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The Svinfylking

The Svinfylking are the boar-head of the viking standing army.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Úlfhéðnar

Groups

Titans of the North, with a line of ancient kings going back for centuries to the time of the Trojan War.

Description

The Svinfylking (boar's snout) make up the bulk of the viking army. They are named for their delta shaped battle formation, having a triangular V-shaped formation made up of round shields to create a strong shield wall. These svinfylking warriors are distinguished by their boar tusks and pigskins. They are the most organized units in Úlfric's crew, being more likely to work as a team than other factions. These vikings are incredibly fast and courageous in battle. Unlike the úlfhédnar or berserkers, the svinfylking do not partake in magic mushrooms or shamanic rituals, relying instead on their strength in numbers.

Clan: The Svinfylking
Appearance: Boarskins with decorative tusks
Personality: Organized, work in large bands
Specialty: Shield wall, brute strength, team work
Abilities: Especially effective defense against projectile missiles
Bonus: Charging headstrong, V-shaped formation
Weapons: Shields, spears, swords, knives, axes, bows, javelins, slings
Language: Archaic Swedish

So begins...

The Svinfylking's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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The Wolf Pack had never traversed such a vast ocean before. Many a path they took was always on solid land, with the occasional crossing of from riverbank. When they found themselves afloat a ship with fifty other beings, in such tight corners, a hand was forced to be open by each ally.

It is true that the mercenary company known as the Wolf Pack has the oddest folk, common and offspring alike. The wrinkled, short form of the goblins makes them feel deformed, an abortion of humankind. Perhaps people that think like this are closer to the truth than they might’ve hoped. Nervous eyes fidget in the penumbra, all of them laid on the little fellows. But like any state of worry and hesitation, it only requires a stressful event to bloom and be resolved into order or chaos. Would the vikings accept the goblins and the revelation of the imposing ogres? Time would only tell, and it would only be when the rowing was the hardest and the sails sprung free from their masts. The first storm summoned lightning and waves that rocked the foundations of the ship, but those who watch would see a body of warmth roused by resolve and perseverance, a shield of sheer will. Flesh bound itself to wood and the curtains that the Wolf Pack was holding were lifted. Figures limited to the dark corners began to slip from the shadows. Just like the goblins before them, their forms were met with worry, added fear. What in the hell was this company the vikings were going to fight side by side with?

Men that tower over the norse. Two meters of muscle, and if that wasn’t enough, four upper limbs. Ogres are crude experimentations of humankind with magic. The knowledge of the Fire was soon perverted by those who walked the path of war, of greed, of death. The ogres were a… successful experiment, as what they provided in brawn, they seriously lacked in brain. That was good for any general, as long as they’re bright enough to follow simple orders. But these ogres were not the children harvested from dark dungeons. The complex of freedom soon struck the ogres and many died trying to flee into the wild. Even decades after their escape, the pale giants were fated to be hunted. Some tribes managed to survive, and those part of the Wolf Pack were younglings eager to see the world.

Bullridge spearheads into one of the rowing lines. He shouts over the thunders and the heavy rain. “Weak! All of you! Bullridge will show you how to ROW!”

The barbarian is no ogre, but one must give credit to a human capable of forcing an ogre to submit. That is the essence of Bullridge: brute force, overwhelming power and a staggering presence. His cry draws the attention of every norse who deems himself a man of worth. They feel offended in their first look, but Bullridge’s form under the instant light of lightning and the rolling roar of thunder shames them. His physique is imposing, wrapped in scars, burn and acid marks, old puncture wounds. It’s a miracle that he is still alive. Yet, Bullridge and the ogres take over the rowing lines.

“You have watched for long enough! Can you row?!” The barbarian barked at the ogres. They nodded diligently, the long, powerful rows began, hurling the ship through the waves like the cutting edge of a finely crafted spear.

Brennan smirked. That was the first display of the Wolf Pack’s prowess. What they lacked in numbers, they certainly made it up in quality. But their might was long from being justified by a single deed.

The sails had been lost, with their rope torn, leaving them hanging at the mercy of the crazed, violent wind. Attila looked up at the mess and one or two men trying to climb the mast without any hint of success. He shrugged his shoulders and turned around, raising a brow at the inert goblins.

“Tsk. One-Eye leaves you for a moment and you can’t pick yourselves up.” He said with a rough, taunting tone.

One of the goblins erupted, propelling his form forward. His right limb was extended as its skin stretched out along with it. The length of the thin arm grew twofold as the goblin pointed menacingly at the human warrior. “Leave us be, human! We follow Gob’s shaman! Not you!” His jutted, wide-eyes revealed frustration and anger.

“You look scared, goblin.” Attila mused, leaning his head closer to the other creature’s, past its shivering finger and trembling arm. “Do you really want to go down that path?” He grinned. His was a grin of defiance, haughty and completely disrespectful towards whatever feelings the goblin could have. What did it matter to Attila?

The goblin’s life was worth more to him than trying to prove a point, whatever that could be. He took a step back, but a hand stopped him. One-Eye shook his head as he stood at the side of his kin, then he looked at Attila. “You know my brothers to be emotional. When will you stop fooling around with them?” His question was serious, yet given in a light fashion. It soon became rhetorical when the shaman gave himself purpose, to instruct his kin on taking the lead and helping the norsemen. Attila was a man who didn’t want to fall behind, so he too paid attention to the task and sprung to action as soon as he was able.

The scene would unfold in a frenzy of rapid movement. The goblins’ limbs grew twofold and their faces jutted out and forward over their chin, revealing an even more grotesque form in the stretched, rough skin that shelled their thin, but sturdy muscles. This form granted them a naturality to crawling that was inhuman and, quite certainly, most unique. Where others failed, the goblins conquered and went further, securing the sails and riding the mast as the ship cut through wind and wave.

Soon, the storm would recede and the veil of grey would be pierced by sunlight. On the horizon, their first waypoint was visible. Together with a massive fleet of norsemen, the Wolf Pack travelled through the treacherous Empyrean High Seas, besting the foul region’s traps with the aid of the norse seafarers.

To celebrate, Attila would scream off the top of his lungs, merging ship with ship to have the men share booze and food. He went as far as throwing a rope and having Bullridge and himself pull a ship closer to theirs. Luckily, everything went well enough.

(And now, political news, with Úlfric.)

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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The Slender, auburn haired Argosian Legata moved slowly, with purpose towards Hürgor. Her spatha was drawn, and in the early morning light, the sun that had just peaked through the parting clouds glinted off the freshly cleaned sword.

The sounds of her armor made a jingling noise with her footsteps, the lightweight metal plates moving across each-other was like music to Livia's ears.

She had a long brutal history of showing no mercy to those who challenged her, cutting them down to their last, final breaths. This strange brute was bleeding, broken and clearly dying. Her blue eyes briefly moved to the wound in his arm, and then down to his leg, yet he still held his hatchet high.

"I will not fight a cripple." Livia said calmly, her voice thick with confidence, authority. "Lay down your weapon, and I will spare your life."

She came to a stop, roughly five feet in front of Hürgor, her sword held out to her side.

A soft breeze picked up, and her cape, made from synthetic fabric, and colored a vivid red and white fluttered in the wind, her legs were shoulder width apart, in a slightly bladed stance, standing off with the norseman barbarian. It could be described as an odd scene, Livia was by no means a large woman, standing at a five foot, and five inches, and weighing a measly one-hundred and fourty pounds of solid muscle. She lived a life of luxury, with the modern conveniences of Taiyou technology, clean running water, sewage, sanitation, plentiful food, and even electricity.

She was Hürgor's opposite in many ways.

If he tried to swing his weapon, Livia would move quickly, first to catch the swinging hatchet-arm and knock it away with the Spatha, and given the sharpness of the nanosteel blade, it was extremely likely that the edge of the sword would dig into the wood, or even the metal of the hatchet, chipping it away in thin metal shavings.

If successful in knocking the hatchet away, she would spin close, placing her feet wide and bringing the pommel of the spatha in hard into Hürgor's abdomen, and then quickly backing up hoping he would lurch forward from the pain of the blow.

If this is the reaction, she moved to bring the pommel of the sword in a swift follow-up strike to the back of his head, with the goal to knock him unconscious, so he could be taken prisoner.

Livia had taken great care not to kill the norseman, with the carefully precise moves she executed against him, the fleeting hope that he wouldn't die crossed her mind, while the Taiyou diplomat looked on with an approving nod.

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Benjamin would find a young Argosian Decanus to take his baubles as Livia was currently busy trying to subdue the Norseman. The Decanus nodded slowly, handing Benjamin a small sack of Argosian coins, with an assortment of gold, and silver coins inside a burlap bag.

"Payment, for your assistance." The Decanus said calmly.

Inside the Arran, the Tree was displaying a large star chart, and slowly several Argosians, with the aid of a few Taiyou navigators were checking their records, while one technician frowned, while looking over the database contained within the tree.

"These star patterns closely match those submitted by the Aschen..." One technician stated. "P76-342, described as a world where technology doesn't work..."

He pulled up the relevant data submitted by Commander Costas, a prowler pilot who had crashed on the planet some time ago.
However at this point, the tree had also figured the relevant data, and had plotted a course back to Argos, while monitoring a fleet of ships approaching from the sea.

The Ship's Trierarch watched the displays calmly, as the fleet of ships slowly began to approach.

