ansgars

  • Matthias: What did she say?
  • Nina: She said you’re a very nice fellow, and a credit to the Fjerdan race. Ooh, look, blini! I haven’t had proper blini in forever.
  • Matthias: That word she used: babink. You’ve called me that before. What does it mean?
  • Nina: It means sweetie pie.
  • Matthias: Nina—
  • Nina: Barbarian.
  • Matthias: I was just asking, there’s no need to name-call.
  • Nina: No, babink means barbarian. She wasn’t insulting you! I swear!
  • Matthias: Barbarian isn’t an insult?
  • Nina: No. Well, yes. But not in this context. She wanted to know if you’d like to play Princess and Barbarian.
  • Matthias: It’s a game?
  • Nina: Not exactly.
  • Matthias: Then what is it?
  • Nina: In Ravka, there’s a popular series of stories about, um, a brave Fjerdan warrior—
  • Matthias: Really? He’s the hero?
  • Nina: In a manner of speaking. He kidnaps a Ravkan princess—
  • Matthias: That would never happen.
  • Nina: In the story it does, and they spend a long time getting to know each other. In his cave.
  • Matthias: He lives in a cave?
  • Nina: It’s a very nice cave. Furs. Jeweled cups. Mead.
  • Matthias: Ah. A treasure hoard like Ansgar the Mighty. They become allies, then?
  • Nina: Do you like these? Maybe we could get Kaz to wear something with flowers. Liven up his look.
  • Matthias: How does the story end? Do they fight battles?
  • Nina: They get to know each other intimately.
  • Matthias: In the cave?
  • Nina: You see, he’s very brooding, very manly, but he falls in love with the Ravkan princess and that allows her to civilize him—
  • Matthias: To civilize him?
  • Nina: Yes, but that’s not until the third book.
  • Matthias: There are three?
  • Nina: Matthias, do you need to sit down?
  • Matthias: This culture is disgusting. The idea that a Ravkan could civilize a Fjerdan—
  • Nina: Calm down, Matthias.
  • Matthias: Perhaps I’ll write a story about insatiable Ravkans who like to get drunk and take their clothes off and make unseemly advances toward hapless Fjerdans.
  • Nina: Now that sounds like a party. We could play.
  • Matthias: We most certainly could not.
  • Nina: At one point he bathes her.
  • Matthias: Why would he—
  • Nina: She’s tied up, so he has to.
  • Matthias: Be silent.
  • Nina: Already giving orders. That’s very barbarian of you. Or we could mix it up. I’ll be the barbarian and you can be the princess. But you’ll have to do a lot more sighing and trembling and biting your lip.
  • Matthias: How about I bite your lip?
  • Nina: Now you’re getting the hang of it, Helvar.
4

I prepared this post before my long lasting hiatus.

It’s a some-days-later-version of this library

To add a bit of grandeur, I deleted the ambulatories, added a foundation and extended the ground floor - which made the premises considerably bigger so I had to review the original floor plan completely. The small pictures are the before/after versions.

Here’s the new entrance area with the circulation desk, now with a portrait of the library’s founder, Baron Ansgar von Vogelsang.

Middle Names

Allen Jason Jones 

 James Michael Williams 

 Oliver Perry Kirkland 

 Louis Hugo Bonnefoy 

 Xiao Shun Wang 

 Viktor Dimitri Braganski 

 Luciano Marco Vargas

 Lutzifer Gerard Beilschmidt 

 Klaus Ansgar Beilschmidit 

 Kuro Katsuo Honda

 Flavio Giovanni Vargas

 Andres Sebastián Carriedo

@sous-le-saule, some Historical Omens!

The setting is Birka, current Sweden, the 800s. The German Monk Ansgar was an early missionary trying to spread Christianity to the Vikings. Aziraphale is there as moral support. Crowley tagged along for some unknown reason.

(It would take another 150 years or so before Christianity became the official religion in most of the northern European kingdoms.)