Rickard was the first-born son of Edmure Whitehill and Lyanna Whitehill. He had one brother, Meryn Whitehill, and a sister, Meha Whitehill. Whereas Rickard was given preferential treatment, Meryn and Meha were neglected during their early years. This eventually culminated in bandits managing to steal away with the two younger siblings. Whilst Rickard managed to track them down, he arrived too late to stop the rape of his sister and the murder of his brother.
It was after this event that Rickard hardened somewhat. He trained both his sword and mind, preparing himself for his eventual rise to lordship. When he wasn't practicing, he was butchering bandits and quelling the rebellions of hedge knights and lesser lords. Over the next few years, he grew ever angrier at the scum and filth that the Wolfswood seemed to breed, even going as far as to flay some of them.
He has five children: Vance, Brynden, Meha (named after his sister), Alys and Damian.
Recent History Edit
Prior to the First Era Edit
At some point, House Whitehill and House Forrester waged a brutal and bloody war, resulting in the deaths of hundreds, including Rickard's third son, Kyren.
Fifth Era Edit
Lord Rickard was able to form an alliance with Lord Bryan Forrester, resulting in a proper peace between their families. Rickard pledged a portion of his forces to the Forresters, in exchange for access to their Ironwood trees.
During this time, Rickard also met with the recently returned Olyvar Bolton, where he became involved in a plot to overthrow House Manderly. He was tasked with building ships to ferry a small retinue of troops into White Harbor.
Sixth Era Edit
On a visit to speak with Lord Bolton, Rickard dueled Steffon Hornwood in a trial by combat. Rickard defeated the Lord of Hornwood, and made plans to take control of Hornwood levies. Rickard was also given The Blades, Lord Bolton's elite bodyguards.
Upon his return to Highpoint, Rickard discovered the castle had been taken by traitorous troops. Whilst he was successful in retaking it, he lost a good portion of his garrison and his fourth-born son Damian. The Blades also perished. During this time, the bandits also fired the boats Rickard had been building.
Seventh Era Edit
Rickard, returning to The Dreadfort, was tasked with bringing the Mountain Clans into their alliance. In order to quell the growing discontent of his smallfolk, Rickard sent word to Lord Castos of House Ashwood, who agreed to dispose of the bandits in The Wolfswood once and for all.