With a swift hand gesture, a high pitched whistle sounded.

"All hands, to battle-stations!"

By now, the cannons had been reloaded, but the Matokey had placed safeguards on the tree's abilities. The decision was made to avoid the battle altogether.

"Recall the marines, and the Legata! We must push off and get out of here!" The Trierarch bellowed. "Set course for the Great Neptunian Sea!"

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Benjamin Crux Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson
  1. Hürgor is not in the physical condition to be able to execute the footwork or the move competently without face planting. This post needs GM review.

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Previously, in the Empyrean High Seas...


Twilight, the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun was below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere, had made its mark on the landscape as the night neared closer to an end. Dawn was approaching, and although the sun had not yet become visible on the eastern horizon, the dark black sky was beginning to change colors very slowly as the moon and stars faded out of scope across a midnight blueish curtain that was turning ever so purple with each passing moment.

The wind was mild, as bellows of black and grey smoke lingered the air, remnants of the blazing fire which had swept the landscape throughout the night. The scent of gunpowder and burning wood had swept the area, but the commotion appeared to be dying down as the skirmish neared to an end. Not even one full day on the island, and these humans had already devastated the landscape. Between the combined use of fire by the Úlfhédnar and the Argosians alike, an entire third of the grass and forest had been destroyed, leaving only black earth, ashes and soot in their place. Even patches of sand on the beach had been heated to such an extent that they had become stained glass, tinted and tainted by the blood of many a Norseman, and perhaps maybe even a few Argosians, as their now lifeless bodies lay cold and motionless in the sand, their only movement now being caused by the waves of bloody dark red waters which were still sweeping the shore.

Lord Hürgor, son of King Ellrúlf, the oldest of three brothers, was standing slanted on one foot as his other leg had been broken, with a deep gash on his leg where the bone had protruded through. Lord Hürgor was a tall and muscular Göth with nappy blonde hair and greenish blue eyes. At 6'4" tall, he must have appeared like a giant to many of the smaller sized Argosians who still held their nicely organized formations on the beach. Hürgor watched helplessly as Livia's soldiers scouted the beach for survivors, sometimes prodding the wounded with their bayonets, or just plain shooting them in their faces with crudely fashioned muskets at point blank. It all happened too quickly for Hürgor, though it seemed like slow motion to him as all the noises and sounds were muted in his mind, blood and sweat dripping from his braided long beard as his eyes gazed with hatred towards Livia.

The Argosian Legata had made a fatal mistake...

Sword drawn, she charged at Hurgor, swinging her sword wide, the mono-molecularly sharpened edge cutting through wood and metal alike, like a hot knife through butter, she hoped to catch him, but she would not kill him, rather she had a slow death planned by crucifixion. Lord Hürgor had responded by evading her spatha before countering with a swing of his own hatchet blade towards her neck. She seemed to have forgotten that Hürgor, too, was a barbaric warrior. He would not try to lift his weapon, as he had already done that. But rather, he would commit to the swing of his one good arm, bringing the axehead in a swift horizontal motion across her throat without any pause or hesitation just as he had promised, with the length of the handle aiding in his reach as he sought to kill her quickly.

"I will not f-" Livia's words were interrupted by Hürgor's commitment to his previous actions. This viking, this Norseman, had no fear of the repercussions as his blade crossed Livia's throat with a clean cut above whatever neckguard she might be wearing. The cut would be deep enough to kill her almost instantly. He had capitalized on his actions by twirling his hatchet around as soon as he had swung it at her throat, already having prepared himself to defend against any counter from Livia's spatha as he moved forward, dragging his broken leg quickly behind him. Hürgor was wounded badly, but not dead yet. He would use his size, his reach, and his remaining strength to his advantage, hooking his axehead around Livia's spatha and prying the weapon from her hands before she even had a chance to realize what had just happened.

There would be no mercy...

Lord Hürgor would raise his hatchet high above his head before bringing it down again over his shoulder almost instantly, the hatchet's blade singing down vertically towards Livia's forehead, aiming directly for the center of her face. If the slash to her throat didn't kill her instantly, the followup hack to her face surely would as the úlfhédinn let out a huge roar of agonizing rage and adrenoline. "OOOOODINNNN!!!" was Lord Hürgor's battlecry as he stood over the top of the commander he just hacked down, looking up towards the morning sky with blood splattered across his face from the mess he had just made of his fallen enemy.


Meanwhile, on the Nuörmbátur...


"Row! Row you weaklings, ROW! Bullridge was giving command to the large ogres who were in charge of rowing the Nuörmbátur, a new longship that had been built specifically to weather the Empyrean High Seas and carry its crew to shore. Twice as long as the original Örmbátur, the Nuörmbátur had a crew of 100 or more mercenaries and vikings who were already prepared for battle. Many a Göth had joined the expedition, and there was a wide diversity of warriors from different lands and races who had all decided to join in on their adventures. Half of them were paid men. The other half had joined voluntarily. Many of them were kinsmen from the House of Ellrúlf, and followers of Lord Hürgor himself.

Time continued to pass on as the morning sun rose up over the horizon. By now, half of the sun could be seen rising as the purplish skies had slowly turned to pink and blue, and a golden haze was cascaded over the entire island as the clouds and reflections in the ocean waves became visible. It would've been a beautiful morning, had circumstances been any different. But the Norsemen were in no mood for admiring the scenery. A month or two had passed since Lord Úlfric the Brave had left the scene in a dense fog sent by the gods. He had grown a bit taller now, wiser and stronger than before. As the fates would have it, however, Úlfric's return would show that only a few moments had passed. As the Nuörmbátur and the 100 smaller longships accompanying it neared swiftly towards the shore, Lord Úlfric was a bit surprised to see that the Battle on the Beach was just now coming to an end. Perhaps he still had a chance at victory. If the Argosians viewed themselves as being anything more than bullies and cowards, then Lord Úlfric would put their courage to the test. Livia's crew of 500 oarsmen and musketeers had managed to destroy the single viking ship and its 50 primitives, with a little help even from their wizard. But now Lord Úlfric had returned with 100 more ships, and a crew of 5,100 vikings who had come to help Lord Úlfric in his quest for revenge.

The night before their arrival, the viking fleet had assembled together to feast, party, and celebrate their successful journey through the Empyrean High Seas, but now the longships were in a boar-head navy battle formation, speeding quickly towards the beach. Men dawned their helmets, raised their shields over the side of their ships to create a powerful shield wall, and were now clanking their axes and swords against their shields, creating a rhythmic sound that would prove to be quite disturbing to the people on the beach, as the noise from this metal and wood clanking together over thousands of shields meant an impending doom for whoever came face to face with these brutes and giants. Before they had even reached the land, some of the úlfhédnar had eagerly jumped overboard, diving into the water. There would be no reasoning with these barbarians, these heathen savages who had now come to rescue Lord Hürgor.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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The eyes of a seasoned hawk mirrored the scope of a thousand leagues in the wake of the waves. Brennan gazed at his company's destination after many a perilous stir of the great viking ship. Now, there was the matter of the landing, but even that seemed like a step too late for the plans of the young Jarl and his campaign of rescue and revenge. The arms of each sailor were weary, a meager price to pay for the eager spirits of the other men. Bullridge and his following of ogres seemed unaffected by time and labour. Instead, the barbarian's eyes focused on the one man above him in the mercenary company, the Alpha of the Wolf Pack: Brennan. The Master-at-Arms felt the uproar of the vikings as they neared the island's coast. An anchored ship donned a portion of the landscape, coupled with the presence of creatures on the beach. The howls and screams of the norsemen foretold that the Jarl's brother was there.

"Bullridge!!! Show me your might!!!" Brennan's howl struck deeper than any warcry. Echoes of his command disturbed the air with a subtle ring. Between that moment and Bullridge's acknowledgement, a dreadful silence swept the courage away from the norse ships. One second was enough to enlighten the vikings to the presence of a voice born from the fires of war to lead man and monster alike. How? One did not have time to dabble in such thoughts.

Bullridge's rough features crooked into a display of gritting teeth and twitching eyebrows. His arms tensed and his grip grew twofold only for his rowing to increase. "You will keep up with me or die!!" He demanded. "Keep up with me or let your own kin die!!" He barked louder, inspiring in every man a state of urgency. Momentum propelled the great ship forward at speeds unfathomable by the common man. Brennan found his body being pulled by the force created by the mighty rowing of the Wolf Pack's ogres and their unwavering leader, the thick-skulled Bullridge.

Meanwhile, One-Eye observed, tapping his right foot on the wooden floor. "Not good." A worried frown was on his wrinkled face.

"If we act now..."

Attila appeared behind One-Eye, placing his right hand on the smaller being's left shoulder. They nodded at each other and gazed up the main mast of the viking ship. It was not long before they were seen climbing to the very top.

"Are you ready, Attila?"

Attila's lips began to crack. He held on tightly to the wooden beam, his fingers ever the most intrusive on the solid frame, taking bit after bit as the pressure increased. The eyes of the warrior grew wider with each fleeting second, they jutted out as the fire under the skin seared thought away, welcoming only one state of heightened presence. The embrace of rage culminated in a perverted howl. Fenrir himself would bow before the awakening of the berserker. Veins outlined the bursting development of muscles, the negligence of most rationality into the control of a sphere in the core, the solar plexus. Forget not the fumes with which One-Eye enticed Attila, throwing him into a deeper abyss in the increase of his bloodlust. And yet, all of this was done in fluid motions, a chain of rapidly successful actions to grant One-Eye the power to control and shape an overflowing tap of energy.

