From your darkest nightmares our vessels sweep
North, South, West and East,
We bring our prows from the twilight shores
That the great grey wolves may feast.
To the outmost roads of the plunging sea
Our dragon ships are hurled,
We have broken the chains of your mortal thanes
And now we break your world.
Out of the dark of the misty night
We come, shaped of your dread
To harry again you mortal men
The crow's feast off your dead.
The ravens circle above our heads
Our chant is of victory.
They hear our roars on a thousand shores
And they know the Wolf is free.
It has been generations since the dragon ships had last been seen, the Northland raiders having been defeated at the Battle of Crimson Foam, their strength shattered and the survivors send fleeing, never to trouble civilised lands again.
With no threat seen, vigils grow lax, guards grow lazy and people forget why walls were kept so high, and a strong watch kept on misty nights.
Now a strong leader has risen in the North, uniting the tribes once more under one war banner. Merchants have carried tales of the riches to be found on southern shores, and towns ripe for the taking.
The fog hangs heavy in the air, muffling the sweep of countless oars, and ahead, through the fog, are the dim, twinkling lights of a slumbering town.
So, nothing too complex here. A viking inspired group of sea raiders, a town ready to put to the torch, loot and slaves there for the taking.
Can be played with fantasy elements (non humans and magic) or not, the basic premise works either way :)
Edit - adding a few potential roles
Raid leader / Thane / Ship Captain
Vitki (Sorcerer / Magician, runecaster)
Bearsarks / Ulfhednar - semi magical warriors
Citizens of note - Priests/Priestesses, Merchants, Craftmasters/Craftmistresses
City guard / Mercenaries
Regular city folkOOC ThreadCharacter ThreadGame thread
Brev the Wolf - Ulfhednar scout
Ragnar Stormtossed - Huskarl / Skeppare (Ship Captain)
Thorgrim Thoralfrson - Thane of the Crag Isle
Arren Ironskin - Mercenary
Inanna of the Amonian Temple - Priestess
Jenit Sulla - Captain, City Guard
Magnhild 'Mag' Ylvania - Military officer