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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And if you want to bring forth a strong woman from Norse Mythology,
please do so in the comments of this thread
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
Europa Universalis IV – How we changed the world
Hearts of Iron IV: How we changed the world
The Women of the Victorian era that changed history