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During the Tourney at Harrenhal, the greatest tourney in Westerosi history, Lyanna was chosen by the eventual champion of jousting, Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, as the tourney's "Queen of Love and Beauty". Because Rhaegar was already a married man and Lyanna was a maiden betrothed to Robert Baratheon, his wooing of her was considered an outrageous scandal at the time. One year later, she was said to be abducted and raped by Rhaegar, triggering a civil war that resulted in the overthrow of House Targaryen. At the end of the war, Eddard and six of his companions found Lyanna inside a tower within Dorne, guarded by three of the most prominent Kingsguard knights. After a fierce skirmish that killed everyone except Eddard and his close friend Howland Reed, Eddard entered the tower and found Lyanna dying in a bed of blood. Before she died, she asked Eddard to make a promise. Eddard later returns her body to be buried at Winterfell's crypt, with a stone statue built in front of her coffin. Robert was persuaded by Jon Arryn to marry Cersei Lannister instead, though he greatly mourns Lyanna for over a decade, causing great strain in his marriage with Cersei.