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[Research Task] Viking Heroes

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Of course a civ needs heroes. In this case we'll discuss Viking Heroes.

I personally thought of the following heroes:

1. Erik Thorvaldsson, also known as Erik the Red. He is a red haired and red bearded viking, who discovered Iceland and Greenland. It is believed that he is hot-headed but has good persuasion skills too.

http://www.greenland.com/en/about-greenland/kultur-sjael/historie/vikingetiden/erik-den-roede.aspx

2. Leif Erikson (also discovered that he is called Eriksson, what is the correct spelling)

Son of Erik the Red. He discovered the New World.

http://www.history.com/topics/exploration/leif-eriksson

I would like to know what is best to let them look like in-game (weaponry and looks) and what their skills would be (both stats and auras). And let me know if you know other well-suited candidates. (And maybe a small description of the existing heroes?)

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No.

Some modern fantasy sources suggest that Vikings used war hammers in battle, perhaps inspired by Þór's hammer, Mjöllnir. Evidence for the use of hammers as weapons in the Viking age is negligible. Even Þór's (=Thor) hammer, often used to crush the skulls of giants, is described in poetry and shown in contemporary pictorial sources to be more like a blacksmith's hammer, not particular well-suited for combat. An 11th century picture stone (left) illustrates the story of Þórr fishing for the Miðgarð serpent, with his foot through the bottom of the boat, and his hammer raised high.

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In the later medieval era, well after the end of the Viking age, armored knights used war hammers. The head of a 15thcentury war hammer is shown to the left.

These weapons were optimized for damaging the joints of plate armor, reducing the mobility of an opponent, and making it easier to get past his plate armor defenses. The photo to the right shows the knight on the left using a war hammer for an overhead parry.

http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/manufacturing/text/viking_misc_weapons.htm

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here is some information on the weapons

Laws of the late Viking period show that all free men were expected to own weapons, and magnates were expected to provide them for their men. The main offensive weapons were the spear, sword and battle-axe, although bows and arrows and other missiles were also used. Weapons were carried not just for battle, but also as symbols of their owners' status and wealth. They were therefore often finely decorated with inlays, twisted wire and other adornments in silver, copper and bronze.

The spear was the commonest weapon with an iron blade on a wooden shaft, often of ash and 2 to 3m in length. It was used for both thrusting and throwing. The blades varied in shape from broad leaf shapes to long spikes. Skilled spearsmen are said to have been able to throw two spears at once using both hands, or even to catch a spear in flight and hurl it back with deadly effect.

Swords were very costly to make, and a sign of high status. The blades were usually double-edged and up to 90cm, or a little over, in length, but early single-edged sabres are also known. They were worn in leather-bound wooden scabbards. Early blades were pattern-welded, a technique in which strips of wrought iron and mild steel were twisted and forged together, with the addition of a hardened edge. Later blades of homogeneous steel, imported probably from the Rhineland, bore inlaid makers' marks and inscriptions, such as INGELRII or ULFBERHT. Viking craftsmen often added their own elaborately decorated hilts, and many swords were given names, such as Leg-biter and Gold-hilt.

Long-handled battle-axes might be used instead of swords, particularly in open combat. The famed, double-handed broad axe is a late development, typical of the late 10th and 11th centuries. But as the owner could not hold a shield at the same time, he would take cover behind the front line of warriors, rushing out at the right moment to hew down the enemy

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here is some one thier tactics and maybe some tech ideas

Battles and tactics

Image of a Swordsmen in berserk stance biting the rims of their shields Swordsmen in berserk stance, biting the rims of their shields; warders from the Isle of Lewis chess-set. © The Vikings had no professional standing army, and tactics and discipline seem to have been fairly rudimentary. They did not fight in regular formations, although the bonds of loyalty between men and their lords would have given their armies some cohesion. Weapons training began in youth in hunting, sports and raiding. Aspiring warriors sought armed service in the retinues of the famous, for which they hoped to be rewarded with weapons and fame of their own. A leader therefore needed to wage war frequently in order to keep his following and maintain power against rivals.

The famous "berserks" ...would work themselves into a battle frenzy so intense it is said ...they could even ignore the pain of wounds.

In preparation for battle the younger warriors would draw up in line, with their shields overlapping in a 'shield-wall' for better protection; their chiefs were well defended by a close bodyguard. The older veterans formed up in support behind them. Battle then began by throwing a spear over the enemy line to dedicate them to Odin, it is said, and this was followed by a shower of spears, arrows and other missiles.

If this was not enough to decide the outcome, each side then attempted to break through and rout the opposition, capturing or killing their leaders if possible. The experienced commander knew that the best way to achieve this was by forming a wedge of 20 to 30 warriors, with its point towards the enemy line in what was known as the svinfylking, or 'boar formation', and then charge, hoping to break through by sheer weight of numbers.

The famous 'berserks', whose name suggests they wore bearskins, may have fought in groups, and believed that Odin, the god of war, gave them both protection and superhuman powers so they had no need of armour. They would work themselves into a battle frenzy so intense it is said they bit on the edges of their shields, and could even ignore the pain of wounds.

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