161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

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161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#1  Postby mark » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:43 pm

Time: Approaching Noon, 161-867 [daylight: 16hrs]
Weather: Warm(cool night), partly cloudy.
Wind: Light Breeze from the south west.

Tjodolfr decided to recite the Lord’s Prayer before all the munkar and lay brothers at the monastery to allay their fears, thus enabling Abbot Cynric Almundson to feel sufficiently comfortable to offer healing and respite for a week. Naturally, Cynric made a big deal out of the event which took place in the great hall with as many monks and lay brothers gathered as possible. He held the small wooden cross that hung around his neck up towards the roof as Dolfr spoke the words, perhaps the Nailed God was hiding up there and watching down on them as Lofi and Hrolleifr had tried to do earlier?

Faþer vár es ert í himenríki, verði nafn þitt hæilagt
Til kome ríke þitt, værði vili þin
sva a iarðu sem í himnum.
Gef oss í dag brauð vort dagligt
Ok fyr gefþu oss synþer órar,
sem vér fyr gefom þeim er viþ oss hafa misgert
Leiðd oss eigi í freistni, heldr leys þv oss frá öllu illu.


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All the while Tjodolfr was reciting the White Christ enchantment, Finni simply stared at the ground with a disapproving scowl on his face, but he said nothing, perhaps appreciating the need to get good healing for him and his very injured comrades. After Tjodolf had spoken the words of the prayer, Cynric spoke to the other monks gathered in the secret Christ Wizard tongue that nobody could understand. However, when he had finished speaking all the monks looked very satisfied and were happy to administer healing and first aid to the Menn af Vágrvik.

The munkar soon had the missiles removed from Sulki and Horlleifr’s arms without causing them further injury, and then they began to tend to wounds of the Menn af Vágrvik. Tjodolfr’s left leg was a little improved, but still seriously injured, as was Lofi’s left arm. Sulki’s left arm wasn’t looking as bad, but it remained seriously injured and he couldn’t use it. Everybody else had their injuries well enough treated that they wouldn’t really know about it in just a few days’ time, save for the huge bruises and scabbed-over puncture wounds.

Eymundr and Finni left around noon with a handful of lay brothers, a couple of brown robed munkar, and the cart drawn by a couple of mules and the four captured men. They were all bound for the port of Jever. Eymundr and Finni’s mission was to sell the battle loot with Thorvaldr’s help and then to tell Lubbicko Hroðwardson, the Bishop of Hamma, of what has happened and to impresses upon him the need to send warriors to protect the Monks.

Now it was a waiting game, who would arrive at the Monastery first? Would it be Eymundr, Finni and warriors from Lubbicko or Averil and the bulk of his crew? If Cynric was correct and Averil had a Snekkja on the coast then he might have a crew of perhaps around twenty to thirty men. Cynric seemed to think he had another sixteen men at his ship, but four had escaped so there may be as many as twenty men with Averil. There was little choice but to hope Eymundr and Finni got back first and to rest up and heal, perhaps listen to the strange foreign words spoken by these Saxon Monks.
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The next few days were spent recuperating in the care of the Wizards of Christ who seem to be a stoic and hardworking bunch. Dolfr reflects on how he came here to raid the Christ Followers, but instead has ended up agreeing to work for them and has been speaking their prayers despite none of the monks being aggressive or even armed. Surely they must be skilled at influencing people! He gets into an interesting conversation about this very topic with one of the monks and it continues for many hours over several days. Meanwhile Biani, Sulki and Lofi take the time to pick the monks brains about the first aid techniques, the monks seem remarkably adept at taking care of either the wounded or the sick, but the trio couldn’t help wonder about their magic spells, perhaps the strange Wizard-Words they chanted all the time gave power to their techniques?

