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Arya Stark is the youngest daughter, and third child of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn Stark. Her father, as the Head of House Stark, and Warden of the North, holds a great deal of power. As a result, Arya was brought up into a life of privilege and opportunity, though she shied away from the more traditional pursuits of her station, and instead desired to pursue the life of a warrior. Arya was born after the Greyjoy Rebellion, upon the return of her father. She has two older siblings; Sansa and Robb as well as two younger; Bran and Rickon. Arya is also very close to her half-brother (Eddard's bastard) Jon Snow. She owns a direwolf called Nymeria.


Daniel Abraham adapted "Game of Thrones" from the fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire". Arya Stark first appeared in Game of Thrones #3.

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After Robert Baratheon, King of the Seven Kingdoms, traveled to the North to persuade Eddard to become the new Hand of the King, Jon Snow visited Arya in her chambers. Whilst there, he presented her a sword, which she called "Needle" - in honor of her hatred of embroidery. On the journey to King's Landing, she befriended a young boy, Mycah, who allowed her to train with him. Unfortunately, Prince Joffrey, the son of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon, along with Arya's older sister Sansa happened to come across the two training by a river. Joffrey, trying to impress Sansa, started mocking Mycah and taunted him with his sword. Arya defended her new friend, and her direwolf, Nymeria, attacked Joffrey. The injured Joffrey then fled to his mother Cersei, and Arya was brought before the court and King Robert. As Nymeria was absent (Arya had sent her away, knowing that she would be killed if she remained) Lady, Sansa's direwolf, was killed in her stead. It is later revealed that Mycah, the young peasant boy who Arya befriended, was hunted down and killed by "the Hound" Sandor Clegane. It is, in part, because of this incident, that Arya has a lasting hatred of the Lannister family.

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Arya Stark was first created by George R.R. Martin as a main protagonist in his fantasy epic "Game of Thrones", published in 1996. She continued to be a vital character in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire."


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The character also appeared in the HBO telelvision series "Game of Thrones", portrayed by Maisie Williams.


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