Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fridtjof Nansen, Badass of the Week

Badass NPC.  I love taking a photo/painting and using it to create NPC/encounter/location/etc.  Even better we got some life details to work with in this case.  Without thinking on it too hard Firdtjof is obviously a

Nordic warlord whose willingness to travel through "impassible" frozen terrain has stunned many soon to be defeated foes.  Known for numerous feats, stunts, and personal combat victories.  Not wishing to loose a single man of his army Fridtjof challenged the enemy to single combat, all of them, 1 per day.  After slaughtering 18 of his fiercest warriors the enemy king came and pledged his loyalty, his men, and his life to Nansen.

He conquered all in his reach.  But he did it to expand his personal knowledge of the world, it's peoples, plants, and animals.  Knowledge he wrote out in eight volumes.  So complete and accurate is this work that copies remain highly sought after to this day.  Those that he conquered were treated well, often better than under their former rulers.  Slaves, refugees, and foreign soldiers were free and provided safe passage to their homelands.

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