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((An exceedingly long Wrothiron and Eylinn scene is in the works.

A question regarding quests: suppose we had an idea for a quest that relies upon deception or misdirection of the forces of darkness. Seeing as the person we would submit said quest too would also be the person we are attempting to deceive, how would that work?))

(( That guy still only knows that stuff OOC, so he still has to act like he doesn't know IC ))
 

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A message from the Pale reaches several Arl's bordering the Jarldom of The Pale.

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To my peaceful neighbors, Vardøhus to the West and Riverheim to the South. I am writing this letter to you to ask for your aid. The Darkness is threatening us all. As well you have the false king Kalare to the west gone mad with power. I pledge to you that I will do everything I can in my power to protect you from the new threat from within our own lands. But for that I beg of you to aid us in the wild.

Signed, Alfödr af Frostsverd, Jarl of The Pale.

(( What do you guys think of my new flag? :D ))
 
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The acts of Kalare does not surprise me. He is a mad man with a king's crown. The men should be released immediately and Kalare should keep to his own men.

I find High King Wrothiron Deagrin a fitting choice for a commander of the Light Army. You have me and my men to command.

Signed Alfödr af Frostsverd, Jarl of The Pale, Lord of Blekborg, Warrior of The Unnamed One

Alfödr votes for Wrothiron to take over the Commander position in Eylinn's absence.
Alfödr demands that Kalare releases the captured soldiers
 

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Alfödr was sitting in his tent drinking a Dwarven wine he had managed to find among some of the High Hrothgar soldiers. It was different from the honey mead in Norseland. It was sweet but different from the mead sweetness.

- "Fruits..." he told himself as he leaned back and started to relax. But it wasn't for long. A gnawing feeling in the back of his head grew. The memory of the venomous face of Qylan in the Assembly appeared for him. He threw away the goblet and drew his sword and charged out of the tent.

- "TO ARMS!" he yelled at the top of his lungs, his officers heard him and scattered to prepare his army. Soon enough the lines were formed and the shield wall took place to prepare for the hordes. A deadly silence and uneasiness hung over his men, he did not blame them, they were fighting the very image of horror and terror.

He walked up in-front of the formed lines and closed his eyes and inhaled. He seemed like he grew, as if he became bigger over mere seconds. The air grew warm, a comforting feeling emanated from Alfödr.

- "No man should follow another who dares not fight with him." he turned around "THE UNNAMED ONE IS EXPECTING US, LET'S NOT KEEP HIM WAITING NO MORE!"

They raised their sword and charged into the oncoming horde of vile creatures. Many men was lost but no matter how terrible it got, Alfödr kept swinging his sword. That sword claimed many this faithful day. The battle lasted for hours, but his soldiers were calm and full of energy. They drew strength from Alfödr to keep fighting.

A magician of the dark had come in Alfödr's path. The dark one spit in his direction and pointed towards him. dead bodies around them started to raise themselves and pick up arms. Alfödr didn't worry, he just smiled.

- "I too can play that game you fool" around him fallen pale ones souls manifested as frozen droplets in the air. They charged at the vile one's creations. He started to walk slowly towards the necromancer. To defend himself he throws a bolt at Alfödr, but a soul gets in the way to protect him. "That's the difference between our magics... Yours is that of cadavers... Mine is that of souls, these ones are fighting of their own will. They are fighting with me, and not for me like yours."

The magician threw another but this one was way of target, he was panicking. The souls had surrounded him, they would not let him leave. The air was freezing, Alfödr's skin had turned azure but his eyes were black as well.

- "You may be of the dark, but I can do things much worse than you." his arm reached in trough the necromancers chest and he grabbed a hold of something. The necromancer screamed out in pain. "W-W-What are you?"

Alfödr leaned in and whispered something and the face of the necromancer turned white of fear. He started to pull slowly and the necromancer screamed in agony. As he pulled out his hand, he held something glowing. He crushed it. The ground around him had become frozen solid. The dark soldiers with allegiance to the necromancer was dealt with. But his actions had spiked the interest of more forces.

The Pale Ones readied themselves for another charge.
 
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Alfödr had traveled far to reach Coamanel. He was with a party arriving later than Freyr's and Eylinn's party. Upon arrival he heard the news that the plans had changed, the wedding set aside for later and the maiden heading for a quest in Wallachia. Of course Freyr was gonna follow suit.

- "That damned boy" he was growling to himself as he charged trough the Coamanel hallways. He slammed up the door to Eylinn's chambers. "I will see you at the horses, NOW!"
- "B-But I have to..." Freyr tried to speak but was interrupted by Alfödr "NO you have a duty to your men on the front lines. Why should they fight if you don't fight with them?"

