PLAYER: Josh Plocher LOCATION: Ohio, USA CHARACTER NAME: Sulevi Gunnbjarnarson Character Title: The Karelian Race: Half-Swede, Half-Finn Age: 25 (884ad) Profession: Skald Birthplace: Karelia, Finland Religion: Norse Pantheon, favors Ull the god of Archers and Bragi, God of Poets. Physical Description: Sulevi is a tall, lean man. The lines of his frame are long and clean, drawing attention away from the bowman's muscles of his upper body. His skin is a touch darker than the Swedish norm, his hair and beard nut brown and curly. A leather thong decorated with a single silver bead keeps the hair out of his face. The skald dresses in leather and wool. Increasingly ragged embroidery ornaments the edge of his sky-colored cloak. Suleviís eyes are blue and darken when he searches the sky for omens. Distinguishing Features: Aside from his height, Sulevi is distinguishable by the clarity of his baritone voice. There are also faded scars on his palms where he has cut himself to offer blood sacrifice as payment for lore. Additional Information: Suleviís clear voice and early knack for predicting weather earned him study with the jarlís skald instead of Gunnbjorn and the other huskarls. Sulevi learned the chants and sagas well and thoroughly. His weather-telling and skill at archery won him a place on the jarlís last ill-fated Viking. The jarl perished while raiding an isolated Norwegian settlement, although the rest of the warriors survived to complete the looting. Sulevi spoke the jarlís death staves but declined the new jarlís offer of service. Instead, he has wandered Skandia and beyond, seeking new tales and singing in the halls of those who'd have him. The Norwegian King Harald Herfagre exiled Sulevi, along with many others, to Iceland. Five adjectives that describe Sulevi: Calm, Ethereal, Focused, Sage, Present Five best skills: sky-reading (omens and weather), poetry, languages, runes Privileged Weapon: Spear Secondary Weapon: Bow Next of Kin: Gunnbjorn Jansson (father), Harald Broken-Nose (cousin), Mari Gunnbjarnardottir (younger sister) Additional Notes: Sulevi, for all his calm, is deeply superstitious. He places much faith in the omens he reads in the sky, whether they are valid or not. To convey the weight of the omens, he speaks them in staves. When not performing, he tends to speak seldom and quietly. Sulevi is a diligent worker and will not shirk a turn at the oars, nor a place in the fight.