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Offline PrimarchTopic starter

The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:24:21 PM »



Ragnar Lothbrok lies dead in the Northumbrian dirt, veins choked with Anglo-Saxon wroth and vipers venom.
Revenge was swift, his sons laid waste to the British Isles, splintering the land and slaughtering all whom opposed them.
The Viking Horde swept West, an insatiable force that brought Alfred the Great to his knees.


I'm looking to start our own little version of the Great Viking Army invasion of England in AD 865. One of the important parts I might stress is that while this is based on a historical period I intend for this to be a historic AU. We will replace historic individuals with our own characters and make it our own story. This is intended to be a long term game designed for players interested in world-building and plot development.   


Do I need to be a history buff to take part?
No. This is not intended to be strictly grounded in historic fact. It should be considered more in the vein of the show 'Spartacus' or even 'Vikings' for that matter.

Will you be 'GMing' the story?
No. This is a collaborative narrative. I will set up a Discord chat we can use to keep in contact, plot events, organise and world build but I will not be GMing. At most I will be a first among equals who might nudge things along or take the lead as we get started.

I prefer playing as female characters, can I play a shieldmaiden?
Yes, Absolutely!

Are we limited to the Viking side or can I play a Saxon/English character?"
Not at the start. I would very much prefer to generate a healthy roster of characters on the Viking side, being the main focus of the plot. It's likely there will be a few persistent NPC's and down the line full PC's for the opposite side would be welcome. 

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I will put up a character sheet & further information on sufficent show of interest.
Questions, Comments & suggestions are welcome.

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Game Wanted List
Requesting Player: Primarch
Name: Open
Face Claim: Open/Negotiable
  • Lover: 'Wife' and Canis have been married for 14 years.
  • Warrior/Leader: Might be a Shieldmaiden every bit as fierce as her husband, might prefer to lead Vestfold & Rogaland in his absence.
  • Devoted: Canis & 'wife' are deeply devoted to one another, only his love for her instills more passionate than his need to plunder, raid & fight.
  • Mother: After 14 years of marriage you can expect some children to be present, details can be discussed.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 06:55:28 PM by Primarch »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018, 06:48:43 PM »
Surprised no one has bitten, so let me be the first to sink my teeth in.

I’m in a hardcore Viking mood right now.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 07:50:54 AM »
I am also going to throw in my hat, my last viking RP fizzled out so I am ready for a new one. ^^

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2018, 01:27:03 PM »
Delightful surprise! If we can get one or two more I would be happy to throw up a character sheet template & set up the Discord server.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2018, 05:34:45 PM »
In like the proverbial Flynn.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2018, 07:05:32 PM »
I may vastly prefer the Saxon side of this conflict but I'm certainly interested in this one.

aka I'm in for this
« Last Edit: June 07, 2018, 07:13:49 PM by RobHumph »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2018, 02:27:10 PM »
Character: Canis "Goldmane"
Player: Primarch

Role: King of Vestfold & Rogaland/Great Viking Leader
Specialties:
  • 2 handed-axe/Dane Axe combat
  • Night Raids
  • Siege warfare

Personality:
  • Faithful - Canis believes in the Gods, that they are watching and that his actions will lead him to Valhalla.
  • Pragmatic - Canis has little interest in how a situation should be or in theory, he has a strong preference for the reality of a situation before him.
  • Fierce - Possessing something of an aggressive and passionate disposition. Canis has been described as 'intense' in several facets of his life, fierce in love & fierce in battle

History:
  • Canis was born in 830 AD, 37 years after the Lindisfarne raid.
  • Raised a Prince of Vestfold's and the heir presumptive to his father, King Lief
  • Canis first met Ragnar Lothbrok in 845 during the Sack of Paris. It was his first major raid & battle. It proved to be a major event for young Canis as it instilled his interest in West Frankia as a source of wealth and cultivated his later talent for siege warfare.
  • Succeeded his father in 851 AD, when he was 21 years old. Shortly after he married _____
  • As King of Vestfold he led his people on Viking raids far and wide, chiefly aiming west but returned to Frankish territories every few years.
  • As his fame grew many warriors traveled to Götaland to journey with him in his raiding. This force also allowed him to defeat King Arnarson and take his petty Kingdom of Rogaland.
  • In 862 Canis & _____ worked their way up the Rhine and became the first Vikings to plunder Cologne.
  • Canis had resumed sacking Frankish territories when he received word of Ragnar Lothbrok's death in Northumbia. He immediately dropped everything and his men sailed for Kattegat where he was one of four leading Vikings to raise a Great Army.

Relationships/Connections:
  • To be completed as characters submitted/relationships plotted
  • To be completed as characters submitted/relationships plotted
  • To be completed as characters submitted/relationships plotted

Additional Details:
  • Canis is known as 'Goldmane' not due to his blonde hair but his occasional preference to wear golden rings woven into it.
  • Not surprising considering his time spent in Frankia but many of the weapons & armour found among Canis's more veteran men are of Frankish origin, these were either plunder or gifts to keep him away
« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 02:00:35 PM by Primarch »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2018, 02:30:21 PM »
I have placed the Character Sheet in the opening post, I have also posted my own character. Please feel free to use it as a reference guide.

I am setting it that this Great Army has 4 chief leaders. You are under no obligation to play one of these but you are welcome to do so. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

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I may vastly prefer the Saxon side of this conflict but I'm certainly interested in this one.
Once we have a healthy roster of Vikings we'll get you set up with a Saxon character. You may take on a Saxon NPC or two in the mean time.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2018, 03:03:08 PM »
Awesome! I’ll be having a CS within the next day or two. 

I’d be down for anyone who desires connections as well: lover, husband, best friend, sibling, etc. Send me a PM or holler at me here.

And I’ll be using this woman: Marie Avgeropoulos


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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2018, 05:05:01 PM »
Character: Harald "Bloodaxe" Eadricsson
Player: Robhumph

Role: Captain of the Jörmungandr/Leader of a Viking band
Specialties:
  • Dane-Axe and Axe & Shield combat
  • Experienced sailor and sea raider
  • Knowledge of Britannia

Personality:
  • Pityless: A vicious Vikingr, Harald has little mercy left for those too weak to stop him.
  • Brave: Come battle, storm or any hardship Harald will stand firm, perhaps to his detriment
  • Cunning: One does not last as long as Harald without having a keen mind for fighting dirty or tricking one's foes.