Alfödr's presence was enormous and threatening. Freyr tried to stand his ground but Alfödr gave him a look as if he was gonna cut him down and just continued "NOW!"

- "M-Milord! Don't be angry with him. It's my fault." Eylinn tried to defend Freyr but Alfödr silenced her with an angry glare as Freyr left the room. He closed the door after Freyr with the words "I will join you after I've talked with your Fiancee"

As he turned around, Alfödr was back to his old normal self, perfectly calm and controlled.

- "I am sorry Therain, but it is the only way for me to get him to leave your side." He sat himself down next to her but he could notice she was not happy with him.
- "I really don't need that kind of tension right now. I've made no attempt to hide my dependency on him lately. It's not fair to treat him thus for my needs sake."
- "I know, I am sorry, I really am and it hurts me to take him away from you and he will hate me for it if anything happens to you." His voice was more calming, as if a father was talking to his child.
- "It's fine... The concern would be mutual" she said as she looked down on his weapons that he wore inside a foreign castle filled with people. He didn't pay attention and just continued.
- "But he is naive and selfish, he would sacrifice his life for you, but to what end? Leave you mourning for hundreds of years? You elves live so much longer, the pain he would cause... I can't let my daughter-in-law bear that pain!" He embraced her, as a father protecting his young. She leaned her head deep into his shoulder.
- "I..." she flinched, followed by a cough.
- "I know too well the feeling of loosing everything dear to me, I will not let that happen to you." he stroked her hair "If anything does happen to you, I will not rest until you are back to Freyr, you hear me? If I so have to force the Dark One himself, I will."
- "Why are you being so nice to me? I don't deserve this..." she grabbed at his fur pelt "Why? One wonderful day you will be my daughter, do I need a reason?"
- "What if you... Or him... I'm..." she pulled harder on his coat for each word then sighed "This whole situation is just so morbid. Blocked in the West, Darkness creeping into the realm with its putrid roots... And all I can do is think of myself, and what I feel. I am not even going to try imagining what you think of me."
- "I think that you care, that is why you think like that. There is nothing bad about that. Luckily you have an old fart like me to make sure my son doesn't do anything stupid."

He stood up, ready to leave.

- "Don't worry, even if he's not there, he will always protect you." From behind his back a young Nord girl had appeared like the sparrow that Freyr showed her. The girl reminisced a lot of Freyr and Alfödr, she was leaning on his shoulder. Smiling. Eylinn couldn't help but smile her self, a warm comforting feeling filled the room.

- "Is she happy? Does she even know she's here? From the other side, I mean."
- "Yes, I believe so. I am not that skilled yet, so far I can only feel the surface of her emotions. But I do believe she knows." He didn't look back at the girl. A small part of him thought that looking at her again would just make that night come real again... He continued "And Freyr will never let you walk alone, I can promise you that."
- "I guess now he has to."

But Alfödr had the same boyish smile now that Eylinn usually saw on Freyr, the smile that said everything was gonna be alright. She looked down on the floor.

- "My power does not only stretch to others souls..."

She opened her mouth to respond but he was gone. Leaving only his warm comforting presence.

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Later outside Coamanel

- "FATHER! YOU BAS...." he was interrupted by his father "I DARE YOU TO FINISH THAT SENTENCE BOY!"

Freyr was breathing heavily, almost ready to draw his sword at his father.

- "You have an obligation to your army, your future wife can take care of herself."
- "If so anything happens to her I swear I will.." He was interrupted again. "You swear what? Take out your revenge on me? It is not I who you shall be angry with. It is the piece of shit that gave her that bite."

Freyr stared with a questioning expression.

- "H-How did you know?" Freyr was afraid of what his father might do now that he knows. "I could smell it on her, you should have too. She is now tainted to the very core of her soul."
- "But then you know I must help her!" His father gave him an angry glare "So my only heir can get bitten too? I don't think so. I will not give her my son until she is cured."

Freyr hated him for what he said. He thought of his father as the most horrible person ever for that. What he didn't know was that every word he said pained Alfödr more than he could imagine, but he did because he had to.
 

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No Home No More

Oh the joy! The glorious triumph over the Dark Forces! The Palemen held the victory dear to them, many had fallen during this short year. Many had given their lives so their home could stay safe. The thought of finally returning home to rest was like sweet honey on their lips. The Pale Ones had collected the dead, burned them on pyres and put the bones in the sacred Ökutæki and were prepared to be carried home to their families burial mounds. The Unnamed One had claimed their souls, now their bones were to rest as heroes with their loved ones.

- "FOR OUR FAMILIES!" Alfödr raised his bronze goblet and his warriors cheered. The Pale forces were celebrating as they always did for whenever they had an excuse. "FOR OUR FAMILIES!"

