Dramatis Personæ

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Dramatis Personæ

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The Captains
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Captain of the First Daughter
Orvar Eiríksson, "Twice-born"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 996.
—Fathered by a warrior in the Earl of Lade's retinue and raised for servitude and war in Niðaróss.
—Nicknamed in reference to his great grandfather, who died the year prior to his birth, due to a strange likeness.
—Would've sailed with Forkbeard's Fleet for England in 1013 had he not been bedridden with the White Soot.
—Lost half an ear at the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 fighting against Saint-King Olaf II, brother of Harald Hardrada.
—Aged 70, remains a formidable force, despite often being sickly since childhood. White hair, dark thoughts.
—Volunteered for the journey to Vinland largely out of spite for King Harald, who confiscated his estates.

Captain of the Wooden Walrus
Jóhannes Goðrúnarson, "the Priest"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1037.
—Son of an Icelandic farmer and an Irish freedwoman, born at Skálholt.
—Briefly trained in the seminary there under Bishop Ísleifur Gissurarson, but found sailing more to his liking.
—Has despite his young age acted as the second-in-command on several trading expeditions between Iceland and Greenland.
—Quiet and stern, seldom tells the tale of when he joined in on a Greenlandic logging expedition to the distant "Markland".
—Rallied a ship of Icelanders when the fleet stopped by the isle, allowed in as the only man around with experience of the land beyond.
—Noted for carrying a wooden cross pendant and his frequent prayers, yet displays no open hatred towards the last few heathens.

Captain of the Promise
Thorkell Anundsson, "Coastcrow"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1024.
—A minor Swedish nobleman from Varnhem far inland on the Westrogothian Plain, one of the first Christian sites among Swedes and Geats.
—Exiled after a youthful conflict with Kætill, the husband and brother-in-law respectively of his cousins Kata and Torgil.
—A brief stint in the Varangian Guard at age twenty-five left him displeased with the southern despots.
—Earned the moniker "Coastcrow" after harrying the Swedish-Finnish Baltic coasts, selling off the booty from the raids in Holmgarðr.
—Slowly growing middle-aged and discontent with his life of small-scale piracy, took service with King Harald of Norway.
—Recently shaved his head after one too many jokes about his shining blond locks, which detracted from his ability to command.

Captain of the Sailhound
Eskil Skjalmsson, "Copperhead"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1030.
—Long-time merchant operating out of the Danish trade-town of Heiðabýr, sailing both the rivers of the East and to the Norman lands.
—Entered félag with his brother Kaj, and won a fortune selling Baltic amber in Rouen. The two parted ways on bad terms.
—Worked for years to become keen with a bow, to make up for the significant tactical loss of his brother's martial strength shipboard.
—Depressed after the loss of his wife during an ambush by Slavic pirates off the coast of Wendland two years ago.
—Recently driven out of town by a rival trader, who accused him of forging the coinage minted by Queen Estrid of Denmark.
—Volunteered for the journey to Vinland as a last financial gambit, and to win back something within.

Captain of the Blessed Mary
Rogeirr Vilhelmsson, "the Claimed"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1040.
—A lowborn soldier's son from a town in the Duchy of Normandy, "Rogeirr" - Roger - turned mercenary.
—Fought under the Norman brothers Robert Guiscard and Roger Bosso in Sicily against the Saracens, before heading to the old homelands.
—Said to have served under King Stenkil of Sweden, until he allegedly spat on sacred grounds in Uppsala, and had to depart for Norway.
—Although he calls himself 'Vilhelmsson', only once has claimed to be the bastard of William the Bastard. Never lived it down.
—Somewhat of a polyglot, speaking Norse, English, Latin, French, his own Norman tongue --- even a bit of Arabic and Lappish.
—His youth (and lack of a proper beard) causes many to underestimate him.

Captain of the Gilded Arrow
Torunn Ingridsdotter, "Bear-Cub" / "Red-Nurse" (Gesar)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1035.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Greygoose
Kormákr Thorbrandsson, "the Black" (Coin)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1039.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Dragon's Maw
Hælæif Steinkelsson, "Half-Shirt" (Marankara)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1024.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Saint Olaf
Gudmundr Larsson (Huojin)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1035.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Pax Christi
Hubèrt d'Amboise (Serenissima)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1034.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Fenrir's Shadow
Kari Mäkinen (Flaming Bolshevik)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1046.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the St. Andrew's Cross
Anders Simonsson (Acecipher)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1033.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Wynfrith
Fretherik Theudericsson (DutchGuy)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1045.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Redemption of the Magdalene
Sif Oddsdotter (Snacks)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1025.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Naglfar
Eirikr Gunhild (Master of Oblivion)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1025.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Ljósritari
Sveinn Ingolfsson, "the Windseer" (Luc)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1012.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Foamborn
Nacreddine, "Rauði" / "Red" (Xaph)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1040.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Heritage's Legacy
Leandro Bjornsson (Orago)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1046.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the George's Spear
Karl Snorrisson (Iss'fayn)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1034.
[See character biography in signups.]