The goblin's feet journeyed up to plant each on a separate shoulder of the berserker. His legs rotated to opposite sides and arms were held forward with palms facing down, the shaman squinted his eyes. He turned his palms to face the ship and the beach. The shaman would catch them before they could evacuate.

"I'm burning!" Attila growled. "I'm burning!!!" He howled, releasing a massive surge of energy from his berserker rage into the air in front of him. Gusts of wind ravaged the sea and charged against the sand, upholding chaos. Were that not enough, the residues remaining began to latch onto one another and form a thick, cold mist. It felt sudden, yet so harmless. As harmless as the voices. Cries from a plane so present, yet fading ever so effortlessly. Cries that pierce into the soul, tormented and fearful. A barrage of dreaded sound invades with the mist, it disturbs the senses. A scream is ever vigilant, infinity in the mist. It quickly becomes unbearable to the enemies in front of the spearheading ships of the vikings. Shapes of a faded world and blurred faces claw at the warm bodies, as if trying to dig in and find a home. Frigid winds try to claim fragments, testing mettle into an undying scope of the ether.

"Now, Attila!"

One-Eye's prompt had Attila's eyes turn white and jaws part to unleash a lunatic, supernatural howl. The form of his haughty, sharp lines was carved into the atmosphere. It traversed the mist so fluidly and swiftly, yet it was when it stopped that its horror gazed upon the beach and presented its form, showering enemy soldiers with visions of hellfire and torture. Not visions, memories. Memories of the soul, but what soul? Could it be their own?

Finally, the demonic face fell. It rained on the sand like wild fire, feeding off of itself until there was no more, until it faded to ash as fast as it had burned into a raging inferno. But perhaps those moments were enough. Perhaps the revelation of another world through glimpses on the windows and the doors stalled the retreat.

The spiritual mist was as much a hindrance to the enemy as it was a cloak to the landing fleet. As Attila's projection of terror was no more, it was time for the arms of norsemen to use the time acquired.

As for Hurgor and Livia... What would they do within the mist, haunted by visions of beings ethereal? Threatened.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Shimizu Takayama Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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The exchanged blows played out rather swiftly, as the sun slowly began to crest over the horizon, bathing the sky in a fiery glow. Livia charged fourth, with her spatha in her right hand, reaching high to swing vertically in a diagonal pattern from right, to left. This was a standard practice taught in Argosian combat schools, bringing the superior metal blade down to cleave through a shield, an attempt at blocking, a wooden spear, or any manner of defensive tool the opponent chose to use. In doing so the sword would cleave through her opponent as well.

This was however, not how the attack played out.

Hürgor had a badly broken leg, and only one good arm with which to swing his weapon; As he swung for Livia's throat, the weight of the weapon was likely more than enough to throw him off balance. With no good leg to catch himself with, the only direction for the battered Norseman to go was down.

The horizontal hatchet swing found Livia, but with Hürgor's sudden movement, and Livia's commitment to her own sword swing, the hatchet's razor edge missed it's mark as Livia shrugged her shoulder just enough to protect her neck, but the blade of the hatchet dragged across her cheek, cutting deeply before striking her armored spaulder with a loud metallic grinding sound.

As Hürgor sailed down face first into the sand, Livia stumbled forward, before turning abruptly around to face her opponent once more. She touched the wound on her cheek briefly, glancing down at the blood that coated her fingertips, while quelling the rage that boiled up inside her, she wanted to kill him, drive her blade into his back, let his head decorate the bow of her ship. She stared down at him, with her sword clenched in her right hand. A crucial decision was made at this moment, the decision to show him mercy. It was the way of the future, it was the way the Mt'kee had taught, it was the way the Taiyou had taught, it was obvious Hürgor was defeated.

Livia brought her sword up, and with one swift motion she sheathed the metal blade into her scabbard, there was a metallic grinding sound, followed by the weapon seating with a click.

"I will not fight a cripple." Livia said, gesturing for two of her men to grab a stretcher and approach.

Four legionaries approached, the first moved quickly to kick the hatchet away from Hürgor, while two more moved to set a stretcher besides the downed norseman, the fourth keeping his musket pointed at the man incase he chose to continue to fight.

"Take him to the ship and have someone tend to his wounds." Livia instructed, as she leveled her gaze far onto the horizon, the clanging of weapons on shields echoing through the waters and landmass. She also noted that there was some sort of mist that was gathering beyond the force-field erected by the Tree-ship, and the shimmering leaves. Something unnatural was attacking them it seemed.

If there was no further fighting from Hürgor, the two Legionaries would place him upon the stretcher with care not to disturb the broken leg. In tandem, they would lift the stretcher, and start back towards the ship, which was beginning to raise anchor. The Argosians opted to leave the wounded norsemen on the beach, with the arrival of reinforcements, they chose to remain in their formations rather than finish off the wounded. It would only be at the sound of clanging weapons that they would begin to file back aboard the ship, moving in disciplined lock step, despite the show from the savages on the ocean.

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The Triarchus was making his preparations, running along the length of the trireme, shouting in Argosian to prepare for their departure.

"Move quickly! Move Quickly!" He bellowed, placing his hands on the backs of the legionaries boarding the ship.

"Cannons at the ready!" The Triarchus bellowed once more, and the low steady drumming of the war drums followed suit, carrying it's medium tempo through the skies, until a surge of energy belched fourth from the viking formation.

A barrier of sorts erupted from the Eye of Arran, as the royal tree began to channel the vast reserves of a plane beyond anything in the mortal realm. Energies from the Chosin Tsunami coarsed through the branches, through the trunk of this mighty tree as it's leaves began to shimmer in response to the cold mist. The Voices, or whatever were contained within would find it impossible to penetrate the barrier that was projected by the tree, the energies acting as a buffer to the magical essences put fourth by the shaman.

Their cries echoed beyond the mist, which was pressed against a soft shimmering light, the leaves of the tree continued to shimmer, as energy was being channeled, a proverbial tap slowly being cranked open from a vast reserve of cosmic hyper-dimensional energies that were beyond even the mightiest of magicks.

Even the lines found themselves unable to cross the threshold of cosmic energies onto the beach, it's inferno playing out harmlessly beyond the shield wall of the Tree-ship, this only served to hurry the Argosians along, urging them to make haste and flee this wretched land.

The Inferno, and the voices continued for however long the Daemons on the water made them, and only briefly stalled Livia, before she finally boarded the ship, swiftly approaching the Triarchus.

"Push off and get us out of here." Livia ordered, while the Optio called out.

"Cannons make ready!"

There was a steady drumming, the Anchor of the Eye of Arran was finally reeled in, as the oarsmen pushed the vessel off and away from the beach with a steady motion. The Vikings had them blocked in, and they would have to break through their lines to reach the point to where they could portal out and back to Argos.

Gritting his teeth, the Triarchus looked up at a display, a dozen more contacts could be detected, but these ones were high in orbit...



The Second Fleet of the Taiyou Empire, one by one began to exit their jumps from hyperspace over the planet. It was roughly a month or so since the Eye of Aarran went missing, and fortunately by tracing it's trajectory, they were able to locate it on this uncharted world.

Emperor Shimizu Takayama stood in silence as he stared at the planet below through the bridge viewport of his personal flagship, the Sōja. This vessel was a massive testament to Taiyou design and engineering. It bore the appearance of a coiled serpent, two hooded cobra statues staring over the ship's deck. Alongside the Sōja was a handful of cruisers, frigates, and two Shogun class battleships.

"The fleet is in position, we've detected the Eye of Aarran on the planet's surface, as well as about a hundred bluewater vessels closing in on it's location, classification is unknown, but based on Aschen files it's safe to assume they're natives." Lieutenant Kobayashi reported with a curt nod to the Emperor.

"All ships are present and accounted for, and have assumed position in orbit. All communications from the Argosian vessel are down, they're not responding to our hails."

"There's a spatial distortion surrounding the planet, likely connected to the magical energies that reportedly interfered with technology." Shipmaster 'Taanz reported, as his image flickered in on Shimizu's display. "I've taken the liberty to synchronize our timeline with theirs to facilitate a rescue; I'm also working on isolating the magics so we can inhibit it... however I don't think I will be able to keep the magical energies at bay, so time will be of the essence."

The Lone Matokey shipmaster was at the helm of a powerful Matokey warship, a first generation royal tree capable of feats of immense power, as if reality itself would bend the knee to the awesome capabilities of this Matokey vessel. Though extremely powerful, the Matokey were first and foremost a peaceful people, preferring to settle conflicts the diplomatic way, rather than resort to violence.

Matokey philosophy always impressed the need for the most precise yet guided applications of force, thus it was very unlikely the Matokey would involve themselves in this skirmish directly, other than to inhibit the magic and synchronize the timelines.

'Taanz's image disappeared from the display as the massive Matokey Omnicruiser adjusted it's position. This left the Taiyou fleet with the opening to select their targets and bombard the planet should the situation warrant it. Shimizu however had something else in mind, as he was completely unaware of what was going on down on the planet below.

The slender Taiyou Emperor reached for a console, and then turned back to his Lieutenant.

