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Mad Mage Of The North

In the North, all manner of things are attributed to a near-legendary figure: Skald, the mad mage of the North. Everything from good/bad harvests, missing people, cosmic phenomenon, or misplaced boots might be said to be the work of the Mad Mage.

The legends about him are as varied as they are numerous: he supposedly married a dire bear. He is said to have ripped a man's arm off on accident during a friendly arm wrestling competition. Some claim he can turn into fire, or a pack of wolves. They say he speaks all languages, and can change his form to suit his mood.

Whether or not such a man has actually ever existed is a matter of some debate (and often, scorn). Most think him a child's tale, a fictional scapegoat and sometimes, erstwhile protector for those who make their homes in the frosty Northlands of Arvum.

In more recent times, someone claiming to be Skald has arrived in Arx. Pretenders are not that uncommon, but the Faith has recognized him as one of the Lost Gods of the Pantheon as the god of freedom and choice. This has also made many throughout Arvum to think that Arx has gone a little mad and has been taken in by a somehow extremely gifted confidence man, but thus far the choice has been humored.