History:
  • Born in the year the Christians call 814 AD in Danmark, Harald is close approaching the time to give up raiding and pillaging
  • Went on his first Viking in 830 AD, Harald has been a terror of the north seas for decades
  • Claiming a longship through the right of an honest duel in 834 AD, Harald became the captain he would be for the next three decades, and soon into the Vikings of his own making, he sailed into the Irish Sea and became one of the dreaded "Black Men of the Sea" to the Welsh Celts
  • Began using the new settlement of Dubh Lihn as a base upon its founding
  • Cared little for Ragnar Hairybreeches, has only joined the army for chances of plundering the great kingdoms of mainland Britannia

Relationships/Connections:
  • Ilvar Bjorksson: Raided together in the Irish Sea
  • To be completed as characters submitted/relationships plotted
  • To be completed as characters submitted/relationships plotted

Additional Details:
  • Has much knowledge of the lands of Britannia, particularly of the lands and kingdoms that surround the Irish Sea
  • Commands a crew of thirty hardened Vikingr
« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 03:32:12 PM by RobHumph »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2018, 05:05:25 PM »
Hope that all works for a CS. Let me know if anything needs changing

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2018, 05:19:15 PM »
Just missing an image but that's my fault. img tag got lost somewhere along the way. I've slipped it back into the CS if you want to tweak.

If its not been made clear previously, live action/real face claims please.

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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2018, 05:23:05 PM »
changed the face claim.

Which forum is this game taking place in?

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2018, 05:54:51 PM »
That's currently undecided. We can discuss it in Discord once we have a few bits together.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - AU/OC Interest Check
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2018, 12:37:52 PM »
Took a little liberty with some items and I will admit it took me awhile to do the research lol. Can fix/change whatever.




Character: Røksana
Player: Vlexia

Role: Witch of the Wilds
Specialties:
  • Archery with the Yew War Bow, boasting of 70 lbs of force and able to shoot a target at 227.5 metres (746 ft).
  • Healing with extensive knowledge of lancing, cleaning wounds, bandaging, setting broken bones, and the preparation of herbal remedies and pain management.
  • Poisons: has made her own version of the fantasized eitr poison which she coats her arrows and smaller blades with.

Personality:
  • Strategic: Whether it’s on the battlefield, or in her own daily duties, there is an order in which to do things for the greatest success in the end.
  • Persuasive: With a silver tongue, one can get anything needed or desired through logic or emotional stimulation.
  • Poetic: Speaks in riddles and proverbial sayings, such things happening when one spends much time alone in the forest.

History:
  • Born in 839AD in a small fishing village in Norheim, Rogaland. Mother died in childbirth and was the only one born within the peasant family.
  • Experimented with plants and herbs at a young age before being orphaned during her fifteenth year.
  • Becoming a degree of an outcast, she retreated to the Norheimskogen forest which lies south of the village.
  • Has an extensive garden growing over the years, and with this growing knowledge has been acquired. She has used dying soldiers for experimentation for remedies, some working, others not, garnering her reputation for her titled role in the surrounding areas.
  • When her King left for Kattegat after the news of the death of Ragnar, she followed his armies from a distance to render aid.

Relationships/Connections:

Additional Details:
  • You’ve heard of her. She’s very well known in both light and dark rumors.
  • Will help anyone.
  • Well equipped with the Fly Agaric Mushrooms which, under her care and administration, gives a warrior the Berserker Fury. But there is a physical price to pay afterwards, which she can care for.
  • Her time alone in the woods has given her great hunting and tracking skills.
  • A bit crazy and socially awkward

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2018, 03:40:57 PM »
Harald & Røksana both look solid. If you want to PM me your Discord names I'll get a Discord chat set up soon and we can begin setting up a few bits while the other character sheets come in.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »

Character: Audun "Wingfoot" Ingvarsson
Player: Praxis

Role: Scout

Specialties:
  • Woodcraft
  • Silence
  • Foot speed
  • Archery
  • Can do arithmetic. (was taught how by a captured priest when he was young)

Personality:
  • Loyal
  • Patient
  • Morally-flexible
  • Not prone to boredom
  • Intolerant of weakness
  • Relatively intolerant of people in general.
  • Prefers silence
  • Observant
  • Anti-Theist

History:
  • Born in 833 AD in poverty.  A simple cabin far from any settlement.  His mother did not survive his birth.
  • Has known Canis since Audun was young. 
    • Has been a raider in Canis' Vestfold since being of age
    • Learned of the forest and woodcraft from his father, Ingvar who made his living as a hunter of game.

    Relationships/Connections:
    • Loyal raider to Canis. Unflinching in his execution of duties to his king.

    Additional Details:
    • None at the moment.

« Last Edit: June 09, 2018, 09:05:22 PM by Praxis »

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2018, 05:23:25 PM »
Hey Praxis, I'm not sure if Audun is finished, (app seems to be missing the 'additional details' section & the code is a touch broken there. If you can tweak those bits and let me know if/when he's done that would be great, cheers!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2018, 05:36:42 PM »
Brutal.  I suck at this.

Thanks man.  I'll fix it tonight!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2018, 06:09:48 PM »
Is there room for a volva character in this world?

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2018, 06:26:09 PM »
Character: Ilvar Bjorksson.
Player: Avarus

Role: Captain of the Rhomphaia/Former Varangian Mercenary in Miklagard
Specialties:
  • Small unit tactics
  • Experienced sailor
  • Naval tactics
  • Can read and write Greek

Personality:
  • Honours his oaths: Will stick by his oath, even if it goes against his self interest.
  • Trading mindset: Thralls are more profitable than corpses. Soapstone is heavy but valuable. Knows what he raids.
  • Merciless: Will kill any bearing weapons who stands in his way.
  • Worldly: His time in Miklagard has opened his eyes to other cultures and ancient ideas.
  • Patient: Will wait for the correct moment to strike, rather than charge.
  • Intimidating: Still the best way to have things done your way.

History:
  • Was born in the 12th indiction of the 6342th year of the world, known in Danmark as 833 Anno Domini on his fathers longship, travelling the rivers to Kiev.
  • Grew up in Kiev, where his father was a Varangian mercenary in employ of the Grand Prince of the city, trained to be eventually the replacement of his father.
  • Through shifting diplomatic ties moved to Miklagard in 846 AD, where he came into contact with the classic world and was taught how to read Greek.
  • Joined his first patrol with his father in 848AD, where their ship sailed the Western Black sea and attacked Bulgarian ships and small ports.
  • His father died in 856 AD, felled by a Georgian arrow, causing Ilvar to inherit his father’s ship and retinue. The ship was renamed to Rhomphaia.
  • Continued serving in the Byzantine navy up to 862 AD, when only a few men of the original company remained, most replaced with new adventurers from the North.
  • Came for the first time to Danmark in 863 AD, upon hearing of great wealth to be gained from raiding lands in the west, swearing an oath to the new king for this new enterprise.

