(Medium Kingdom) -- Blonde reavers of the icy north, the mailed
the Aesir are held in check only by their equally ferocious kin the
the west, the grim Cimmerians southward, and by arcane Hyperborea to
the east. Loosely organized, the clans await their forging to a cause,
great captain of men, to spur them over the ice towards bright and
Hear me, my Lord, for if thou art indeed to sit upon the throne, as the
High King of Asgard, thou wilt wish the knowledge of the rich history
of thy people the Nordheimer. Long ago, thy forefathers lived far, far
to the North. There, the days were long and nightfall was a cruelty of
months' duration. And in that land there were creatures unknown by
living me of this generation. Great Snow Apes fell upon our fathers
from out of that winter world only to be dispatched in a great slaying
which is said to have lasted a month and a day, until the reek of death
filled the land. From out of the southlands there came more tidings of
War chiefs of the ancient Hybori tribes, girded for war and leading
hosts of fierce warriors, came upon our people. It was from these that
out people fist learned the value of sword and axe. Praise be to Ymir!
Torn by war, the ancient Nordheimer gathered their families to begin
the long trek south, passing over the ashes of destruction everywhere
in a world where every man's hand was turned against another. In
vengeance of a thousand years and a thousand years more, thy people
have driven the Hybori tribes (which they found to the south) befor
ethem and made for themselves a new land.
Of all the Hybori peoples whose lands once bordered the lands of the
Nordheim, only Hyperborea remains. That country's Albino nobles have
firmly resisted all Nordheim onslaughts upon their huge stone citadels.
In time the Nordheimer began to war amongst themselves, two great clans
growing strong to dominate the rest, the red-haired and the yellow
haired Aesir. Thy people are of the Aesir, and it is from that name
that the kingdom of Asgard is derived. Thine Aesir have since become
hunterers and gatherers, more artistic and less brutal than our Vanir
kin to the west, with whom we still war constantly.
It is to thee that the clans look for guidance. The original Hybori
have perished or been driven southward. Shall more blood be spilled
upon the snowy plains of Hyperborea and Vanaheim? Shall we test the
spirit of those descendants of Atlantis who have come to call
themselves Cimmerians? Speak not yet, Great One - - first heed thou my
words as I report to thee of the present state of thy new kingdom.
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