Flight of the Valkyrie
|Flight of the Valkyrie|
|Dates run:||August 22-23, 2017|
|Read the logs:||Flight of the Valkyrie|
I require an audience with the professor and all of those who have visited Asgard. If you're not too busy.
Another plot by Loki against his brother Thor results in certain mutants being caught in the middle - and the "return" of someone thought lost.
In the time of legend, the first Valkyries were not the shepherds of the fallen to Valhalla, but instead, the mead maidens of Bor Burison, the ruler of Asgard. They populated his great hall, serving the other gods and their master for the cycle of an Age. One of Bor’s rules was that his Valkyrie were to remain untouched; virgin servants who would take no lovers and bear no children. Unfortunately, Brün, one of the handmaidens had fallen for Sigurd, Bor’s most powerful warchief. Sigurd was powerful, handsome, and a skilled manipulator, able to convince Brün to forsake her vows. Encouraging Bor to lead a mass hunting party and let him mind the Great Hall, Sigurd and his men took advantage of his absence, leading to a drunken, debauched party during which many other of the Valkyrie took lovers.
Bor returned unexpectedly early. Sigurd’s scouts warned him and his war party fled from the Great Hall. But there was no escape or way to hide for the Valkyrie. Bor separated them into two groups; those who had broken their vows and those who did not, but allowed the incident to take place. For those who had not taken lovers, he decreed that theirs would be a life transporting the souls of the fallen to Valhalla, so that they might experience and mourn the pain and violence of death eternally. To those who had taken lovers, his curse was more terrible. He cursed them to hunger endlessly for the taste of the flesh that they had enjoyed, unable to slake their need on any but gods, of which they could not hope to defeat. They were to roam like ghosts in Asgard, a sign of Bor’s displeasure. The Valkyrie dubbed their fallen sisters the Disir, and longed for a way to end their suffering.
Which brings us to the current day...
Since the upheavals in Asgard caused by Thor’s return to his memories, his brother Loki continued to plot, preying on the uncertainty of the All-Father whether to fully restore his son as god and heir to the throne. He was well acquainted with the ancient Disir, who for centuries had lingered near the entry to his daughter’s realm of Hel, drawn by the smell of the warriors who earned the god flesh of eternal life, but unable to follow them further. Through the use of his Norn Stones, Loki was able to make a portal to Midgard which allowed the Disir to nullify Bor’s curse long enough to travel through.
Unfortunately for them, their Asgardian form continued on Earth, leaving them completely insubstantial to everyone but Asgardians. Worse, there was only one god on Midgard that they could sense, and the lack made their ravenous hunger sharper and more feral. They set out with only one target in mind, to find Thor and tear him apart for their feast. However, the Valkyrie had never forgotten their sisters, and sensing Loki’s meddling, sent one of their own to stop the Disir and return them to Asgard. Needing allies, Valkyrie landed at the mansion to raise a warband to stop the Disir.
Because of their interactions with Asgard, several of the people in the mansion retained an aura that allowed them to interact and directly challenge the Disir physically. Oddly enough, this aura also applied to Illyana. Valkyrie, revealed as none other than Paige Guthrie, explained that the defeated Disir could be bound to a person with the Asgard aura and brought back. The Valkyries had decided to petition Hel to remove the curse, as Bor’s curse has made them spirits tied to her realm. Unfortunately, binding the Disir would inflict physical damage as the curse would try and consume the person. Despite never having been to Asgard, Garrison’s ‘catch’ of Mjolnir had given him the same aura and his healing factor would allow him to survive the Disir being bound to him, making him the logical choice.
The war party tracked the Disir, catching up with them only a few kilometres from the Triskalion, in the middle of Central Park. With only mutant powers and Asgardian weapons, they challenged and defeated the Disir, binding them to Garrison. The fierce battle took place with the Disir's mystical nature making the fight seem like insubstantial ghosts to anyone present.
The portal back transported them to the opening to Hel, where they made the trek to Hela’s home, fighting through strange creatures and hostile environment to reach it. Once there, Hela met and confirmed that, indeed, she knew how to alter the curse on the Disir, but there was a price. Bor’s curse demanded they serve, so while they could be restored to Valkyrie, they would serve her from Hel. The rest of Valkyrie, with Brunhilde at the lead, arrived to angrily challenge Hela’s price. However, Brün offered herself and her three closest as servants to Hela if she would free the rest. Hela agreed, using a complex binding spell on the four, which seemed impossibly familiar to Illyana. Hela then touched the Russian girl’s shoulder, opening her up to access Hela’s deep pools of mystical energy. Eyes glowing, Illyana swung the Soulsword through the Disir, disconnecting them from Garrison and restoring them to their Valkyrie forms. Brün and her three sisters were bound to Hela and the rest were free to return with the Valkyries; the mansion residents were teleported home.
Trivia and Meta
The plot included the remaining characters from the original Asgard plot (Angelo, Amanda, Doug, Jubilee and Marie-Ange), plus those who were trapped in Asgard during The Thralls of Asgard plot (Molly, Tandy and Ty).
Ty discovered his ability to transport others via his shadow dimension as a result of this plot.
As of Operation: Siege Perilous (Dec 2020), Valkyrie's former identity of Paige Guthrie can be shared between all characters without impacting the state of the world. However, please proceed with caution: a phase 2 version of the Guthrie family exists and any knowledge could be detrimental to certain player characters.