Relationships/Connections:
  • Raided on the Irish sea with Harald Eadricsson
  • TbA
  • TBA

Additional Details:
  • Just arrived in Danmark and is mostly unknown other than as a curious rumour
  • Can read and write Greek, but not any other language.
  • Has a small longboat, called Rhomphaia, of which every beam has been replaced at least two times after she was laid down, sailing under a red flag bearing a black axe.
  • Commands a small host of thirty men, who stuck with him after Miklagard. The crew is a riot of Norse and Baltic men.
  • Speaks in an odd accent from many years abroad, using his mother tongue only among his retinue.
  • Thinks it’s too cold in Danmark.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 04:08:16 PM by avarus »

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2018, 06:30:54 PM »
Is there room for a volva character in this world?

Yes!

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Character: Ilvar Bjorksson.
Player: Avarus

Looks good!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2018, 07:38:37 PM »
Yes!

Awesome 🙂 I'll get to work on a sheet.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2018, 12:10:38 PM »
Discord chat is live, character sheets are being submitted and we still need leaders for this Great Viking Army!
(Plus just about everything else)

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2018, 02:27:41 PM »
Interested, just not sure what sort of role I'd want to play just yet.

EDIT: Still mulling over ideas, but would like to faceclaim Emily Cox.

« Last Edit: June 10, 2018, 02:38:30 PM by Jag »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2018, 03:36:50 PM »
Whoever she is, it appears she knows Canis!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2018, 03:40:08 PM »
Is your faceclaim from The Last Kingdom (which is about the Danish invasions of Britain)? That's where I got mine from. ^_^

Slowly building the CS for her. Not sure yet on what her 'role' will be.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2018, 03:44:34 PM »
Last Kingdom, yep!

Looking forward to seeing what you put together :D

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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2018, 03:59:05 PM »
I haven't actually watched it yet, but it's on my list. >.<

I don't know what her personality is like in the show, but mine plans on being a bit of a sourpuss shieldmaiden. Deemed habitually unwed (well on her way to being somewhat of a spinster). Bit of a violent streak. Womanly in dress, but manly enough in personality (and language) that people might wonder if she can piss standing up.

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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2018, 05:43:51 PM »
    Done! I think. >.<



Character: Oddveig "Odd She Be" Dalgaard
Player: Jag

Role: Slovenly Spinster Shieldmaiden
Specialties:
  • Sling - Not generally a warrior's weapon, but rather the mark of a peasant. Despite this, Oddveig uses it with great proficiency and her farm worked arms give her a lot of power behind it.
  • Accuracy - What makes her so good with the Sling is ultimately her ability to hit her mark.
  • Shield & Knife - Again, more a peasant tool, but Oddveig does well getting in close with her shield and taking low hits with her knife.
  • Stature - Oddveig is not large by any means. While not a specialty due to being a physical trait, Odd has learned to use it to her advantage in a fight.

Personality:
  • Sourpuss - While she is not pessimistic, she does tend to be in a bad mood much of the time.
  • Icy - Anyone who can make Oddveig crack a smile must be a god.
  • Blunt - Odd will not mince words with anyone, which does tend to land her in bad favor of others.
  • Loyal - Despite everything, Odd has her friends/family and she has her enemies. Those around her know which category they fall into.
  • Manly - A word tossed around often when describing her by others.
  • Short & Angry - Oddveig is not afraid to bite the ankle of any man or woman who worsens her mood.

History:
  • Born in 837AD to a small farmstead. Mother died shortly after her third year and bore no other children.
  • Oddveig took the place of any sons her father lost the chance at having with few womanly influences in her life.
  • Father attempted to arrange a marriage for her when she was sixteen, but she showed up to the wedding drunk and cut her would-be-husband's arm open with a knife when they tried to haul her up to take her vows. Her father had to pay reparations for this embarrassment.
  • Vowed herself to battle after the drunkenness wore off.
  • Has never shied away from a battle and enthusiastically offers herself up at any chance to go on a raid.

Relationships/Connections:
  • Canis Goldmane allowed her on her first raid. She remains loyal to him for this, as well as several unsaid understandings.
  • Khojin is an interesting thrall. Odd doesn't entirely hate her.
  • To be completed

Additional Details:
  • Commonly states "I prefer the company of gods to stupid men" when questioned about when she may wed.
  • Also "I do piss standing up and I have better aim than you when I do it."
  • Takes any challenge someone offers seriously, even if it's not meant to be.
  • Unmarried and childless.
  • Has been deemed a flannfluga due to her refusal to marry.
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« Last Edit: June 15, 2018, 08:28:02 AM by Jag »

Offline Lithium

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2018, 05:49:47 PM »
Yooooooo~



Character: Khojin

Player: Lithium

Role: Thrall, scout, killer

Specialties:
  • Killing: Not a skill which came naturally to her, but one that she was forced to acquire and become very proficient at, even coming to enjoy it at times. Knives are her preferred tool, though she'll use anything at her disposal to get the job done.
  • Moving unseen and unheard: She doesn't have the size or the strength to take most enemies head on, but the element of surprise makes for a great equalizer.
  • Nimble: While her small stature may be a hindrance in combat, being small can have its advantages. Combined with Khojin's flexibility and quickness, it means there aren't many obstacles which she can't sneak through or climb over.
  • Tireless: She can seemingly will herself beyond the bounds of exhaustion, hunger and thirst which would impede most men, even if it might end up killing her.
  • Tough: If not a friend, pain is - at the very least - an old acquaintance of hers, so Khojin can endure more than her fair share.

Personality:
  • Savage: In many respects, Khojin behaves more like a wild animal than a woman. Her manners are nonexistent and her morals are precious few, innate instincts more than anything. Like a dog, her loyalty can be unwavering once earned, though few souls can claim to ever have managed such a feat.
  • Mistrustful: Khojin is more apt at seeing the bad in people than the good, since that's what most have in abundance from her experience. She's leery and skeptical of everyone and everything.
  • Single-minded: Good luck changing her mind after it's already been set on something.
  • Vindictive: Khojin can hold a grudge and gnaw at it like a dog would do with a bone.

History:
  • Khojin was born somewhere in western Mongolia in 841 AD, the daughter of a struggling merchant.
  • At 14, while she was helping her father peddle their goods in the city, a wealthier merchant made her father an offer, once which would keep the rest of his family fed for at least two winters.
  • As a slave, she was broken and trained before being transported west where she would fetch a higher price. She was bought by several different masters and resold after they'd grown bored of her, each time being sent further and further west.
  • Her cruelest master yet awaited in West Frankia, taking and taking from her for three interminable years. Khojin slaughtered his family in their sleep and left him alive to find the bodies when he woke.
  • She fled into the wilderness and learned how to survive, learned how to kill better, soon becoming the area's most wanted bandit and murderer while the bodies of soldiers and mercenaries sent to apprehend her continued to pile up.
  • Still working on this bit! Stuff happens and she ends up as Cannis' thrall, woooo!

