The Gilded Lion Summer Festival 2016
Echoes of Ragnarök: Himmelberget
Greetings, heroes of the Realms.
Once again I must begin with my earnest thanks and that of my people.
Because of your intervention last autumn the dwarves of Svartalvheim
have once again populated their kingdom and fired their forges. They
have again begun the arduous but joyful process of creating the
weapons of the Gods, as is their holy task. In a world where
everything has become wrong, it is a small right that we can rally
around, and through it find hope.
During your travels into the land of the Dwarves, many of you noticed
the odd presence of fire jotun from Muspelheim. When I first heard
your report I thought it odd, and it seems the fire giants' existence
in the land of earth was a portent of much darker things to come.
When the Black Death struck us, travel between the worlds through
Yggdrasil became impossible. The tree's magic had been disrupted,
though no one truly understood how or why. Since that time, even with
the eventual retreat of the darkness, the World Tree's many passages
have been gone to us. Or so we thought. Perhaps the presence of those
first jotun should have been a clue.
Somehow, some way, creatures from all the worlds have begun to worm
through secret ways inside Yggdrasil, and they are gathering. Who is
directing their movements and to what end is uncertain, but if it is
they who rallied the Black Elves to their cause then I fear we have a
great enemy whose goals may be very different than our own.
Heimdall, god of the watch, is sworn to the duty of protecting the
passages through the World Tree and limiting their access to only
those who have blessing of the Aesir. From his home on the mountain of
Himmelberget, his task has been to guard these countless paths.
Greatly wounded in the battle with the Black Death, however, the
warden god is able to do very little to stop the progress of our
mysterious enemy. It is on his behalf that you are being asked to
intercede. Together we shall locate these hidden passageways and bring
to bear what's left of Heimdall's power to create wards and defenses
against these foul intrusions. It might at least buy us some time.
In mid Sólmánuõur please meet me and my
Jomsvikings on the fields of Rhiassa where the Vanfrost was first
constructed. The great and gracious Lady Dame Areni has invited us
there to begin this latest quest and has promised as well to provide
us with an afternoon and an evening meal.
Summon forth your courage, great heroes. We strive for the end of
Honor and Strength,
Ulric of the Jomsvikings