On the morning of the fourth day after a humble but plentiful breakfast, Cynric tries to persuade Tjodolfr to become a Christian. Through his translator it is explained how mostly all that is involved is being put in a barrel of water and having water poured on him as Cynric tells him a few words to repeat. This sounds harmless enough, it’s probably a lot like Laugardagr just with a little prayer, and after all everybody likes to be clean and Dolfr han't yet had the chance to properly bath for weeks. Cynric is very persuasive, explaining to Dolfr how being a Christian will make this life very much easier in Saxony, Frisia, Francia, Wessex and many other rich places. Tjodolfr has to think about his reply carefully…

Cynric Inlfuence vs Tjodolfr (Willpower or Forn Siðr):
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A little later in the day, shortly before noon, Eymundr & Finni return to the Christ Compound. With them are the lay brothers and the munkar, the cart and mules and a dozen spear warriors who wear the cross of the Nailed God on the shields. Eymundr informs the Menn af Vágrvik that Thorvaldr has sold the captured weapons, shields and the unused leather armour for 553d & 1qua, a decent amount that puts them a little closer than before to being able to buy the life of the condemned vǫlva, Dísa Eiríkrdottir.

So they had been lucky, Lubbicko had sent men with Eymundr and Finni and they had all arrived back at the compound before Averil and his men had returned to seek their vengeance. However, it was not all plain sailing from here, there were of course some new problems…
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One was organising the disposition of the Christian warriors, they seemed to have their own commander and he neither spoke nor understood little more than a few words of the Dǫnsk Tunga. Either his men men would fight alone under his direct command or somebody would have to speak to him and persuade him to pass command to the Tjodolfr or some other and have them fight alongside the Menn af Vágrvik in the shield wall. Most of the men looked as if they would fight in a shield wall, but perhaps some of his men were skirmishers?

The other problem was that Tjodolfr, Sulki nor Biarni all still had serious injuries. Sulki had yet to regain the use of his left arm. Sulki thought he might be able to use it a little in around another three days of rest. If Averil showed before they had rested some more then their battle effectiveness would be hampered and Averil may gain the upper hand if he had more combat ready men. If they could just rest a few days more then the odds should level out a bit...

The last problem was totally unexpected; Eymundr was ill with a fever and spent the last day on the back of the cart. Finni said it looked like he had blood poisoning from the red lines on his chest, he said he'd seen it before, after the fever came most men died just a few days later. Poor old Eymundr, he had left for Jever just four days ago with only minor injuries, but now he was on his way Hel, unless somebody knew a way to get rid of the bad blood....
munkar = monks
Laugardagr = Wash day (Saturday)
vǫlva = seeress (sorcerer)
Dǫnsk Tunga = Danish Tongue (East Norse)
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Re: 161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#2  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:56 am

at the question of baptism Tjodolder politely says "I don't know enough about this new god. I know the old ones and respecting them have kept him alive this long. It may be that this "nefus" is not the right god to focus on for a warrior. But this nailed god I probably not worse than some off the old ones. But if he gives us luck and gives us the strength to win over the Viking I might re consider." So Tjodolfer politely declines. " But you could maybe tell us more about this new god?"

Later on the Finni comes back with new warriors Tjodolfer get eager and goes over to say greet them. And uses his spear as a crutch. Dolfer is eager to here what Lubbicko had to say and is worried about Eymundr. And ask Finni it the monks could not help him. Dolfer orders his men to get Eymundr inside a house and get someone to look at him.

Dolfer is a bit disappointed if no body greats him in Danish. Tjodolfer try to use Sulky, Bjarni or the monk that can speak Danish to speak with their leader. And have a proper look at the men. Do any of them have any fighting experience?
Tjodolf goes over to their leader and introduces himself " Hi im Tjodolfer Gyrdison, Im the one that called you out here. You are here to fight the Frisian Vikings? We plan to wait here for some more days. And it they don't come back we will try to find them. Do you have any scouts or woodsmen in your unit? My are injured and need to rest a bit more"
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Re: 161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#3  Postby Lofi » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:48 pm