Relationships/Connections:
  • T
  • B
  • D

Additional Details:
  • She can understand Norse well enough as well as speak it, albeit somewhat brokenly, though her preferred language seems to be a mixture of grunting, hissing and scowling.
  • She's about 5'2" and weighs just over 100 lbs.
  • Her back is a tapestry of crisscrossing scars.
  • She has intricate patterns tattooed over her left arm and her throat in black ink.
  • She has a small silver ring pierced through her septum.
  • Her companion, Life, is nearly as big as her, though not quite as nasty.
  • Some of the commoners in West Frankia have started telling stories of a dusky witch who swoops in to snatch misbehaving children out of their beds at night, dragging them back to her forest lair where she gorges herself on their flesh.

Offline Kuroneko

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2018, 10:39:54 PM »
Here's my first stab. Let me know if you need any changes :-) I also have a discord.



Character: Rúna Grimsdöttir
Player: Kuroneko
Faceclaim: Charlie Murphy

Role: Völva
Specialties:
  • Spá/Prophecy -Rúna has the gift of Sight, able to divine the future through reading various signs and symbols, ritual and ceremony, including dreams.
  • Seiɗr - Rúna is able to use the Futhark and other methods to perform oracular divinations for individuals and groups with uncanny accuracy.
  • Galdr - Rúna has learned the traditional singing incantations and verses of the Völva.
  • Throwing Knives - Originally engaged in training as a shieldmaiden until she was chosen as an apprentice by the Völva of her clan, Rúna has retained and perfected her skill with throwing knives and always keeps several on her person. She has deadly accuracy with these hidden weapons and can hit her mark with most thrown items, be it axe, bottle or drinking horn.
  • Staff - Rúna carries the wand/staff of her profession, and is skilled in its use as a defensive weapon as well as a magical instrument.
  • Can read and write Norse and some Saxon English - She learned to read and write Norse from her mentor, and learned to read and write bits and pieces of Saxon English from a captured priest while in the company of a minor northern chieftain and his people. She finds the language harsh and boring.

Personality:
  • Disciplined – Practicing seiɗr and galdr takes practice and painstakingly methodical action. Rúna is committed to ritual work and has the mindset for divination and other ceremonial tasks.
  • Patient - Rúna takes her time, waiting for the Gods to make their will known. Ceremony also requires time; she knows not to push the river.
  • Mysterious - She has visions. They can happen at any time and from time to time, they come true. It can be … unsettling.
  • Caring - Rúna sympathizes with the people for whom she delivers prophecies and divinations and cares about how her messages will be received.
  • Selfless - Rúna has dedicated her life in service of the Gods. She goes where They will and does what They ask.
  • Observant - She sees small details and how they relate to the larger whole. Combined with her abilities this makes her a good reader of people.

History:
  • Born in 836 in a small mountain village near Flam. She has six older brothers. Her mother was also a seventh child.
  • Originally began to train in combat to become a shieldmaiden, until the local völva chose her as an apprentice at the age of ten, when she discovered Rúna was having prophetic dreams.
  • She traveled extensively with her mentor until her initiation at the age of twenty two. Has continued to travel on her own from village to village after becoming a full Völva in her own right.
  • Dreams and visions brought Rúna to Kattegat after the fall of Ragnar, to confirm his death and see what the Gods had wrought, and who would rise in his place. Visions and dreams have kept her in the area ever since.

Relationships/Connections:
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA

Additional Details:
  • Has never married, but is far from celibate.
  • While Rúna does not actively seek battle, she won’t shy away from it, especially if signs point to her participation or the Gods will it. She works best in a stealth capacity or like a druid, working to curse the enemy and pick off forces or wounded one by one.
  • Knows specific herbalism to brew the infusions necessary to induce trance and visions.
  • Has a fine, melodic singing voice
  • Hands, arms and body are tattooed in bindrunes and ritual symbols from her initiation, to assist her abilities.
  • Both ears are pierced multiple times.
  • Rúna has been trained in the practice of ritual sacrifice.
  • For all intents and purposes, her function is that of a shaman.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 03:50:08 PM by Kuroneko »

Offline Cold Heritage

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2018, 11:01:07 PM »
Reworking pending.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2018, 08:09:40 PM by Cold Heritage »

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2018, 04:12:44 PM »
Our Discord now has 7 members plotting away and preparing for their adventure, others have been given the link and we hope they'll be joining us soon.

For now still recruiting!

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2018, 06:34:18 PM »
IC HAS STARTED!

We are also seeking Commanders for our Great Heathen Army, 3 spots available!

Offline Cosima

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2018, 08:49:07 PM »
I'm in. You can rest your blame squarely with Praxis for this! CS in progress.

Offline Emmykins

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #36 on: June 13, 2018, 12:16:01 AM »
Super tempted to play. >3

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting!
« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2018, 01:29:24 PM »
I'm in. You can rest your blame squarely with Praxis for this! CS in progress.

I look forward to it!

Super tempted to play. >3

Please do! If there is any questions I can answer to help, please ask!

Offline WaitingCynicism

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #38 on: June 13, 2018, 08:05:41 PM »
posting interest. can I get a discord link? also, are lgbt characters allowed?
« Last Edit: June 13, 2018, 08:37:46 PM by WaitingCynicism »

Offline Cold Heritage

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #39 on: June 13, 2018, 08:18:46 PM »
Character: Snæþór "Whitegold"
Player: Cold Heritage

Role: Berserker
Specialties:
  • Divine Fury: Snæþór does not need mushrooms or charms or any such things to enter the berserker rage, although it is not as intense as it is for those who do so through the mushroom or other rituals. Still, it is a comfort and a source of faith to the young warrior that the gods are with him.
  • Jotunblut: Some men claim descent from the gods; Ragnar claimed to be of the line of Odin. Snæþór is reputed to have the blood of giants within him, as many from Norway are; he is taller, larger, stronger, and more hale than most men.
  • Cold-blooded: The cold does not bother Snæþór as it would other men, and seeing the darkest deeds done does not unman him.
  • Scrimshaw: Snæþór is skilled at engraving upon bone; he has worked with whale bone and walrus tusks extensively and traded several pieces for many times their weight in gold.

Personality:
  • Reserved: Snæþór is a young man, with no great fame or deeds of his own, so he is not so quick to brag or boast.
  • Malleable: Snæþór is easy to persuade and susceptible to silver tongues speaking honeyed words in his ear.
  • Ambitious: The young warrior does want to prove himself, earn grand fame and wealth, have his name in the mouth of all the skalds.

