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    Runemaster – The Stories of Women from Norse Mythology

    In Runemaster, you alone will determine the fate of the world.
    Until then, we invite you to read the stories of women from Norse Mythology and discover their sagas, before you embark on your own

    Blenda
    The Stories Say: When the great king Alle of the Geats took the men from Värend, our village in Småland to invade our Norwegian enemies, a surprise attack from the Danes threatened our lives and holdings. Legend tells of how I rallied the women of my village in the traditional manner – a fiery cross - to oppose the raiders. Seducing them with food and drink and admiring phrases, the Danes fell asleep and were then killed to a man. The Great King rewarded the women warriors with inheritance rights and I became a great Swedish heroine whose achievements lived on in song.


    Freya
    The Stories Say: I rule the domains of fertility and sex, but also the field of war Fólkvangr where I welcome half of those Vikings that are slain in battle. I rule the Valkyries and initiated the practice of ancient Vanir sorcery among the Aesir gods. Many sagas sing of my beauty and of the stakes that people will pay to gain my favors – stealing Mjolnir from Thor or crafting the most beautiful necklace in the world. My chariot is pulled by cats, so the Internet should be my domain, too.


    Brynhildr
    The Stories Say: I am a valkyrie, a shieldmaiden of Odin assigned to choose those warriors that will die in battle and live forever at the side of the gods in Valhalla and Fólkvangr. By opposing Odin in deciding the outcome of a battle, I was condemned to live as a mortal where I met and fell in love with Sigurd. Bewitched, my love betrayed me and we both married other people. Our tragic story of misunderstandings, witchcraft and feats of strength has inspired centuries of artists.


    Hervor
    The Stories Say: There was once a magic sword called Tyrfing. It was cursed by its dwarven smiths to slay a man every time it was drawn and to bring ruin to its original bearer, as well as cause three great evils. Still, it could cut through stone as easily as cloth. I was the heir to this magic sword, but to claim it I had to disguise myself as a man. I undertook many adventures in the quest to find the sword and my father’s grave, including raiding neighbors, exploring a haunted land of the dead and proving my worth to my father’s ghost. With my sword and intelligence, I helped a giant king rule his court and eventually retired to a quiet homelife.


    Skadi
    The Stories Say: I am a giantess and associated with the Aesir gods. I am the patron of winter activities, and of the snowy landscapes themselves. When my giant father was killed by the gods, I equipped myself as a soldier and marched to Asgard on my own, demanding compensation and satisfaction from the arrogant deities that ruled there. I won myself a husband and a place in Asgard. It was I that placed the serpent above Loki’s captivity, and it is I that guides and guards wanderers in the Scandinavian mountains.


    Valkyries
    The Stories Say: We are harbingers of death, but also signs of hope for if you see one of our number riding by your side in battle, you will know that you are marked for an honorable death in war and you will soon feast with the Gods in Valhalla. We are powerful soldiers in our own right, and the best of our number are the match for any great hero. Like the Norns that read men’s fate, we may sometimes act as protectors for those blessed by the gods, but more often than not we stand for the end of life and the beginning of a new cycle.


    Frigg
    The Stories Say: I am the wife of Odin and the queen of Asgard, mother to the great gods Thor, Heimdall and Baldur. I sit beside my husband in Valhalla, drinking from a golden horn. But I am best known as the patron of all mothers, for I so loved my son Baldur that I extracted a promise from everything on earth that it should never do harm to him. My one oversight – passing by the mistletoe – doomed him and eventually all the gods. I am Mother Earth, I am childbirth, I am the home. For no Norseman can travel far without the knowledge that his hearth is well cared for.


    Idunn
    The Stories Say: I am youth, and the keeper of the golden apples that represent the energy and strength of Asgard. Though a fertility deity, I am best known as the one who can guarantee the vigor of the gods through my cultivation of magic fruit. When I was taken hostage by the giants, my indispensable services became apparent as the gods aged and neared death, for our gods are not like others and may decay and die. Over the years, I have become a cultural symbol of learning and childhood – a guardian not just of eternal youth, but of knowledge itself.


    Hel
    The Stories Say: Daughter of Loki, I rule the land of the dead, Helheim. Many mansions and houses dot my dismal realm, filled with the spirits of those who did not die a glorious death. My flesh is half black, and half flesh-colored, mirroring my nature as the goddess of darkness and the one deity that almost everyone must face in their lives. It was I who gave the gods a way out of the death of Baldur, calling for tears from every thing on earth – living or dead. Loki’s unwillingness to cry while in disguise condemned Baldur to sit in a place of honor at my side until the coming of the new age after Ragnarok.


