Sons of Svanir

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This all-male cult of norn have rejected their race's reverence for the Spirits of the Wild. Instead, they're obsessed with emulating what they see as the greatest predator in Tyria: the Elder Dragon Jormag, who drove the norn from the northern Shiverpeaks over a century ago.

Codex Of Svanir

The Sons of Svanir are a cult of male norn who have turned to seek the power of the Elder Dragon Jormag, whom they call Dragon, believing it to be the ultimate totem spirit and in turn worship it rather than revering the Spirits of the Wild.

According to the individualistic norn culture, the Sons of Svanir as a group are not evil, nor are they viewed as such. Though many of them commit evil acts such as murder and stealing as well as corrupting nature by other norn, individual members of the cult are allowed to co-exist within norn society in Hoelbrak so long as they do not prove themselves as a threat.[1] Unlike most norn, the Sons of Svanir do not remain independent for their strength, but rather barter for it.

Culture[edit]

Unlike the Spirits of the Wild, the Sons of Svanir have no true havroun for Jormag. The "shamans" of Dragon only preach corruption and feed lies.[1] The cult views Jormag as encompassing all the dragons in the world and being a fierce force of destruction like a forest fire and a tornado.[2][3]

The Sons view many norn men—as well as men and women of other races—too weak in mind, heart and body to be worthy to join Jormag's cause.[4] Norn women are not allowed to join the cult because of Jora's "crimes" against Dragon and Svanir.[5] The cultists do not view their actions as evil; to them, there only exist predators and prey in nature, and they have taken the role of predators who promote strength and will over weakness and numbers.[6][7] They revere raw power and the cycle of growth and destruction in the world.[3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The cult began with Svanir in 1078 AE, a norn hunter who led a hunting party with his sister, Jora, over Drakkar Lake when he heard Jormag's voice via the dragon champion Drakkar which was resting under the ice.[8] The voice promised power and prey, and Svanir began to communicate with it. Eventually he became corrupted into insanity, becoming the champion of Jormag known as the Nornbear—a half-norn half-bear creature covered in ice. The voice attempted to reach out to Jora too, but she rejected its temptations and was stripped of her ability to Become the Bear as a result.[9][10] The Nornbear was eventually slain by Jora who would regain her honor and transformation ability by honoring the Great Spirit of Bear with her deeds.

Over the next 150 years after Svanir's death, Jormag seduced and corrupted more norn with the same promises. These norn sought the power of the voice and believed that they were drawing upon it, but in truth it was the other way around—Jormag gained power from the norn it corrupted and hastened its awakening.[11] Since Jormag's awakening in 1165 AE, it attracted more norn to it and transformed them all into icebrood over time. For centuries, the norn hunters of Torstvedt Homestead had focused on acquiring power and made offerings to Bear, seeking to gain her strength while ignoring her guidance. When Jormag's influence began spreading, many hunters saw the Ice Dragon as a direct path to power, so they abandoned Bear and left in waves to join the Sons of Svanir.[12]

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The Icebrood Saga[edit]

During the Dragon Bash held in Hoelbrak in celebration of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik's death in 1332 AE, several Sons of Svanir were seen observing the festivities from the sidelines while an Icebrood Claymore appeared in the Sons' local base in Dragon Hallow to preach about Jormag's virtues. Some Sons argued with female norn who claimed that they, too, had heard Jormag's call and were just as worthy to join the Ice Dragon's ranks as men were.[5]

Known bases[edit]

A gathering of Sons of Svanir before an Icebrood Shaman.
Hoelbrak
Wayfarer Foothills
Snowden Drifts
Dredgehaunt Cliffs
Frostgorge Sound
Bitterfrost Frontier
Bjora Marches

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See also: Category:Sons of Svanir

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b A Spirit of Legend
  2. ^ Nikolas Haraldsson
  3. ^ a b Sjorn Morheim
  4. ^ Hrut
  5. ^ a b Dragon Bash ambient dialogue
  6. ^ Blane the Insane
  7. ^ Eilif
  8. ^ Stéphane Lo Presti and Jeff Grubb, Guild Wars 2 Guru; links broke - image of posts: [1] [2] [3] [4]
  9. ^ Erika
  10. ^ Veteran Relief Crew Scout
  11. ^ "Chapter 18: The Calm Before", Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King:
    "Two hundred fifty years ago, a hunter named Svanir and his sister Jora led a band of norn to slay the wolves that ruled Drakkar Lake. They were crossing the frozen waters when a strange presence grasped Svanir's mind. It whispered seductions to him, promised power and prey. It was a voice of infinite hunger and hate, and Svanir listened to it.
    "Jora heard the voice, too, but it terrified her. She refused its dark gifts and tried to drag her brother away, but he struck her and told her she was weak, told her he had discovered the well of power. She fled.
    "Svanir remained to commune with his newfound lord. In time, the voice began to change him. It taught him to hate all living things. It stripped him of his human form and made him a champion—half bear, half norn, encrusted with ice. Svanir wandered the wastes in madness, attacking any who came near. He became a monster that his own sister had to destroy.
    "Over the next hundred fifty years, the voice seduced more norn, and they joined the cult, becoming the Sons of Svanir. They believed they were drawing upon the ancient voice, but in fact it was drawing upon them, gaining the power to rise.
    "And it did rise. One of the Elder Dragons. Jormag was its name.
    "We fought Jormag—gladly we fought it, for norn are made for battle. But never had we fought a beast like this. It was a living blizzard. It and its minions froze us where we fought and buried our lands in snow and ice and tore apart Gunnar's Hold with a massive glacier. It took our lands. It drove us south.
    "And despite the destruction, there are still foolish norn who hear the call of Svanir and seek the power of Jormag. In the end they are reduced to icebrood themselves, flesh wrapped in ice, fed by malevolence and hatred."
  12. ^ Bjalfi Lonestead