- Aug 20, 2011
Perhaps nothing special empire-wise, but I felt the urge to share a little war story about king Arnbjörn: blademaster, berserker, mystic, herbalist, poet, paragon, etc, etc.
As a child, Arnbjörn suffered a severe injury that required very many years to heal, and his health was affected to the point where I *cough* was less considering regarding putting him in harm's way, so to speak. But he recovered, and he has expanded his kingdom in a steady but not very fast pace during most of his reign. So, a couple of years after Arnbjörn had hit 60 I realised that he would be able to reform Asatrù if I just grabbed a third holy site. A chunk of the Danelaw was swiftly acquired and the faith reformed. I thought that would be the zenit of Arnbjörn's rule and life, but about a decade after reforming the faith the Asa-pope (I forget the actual title) decided to call a holy war for the catholic kingdom of East Francia (maybe you can guess its size...).
As the holy war seemed doomed to fail I decided to just throw some money at it as an excuse for not participating, but to my surprise the Scandinavian duke swarm did quite well, as the war target was bogged down by a liberty war as well. I then changed my mind and joined the war, nominated one of Arnbjörn's fairly lacklustre daughters as benificiary, raised the entire army, and marched off to East Francia. Soon the war was won, with me as the biggest contributor. Thus Karin, previously fated to loiter around the Swedish court for the rest of her life, suddently became ruling Asatrù queen of the kingdom of Germany. But fate would soon strike again! Less than a year later, Karin dies in childbirth, leaving two infant sons after her. I wasn't, and still isn't, up to date on the succession law of that new Asatrù kingdom, so I was very surprised to learn that Arnbjörn inherited it.
That's where we are now. Arnbjörn, king of Sweden, Germany and Pomerania (meh) is not long for this world, so the question is whether he should adopt the feudal ways or leave that to his grandson and heir (Arnbjörn's only son was murdered by the son's cousin, duke of Pomerelia, triggering a short and vengeful civil war for justice when trying to imprison said duke).
Edit: Arnbjörn trivia - as a berserker, he's proved capable of killing a bear, despite an advanced age (about 75 IIRC).
Also: Dat Sápmi o_o