As the din of the men returning reaches him, Lofi hurriedly goes to meet them, having looked forward to their return. Curious about the quality of men the bishop has sent them, he was happy to see theat they at least looked like soldiers. Getting closer, the Scanian notices Eymundr on the wagon and Finnin nearby. He walks over them, following Tjodolfr's command. and greets the warrior. Lofi looks down on Eymundr and asks,with a great deal of concern, "How are you doing there, Skald?" He keeps his voice low, not to interrupt his leader's words with the newcomers. Looking about for Sulki and Biarni, he waves them closer when he spots, intent to make sure Eymundr is carried inside with as safely as possible.
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Re: 161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#4  Postby NMorgan » Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:35 am

Sulki is pleasantly surprised at the seemingly trained and equiped reinforcements. By his estimation the situation might still be a near thing should the raiders return with as many men as reports seemed to indicate possible. But at least now they had a fighting chance and they wouldn't all have to slink off like rats in the night. The Dane had no great love for these Christ-men, but he also was prideful enough that he didn't relish the thought of running away either, no matter how necessary or prudent it might had become had the Bishop not listened. Besides, the monks had set his arm to mend, and so he felt he owed them something - if only it would do so more quickly!

Seeing Lofi waving at him, the shipwright trots over to where his friend hovers over the sick form of their companion. Looking him over, and hearing Finni's muttered diagnosis, Sulki swears silently and helps them as much as he is able with his bad arm to get Eymundr someplace more comfortable. He tries to think and remember some of what his mother had taught him about herb-craft, some poultice that could be made to draw out the poison?

Lore: Herbalism (v33)
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Post Number:#5  Postby Scipio » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:00 am

After helping Sulki and Lofi get the wounded man inside, Biarni heads off to find the Christ-Wizard he believes to have the strongest magics. After all, these men have given him his arm back and have worked wonders on the others as well -if anyone can keep Eymundr from Hel it is one of them. When he finds the man, Biarni takes him by the sleeve and tries to communicate his intent, first in Frankish and, if that does not help, in Danish with the few words he's picked up from the locals thrown in: "...wound... heal..."
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Re: 161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#6  Postby mark » Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:53 pm

It is clear that Dolfr isn't ready to accept Inn Nýi Siðr into his heart just yet. However, Cynric politely nods and smiles at Tjodolfr as his translator explains his desire to know more. The translated reply comes, "We have plenty more time to discuss Our Heavenly Lord together. Where shall we start..."

The commotion outside signals the return of the group that went to Jever. Eymundr grunts a reply to Lofi as he asks him how he is, he is unloaded from the large cart and carried into the great hall past Cynric and put onto a table. When asked by Tjodolfr to cure him Cynric examines Eymundr briefly before commenting through his translator, "It seems your gods do not care if this man lives or dies, but worry not I shall save him through the knowledge and wisdom granted to me by the Lord Almighty. This is because The Heavenly Father has clearly brought all of you here to to start your salvation. You wanted to know more about our faith, Tjodolfr, and now you have the beginning of your answer."

Seemingly very pleased with himself, Cynric and some other munkar set to work trying to save Eymundr from the fever brought on by blood poisoning. As the munkar are working, Sulki walks in to the great hall and thinks about how he could save Eymundr with his knowledge of herbalism, he can't remember the recipe for the poultice to draw out the poison, he has no herbs with him and no local knowledge of where herbs might grow, so he shuffles around unable to do anything for a few moments before giving up.

One of the warriors steps forward to formally greet Tjodolfr as his words are translated by Sulki into Northumbrian, a language which seems close enough to Saxon for these warriors to just about understand. Sadly, the man's name is unmemorable and will be forgotten to history, he is simply the Yfir-maðr. He seems unhappy to be mixing with followers of Forn Siðr, but he remains neutral in the replies he gives through Sulki. He acknowledges that he has come here to defend the munkar from Frisian pirates, that he has nine shield wall warriors including himself and three skirmishers, and that one of his skirmishers has some tracking skill. Tjodolfr realises that the man has his own agenda and isn't likely to just turn over command of his men to Tjodolfr, or even to fight alongside pagans.

