Gods Strewn Across the Walls.
The Continent of Norn
Norn was the northern-most inhabited land in the known world. To the east are temperate lands, to the south is an archipelago of inhabited and uninhabited islands and to the west is a vast desert continent. To the north lies the Lands of Snow and Ice which are a barren frozen wasteland.
Norn is now a desolate land of death and pain. Its fields have turned black, its cities are ruins and its rivers run red with blood. From his skull throne in Nordby, Dale Godkiller rules his domain.
All Norn citizens now live as refugees in other cities on the other continents. The majority of these refugees are in Eliyas in the Westlands and Port in the Eastlands. While they have chosen leaders among themselves, there is currently no High King of Norn for the people to look to.
Nornish Culture was incredibly spiritual, jovial and warlike, with the latter being a core concept. In Norn your word was only as good as your axe and your axe swung in accordance with your word. When a Nornish person wasn’t fighting, they were often singing or drinking. They lived a simple life, but it was theirs. Honour and Strength were core tenants of Norn society. Thieves and cheats were often looked down upon and considered to be servants of Loki. The people of Norn were always slow to embrace new ideas and much of their lifestyle remained unchanged for centuries. While fighting was considered the most honourable of professions, there were other ways in which a person could live an honourable and respected life. Scholars, Priests, Skalds, Craftsmen and Farmers were well respected for their efforts. While socially they were below the great warriors of Norn, a master craftsman, successful farmer or well traveled Skald received warm welcomes in the halls of Thanes and Jarls alike.
Historically Norn was separated into three holds: Nordby in the North, Midtenby in the hinterlands and Sydby in the South. Each hold was ruled from a central city under the leadership of a Thane. Each Thane was elected through a social gathering of all of the hold’s lesser nobles, called Jarls. Ascendency to being a Jarl was determined through a number of factors including: sum of all lands and properties, great deeds*, respect in their field, battle prowess and in some cases popularity.
*- what was deemed a great deed depended on the hold’s Thane at the time. Many people still remember Jarl Baern Berrhammer who was granted the title of Jarl after he consumed 13 barrels of Ale in one evening without dying.
While the Thanes ruled their hold autonomously, they each answered to The High King of Norn whose leadership united all the peoples of Norn. A largely ceremonial title during peacetime, the function of the High King was to ensure that each of the holds worked towards the benefit of Norn as a whole. In times of war, all of the warriors of Norn would rally to the High King’s banner.
The people of Norn are deeply religious and strongly venerate their Gods. The Nornish Gods, also known as the Aesir, are known to take the souls of mighty warriors up to the Halls of Valhalla in preparation for Ragnarok, the end times.
The Valley of Dale
Endefjell the End Mountains
Ungeheuermyr the Monster Marsh
Verdun Ar the World’s Scar
The Hall of Heimdall