- Where the land plummets from the snowy hills into the icy fjords below, where the longboats draw up on the beach, where the glaciers flow forward and retreat with every fall and spring - this is the land of the Vikings, home of the Norse pantheon. It's a brutal clime, and one that calls for brutal living. The warriors of the land have had to adapt to the harsh conditions in order to survive, but they haven't been too twisted by the needs of their environment. Given the necessity of raiding for food and wealth, it's surprising the mortals turned out as well as they did. Their powers reflect the need these warriors had for strong leadership and decisive action. Thus, they see their deities in every bend of a river, hear them in the crash of the thunder and the booming of the glaciers, and smell them in the smoke of a burning longhouse.
The Norse gods have an awful lot of history, and it's even more involved than the events of their early days. But, from them, at least a body can see that the Aesir rose from a chaotic past, one that didn't much resolve itself through the course of time. The deities themselves are little better; they're a rowdy bunch, easy to insult and hard to soothe. They're not as insufferably proud as the Olympians, but they are exceedingly touchy about their spheres of interest.
Simply put, the powers of the pantheon believe in power, both their own and that of their people. It's only through power, after all, that a blood knows where he stands. That kind of identity is important, whether it's of the individual, family clan, nation, or race - all are paramount. See, power lets a body truly enjoy life. If he's always busy serving some other berk, he won't experience the richness than existence has to offer. Everyone should strive to be the best, to make a name even among the heroes around him. That's the only way to live.
The Aesir (Norse Powers)
|Frey||Sunshine, rain, fertility, horses|
|Freya||Love, passion, human fertility|
|Frigga||Sky, domestic life|
|Modi||Courage, berserk rage|
|Odin||War, wisdom, poetry, knowledge|
|Thor||Thunder, weather, sky, crops|
|Tyr||Courage, law, swordsmanship|
|Uller||Hunting, archery, winter|
|Valkyries, the||Fallen heroes|