The North is a cold and hard place, even in summer. It breeds cold and hard people, and the Starks are no exception.
Mad King Aerys found the Starks as implacable as the harsh northern winters. Those raised in high snows know how to fight and how to survive. They know that you must stand with friends if you hope to stand at all.
Stark vassals are recognized for unwavering loyalty, prowess in battle, and bafflement at the intrigues of the southern court. They are the descendents of the First Men and heir to those who built the great ice Wall that protects the realm. They hold with the Old Gods and the old ways. They know that the dangers beyond the Wall—direwolves, wildling raiders, and worse—are more than just tall tales or distant memories. Should you visit the crypts of Winterfell, you’ll see that the stone eyes of dead lords and kings still remember.
You understand that even the brightest day will inevitably lead to the knife-sharp winter winds. Bone-deep chill is as familiar as your own family. Some may call you grim or pessimistic, but you know one truth better than anyone: Winter is Coming.