(Large Kingdom) -- Cold and heartless, Hyperborea is ruled by
grim, gaunt, albino nobles and by the sorcerously powerful witch-
women. Safe within their high stone keeps on the snowy Hyperborean
plain, the Hyperboreans wield power far beyond their meager resources
and small army. Fortress of arcane power in the north, Hyperborea is a
spiteful foe to Aquilonia and quite possibly the most dangerous
Kingdom of the Hyborian Age.
Know, O Lord of the blood, the history and the greatness of thy people.
In those days ofold, the cold, bleak lands upon which Hyperborea now
stands were doubtless more mild and productive. It seems each winter is
colder than the last.
The first kingdom of Hyperborea was called Hyperborea the Eldar and
rose into being some three thousand years ago. The Eldar Hyperboreans
were the first to build with stone. The huge stone keeps which they
erected upon the snowy plains gave them a tremdenous edge over their
wandering Hyborian kinsmen. And in time Eldar Hyperborea became a great
empire. Most of the Hyborians that they vanquished chose to migrate to
the south rather than live in the thrall of our imperious nobles. These
migrations were to cause major turmoil in the south and speed the fall
and reformation of many a kingdom.
During that thousand year reign, blond savages in the north became
increasingly more numerous and warlike, but they were ever thrown back
from the stone keeps of our kingdom. The Nordheimers then began
to vent their aggressions upon the Hyborians to their south,
further stimulating the migration of the Hyborian tribes southward.
Constant warfare with the blond Nordheimer weakened Eldar Hyperborea,
until at last - - in a wave of invasion from migrating Hyborian tribes
- - the empire fell, and over a period of five hundred years the new
kingdom of Hyperborea was driven back by the Nordheimer savages to its
present western boundaries. Later, a surge of vitality arose from the
younger and revitalized Hyperborea and once again we began to hold back
the warriors of that race which now inhabits the kingdom of Asgard.
These last five hundred years thy Hyperborean people have grown frigid
and cruel, turning increasingly to the ways of sorcery to battle the
continual onslaughts from Asgard, and to protect against the rising
power of Turan in the east. Perhaps sorcery is the only way to battle
the ice which has continued to creep into the land and into the hearts
of thy people.
Over the last one hundred years Hyperborea has become increasingly
arrogant. We of Hyperborea now look upon the world with a contemptuous
eye and know ourselves for a superior race. Once fair of form and
feature, the Hyperborean nobles are now for the most part albinos,
grim, gaunt, and filled with hatred for the world around them. Perhaps
hate is now the fire which provides the only warmth in our cold land.
Thy people hate and are contemptuous of Asgard, they hate (while
secretly fearing) the Hyrkanian kingdoms, they have till now lived in
only uneasy peace with Brythunia, they admire the evil of Zamora while
still coveting its lands, and seethe with a malicious hatred for the
power of Aquilonia. This legacy is thy inheritance; to such wert thou
born to rule. Heed well my words, Great One, and I will report to thee
of the length and breadth of thy new kingdom.