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On the west of Norway comes the island called Iceland, with the mighty ocean washing round it: a land very squalid to dwell in, but noteworthy for marvels, both . A Cold Death is an adventure for Mythic Iceland set in North Iceland, in the year , during the Pagan The Night of the Yule Cat - Free PDF Download. A Cold Death: A Mythic Iceland Scenario a A glossary of terms used in Mythic Iceland is included at copy of this book, for a free PDF version, please see.


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book presents the common beliefs of Viking-Age. Icelandic people as true, including the myths and fairy-tales they believed in. Welcome to Mythic Iceland, land. Mythic Iceland character sheet pdf (fillable and savable) is now available as a free download from Basic Roleplaying Central. Setting(s): Mythic Iceland (as a stand-alone BRP setting), Cthulhu Dark Format( s): PDF (possibly Paperback as well, including GenCon

Chaosium Page Count: Let me start off this review with one statement: Mythic Iceland is perhaps the most intense campaign setting I have ever encountered in my life. Well, Mythic Iceland is like that but a whole lot more. It took me forever to wade through text. Not because it was dry or dull, but because there was so much information that it was almost sensory overload.

So know what you are in for when you pick up this mammoth text.

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Holy crap. I should stress that Mythic Iceland is a blend of true Icelandic history, folklore and stuff the author made up to fill in the blanks. The book starts with an Introduction covering just this fact, along with the time period being covered and an Icelandic Alphabet guide. I thought this last bit was very cool and was the first indication that Mythic Iceland was going to be more a college textbook for gaming than your usual campaign setting book.

When I first saw this I was surprised a chapter was devoted to the concept because hey, I already have several BRP books. Why would I need this? Problem solved.

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I also found it interesting how important status and family were in character creation. Finally, this chapter ends with some new skills, lists of Icelandic names and a two page character sheet. You get essays on family life, social status, burial rights and so much more. Do you want to know all the districts of Iceland in the 10th and 11th Century? You are given a systematic look at the courts, crimes, punishments, inheritance laws, and even how to run a full court proceeding within the BRP system mechanics.

The next twenty or so pages comprise the chapter on Religion.

Here you are given a look at the major Norse gods and goddesses and how worshiping one can affect your character. Basically you are given a stat that measures your faith towards a particular Norse God with is directly contrasted by your stat towards Loki.

The volca- all wise people want to know about beginnings noes and pits of boiling mud competed with of their settlement and their own families. Elementals and spirits of all kinds danced and made war on one The Book of Settlements another in reflection of their material counter- parts.

These spirits of the land called landvaet- tir by the Norse existed free of human influ- strong enough to penetrate the magic realm ence, remaining true to their primordial magi- itself the magical analogue of Arcadia.

Known only to dragons, giants and magical beasts, the whole island was covered with a The Guardians of Iceland magical aura. In many places the aura grew According to the Heimskringla, by Snorri Sturluson, King Harald of Denmark sent a war- lock to Iceland to find out about the place. The Icelandic Names warlock visited the island in the shape of a whale. He saw the land filled with guardian Icelanders do not have family names.

Instead they are spirits landvaettir , and every time he tried to described as being the son or daughter of their father or very occa- reach land, he was repulsed. In the East a great sionally their mother.

For instance, if Eirik had a daughter called dragon rushed at him, accompanied by a train of Una, she would be known as Una Eiriksdottir Una daughter of serpents and toads. To the North a huge eagle Eirik. His son Thord would be called Thord Eiriksson Thord son was waiting for him, accompanied by many of Eirik.

Nicknames are often adopted to distinguish between peo- other birds. To the West a large gray bull bel- ple, thus Thord Eiriksson might also be known as Viga-Thord lowed at him and waded into the water, along Battle-Thord if he was a veteran, or Thord inn audgi Thord with attendant land spirits.

Finally, the warlock the rich if he had accumulated wealth as a merchant. Guardian spirits No iron can pierce its hide, and few warriors landvaettir, see page 32 constantly watch can face it and not quail in fear.

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However, in the coasts. If a threat is spotted the landvaet- AD this mighty spirit wandered into the tir gather into a host and approach the First fields surrounding the cathedral of Skalholt, Guardian.

The First Guardian then leads attracted by the bishops cows. It dallied too them against the invader. If the First long in the Dominion and lost much of its Guardian fails to repel the threat, the host power and size, before being captured by passes to the Second Guardian, and so on. The Caudarax see below for details.

Tabletop Review: Mythic Iceland (Chaosium Basic Roleplaying/Cthulhu Dark Ages)

When he bull now ages and dies, but produces a gray appears as Guardian, he is accompanied by a male calf to host its spirit; in this way it host of spirits, visible only to those with Sec- endures. The Gray Bulls power lies dormant, ond Sight, but perceptible to all as a tumult of tamed by the Dominion.

Thus, the Third the air. The host takes the form of serpents, Guardian cannot answer the call of the land- toads and fishes, and produce a roiling cloud vaettir host and so the host moves to the of poisonous vapor. Fourth Guardian. Should the Gray Bull be The Second Guardian is called Vin- freed the host will take the form of land ani- dsvall, and takes the form of a mighty eagle.

To those without Second Sight it appears as a The Fourth Guardian is a giant, chief of storm cloud darkening the sky, accompanied Icelands jotunn. The responsibility is passed by wind, rain and lightning. The spirits wings down as a new chief is chosen. Bard Dumbson produce the wind and lightning cracks every see below is the second to hold this posi- time he cries out.

Not because it was dry or dull, but because there was so much information that it was almost sensory overload. So know what you are in for when you pick up this mammoth text.

Holy crap. I should stress that Mythic Iceland is a blend of true Icelandic history, folklore and stuff the author made up to fill in the blanks.

The book starts with an Introduction covering just this fact, along with the time period being covered and an Icelandic Alphabet guide. I thought this last bit was very cool and was the first indication that Mythic Iceland was going to be more a college textbook for gaming than your usual campaign setting book.

When I first saw this I was surprised a chapter was devoted to the concept because hey, I already have several BRP books. Why would I need this? Problem solved. I also found it interesting how important status and family were in character creation.

Finally, this chapter ends with some new skills, lists of Icelandic names and a two page character sheet. You get essays on family life, social status, burial rights and so much more.

Do you want to know all the districts of Iceland in the 10th and 11th Century? You are given a systematic look at the courts, crimes, punishments, inheritance laws, and even how to run a full court proceeding within the BRP system mechanics.

The next twenty or so pages comprise the chapter on Religion.House of Illthrix. You get essays on family life, social status, burial rights and so much more. Chaosium has been releasing some truly amazing stuff this year and Mythic Iceland is no exception. I also found it interesting how important status and family were in character creation.

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