The feast weren't long until a messenger entered the tent. His voice was dry, barely able to utter a sound and weak.

- "What is it friend? Here drink from my goblet of mead." Alfödr stood up and started walking over to the poor boy.
- "Home...." he whispered, Alfödr stopped, starring at the boy who were bursting out in tears. "Its gone!"

The life and light in all the Palemen's faces disappeared. Alfödr fell to his knees, his thoughts to all the thousands of The Pale Warriors that sacrificed their lives to protect the other realms. And now their bones had no where to return to, their souls to ever wander in the abyss without returning to their families. Not a word nor sound was uttered by the Pale Ones that night, full of grief of what they had sacrificed just to loose their home in return. The very thing they fought for, was gone. The distant reward of all their efforts taken away from them.

Alfödr didn't care why, The Pale Ones didn't want revenge. They just wanted their home.
 
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The Mourning of War

The following nights a deep humming could be heard from The Pale part of the camp. The soldiers had put together a new war song around the camp fires and sang it to their mead and meat to raise their spirits for the coming battles.

"Oooh huum... Oooh huum...
Far away from the cause,
into the dark ones jaws!

For our homes, for our friends,
but a poisoned dagger they sends...
Hear us cry! hear us cry...

Oooh huum... Oooh huum...
All we have left is our lord,
for him we will draw our swords!

We will cut it down, we will take it back
There shall be nothing left black!
Hear us cry! Hear us cry...

Oooh huum... Oooh huum...
The Palemen will not detour,
For the light, we will endure."

....

The song could be heard quite often being mumbled by the soldiers as they walked around doing their duties. The Frostsverds were the only ones not found singing. The thanes close to them said the pain was to heavy on their heart to summon the strength. When the entire camp joined in together during the nights around the campfires in loud and proud song. Frozen droplets could be found on-top of the ashes on the ground.
 

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To the distant relatives

Freya was shivering as they walked trough the forest on the tribesmen side of the silverfish river. It was scary, usually the river was never crossed by neither Palemen or tribesmen. She grabbed a hold of Anastasia's arm for warmth, her step mother wrapped her cloak around the little girl. As they had fled from Blekborg she hadn't been able to grab a pelt before the soldiers stormed into the fortress. The thanes and housecarls in their company were dead quiet, constantly scanning their surroundings. The tension could be felt in the air.

A low sob could be heard from Freya. One of the housecarls looked over to Anastasia and Freya.

- "Jarless Frosverd, you should not need to share your pelt with your daughter." He almost whispered. The man sat down on his knees in-front of the little girl and put on his own pelts on her properly and as he finished he smiled, not caring that his skin started to slowly turn purple from the frost. "There we go, much better now isn't it lady Freya?"

Freya was about to object but he just pushed her in-front of him and forced her to keep moving. As they walked the shock eventually hit her, what had happened, all the people that had been killed. Her playmates and family friends who had been slaughtered or raped. The tears started to run, she couldn't stop it. She rubbed her hands to her eyes several times wiping it away begging it to end.

- "Stop it.... STOP" she thought to herself. "What would father say if he saw you..."

The tears were running even more. She wiped again and the pelt got stuck in her necklace.

- "Brother...." she untangled the mess. She looked to Anastasia. "Are we heading to father and brother?"
- "No, we are heading home to my father, your is too far away." her voice was comforting "We will be safe there until Alfödr and Freyr comes home."

Finally they were out of reach from the forces that had attacked them. As they eventually sat up camp, the kind man was still with them. Shaking of the cold but as the fire sparked to life he was fine again. Some of the other housecarls started to cut up some pelts from the tents that he could use for tomorrow.

As everyone were having stuff to do, hunt, melt ice, put up tents. Freya just sat on a cold stone near the fire wondering why it has happened, whose fault it was... THEM. Freya's sorrow started to be filled with rage, she didn't know the banners of the ones who attacked them. She hadn't bothered much with the politics of Agorheim, but now she swore to herself that she would find out and she would revenge her home in any way she could.

By her name as a Frostsverd, she would never forget what she saw that day.
 

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The glimps of light

Alfödr was in his tent reading the letter he had received from Alvon. Thinking about how he was to deliver the news to his son. He knew Freyr would blame him and never forgive him. But it was the right thing to do... At least that's what he kept reaffirming to himself. Something was watching him...

As he looked up, the Unnamed One was standing in the entrance to the tent, with his warm smile as usual.

- "I-I-I failed you..." Alfödr's voice was weak, he had lost all faith upon his own abilities. "The Pale...."

