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ᚻᛖᛚᚸᚣ ᛘᛁᚴᛚᛆ
Helga the Great
High Queen of the Norse
Fylkja

Timeline: Celestial Ascendance

Helga the Great
Portrait of ᚻᛖᛚᚸᚣ ᛘᛁᚴᛚᛆ

Queen of Noregr and Svíþjóð
835 – 855

Predecessor: Title created
Successor: Thor

High Queen of the Norse
860 – 900

Predecessor: Title created
Successor: Thor (alone)
Co-ruler: Thor

Jarl of Nidaros
828 – 835

Successor: Title abolished

Eternal Mentor of the Norse
(appelation)

900 – present

Born: 810
Nidaros
Died: 900 (aged 90)
Uppsala, Norse Empire
Spouse: Eiríkr (828-835)
Issue: Thor
Religion: Asatru
Helga the Great was a Norse warrior who became Queen of Noregr and Svíþjóð (modern day Norway and Sweden). She laid the base for the unification of Scandia and the Norse people. Her son Thor, eventually went on to unify the Norse people, and upon his ascension as High King, he officially named his mother co-ruler of the Norse Empire. After her death, Thor bestowed the title of Eternal Mentor of the Norse upon her. As such, Helga is seen as the founding mother of the Norse civilization, nation and culture.

Biography

Early life

Helga was born to unknown parents in the city of Nidaros, a major trading port in the lands of Scandia. An intelligent girl, she was wild and preferred to play with other boys instead of girls. As a teenager, Helga trained in the art of swordfighting and personal combat and became known as a fierce warrior.

Jarl of Nidaros

At the age of 18, Helga challenged the Jarl of Nidaros to duel for the right to rule the jarldom of Nidaros. A corrupt man, loathed by many, it came to the joy of many when Helga defeated and killed him in personal combat, earning the right to rule the city and the surrounding territory. 

Under pressure, she eventually agreed to marry Eirikr, a prominent young nobleman in the city.

Expansion of her territory

Helga, an ambitious young woman, began expanding her rule to surrounding jarldoms. Her power became known across all of Scandia, and by 835, she had conquered all of Noregr and Svíþjóð, and was proclaimed Queen of both.

Queen of Noregr and Svíþjóð

A competent ruler, Helga expanded the already great rights of women, and made sure there was no starvation in both of her kingdoms, while also increasing living standards. A beloved ruler, she was admired by many, even the great berserker warriors. In 835, Eirikr demanded that Helga yield the throne to him. For this offense, Helga defeated and killed him, ensuring her rule as the undisputed ruler of the kingdoms. For this, she was often called "Helga the Unyielding".

Abdication and later life

Soon after her husband's death by her own hands, Helga give birth to a boy, whom she named Thor, after her patron deity. She treated him with love and cared greatly about him. Raising him to be kind, but also a fierce warrior, she continued to expand her realm into all directions. When Thor reached the age of 20, Helga voluntarily yielded the throne to him. While officially no longer ruler, she continued to wield great influence and was called by many the true power behind the throne.

High Queen of the Norse

In 860, Helga's son Thor had conquered all of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and declared himself High King of the Norse. As a testament for his undying love for his mother, Thor declared his mother his co-ruler, and they ruled the Norse Empire together as mother and son.

Death

Helga died in 900, at the venerable age of 90, beloved by all her subjects and family. Thor honored his mother by awarding her the eternal position of Eternal Mentor of the Norse.

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