Arya Stark is the third child and second daughter of Lord Eddard and Lady Catelyn Stark. She is nine at the start of A Game of Thrones. She has five siblings: brothers Robb, Bran, Rickon, half-brother Jon Snow, and older sister Sansa.
Like some of her siblings, she sometimes dreams that she is a direwolf. Her own direwolf is Nymeria, who is named in reference to the Rhoynar warrior-queen of the same name.