Feuds

Skodi Skeggvason cut off Ullveig Helgasdottir's hair after defeating her in combat.  Shamed by this, Ullveig vowed not to grow her hair back until Skodi is dead.

Ullveig later erected a nithing pole (with one of the Skeggvarshold draft horses chopped-off heads on top!) declaring that she wouldn't marry or regrow her hair until Skodi was dead.

Ullveig later ambushed Skodi, got her ass kicked again, and was taken prisoner by the Skeggvasons; after some negotiations and Skodi magically reattaching her hair and rings, she "escaped" and has declared the feud over.


The Skeggvarsons have thrice thwarted Droskar, the evil god of the gray dvergr (or the duergar, as they are called in Common).  They slew his forge-spurned and freed the innocent souls it had forged into its chain; they revealed and helped destroy the Droskar Cult among the dvergr Rune Guild in Orkafjall; and they protected Svirkr Firetongue, former leader of the Droskar Cult, as he atoned for his heresy by slowly killing himself in the Teeth of Torag.

This is not exactly a feud, but presumably Droskar is not going to take this lying down.  On the other hand, it's not clear what if anything he can do in the surface world – his worshippers largely live in Svartalfheim.


After a yellow musk zombie of one of their relatives showed up in Feyjasfjord, Hallgrimm and company have renewed the feud with Gudrun and, by extension, Skeggvarshold.  Hallgrimm blames Gudrun for not properly burning his slain relatives after she killed them twenty years ago.  He brought suit against her, but in her absence her son Skodi spoke for her.  Hallgrimm produced a mysteriously convenient lawspeaker named Kavlax who oversaw the trial.  Here it was settled that Gull-Skeggi and his family and Hallgrimm and his family would take the recently returned longship the Blood Star on a viking expedition, that Gull-Skeggi and Skodi Skeggvarson would donate their shares of the mission to Hallgrimm, and that would settle the debt.

However, Hallgrimm apparently just used this as a pretext to wreak vengeance on the family of Gudrun: on the first night at sea, he drugged or slew Gull-Skeggi and his part of the crew and abandoned them on Kalva – on the same beach where, many years ago, Gudrun had slain his  relatives and left their unburned corpses.  He left a smoky fire burning to summon the cannibalistic inhabitants of the island to a feast.  His daughter Ullveig, while she did not stop the betrayal, felt that Gorum would not approve of leaving the Skeggvarsons unarmed, so she smuggled their weapons ashore, evidently against the will of Hallgrimm.

Gull-Skeggi suspects that Hallgrimm is taking the Blood Star back to Feyjasfjord to attack Gudrun at Skeggvarshold; he turned into a seagull, and flew off to her aid.

Skodi Skeggvarson has sworn that he will kill Hallgrimm and his entire household, with the exception of Ullveig and the thralls.

The "Hallgrimm part" of the crew of the Blood Star was:

Hallgrimm A powerful priest of Gorum
Ullveig Helgasdottir A fighter; Hallgrimm's daughter
Skapti the Lame An adept; Hallgrimm's son
Kvann Hallgrimmson A ranger; Hallgrimm's son
Old Meg A waves oracle; Hallgrimm's sister
Yark Nefnirsson A half-orc fighter; Hallgrimm's nephew
Grizur

Another priest of Gorum, Hallgrimm's brother

Hogni Baldrsson

Hallgrimm's nephew

And a couple of thralls.  This group includes pretty much all of the warriors of any fame who live in Hallgrimmshold, although he has another ten or so who can lift an axe but are of no particular repute, some of whom are thralls.


After a few harrowing escapes on Kalva, the Skeggvarsons made it back to Feyjasfjord.  They found that in their absence there had been several major battles:

Against the advice of the Skeggvarsons' mother, Gudrun, the seven Valkryies attacked the team from Gunnarshold that was – in defiance of King Sveinn's edict – building a longship;

  •      Gunnar slew the Valkyrie commander, Sigrun
  •      Skuld the Valkyrie slew Gunnar
  •      In the battle, the Valkyries Randgrid and Geriskogul, Gunnar's firstborn son Bright-Olaf, Gunnar's sister Havara, and several thralls were slain.
  •      The remaining shipbuilders fled, and the remaining four Valkyries burned their longship
  •      Gunnar's eldest remaining child, a daughter also named Havara, has sworn vengeance on the remaining Valkyries.

The four remaining Valkyries attacked the combined team from Osthold and the rebuilt Kvalen Hold that were also building a longship.

  •      In the fighting, the Valkyrie Thogn died, as did half a dozen warriors of Osthold and two warriors of Kvalen Hold.  Osthold is now severely undermanned.
  •     The remaining shipbuilders fled, and the remaining three Valkyries burned their longship.
  •     The matriarch of Osthold, Blenda, has sworn vengeance on the three remaining Valkyries, Skuld, Thrima and Mist.

The Blood Star returned and Hallgrimm immediately laid siege to Skeggvarshold.  Because of the earlier depredations of the Valkyries, Hallgrimm received no assistance from Gunnarshold, but Gudrun received no assistance from Osthold or Kvalenhold.

  •       Old Meg, Hallgrimm's sister and a waves oracle, denounced Hallgrimm for his betrayal and this cowardly attack on Gudrun, hopped on her horse, and left Feyjasfjord.  Nobody who is still alive has any clue where she went.
  •       Bjorn's Farm sent four warriors to try to break the siege, but they were  thoroughly outmatched by Hallgrimm & co, and reduced to lurking in the woods waiting for an opportunity.
  •       Gull-Skeggi returned (in seagull form, but then he transformed back) and attacked and slew Hallgrimm in single combat.  Gull-skeggi was badly wounded, stabbed through the thigh by Hallgrimm's dying blow.
  •       Gull-Skeggi, Gudrun, the remaining three Valkyries, the Bjornssons, and the Skeggvarshold thralls engaged Hallgrimm's forces.
  •       Kvann Hallgrimmson slew Gull-Skeggi.
  •       Gudrun slew Kvann.
  •       Ullveig slew the Valkyrie Thrima.
  •       Gudrun slew Hallgrimm's nephew Yark Nefnirsson.
  •       The Valkyries Mist and Skuld slew Hallgrimm's son Skapti the Lame.
  •       Grizur slew Eirik Bjornsson, the best warrior from Bjorn's Farm.
  •       Gudrun slew Hallgrimm's nephew Hogni Baldrsson.
  •       Grizur, Ullveig, and the remaining lesser warriors and thralls of Hallgrimmshold gave up the field and retreated to their hold.

The Skeggvarsons returned.  Skodi announced at the gates of Hallgrimmshold that the thralls and Ullveig might leave, but everybody else would die for Hallgrimm's betrayal of them at Kalva.  The thralls fled over the walls in the night, but Ullveig declared she would fight to the end.  In the ensuing battle, Grizur and Ullveig were slain, as were four lesser warriors from Hallgrimm's family and one of Skeggvarshold's thralls.  Skodi, Toren, Lars, and some of their thralls slaughtered the noncombatants left in Hallgrimmshold; this act has earned them some infamy in Feyjasfjord.  Skodi then gifted Hallgrimmshold to Bjorn and his family, who had been loyal supporters in all of these battles.

 

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