Tjodolfr could try to convince [Influence@hard] the Yfir-maðr to give command of all his warriors to him, or ask to be allowed [Influence@easy] for the Menn af Vágrvik to join his warriors under the Yfir-maðr's command. Perhaps there is some other way to convince him or his men to fight under Tjodolfr's command. While Dolfr considers the issue he waits for news about Eymundr's condition...


Inn Nýi Siðr = New Way
munkar = monks
yfir-maðr = superior/leader, chieftain
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Post Number:#7  Postby Scipio » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:12 pm

Following the conversation between Tjodolfr and the newcomers' chieftain through Sulki, Biarni takes advantage of a break in the exchange to talk softly to the two other Vágrvikingr.
"These men will be good to have beside us when we fight the pirates, but if we let him command us we will not see much of the loot. What then is the point of fighting for these munkar?
He scratches Skuggi's ear with his good hand, trying to distract the dog from the newcomers, and nods towards the abbot.
"The Wizard-Chief likes you. Perhaps he can convince the chieftain that you should lead. If not, I say we should be careful. Many followers of the Nailed God are not to be trusted if they know you follow the Old Ways."
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Post Number:#8  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:28 pm

Tjodolf tryes to convince the yfir-maðr of giving the command over to Tjodolfer. He uses the arguments that, theses danes is working both for the bishop and abbot and that nobody knows beter how vikings oppdateres than Danes and Norsemen.
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Post Number:#9  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:00 pm

When the yfir-maðr accept that he is not ment to lead and settles inn. Tjodolfer gather all the men to talk to them with help of a translator. Dolfer tries to look even taller and more impressive than he is and says " Men you are use to live with Danes so this is nothing new to you. You might think that it is veid that we work for these men of Christ. But that is how it is. We will work together here to rid you coast of these viking terror and save the holy relic for these monks. Surely that must be a cause that is favor of your god. And good for trade and your families. In this I Tjodolfer Gyrdison will lead you in this great deed. And know i have stood in battle before and came out of it with no wounds. This endeavor will bring glory to you and your kind embrace it with honor." While speaking Dolfer tries to look ever man in the eyes at one moment to make an impression.

After the speech Dolfer tries to exsplian to the yfir-maðr that they will rest to day and to morrow they will train some maneuvers using Danish commands words. Dolfer tells them that there is two reason this is smart. They are shorter than the Saxon (that is probably a lie) and there is less chance that the enemy understand the commands. Then Dolfer tries to ask the monks for a space for them to sleep for a few days.

When Dolfer ses that Cynric is going to help Eymund Tjodolf nod and smiles politely to him. Tjodolf decides to follows to watch the miracle and signals for the other Danes to follow. And as they walks after Tjodolf say to the men " So what do you think, we have some men at least. We just need to get properly rested and then we are ready for real heroic stuff. We relay need Eymund alive up from the mud to tell this tale after it is done. And I dont care how we manage to do that. Offcase we should be carefull not to uppset the good. But i think we can fix that with a great feast when all this is done." He smiles to the men hoping they are happy with the deal. Eager to see if the monks can cure Eymund
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Post Number:#10  Postby NMorgan » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:42 am

When the Danes are alone, Sulki nods at Dolfr's words. "If they can help Eymundr overcome the poisoning, then we should let them do whatever it is they need to do, so long as it doesn't mean offending the true gods. They do seem to know healing. My arm seems to be on the mend, but it's not quite whole yet. How are you? You seem to have a bit of a limp still."

As to the bigger situation at hand, do you think the new blood will learn your orders in time? It will be interesting to see how they take to it tomorrow. I'm sure you've thought of it already, but we should send scouts out soon to watch the approaches to this place. We don't want to be surprised by these raiders."
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Post Number:#11  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:15 am

" My leg is not good, so I hope that the battle will not happened any time soon. I plan to send out scouts to morrow morning. The new men have traveled for a few days and could use some rest before they are sent out again."
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Post Number:#12  Postby Lofi » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:21 pm

As Tjodolfr signals the Vargrvikingar, Lofi is quick to follow. He listens to what their leader has to say and nods in agreement, laughing briefly at the mention of a great feast. He voices his concurence to Sulki's sentiment and allows Dolfr to reply, before he speaks himself. "We can only assume they have sent scouts ahead too, much like we did when coming here. Perhaps we should have our warriors hidden as much as we can?" Lofi asks.

