Skadhi : Allegiances
Humiliation And The Call For War
The doors to the council hall made a high creaking sound as they slowly opened . The council stopped their business as soon as they saw it was Bjorgolf, and everyone followed the returning Jotun with their eyes, as he slowly took the long walk to the councilman's table. Bjorgolf felt as if he was walking the last few steps to his own execution as he approached his kinsmen. As he stood before the head council members Bjorgolf slowly took a deep breath before raising his eyes to meet those of the head councilmen. He suddenly felt naked, vulnerable, and very weary standing there before his folk.
Hrym and the other council members were horrified when they saw the state that Bjorgolf was in. He was bloodied, covered in dirt, and judging from a very noticeable limp, appeared to be slightly injured. Hrym could see that things had not gone well in Thrymheim for the Jotuns, but he had to ask because he knew that the proof would be in the details. " Bjorgolf, old friend, what has happened to you ? And where are the others ?! " Hrym asked the quiet Jotun. Bjorgolf lowered his head again before answering. " All dead ! " Hrym stood up and pointed his finger at Bjorgolf : " Well, what happened ?! Tell us at once ! " Hrym snapped at the despondent Jotun. " Hrym...... we never had a chance ! As we moved forward to Thrymheim we were met by traps, and killing devices the likes of which I have never seen ! Some were crushed by huge logs ! Others were impaled on stakes in pits that were dug into the ground, while still others were torn apart by Skadhi' s wolves ! It was horible ! A massacre like I have never seen ! " Bjorgolf screamed back at Hrym. " Skadhi did this all by herself ? " Hrym asked in a much calmer tone. " No ! She had help from Ullr, high one ! " Bjorgolf blurted out.
Hrym then motioned for two of the council guards to take Bjorgolf away. " Get him cleaned up and fed ", he told the guards," We may have need to ask him more questions later. " As Bjorgolf was being escorted away, he turned and yelled back to his Jotun brothers : " Skadhi told me to tell you that if we come back she will kill us all ! " All of the Jotuns in the great hall began to shout and curse at Skadhi, Ullr, and even Bjorgolf as he was taken slowly out of the great hall. Bjorgolf wondered to himself if he would live to see the sun rise tomorrow !
Hrym stood up, and addressed the Jotuns gathered in the council hall. " Well, the Gods have decided to ignore our verdict, and protect the guilty ! We all now see which way the wind blows my friends.....and the wind blows once again to WAR ! " Hrym screamed dramatically. The hall erupted into cheers and whistles at this great announcement. A chant of War.... War....War.... echoed throughout the hall as Jotuns pounded there fists on the tables, and stamped their feet on the floor in rhythm. When the hall finally quieted down Hrym stood grinning ear to ear, and shouted : " Let the record show that it was not the Jotun race that caused this war, but Gods who chose conflict over peace ! " Everyone in the great hall erupted into chants of " War " again. All that is except one. In the back of the hall, hidden in the shadows stood Utgard - Loki shaking his head. " We should not fight wars we cannot win. " he said under his breath.
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.
End Chapter 6
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