dawn) to Ashara. Even though Arthur had a role in what happened to Lyanna.

  • Had meaningful connections with his men and the smallfolk of Winterfell, never acting as if he was better than them

  • Cared for the lives of Cersei’s children, and gave Cersei a chance to escape

  • Was such a man of strong character that he inspired a whole kingdom, and was held in respect.

  • Believed in a strong mode of justice, that you have to do it yourself.

He is more than his mistakes.

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thronesgifs challenge: [5] relationships (platonic or romantic): Eddard and Catelyn Stark

Your father didn’t love me when we married. He hardly knew me or I him. Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone, for you, for your brothers and sisters, for all of us. It’s not as exciting as secret passion in the woods, but it is stronger. It lasts longer.