    Lagertha
    The Stories Say: Thrown aside and abused by the king of Sweden when he invaded my native Norway, I took up arms beside the great king Ragnar of Denmark when he raided Norway. I fought bravely and caught the eye of the king, who sought my hand but only won it by slaying the fierce bear and hound that guarded my home. When my husband cast me aside for another, I stayed loyal to him and led 100 ships to his rescue in a civil war that threatened his throne. But he proved to not be worthy of me, so I slew him and took the crown for myself.


    Your hero
    These women we mention are only a few that changed the world of Norse Mythology. When you play Runemaster, you will be able to create your own hero – man or woman – and change the fate of the world. So prepare for a journey into the unknown, because you alone are the master of your own saga.
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    And if you want to bring forth a strong woman from Norse Mythology,
    please do so in the comments of this thread


    Cheers,
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    And in case you wanna read about women from our other PDS games eras, here are the links - enjoy!

    Crusader Kings II – Women of the Medieval Era
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...e-Medieval-Era

    Europa Universalis IV – How we changed the world
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world

    Hearts of Iron IV: How we changed the world
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world

    The Women of the Victorian era that changed history
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world
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    The stories of Blenda, Hervor and Lagertha are quite interesting. I hadn't come across them before when reading on Norse mythology. From which sagas are they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrelvis View Post
    The stories of Blenda, Hervor and Lagertha are quite interesting. I hadn't come across them before when reading on Norse mythology. From which sagas are they?
    After a quick wikipedia search:

    Blenda isn't from any of the sagas, but from a Swedish legend that was first printed in the 17th century, although it may be based on older stories. Värend really did have equal inheritance rights for women though, and I don't think anybody really knows why.

    Hervor is from a set of stories known as the Tyrfing Cycle, about the magic sword Tyrfing. Two of the stories from the cycle are found in the Poetic Edda and the Hervarar saga acts as a sort of compilation of the stories.

    Lagertha is from the Saxo Grammaticus.
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    Can we count Princess Olga as a Norse? The story about her revenge is legendary (in all meanings), and I can easily imagine her as a heroine of bloody saga. Anyway, she is my favorite female Christian saint.

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    And in case you wanna read about women from our other games eras, here are the links - enjoy!

    Crusader Kings II – Women of the Medieval Era
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...e-Medieval-Era

    Europa Universalis IV – How we changed the world
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world

    Hearts of Iron IV: How we changed the world
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world

    The Women of the Victorian era that changed history
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world
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    Quote Originally Posted by Druplesnubb View Post
    After a quick wikipedia search:

    Blenda isn't from any of the sagas, but from a Swedish legend that was first printed in the 17th century, although it may be based on older stories. Värend really did have equal inheritance rights for women though, and I don't think anybody really knows why.
    Denmark had equal inheritance rights for women (along with equal legal rights and the right to divorce, etc.), so it wouldn't be that odd for parts of Geat land to have similar traditions as well.

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    I didn't know that story about Largertha. I really though Ragnarr was executed by King Aelle (the snake-pit and all that).

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    Interesting, I know nothing about norse mythology.
    Can we find these women in Runemaster? All?

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    Awesome stuff! Thanks Regina!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Druplesnubb View Post
    After a quick wikipedia search:

    Blenda isn't from any of the sagas, but from a Swedish legend that was first printed in the 17th century, although it may be based on older stories. Värend really did have equal inheritance rights for women though, and I don't think anybody really knows why.

    Hervor is from a set of stories known as the Tyrfing Cycle, about the magic sword Tyrfing. Two of the stories from the cycle are found in the Poetic Edda and the Hervarar saga acts as a sort of compilation of the stories.

    Lagertha is from the Saxo Grammaticus.
    Thanks a bunch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina View Post
    And in case you wanna read about women from our other games eras, here are the links - enjoy!

    Crusader Kings II – Women of the Medieval Era
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...e-Medieval-Era

    Europa Universalis IV – How we changed the world
    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...nged-the-world

    Hearts of Iron IV: How we changed the world
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    The Women of the Victorian era that changed history
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    I'm a bit late to the part bu this is really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druplesnubb View Post
    After a quick wikipedia search:

    Blenda isn't from any of the sagas, but from a Swedish legend that was first printed in the 17th century, although it may be based on older stories.
    The Blender, on the other hand, didn't come out until 1919.
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    brynhild is attila's sister in a different legend
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    Hooo wow interesting... well i have read Little Women (or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). Written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, it was published in two parts in 1868 and 1869.
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    You don't have to resort to mythology to realize that many Scandinavian women were quite unusual for their time. There was one jealous wife during an attempted colonization of Vinland who seems to have thought a battle axe to be the best tool for dealing with rivals, much to the horror of her manly Viking companions.

    I hope that women play a significant role in this game, but I also hope that they are not merely male characters decked out with different pixels. Something a bit more complex than breeders and weaker fighters would be nice, and would give the game some added depth.

    (Having said that, my fencing instructor was a woman, and you wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley when she was in a bad mood with a blade in her hand).

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