Heimdall Valley

Heimdall Valley

Heimdall Valley is situated on the western edges of the Gotwald, where the titular gods have settled and gave birth to the ætt, a tribe of humans. It is the only fertile zone in the area, surrounded by the massive forest, icy wastes and a frozen ocean further west. The ætt, children of Sigr and his family, migrate out of the valley and go deeper in the wilderness or to civilized lands to earn money, coins and glory and always return during winter to warm their feet in tribe holds and longhouses, to bring tales of their exploits and to feed their families and even start new clans. Despite this transhumant existence, the ætt possess an affinity for writing and order, as leader of their pantheon, Sigr, is the god of law and oaths and order within the family. The valley is littered with raised runestones telling tales of exploits, describing far away lands, legends and, most intruiginly, showing written records of the demons that now affilict the world having done so once before in ancient ages.

The familial structure of a clan encourages this exploration, as third and fourth sons inherit little or nothing at all and are given only what is necessary to help them choose their own ways in life. This has led to rather individualistic approaches to armies and warriors, in contrast with how close knit the families are.

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