Skadhi : Allegiances
Hrym Demands Justice
A few on the council argued that the intermingling of blood had been a good thing for both sides, but it was hard to say much good about the Aesir due to their many unprovoked attacks against some of their most prominent Jotuns. Unlike the Gods, who seemed to have short memories, or even the Midgardians who seemed to hold a grudge much longer, the Jotuns never forgot the death of one of their own. Ever ! In their hearts there still burned the anger over Ymir's death, and the embarrassment of the world that was made from his body being given to the Midgardians. Ymir's ancient death smoldered inside them just as hot as did Thrym' s death, Hrungnir's death, and of course the most recent death, the venerable Thjazi. On top of this, the whole Jotun race was still trying to absorb the fact that their land was taken from them that lay next to Midgard. The Gods set up this territory as a boundary between the two worlds, now known as the uninhabited lands, after the Frost Giant War. To the Jotuns it was just another burden to bear !
It did not take to much effort on Hrym' s part to whip the Jotun council into a frenzy of angry Giants looking for revenge. They knew, however, it would be sheer suicide to go after Thor or Odin, but Skadhi on the other hand looked like an easy target to attack. The great Jotun council took a vote and decided that on the day that marked the death of Ymir, and the birth of Midgard, to place the now Goddess Skadhi, the one they saw as most vulnerable, on trial for her crimes against her Jotun people. Some on the council cheered wildly when the decision came down, but a few worried that opening up this trial would be as dangerous as teasing Fenrir, and could have major ramifications that could last for generations.
Hrym had in mind the perfect Jotun to help hold such a spectacle as a trial of a Goddess. Few hated, or feared, the Aesir more than Utgard - Loki. Hrym wanted the trial to take place in a very symbolic place, so he asked Utgard - Loki to magically build a great hall of justice right on the edge of the uninhabited lands, overlooking Midgard itself. In this way every Jotun could see during the trial not only the land that the Gods had stolen from them, but Midgard, the world that their first ancestor was slain to create. Hrym felt that the Gods were slowly taking everything away from them, and he wanted them to pay for the theft of their women, their lives, and their lands. Skadhi was going to be the symbol put on trial to represent all of the Aesir crimes.
When the Jotun Grid, the mother of Vidar the Silent, heard of the trial she knew that she could not stop the injustice, but she wanted to at the very least give Skadhi a voice at these proceedings. Skadhi was to be tried, in Absentia, because no one had seen her since her private little war with the Dwarves. Without Skadhi the Jotuns needed someone to stand in her place, and Grid was the perfect Jotun. She was not a God herself , but she had been seduced by Odin, and had given birth to a God. Hrym actually relished the fact that Grid would be defending Skadhi by calling witnesses to give evidence on her behalf. It gave the trial validity not only in his eyes, but in the eyes of most of the Jotuns.
As he built his great judgement hall Utgard - Loki tried to prevent the Aesir from seeing what he was up to. Odin, however, was not fooled by the great illusionists tricks. Although Skadhi was new to the Aesir, Odin could not allow any of the Gods to be tried, even in Absentia, without representation. All - Father called Syn to his hall, and told her to travel to Jotunheim at once to help defend their newest Goddess. Syn wasted no time in gathering her things, and as she was about to leave on her horse, Odin rode up on Sleipnir. " I need you to arrive early so that you can prepare a solid case in defense of Skadhi. Sleipnir will be much faster than your steed counselor. Syn was greatly honored as she mounted Odin's 8 legged steed, for very few were ever allowed to ride Sleipnir !
Odin was correct as always! Sleipnir arrived the night before the trial was set to begin. Syn sought out Grid to compare strategies, and found her working late into the night at the Great Judgement Hall, as it was now known. Grid was very happy, and a bit relieved, to see Syn. Vidar's mother knew that she would not make a very good counselor. Now she could step back and allow Syn to take over Skadhi' s defense. Grid was, however, surprised when Syn asked her to stand with her as a junior counselor to advise her on various aspects of the Jotuns ways that she might not be familiar with. Grid agreed, and the two discussed their strategy for most of the night .
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.
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