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    I already have a fairly good idea of which ones are likely, but which Aesir were selected?

  • #2
    Take the 1e core roster, drop Vidar, and toss in Njord and Skadi. Yeah, that last one threw me, too.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Scion: Origins View Post
      Æsir
      The Norse Gods
      Asset Skills: Close Combat, Occult
      Principal Members

      Odin, God of Wisdom, the Dead, and Magic
      Callings: Leader, Sage, Trickster
      Purviews: Artistry (Poetry), Death, Deception, Epic Stamina, Fortune, Journeys, War

      Thor, God of Thunder, Rain, and Crops
      Callings: Guardian, Leader, Warrior
      Purviews: Epic Stamina, Epic Strength, Fertility, Sky

      Frigg, Goddess of Marriage and Destiny
      Callings: Guardian, Lover, Sage
      Purviews: Fortune, Order

      Hel, Goddess of the Realm of the Dead
      Callings: Guardian, Judge, Liminal
      Purviews: Death, Forge, Frost, Health, Passion (Fear, Disgust)

      Baldr, God of Love, Beauty, Peace
      Callings: Guardian, Liminal, Warrior
      Purviews: Epic Stamina, Health, Passion (Love, War), Sun

      Heimdall, God of Light and Dawn, Perception, Sacrifice
      Callings: Guardian, Hunter, Warrior
      Purviews: Artistry (Horns), Epic Stamina, Passion (Vigil)

      Loki, God of Trickery and Fire
      Callings: Liminal, Lover, Trickster
      Purviews: Chaos, Deception, Epic Strength, Fire

      Sif, Goddess of the Harvest
      Callings: Creator, Judge, Lover
      Purviews: Earth, Fertility, Order, Passion (Peace)

      Tyr, God of Justice and Courage
      Callings: Judge, Leader, Warrior
      Purviews: Epic Stamina, Order, Passion (Courage), War

      Freyja, Goddess of War, Magic, and Love
      Callings: Guardian, Lover, Sage, Warrior
      Purviews: Death, Epic Stamina, Fertility, Fortune, Passion (Love, Lust), Prosperity, War

      Freyr, God of Fertility and Prosperity
      Callings: Lover, Warrior, Leader
      Purviews: Fertility, Order, War

      Skadi, Goddess of Winter
      Callings: Hunter, Judge, Warrior
      Purviews: Earth, Epic Dexterity, Frost, Journeys, Order

      Njord, God of the Sea and the Winds
      Callings: Creator, Hunter, Leader
      Purviews: Fertility, Fire, Journeys, Prosperity, Sky, Water
      Quoth the raven, gods galore.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Center-of-All View Post
        Take the 1e core roster, drop Vidar, and toss in Njord and Skadi. Yeah, that last one threw me, too.
        It's not so suprising. The Aesir suffer from a SEVERE shortage of myths featuring the female gods. If OP wants decent opportunities for female representation in the Aesir, they kind of have to use Skadi as she's one of the very few female figures in Norse myth to have a significant role in a story.


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        • #5
          I'm happy to have Skadi, honestly. While she was only an Aesir by marriage in the myth and technically a giantess, she was a powerful being who was not only as powerful as the gods but actively allied with them. Leaving her out on a technicality wouldn't really have been fair. Loki was a giant too, after all.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Center-of-All View Post
            Take the 1e core roster, drop Vidar, and toss in Njord and Skadi. Yeah, that last one threw me, too.
            Skiing goddess of winter and the hunt. Seems a great inclusion to me.

            I mean yeah she a Giant by birth, but so is Loki, and the whole Pantheon is a hodge-lodge of mixed tribal bloodlines - the alternative is Olympian-level incest!

            It’s also a nice fuck-you to “Odinist” Neo-Nazis, that the pantheon they claim would find the concept of racial purity absurdist!


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            • #7
              I'm not saying she's a poor inclusion or anything, or that she doesn't fit, I just figured that with space limited the way it is, that Vidar or Ullr would get a spot ahead of her.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Center-of-All View Post
                I'm not saying she's a poor inclusion or anything, or that she doesn't fit, I just figured that with space limited the way it is, that Vidar or Ullr would get a spot ahead of her.

                I think they wanted another goddess. Assuming these 13 are the ones in the Hero core, there's room for Vidar, Ullr, &/or Bragi in the Companion. Ullr's relatively minor, generally noted only for his status as Thor's step-son; and Vidar I think makes sense to hold back since that's his nature... to wait... silently... until you least expe-


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                • #9
                  Yeah, that's what I'm figuring for the moment. Those 3, and maybe Idun, are more or less my companion short list atm for the aesir.

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                  • #10
                    Skadi is a good choice for the Pantheon because she's all kinds of interesting.

                    Just think of the story potential she has. She's a member of a race that is technically the Aesir's deadliest enemy. She chose to throw in her lot with them and probably share in their doomed Fate.

                    You just know that a LOT of Frost Giants resent her deeply for her "betrayal." Stories in which Skadi deals with being torn between two worlds practically write themselves.

                    I've always found Skadi interesting because it's a bit of a mystery why Odin went to such great lengths to win her over in the first place. I mean why bother? He couldn't have been afraid of her. A single giantess walks into the Aesir's seat of power and starts making threats? Surely the combined might of the entire Pantheon would be enough to make short work of her if she actually attacked?

                    It couldn't have been legal obligation either. As I understand it, Viking law didn't award wergild to anyone when a relative dies as the result of self defense and/or in a legitimate military action. Skadi's father STARTED the conflict with the Gods. He was legitimately trying to wipe them out of existence. The Aesir had every right in the Nine Worlds to kill him in retaliation. Legally, Skadi had no right to demand ANYTHING from the Aesir.

                    So why did Odin give her anything at all? Could be any number of reasons for it and that's how you enrich a story.


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                    • #11
                      Yay, Skadi!

                      I always thought she was one of the cooler Norse deities, not least of which because she's pretty much the patron goddess of the Olympic Biathlon.


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