The Faith of Norland

“Alas Odin Allfather hung himself from Yggdrasil for nine day of torture. So did the lord of the Skies give up his eye for knowledge of the pool of ancients. For this he gave us the ways of honor, respect of war, and the tenacity of iron.”

The ways of Aesir of the far north are dark and brutal to outsiders. Their gods are respectable, honorable, but often are slow to forgive. Born from the ancient union of the blessed Audumbla  and the great ancient warrior, Bori. From their union were the Vanir and Aesir immortal tribes who eventually became the progenitors and gods of the modern Aesir race. Simply called the “Gods” or in more the often the “Regin”, represent forces of order and law within the bleak world of the Aesir. Other forces known as the Giants or Jotunn are the forces of chaos and evil in the world.

The Northern Faith is simple one as it focuses on appeasing the greater elemental forces and aspects of the world. From appeasing the Sea Lord of the oceans to praying to the Thunderwalker to gain protection against ill intent.

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The Wyrd and the Doom

One of the most prevalent and ongoing beliefs among the Aesir is the fear and respect placed in Wyrd, or fate. To the Aesir they have been born to fight and tackle with the will of fate since the dawn of time. Even their ancient stories of Ragnarok or the Doom of the Gods was based entirely on the focus of the fate of the group and individual. In many cases the respect and fear of the wyrd is different for each Hold. In the southern Holds where the monsters of the north are few and life is easier few fear the weird. In the dark north where one must often fight ravaging fierce trolldyr troll-beasts and great dire varg fate is respected. 

Another aspect of the belief in fate is the Aesir belief that everyone will meet their own doom. To fight fate and lose is to fall hard. Those that defy fate and change it themselves rise to glory. But all must face their doom at some point. Doom is not necessarily evil, it is merely the belief in the end. Not just death, but the end of all things as they all must end at some point.


Honor and Family

Another primary factor of the North Faith is the black and white  world that many Aesir see. This not only pervades their system of law, but their religious beliefs too. To an Aesir the Regin or Gods see all good orderly actions as the righteous path. Any form of deceitful and lying act is dishonorable. The Gods may use trickery, but when they falter they admit their wrongdoing. Honnor to the faith of the gods is a means of keeping the way of things. Those who challenge fate and lie will meet their doom more quickly and with greater punishment than others. 

Another primary factor of honor is the expansion of the family and the strength of blood. Those who raise strong families and change the fate of others through just rule are seen as righteous men and women. Those who dishonor their family and themselves are seen as dragging their relatives down into the underworld of the death goddess.

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Valhalla and the Dead Beneath

The last primary factor and belief of the North Faith is that of the worlds beyond. The Aesir believe that Yggdrasil connects Altear to nine other worlds, two of these are the worlds of the Dead Beneath and then the heavenly lands of Valhalla. Those who die normally go to the Dead Beneath a bleak world filled with silent memories and mist waters. Those who sin and deceive go to a fortress in the Beneath known as Hel’s palace where they are skewered with swords and bitten by snakes. This realm is ruled by Hel, the ugly monster daughter of Loki.

Those that live righteously and honorably, or those who die battle go to Valhalla. A land filled with a vast hall of life, good drink, and laughter. A place where battle is held each day and Odin watches carefully from his silent throne while his son Thor drinks with the people.


Worship and Rituals

Rituals and Worship

There are many religions and faiths across Altear, each with its own system of worship and ritual. Some are highly formal and others like the North Faith are mostly based around a few simple rituals and beliefs. The faith of the Aesir is heavily based on respecting the natural world and the elements found therein.

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Places of Worship or Scared Places

Unlike the Southern Races the Aesir do not build temples or large areas for their Gods. Instead the Regin ask that each stead set aside pieces of land such as landmarks, woods, grooves, hills or even mountains as sacred places. In many ways these locales are already known for being places where the gods once dwelt or may have stayed for a time. Some fields set aside as holy places are places of great battles of the past. In other cases they are declared sacred by a powerful noble who wishes to keep the pristine condition of the area. 

A the center of these places are often are stones marked in the Old Futhark runes. This stone is the ritahogr or the stone of sanctuary. Upon this stone are inscribed the vows of the local Kyn and Ætts in their efforts to preserve the sanctuary and peace of the sacred place. Generally, these lands are protected by local volvar who oversee the magical nature of them.



One of the major rituals done to please and celebrate the gods is Blot. The act of Blot is quite simple, an animal is brought into the local mead hall or an open place and slaughtered. It is then cooked and the meat given to all of those present. Generally this is then a time for the local Volvar or the local Gothi (holy noble man) to step forward and act as a communer of the gods. Much mead and beer is shared as a celebration of life. Other rituals of Blot included the celebration of feritlity and the blessings of marriage.



