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April 7th, 2007

Chapter I

In the year 1000, as the Christians measure time, the old ways were being forgotten. Norway and Iceland had converted to Christianity and only the western lands of Greenland, Markland and Vinland remained true to Asgard.

Thor had been hearing much of the wonders of Vinland from Thorvald, son-in-law of Erik the Red, and decided that he would go and see it for himself. Disguising himself as a youth, Thor left his home at Bilskirnir, tucked his hammer Mjollnir into his belt and set out to the west.

After many days of walking across the ice, Thor came across a strange tribe of Skraelings, now known to us as the Beothuck. They lived apart from the other Esquimaux, painted their bodies and clothing with red ochre, and worshipped a fetish of a winged Kraken. The Beothuck claimed that the Great Old Ones has dropped the cuttlefish stone from the sky when they fled into the sea when the world was new. Those Old Ones were gone now; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to this tribe, who formed a cult that had never died.

Leading Thor into their camp, they explained to him that the Old Ones were waiting for when the great priest Cthulhu, would rise from his dark house under the waters and bring the earth again beneath his sway. Some day, when the stars were ready, he would call. The Beothuck and their secret cult would always be waiting to liberate Cthulhu for Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods.

The Beothuck then moved forward and seized Thor, as they recognized him as a god and wished to use him in one of their unholy sacrifices. There was one man among the Beothuck, of large size and fine bearing, whom Thor concluded must be their chief. He pulled Mjollnir from Thor’s belt, but was thrown to the ground by its weight, as only one who is worthy may handle Mjollnir.

Thor stooped and grabbed his hammer, swinging it in a mighty circle. He swept back the Skraelings holding him, and knocked off the head of their chief. The rest of the tribe then took up their hideous idol and fled into the woods.

Thor continued south.

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