Part of the Bergenhus royal castle - specifically, Haakon's Hall, built by the father of King Magnus.
An illustration of Bergen/Bjǫrgvin. Not to scale.
Bjǫrgvin, meaning the "the green meadow among the mountains", is the capital of Norégveldi, the Norwegian Realm. Situated on the west coast of the Scandinavian peninsula, in a craggy yet fertile fjord, it is famed for having been founded in 1070 by Olaf the Peaceful. Four years before, the monarch had seen his father Haraldr Harðráði fall in those fateful hours at Stamford Bridge. Although the dream of Norse supremacy over the Christian lands in the west had died (with brief rejuvenations yet to come), the dream of power never died in the hearts of the Norwegian kings. The line of Haraldr fell in the end, after seeing the rule of men like Magnus Barefoot (who campaigned for many years around the Irish Sea) and Sigurd the Crusader (who led troops in battle against Christian and Saracen lords alike). Others replaced it.
Today, it is the House of Sverre that holds the throne, and upon it sits Magnús Hákonarson. To the world, he is known as Magnus IV, King of Norwegians, Icelanders, Greenlanders, Shetlanders, Faroese, Orcadians, Bjarmians, Kvens and Lapps, among others... a vassal of the Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae. His diverse empire stretches from the shores of Vinland (where the Greenlanders come to harvest timber) in the west to the White Sea (where the fur merchants ply their trade) in the east, from Viken (a vital border towards the Swedes and Danes) in the south to Svalbarð (or so some say...) in the north. Gone are the days of the Vikings - far from the chiefs and warlords among many of his predecessors, the King styles himself as a continental monarch, having become the first of his line to use regnal numbers.
The departure from the Old Norse ways are seen in his diplomacy - he has secured good relations and commerce in return for some concessions to the enemies of old, Scotland and England, in the Treaty of Perth (1266) and the Treaty of Winchester (1269). Even the Swedish ruler is his friend, and the Danes are at the very least not invading. Internally, he is a reformist - the European system of nobility is rapidly entering the country, and above all a new era of law has been entered. In the early months of the Year of Our Lord 1274, he has launched his most important change yet: The introduction of a unified code of laws, which are to apply for the whole country. Prominently, a crime is now a deed carried out against the state rather than the individual, and other measures have been taken to crack down on the ancient customs of blood feuds and vengeance-taking. For his reforms, the people are already calling him Magnus the Law-Mender. It seems like nicknames are unavoidable in this part of Europe.
Although his sons - Eric (Eiríkr) and Haakon (Hákon), the result of a surprisingly happy marriage with the Danish princess Ingeborg - are yet young, Magnus knows that he has every chance to make his line a long-lasting one. His kingdom is small and little-known abroad, but it has potential. He just has to play his cards right.