About O∂ørn the Drowned
O∂ørn the Drowned
Before O∂ørn was called “the Drowned,” he was more frequently known as “the Drunk.” As a godi in training aboard a Vastaviklander longship, he was placed in charge of making the appropriate sacrifices and paying homage to the gods on the ship’s voyages. At the time, O∂ørn was not exactly a devout man, however, and he frequently was in his cups, which lead to him failing in his duties.
On one occasion, the longship he was meant to travel aboard was set to sail out of Halfstead at dawn, but O∂ørn was nowhere to be found. The captain of the ship, a pious, but brutal man named Sigurd, declared that the ship would not depart without its godi on board. The proper sacrifices had to be made. When O∂ørn was eventually found, he was lying face-down in a pig sty, drunk out of his wits. The captain had O∂ørn brought aboard, but took it upon himself to punish the godi for his lack of devotion. He had O∂ørn flogged within an inch of his life, so that his blood would run across the decks of the longship into the sea. “That,” Sigurd had said, “will have to suffice as our sacrifice.”
A few days after they set sail, the ship was beset by a massive storm. Though the captain and crew all strove bravely to weather the storm, the ship was soon lost beneath the waves. A full moon’s turn passed, yet nothing was heard of the ship or any of its occupants. All were presumed dead, taken by the sea as punishment, though none can agree if the punishment was for O∂ørn’s impiety or Sigurd’s presumption to punish a servant of the gods.
Finally, on a black, quiet night when the moon was dark and only the light of the stars shone upon the sea, O∂ørn appeared back at Halfstead, walking out of the sea onto the shore, his hair and beard laced with seaweed and a spear fashioned out of the wreckage of his ship in his hand. From that day on, the powers of the gods have manifested themselves in O∂ørn the Drowned, a godi dedicated to Rán, whose fierce devotion inspires not just faith in the gods, but fear of their powers and of their servant.
Although O∂ørn is only 28 years old, his appearance suggests a far greater number of years. His black hair and beard are long and mostly unkempt, with streaks of grey running alongside the strands of seaweed strewn throughout them. Decorative shells and bits of bone adorn the long braids he wears in parts of his beard. His face is pale and gaunt, and his eyes, which the maidens used to compare to the blue of a clear winter sky, now look more like the grey of a storm-tossed sea.
He has a sailor's build, relatively short among his people, and lean, but with hard, taut muscle underneath. He wears hide armor fashioned from walrus skins and caribou pelts, along with salt-faded cloak, shirt, and breeches.
He carries most of his equipment on his back, but he wears a waterskin of salt water at his side, ready to pour out libations for his slain foes.