Characters are based in Dunland
Anglo Saxon names are appropriate and a male and female name generator can be found here for inspiration
Gods list can be found here with simple outline of "roles" .. more detail will be given upon request per god
Dunland was overrun 25 years ago by an invasion of Giant-Kin (think 7-8 f.t tall vikings) from the east and 6 months later by the undead armies of the Witch-King of Shadowmire in the west. Between them they almost conquered Dunland, however two significant towns held out against the invaders, Glynafon and Lingmell, long enough for support from the Dwarven citadels in the north to arrive. Unfortunately King Ethermund fell during the last great battle of Afonbury against the Witch-King. All the royal family were hunted and killed by the Witch King apart from his 14 year old daughter Godelind who was just about to take her vows as an 'Sister of Nelda' at their abbey near Lingmell.
In the west the city Afonbury was destroyed by the Witch King, with half of its populace becoming lost to his foul armies. The refugees fled to bolster the castle at Gleynafon, where the foul horde was halted and a terrible siege begun.
In the east, the Giant-Kin overan Nanton Abbey and pour down into the midford vallery to take the city of Nortwyke, Raping and pillaging across the countryside began as the giant-kin enslaved the population and prepared to occupy Dunland.
For the next six years the people of Dunland lived under the yoke of these two conquerors, with the terrible siege of Glynafon only kept alive by the brave river captains bringing supplies and reinforcements. In the east the horse tribes of the Orston cleft allied with the Count of Lingmell and proceeded to raid against the giant kin in the Midford valley. Being too large for almost all breeds of horse, the Giant-kin were unable to respond effectively against this mobile warfare. the bravest of these horse raiders was a daring young knight from Lingmell by the name of Yric. Leading raid after successful raid into the north, Yric's fame rose to eventually become a hero to the oppressed people of the north. He was known to the common folk by his banner of a black bird on a white background, earning him the nickname of the Raven. Everywhere the people needed help the most, the Raven banner was seen, bringing help and killing Giant-Kin. Everywhere the people needed help the most, the Raven banner was seen, bringing help and killing their oppressors.
The gods often take a hand in the affairs of man as can be seen in the tale of Yric the Raven. Two years into the rebellion he was wounded greviously, but rescued by his bannermen and taken back to Lingmell to heal. The young woman cleaning his wounds was a demure Sister of Nelda named Godelind. The poison on the blades of the Giant-kin proved resistant to the healing magics of the good sisters, it took weeks for a priest of sufficient expertise to reach the Abbey and cure Yric. During that time Yric and Godelind, as young people who capture the attentions of Arawn often do, fell in love. Interestingly Yric knew nothing Godelinds past and for her safety all around her in the Abbey were sworn to silence on the matter. Princess Godelind was thought to be dead in the sacking of Afonbury. Given her solemn vows, Yric and Godelind thought little would come of their feelings and eventually swearing to return and visit her Yric returned to the rebellion.
With the help of the Dwarves, the rebels eventually entered Nortwyke secretly via newly dug tunnels into the sewers. On an almost moonless night, the rebels swept through the city slaughtering the sleeping Giant-Kin till the streets literally ran red with their blood in what became known as the "Ravens feast". Yric stormed the castle with his loyal band and fought victoriously in single combat with Jarl Gulbrand, leader of the Giant-kin. The victory in the north was far from over however, as the rebels pushed fast into the hills to get to the Runegate the Giant-kin were using to being troops from their lands. With dwarven troops sweeping down from the north and the rebels from the south, the Runegate defenders were crushed and strong magics used to destroy the gate. Realising their cause was lost, many of the Giant-kin fled north into the hills hoping to slip past the Dwarves and reach the relative safety of Ornskoldvik or Gunnolfsvik, history tells us few made it home.
Hailed as a hero, Yric led his now unified force of Rebels, Dwarves and Horse tribesmen down into the Midford valley to begin the long march west to break the siege of Glynafon. Here the dark gods again took a hand, as shadow assasins from the Witch-king almost killed Yric at the small village of Geddsby near the Geddog hills. The rebellion sputtered like the flame of a candle in the wind, with their leader on his deathbed, the army came to a halt, bewildered at their loss. Loyal Antithon, an Acernai druid and compatriot of Yric desperately travelled in the shape of a Peregrine Falcon through the night to reach Lingmell and the Abbey of Nelda, where although exhausted he summoned the clouds and wind to carry a small group of sisters of Nelda with him back to Yric's side. With Yric almost at the crossing to Wuldur's realm, the sisters called him back to finish what he had started. Godelind was there with Yric that night, weeping silently as she pleaded with her goddess for Yric to return. In the end it is said his sense of duty made him turn his back on Wuldurs realm and return to his people that night, but those who were there suspect the hand of Arawn the goddess of love pulled him back. After that night, the sisterhood of Nelda remained at Yric's camp for the remainder of the war, many times healing the Raven when he needed it.
It was around this time when politics reared its ugly head, as the lords of Lingmell wanted to consolidate the restored lands to the east, rather than push on to free Glynafon. Arguments and oathbreaking seemed to be rife amongst the rebels as they moved west, with their force slowly shrinking. When they arrived at the siege of Afonbury, a full quarter of the lords and men had withdrawn to the east, those who remained were sworn to Yric's banner and his cause. This breaking of oaths would not be forgotten in the days to come and even today emnity between the lords of the west and east exist.
Even today the older generation of Dunlanders call him the Raven King.