"Ready a squadron of Zeroes and a Sudden Transport, send them down to the planet and make contact with the Legate; ascertain the situation and see if they need our help."

Silently, Shimizu stood and clasped his hands behind his back, staring out at the massive bridge before him, and at the hundreds of displays that were feeding information in real time.



"Let us pray they're okay." Shimizu said quietly. "Inform the fleet, to have weapons ready, but not to open fire unless I give the order." He said quietly, while the Taiyou fleet positioned itself beyond the reach of the primitives below.

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Back down on the Planet...

Back aboard the Eye of Aarran, back in the navigation tower the Optio was going over the tactics, looking down at a large map of the immediate area, his face was stony, grim as the reality of the situation sank down on them. "They have us surrounded, they'll close in any minute now." He said somberly.

"Legata, perhaps if we surrender? We have leverage, surely they would give us pause if they wish to have him returned to them alive." The Triarchus said quietly.

Livia pondered this for a moment, Hürgor was, by now being kept in a small section below deck, an infirmary of sorts, where Argosian doctors were trying to reset his leg, and stop his bleeding until they could take him somewhere to get better medical care. At this point the savage was restrained, and there were guards posted at the door to the infirmary. Antibiotic and analgesic salves had been packed into his wounds, which were cleaned up, but injuries this grave would need modern Taiyou medicine.

"We could barter his life, for ours; or at the very least buy time until the Taiyou land, even in small numbers, they would easily overpower our foes." The Optio added, while Livia considered her next course of action. "Even if we surrender, these are savages, they have no honor; and would sooner kill us all."

She heaved a sigh.

"Fly the white flag, but have everyone armed and ready to repel these savages the moment they turn violent."

The order was given, and carried through messenger to the man at the crow's nest, he made a few hand gestures, and as the Viking ships approached, the Argosian ship raised it's sails, along with a single white flag that started to flutter in the wind.

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Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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Hürgor the Archer was a brave, strong farmer, hunter and warrior who was fairly skilled with a hatchet. He was better with a bow, but a hatchet suited him just fine. Hürgor also never missed with his famous bow, and was unlikely to miss with an axe either, or so he tried to believe. As the Argosian legata swung her spatha at him, Hürgor evaded Livia's blade by moving his upper torso away from her spatha while returning a swing from his francisca to her throat. He would slash her cheek instead, before falling over face first into the sand.

Hürgor the Archer, had been defeated....

As he roll over on his good side, wounded and still bleeding, Hürgor never let go of his axe. He groaned and grumbled, trying again to lift his francisca and turn around to swing again. Although he succeeded in lifting the heavy axehead, however, that was all he could do before the hatchet was suddenly kicked from out of his hand by a legionare. Hürgor's strength had finally left him, as he laid back on the sand to relax and stare up towards the heavens. As the four legionares approached him, Hürgor's last moment of consciousness was a musket pointed at his head. He closed his eyes slowly, entering a dream state.

Meanwhile....

Úlfric the Brave returned to the scene, posted on the bow of his massive longship. His attire was now customary for that of a jarl in full armor and battledress, distinguishable among the úlfhédnar by his position at the bow end of the Nuörmbátur where he was poised like a statue with his shield held low and his legendary sword, Ulfsfangr, held high. As the sun's light shimmered over the blade, Úlfric waved his sword around using slight hand gestures with the ulfberht to guide his rowmen. Furdørn Ivansson, the shipbuilder (Furdørn the Wise) was standing by with the ivory long horn, providing the communication for Úlfric's fleet as they surrounded the Argosian ship and stormed the beach in what could only be described as a typical viking raid. Engöll Corysson and Stryder Alvirsson were also on the Nuörmbátur, standing idly by with their weapons and shields ready to form a defensive barrier, and help to lead the úlfhédnar if something should go wrong. As the Nuörmbátur landed on the beach, Úlfric sat on the bow of his swift longship and took a swig of mead from his own ivory flask. As humans in wolf-skinned cloaks came pouring out of the new dragon boat, Úlfric Ellrúlfssön watched with a smile on his face as the Argosian troops left the beach, boarding their own unique vessel.

By now, the úlfhédnar who had been the first to dive into the water ahead of the Nuörmbátur were now falling behind, still swimming to the shore, or else trying to swim to the Argosian tree-ship while everyone else was moving rather quickly. Ten longships would surround the Argosian crew, with a total of 500 vikings between all ten of them. Three rows of ships would flank in from the right side. Three rows would flank in from the left side, and four more rows of ships would form a platform and face the Argosians head on, pinning Livia and her crew between their strong frontal line and the beach, which was now swarming with a horde of crazed Norsemen who were all yelling and roaring at their enemies. Swords and axes continued to clank together as the vikings encircled the Argosian tree-ship. Úlfhédnar and svinfylkings alike would claw and prod at the tree-ship with long hooked pikes and fishing spears, while others stood by with axes and nets. All this they tried to do from behind their own shield walls, while still others continued to bang their weapons against their shields, stirring the havoc with their berserkir rage.

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As if this weren't enough to cause fear to Livia's crew, another box shaped wall of longships posted defensively around the first ten ships. This outer wall of ships was out to sea more, positioned in three lines of 20 ships each to form a square around the 11 ships in the center. The men on these ships were armed with viking yew bows and also standing behind a wall of round shields. Shortly after the Nuörmbátur landed, carrying 50 úlfhédnar and 50 mercenaries, thirty other longships landed on the beach. Úlfric's fleet stormed the shore where the bodies of their fallen kinsmen were still laying lifeless in the sand. As 1,600 vikings of various descents took back their encampment in the Empyrean High Seas, about 1,000 of these animal-skinned barbarians would secure the sandbars and form a landlocked crescent wall around the shore behind the Argosian ship. Wooden javelins and iron throwing axes took to the air, perhaps too anxiously as none of the discarded weapons were even within range of their targets. Most would hit the beach, sticking into the sand, or else they'd hit the water, sinking beneath the waves. This group was commanded by Hethel Svensson and contained many followers of Lord Hürgor.

Suddenly, there was another horn. This one was louder, deeper, and longer than the others. Lord Úlfric, having watched his own brother be carried aboard Livia's ship, had noticed the white flag that was now sailing in the wind. Lord Furdørn had sounded the giant spiraling brass horn on Úlfric's command, as the two of them were still posted on the bow of the Nuörmbátur while the remaining number of vikings helped to unload the ships and re-build several small campsites on the beach, and soon the vikings who heard the loud blow of the giant horn would quell their fury. In almost an eiry fashion, all the roaring and shield pounding noises would cease, followed by the sounds of the crashing waves against their ship's sturdy dark heavy oak hulls. Tensions were high.

Jarl Úlfric would leave the mercenaries to do their own thing, giving the youngest member of his crew, Björne Hethelsson, the charge of running messages, scouting the area and helping the úlfhédnar to setup a fortification on the upper bank, not far from where their old camp had been. The Norsemen seemed to move like a swarm of bees, having no real battle march or standardized formation. But they were greatly organized with simple yet effective tactics as they moved quickly, every man knowing his duties and responsibilities without much need for Lord Úlfric's instruction, as all of them had signed up with the foreknowledge of what was already expected of them as karls and freemen.

While the land was secured very quickly, bodies being carried further up the beach to be given a proper burial after the battle, Úlfric and Furdørn talked amongst themselves with Lord Brennan before going to work. Úlfric would stand up, sheathing the Ulfsfangr before giving Lord Hethel a few waves with his large round shield, a visible signal from far down the beach. Lord Hethel in turn would relay the signal onward to the wall of longships that had surrounded the Argosian tree-ship. The communication throughout the Norse fleet was remarkably swift despite not having any advanced technology, and soon Lord Hethel was inside a smaller byrding with nine other men on their way to make rendezvous with the ten longships closest to the Argosian ship, waving their own wolf banner.

As the byrding approached the strange magical tree-ship, Hethel the Old would stand quietly at the bow of his tiny boat behind two kneeling shieldbearers armed with spears. Another viking behind him was holding his spear vertically, waving a small black flag. The Norsemen would say and do no more, instead waiting for the Argosians to make the first move. Hethel raised a hand to amplify his voice as he called out to whatever spokesman was aboard the tree-ship. " Vem är din herre?" All of the vikings would fall silent over the water as Hethel paused before talking again.

" Jag är Hethel, son till Lord Sven, budbärare av Göthlands prins Úlfric ... Släpp dina sköldar och vapen, och min herre kommer att förhandla om vår brors säkerhet." His tone was deep. His words were strong.

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Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Shimizu Takayama Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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The tension was palatable, thick through the acrid, salty air, with the singular tree-ship against what seemed to be an endless horde of savages. The battle was turned strongly in their favor and should things turn violent, there was no doubt the Argosians, while capable of providing a valiant defense, stood little chance in actually turning the tide of the battle without some serious firepower.

Livia was, by this time standing on the fore tower of the massive Hexareme, staring at the opposing lines through her spyglass, calmly watching as they beat their shields, and prodded at the wood of their ship.

Despite this show of force, the men at the gunwales, the sides of the ship were stone faced and stout, their muskets held to their sides, covered by the shields that were affixed to the railing, each Argosian musketeer capable of unleashing fire and fury onto the decks of the opposing ships.

