April, 1, 2012
While getting ready for Gideon’s wedding to Penelope the group (minus Calvin, Susannah, and Hugh) is setting at Jeannie’s bar deciding on what they are all getting the happy couple and other wedding plans when they see an energy beam hit the top of Monoc Tower across town. Rikard leaves immediately saying that someone has come from the home office. The rest of the Irregulars follow and soon they are on the roof greeting Hilda, with Rikard giving her a huge bearhug shouting, ‘Little Sister!!’
After greetings are done, she asks for their help. Frost Giants have stolen Eldhrímnir, the cauldron with which Andhrímnir, the cook of the gods, prepares meals for the Einherjar in Valhalla. Now Odin has a bunch of hangry Einherjaren and no way to feed them. He has tasked Hilda with finding and retrieving it for him. She in turn has come to the Irregulars for help and the group agrees to help.
She explains that not many of them have weapons that could hurt Frost Giants or their minions, so the All Father has given permission for them to visit the armory be loaned weapons for the task. As they ready themselves to leave Hilda call on Heimdall to open the Bifrost, and they are enveloped in the same energy they have seen before and taken to Asgard, or it could be Monoc Security HQ, and the armory.
The armory is enormous and has weapons from every age in its vaults. It is there they meet Gunnar Svenson, the einherjar responsible for the armory. He lets them pick their choice of weapons. Rikard is excited to show his friends his home and picks up a small one-handed Warhammer and gives it to Lady Oka. It is Hviturgaldur – White Magic and tells her it will serve her well. Hunt is presented with the Staff of the All Father, a magic staff that gives him access to Odin’s Siedr magic. Greer is drawn to a spear and hears a male voice saying, ‘Daughter, take up my Spear – it is your birthright.’ Jeanie is intrigued by the Torc of Njord but realized that it takes a spellcaster to use it to the fullest – so she takes up Megingjoro the wolf-hide belt that increases her strength. Alex chooses the Orb of Unknown Origins, which gives him access to a range of abilities. Gunnar explains that each item is on loan and must be returned, however if they would like to keep them – they must attune to the item (pay the refresh). If they are unable to attune to them (not enough refresh) then Odin can assist them for a favor at some future time (Sponsor Debt). Gunnar also insists on going with them to keep an eye on the weapons he has loaned out and picks up a HUGE two-handed warhammer from the corner. He mentions that this weapon is Volendrung, the Giantsbane.
Armed with their weapons, Hilda petitions Heimdall to open the Bifrost again and they travel to Jotunheim. As the Bifrost opens on Jotunheim, the Irregulars mention that the subtle, sneaky option is off the table because the Giants know they are there. Sure enough, within minutes they are surrounded by Giants and wolves the size of a truck. Hilda attempts to intimidate them into giving back the Cauldron, but they refuse. Instead of fighting the Giants propose trial by combat. When the party accepted this the leader speaks, ‘Tell us of your genealogy and exploits, so we might know who we face?’
The group is not sure what to do for a minute, and then Hilda steps forward. ‘I am Hilda, Squire to Odin Borrson and Valkyrie of Asgard. I have battled enemies of the All Father in numbers too great for counting. I have confronted ghouls and Fomor in their hordes endless! I am the bearer of Gungnir and a Drengr of the Aesir. I am Hilda, Valkyrie of Valhalla! And I come for Eldhrímnir.’
Rikard stands beside Hilda. ‘I am Rikard, son of Baldur Odinson. I have battled dark sorcerers and black hearted Fae! I have fought men and beasts in numbers too great for counting, confronted Fomor and their minons in their hordes! I have entered the Kraken’s maw and lived, while laying low the works of the outcast Formor. I am Rikard Baldurson, The Slayer of Monsters, wielder of Bani-Forad. Until Valhalla!”
Gunnar steps up to the opposite side of Hilda. ‘I am Gunnar son of Sven from the Land of Ice and Snow, a mortal who has fought the hoard and proven himself in battle to be numbered with the Einherjar of Odin. I am the bearer of Volendrung – the Hammer of the Gods, and armorer of Valhalla. I am Gunnar Svenson, the Giantsbane. Until Valhalla!’
Sunny, taking inspiration from the Vikings and Norse in the party introduces herself. ‘I am Sunlight Dancing on Water, daughter of Earth Beneath Her Feet. Healer of warriors and wielder of the elements of creation! I have stood against the forces of darkness to protect the Earth and its people. I am Sunlight Dancing on Water, the bearer of White Magic – Hviturgaldur, a weapon of the Aesir blessed by Odin, and I stand against you.’
Alex introduces himself, ‘I’m Alex, and I am all out of bubblegum.’ – which was lost on the giants. Jeanie introduces herself as an heir of Jean Lafitte, and bearer of the Wolfhide Belt. Greer greats them with, ‘I’m Greer, daughter of Lugh and bearer of his spear. Hunt introduces in a grand flourish, ending with slamming his staff on the ground and making it crackle with lightning.
The Frost Giant leader introduces himself next, ‘I am Thyrmr, King of the Jotuns. Son of Bergelmir. I have battled Aesir and Vanir armies throughout the nine realms! I have fought men and beasts on Midgard in numbers too great for counting, invaded the heart of Asgard and stole the hammer of the Odinson. I have matched wits with the traitor Laufeyson and prevailed. I thwarted the combined will of Asgard! I am Thymr, son of Bergelmir, I have battled the Odinson and lived!’ He introduces four other giants – his second, Vornir, and the others, and includes 3 whelps of Fenirir, so the contest is evenly matched.
The Giants spread out to make a fighting ring for the combatants and the battle begins. Gunnar and Alex in his demon form charge at the same time, both with Supernatural Speed. Thymr is knocked down and injured, as he is hit with Gunnar’s Volendrung his is sapped of his strength. Greer and Hilda attack Vornir and Hilda pins him to a Stalagmite with Gungnir and Greer also hits with her spear which returns to her hand.
The giants then have their turn, however not many are able to hit the heroes. Thymr, even on the ground and weakened, attacks Gunnar, but he successfully defends and ripostes with another attack, hitting Thymr again and sapping more of strength. Sunny heals Hilda so she can keep fighting. Vornir pulls Hilda’s spear from his body – enduring the pain it causes him, casually dropping it on the ground.
Seeing a chance to end this quickly, Jeanie uses her newfound strength to lift a boulder and smash it down on Thymr’s head – killing him. The giants are stunned – in a matter of seconds they have seen their leader defeated by a motley group of individuals and then killed by a human woman. Capitalizing on their awe and hesitation to continue, Hilda shouts, ‘Your leader is dead at our feet, now yield! And bring forth Eldhrímnir, so the rest of you might not suffer his fate!’
They surrender and bring forth the cauldron for them and the Irregulars return to Asgard victorious. They are welcomed back and meet Odin as Hilda reports to him that the cauldron is returned and the Giant Thymr is dead with Jeanie delivering the killing blow. He allows them to keep their weapons if they desire, most do. Hunt bargains with the All Father to keep his staff, as he did not get to really use it. He would like to see it in action and is intrigued by the sponsored magic from Odin, that it offers access to. They are invited to feast in Valhalla with Odin and his warriors, given the title of Drengr and inducted into ‘The Wolves of Odin’, also known as the ‘Ulfhednar’ – Odin’s chosen warriors.