The wedding ritual of the Aesir is a lot of pomp and circumstance and is centered around the blessing of several gods. At the center of the ritual is a gathering between the two families around the a chosen sacred site. At the site three Skaalds regale the tale of Thor’s courtship of Sif and the blessing of Frigg upon Odin after he gained the power of Seidr. After the stories are told, the respect Kyn of each betrothed lists out the strongest of their blood ancestors and offers a horn of ale upon the sacred site to offer sacrifice to the gods. Once the sacrifices are offered the names of those to be married are sung to the heavens and the Gothi or Volvar leading the ritual declares:

“Thus are bound the tribes and Kyn here today in the eyes of the Regin, and the Allfather! May the Wyrd be Kind to them.”

Afterwards the two families hold a Blot in honor of the marriage.


Respecting the Wights or Vaettir

A final aspect of the North Faith is the respect of the spirits of the land known as Vaettir or Wights. Offering to the woods pirits is generally down by taking a horn of ale or mead and pouring it upon the ritahogr of a sacred place.

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Priests and Duties

The priesthood of the North Faith is not as organized as others. It is generally quite simple and given to individuals who use magic or have a gift of tail.

Priests can be broken down into three types:

  • Volvar – Witch women and priestesses of the Regin and the Wyrd.

  • Gothi – Noble priests of the Ætts and communers of the Allfather.

  • Skalds – Poets and wandering minstrels who tell the stories of the gods and the sagas of the heroes.

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The basic duties of Priests are:

  • Enforcing the rules and laws of the gods.

  • Teaching the ways of the North Faith to the next generation.

  • Safekeeping the way of Sedir or magic from those who would abuse it.

  • Reading the ways of fate.

  • Advising rulers and the small folk on the desires of the Regin.



The Regin

The Gods of the North are fierce, cold, unforgiving. They are the lords of order and honor in the eyes of the Aesir. It is the gods that brought the tribes of old from the lands of the south to their homeland of Norland. The Regin were those who pacified the giant children of Ymir the great one of old. They’re mortal bodies fell in the battle of Ragnarok, yet they still rule from the holy heaven of Valhalla. People often follow many gods or one in particular based upon station, occupation or desire.

Gods of Norland

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Odin Allfather – King of the Sky

He was the son of Bori, and the god of war, forethought and wisdom. As the King of the Sky he was the lord of all the immortals who reigned in Asgard of old. Odin was the one who gifted the Aesir tribes with the power of the Old Futhark and the power to rule as kings.


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Frigg Allmother – Sky Queen

Frigg is the wife of Odin and the goddess of fertility and grace. Once she wept for the loss of her childre, but the coming of Ragnarok has steeled her. She is the protector of all women, and the silent guardian of the family.


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Thor Thunderwalker

He is the favored son of Odin and the god of thunder, tempests and the champion of man. It is Thor that fought the Aesir and after him the Aesir warriors of old. It is his hammer amulet that all Norlanders wear to mark their faith for he is the guardian of all men great and low.


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Freya – The Beloved

Freya is the goddess of love and fertility. The sovereign of marriage and the family. She is often called out along with Frigg when children are desired.


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Freyr – The Desired

The twin brother of Freya and the god of land and fertility. He is often called out in prayer to bless farms and animal stock.


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Aegir – The Sea Lord

Aegir is the consort of the ancient goddess, Ran. He is a fickle god said to be born of a sea witch and a sea giant. Sailors and men of the brine call upon him when wishing for safe travel at sea.


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Idunn – The Ever Young

She is the keeper of the lost apples of immortality and youth. As a goddes she is seen as the keeper of the fields, of youth, and young girls. She is often incited as a goddes of beauty along with Freya.


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Saga – The Storyteller

She is the goddess of stories, of poets and the seeress of all. Saga was once said to have drunk golden cups with Odin on a sunken bank and whispered secrets of the cosmos in his ears. There is rumor that Saga is in fact the infamous Norn, Verdandi.


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Loki – The Trickster

He is the god of trickery, of false tellings, and of thieves. Loki is said to have been the father of most monsters including the dread wolf lord Fenrir, the great wyrm Jormugandr and the goddess of the Dead Beneath, Hel.


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Hel – Queen of the Dead

The daughter of Loki, Hel was the goddess of death and judge of lost souls. It was her realm, the Dead beneath where al normal folk and sinners went when they died.