Heroes of Midhgardhur
Character Classes in Midhgardhur
Character Classes in Midhgardhur
- Alchemist – This class is extremely rare in the North. Alchemists tend to be found only among non-human races, or in large urban centers (which are rare)
- Barbarian – Barbarians are extremely common in the North. Every culture has barbarians, although they have become rarer in most Northern cultures than they once were, since civilization is spreading and berserk rages are a liability. Still, a barbarian’s rage is thought to be a gift from the god Odhinn, and therefore something sacred. There is a Northern prestige class known as the “Berserker” (more details may be found here), and many barbarians also become berserkers if they are able. Many barbarians belong to one of the Berserker Animal Cults, whether or not they have the prestige class.
- Bard – Bards in the North are called “Skalds” (or “Scops” in Ethelland – pronounced “shopes”), whether or not they have the “Savage Skald” archetype, or possibly Bragsmenn (“Men of Poetry” singular Bragsmadhur ) and Bragskonur (“Women of Poetry” singular Bragskona ).
- Cavalier – This class is unknown in the North
- Cleric – Clerics are fairly common in the North. Male clerics are called “Godhar” (singular “Godhi”, while female clerics are called “Gydhjar” (singular “Gydhja”). Clerics in the North serve in a variety of roles – serving in temples, serving in the courts of jarls and kings as advisers, administering among the people, and even wandering from place to place to fulfill the will of the gods
- Druid – Druids are rare in the North. The religion of the nearly-extinct Prytani people was druidic. There are druidic cults dedicated to the Vanir among the modern Northern peoples, but they tend to be very small. A Northern druid worships Nature, as in other settings, but personifies Nature in the names of Freyur and Freyja, the Vanir
- Fighter – Fighters are extremely common in the North
- Inquisitor – Inquisitors are extremely rare in the North. They are only found among the Sviar under normal circumstances, and even so, they are rare
- Monk – This class is almost unknown in the North, although there is a Northern tradition of wrestling and martial arts known as glima. Masters of the art are called glimamenn (the singular is glimamadhur; the feminine is glimakona and plural glimakonur ). Rather than ki, a glimamadhur uses fjor (vitality, life force). Glima
- Oracle – Oracles are about as common in the North as elsewhere. The gift of prophecy is extremely respected and revered in the North
- Paladin – Paladins are found in the North, but are not the “knight in shining armor” found in traditional fantasy. The Northern paladin is a holy warrior, dedicated to his god and his people, but medieval knighthood does not exist in the savage dark age of the North. A Northern paladin has an even more difficult task than in other settings, since few share his code of behavior in the wild North
- Ranger – Rangers are very common in the North. Even where the land is thickly settled, one is never far from the wilderness in the North. Some rangers live in towns and cities and lead expeditions into the wilderness, while others choose to dwell in the wilds
- Rogue – Rogues are found in all the cultures of the North, but since civilization is so uncommon, most rogues are wily adventurers and wanderers rather than the urban thieves found in other settings. The average Northern rogue is more likely to be a stealthy stalker and scout, although city-dwelling guild-thieves do exist in urban centers (Jorvik, Lundun, Uppsalir, etc.)
- Sorcerer – Sorcerers are fairly rare in the North, and almost always held in superstitious dread or awe. Sorcerers may have any of the bloodlines found in Pathfinder.
- Summoner – Summoners are seen as practitioners of a particular kind of seidhur magic that involves manipulation of the fylgja, or “fetch” (which replaces the “eidolon” of the Advanced Player’s Guide). Whereas every wight is assumed to have a spiritual guardian called a fylgja watching over him or her, summoners actually make their fylgjur manifest as companions to do their bidding.
- Witch – Witches are found in all the major Northern cultures, though witches remain hated and feared by most (they may be of any alignment, but are often assumed to be evil). Most witches are women in the North, called “Spa-konur” (singular “Spa-kona”)
- Wizard – Wizards are usually called “Galdramenn,” or “Runecasters,” in the North. Most wizards are male. The power of wizardry is believed to derive from knowledge of the runes, which are both symbols and magical mysteries outlining forces of the universe. The runes are the sacred knowledge of the god Odhinn, so wizards are thought to have a sort of sacred power, even though they are not clerics. Wizards remain rare because the education necessary to become a wizard is rarely found outside of urban centers, which remain rare. Most Runecasters learn their craft in apprenticeship to an isolated master