The group, led by Erp, who is understandably eager to find giant bones, journeyed south to the cabin of the hermit Toki. Before leaving Jokilaakso, Servius invoked Hermes in a ceremony to gain a blessing for their travel. Despite this blessing, Sigurd failed as the groups loresinger for their “Undertake a Perilous Journey” rolls, and their spirits were heavy and worn down as they trudged through heavy rain and mud to Toki’s hut.
As they neared the clearing, they heard shouting and commotion, and Helgi snuck closer and saw that there were two dozen Petruvians, mostly men, but a few women, angrily gathered around Toki’s hut. The Petruvians were carrying simple weapons and wearing leather armor, clearly civilians and not the well-equipped legionnaires, though one woman stood out as she wore a most un-Petruvian wolf-skin cloak. The group was demanding that Toki come out of his hut and give up his magic bones to them.
Bjorn came up with a plan to try and lead some of the Petruvians away, so that the more martially inclined of the group could ambush a slightly smaller group. Sigurd cast lots and saw that the gods would be pleased with this course of action, so the skald and goði began conversing and playing hornpipes within earshot of the loud Petruvians. As five Petruvians moved about 50 yards to see what going on with the old man in their garb and the hornpipe player, Sigurd attempted to sing the Galdr song, “Fare Forth Mightily” but his qualified success forced him to make a choice and chose “The song goes awry, is uncontrolled, or affects the wrong target” and so since it seemed like a song that could resonate with Thor, thunder cracked and lightning danced over the weapons and armor of the Seiðmann, Berserker, Shieldmaiden and Vargr.
As Servius attempted to talk the Petruvians out of busting in on Toki and ended up agreeing to talk to the Toki himself, old man to old man, Erp Hothead charged in, running through the feeble attempts of the Petruvians to attack him. Unscathed, he planted himself, crackling with electricity in front of Toki’s hut and all but dared the Petruvians to attack. But the others failed to follow his charged and Servius attempted to calm the situation and knocked on Toki’s door. Toki refused to emerge or let the foreign goði in to talk, but after a moment, said he would if the “Skin Changer” left. The Northerners realized that could either refer to the Berserker or to the Petruvian woman wearing the wolfskin who had been whispering in the ear of the Petruvian leader, but it was likely the woman as Toki would have been specific and used ‘berserker’ if he meant Erp. When Toki refused to budge on this, Servius asked the Petruvians to send the woman away, but instead they all left. Spitting and insulting the “ignorant and savage” Northerners, who much to my amazement, did not take the bait and let them leave peacefully. And that’s where we ended it, with the party waiting for Toki to let them into his hut and speak.
My Iron Edda players should stop reading now as I'm going to put comments and plans and plots below...
Alright, now that my Iron Edda players are gone (right guys?). So after character creation I asked my players what their first order of business was going to be getting some giant bones for Erp to bond with, which meant going down to talk to Toki. I figured I'd give the PCs some "unworthy" foes to battle, as Iron Edda makes a distinction between between worthy and unworthy opponents resulting in this sweet little move...
Drive Them Before You When you exhibit your prowess against a force of unworthy opponents, you eliminate any number of them, and the GM makes a move against you.
- Remind players about unworthy foes.
- Follow up on a few character creation mistakes (a few playbook choices were interpreted as "and's" instead of "or's").
- Call out more for the particulars of religious ceremonies and fortune readings when the goði and seiðmann perform them.
- Have the players expand the mountain range on the map to better show just why the Petruvian legion encampment is such an issue.
- Who is Erp’s father?
- What is the name of Bjorn’s father?
- Where a worthy horse would be?
- Maybe with the fickle elf lord?
- Why did the Elf Lord Nuallán seduce Jarl Oddrun of Jokilaasko?
- What do the Frost Giants want?
- How is Bartertown going to get its revenge?
- When the PCs will encounter Grimhilde, the Hahleypa next?
- Will Hosvir Leifson bond with the bones of Ymir's son before the PCs find the barrows?
- Why are the Petruvians coming so far north in such numbers?