History:
  • Born in northern Hålogaland some twenty years ago in 845 A.D. under a star of good omen.
  • The second son of an earl of middling wealth and modest fame; few are likely to know the man's name: Jarnkettil Wending-Ways.
  • Witnessed Jarnkettil cut the blood eagle on a child-murderer at age 6. This is the same year that Snæþór receives his first instruction in scrimshawing.
  • Snæþór has fought primarily against the Rus, and alongside them against the Pechenegs. He is on good terms with several Sami tribes, having traded scrimshawed whale bones and the horns of narwhals to them for reindeer meat and the like. Snæþór gains fame among the Rus by defeating a powerful Pecheneg war chief in battle, taking him alive, and cutting the blood eagle upon him.
  • Snæþór's father fell ill and died over a long winter; his elder brother, Hjalbjorn, was elected to succeed as earl. The two brothers were ever quarrelsome for no reason anyone, even long time friends of their father, could discern. They were merely fated to be unable to tolerate one another.
  • Snæþór left home shortly after his father's death, something Jarnkettil demanded on his deathbed, and traveled south with a trader. The young warrior intended to travel to Miklagard and serve the Greek Emperor, but Ragnar had recently died and a great army was being formed to avenge him.

Relationships/Connections:

Additional Details:
  • Snæþór's shield is painted with a white swan on one side of the boss, and a black raven upon the other.
  • He has a thick, braided arm ring made of white gold. It was a gift to him from a warlord of the Rus after Snaethor defeated and killed a powerful Pecheneg war chieftain.
  • Snæþór is just over seven feet tall.
  • Owns a cloak made from the hide of a polar bear. He killed it himself on a whaling trip that went far north.
  • Knows how to speak the tongue of the Rus and Sami.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 10:36:02 PM by Cold Heritage »

Offline WaitingCynicism

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2018, 01:38:28 PM »
Character: Einarr Leifsson
Player: WaitingCynicism

Role: Raider
Specialties:
  • Riding
  • Axeplay
  • Hunting

Personality:
  • Humble
  • Kind
  • Protective

History:
  • Born on June 14, 844, Einarr lived a simple life as the son of a warrior and his wife. While his childhood was sheltered somewhat, he learned the ways of the axe and shield, of warfare and raiding. Life, while simple, consisted of almost exclusively learning martial skills and lectures on the gods, something Einarr never really preferred. He just wanted to run around with his friends.
  • It was during his teenage years that he discovered his pleasures with other men, and specifically his friend Harald. Amongst the constant talks of a raid, amongst the heavy snows and the sounds of axe against axe, the two fell in love, not caring what others thought - or what the gods would think of them.
  • Their families began to catch on to the relationship, lecturing the two men privately about how unbecoming it was of them to be in love. It made them weak and petty, like the Saxons that they were going to raid. After constant lectures, Harald and Einarr had had enough. They joined the army, and now are going to try and live in England after the war.

Relationships/Connections:
  • Harald, his lover
  • Open
  • open

Additional Details:
  • Face Claim is Joel Edgerton
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 05:24:55 PM by WaitingCynicism »

Offline Cosima

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2018, 08:28:14 PM »
Character: Grethe
Player: Cosima

Role: Shieldmaiden
Specialties:
  • Spear
  • Javelin
  • Archery
  • Gaelic Warfare- Horsemanship, Tactics etc.
  • Highly Educated- Received a robust Classical education during her youth in Ireland.

Personality:
  • Direct- Grethe says what she means, and has little time or patience for people who attempt to obfuscate or hide the truth or their intent with disingenuous words. That's not to say that she has no use at all for subtlety, but given the choice tends toward straightforward honesty.
  • Ambitious- She has no use for an idle life and strives to make an impact on the world. Regardless of how she makes her name, she wants to carve out a legacy that lives long beyond her mortal years.
  • Enterprising- One can not grow up a woman in a man's world without learning how to achieve her goals through unconventional means. Through experience she has learned how to be resourceful, cunning and how to seize upon opportunities whenever she is presented with them.
  • Headstrong- The woman is stubborn. She has had it proven by experience that if she perseveres long enough, she will eventually prevail. Therefore, while she often solicits the advice of others, she knows her own mind and is only swayed away from her position by thoughtful, compelling arguments.
  • Pragmatic- Grethe is well grounded and not prone to flights of fancy. She can be practical to the point of bordering on cynicism.

History:
  • Born to a moderately influential Gaelic Chieftain in Ireland in AD 835, the middle of three children.
  • Received traditional combat and tactical training as well as an extensive Classical education during her formative years.
  • Fought in various campaigns against Viking invaders and was eventually captured in AD 855.
  • Rather than submit to slavery she attempted suicide but was prevented from doing so by her Viking captors, then taken forcibly to Norway upon the raid's conclusion.
  • Shortly after her arrival in Norway, she was presented with the choice between enslavement and marriage. She chose the latter.
  • During her marriage she assimilated into her husband's culture. With her combat expertise it was natural for her to pick up the sword and shield on behalf of her new people. She fought alongside her husband until his death in battle in AD 863.
  • With the formation of The Great Heathen Army, she decided to seek her fortune and fight in honor of her late husband.

Relationships/Connections:
  • To be determined- PM's with ideas are welcome!

Additional Details:
  • Face claim is Olga Kurylenko
« Last Edit: June 15, 2018, 05:27:37 PM by Cosima »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #42 on: June 16, 2018, 09:42:37 AM »
Character: Jarl Sigurd "Berserk-Killer" Skallagrimsson
Player: Robhumph

Role: Jarl of Aalborg/ Great Viking Leader
Specialties:
  • Dane-Axe combat
  • Leadership and army management
  • Field warfare experience

Personality:
  • Straightforward: Come battle, raid or siege, Sigurd prefers blunt tactics. The Northmen are the fiercest warriors of the world, they will carry the day without the need for fancy ideas
  • Wrathful: Sigurd does not let grudges go. Those who wrong him are forever sworn as enemies, and many do not last long
  • Generous: Sigurd does not see the point in hoarding wealth. The raids and wars provide for all and he rewards the men who follow him well and often.

History:
  • Born in 823 AD to the Jarl of Aalborg, Sigurd was raised as a warrior and leader of men
  • Joining his father in his first raid in 837 AD, he took part in the last sacking of Dorestad, there looting enough silver to buy his first ship
  • His father died of an illness in 844 AD and Sigurd became the new Jarl of Aalborg. As Jarl, he followed his king Horik into East Frankia for the last war the king fought there in 845 AD. Around this time Sigurd met Ragnar Lodbrok upon the others return from the sacking of Paris
  • During the civil war following the murder of King Horik, Sigurd supported Horik II and secured his own possessions in the process. He also fought alongside the son of Ragnar Lodbrok, Sigurd 'Snake-in-the-Eye' Ragnarsson
  • Upon hearing of the dishonourable murder of Ragnar Lodbrok at the hands of King Aella of Northumbria, Sigurd set sail to Kattegat with his housecarls, intent on avenging the death of a fellow Dane and Jarl.

