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The Games of Jenna Moran as Rated by Their Jenna Moran-ness

Exalted- rich flavors of Jenna Moran found mixed with other spices of assorted quality.  4 of 5 broken stars.

Weapons of the Gods- surprisingly Katerin, with strong currents of dice. Everyone/kung fu fighting

Nobilis- classic Moran.  Foundational Moran, even, seen through later work.  Moran out of Jenna stars

Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine- very Jenna.  Builds on her Moran foundation of Nobilis to make a finely Jenna K Moran game.  Jenna out of Moran stars

Microbloggers of the Lost Island- Chuubo’s lite with very JKM goals. 20 likes/47 subscribes

Wisher Theurgist Fatalist and the Weaver of Their Fates- Jenna Moran as theorist with encouragement to praxis. Includes Ur-toads.  Roll Insight to design rating mechanism.

Jenna’s Fairies RPG- technical Jenna K Moran. Less Jenna fluff, but very Moran crunch. 6/10 ohms

Dreaming Waters- in a world of Jenna Moran, someone has to try and be the Most.  5/5 angels

IOSHI- rare Jenna. Readers are probably cryptids.  ???/5

In Nomine- gonna be honest, never got into this because I had Nobilis. K out of JKM

Norse Gods (And Other Deities) List

Having seen various incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate lists of Norse gods circulating Tumblr, I have decided to write my own and also include common terminology alongside. I will also include other beings who exist within the old lore and modern traditions.

I have opted to include the names in Norwegian, with translations in parenthesise after, along with a brief summary of some of the associations given to some of those gods. Be aware that, as an overview, brevity is necessary here and the individuals should not be oversimplified to basic aspects in your practice!

Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)

  • Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
  • Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
  • Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
  • Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
  • Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
  • Heimdall (Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
  • Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
  • Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Hod (Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
  • Høne (Hænir, Hœnir) - Survival, sense/spirit, beauty,
  • Lodur (Lóðurr) - Blood, warmth, life, 
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Lyter (Lýtir) - Premonition, foresight, prediction, prophecy
  • Magne (Magni) - Strength, development, son of Tor
  • Meile - Son of Odin, brother of Tor
  • Mime (Mímir) - Wisdom, knowledge, memory, advice
  • Måne (Máni) - The moon, the night sky
  • Njord (Njörðr) - Vaner, the sea, harbours, ports, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth/prosperity, and crop fertility
  • Od (Óðr) - Madness, fury, eagerness, excitement
  • Odin (Óðinn) - Father, war, battle, victory, death, wisdom, runes, magic, poetry, charms
  • Tor (Þórr, Thor) - Thunder, lightning, storms, rain, strength, protection, hallowing, healing, fertility
  • Ty (Týr, Tyr) - Law, sacrifice, heroism, glory, war
  • Ull (Ullr) - Skiing, archery, hunting, weapons, shields, personal combat, oaths
  • Vidar (Víðarr) - Vengeance, atonement, preparation, survival, silence
  • Vilje (Vili) - Will, willpower, moderation, the middle, wit, intelligence, touch, sense, motion
  • Ve (Vé) - Countenance, appearance, facial expression, speech, hearing, sight
  • Våle (Váli) - Revenge, bravery, daring, marksmanship, survival, rebirth

Åsynjer (Ásynjur, Female Gods)

  • Bil - Woman, lunar activity, phases of the moon, sister of Hjuke (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Eir - Help, healing, protection, mercy, grace, calm
  • Fjorgyn/Jord (Fjörgyn/Jörð) - Earth, the world, nature, greenery
  • Frigg - Mother, love, fate, prophecy, marriage, birth, midwifery
  • Frøya (Freyja) - Vaner, fertility, love, passion, sex, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, magic, war, death
  • Fulla - domesticity, cleaning, housekeeping, listening, confidant, secrecy
  • Gersemi - Precious, beauty, blonde hair
  • Gjevjon (Gefjun) - Virginity, plowing, female independence 
  • Gnå (Gná) - Messenger, errands, crossing planes of existence, travel through land, air and water
  • Hnoss - Treasure, beauty, brunette hair
  • Idunn (Iðunn) - Youth, vigour, apples, love
  • Ilm - Fragrance, aroma, smells
  • Irpa - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland
  • Lin (Hlín) - Weddings, domestic sphere, flax, onion, fabrics
  • Lovn (Lofn) - Benevolence, kindness, gentleness, consolation
  • Nanna - Loyalty, empathy
  • Njorun - Soil, the land
  • Rind (Rindr) - Princess/goddess/giantess, mother of Våle from the East
  • Rån (Rán) - Sea, protection from drowning, fishing
  • Sigyn - Loyalty, burden, sadness
  • Siv (Sif) - Fields, wheat, fertility, family, wedlock
  • Sjavn (Sjöfn) - Love, sex, desire
  • Snotra - Wisdom, intelligence, cleverness, appropriate conduct
  • Sol (Sól) - The sun, warmth, daylight
  • Syn - Refusal, denial, speaking out, legal defence
  • Såga (Sága) - Seeress, all-seeing, companionship, drinking partner
  • Torgerd Hølgebrud (Þorgerðr Holgabrúðr) - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland, heathen shrines
  • Var (Vör) - Honesty, awareness, caution, carefulness
  • Vår (Vár) - Oaths (and punishing oath breakers), pledges, agreements, betrothal

Jotner (Jötnar, Elemental Giants)

  • Aurvandil - Star, planet, Orion & Big Dipper constellations
  • Bauge (Baugi) - Farmer, money, wages
  • Dag (Dagr) - Day, light, rides Skinfakse
  • Fornjot (Fornjótr) - Ancient giant, ancestor, original, owner
  • Frosti (Jökull) - Cold, winter, frost, ice, icicles, glaciers
  • Fårbaute (Fárbauti) - Hitting, striking, cruelty, danger, violence
  • Geirrød (Geirröd) - Entrapment, cruelty, aggression, violence
  • Gyme - Hills, Mounds
  • Helblinde (Helblindi) - “Hel Blinder”, “All Blind”
  • Hyme (Hymir) - Brewing, cauldron, thick skull
  • Kåre (Kári) - Wind, scathe, howl, sails
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Loge (Logi) - Fire, wildfire, 
  • Mime (Mímir) - Knowledge, wisdom, memory, counsel, Mimes Brønn (Mímisbrunnr)
  • Mokkurkalve - Clay, life, innocence, childishness
  • Norve (Narfi) - Narrow, oppressive, closed in, difficult birth
  • Rungne (Hrungnir) - Strength, brawling, fighting, whetstone
  • Snø (Snær) - Snow
  • Surt (Surtr) - Fire, heat, burning, blackness
  • Suttung (Suttungr) - Mead of poetry, orphaned, eagle
  • Tjaste (Þjazi, Thiazi) - Abduction of Idunn
  • Torre (Þorri, Thorri) - Black ice, frost, cold, winter
  • Trym (Þrymr, Thrymr) - Uproar, King of Jotner, 
  • Vale (Vali) - Unlucky, wolf, murdered his brother Norve
  • Vavtrudne (Vafþrúðnir) - Riddles, weaver of tales
  • Utgards-Loke (Útgarða-Loki) - The outer places, magic, illusion, beyond society, an alternate plane
  • Yme (Ymir) - The big bang, primordial, birth, the ancestor of all, elemental
  • Æge (Ægir) - Sea, ocean, sea creatures, protector of sailors

Gygrer (Gýgr, Elemental Giantess)

  • Angerboda (Angrboða) - Grief bringer, sorrow, Iron Wood
  • Aurboda ( Aurboða) - Gravel, mountains
  • Bestla - Mother to Odin, Vilje and Ve.
  • Driva (Drífa) - Snowfall
  • Fonn - Snowdrift
  • Gerd (Gerðr) - Beauty, light, fertility, earth
  • Grid (Gríðr) - Greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity
  • Hel - Death, Helheim (the underworld), Náströnd (“Corpse Shore”)
  • Hyrrokkin - Fire smoked, smoke, strength, wolves, serpents
  • Jernsaksa (Járnsaxa) - Iron knife, mother to Magne
  • Lauvøy (Laufey) - Needle, slender, weak
  • Menglød (Menglöð) - Lives in a castle guarded by Fjölsviðr
  • Mjoll (Mjöll) - Powdered snow
  • Natt (Nótt) - Night, darkness, nightfall, counting time, rides Rimfakse
  • Skade (Skaði) - Damage, archery, hunting, skiing, winter, mountains

Vetter (Vættir, Beings) & Other

  • Alver (Elves) - Light/Dark/Black, personification of nature
  • Andvare (Andvari) - Dwarf, “careful one”, waterfall, fish, wealth, magic ring called Andvaranaut
  • Ask og Embla - The first humans, ancestors of humanity
  • Diser (Dísir) - Female protective deities/spirits, fate
  • Dverger (Dvergar) - Dwarfs, metallurgy, wisdom, smithing, mining, crafting
  • Einherjer (Einherjar) - Honoured dead, fallen in battle, sent to Folkvang or Valhalla
  • Fenrisulven (Fenrisúlfr) - Death, destruction, rage, the end of times, fen-dweller
  • Fjolne (Fjölnir) - Swedish king, Vaner, son of Frøy and Gerd
  • Gullveig/Heid (Heiðr) - Volva, seid, enigmatic, “Lust For Gold” or “Golden Drink”
  • Kvase (Kvasir) - Wisdom, knowledge, skaldship, poetry, mead, blood, juice
  • Midgardsormen (Jörmungandr, Midgard Serpent) - Sea serpent, poison, self-reflexivity, cyclicality
  • Norner (Norns) - Weavers of fate, Wyrd, destiny, birth, death
  • Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Stag, hero, wisdom, prophecy, speak to birds
  • Starkad (Starkaðr) - Jotun, hero, great warrior, many arms cut off by Tor
  • Troll - Isolated natural landmarks, strength, slow, dim witted, 
  • Valkyrjer (Valkyries) - Choosers of the slain, Odin’s maids, spirits, ferocity, death, ravens, wolves
  • Vanlande (Vanlandi) - Hero, Swedish king, Vaner, “Man from the land of the Vaner”, 
  • Vedfinn (Viðfinnr) - Father of Hjuke and Bil
  • Vetter (Vættir) - landvette, skogsvette, husvette, vannvette, sjøvette, havvette, hulder, nøkken, draugen, nisse, troll, huldrefolk, deildegasten, dradokke, trollkatt, basilisk, krake, utburd, lyktemenn, varulv, marmæl, lindorm
  • Volund (Völundr) - Blacksmith, magical powers, sword maker, hero, alvedrotten (Chieftan of elves)
Adoration for Loki

Hail to Loki, God of Mischief
Silvertongue and Lie-smith
Changer of shape
And weaver of fate

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Anguish and Rage
Bound God in a cavern-cage
World-breaker and
Earth-shaker

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Power and Life
Mother of monsters, father of strife
Wild hurricane
And breaker of chains

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Madness and Wisdom
Of inspiration and creative vision
Teacher and guide
From whom truth cannot hide

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of laughter and mirth
Herald of change who kindles rebirth
Lighter of fires
Who fulfills desires

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Song and Dance
Patron of chance and happenstance
Friend of the Gods
(though they’re sometimes at odds)

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Joy and Delight
Who fills the world with his radiant light
Giver of gifts
And mender of rifts

And hail to the Loki of Love

Hail to the God of Unending Affection
Of Devotion and Protection
Compassionate and kind
Is this tester of mind

Hail to the Loki of Love

Until the last breath of my lungs

Now that everything has been said and done,
And all my heart’s hope has been depleted,
I know there are truths I cannot outrun.

My full moon’s glow but reflected your sun;
In darkness I remain, uncompleted,
Now that everything has been said and done.

Sometimes I still think of you as ‘the one’;
That I could deserve you, how conceited.
I know there are truths I cannot outrun.

The end did not fit how it had begun;
Some wounds will forever stay untreated
Now that everything has been said and done.

A thread of 'almost’ the fate weavers spun;
A chanceless love, meant to be deleted.
I know there are truths I cannot outrun.

There was simply no way we could have won,
Though love overcomes, we were defeated.
Now that everything has been said and done
I know there are truths I cannot outrun.

- M.A. Tempels © 2017

Norse Index

Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)

  • Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
  • Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
  • Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
  • Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
  • Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
  • Heimdall (Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
  • Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
  • Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Hod (Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
  • Høne (Hænir, Hœnir) - Survival, sense/spirit, beauty,
  • Lodur (Lóðurr) - Blood, warmth, life, 
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Magne (Magni) - Strength, development, son of Tor
  • Meile - Son of Odin, brother of Tor
  • Mime (Mímir) - Wisdom, knowledge, memory, advice
  • Njord (Njörðr) - Vaner, the sea, harbours, ports, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth/prosperity, and crop fertility
  • Od (Óðr) - Madness, fury, eagerness, excitement
  • Odin (Óðinn) - Father, war, battle, victory, death, wisdom, runes, magic, poetry, charms
  • Tor (Þórr, Thor) - Thunder, lightning, storms, rain, strength, protection, hallowing, healing, fertility
  • Ty (Týr, Tyr) - Law, sacrifice, heroism, glory, war
  • Ull (Ullr) - Skiing, archery, hunting, weapons, shields, personal combat, oaths
  • Vidar (Víðarr) - Vengeance, atonement, preparation, survival, silence
  • Vilje (Vili) - Will, willpower, moderation, the middle, wit, intelligence, touch, sense, motion
  • Ve (Vé) - Countenance, appearance, facial expression, speech, hearing, sight
  • Våle (Váli) - Revenge, bravery, daring, marksmanship, survival, rebirth

Åsynjer (Ásynjur, Female Gods)

  • Bil - Woman, lunar activity, phases of the moon, sister of Hjuke (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Eir - Help, healing, protection, mercy, grace, calm
  • Fjorgyn/Jord (Fjörgyn/Jörð) - Earth, the world, nature, greenery
  • Frigg - Mother, love, fate, prophecy, marriage, birth, midwifery
  • Frøya (Freyja) - Vaner, fertility, love, passion, sex, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, magic, war, death
  • Fulla - domesticity, cleaning, housekeeping, listening, confidant, secrecy
  • Gersemi - Precious, beauty, blonde hair
  • Gjevjon (Gefjun) - Virginity, plowing, female independence 
  • Gnå (Gná) - Messenger, errands, crossing planes of existence, travel through land, air and water
  • Hnoss - Treasure, beauty, brunette hair
  • Idunn (Iðunn) - Youth, vigour, apples, love
  • Ilm - Fragrance, aroma, smells
  • Irpa - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland
  • Lin - Weddings, domestic sphere, flax, onion, fabrics
  • Lovn (Lofn) - Benevolence, kindness, gentleness, consolation
  • Nanna - Loyalty, empathy
  • Njorun - Soil, the land
  • Rind (Rindr) - Princess/goddess/giantess, mother of Våle from the East
  • Rån (Rán) - Sea, protection from drowning, fishing
  • Sigyn - Loyalty, burden, sadness
  • Siv (Sif) - Fields, wheat, fertility, family, wedlock
  • Sjavn (Sjöfn) - Love, sex, desire
  • Snotra - Wisdom, intelligence, cleverness, appropriate conduct
  • Sol (Sól) - The sun, warmth, daylight
  • Syn - Refusal, denial, speaking out, legal defence
  • Såga (Sága) - Seeress, all-seeing, companionship, drinking partner
  • Torgerd Hølgebrud (Þorgerðr Holgabrúðr) - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland, heathen shrines
  • Var (Vör) - Honesty, awareness, caution, carefulness
  • Vår (Vár) - Oaths (and punishing oath breakers), pledges, agreements, betrothal

Jotner (Jötnar, Elemental Giants)

  • Aurvandil - Star, planet, Orion & Big Dipper constellations
  • Bauge (Baugi) - Farmer, money, wages
  • Dag (Dagr) - Day, light, rides Skinfakse
  • Fornjot (Fornjótr) - Ancient giant, ancestor, original, owner
  • Frosti (Jökull) - Cold, winter, frost, ice, icicles, glaciers
  • Fårbaute (Fárbauti) - Hitting, striking, cruelty, danger, violence
  • Geirrød (Geirröd) - Entrapment, cruelty, aggression, violence
  • Gyme - Hills, Mounds
  • Helblinde (Helblindi) - “Hel Blinder”, “All Blind”
  • Hyme (Hymir) - Brewing, cauldron, thick skull
  • Kåre (Kári) - Wind, scathe, howl, sails
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Loge (Logi) - Fire, wildfire, 
  • Mime (Mímir) - Knowledge, wisdom, memory, counsel, Mimes Brønn (Mímisbrunnr)
  • Mokkurkalve - Clay, life, innocence, childishness
  • Norve (Narfi) - Narrow, oppressive, closed in, difficult birth
  • Rungne (Hrungnir) - Strength, brawling, fighting, whetstone
  • Snø (Snær) - Snow
  • Surt (Surtr) - Fire, heat, burning, blackness
  • Suttung (Suttungr) - Mead of poetry, orphaned, eagle
  • Tjaste (Þjazi, Thiazi) - Abduction of Idunn
  • Torre (Þorri, Thorri) - Black ice, frost, cold, winter
  • Trym (Þrymr, Thrymr) - Uproar, King of Jotner, 
  • Vale (Vali) - Unlucky, wolf, murdered his brother Norve
  • Vavtrudne (Vafþrúðnir) - Riddles, weaver of tales
  • Utgards-Loke (Útgarða-Loki) - The outer places, magic, illusion, beyond society, an alternate plane
  • Yme (Ymir) - The big bang, primordial, birth, the ancestor of all, elemental
  • Æge (Ægir) - Sea, ocean, sea creatures, protector of sailors

Gygrer (Gýgr, Elemental Giantess)

  • Angerboda (Angrboða) - Grief bringer, sorrow, Iron Wood
  • Aurboda ( Aurboða) - Gravel, mountains
  • Bestla - Mother to Odin, Vilje and Ve.
  • Driva (Drífa) - Snowfall
  • Fonn - Snowdrift
  • Gerd (Gerðr) - Beauty, light, fertility, earth
  • Grid (Gríðr) - Greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity
  • Hel - Death, Helheim (the underworld), Náströnd (“Corpse Shore”)
  • Hyrrokkin - Fire smoked, smoke, strength, wolves, serpents
  • Jernsaksa (Járnsaxa) - Iron knife, mother to Magne
  • Lauvøy (Laufey) - Needle, slender, weak
  • Menglød (Menglöð) - Lives in a castle guarded by Fjölsviðr
  • Mjoll (Mjöll) - Powdered snow
  • Natt (Nótt) - Night, darkness, nightfall, counting time, rides Rimfakse
  • Skade (Skaði) - Damage, archery, hunting, skiing, winter, mountains

Vetter (Vættir, Beings) & Other

  • Alver (Elves) - Light/Dark/Black, personification of nature
  • Andvare (Andvari) - Dwarf, “careful one”, waterfall, fish, wealth, magic ring called Andvaranaut
  • Ask og Embla - The first humans, ancestors of humanity
  • Diser (Dísir) - Female protective deities/spirits, fate
  • Dverger (Dvergar) - Dwarfs, metallurgy, wisdom, smithing, mining, crafting
  • Einherjer (Einherjar) - Honoured dead, fallen in battle, sent to Folkvang or Valhalla
  • Fenrisulven (Fenrisúlfr) - Death, destruction, rage, the end of times, fen-dweller
  • Kvase (Kvasir) - Wisdom, knowledge, skaldship, poetry, mead, blood, juice
  • Midgardsormen (Jörmungandr, Midgard Serpent) - Sea serpent, poison, self-reflexivity, cyclicality
  • Norner (Norns) - Weavers of fate, Wyrd, destiny, birth, death
  • Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Stag, hero, wisdom, prophecy, speak to birds
  • Troll - Isolated natural landmarks, strength, slow, dim witted, 
  • Valkyrjer (Valkyries) - Choosers of the slain, Odin’s maids, spirits, ferocity, death, ravens, wolves, 
  • Vedfinn (Viðfinnr) - Father of Hjuke and Bil
  • Vetter (Vættir) - landvette, skogsvette, husvette, vannvette, sjøvette, havvette, hulder, nøkken, draugen, nisse, troll, huldrefolk deildegasten, dradokke, trollkatt, basilisk, krake, utburd, lyktemenn, varulv, marmæl, lindorm
  • Volund (Völundr) - Blacksmith, magical powers, sword maker, hero, alvedrotten (Chieftan of elves)

–list curtsy of hedendom 

Web links

Books

Symbolism

Runes & other divination

What/ where

Cosmology 

charms/ folk magick

Holidays

** NOT A COMPLETE LIST. STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION** 

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My 2016 summary of art~
I drew a lot last year (yay!) and was indecisive so I ended up making 3 versions.
The last one is a best of version (not related to months, just picked what I thought to be my best works)~

Here’s to hoping to improve even more in 2017! ·`ω´·)9

2014 http://jisunshines.tumblr.com/post/106677987623/2014-work-summary-january-sheryl-nome-macross
2015 http://jisunshines.tumblr.com/post/136006765808/my-2015-works-summary-in-2-versions-sure-drew-a

Norse myths → the Nornir

We are the sisters of destiny, weavers of fate and keepers of life. We dwell below the Tree’s roots, protecting and ensuring its growth with the water from the sacred well of fate, clearing away the sand from Yggdrasil’s veins, so its branches may not rot. We are birth and life and death, for we mark the destiny of all, even the greatest of gods. None can escape our threads, for we create them all, and all of them, we cut when their time comes. It is the order of existence and we keep away the chaos. We are Fate; heed us.

Feed You the Sky: Chapter 16

After what was definitely way too long between updates, here’s chapter 16! Sorry it’s been so long, thank you all so much for bearing with me! I’ve had this scene in my head pretty much since I started writing the story,, so I hope you guys enjoy it! And as always, much thanks to my lovely beta, @shesafreesoul, not only for sharing this idea with me in the first place, but for her continued support and encouragement!

Credit for the moodboard of course goes to the amazing sister wife, @underthenorthstar. I still can’t get over how pretty it is!

And now, trigger warnings: Blood, death, violence. Ivar being sort of psycho. Violence against a pregnant woman.

AO3 link, if you prefer: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10584924/chapters/24757551

And, without further ado, Chapter 16!


It felt strange to be unarmored on the field of battle. She felt vulnerable, naked despite the fact that she wore Ivar’s tunic over her breeches, a belt cinched between her heavy breasts and her ungainly middle. Only two or three moons and the babe would be in her arms. Maybe then she would feel less slow, less sluggish, more like a warrior. Despite that, her old battle-lust coursed through her, quickening her pulse and making the blood rush in her ears like an arctic wind.

It was time to do the part Ivar promised he would not steal from her. The fighting was not for her, not when she had her child to protect. No vengeance was worth the life within her, the growing flame of the love she shared with her husband. She rested one hand on the mound of her stomach, feeling a strong jab to her side. Her little one must hear the singing in her veins, be dancing to the song older than time itself—violence.

She had watched the battle from the edge of the carnage, feeling like some ancient weaver of fates as she prayed to the gods. They answered her plea. Ivar had led their army to victory—using the strategy they developed together. She knew her uncle and she knew this land like her own body; there was no hill or glade that was a mystery to her. This land was hers, its fields watered with the blood of her forefathers and tamed by the hands of her foremothers.

Being with child, it made her think strangely sometimes, made her feel the connection to the rest of her people, to their land, all the more deeply. Kára knew she would never leave her people defenseless, would die a thousand deaths to keep them safe and welcome her namesake Valkyrie as an old friend. Proud even in death, she would laugh with her sister warriors and wait for her brilliant, bloodthirsty husband to join her in the hall of the victorious dead.

But not today. Today, she would kill for them, make their land fruitful with the blood of the men who had forsaken her. She strode forward with all the confidence she could muster. Watching the battle instead of fighting in it had made her feel useless. But this, this was her time to contribute. Ivar was waiting for her, a row of a dozen defeated men on their knees behind his chariot. Victory suited Ivar—the manic gleam in his bright blue eyes, the beautiful crimson of blood contrasting with the perfect paleness of his skin and the inky blackness of his short beard.

He bared his even white teeth in a feral grin at her approach, and she could see a drop of blood fall from his front teeth. Kára nearly faltered, the sight making her knees weak, but she would not show weakness in front of these traitors. In front of Brynjar.

She reached her husband and pulled his head roughly to hers, a kiss that was all hunger and passion and the taste of blood—a kiss that was the essence of her and Ivar. He handed her the beautiful ax he’d given her as a morning-gift, and she hefted it in her hands. It felt good there, like it had been crafted just for her, just for this task.

Ivar thought his wife had never looked more like a Valkyrie than she did now, with her auburn hair streaming unbound behind her, belly great with his child and the promise of death in her glittering hazel eyes. The golden head of the ax flashed in the light of the early afternoon sun, biting deep into the neck of the first man. His name had been Vidar, and he died on his knees, no weapon in his hand. And so it happened for the rest of the traitors. She said their names, looked into their eyes as she took their lives.

“Harald.” The splatter of warm blood on her cheeks. “Thorbjorn.” Her arms shuddering as the ax took his life. “Audun.” The way the light faded from blue eyes like the moon blocking the sun. And on down the line she went, ensuring her face was the last to be seen by any of the men who had betrayed her. At last, there was only one left. Only the man who shared the blood that ran in her veins. “Brynjar.” Her voice was cold and hollow, empty as the wind.

“Kára.” He lifted his head to look at her, his face so familiar, so ingrained in her earliest childhood memories, that it made her heart ache. Suddenly she felt so tired she wanted to curl up and sleep on this field among the slain. How fitting would that be? They should have all been her men, and the thought of it made tears well in her eyes. “I will gladly die by your hand, blood of my blood. Only let me enter Valhalla. Let me hold a sword while I die.”

She hesitated only a moment, ignored Ivar’s enraged scream at her back before drawing the sword at her hip and holding it out to her uncle. It was the one Ivar had given her on their wedding day, the sword her father carried into battle. It had been given to him by her mother at their wedding. It was a sword of her people and of Brynjar’s. It seemed fitting for him to die with that sword in his hand. He grasped the hilt reverently, kissed the shining blade as Kára hefted the ax and prepared to strike.

She was ungainly now, and slow, and Brynjar snarled, striking so quickly she barely had time to turn away. Kára felt the burn of steel slicing her side from the middle of her ribs down to her hip, and out of instinct she curled herself up around her middle, kicking her legs as she hit the ground to roll herself out of the way of another hit.

And then with a roar Ubbe fell upon her uncle like a wolf, pinning him easily and wrenching the sword from his hands. Ivar was at her side, his large, warm hands pulling back the tunic to assess the damage. He could see little past the welling blood, but neither the whiteness of bone nor the strange glistening pink of organs sent off alarms in his head. A crew of the healers who marched with the army were upon them in an instant, and he relinquished his wife to their more experienced hands; with growled instructions to find him immediately should he be needed.

He slithered quickly to his brother and the traitorous bastard that dared harm his fierce Valkyrie and the child she bore. Ubbe moved aside for him without a word, and Ivar settled his weight on top of Brynjar. He leaned his face down so they were a mere breath apart.”You will die slowly and go to Hel. There will be no glory for you, and the last thing you see will be me.” He took the small knife from his belt and cut Brynjar’s shirt in half, making sure to not slice into the skin. He did not want to ruin the carvings that would follow.

When Brynjar’s chest was bare before him, he did not hesitate. He carved the runes carefully, biting deep into the flesh. The sight and iron tang of the blood in his nose encouraged him. When he was finished, he cut off a piece of Brynjar’s dirty tunic and used it to wipe the blood away. He inspected his work: “I am Brynjar, who betrayed my blood, my king, and my land. I died an inglorious death at the hands of King Ivar the Boneless.”

Satisfied, he licked the edge of his knife and looked down on Brynjar, scorn dripping from his voice. “All who look on you will know of your shame.” The blood continued to flow, and Ivar no longer bothered to wipe it away. He leaned forward again and drew the blade in deliberate strokes across Brynjar’s forehead. His voice was calm and cool, but he spoke loudly to be heard over the other man’s screams. “Of course this one burns the most, Brynjar. I am carving the name of your niece into your forehead. Now all will know who you betrayed. It will follow you even into the gloom of Hel. You may hide the carvings in your chest, but you cannot hide from this.”

He sheathed his knife, watching as Brynjar frantically shook his head, trying to free himself from the stinging of blood in his eyes. “I will still have this kill, husband. You promised it to me.” His blue eyes left the dying man to find his wife beside him in her bloodstained tunic. Her face was pale but her voice was steady, her hazel eyes strong as they met his.

“So I did, Kára.” He flipped the knife and held the handle toward her. She took it and grabbed her uncle’s hand in a manner that could almost be considered tender. Slowly, she turned it palm up. The point of the knife kissed the bundle of veins at the base of the hand, and she increased the pressure until the hilt was halfway buried in her uncle’s arm. Gritting her teeth, she ripped the skin from wrist to elbow before yanking the knife free and collapsing onto her knees.

Ivar gathered her in his arms, pulling her close into his chest, and drowned out the dying moans of her uncle with his own words whispered in her ear. “I am sorry it had to come to this, my Valkyrie.”

“I am not,” she answered simply. “I would choose you every time.” She leaned in to kiss him, but he placed a bloody finger on her lips to stop her. She licked it, and he moaned softly.

“The child?”

She shrugged, suddenly refusing to meet his eyes. “It is a shallow cut, but I have not felt any movement.” Blackness threatened to swallow him whole as she finally looked at him, the fear in her eyes mirroring the hollowness he felt in his stomach. He only pulled her against him, one hand clutching hers, the other resting on her stomach in a tense fist, waiting to feel something, anything, to let them know the child still lived.

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Adventure game fact: The God Machine tower in Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (LucasArts, 1992) was designed to resemble Gustave Doré’s illustrations of Satan in Hell’s icy center in Dante’s Inferno.

Not only that, the architecture of the God Machine contains three distinct faces, recalling Dante’s description of Satan’s three-faced visage:

If he were then as lovely, as now foul,
and yet upraised his brow against his Maker,
well it may be that from him all ills flow.

O, what a wonder did it seem to me
when looking on his head I saw three faces!
The one in front had vermilion for hue;

the other two were each joined to this,
above the center of his shoulder blades,
and reunited at his forehead’s crest.

The face at right was colored white and gold;
the one at left was dark to look upon,
like those who come from where the Nile flows.

Beneath each face there fluttered two vast wings,
Such as were fitting for a mighty bird.
No ship I saw ever had sails as wide.

In other words, the Fate of Atlantis developers weren’t just depicting Atlantis here: they were also depicting the center of Dante’s Hell, AKA Cocytus.



PS: It’s not common knowledge, but both Hal Barwood and Noah Falstein at various times worked on versions of The Dig.


PPS: In the above quote, Dante alludes to the fact that the Nile’s source was then unknown to Europeans, and would remain undiscovered until the 19th century.

In the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Rome’s Piazza Navona, sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini made a similar allusion by draping a heavy veil over the figure personifying the Nile, hiding his facial features.

Sound like any Weavers we know?

anonymous asked:

So I've felt like I should start working with Frigga for a little while now, but a big part of her aspect is about motherhood. Children aren't in the plan for me and I'm not entirely fond of spending too much time with them, either. Would that be a problem? I love the kids of my friends, I just don't want any of my own and I don't really like spending time around random children.

I don’t think that’s a problem, there’s a lot more to Frigg than motherhood she is also a völva. To me she is also a goddess of domestics and hospitality, she aids me in my journey in of self love, she is the weaver of skies and fates. 💞 
She’s a welcoming woman, give it a shot! I love working with her.

Day 2:  
I found Lady Frigg because I was looking for a norse deity I could call upon to draw strength & support from at a difficult time.  As much as Tyr and the Wolf have helped me face my own personal struggles, I did not find their wisdom as helpful in the realm of family transition and the sort of ‘battles’ you cannot ‘win’ but rather must endure - the hard parts of life that are universal but uniquely painful at the same time.  

When my grandfather was dying, it was his time.  There was no sudden shock, just the pain of a long illness finally closing in and a loss that could not be avoided.  I read many things, but Frigg (goddess of the home, of marriage, of family, of motherhood) seemed uniquely situated to understand the deep mourning my family was going through - particularly that of my grandmother who had been married for 59 years.  Frigg is a grieving mother and also a weaver of fates.  If anyone could understand grief that is inevitable and unavoidable… she could.

I set up a simple altar for Frigg and she filled my mind often.  I have felt a deep need to honor her since then, both as continued thanks for her support and also as my seeking to learn from her as a woman, as a teacher, and as a daughter.

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She likes to carve stuff. 

I don’t like to make my character designs as fancy as how HiRez design their game characters. So I understand if my version of Ananke comes off as a bit plain when compared to the SMITE characters. I honestly just don’t think we need so many unnecessary accessories. Especially when Ananke isn’t a person who believes that she needs any to begin with.

I remembering a small note I made about Ananke’s design: 

“The hair represents our thoughts that extend from our heads. Our thoughts determines our actions, and thus form our fate. We choose our own fate. When we receive a situation, we can choose how we act, react, and think. We are often too caught up with our old habits, and thus unable to break out of our ‘miserable lives’.”

Her hair is also the thing that the mortals see the clearest, which is why they thought Ananke is a “serpent”. 

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I participated in a fun hashtag in Twitter where I drew a series of effort-free drawings for RTs!
The two big ones on the top are FE characters (Lon'qu and Silas).
Some of the rest of them are Lanziee (Tales Weaver / Children of Rune) and Princess Lucia (Song of the World).
I realized this is a good way to give back to my followers. Wonder if there’s a way I can do the same on Tumblr?