Captain of the Road to Damascus
Olaf Rolfsson (CarpeVerpa)
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1025.
[See character biography in signups.]


The Seconds
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Second of the First Daughter
Harald Orvarsson, "the Little"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1031.
—A younger son of Orvar Twice-Born, his nickname derives more from his father's shadow than from his own size or age.
—Notably, the son of his father's second wife, a beautiful woman from the Finnmark wastes who died too young.
—Lost any chance of inheritance when King Harald, whose name he shares, confiscated his father's estates.

Second of the Wooden Walrus
Ögmund Jónsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1035.
—A childhood friend of Jóhannes 'the Priest', although not one to share his deep religious convictions.
—Sailed with his companion to Greenland many a times, but a temporary rift between them saw 'the Priest' take off on his own to Markland.
—Reconciled since then, or so they claim. The stench of mead says otherwise.

Second of the Promise
Ilkka Mattisson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1013.
—A Finnish thrall, born in captivity by parents taken during old heathen raids. Kept by the masters after their conversion.
—Freed by Thorkell Coastcrow during a early, failed raid against Kvarnbo Hall, among the Åland Islands, ten years ago.
—Trained as a blacksmith in the Hall, and keen with a blade since he went to sea.

Second of the Sailhound
Knut Sunesson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1017.
—Claims to be a survivor of the massacre of the legendary Jomsborg Vikings in 1043 AD.
—Thought by many to be a liar, and likely a deserter or refugee from some less reputable community.
—Regardless, a diligent merchant-mariner, and an excellent mead-maker in his own time. Just don't try the Red Fly Mushroom blend.

Second of the Blessed Mary
Godfrey of Cherbourg, "the Silent"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1032.
—A mute since birth, whose friends say it's for the better - otherwise he would chastise the others for mispronouncing his name and home.
—Only recently met "Sir Roger" in Rouen, sailing under William the Bastard.
—Beloved by the Blessed Mary's crew, and a reliable sailor --- traits much needed by his young Captain.

Second of the Gilded Arrow
Vuollá, "the Lapp"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1036.
—A Sea Sámi, one of those roving nomads of the north who move between the mountains, the forests and the coasts through the seasons.
—Although many Sámi in border area merge their cultures with the Norse, few have taken up the sword, and ever fewer skaldic poetry.
— Bemused by the Norse way of calling him a "Lapp" or a "Finn", and little else.

Second of the Greygoose
Ketil Eysteinnsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1011.
—An Icelandic fisherman and sealer, hands scarred by years of fishhook-handling and harpoon-sharpening.
—Part of a clan far out among the Westfjords, and married with several grown children.
—Caught up in a blood feud. Exiled by the Alþingi concurrently with Kormákr the Black.

Second of the Dragon's Maw
Sture Ambjörnsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1029.
—A marshman of the Fyris Wolds, more at home in shallow fens than on open sea, but able none the less.
—Became a níðingr and outlaw after refusing to show up to a duel, a hólmganga, to which his own brother had challenged him.
—Norway seemed a good option after that, the lands beyond the sea even better.

Second of the Saint Olaf
Sál Ljótesson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1039.
—Raised at Heiðabýr, chosing to become a deep-sea fisherman rather than follow in Ljóte's footsteps. All of the risks, none of the blood.
—Claims to have discovered Írland hið mikla, Great Ireland (Hibernia Major, the White Men's Land), while sailing for distant shoals in the West.
—Hired on to the Saint Olaf during a pilgrimage to Niðaróss, where Sál wished to see the Saint-King's mythical tomb.

Second of the Pax Christi
Eozen ar Melen
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1030.
—A Breton merchant mariner, of lowly birth. Called "Odo the Yellow" by the Norse.
—A huckster for sure, but an experienced one — has sailed to Constantinople and back, or so they say.
—Recruited in Rouen to serve his clerical Captain, after deciding the English Channel was becoming too dangerous to ply.

Second of the Fenrir's Shadow
Östen, "the Treasure-Lost"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1021.
—A smuggler operating out of Birka, the largest Swedish trading town, always keen to avoid royal tolls and dues.
—Still curses that one time he lost an entire chest of stolen blacksmithing and woodworking tools, dropped into Mästermyr Lake on Gotland.
—Reluctantly has fallen in line under his young and untrustworthy Captain, knowing not to question anyone with sharp blades.

Second of the St. Andrew's Cross
David Nárvisson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1034.
—A Danish fisherman-turned-fighter, and long-time companion of his Captain, since childhood.
—No more than ordinarily pious, but swears to the utility of carving crosses into one's shoe soles, for protection.
—If he is disappointed by the turn their quest has taken, he does not reveal it openly.

