1: any of various birds of which the males are largely or entirely black: as
a : a common thrush (Turdus merula) of Eurasia and northern Africa having an orange bill and eye rim
b : any of several American oscine birds (family Icteridae)
Transition and transformation; symbolic of life in the heavens (higher ideals, higher path of knowing) and the color black is symbolic of pure potential. Between the two, there is no limit to human transformation.
A spiritual aspect of death, transition of the spirit into the afterlife.
The physical aspect of death.
Sent out with several other Valkyries to investigate a strange anomaly by Brynhildr, she follows her strict orders of noninterference. When she experiences what she thinks Brynhildr meant, she fully intends to stay with the world she was assigned to see if it was merely a strange occurrence or something with a bigger impact. But when Ölrún has a vision, Vaeramae believes in it enough to follow it, disobeying her orders. Ölrún’s vision answers their question of what’s going on, but leaves many more questions behind. As she digs deeper into the mysteries surrounding certain persons and events, she begins to wonder if something else beyond the control of the gods is going on.
An Elder Valkyrie, she is something of a seer, something that she’s not comfortable with. Her visions come to her unbidden and always to those who need to hear them, much to her annoyance. She has a laconic sense of humour and a gruff demeanor. She’s often seen as impatient and rarely likes plans changing. Many rely on her and she’s one of the more practical Valkyries, as well as the most loyal. Vaeramae finds her advice to be sound on more than one occasion and believes in the strength of Ölrún’s visions to follow them, despite the Elder Valkyrie cautioning her to the contrary, reminding the young Valkyrie that visions are open to interpretation and if not followed carefully can lead to disaster.
The defacto leader of the Valkyries and an Elder Valkyrie. She answers directly to Woden and Freyja and carries out their orders. She has a brusque and often severe demeanor with little patience for those that don’t catch on quickly. Despite this, she offers advice to other Valkyries or finds someone who would be able to answer questions that others may have. Due to her past with the fabled hero Siegfried when she was in mortal form, Valkyries have since have had their emotions subdued. While they can feel happiness and anger, they are unable to feel true joy and rage.
An Elder Valkyrie as well as Sváfa and Sigrún reborn. In each life, she and Helgi find each other again. While Brynhildr and Siegfried’s story ended in tragedy, many have noted that Kára’s has given many hope as she and Helgi have successfully been reincarnated at least three times. She is one of the few Valkyries whose emotions have not been subdued by order of Woden. While she may not have as much authority as Brynhildr, she is seen as having the most experience with mortals and living among them. Many of the Valkyries will seek her out for advice first before going to Brynhildr. It was Kára who was by Vaeramae’s side when she woke in Fólkvangr and told Vaeramae that she has been chosen to become a Valkyrie.
Lone fighters; Chosen by Woden, half of those that die in combat travel to Valhǫll upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s field Fólkvangr. In Valhǫll, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat known as Einherjar, as well as various legendary heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Woden during the events of Ragnarök. Select einherji will join Valkyries on missions from time to time, serving as needed, be they bodyguards, reinforcements, or scouts. It has been known that some einherji will serve only one Valkyrie, usually the one that brought them to Valhǫll.
Middle Enclosure; What the Valkyries refer to the plane where the majority of mortals live.
Enclosure of the Æsir; what the Valkyries refer to the plan where immortals and Gods live; one of the Nine Worlds and is the capital city of the Gods surrounded by an incomplete wall attributed to a Hrimthurs riding the stallion Svadilfari. Valhalla is located within Ásgarðr.
The Hall of the Slain; it is a majestic, enormous hall located in Ásgarðr, ruled over by the god Woden. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall’s ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhǫll, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhǫll and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr.
The Field of the Host; A meadow or field ruled over by the goddess Freyja where half of those that die in combat go upon death, while the other half go to the god Woden in Valhǫll . Fólkvangr is also open for women who have suffered a noble death or died in battle. It is here that some women are chosen to become Valkyries.
The three worlds above the earth, in heaven:
1. Vanaheimr (Vanaheim): Realm of the Vanir
2. Álfheimr (Alfheim): Realm of the Light Elves
3. Ásgarðr (Asgard): Realm of the Gods
The four worlds on earth:
4. Niðavellir (Nidavellir): Realm of the Dwarves
5. Miðgarðr (Midgard): Realm of Man
6. Jötunheimr (Jotunheim): Realm of the Giants
7. Svartálfaheimr (Svartalfheim): Realm of the Dark Elves
The two worlds below the earth, in underworld:
8. Niflhel (Hel): Realm of the Dead
9. Múspellsheimr (Muspelheim or Muspell): Realm of Fire