Relationships/Connections:
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA

Additional Details:
  • Is naturally well known in Danmark, being a prominent Jarl of the area
  • Commands many ships and men
  • Is well known for killing another Jarl's berserker in personal combat over a border dispute
  • Likewise well known for killing said Jarl later on during the civil war
« Last Edit: June 16, 2018, 10:07:36 AM by RobHumph »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2018, 11:32:09 AM »
Character: Juma
Player: Jag

Role: Former Thrall / Craftsman / Blacksmith
Specialties:
  • Master craftsman - Juma is skilled in quality weapons and armor.
  • Fear - He's a savage in others eyes. Juma has learned to use this to his favor.
  • Weapons Knowledge - Juma believes to make the best weapons, one must know how to use the weapons. He trains with everything he makes.
  • No Fear - Knowing his life is worth nothing more than what he can create, Juma does not fear death and goes into fights like the savage people believe him to be.

Personality:
  • Hardworking - From the day he was brought to the smithy, Juma has never shied away from a day of work.
  • Detail Oriented - Juma's work is not only quality for use in battle, but is eloquently designed.
  • Quiet - Juma does not like to make a fuss.
  • Loyal - Despite being a thrall, he was not beaten unnecessarily and maintains a loyal attitude towards the culture he has been raised in.

History:
  • Birth year unknown, but was a young child when he was sold to his heathen master. Possibly in his early thirties.
  • Was sold extremely cheap due to his skin markings and that it affected his hair too.
  • Was originally purchased to do all the cleaning, tending, and heavy work for his master's smithy.
  • Six years into his ownership, his master fell ill and they worried about the loss of business for not completing a job and Juma took to finishing the sword himself.
  • Over the years, his master let him secretly work on orders, never telling anyone that their weapons or armor were being made by a thrall.
  • Was beaten and flogged after being caught bedding local girl. Had she been of higher standing, he would have likely been beheaded.
  • On his death bed, his master freed him. Saying he had more than paid for his own worth. That he was a free man and did not have to be passed down to his remaining family.
  • Juma chose to stay with his master's family anyway. Continuing on his usual duties and work as he always had for lack of anything better to do with his life.
  • While many are hesitant to go to him for work, the quality of his work is hard to deny.

Relationships/Connections:
  • To be completed
  • To be completed
  • To be completed

Additional Details:

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2018, 12:03:59 PM »
Character: Conchobar an Dubh
Player: Primarch

Role: Veteran Mercenary/Heavily Armoured shocktroop
Specialties:
  • Sword Combat
  • Physically Robust
  • Command
  • Legendary Carouser

Personality:
  • None So Fierce - In the circles that know about such things, Conchobar is respected & feared as a particularly fearsome warrior
  • Honourable - Fierce as he may be, Conchobar is known to respect a deal and his word is absolute.
  • Affectionate - A surprising twist to some, the big bad mercenary is known for his affections. Especially towards his dog but also children in general.

History:
  • Born in 826 AD, a son of the Eóganachta in South Ireland.
  • Known as a particularly wild youth, he caused endless difficulty for his parents.
  • Having little interest in the comfort of home, Conchobar departed with a band of others to seek their fortune
  • In 845 AD a band of Celtic Mercenaries known achieve notoriety while working for Nominoë, the Duke of Brittany. At the Battle of Ballon they ambush the Frankish flank struggling in the marshland. It is said their brutality and viciousness did more damage than the physical injuries they inflicted.
  • In 851 AD, after making appearances throughout Europe he is summoned by Duke Erispoe, Nominoë's son. By this time the band have a reputation a small but elite force of heavily armed mercenaries. They are known to respect a deal but savage fighters in a way some find displeasing. Under Duke Erispoe he fought at the Battle of Jengland, where they defeated Charles the Bald despite being heavily outnumbered.
  • Perhaps the most notable part of his career to day, Conchobar & his men were hired by Empress Theodora as bodyguards to her son during his regency. They held this this post for two years but were dismissed from Constantinople in 855 AD following inappropriate rumours surrounding Conchobar & the Empress. That she was shortly after removed from her position indicates there may have been more to it, as far as Conchobar is concerned.
  • Currently Conchobar & his men are under the employ of Jarl Sigurd Skallagrimsson, having met previously on opposite sides of battle and developing a mutual respect. 

Relationships/Connections:
  • Open
  • Open
  • Open

Additional Details:
  • Conchobar's warrior band are currently 30 men strong. Each fighting man is supported by a boy to tend to his equipment and another to carry provisions.
  • He is almost always seen with his dog, a wolfhound by the name of Finbarr.
  • His band are very well known in Europe and it is joked "the are the most honestly violent and violently honest to be found."
  • Although sword combat is his speciality, the troop will normally open combat with javelins.
  • Conchobar is known as 'An Dubh' which means 'the Black' due to his fearsome reputation, most non-speakers of his native tongue will simply call him 'Conchobar the Black' though more commonly just 'Conchobar.' He is sometimes called 'the Butcher' due to his role in Theodora's persecution of the Paulician heresy which, true to form for Conchobar the Black, while brutal, vicious & thorough.

Offline Amarlo

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2018, 02:11:23 PM »
Potential interest here. I am brain storming to see if anything really strikes me - So far thinking a young upstart looking to prove herself. >3 I'll keep in touch!

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #46 on: June 16, 2018, 08:35:34 PM »
Potential interest here. I am brain storming to see if anything really strikes me - So far thinking a young upstart looking to prove herself. >3 I'll keep in touch!

Delighted!

On another note, we have our second Great Leader with another on the way but still room for one more!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2018, 11:06:19 PM »
Character: Hjalmarä
Player: Vlexia
Role: Queen of Hordaland/ Great Viking Mistress Leader
Specialties:
  • Dual Wield- Swords
  • Fighting on Horseback
  • Strategic war planning

Personality:
  • Callous: She cannot emotionally connect with anyone anymore, her heart frozen to pain and Woe to the person who gives excuses for failure.
  • Aggressive:Wild, angry at the world, and it shows through her drinking, constantly trying to dull her senses.
  • Brash: Seeks strength and will challenge any who wish to take her wealth and position away from her.

