The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
You may be on to something, Surt...Sounds to be a bad time to be a Saxon ...
They've called in quite a few allies. Whether they are glorious, inglorious or just plain axe-fodder remains to be seen...Indeed. Do they even have any glorious or inglorious allies to call in, I wonder?
Sigurd is taking his own path now. Ivar is somewhere in northern Scotland causing havoc. For now. I'm not sure if Sigurd and Bacsecg will be exchanging X-Mas gifts anytime soon.Looks like Sigurd's corruption is either more subtle or not as deep as Ivar's, or perhaps he simply has a more practical bent in his service to the Old Ones. Ivar's refusal to deal with Halfdan is probably for the best for all the inhabitants of the British Isles, including the Danes, since that means the two halves of the Norse host act perpendicular to each other. I kind of look forward to the inevitable moment (at least in my games) where Bacsecg and Sigurd turn on each other for control of Denmark. For whatever reason, it seems like it'd play out like a larger-scale version of the cleansing of Innsmouth.
Taking a note from c0d, the corruption came from the mother's side. Ragnar may have been aware, but powerless to do anything about it. Or not. That actually gives me an idea. Thanks...You're making me wish I hadn't decided to stick more fastly to reality (in terms of the characters at least). Great piece. Sigurdr is a truely vexing character for me, I do like it though. I wonder if Ragnar was aware of the old ones or corrupted like his sons are. The subtlety of the mutations here is pleasing for me, it reminds me of Lovecraft (obviously) but also of the 'Chaos' strain in Warhammer. The Northmen, mutated by forces beyond human ken...
Like ABBA?You know, I suspect you're going to play some Scandinavian heavy metal when you go to war...
Great analysis VILenin. Sigurd originally followed the path of his older brother, but has decidedly taken a different route now that he's away from Ivar's direct influence. The Saxon coalition was pretty strong, forcing Halfdan to call for support. Sorry to say, no axe for Sigurd...Although the Saxon coalition is strong enough to force Halfdan to look to his brothers for aid, I fear that Albion stands little chance with the dark forces arrayed against it. Sigurd seems just as evil as Ivar, if less obvious about it. He doesn't seem to have Ivar's zeal, but that just makes him the more insidious for it. With any luck, he'll meet a Saxon's axe in the coming fight, though I doubt the Old Ones' influence will be purged that easily.
Thanks! It will be a bloody affair .The image of Snake-Eye reminds me of illustrations of the Crimson King from the Dark Tower series. Another great update, looking forward to seeing how the impending war will play out.
Halfdan will treat Sigurd with some trepidation, but at the end of the day they are brothers. All of the sacrifices could just be the price required for success... or not...I was hoping Ivar was the only one corrupted, but honestly, with an epithet like 'Snake-In-The-Eye'... Hard times for Halfdan if he needs to make nice with another Old Ones worshiper. Harder times still for all the Saxons who will shortly be sacrificed. I hope Halfdan knows what he's doing, that he is not merely grasping desperately for whatever (tentacled) straw he can reach. And I wonder how much the Old Ones are growing in power, with the countless sacrifices being made to them.
The picture of the skull throne is not my favorite, to be honest (but I imagine there's not a whole lot of variety when it comes to picking 'Viking-themed thrones adorned with skulls' images ). It does convey that Sigurd is akin to Ivar, more a monster than a man. What I do really like, on the other hand, was the description of Sigurd's longhouse - the attention to smells as much as sights - and especially the snakes slithering over the floor. Those snakes really drive home how much Sigurd is not your 'average' viking, how alien he is. That was my personal highlight of the update.
Yes, with the name of each victim chiseled into each skull . I'll see if I can keep those colorful characters coming.It seems you haven't run out of colourful characters of the wouldn't-share-my-mead-with kind... I imagine his throne of skulls is bespoke, lovingly crafted one head at a time, not IKEA pre-fab
That's right. Now that you've spoiled the ending... (just kidding). Reminds me of the conclusion of the Elric of Melnibone series when Stormbringer turns on the albino. Never saw that coming...You know, there's a lot of talk about corruption here, but who doesn't want to worship the totally awesome Cthulhu? If you do, he will eat other people first. Save the best for last and all.
Why thanks. I really appreciate the kind words. I see more Viking mayhem in the runes as well as more York & Carlos. Their story is just getting started.Just read through this, I have to say I've not enjoyed a narrative AAR so much since Rome ARRisen! Loving the way you portray the Viking scenes, as well as the modern Miss York and Carlos. A great read!
Thanks. The war is protracted, and I'm trying to balance between battles and character interaction with my posts.Still more in the wind-up, looks like! Between the Vikings we know and love and the Vikings who've gone over to the Great Old Ones, I agree that England's future does indeed look pretty bleak, grand anti-Hvitserk coalition or no grand anti-Hvitserk coalition. Brilliant update, Lord Durham, and very much look forward to more!