He mentions semi-apologetically that he has little tactical knowledge, but is happy and grateful to learn. "It's never wrong to prepare properly, is it? We should maybe assume they already have men watching ... Perhaps not all of the men running off headed back to the ship, but some of them still lurks in the woods?" The Scanian grins wryly, as he wrestles in his mind how he would've done being in charge in this situation.
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Post Number:#13  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:50 pm

Dolfer looks thoughtful on Lofi and says " Yes, there is a chance that they have scouts, we did scout the place didn't we!" Tjodolfer nods his head " But I think its better to get to know this men than to hide them. And if we send out some scouts we could find out if that is the issue. But as I said, they need to rest for the night first. If any of you feel up to it you can go out scouting with them, im not ready for that yet. Need to save my energy for the fight." Tjodolfer then goes back to and looks out of the door at the new men " I don't want them in the forest, I don't know what kind of men this is, and there is a chance that they will just get killed in small groups. And then they will be coming for us. If the pirates does not show in a few days we have to go looking for them. But I would like a scout report first."
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Post Number:#14  Postby mark » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:48 pm

Time: Around noon, 164-867 [daylight: 16hrs]
Weather: Warm, partly cloudy.
Wind: Calm (inland)

Tjodolfr somehow convinces the Saxon Yfir-maðr that he should be in charge of all the warriors. Surprisingly, he accepts, perhaps realising that the two small forces joining together will mean less likelihood of his own men being injured or killed. Tjodolfr then gives an impressive speech to the Saxon warriors, translated for him by the lay brother who speaks the Dǫnsk Tunga. The speech seems well received and the warriors seem satisfied that Tjodolfr is competent to have overall command in a battle against Styrimaðr Averil and his remaining crew. However, all the men insisted they would have to return to Jever by Miðsumar [171-867], which would mean leaving the monastery no later than a couple of days before, or earlier if Tjodolfr marched them further north. That seemed fair enough, after all the Menn af Vágrvik had a very important appointment to keep in Jever themselves at Miðsumar

Tjodolfr halts his conversations about influence with one of the munkar to instead work out and practice with the Saxons some Danish commands that they will be able to follow effectively in the heat of battle. Commands for forming a shield wall in either a single or double line, or in a wedge. Words and signals for advance, charge, hold, withdraw and for a multitude of other battle manoeuvres. Once these were established they would have to be drilled over and over to make sure they would work in the heat of battle.

A little later that day, Cynric explained that he had done all he could for Eymundr and that it was "In God’s hands now." whatever that meant. Was the Nailed God malevolent and capricious just like their own gods? Did the Nailed God like to crush people in his palms on a whim if he felt them unworthy or uninteresting? Time would tell...

Cynric then went on to gather everybody outside the great hall, Saxon warriors, Norse men, lay brothers and munkar. With a great show of ceremony he took oaths from Lofi and Biarni that they may borrow a set of their laminated leather armour for the coming battle with Styrimaðr Averil and his crew, but would return it in the same condition after the fight. Lofi and Biarni were made to swear before all the gods, theirs and the White Christ and on their personal reputations too. When they had done so they were allowed to take the thick leathers. Putting their own armour into their packs and donning the laminated leather they quickly realised they were both now carrying far too much as they were completely overburdened.