History:
  • Born in 834 AD to a wealthy family in the kingdom of Hordaland, the only daughter and the youngest of six brothers.
  • Married the Heir to the throne, Aevar Ketilsson, who fought alongside Canis Goldmane in the past. The man was the only child, a spoiled fiend who turned glutenous in his wealth and father’s shadow. He turned his rage towards his wife on many occasions, the woman allowing it to happen for “the sake of her position” but the rage growing in her heart.
  • When her husband died she took the throne, unchallenged by no siblings or heirs.

Relationships/Connections:
  • Canis Goldmane is an ally who fought alongside her husband in previous raids.

Additional Details:
  • She murdered her husband in revenge for him attacking her during a drunken rage and causing her to lose their unborn child.
  • His spine has been converted into a whip that is attached to her belt.
  • She has upwards of 22 ships that can carry 25-30 men each.
  • Both women and men fill her army.

Offline Lithium

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2018, 06:35:43 PM »
Character: Elsebe the Treacherous

Player: Lithium

Role: Hjalmarä's general and confidant

Specialties:
  • Sword Combat: She's no legendary warrior, but she can handle herself well enough to make the queen break a sweat when they spar.
  • Riding: Just another one of those girls obsessed with ponies.
  • Learning: She abhors failure, and thus she studies and pushes herself almost compulsively at anything she does. She's quick to learn and adapt, rarely making mistakes at all, and never twice.
  • Military Tactics: Elsebe's true strength lies not in the sharpness of her blade, but the sharpness of her mind. Using terrain, deception and even the forces of nature themselves to her advantage, she does whatever it takes to ensure that Hjalmarä's grander plans come to fruition.

Personality:
  • Detached: While she probably does have emotions buried away somewhere beneath her dark breastplate, Elsebe hides them well. She can compartmentalize almost anything effectively, allowing her to make decisions clearly and decisively even in the heat of battle.
  • Sardonic: With a sharp wit also comes a sharp tongue, and Elsebe isn't shy about using it. No one is safe!
  • Maneater: Bringing men, powerful men in particular, down one or several notches is a guilty pleasure of hers. In the bedroom, she treats them as props meant to fulfill for own needs, taking whatever she wants before discarding them like old unwanted toys.
  • Sadistic: What? Everyone needs a hobby.

History:
  • Born in 830 AD, the daughter of a Jarl within the kingdom of Hordaland.
  • Had a relatively good education and comfortable life until her betrothal to King Aevar.
  • During the few years the marriage lasted, Elsebe was unable to conceive a child, let alone an heir. She suffered the king's displeasure in the form of increasingly violent fits of drunken rage which, at the time, she'd been convinced she deserved.
  • Aevar eventually divorced her once he set his sights and heart on some younger, more beautiful fair-haired maiden.
  • Using the assets which she got to keep after the divorce, Elsebe was able to start a successful horse breeding business in spite of being considered some sort of pariah.
  • After the king's untimely demise, the queen appointed Elsebe as general of her armies.

Relationships/Connections:
  • The Queen of Hordaland has been her only and closest friend for years. Rather than being petty and resentful after being replaced, Elsebe knew first hand that the title of queen was no necessarily one to be envied, so she actually spent the last of her empathy on the young Hjalmarä, helping her cope with her new life in whichever way she could. The pair's bond has only grown unbreakable since, as has Elsebe's respect and loyalty for her queen.

Additional Details:
  • She was Hjalmarä's accomplice in the murder of King Aevar. Some say she was the one who whispered poisoned words into the queen's ear and talked her into it, though in truth Hjalmarä hardly needed much encouragement after the death of her unborn child.
  • Elsebe's business trains stallions exclusively for the queen's cavalry. Her methods are known to be cruel and extreme, but also undeniably effective. The horses kick and bite like devils in battle, often presenting almost as much of a threat as the riders themselves.
  • She may have just as bad of a drinking problem as her former husband.
  • She owns a crossbow pistol which she pillaged from some noble's weapon collection after a raid. It's more of a novelty item than anything, realistically only able to fire once per engagement since it requires a fairly long amount of time to reload, but it's a nifty little surprise.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2018, 07:17:56 PM by Lithium »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2018, 05:54:03 PM »
We have 3 of our key leaders, room for 1 more.
Beyond that we are still accepting all other character types!

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #50 on: June 18, 2018, 06:34:15 PM »
Character: Koop Barentszoon “The Frisian”
Player: Avarus

Role: Merchant
Specialties:
  • Navigator: Koop has travelled the Noardsee (North Sea) Extensively and has knowledge of the many trade routes and markets that litter it
  • Purveyor: Koop has his connections and knows where to find those rare goodies.
  • The Art of the Deal: Koop somehow always has goods to sell and they are always different. Come by again tomorrow, maybe he has what you are looking for then.
  • Lack of conscience: Slaves, relics, loyalty, Everything is for sale!
  • Silver touched: You have ill-gotten gains, Koop has silver. Why are you asking questions?
  • Speaker of tongues: Frisian, Frankish, Saxon, Anglish, Norse and more, when you trade all around the North Sea you learn the languages of these people.

Personality:
  • Mad: ”MAD!? I am not mad! You know what’s mad?! These exorbitantly low prices! Please buy!
  • In touch with the gods: ”Of course! Take this chicken for example! It was touched by Wodan! Now it hunts even better than the best price hawk. Only five peningas and it is yours!
  • Shady: ”I heavily resent that assertion! All my goods are 100% guaranteed! That’s not an old rusty axe! It’s a trusted beasty that has proven itself. Only twelve peningas! Did I tell you it was touched by Loki?”

History:
  • Born in Dorestad in 823 AD Koop was quickly introduced in his fathers trade consortium.
  • Starting with an extremely small loan from his father Koop bought his first trading vessel at the tender age of 19.
  • Has since plied the North Sea, always looking for a bargain.

Relationships/Connections:
  • T
  • B
  • A

Additional Details:
  • Is quite well known for many Vikingr’s have traded with him to liquidise their freshly gained assets
  • Always keeps a small retinue of club armed guards around. For some reasons Vikingrs after all do not take kindly to being swindled
  • Always has a great selection of goods, from slaves to silks to weapons and the equipment to get it through everyday life.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 03:44:50 AM by avarus »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2018, 08:43:12 PM »
Hey guys.  I'm struggling with finding Audun's voice and Discord really isn't my thing.

I'm dropping out of this one.

Best of luck to all of you.  You're a group of fantastic writers.

Cheers;
S.