The stone faced soldiers of the Argosian legion watched in silence, musket balls could splinter wooden shields effortlessly, but the slow reload times put them at a great disadvantage; nevertheless the men confidently followed the orders of their decanii, and their centurions, who had told them to hold fast and await the acknowledge of the surrender.

This gave off quite the opposite show, with the Vikings throwing their weapons eagerly, shouting and pummeling on their shields, the cacophony of noise making the Triarchus somewhat uneasy, until the unexplained happen.

Screens, displays, and other devices installed along the navigation tower on the aft of the ship began to come online, it was staticy at first, but the shouts of the Optio confirmed the suspicions.

While Livia was affixed to the opposing line, the calls of the Optio pierced the air.

"Laborat! Laborat!" He shouted, while running along the deck of the trireme, shuffling his way up the tower and behind her. "Legata! Quod opera fabrica!" He shouted, before gesturing madly at the rearward tower.

"Suus 'incipiens ad operari!" Another Argosian soldier shouted, as electrical lights flickered on one by one along the trireme, casting the deck in a white glow in the early morning sun.

Livia growled, turning back towards her officer. "Nos pilo, non oportet ponere deditionem nostram." She rebuked, before gesturing back towards the navigation tower.

As the Viking ships positioned themselves, Livia was moving swiftly into the navigation tower, where displays flickered to life, and the radio crackled in Galactic common.

"This is the Soja to the Eye of Arran, please respond!"

Livia was now swelling with relief, help had arrived, and was sitting in orbit as they spoke. There were several cheers throughout the crew of the tower, they were saved, someone was coming to rescue them from the savages.

"This is Livia, we're okay down here, but we're in a little bit of a situation... We were ambushed by primitive savages on the island, they've got us surrounded and I've taken one of them prisoner... I hope to negotiate with them."

Clicking the radio, Livia held the microphone away from her face, and awaited a reply, a reply which crackled over the speakers due to the magical interference. "There's a magical barrier around the planet that disables technology; Shipmaster Velzzmkt is repelling the field in the area, but he won't be able to maintain the counter-barrier forever. If we're going to get you out, we need to do so now, I've got Falcons and a Sudden Transport en-route."

Livia heaved a sigh, and considered her next words, but they were interrupted by a shrill roar overhead, Argosians on the deck pointed upwards, this was the first show of emotion since they encountered the vikings, the stone cold discipline was broken briefly by cheers as two strange objects screamed overhead.



Every Argosian knew exactly what that was, the Type 99 Cosmo Falcon, a mid ranged attack fighter employed by the Taiyou Navy.

A brief show of force, both in solidarity to the Argosians, and in force to the opposing vikings.

Having completed it's pass, it circled around one last time, it's engines screeching a shrill whine, like a banshee, before they angled upwards, and into the skies, reaching impressive altitudes with the large Sudden Transport.

Livia could hear the commotion, and thus got on the radio once more. "Tell your fighters to stand down, keep your guns hot and await my signal, if things get nasty I'm going to want a hell of a noisy distraction so we can portal out. Hopefully it doesn't come to that; we'll be in touch. Livia out."

Clicking the radio one last time, Livia stepped out, the fighters had flown over them the moment after Hethel spoke, his alien words drowned out briefly by the roar of jet engines, it was up to interpretation, were these valkyrie smiling down on Ulfric and his men? Or were they dragons summoned by the Argosians.

Livia took a breath, and spoke aloud in Argosian, her lips formed Argosian words, but the sound that reached Hethel's ears were different, words he could understand despite Livia not speaking their language.

"Jag ska instruera mina soldater att vara lätta, de kommer inte att låta sina vapen gå. Det här är mina villkor om du vill få din vän till liv igen. Jag har ingen anledning att lita på ditt ord att vi inte kommer att bli skadade."

There was a brief pause, before Livia spoke again, and like before she spoke Argosian, but the words that carried through the air were different.

"Varför attackerade du oss?"

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Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Shimizu Takayama Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson

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A great and terrible thunderous sound, like the detonation of a massive bomb, echoes throughout the land and across the seas. It is followed a short interim later by a great and brilliant flash of light so bright as to be blinding, as though the sun itself had risen from the very earth.

These abnormalities originate from the Exalted Mountains in the distance, almost like a beacon daring any and all adventurous souls to investigate the anomalies.

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Character Portrait: Terem Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: damion Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Benjamin Crux Character Portrait: Huernn Blorb Character Portrait: Erik Faust Character Portrait: Valerie Akuma Character Portrait: Tsukino Hinata Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier Character Portrait: Ziemlich Ganz Character Portrait: Cythe Character Portrait: Roxanne Mellark Character Portrait: Diadem Wolfe Character Portrait: Ungrulf Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Jim "the news man" Taylor Character Portrait: Brennan, Master-at-Arms Character Portrait: One-Eye Character Portrait: Attila, the Haughty Character Portrait: Bullridge Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Hurgor Ellrulfsson Character Portrait: Smuxo Character Portrait: Maelstr

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The Empyrean seas began to toss as something deep below began to shift.

The setting changes from empyrean-high-seas to Iskjerne Bay

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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The vikings wasted little time in planning ahead. They used stones and logs to help slide the Hregg Drekki back down the hill slope on to the beach and into the water, while several workers began moving the debri aside so they could rebuild while the thralls and slaves went about picking up weapons and dead bodies to throw on to the funeral pyre later that evening. Among the dead was Jarl Evan Skjalsson, who had a throwing axe imbedded in his forehead as they lifted his body into the wheel cart. Kraiger Nallesson and Seno Miyagi, along with a couple of the captured Crusraiders from Erling Snake's army, were escorted to the dungeon inside the tower on the rockface cliff within the mountainside as the Norse women and nurses ran around offering firstaid and helping the injured vikings. All of the captives would've noticed some of the nurses bringing out bowls of garlic and onion soup and offering it to the injured vikings laying on the ground.

"I want heralds travelling north, south, east and west throughout Ellaria, have them come back with some good news for once" King Sigurd commanded, his voice echoing throughout the large wooden open hall. Prince Hrollaug nodded before carrying out his father's orders. King Sigurd then sat down at the large crescent shaped wooden dining table between Yukiko and Takao, who were seated at opposite ends as their meals were brought to them. Sigurd waited for everyone else besides Lord Bruce to exit the doors before he decided to address the silent open hall. "A blind man wishes to see. An ignorant man chooses not to. And a fool... Well... A fool makes assumptions. Do you all know who built this settlement?" He suddenly asked randomly, taking a bite of meat with a fork while looking down at his plate. He then glanced up to Lord Bruce, who was standing over by the doors with his hands folded down in front of him, looking at his bandaged shoulder to see if it needed to be changed with a fresh cloth. "Lord Bruce... Translate" he said unempatheticly. Bruce sighed and repeated Sigurd's question in Taiyou the best he could, using the knowledge that Takao had given him.

After his words were repeated, King Sigurd began to tell a story in his own native tongue. "A long time ago, there was a mighty king named Egil the Old who built a settlement here," he said as Bruce continued to translate his words into Taiyou for Yukiko and Takao to understand. "King Egil built a farmstead, a great hall, even a dock where fishing ships could land. He created a currency, conquered his enemies, established laws and expanded his kingdom," Sigurd said, taking another gulp of mead from his mug."...But he was foolish. He didn't see the error of his ways. His kingdom grew too big. His laws failed. They depleted the forests, exhausted the land and ran out of food. King Egil died of starvation," he said, taking another bite of horse meat as Bruce translated everything. "His skeleton is buried in that cave out there," King Sigurd motioned with his fork while chewing. Afterwards, he finished the rest of his meal before setting his cup on his plate and pushing it aside. Sigurd then folded his arms, resting his elbows on the crimson red tablecloth. "Tell me everything I need to know to defeat my enemy," Sigurd said deviously, looking directly at Yukiko Takayama with the most devilish grin on his face as Lord Bruce translated his command into broken Taiyou, looking over to Takao for clarification.

Meanwhile, outside the great hall around the settlement, Gwyneth was counting her Skegkattr shield-maidens as she rallied them back towards the ship. Prince Hrollaug would likewise gather up the Berserkers and climb aboard the Hreggdrekki as they pushed it into the water. But just as they were about to head out, Kettil Flatnose called to Hrollaug from the shore. He was riding a cattle wagon carrying supplies, and two more magical gemstones that would prove useful to the prince and his crew. Hrollaug jumped off the ship's bow into the shallows and walked up the sands as Kettil climbed down out of the wagon and gave him a quick hug, handing Rollo the gemstones. "You know what to do," the old man said as workers began approaching the wheel cart. Hrollaug nodded then ran down the beach and climbed back on to the bow of the ship, removing the broken black gemstone eyes from the dragon-headed prow and replacing them with the two feintly glowing purple gemstones.

Kettil turned again to look back at the gathering crowd of viking laborers. He removed the beige canvas tarp from the supply wagon, then gestured for the vikings to unload it. "Come on. Quickly, quickly, I don't have all day" he said, waving them along as the workers unloaded all of the new weapons, armor, tools and supplies. Meanwhile, nine of the völvas in the black veils would continue chanting in a circle inside the ringfort, led by Ingrid the Witch, strengthening their spell of protection over the fortress. At that moment, three more witches would break off from the rest and go their seperate ways. Vala walked down towards the bay area north of the ringfort and stood barefoot on the shore, sticking her long elmwood staff into the water. Tora would leave the ringfort and head east up the hill slope towards the Weargtooth mountains, placing her staff against one of the rocks near the cave entrance while Naya left the ringfort heading west into the open fields where he stood on a grassy hilltop and raised her staff towards the sky, chanting her magical incantations.

As this was happening, Jarl Evan's leaderless Harii warriors were merged with Jarl Ivan's ghost warriors, becoming a single force under his command. Jarl Einar Fatbelly would assemble his Svinfylking warriors, while Jarl Hroi Whitebeard prepared the Ulfhednar for battle. Uvle Brede took command of the Riders of Gislamark as they grabbed the new weapons and armour that their thralls and stewards had brought to them and prepped their Arctic Ellarian war horses. Arwaki the Swede started arming the Archers of Telemark with new arrowheads and attachments for their longbows. Hrothbrodd the Indomitable and a small handful of tongueless bearskinned warriors would spread out to guard the gates and entrances or passageways around Iskjerne Bay while Dag the Fat just sat alone by himself on a tree stump, fumbling with a tiny bone whistle attached to his hemp necklace. The builders continued to rebuild the ringfort's outer wall as the slaves and other captives worked to cleanup the debri and rubble. The farmers took to their fields again as some of their earthware houses were used as temporary hospitals for injured vikings, where the bedmaidens, women and children helped to provide care and do other things to support the village.

Brunni the Steward had left on a brown horse with one white sock, heading southeast over the mountains with the red gemstone wooden tiara in his pouch while waving the raven's banner. Are the One-Eyed headed directly south over the mountains towards the Ettonian border, also on horseback. The third rider, Krokk the Thrall, carried the raven banner north towards the Tartarean coast. The fourth rider was Aurn, who rode his own black horse with four white socks and a white mane heading east. These four had been deployed by Prince Hrollaug himself, on a quest to find help.

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: The Umibozu Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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Yukiko didn't say much, if anything as she was seated at her end of the table. She looked to the food before her, and found the smell of it revolting. She found the smells of everything in the hallway revolting. But out of politeness, she kept her words to herself, she did not take a single bite of the food in front of her, however. She simply looked at it, and then she brought her attention back to Bruce, and Sigurd as he told his story of how the place was built, listening at Bruce's Taiyou, which was mediocre at best. Yukiko spoke english fluently, as well as several other languages. This was a fact she kept to herself.

"Tell me everything I need to know to defeat my enemy,"

Takao cleared his throat, and repeated the words to Yukiko, before inclining his head. "Ōjo Heika." He added as an honorific.

Yukiko huffed, before she turned to Takao, and spoke to him in Taiyou. "These Primitives have no comprehension of our society, the vastness of our holdings, the sheer power of our civilization. There is not even the slightest chance that they could ever defeat us."

Takao swallowed hard at Yukiko's words, but Yukiko spoke up, in fluent english for Bruce to hear.

"There is no possible way for your civilization to even come close to challenging ours. I do not mean these words as to sound arrogant, or boastful." Yukiko explained, her accent just barely lilting her words, but they were clear, and easily understandable.

"This place, this world is one of an infinite number of worlds just like it." Yukiko explained. "My Civilization, the Taiyou Empire, rules, and controls millions of these worlds, across the vastness of the heavens. We have overcome, and prevailed against civilizations far larger, and more powerful than yours."

Yukiko prodded briefly at the meal in front of her, before she took another breath to speak. "With respect, Your Eminence. My brother was defeated because he is an arrogant man, and underestimated you."

She steepled her hands on the table, interlacing them and leaning forward. "I Don't know if your primitive mind can comprehend my words, it would be in the best interest of your people to release us. I might be able to convince our government to abandon any notion of a counterattack." She leaned back, and brought her gaze directly to bear on the King. "Your warriors are few in number. Every Taiyou soldier they kill, ten million take his place."

Takao didn't need to repeat Yukiko's initial words in Taiyou, since she more or less repeated them in English

"And then the Navy will come, and they will rain fire from the heavens, they will destroy this entire world, and everyone upon it from beyond the reach of even your mightiest bows. Your survival, is secured with diplomacy. This is not a war you will win." Yukiko said flatly. From her time as Empress following the coup against her father. She knew first hand the kind of power the Taiyou Armies could field. She knew that while force would not stop them, if enough of the Government could be convinced not to attack, or if the wider AXIS got involved. The Primitives here could be spared Shimizu's wrath. She knew Shimizu wouldn't hesitate to destroy the planet with her on it. It was one less competitor for the throne.

Seno didn't resist as he was taken to the tower in the mountainside. But something caught his eye, in a rock formation in the distance, he saw a single Shinobi. Or what he thought looked like a Shinobi. He would have completely missed the man in the foliage were it not for the glint of his binoculars.

When Seno looked off again, the man was gone.

The Ninja moved down the rock face with speed, and alacrity, shuffling along the rocks towards the cave entrance, where he spotted a single black veiled woman with a staff approach the cave face.

He grabbed the compound bow strapped across his back, and drew a single monomolecularly sharpened steel-carbide tipped broad-head arrow.

He lined up the sights of the bow onto the lone woman Tora, watching carefully as she moved to place her staff against the rock face.

The Shinobi loosed a single arrow, which left his bow in a muted, almost silent 'thwip', and sent the single arrow careening towards the woman's neck, his aim anticipated for her movements.

The Instant the arrow was loosed, the Shinobi was gone, scrambling into the rocks of the mountainside, and seemingly vanishing entirely.

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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King Sigurd listened quietly as Princess Yukiko explained the situation to him in English, a language that both King Sigurd and Lord Bruce spoke fluently. "Your survival, is secured with diplomacy. This is not a war you will win" Yukiko assured them. Everyone else would turn their attention to King Sigurd at that moment, but King Sigurd kept his gaze on Yukiko, taking a mental note of how clever she was. He watched her posture as she spoke, and was impressed that she spoke fluent English, a fact that Sigurd did not know until now. Meanwhile, as the guards escorted Kraiger and Miyagi to the watchtower dungeon, a single covert agent had wiggled their way into Iskjerne Bay by unknown means, escaping detection from all the Harii ghost warriors as he grabbed the compound bow strapped across his back, and drew a single monomolecularly sharpened steel-carbide tipped broad-head arrow. He lined up the sights of the bow onto the lone woman Tora, watching carefully as she moved to place her staff against the rock face. 

The Shinobi loosed a single arrow, which left his bow in a muted, almost silent 'thwip', and sent the single arrow careening towards the woman's neck, his aim anticipated for her movements. The Instant the arrow was loosed, the Shinobi was gone, scrambling into the rocks of the mountainside, and seemingly vanishing entirely. The arrow would sail like a bullet towards Tora's neck as she placed the lower tip of her wooden staff on the rock. The shinobi's aim was true, with stealth precision. A flawless execution, almost equal to the quality of elven bowmanship.

Tora the Volva was not a typical viking or a shield-maiden, however. She was a natural witch, a sorceress, priestess and seeress. She was versed in Galdr magic, and Seidr, and was gifted with special abilities as a result. Tora could hear things, see things, and sense things that normal vikings could not. As the arrow thwipped towards her, Tora deflected it away from her body with the upper end of her wooden staff. A light "tick" could be heard as the upper shaft of the witch's staff hit the upper shaft of the arrow, deflecting it off to the side as it hit the ground. Tora looked down at the arrow and narrowed her eyes, gritting her teeth in anger. But when she looked back up, the shinobi was already gone. Tora began her kulning, a loud high-pitched call used by the volvas to communicate over vast distances. The witches kulning was a song style practiced exclusively by certain women within the viking community. It was almost like a high frequency code language for the nature witches as Tora's beautiful singing voice echoed over the hills and open country across the bay area. Other volvas soon called back all across Iskjerne, the song of the witches sounding like a choir of distant angelic voices.

By now, the vikings had spread out and were beginning to take up positions within the settlement. Svinfylkings took up their defenses all around the three concentric ringwalls around the fortress, as archers took to the towers along the outer wall. The Ulfhednar seperated into 3 packs of lupine warriors in wolf pelts who patrolled the unfenced village and many farmsteads. The Harii ghost warriors, much like the lone shinobi who had infiltrated their settlement, would go stealth again and take up positions throughout Iskjerne Bay; in the small forest, in the rocks, in the high grass, wherever they could hide without being seen. It was their duty to protect the settlement from foreign spies and domestic assassins using their own counter espionage and covert network of guerrilla warriors to snuff out any secret weapons, infiltrations or hidden threats.

The Berserkers maintained their positions at the entrances and main gate, preferring to take up more solitary posts within the settlement. These shirtless berserkers in bearskins, the largest and strongest of all the vikings, were given their space and respect as they operated alone, for the most part, standing out apart from all the others. The nine witches in the inner wall of the ringfort continued their chanting, adding strength to the invisible forcefield around the whole outer wall. Each volva chanted her own unique spell over the growing forcefield, so that nine different qualities went into its making. All the while, thralls and servants continued to work quickly in cleaning up the scene as builders continued to repair the outer wall, reinforcing it with mortar, brick and stone.

Wheelbarrows were being hauled back and forth as the moat around the ringfort was widened and deepened, and a place was set for the newly crafted drawbridge gate entrance. Ropes and pullies moved and turned as workers lifted heavy logs and rocks over the walls and around the buildings. Kettil Flatnose finished emptying his cattle wagon and climbed back into the cart, tossing the canvas tarp into the back of the wagon before grabbing the reigns. He had finished his delivery, and would now drive his wagon along the dirt road heading southwest again towards the Weargtooth Mountains, to the forge in the rocky trail. King Sigurd sat on this throne and pondered his next decision.

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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Yukiko silently waited for the King's reply, she still had not touched a single bite of the food that had been prepared for her, she waited in silence as he considered his next words.

A single red fox perched itself upon a small cairn overlooking the ring fort, and the surrounding foliage. It's eyes watched carefully as everything started to come together. It's keen hearing picked up the shrill call of the Volva witches in the distance. It canted it's head and darted back down from the rocks, skittering across a fallen log, and scrambling up a small pine tree, it's keen eyes watching the warriors prepare their defenses.

The strange red fox darted back down into some undergrowth, and seemed to disappear entirely.

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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As the workers hustled to finish rebuilding the Iskjerne Ringfort's outer wall, the inner circle of nine witches in black veils started to physically manifest the results of their magical incantations. Soon, nine separate Wards appeared in yet another circle, within the invisible spherical forcefield around the viking stronghold. Each ward was located in nine strategic locations around the outer wall, each one becoming vaguely visible as a transparent blueish clear magical shield operating on Gaia's own supply of mana.

These nine Wards around the ringfort's outer wall served as buffers of mysterious magical anti-magic, thin transparent slightly curved walls which would nullify any magical attacks going into the ringfort, while still allowing the volvas to send their own spells outward from behind the wards. As this was happening, the original invisible forcefield around Iskjerne Bay continued to strengthen, the large colorless, odorless bubble working together with the nine smaller magical blue wards inside of it to protect the Viking settlement. Then as six of the volvas continued to chant Old Norse incantations in a circle, three more witches would break off from their ritualistic pagan dance and step out of the circle as the others closed the gap between them, holding hands and forming a magical ring of mysterious ladies in black.

The three witches formed a triangle around the six other witches in the circle. These three would stop chanting and look up, lifting their open hands towards the sky before clapping once and standing perfectly still with their hands out like picturesque statues, never moving an inch as the circle of six volvas continued dancing clockwise between them while holding hands and interlocking their elmwood staffs together. As the witches kulning reached them, the three volvur forming the triangle would call back to Tora by joining in her song over the mountains, hills and plains. Their beautiful voices would echo for miles, reaching Tora's ears from the distance as she turned her attention back to the rock beneath the end of her staff. Tora would give the rock a light gentle tap with the lower end of her staff before standing still and waiting.

Vala started whispering quietly. Soon, the water in the bay would start to withdraw from the shore slowly as the tide went down. Vala looked up towards the clouds above, reaching into her pouch and pulling out a clear sunstone. She held the stone up and peered through it into the sky. The sunstone showed her exactly where the sun was hidden even behind the dark clouds. Meanwhile, the other witch Naya the Volva maintained her post in the open fields on top of a hill, answering Tora's distant kulning with a call of her own before whispering quietly over her long staff, still raising it towards the sky. Soon, the breeze would soften as the wind began to die down. The raven banners hanging throughout Iskjerne Bay would stop waving or blowing around, suddenly going completely limp as the breeze stopped.

Sigurd Hring was still sitting in the great mead hall scratching his chin while tapping his fingertips on the large wooden crescent shaped table in front of him. He was contemplating whether or not to kill Yukiko and Takao, and save himself the headache, or whether they might prove more useful to him alive. It was not an easy decision to make. Both of them were Taiyou, and the Taiyou had already proven to Sigurd that they had no honor. Their words could not be trusted. Especially the princess' words, Sigurd thought, taking note of her slyness and calm demeanor. Yukiko was almost too calm, and that made the King feel uneasy because that meant she was either foolish like Shimizu, or else very clever. Sigurd was not oblivious to her mannerisms as Yukiko neglected to accept the king's hospitality, completely ignoring the nice warm healthy meal he had prepared for her.

"With all due respect your Highness, we Norsemen do not control millions of worlds like your people do. This world, here, now, is all we know. We live here. Most of us will raise their families and die here. We did not come here to start a war. Look around you. War is all we've ever known. We didn't come here for riches or treasure. We came here for the soil, the earth, a place to settle down and farm, and hopefully live in peace. This hall, this table, the very ground you are sitting on right now is sacred to us. We Norsemen built this settlement with our own sweat, blood and tears, and we will happily give all of our lives down to the last warrior to defend it," King Sigurd said casually, looking over at the princess. He paused for a moment before continuing his speech.

"Your emperor underestimated us once, he will do it again. You can believe me when I tell you that my army is fully prepared to meet the Taiyou in open battle. No matter how many tens of millions of soldiers they bring. They will never enter this great hall, much less penetrate the ringfort's inner wall. You are currently sitting in the safest place you could be right now," Sigurd said before finishing his mug of mead. He set his mug down slowly on the table, looking over to Takao before turning his attention back to Yukiko, nodding gently. "You should eat something. Our climate here is cold and the weather is harsh. I need you both to stay healthy and strong incase I find a use for you," the king remarked. "The food is not poisoned. You may relax. Nobody is going to hurt you here. Not without my permission," he added, metaphorically referring to the incident on the hillside.

King Sigurd stood up and walked over to the large heavy arched wooden twin doors, opening them. He turned and nodded quietly, paying his respects to Princess Yukiko Takayama and Takao Eguchi before turning and exiting the great hall, just as four Berserker guards came walking into the hall before closing the doors again. Lord Bruce kept his hands folded quietly the whole time, never moving around as he kept his gaze on Takao and Yukiko from the hall entrance. The two of them were alone now, with just the four guards and Lord Bruce, as King Sigurd made his way down the porch steps and looked up into the sky. He felt a light shockwave and watched the sky light up with a blast from high above as the towering jotunn Asvith Thrym punched the Mizuho, causing a huge sonic boom and shockwave that was large enough for the Iskjerne vikings to barely feel it back on the planet's surface. It wasn't much to Sigurd, just a loud boom followed by a mild ground tremor, but the sky was lit up brightly enough to blind anyone who happened to look up anywhere through the clouds at that moment, as the Mizuho's wingshield illuminated the sky with enough intensity for white and pink brilliant light to penetrate the thick grey veil hovering over Iskjerne.

Within a few seconds the microwave brightness of the sky would fade and get dimmer again, leaving only a beautiful radiant wing-shaped colorful nebula over a pastel blue background of yellowish suns, whitish moons and sparkling stars. Just then, a meteor flew over Iskjerne Bay appearing like a green shooting star to King Sigurd, who marvelled at the sheer size of the four great giants on the horizon. One second the meteor was there, then it disappeared again over the mountains. Sigurd glanced down afterwards just in time to notice a little red fox as it canted it's head and darted back down from the rocks, skittering across a fallen log, and scrambling up a small pine tree in the far distance, seemingly startled by the volva's kulning as she sang. Meanwhile, two of the Harii approached Iskjerne's cave entrance to the Rikkisopi Cave System, noticing that the cave entrance had been closed off by a recent avalanche behind a blanket of snow and ice.

The Harii would patrol the area, soon finding a set of unknown footprints in the snow. They could see where someone had slid down the rocks, being able to detect the little clues left behind by the shinobi, whose presence they were not yet aware of. But the footprints in the snow, though hard to make out, seemed oftly smaller and thinner than most viking feet. The Harii quickly determined that the tracks were not made with typical heavy weatherproof snow boots. Either someone's child was running around unsupervised, or the Harii had themselves an intruder. The two ghost warriors would keep following the footprints and tracks left in the rocks and snow, hoping they might eventually lead on to someone or something of interest.

Prince Hrollaug and his crew would raise the black flag with the white raven banner on it while rowing the Hregg Drekki out into deeper waters as they headed north away from the fjords and out into the open seas. Once the vikings got far enough away from the land, Hrollaug ordered his crew to reattach the wooden dragon-headed prow to the front bow of the langskip, having waited to do so in order to not frighten off or offend the landvaettir at Iskjerne Bay, while Gwyneth and her Skogkattr shield-maidens went along for the naval journey on the longship with Hrollaug's berserkers. In all the Hregg Drekki had a strong crew of 200 vikings altogether, not including Gwyneth or Hrollaug, who stood at opposite ends of the mighty ship, watching everything around them from all sides as they ventured into the Tartarean High Seas.

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Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Vulpes Inculta Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: The Ulfhednar Character Portrait: The Berserkers Character Portrait: The Svinfylking Character Portrait: Sigurd Hring Character Portrait: Takao Eguchi Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Eras Character Portrait: The World Spirit Of Gaia

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It had been awhile since she had eaten lunch, and she was hungry. Her stomach growled in protest at the food placed in front of her. The food was not unappetizing, but Yukiko was worried the food had been poisoned, or somehow had been tampered with. She grabbed the fork, unsure of how to use it at first, and then she pressed the fork into the flakey, tender fish that had been placed in front of her.

She cut a piece from the fish, and she placed it in her mouth, chewing slowly, the tastes of the fish was foreign to her, but she didn’t say anything about it for fear of offending the King in his slightest bit of hospitality.

She chewed her bite of food, and swallowed it.

“I admire your confidence.” Yukiko said calmly, in english once again. But she didn’t think the Taiyou would fight them in open battle, she knew the tactics of the generals that Shimizu would no doubt recruit to fight them. She already knew precisely the tactics they would use. Orbital bombardment followed by a ground assault. If the magical shield held, they’d be up against legions of soldiers. She didn’t doubt the strength of the magical shield, given this world’s strange magical properties.

Yukiko’s eyes followed Sigurd’s movements as he made his way over towards the doorway to the great hall, the sounds of the Mizuho’s shields repelling Thrym’s attack were not lost on the Princess.

“There is a way to stop this before the fighting starts, if you’re interested, obviously you know where to find me.” Yukiko said as Sigurd paid his respects. She slowly inclined her head in acknowledgement, and watched him as he left the mead hall.

She had accepted her death, she had accepted the fact that at any moment, the king could choose to end them both, Yukiko was not afraid of dying, and it showed in her calm demeanor. She already had a fair idea of what was about to transpire.

If the great king didn’t have them killed, the Taiyou nukes would surely ensure a swift death to them all.

She looked to Bruce, and Takao, and continued in English. “Where will I be quartered?” Yukiko inquired. “What of Seno?” She asked. “If your king releases him back to my people, they will likely hear him in negotiations, this situation does not have to come to bloodshed.” Yukiko added, before she started to go back to her meal.




The small red fox had seemed to disappear entirely, vanishing into the thick underbrush. Eventually the footprints in the snow disappeared it seemed, or led off into dead ends. The smaller human footprints ended in some brushy undergrowth, and there were animal tracks, several of them that led outwards from the inside of the scrub brush.


Eventually, the Harii warriors out tracking their intruder would find him. They would find a strange man standing on a small path, but the man didn’t stand out, and he most certainly didn’t appear Taiyou. His face was painted a dark brown, and he was wearing a fox’s pelt over his head, like a hood. The man’s coat also seemed to be made from thick animal furs, which would provide ample warmth in the cold climate of Iskjerne Bay.

The Pommel of a sheathed sword could be made out among the pelts, along with various leather satchels.


He didn’t seem to move, or make any overtly threatening gestures, he simply watched the Harii closely, from the looks, he seemed to have been picking mushrooms that were growing in the undergrowth of the trees.

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The setting changes from empyrean-high-seas to Iskjerne Bay

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Dibble sensed a great decline of spirit, and called upon Gaia to do something!He quickly flit over to near the ringed fortress. What was happening in the bay was horrible to a creature like Dibble. Humans were so confusing! So fickle!

A snow began to fall, for it was not Gaia who heard the call of Dibble but Eras. As the hearts of the vikings beat slower, so did time, a colder and colder wind blowing from the north harsh across the bay. Dibble curled beneath a mushroom, entering a deep slumber, the power of Zephras stronger than any mortal poison.

Time appeared to stand, the snow still in the air.

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Takao peered his head out of the great mead hall to survey the bodies, this was all very strange to him, and he pulled his coat closer to try and stave off the cold.

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The khroniktans cautiously moved through the bay. They ignored the cold for the most part, the minor enchantments in their armor staving off the worst of it, and inspected the deserted village. Thabo moved like a ghost, his boots leaving nary a trace in the snow or dust. Mafsha, sword drawn, poked his head into a longhouse and grimaced at the bodies.

“No wounds,” Thabo observed. “Weapons still in their scabbard. I don’t see any signs of a struggle, either. Either something killed them all at once, and quickly, or this was some sort of mass ritual suicide. Magus, are you recording this?”

“Yes, sir.” The rokin wizard said, gesturing to the orb floating at his side. “I am also detecting some strange arcane readings. There’s some sort of temporal anomaly… like a time stop spell, but it’s suffused into the atmosphere. I will do what I can to protect us from it.”

The wizard tapped his staff on the ground, and the arcanium orb mounted on top glowed with faint eldritch energy. A pulse of magic emanated from it, forming a transparent white dome around the party that kept most of the strange magic at bay.

“Sir!” Mafsha shouted, pointing towards one of the larger structures. “I think I see a survivor! He doesn’t look like any of the natives.”

“Must be our target. Approach cautiously and stow your weapons. We don’t need to spook him.”

The party of aryites, plus one rokin, slowly approached Takao.

“Hello!” Thabo said, speaking into a translator. “My name is Inquisitor Thabo of the Khroniktan Alliance. We have been sent as an extraction team for you and your Taiyou associates. We mean you no harm. Are there any more survivors?”

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Snow bounced off of the Khroniktans as they moved through the bay, little frozen droplets spinning out into the air as if gravity had stopped existing. Zephras didn't seem to touch them so much as they were able to grip the rest in the bay. This angered Zephras. The bay grew colder.

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At first Takao shrank away from the imposing creatures, who were just as alien to him as the other inhabitants of this world. Strangely enough, they seemed to speak his language.

He stepped out of the mead hall and into the outside, pulling his jacket once again to try and stave off the cold.

"No." Takao answered simply, pointing to the bodies all around them. "Only two, Princess Yukiko, and Director Miyagi went to the mountains to try and find a way back through the gate, here I am the only survivor." Takao replied, taking a tentative step forward. So it seemed he was finally going home.

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Takao hurried quickly towards the others, stumbling over bodies, debris, and rocks embedded into the ground. He waited quietly for their next move, but he paid close attention to their words.

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#, as written by Sepokku
*edited for clarity*

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Arcane energy built up, an electric hum buzzing in the air. The crystalline orb on top of the wizard's staff glowed with a brilliant light.

"Commencing leapfrog jump in three... two... one."

There was a flash of light, and one by one the party of khroniktans vanished with a small pop.

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Planet Gaia, year unknown...
Iskjerne Bay, during the midst of a cold spell...


The World Spirit of Gaia had only recently awoken, but channeled the life force she received from the light dragon into Iskjerne Bay. Gaia called to Sigurd and his fellow vikings of noble heart, reaching deep into their slumbers of death before they fully crossed to another side. Should they hear her and accept her call, they would find a second life on Gaia. Not as mortals, not as zombies, but as true Children of Gaia. A piece of Gaia would forever be anchored in their hearts. Alas, few were of noble heart amongst the vikings. Only one out of all of them had heard the calling of Gaia, only one would receive her message. King Sigurd turned with a smile of utter bliss and joyfulness. There standing before him was the anthropomorphic beauty of Gaia herself. She was bathed in light, so bright that Sigurd could only stand in it and admire. Upon seeing her womanly figure face to face, Sigurd's legs gave way, and he started to kneel before her. She told him to rise and offered to give him a second chance at life. Sigurd smiled peacefully. The offer was very tempting. All he ever wanted to do is appease Gaia, who to the vikings was known as Frigg, Jord, Jeorth, Earth or Gerd among other names. She was the queen of the gods, and she was more beautiful than the Norse myths ever described. To be adopted by her as a son would be a great honor, and Sigurd was very humbled. "But why?" Sigurd questioned. "Why have a piece of myself become a part of you?" He asked, stepping closer to her. "Why do that, when I can put all of myself into you?" Sigurd smiled and hugged her gently, kissing Gaia's cheek before slowly dissipating into a bright flash of white sunrays, brighter than even before. Sigurd Hring had respectfully declined the Great Mother's offer, his body descending to become part of the earth. His spirit, however, would move on.

Planet Earth... 9th century...
Kattegat, somewhere between Sweden and Denmark...


Ragnar Lodbrok had not gone with his father Sigurd Hring on his sea voyage. He stayed on Earth instead, and became a famous viking ruler. Ragnar's wife Lagertha was a legendary shield-maiden. Lagertha gave Ragnar a son named Bjorn, who would grow up to earn the nickname Bjorn Ironside, a viking leader in his own right. Ragnar's other wife was Aslaug, a powerful witch or seeress descended from Brynhilda the valkyrie. Aslaug gave Ragnar another son, Ivar the Boneless, who was born a cripple. Ivar had brittle bones, and it was foretold that if his eyes were bloodshot, that he would be in danger of breaking a bone. Ivar's legs did not work properly, which caused him to slither on his belly like a snake. This disability did not stop him, however, from becoming a great viking leader. After the death of his father Ragnar at the hands of Christians, the spirits of his grandfather Sigurd Hring and his uncle Rollo the Walker appeared to him in a dream. They showed him horrible things, and great things. Ivar awoke with the ambitious intentions to find out what happened to the people in his dreams, to reclaim the land, to fulfill his grandfather's diplomatic oaths, and to receive the benefits that were promised to the Norse people by their neighbors. Ivar declared himself a god. He reclaimed Kattegat from his mother's enemies before conquering Ireland, Scotland and the Hebrides islands. Ivar the God was now a legend. There were whispers in the wind that he had special powers, that he was part serpent or dragon, that he was really the reborn king Sigurd Hring himself. Others claimed that Ivar was a god and one of Odin's descendants. He formed the Great Heathen Army, the largest invading force of vikings and shield-maidens in history. But Ivar's fame and reputation was about to spread even more. He set his eyes towards his dreams, and started following his grandfather's spirit back to the place where he had died. Having a special valkyrie-prowed longship built called the Seamaiden, he took his fleet with him, setting sail from the coast of Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean on a voyage into the unknown, unaware that his destination was actually millions and millions of miles away on a different planet in the Milky Way Galaxy.