"Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way."
The North Sea Kingdom was once a large area inhabited by many clans. But long ago the clans were united when war came to them, and there was little choice but to unite. After the war, some clans were nearly completely destroyed, and ended up creating new clans with others who'd suffered greatly. But ruler of them all, old and new was Astrid's great grandfather, the Uniter of Clans, and now King. Bjorn Anwed. He did a lot of the lands, brought comfort to the people beneath his rule, and sent the warriors out on raids that only helped the Kingdom grow in prosperity.
Eventually when Astrids father took the throne, the Kingdom was in a good place, it was peaceful and wealthy. The clans outside of her father's rule, the other kingdoms in outside territories whispered about how the gods must favor him, his bloodline. Envy, Jealousy breeds hatred and by the time it came for her chance to rule, her kingdom was nearing it's first real war in generations. Astrid had always been a wild one, more interested in earning a name as a sheild maidan than by being a princess. But she had accepted her obligations and responsiblities.
But the gods and fate had other things in store.
On the eve of a grand feast, her uncle Ragnar appeared, he drank and laughed and talked about riches and plans he thought her father should hear about. But as the evening wore down, he revealed a surprise she'd never forget. Her uncles men attacked, men that had been her fathers turned, and her family was slaughtered. Astrid narrowly escaped, but not without injury, and fled into the woods and mountains surrounding her home.
Her uncle made a great many changes, he exiled or killed her father's warriors, those loyal to him. He brought war to their enemies, and had his men enforce strict laws on the people. The North Sea Kingdom became a place of battle and blood, where women were widows and children went through their years without fathers, brothers, uncles. The women weren't allowed to carry a sheild, as a woman's place was at home, and those who had carried one before her uncles take-over were either forced to retire, or exiled.
Small rebellions were quickly put down, countless lives lost.
It's been five years since Ragnar became King, and there has been no word on what became of Astrid. Some believe she is in hiding, others believe she was killed. And while there are no longer those who openly speak of rebellions and uprisings, there is a ever growing group of men and women, the rebels who hide in plain sight. They alone want to take the Kingdom back, some wish to find Astrid as she is the rightful Queen with her father dead, others don't care, as long as Ragnar is removed from the throne.
Yet, her uncle is not without his supporters, and they grow more dangerous by the day.
Our story begins when a small group of rebels is ambused by a gang of bandits, taken by surprise, and mistaken for Ragnars warriors. Among them is a young man who'd been on the verge of joining the old kings personal warriors and was exiled along with many others. He's a strong fighter, and wants to see Ragnar off the throne. He's also part of the group who believes the princess is alive and can be found.
He and the others get a shock when among the bandits is a fair woman, with long white blonde hair and striking pale blue eyes. A scar on her cheek and looking every bit like the bandit group she travels with is Astrid, Princess, Queen, Bandit, Shield Maidan like her mother before her. Setting:
Scandinavia. Alternate World where gods and magic are very real.Keywords:
Romance. Hot and Cold. War. Rebellion. Betrayal. Reluctance. Norse Mythology. Gods. Vikings.Seeking: Need To Know: