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Backstory of the Gimle tradedays and annual rituals

Summing up the story so far

Year 0
The year of the Catastrophe on the western continent.
Volcano erupts, smoke fills the sky, sun was not seen for months, cold winter, failing crops.
Volcano created tsunami that destroyed the mighty city of Honorad and all Viking fishing villages in the south.
A group viking refugees from the village of Baldersheim migrates north.
 

Year 1
(2016)
Led by the Jarl Tjalve the migrants reach Gimle region, believing they are the only inhabitants. Nanna and the Merchant are part of this group.
Tjalve is killed by Orcs while defending his daughter. His daughter Enga, takes his place. Enna disappears and has not been seen since.

A religious ritual goes wrong (was Nana involved), a demon is summoned.
All tribes come together, a champion is empowered in a ritual to defend the lands from the demon that Kael incarnated.

The firedemon is defeated by the champions in an epic battle on top of a hill. (Where was Pääp when we needed him?)
 

Year 2
(2017)
Gimleby is established.
Creatures of the forest where seen: elves and orcs. Gimle is not uninhabited.
The magical powers of the region is discovered. The tradition of annual trade days and full moon ritual in the month of July is established. Saxions and Gimleby united when Kaels orcs visit in great numbers.

The tavern is led by Jorun and her daughters Hillevi and Idun. Also this year a small girl sacrificed her eyes and gained power from the gods to produce a massive shockwave on an army of orcs.

In Lonely tavern rules a mighty couple, mad witch and her husband.

An avatar of nature was said to have awaken and roamed the lands of gimle.
There were skirmishes and encounters with banshees roaming the forest send by the Avatar.


Saxions were divided into East Anglia and Mercia living under the same camp.. But later united.

Saxions had their first contact with elves.
Saxions fought again and again with the vikings and the villagers of Gimle.
The vikings often attacked or sieged the Saxion camp.
A lot of accusations of poisoning, stealing and sabotage or harm done were thrown by both sides. On the day of his wedding the Lord of Mercia was poisoned and brought to nifelheim by his soldiers to be saved. The Saxion scouts spotted and had skirmishes with the Kael orcs in the north.

A great ritual was done under the tower in the mountain to regain the Sword of Pain. People from all factions attended and the Nanna lead a group of priests and mages to dispell the cursed circle that kept it safe.
A lot of valunteers were taken but the cursed circle was broken. The sword of pain was taken by the human tribes.

On the last day before the fight against the undead all the stones and artifacts were gathered by the archmages. Soldiers from all nations were blessed and were given talismans that gave them temporary powers. The human tribes united and with the help of mages and witches defeated the horde of the undead and the avatar of nature.

The festival ended with with all human tribes and elves feasting together and drinking at the tavern of Gimle. Later the Saxion factions either left Gimle and a few of them moved permanently into the Village.
 

Year 3
(2018)
The Westmark houses sent groups to the lands of Gimle.
The four houses of Westmark, Stronecrown, Griffin, Lily and Oakenhelm were once united behind a strong King and Queen. King Steinar Stonecrown and Queen Olivia Stonecrown. They had two sons Jonathan and Frank Stronecrown. The eldest being Jonathan who was next in line to be King.

Noble families of House of Lily visited Gimle and were trying to gain more power by marriages and diplomacy (among others with Prince Jonatan, common folk of Gimleby, and also with Saxions having a very young queen).

Many oaths were broken that year. A new law was introduced in Gimle about sacred oaths taken in Nifelheim or in front of the council.

Astonishing lute player was visiting Gimle that year.

Secret society mocking house of Lilia was created, the called themselves - The Seven. It is believed that Gimle bard, Akha-Malif was one of them. Vikings have gathered all the rest of the free folks in the forest camp.

The rule Jarl Branrir Ulffang of Baldersheim has been diminished as Cynn of Stonecrown army married the viking Gar and exclaimed herself High queen of Gimle region.

The Gimleby inhabitants succeeded to safeguard its lands and happily saw the Liljas leave the region. Some, though, miss the silly laughter of lady Theodora.

Ambassadors of the Golden Empire came to Gimle, and managed to assassinate King Steinar of Stonecrown.

Queen Olivia was afraid the Westmark nation would fall apart so she married The leader of House Griffin who happened to be another woman, Daniella Griffin. At the wedding Olivia was poisoned and to this day it is still unknown who was behind that.

House Lily and House Oakenhelm threw their support behind the oldest son of Olivia and Steinar; Jonathan.

A very political year. The conflict of power stands between Jonathan and Daniella. They both want to rule Westmark and neither has the proper support. They reach out to different viking tribes and to elves and of course other houses and the local population of the Gimle region and the Saxions.

Promises are made right left and center and once it comes down to it most of the promises are broken, Jonathan ends up being betrayed by a long list of allies who had promised him an alliance. The list includes: His own troops, the troops of house Lily, the Saxions, The local people of the Gimle region, a certain woodelves.

Those who stand loyal in the end are the remaining woodelfs, the darkelves, the nobles of house lily and the tribe of Boradal. A last minute betrayal by the Saxions led to an overwhelming victory for Daniella Griffin. Her enemies were slaughtered in the massacre of Gimle.

House Griffin takes the throne, but Frank Stronecrown, Jonathans younger brother would not let that stand for long.

Meanwhile:
The Balance of Nature has been upset. The elves turn to the spirits and conduct a ritual to help save nature from the greedy humans who insist on doing her damage. The spirits respond with the creation of cure to wipe humanity of the planet, just like how the body fights a virus. This creation is natures vengeance and not what the elves intended when the conducted the ritual. The natures spirit was awakened.

The elves end up helping humanity fight this creation and with everyones help it is defeated.
The Loke sect of the wolves sided with orcs.

The small invasion of Stonecrown into Gimleby (in the attempt to arrest the tavern brothers) not only violated the Gimleby agreement by the ”council of the eleven”. Gimleby was suppose to be a unmilitarized zone. Because of this the Gimleby villagers have started building a wall and a gate to the north. But still no decisions have been taken on how to rule the village of Gimleby. House Stonecrown claims that no military action was taken.

Saxion family under young Queen Lisette has formed a faction with the common people of Gimleby.

The common people calls for a republic in Gimle and have a desire to dethroned the three houses of Westmark.

Golden Empire enters Gimle -
'I've found it in the forest', beside 'Mereba' is the most common phrase you would hear from them. Also they were the most charming newcomers ever.

Secret Society - Hervor's Daughters beats up the owner of the Lonely Tavern who was misusing girls, but his younger sister, using the necklace of charm rescued him.

Year 4
(2019)
On the first trade day, before the full moon ritual… Cynnseresia Calamitas Exterina, High Queen of the Allicance, AKA "The Beast of Stonecrown", "The Berserker", "The Barbarian", "The Valkyria" or "The Strange One", Cynn The Usurper… was killed.

Dol Guldur was inhabited by Cultists/Followers who have the book the Codex Obscura, some druids were fascinated by them.

Kael (Demon and leader of Orcs) captured the elven queen and turned her into a Banshee. Woodelves has fled their lands and is but a remnant of their passed glory.

Dark forces gathering together under the Banshee queen rule.
Hervors Daughter beats up wandering bard for cheating on girls.
Alatarian mercenaries visited Gimle.The band of mercenaries known as Piper's Daggers were wandering around the Gimle, mostly gambling (once they went with Nanna for the ork hunt in the maze).


The houses of Westmark force Daniella to give her power up to Frank but in a stunning politcial move she chooses to marry him instead. After the larp Frank dies in battle with darkelves and once again Westmark is left without an accepted ruler.

Jonathan Stonecrown went into hiding and gathering some new forces but before he could make his move he was killed when he ran into the Banshee Queen.

Banshee Queen managed to corrupt the leader of The Academy, the powerful witch known as Nanna the White Witch.
The book Codex Obscura turned Nanna into a darker self.

The Gimle council was created in the hope of resolving conflicts without swords, but the Council was held hostage by sword by the Vikings.

The Bansee queen turns all vikings to her side. Westmark and the people of the Gimle region vs all the viking tribes and the orcs.

The bansee queen and the orcs and vikings conduct powerful rituals in the region and take control of parts that Westmark held before. They win the big final epic battle.

Outside Gimle:
During this time of unity the southern part of Westmark was attacked by the united viking tribes and Bridgetown, the seat of power for the house of Griffin was lost. All the Houses and their armies united under Frank and finally managed to take Bridgetown back. A huge victory for the unity of the houses.
 

Year 5
(2020)
Plague came to Gimle.
Cemetery was created on the battlefield. Here Tjalve and all the great lords of Stonecrown lies.

Nana came back into her normal self with the help of rituals led by her uncle Greybeard and the spiritual presence of Tjalve. Greaybeard leave the archmage staff to the academy.

Gimleby Wall was built with big gates. Gimleby village acquired no less than three areas on the map. Lord Gabriel of Griffin sold the Outlook to the Tavern for 10 Gold and free cider. The Gimleby expansion will continue next season.

Rumour has it that the Golden empress visited Gimle, under cover.

A new ruler of the united viking lands was elected but had little impact in the region.

Sir Eleric Stonecrown (cousin of Frank) became the King of Westmark, then married a Golden Empire lady. That was a day before he was killed. Left was a foreign queen. She was seen as an intruder and soon assassinated. Two guardians of the throne was selected, one is the famous blade of the east, Golden Empire ambassador Ari'jwani Rasheed.

Lord General Gilbert Rubywine has been appointed as the other guardian to the throne of Westmark.

The Banshee Queen returns and attacks the village of Gimleby and take over the whole village before she leaves for the Westmark camp, she kills the new king and then turn on her viking allies.

Somehow the elves manage to capture the banshee queen and give her powers to a captured viking called Loki. The elfs once more have their queen back.

Outside Gimle:
Kael and his Blackbloods lost a lot of forces attacking Aldor and the stubborn dwarfs that received unexpected aid from The Golden Empire. The alliance between Darkelves and Blackbloods is however still very strong. The power of Emriell, Ezrael and Kael alone is almost unimaginable. The rest of the world should thank Aldor and the Golden Empire for keeping these forces at bay for as long as they have.

The Golden Empire has over the years always been known to act in their own interest. They have had plans to attack the other human nations but as the power of Borgoth grew they have had to focus on keeping them at bay and actually aid other nations. Having other nations be stable and be able to rely on them for help against Borgoth is currently in the best interest of the Golden Empire. The reason that the Golden Empire fears Borgoth the most is because they are neighbors.


Year 6
(2021)

Dwarves march down from the Arcatian mountains from the north.


People to be aware of:

Tjalve
...was the first jarl of Gimleby who led people from Baldersheim to the current lands, on the way he was killed, and had funeral by the lake, but then his remains were taken to our cemetery. You can find his grave there. It's not that old story, actually quite recent. After his death Enga, his daughter became a jarl but was too yang and overwhelmed by the responsibility and she fled. Nobody knows where she is now. In year 3. (2018) some were saying that skeleton of Tjalve was used to mock posh Westmark nobles and scare them away but others says it wasn't him. Recently Tjalve skull was used to bind and lure cursed Nanna to Nifelheim for cleansing, as she is his kin (Tjalve youngest brother was her father).
 

Tjalves daughter, Enga.

Nanna, the white witch

Steinar Stonecrown

Olivia Stonecrown

Jonathan Stonecrown

Frank Stonecrown

Daniella Griffin

Merchant Grim.

Akha-Malif the bard

Ari J'awani Rasheed, Golden empire

Tavern owners

General Gilbert Rubywine of Stone crown

Loki - the viking

Cynn, the…..

The banshee queen
The elven Queen
Kael (the demon of the orcs)

Pääp the poet

Peoples and cultures that can be found in the Gimle region
 

Gimle 

 

The region in the world known as Gimle has since the beginning of time had the strongest source of moonstones in the world. This area is home to the Academy that study these stones and the magic they can bring. People from all over the known world travel here every year to complete their full moon rituals.  The people who live here year around live in the small village known as Gimleby. The Gimleby village was formed by people from the Saxion kingdom and people from the viking lands mostly.  Now the people who live there identify only as citizens of Gimleby or the Free people. 


 

The Elves 

 

The Elves where once one race a long time ago (10 000 years) but after a great conflict between Ezrael, Satariell and Emriell the oldest of the elves they split into three kingdoms. 

 

Satariell took all those who where loyal and followed him underground and created the kingdom of Camorha. 

 

Emriell took her followers and created the kingdom of Elanthir in the mountains. 

 

Ezrael stayed in the elven homeland of old and created the kingdom of Elumenir. 

 

The Drowelves

 

As the years passed by the elves who lived underground and never saw the sun started to change and their skin turned black and their hair turned white. To be able to best blend into the shadows they dress in all black and usually cover their white hair so one cannot see them at all in the dark.

 

Even now these elves(known to the rest of the world as Drowelves) rarely come above ground and when they do, they always have a very good reason for it and it’s good to watch out as they are deadly assassins. 

 

The Darkelves

 

The elves who followed Emriell into the mountains also began to change after a few thousand years.  Their skin turned white so that they could blend into the snow if desired.  Their hair changed color as well to black, red or blue, most often black. It is said that they originally traded clothes and armor with the Drowelves and that they grew very fond of blue and red gemstones and that their hair changed color to match but nobody really knows if it’s true. (Except for the spirits of creation) 

 

The Woodelves 

 

The elves who followed Ezrael are known as woodelves or just plain elves in the common tongue. They dress in green mostly and their haircolor and skincolor remains the same as the humans.  In recent years a development has arisen where Ezrael was corrupted by the demon Kael and the elves were driven from Elumenir.  (Read more about this under History)

 

The Blackbloods

 

The Origin of the race of Orcs, Goblins and Urukhais goes back to the conflict between the Elves.  Emriell was jealous of Ezrael as they both had a love affair with Satariell and it looked like Satariell was leaning towards Ezrael. Emriell then used forbidden magic to create a creature she hoped would kill Ezrael known only as the Demon Kael. This creature was created for a single purpose to fixate on Ezrael.  As Satariell learned of this he got very angry as he knew that this creature would not only try to kill Ezrael but would also hunger to consume the whole world and gain power beyond imagination. Satariell wanted to take the elves underground to protect them from this creature but Ezrael wanted to stay and fight. They had different wills and the rest as they say is history. 

 

Kael grew powerful as the centuries passed and formed a new kingdom. The kingdom of Borgoth. He started corrupting elves, men and hobbits and turned  the hobbits into Goblins, the men into Orcs and the elves into Urakhais. This new blackblooded race is strong and they fear Kael more than anything so they do his bidding without question.


 

Westmark

In the kingdom of men known as Westmark there are 4 noble houses. They have battled for power for a long time and sometimes they unite under the King or Queen that all support or can at least live with and sometimes they fight over the crown like children fighting for their favorite toy. 

 

This is a kingdom inspired by the kingdom of Westeros ( Game of Thrones). 

 

Read more about the very advanced politics of Westmark under History 


 

The Vikinglands 

 

The vikings consist of many different tribes and are not just inspired by the actual vikings of history, they are a carbon copy of the actual vikings of history.  Read more about what they have been up to in this world under History. 

 

Saxions

 

A nation inspired by the british isles and the people who lived there during the time of the vikings.  Read more about what they have been though under History

 

Dwarfs

 

A race as old as the elves and known for being very stubborn. This race is for the most part inspired by the dwarfs from the lord of the rings. Very little is known about them in the known world so as a participant you are not really supposed to know anything about them. 

 

Clanlands

 

The Clanlands is a nomansland where there is no rule, no law and no order. Various different clans rule themselves.  Little else is known about the Clanlands. 


 

Golden empire

 

The golden empire is inspired by the persian empire. There is an empress who rules with absolute power over millions of people.   Her rule is ruthless and makes the Kings and Queens of Westmark look like saints. 

The troops in the golden empire fear the whips of their masters more then the swords of their enemies. 

 

Arcatian mountains

 

A place where thieves, pirates, whences and murderers linger. The one place you go when you are not welcome anywhere else.  Inspired by  Nassau from Black Sails. 


 

Alataria 

 

Dessert. Unknown for the most part. Unexplored because it’s very hot. Inspired by Essos from Game of Thrones. 


 

Deeper Lore of the  inhabitants of the western shores and Gimle region

 

Woodelves

 

Emriell ended up making an alliance with her own demonic creation Kael and they joined forces to attack Ezeal and the eleven kingdom of Elumenir. 

 

The Woodelves where driven out of their lands by Kael and his forces and the elven Queen herself Ezrael fell under Kaels control. The creature that was created for the soul purpose of killing Ezreal ending up turning Ezeal to his side instead.  What remained of the woodelves fled to the hobbit lands. 

 

The Elven Queen Ezrael now corrupted by the power of Kael became known under a new name: The Banshee Queen. 