As usual, the dark figure didn't speak but only shook his head. Alfödr got filled with a feeling of hope, as if everything would be alright. Memories that were not his own, lords and soldiers alike speaking ill of The Pale's invaders. Spitting in the ground and cursing the names of the selfish lords. Some even contemplating with their councils on what to do about it. One memory was quite strong, a desert warrior in awe of his lord as he broke his blood bond with one of the invaders.

- "The Pale is saved..." a dark, mighty voice, echoing in the tent. Alfödr felt powerless just by his god uttering its words.

The Unnamed one moved aside and trough the opening a huge beam of light could be seen in the horizon. Alfödr stood up and charged outside, as he passed the dark figure it disappeared as blown away by the wind. All the Pale soldiers were cheering. His son was already celebrating with the soldiers.

As the presence of the Unnamed One disappeared, a light one took its place. Alfödr felt stronger, ready to fight yet again.
 
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- "As long as my warriors bones may return to The Pale someday, I don't mind burning of the turned creatures."
 

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(( Alright here's an updated map of the north east nations of Nordsland ))

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The Pale, near the town of Rumingshelm, the Month of Hallows, sixth day, 7 PM

(( Dude, you can't make up a town in my realm without first checking with me. The Pale is desolate and only has the areas pointed out by the map I've already provided. Thanks for screwing up my lore. ))
 
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(( Sálhöfðinn is the only town in The Pale ))
 

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((What about villages? Their names?))

(( There are none, like I said it is a desolate place.. I just recently did an order to start building settlements but that is like a few months back and it will take time before they actually become a proper villages, Sálhöfðinn is the only town that has emerged because it is on the other side of the river Silverfish from Blekborg making it natural for people to move there. ))
 

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Kalare-Stronghelm-Pale conflict resolution agreement

I, Jarl of the Pale, Alfödr Frostsverd sign this treaty

And as it was negotiated by the help of the His Royal Majesty, Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn I, Sultan of Hroniden, Shah of Sahran, Emir of Miṣr, Lord of the Amunra, Guardian of Mutikabir, Defeater of the Mad Emperor, Rightful Emperor of Hroniden and Protector of the Realm, to avoid a pointless war I vote for him to lead the Light Army.
 

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Letter from Alfödr Frostsverd to Evhana Mindrilla.

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I, Alfödr Frostsverd, Jarl of The Pale have to regret that I can not attend to the memorial service. Eylinn of Mindrilla was a very fine warrior and worthy of my son.
In my stead Freyr and Freya of The Pale shall attend instead as I have to help my brethren in need with the on going dark invasion.
 

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He has returned

The mist was still thick in Bronsholm, just how he remembered it. The stony north shore of the island was as a blessing to feel under his feet. His thick fur pelts were already soaked and frozen from the air. His trusted companion still frozen in his hand he started marching towards an outpost he did not recognize.

- "Who goes there?" was shouted from the walls as the man emerged from the mists. The guard lifted his torch to lighten the man, it was an old one, Norse for sure. A bit unusually pale. It appeared as if silver was shimmering as lines down his eyes. Silent he kept walking towards them. The air grew colder, frost spread along the wall for every step the man took.

- "Call the alarm!" the soldier shouted but it would all be for nothing.

The man put his hand to the wall and everything crumbled, opening up the entire settlement for the invader. The man however just stood there looking at the guards trying to form a shield wall at the breach. With a mighty roar they however fell to the ground from the force of his presence.

- "DON'T YOU DARE TAKE UP ARMS AGAINST ME IN MY OWN HOME!" He yelled, the force of his voice keeping the soldiers down. The air around the mans sword started to freeze making it look like it was emitting mist.

Slowly shapes could be seen in the mist behind him. More troops were collecting at the breach but the man just stood there looking at them with pure disgust. The knocked down soldiers stood up again as their commander was trying to organize his guard. The shapes in the mist were more apparent now, an army. A norse army, every soldier as pale as the first man.

- "The Pale Ones have returned to take back our home." His troops behind him stormed the settlement slaughtering everything they could see but he continued without any regard to the lives of the Bloodknots, nearly lifeless in his face. "And I shall deprive you all of your afterlife for what you've done to my people and our sacred grounds. So the Unnamed one demands"

In the midst of the chaos as the soldiers of the Pale Ones ravaged trough the settlement a younger boy walked up to the old man. His eyes were burning of rage, his fury giving warmth to the air making the ground crackle where the hot and cold air met.

- "They shall pay.... they shall all pay!" he whispered as he struggled to contain himself and his powers "Father.... don't spare a single one of these hideous beasts!"
- "I shall give none refuge who defiled our home and our ancestors." He clenched around his sword. "They shall all know nothingness for eternity..."

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The bard sings of rumors that Alföðr Frostsverd has returned with the Pale Ones.