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He sees no stars who does not see them first
of living silver made that sudden burst
to flame like flowers beneath the ancient song,
whose very echo after-music long
has since pursued. There is no firmament,
only a void, unless a jewelled tent
myth-woven and elf-patterned; and no earth,
unless the mother's womb whence all have birth.
J.R.R. Tolkien, “Mythopoeia”

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And rereading my favorite medieval fiction:
-Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner.
(Apparently it was a LGBT thingy but I never knew it before looking it up)

How is Swordspoint? I've always heard great things about the character work in it but have never actually gotten around to reading the book myself!

As for me, I'm currently working through Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, whose style of lyrical prose I really love, and Charles Soule's recently-released Light of the Jedi for a little lighter reading.
Sounds great! I’m excited to see it :)
Would we write the additional characters’ CSes in the same fashion as the ones up right now or would we do them differently? I’m not sure who I might make at the moment, but I’ll chew on it and say when I come up with something!

And @Lord Pie, a more religious character sounds really cool! I admit that I’m not especially well-read so take it with a grain of salt, but if I remember correctly, Norse religious leadership is tied to political leadership (at least in an Icelandic context from what we can tell in the Sagas of Icelanders) so that priestly role (referring to goðar) might already be fulfilled by Åse—if of course that is the model we’re going with. If we do go with that, then your character could be a seeress (völva, spækona, seiðkona) instead perhaps, seeing the future through magic. I would also be curious how you might play it! I do think that being a seeress does perhaps lack the narrative ‘oomph’ of a more priestly role in terms of creating conflict, but that option might be something to chew on.

Given that we are eschewing magic and myth, a quick look on Wikipedia cites from the National Museum of Denmark a possibility of seeresses using henbane based on archaeological finds; that might be of interest to you!

Regarding the character’s cruelty, I think that would be interesting too, but I’m wondering to what extent that might be less impactful given our characters’ predispositions to violence if not outright cruelty—how would you play it? And one thing nagging in the back of my mind is how would you keep her from being too dark? But I’m really interested to see what you might come up with!

(As for pies, my personal favorite has always been pecan pie—though there are many delicious pies in the world.)
CS updated per your request! @Pagemaster

That makes sense! Cheers.

Here's my CS draft submission:

I agree that it's common for non-Christian elements to be co-opted into Christian culture, but in this case it's the other way around. Johann/Johannes/John can be very clearly traced etymologically to Latin Iōhannēs to Greek Ἰωάννης to Hebrew יוֹחָנָן, roughly meaning 'God is gracious.' The name's of Danish origin, of course, but it comes into Danish because of Christian influences and distinctly arises from Christian mythos.
@Pagemaster, I was curious and wanted to ask: if Kjartan isn't a Christian, why was his father named Johann? Was his father baptized or is there another reason for that?

And I'm still working on it, but with luck I should have a CS draft up within the next couple hours!
Thanks! I appreciate the input and I’ll chew on it as I develop my character. Should we post our character sheets in the OOC before they go into the Character section?
Hey! Before we start, I had a couple questions I wanted to ask:

  • What language would you like us to use for naming? I noticed that Åse and Kjartan both have Danish names--would it be correct to assume that's expected?
  • What is the current status of Christianization among Åse's people? Are there many converts? Have people fought against it?
  • What should we be aiming for tonally and what are y'all comfortable with in terms of mature content?

Thanks in advance! I'm excited to begin.
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