Second of the Wynfrith
Grimoald Hinrichsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1029.
—A hulking great man, noted in every Frisian port for his drinking ability. The headaches that follow are less legendary.
—Signed up for the Vinland Expedition, and Fretherik Theudericsson's crew, in the pursuit of new experiences.
—One so young and lacking in opportunities as the Wynfrith's Captain does not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Second of the Redemption of the Magdalene
Eystein Olafsson, "Rabbit"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1026.
—A former farmaðr, a Gutnish peasant-trader, who made a small fortune selling Gotlandic rabbit skins in Miklagarðr.
—Lost his wife to childbirth and his ship to a storm, but was taken in by his former business partner, Ander Mikkelson.
—Distraught by Ander's death in the Great Maelstrom, and recent events, but steadfast in supporting the Widow-Captain.

Second of the Naglfar
Sihtric Geirsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1026.
—Jórvík-born member of the Thingmen, who joined Eirik Gunhild's retinue for coin and plunder, and stayed for loyalty.
—A practioneer of a syncretic heathenry, holding White Christ to be just one of many Gods along the path from birth to death.
—A royal archer took out his right eye during their last large raid south of his old hometown.

Second of the Ljósritari
Thorgill Aslaksson, "Greenshoe"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1030.
—A fairly young fighter of the Varangian Guard, yet much experienced after years of service alongside the Windseer.
—Nicknamed Greenshoe as a joke, after coming out of a Mediterranean campaign with a pair of green silk shoes as his only loot.
—Initially highly displeased with the Windseer's departure from the East, but seems to have come around to this whole enterprise.

Second of the Foamborn
Skúli, "Foxskin"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1031.
—A Faroese Islander of questionable birth and honour, nicknamed both for his clothing and his character.
—From impoverished fisherman to well-off mercenary, although not always the most effective one.
—Has taking a liking to the peculiar young half-Moor they call Rauði, the Red, for reasons unclear.

Second of the Heritage's Legacy
Jakob Bjarkisson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1040.
—Named after the patron of his Galician homeland, named Jakobsland by the Norse, once a well-known raiding target.
—Grew up alongside Leandro, and went to war alongside him. Has always taken a laid-back role compared to the younger Captain.
—Grievously wounded in suspicious circumstances in Valencia, and has spent the last year in recovery.

Second of the George's Spear
Nikolás Góðisson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1028.
—A celebrated bowman until he lost three fingers on his right hand during a street brawl in Kønugarðr.
—Took on a new saintly name upon receiving his baptism among the Rus, having grown up a heathen.
—His brief Varangian service saw him pick a revived weapons from ancient times, little known up North: The crossbow.

Second of the Road to Damascus
Höskuldr Sveinsson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 998.
—An early convert to Christianity, influenced by his travels to the German North Coast.
—Lead a minor sealing expedition organised on King Harald's orders, the second such to "Svalbarð" of the far north.
—Only met his Captain recently, and was hand-picked by him for reasons unknown to Höskuldr himself.

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The Dead
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Captain of the Stormwife
Ivar Sigtrygsson, "the Mad Jarl"
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1020.
—A loyal follower of King Harald Hardrada, from birth to death. Fought in the Varangian Guard for the Emperor alongside Harald.
—Seen as too restless by the King to make a good peacetime ruler, and lacking a good clan, held no lands of his own.
—Lead a minor expedition sent by King Harald five years ago, exploring the Finnmark and other lands towards the fabled White Sea.
—Earned his nickname very recently, simply for having volunteered to lead the Vinland Fleet, receiving his jarlship in doing so.
—Last spotted going overboard in the Great Maelstrom. Presumed dead.

Captain of the Red Snake
Amund Eilersson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1032.
—A largely unknown but skilled sailor, who won the Red Snake in a bet with a Scanian raider.
—Scrounged together a crew of farmhands and coastal fishermen, using the lure of royal gold, to join the Fleet.
—Lost his Second only days prior to departure, due to a drunken argument between his companion and one of the crewmen.
—Kept complaining about headaches during the early passage, blaming it on a set on runic inscriptions carved into the ship's bow.
Killed during the Storm when the mast of his ship broke and caved his head in.

Captain of the Redemption of the Magdalene
Ander Mikkelson
—Born in the Year of Our Lord 1024.
—Gutnish merchant raised in Visby, who in his youth was quite an adventurer. Married the pagan Sif Oddsdotter to much controversy.
—A sharp-tongued trader, but not a greedy or violent one - always gave a fair deal, and in his later years longed for peace and quiet.
—Despite these longings, left behind his entire life on Gotland to take his wife, daughter and son-in-law with him to an unknown, distant land.
Drowned during the Storm, thrown overboard and dragged beneath the waves by heavy debris.

The Mythical
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The Berserker
Ketil "Bearstrength"
—Born sometime during the mid-10th century.
—Chieftain of Bjarkøya around the turn of the Millennium, in the Hålogaland region of Northern Norway.
—Father of many children, slayer of many men. A raider of great renown, and with a physical similarity to Red Thor himself.
—Disappeared alongside the Fleet of King Sweyn Forkbeard in 1013 AD.
—Details have been lost to time, but remains a legendary figure.

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