Valkurn's story within Nalarius is one of a swift rise to power, though most wouldn't realize this, as she did so discreetly. Through cunning gained over centuries of existence, Valkurn quickly learned the ways of the city and how to live, survive, and thrive within it. Not sated with simply that, she concocted a scheme to gain more.
A powerful supernatural caught her eye. It had a particular types of skills and resources which interested her. Knowing that she could not simply kill this being, Valkurn decided to gain legitimacy for her planned assassination. Eventually, through much conniving, the Primogen council secretly provided her the defacto authority to assassinate the supernatural. It was the most appealing way to deal with this particular situation. If she had failed, the council could wash its hands of the matter. Upon success, all they might have had to deal with was, the lag time with the transfer of power.
Her scheme having succeeded, Valkurn feasted upon the beings body and gained all of its knowledge for herself. This propelled her to power in short order.
Now, she runs a private, and largely secret, 'empire' partially of her own creation and the continued creation of her 'predecessor'. Her most important contribution came, upon the secret deal she struck with Melifico himself to provide more souls to sustain the city. Through a mortal farm, she reaps unclaimed souls, as well as souls for herself. She also produces Selectively Bred slaves to suit the particular tastes of any interested client. That and she creates exotic drinks or, Nectars, from mortals.
On top of that, Valkurn creates and maintains a rather large personal retinue of demonic servants. All can fight, but some have more varied skill-sets to suit the needs she requires them to fulfill.
Over the centuries, Valkurn has grown less violent and become more restrained. With her ever growing pool of knowledge, she understands the other equally as viable means to power. While violence is satiating, it isn't always the greatest means to an end especially in a world that is largely politically motivated. Such as Nalerius.
Valkurn was born the misty morning after a particularly nasty battle claimed the life of a king. Who had falken to a band of Norsemen. Valkurn, then only a mere Raven, fed upon the kings corpse. This granted her power, thus making her one of the mythical Valravn.
She had ascended to sentience during the earliest periods of the Norse culture, before its rise to power in the north and long before the people began to raid or colonize the world. By that time, Valkurn had already been old. She had founded a pagan cult, who followed and gave a form of worship to her. Others believed her to be the Raven, Muninn, who talked directly to Odin allfather. Through this cult, she controlled large swaths of the original Norse lands; though, held control from behind the scenes (her cult still exists in modern times, but is diminished). While somewhat vain and arrogant in her early days, Valkurn was always practical and eager to grow and better herself. Her cult was more than a vanity project. It allowed her to gain knowledge, gain power, and grow.
When the Norsemen went on their Vikings, the word for raiding or near equivalents, Valkurn grew thirsty for battle. She began to terrorize mainland Europe, but later shifted her sights to Eastern Europe. Having taken control of a powerful band of Varangians the name given to Norsemen who had traveled down the eastern side of Europe and down into the Byzantine Empire Valkurn eventually settled within the eastern half of the split Roman Empire. Known later in history, as the Byzantine Empire.
This lasted until their old rivals, the Ottomans defeated them once and for all. She disdained the Turks, as strange and unlike the mortals she had grown accustomed too. This saw her move into the Germanic region and the shattered former Roman Empire homeland.
During these years, she earned many names, one of her favorites being, The Black Scourge. It was largely during this period, that she developed a taste for blood. Literally. She enjoys drinking blood, especially those of any who fell before her this taste later grew to blood drank from those she had sex with and the blood of supernatural creatures.
The tales of a hidden city of supernatural beings caught her attention, during this period. Valkurn discovered how to access it and eventually settled there. Growing quite pleased with it.