When the evening came news was passed to the Menn af Vágrvik that Eymundr’s fever had broken. The man was clearly still exhausted, but it seemed now as if the Christ Wizard had saved his life. While initially pleased that their comrade was going to live, reflecting on what this meant was confusing. They had come to raid this monastery, and now they were not only working for the Wizards of Christ, but they owed them a life-debt too. They had eaten with them, shared a hall with them, been healed by them, been loaned valuable armour, sworn oaths to them and were being taught by them. A deep mistrust of Saxons was deeply ingrained into Norse culture; they spoke a different language had had given up Forn Siðr many generations ago, yet surely these men were not their natural enemy?

In the morning Eymundr was back on his feet and keen to do something. His wounds were healed and he seemed to be in surprisingly good health. With his strong oratory skills he was the natural choice for Tjodolfr to put in command of a small group of skirmishers who would protect his shield wall’s flanks and track, scout and harass Averil’s crew. Eymundr, Hrolleifr and three Saxon’s with javelins and shields were tasked to scout outside the monastery’s fence, especially northwards, for any signs of the enemy. They take two day’s of rations each, and Hrolleifr carefully refills his waterskin, Eymundr having still been careless enough not to acquire one yet.

On the morning of the third day the scouting party returned to the monastery. Eymundr explained they had quickly encountered another scouting party nearby the compound that withdrew to the north as they got close. Judging by their camp-site, the other scouting party had been there many hours, probably overnight. They pursued them at a safe distance, but had to proceed cautiously for fear of being lead into a trap or, more likely, an ambush. Consequently, after a few hours they lost contact. Eymundr explains that they followed their tracks which were headed north for about another day without any sign of a larger force before they eventually decided to return to the compound.

On the whole, today seemed promising. The weather was warm and there was no wind, which is good news for the skirmishers. Both Lofi and Sulki’s arms felt a lot better, Sulki was able to move his arm normally again, and they felt that another day of rest would see themselves completely healed. Tjodolfr’s leg was improved, but he felt as if he needed another week of rest before his leg was no longer seriously injured. Lofi, Sulki and Biarni felt they had learned a little something about first aid while they had stayed with the munkar, and that was a valuable skill.

However, with the news from Eymundr that there was no sign of Averil’s main force and that his scouts were probably back with him at his ship, Tjodolfr could draw only one conclusion. Captain Averil’s pride may have been dented, but he was now unlikely to attack a defended position against a similar sized force.

If Tjodolfr was determined to have a confrontation with Styrimaðr Averil and his crew, then he would have to hurry, for two reasons. Firstly, Averil no longer had any reason to remain beached on the coast once he had completed his repairs. Secondly, it was just a week until Miðsumar now, and if it was at least two days march to the coast, and two days back, and another day and a half to return to Jever then the Menn af Vágrvik have about a day to find, confront and defeat Averil and his crew and come up with enough silver to ensure Dísa Eiríkrdottir fair skin remained uncooked in the full moon pyres that would illuminate the jubilant streets of Jever as the Miðsumar celebrations took place.

Styrimaðr = Steersman/Captain
Miðsumar = Midsummer
yfir-maðr = superior/leader, chieftain
Dǫnsk Tunga = Danish Tongue (East Norse)
Forn Siðr = The Old Way
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Re: 161-867, Styrimaðr Averil [IC]

Post Number:#15  Postby Jon Reinhardt » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:14 am

As the scout comes back to the monastery Tjodolf greet them and wait for the rapport. Upon understanding that it is not very likely that they will attack. Tjodolfer decide that it time to take the battle to them before they are done repairing their ship and can run of. Tjodolfer gather alle the men and the translator and when everyone is there he says " Now it looks like they wont take to fight to us.So its time that we show that they can not do as they will in this land." Tjodolfer makes sure that the yfir-maðr understands the order. " We will move out as soon as possible. Get som food and pack you things together. I need the scouts to go first with so we dont fall in to an ambush. Dont be worried about time. Because i am not planing to walk back. We are going to take the ship." Then Tjodolfer looks at alle the saxons again and say " This is the chase to make a name for you self. It might look like a small thing but this is how Heroes is born". Tjodolfer looks at Eymundr and says " before we pack give us a tale or song"
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