 

Vikings and Saxions

 

The Saxions tried to invade the vikinglands but that did not end well. The vikings crushed the Saxions in retaliation in the Saxion lands. 

 

The Saxions then swore oaths to help House Lily in Westmark defeat the Vikings but ended up switching sides just before the battle was to take place. 

 

The Saxions then changed their minds again and battled with houses of Westmark against the viking tribes and the Banshee Queen. 

 

The Viking tribes have been fighting with each other and with pretty much everyone else over the course of the last couple of hundred years. They just seem to have trouble playing nice with others. 

 

In the battle known as the Massacre of Gimle the tribes were divided. The Boradal fought alongside House Lily and House Oakenhelm while the Baldersheim, The Dangafyr and the Wolfs fought alongside House Griffin and House Stronecrown of Westmark. 

 

A year after this all the tribes united under a viking leader called Halfdan and formed an alliance with the Banshee Queen and her forces of orcs and darkelves to gain power. This alliance defeated the Westmark houses, The Golden Empire and the WoodElves in a battle over important territory in the Gimle Region and in the process the Banshee Queen managed to corrupt the leader of The Academy, the powerful witch known as Nanna the White Witch. 

 

Westmark

 

The four houses of Westmark, Stronecrown, Griffin, Lily and Oakenhelm were once united behind a strong King and Queen. King Steinar Stonecrown and Queen Olivia Stonecrown. They had two sons Jonathan and Frank Stronecrown. The eldest being Jonathan who was next in line to be King.

 

The Golden empire had plans to invade Westmark and wanted to destabilize the nation.  They managed to assassinate King Steinar. Queen Olivia was afraid the nation would fall apart so she chose to marry the most powerful person besides herself at that point in the country. The leader of House Griffin who happened to be another woman, Daniella Griffin. At the wedding Olivia was poisoned and to this day it is still unknown who was behind that. Daniella at this point assumed the throne but did not have the support of the other houses.  House Lily and House Oakenhelm threw their support behind the oldest son of Olivia and Steinar, Jonathan. 

 

Jonathan Stonecrown as it turns out did not have the support of the Stronecrown army. They hated the Lilys more than they liked Jonathan.  A battle between the Stronecrown army (who threw their support behind Frank Stonecrown instead)  and the Griffin army on the one side fighting for Daniella as Queen and House Lily and House Oakenhelm on the other side fighting for Jonathan as King was imminent. Allies were gathered on both sides. A last minute betrayal by the Saxions led to an overwhelming victory for Daniella Griffin.

 

Jonathan Stonecrown went into hiding and gathering some new forces but before he could make his move he was killed when he ran into the Banshee Queen. 

 

With Daniella as Queen the Westmark houses were still divided. A compromise was found when Daniella agreed to marry Frank Stonecrown and be his Queen. All the houses could get behind that solution and for a while all the houses were united and content. 

 

During this time of unity the southern part of Westmark was attacked by the united viking tribes and Bridgetown, the seat of power for the house of Griffin was lost.

 

All the Houses and their armies united under Frank and finally managed to take Bridgetown back. A huge victory for the unity of the houses. 

 

Just as things were looking stable again in Westmark King Frank grew arrogant after the victory at bridgetown and decided he was going to end the Dark threat to the north once and for all. The King charged the Dark Elf capitol with only about 25 000 souls and none of them came out of that attack alive. 

 

With the King dead, Westmark might face another period of political turmoil, unless a good stable solution can be found and fast. 

Blackbloods and Darkelves

 

Kael and his Blackbloods lost a lot of forces attacking Aldor and the stubborn dwarfs that received unexpected aid from The Golden Empire. The alliance between Darkelves and Blackbloods is however still very strong. The power of Emriell, Ezrael and Kael alone is almost unimaginable.  The rest of the world should thank Aldor and the Golden Empire for keeping these forces at bay for as long as they have.

Golden Empire 

 

The Golden Empire has over the years always been known to act in their own interest. They have had plans to attack the other human nations but as the power of Borgoth grew they have had to focus on keeping them at bay and actually aid other nations.  Having other nations be stable and be able to rely on them for help against Borgoth is currently in the best interest of the Golden Empire. The reason that the Golden Empire fears Borgoth the most is because they are neighbors.