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #52 on: June 19, 2018, 08:36:27 AM »
Character: Yngvld TrygveDottir
Player: Esmeralgirl

Role: Queen of Vestfold/Ragaland, Assassin and a warrior
Specialties:
  • Mammen Axe Combat
  • Seax and Bow/Arrow Mastery
  • Tactician with an expertise in stealth attacks
  • Acrobatics

Personality:
  • Fiercely passionate:- Yngvld is passionate about everything she loves. That includes her love for all the people she rules along with her husband Canis. She is known to be pretty aggressive and sometimes even bordering on being sadistic in the eyes of others.
  • Tactician:- It was her father who has to be credited with her tactical knowledge. She was used by her own father to gather Intel and it has given her knowledge about a vast variety of tactics used by other armies.
  • Faithful:- She's faithful not just to gods but also to her husband. Despite having a very active and open marriage, at the end of the day she belongs to Canis and it shows in her actions and words how much he means to her. She believes that there's a beautiful afterlife waiting for her and all the people whom she can make believe.
  • Cruel:- Despite being a kind person, she's cold, cunning and cruel. She has killed people at the first sight when they have offended her or insulted her anyone else whom she loves. She also doesn't believe in sparing enemies or having war prisoners. Those who opposes her usually end up without head on their body.
History:
  • Yngvld was born in 835 AD and met Canis when she was 14. They got married when she was only 16 due to the circumstances which life presented them with.
  • Yngvld was made to learn at very young age and it was her parents who taught her whatever they knew. She mastered horse riding on her own even before her youth has started to blossom.
  • Her father Trygve was a friend of Canis' father but when he died, her father tried to take over the territories of Canis'. She couldn't have bore the sight of her one true love being murdered for the sake of ambition of her old man. To rub the salt on her wounds, she was also arranged to marry another king who promised to lend his army for the siege. She ratted her father out to Canis and helped him take over the Kingdom for him. It was her who has slain her father and that had earn her the title of being Heartless in her people
  • She helped her husband in his quest of conquering the kingdom of Rogaland. She not only provided her insights in tactical matters but also gathered information working as a scout. She was one of the many scouts who set out to gather information about troop numbers, their weapons. She also accompanied him to Cologne where they became first ever Vikings to plunder it.
  • She along with a viking fleet and landed at the Ligurian port of Luni and sacked the city. Her Vikings then moved down the Tuscan coast to the mouth of the Arno, sacking Pisa and then, following the river upstream, also the hill-town of Fiesole above Florence and other victories around the Mediterranean in the areas of Sicily and North Africa.
  • When she's raiding a city, she usually like to manipulate the minds of the enemies' soldiers and this is achieved by spreading rumours. It's one of her favourite techniques as she believes that the purpose of war is not to defeat the enemy physically, rather it's about defeating the resolution and conquering their mind and instilling fear in it. She always make sure that rumours are started way before their arrival and spread with the help of the locals who in turn are told these lies by her vast array of slaves whom she send them before along with few soldiers, in case slaves decides to double cross her.
  • She also has her own small military whom she has handpicked herself and had nurtured them with her own knowledge. They were chosen elites, her favorites, in the eyes of others though they were worthy of being favorite. She has taught them everything she knows, some of them being expert scouts, some are marksman. They are usually used to carry out personal missions of hers where she trust no one else except the ones whom she has raised.
  • It was with Canis that she learnt how to wield weapons like Mammen Axe and heaviest of bows. It was her desire to be his equal so that she can never be forced to in her life and in case if she is needed to be a ruler who can rule in his absence.
Relationships/Connections:

  • Wife of Canis Goldmane and mother of two beautiful kids. One boy and one girl, named _________ and ________
  • To be decided
  • To be decided

Additional Details:

  • She can speak Old Norse and Anglo Saxon fluently.
  • Has a tattoo which goes from underside of her left breast to her left hip


  • She carries one of the heaviest bow with the bow generating 90lbs draw weight
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 09:25:15 PM by Esmeralgirl »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2018, 03:23:37 AM »
Hey everyone :-) this concept intends to replace Grímur Kamban and the Færeyinga saga, hope it looks good





Character: Gunnarr "Hoárr" Bradán
Player: Heartsink

Role: Farmer, shepherd, fisherman, trader, warrior
Specialties:
  • Sailing and navigation: Well vested in ship maintenance, building and sailing, fishing and the likes, he knows the Irish Sea and parts of the Atlantic Ocean very well.
  • Sheep herding: Owns a herd of sheep which is now taken care of by his eldest son.
  • Trade: Has to leave the Faroe Islands often to trade their goods for different merchandise and harvest wood in Norway or other regions to bring home as the Faroe Islands have no trees.
  • Survival: As any colonizer, settling new land is extremely difficult. Moreover, Gunnarr survived being taken prisoner in Wales, the Welsh thinking he was a raider, and lost an eye during his escape

Personality:
  • Humble: Despite being the founder and first settler of the Faroe Islands, he does not boast about his discovery, preferring to maintain the peacefulness of the islands. He maintains a simple life as a farmer and shepherd, while every Faroe Islander is inherently a fisherman.
  • Not ambitious: He does not seek richness or glory, aiming instead to forge better relations and trade connections for his fellow Faroese people
  • Patient: Having settled new land, he patiently reaped the reward and founded his own family and legacy.
  • Resolute: Having escaped imprisonment by the Welsh, he is unwavering in his desire to preserve his life and provide for his family.
  • Additional traits: Calm, collected and good observer

History:
  • Born in 824 in Mull, Dál Riata, offspring of an Irish mother and a Norse invader, making him a Norse-Gaels
  • Fought alongside fellow Vikings at the Siege of Paris in 845
  • Settled and discovered the Faroe Islands in 846
  • Introduced sheep and crops to the islands in 847
  • Married an Irish Christian woman, brought her to the islands and became a shepherd and farmer in the settlement of Funningur
  • The amount of sheep on the island soon gave it its name, Færayar (in old Norse, literally "Islands of Sheep")
  • Has two sons and three daughters, the oldest of which is Bartal, 17.
  • Built his own war ship with fellow Faroese sailors and sons of different families across the islands.
  • Brought a Faroese army of 30 men under his command, most of which were actually born in Mainland Scandinavia and recently immigrated to the Faroes.

Relationships/Connections:
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Additional Details:
  • He speaks Old Norse and Old Gaelic (Old Irish)
  • He cannot read or write
  • Believes in the Norse gods but is tolerant of Christianity due to his wife and part of the population on the Faroe Islands
  • Wields an axe
  • Captain of the Úveðr
« Last Edit: June 21, 2018, 11:34:45 PM by Heartsink »

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Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #54 on: June 22, 2018, 01:37:31 PM »
Just a quick update, we have decided to close the position of Fourth Leader of the Great Heathen Army. We will be proceeding with just 3.

Still welcoming characters!

Offline PrimarchTopic starter

Re: The Great Heathen Army - Now Recruiting/IC started!
« Reply #55 on: June 27, 2018, 10:00:17 AM »
We're about to complete our Prologue and enter Act I!

We are still open & recruiting with an active Discord for plotting and hanging out!