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Northern Vale

Northern Vale is a continent of ice and snow, space-time rifts and monsters also spawn within Northern Vale borders but one of the four Guardians of the Land of Dawn, undertakes all those responsibilities of protecting the world, protecting its border and ensuring its safety from the space-time rifts and monsters. It was previously called Nost Gal.

Northern Vale is nothing but a remote and strange name. This place is the coldest spot in the Land of Dawn and also, the northernmost end in human knowledge. Surrounded by the vast Frozen Sea, this place has been full of danger. Therefore, besides the sea lane, Megalith Wasteland has been the only way for people in Northern Vale to get to the other areas in the Land of Dawn.

Except for a few places, the whole of Northern Vale is covered by thick snow. With piercing wind rampant, the harsh weather and its unique disadvantageous location have made this place a fertile land. Life here has been extremely hard and only the most robust Northern Valers, could prosper here from generation to generation.

The harsh weather has forged these tough people. They have regarded courage and honor as the most precious things in this world. In the continuous struggle against nature, people in Northern Vale has created a unique world view and civilization.


Sublocations

Megalith Wasteland

Located at the borders between the Northern Vale and the Moniyan Empire, the Megalith Wasteland is famous for its giant and peculiar rocks. As the boundary separating the Northern Vale ice-land and the Moniyan plain, the configuration here becomes barren. Mysterious creatures inhabit in this crimson land. Amidst the vast wasteland, the giant rocks stand. These rocks formed a huge magic circle to block the Iceland Golems to invade the south. With the disappearance of the Iceland Golems, this magic circle was abandoned, leaving mysterious relics behind. This is where Hilda Icon.png Hilda and her clan, Garland lived, but they soon set out to the Land of Dawn to find a new habitation for the clan.

Queen of Scourge

Situated in the northwest of Northern Vale, this snow mountain stands on the isolated island, like a tower pointing directly towards the sky. It is extremely cold around the Queen of Scourge or known as Queen's Peak and the whole mountain is covered by snow and ice all year round. Standing on the top of the mountain, the splendid aurora can be seen. However, ordinary people can never set foot on the such place. Queen of the North, Aurora Icon.png Aurora lives peacefully in this place until she was interfered by the arrival of Zhask Icon.png Zhask.

Martyr Hall

Martyr Hall situated in the center of Northern Vale. Iceland Golems, the ancestors of the Northern Valers, built this giant hall to worship the dead and rally. As the Iceland Golem extinguished, this hall was abandoned, until one day, the Northern Valers found this place and called it as the Great Martyr Shrine. They regarded this place as the link of their faith and where the souls ascend to heaven. This place is where Valkyries like Freya Icon.png Freya lives their life with their tasks to escort the souls of brave heroes who died in battle into Valhalla.

Ursula Magic Academy

Main Article: Ursula Academy of Magic

After Einwald separated the two energies inside Gord Icon.png Gord's body, he was filled with despair as he cannot use purest arcane magic after his body changed, but Einwald encouraged Gord to still continue magic studies and offered him a position in the Magic Academy. Gord accepted in hopes of finding a talented student to continue his unfinished research. Valir Icon.png Valir was once an apprentice of Gord and studied here for some time. Eudora Icon.png Eudora worked here as a professor of magic. Guinevere Icon.png Guinevere was once a top student of this Academy. Lylia Icon.png Lylia was known to be the naughtiest and most gifted student of all time. She is the reason why the Void Monsters startled and troubled the residents inside the Academy. It's because she was also misunderstood by others since she was a Black Wizard. The Magic Academy also seems to be in conflict with Eruditio about which faction is dominant.

Frozen Seas

Main Article: Frozen Seas

A continent of ice, snow, and large water area surrounding Northern Vale. Captain Bane Icon.png Bane roamed the seas on his ship, the Black Pearl, and the ever-victorious sea dwellers called him Lord of the Seven Seas.

Abysmal Sea

A place where the currents and high pressure were strong enough to tear up the sophisticated material Eruditio had created. There were many untrustworthy and indescribable creatures here including Atlas Icon.png Atlas.

Civilization

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The harsh environment has forged Northern Valer's adoration for martialism. They believe that dying on the battlefield is a supreme honor. Since childhood, every Northern Valer has been participating in all kinds of competitions, such as wrestling, weightlifting, and archery. All the competitions are for the same aim: to be the strongest warriors.

Once there is a conflict, Northern Valers like to solve through 1v1 duals. This kind of dual would be held based on complete fairness. Those in conflicts should defeat the component with courage and strength. The most venerable elders will be the witnesses. All the people, no matter whether they win or lose in the end, would honorably respect the results.

Northern Valers love feasts and drink. They would always get drunk during feasts. Apart from that, they love stories and poems and they would write their chronicles in this way. All the Northern Valers would tell the heroic stories of the bravest warriors to their children during the long and harsh winters.

Tribal Civilization

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Since the start of its civilization, the Northern Valers have been living in tribes on the vast Northern Vale, fighting for the place to live and the resources that support them. Therefore, war constantly breaks among those tribes. Only when one tribe destroys the other or the High Priest intervenes can the conflicts be stopped. At the start of the Glorious Era, the mighty Moniyan Empire imperial soldiers invaded the Northern Vale. Although the tribes in Northern Vale fought relentlessly, they were no peer to the well-organized imperial military. In the end, the Northern Vale was conquered by the Moniyan Empire and the Northern Valers deem it a huge humiliation.

The unyielding spirit and resistance of the Northern Valers have made the Moniyan Empire shudder. Therefore, they gave the Northern Valers a high degree of autonomy and recognized the authority of the tribal leaders within their tribes. However, even so, in the next several centuries, the resistance of Northern Valers against the Moniyan Empire has never stopped. At the beginning of the Changeable Era, the Tyrant Solinus IV was so cruel, so the tribal leaders of Northern Valers have cooperated with each other and revolted. In the end, they drove away the imperial soldiers garrisoned in the Northern Vale. After all these years, the Northern Valers finally taken back the right to rule themselves.

There are three classes in a typical Northern Valers' tribe: the leader, the warriors and ordinary civilians. Of course, only the leader and warriors are entitled to make decisions that will affect the whole tribe. When there is a huge event in a tribe, the leader will rally the members for discussion. In circumstances that the fate of the whole Northern Valers is concerned, the leader of the tribe will send invitations to all the other leaders and hold Grand Rally witnessed by the High Priest. Of course, the Grand Rally of the Northern Valers is always special because it's easy for them to quarrel with each other.

Legends of Northern Vale

Faith

In the Ancient times, Northern Vale was the home to Iceland Golems. The Iceland Golems once created a splendid civilization in Northern Vale. However, through the passage of time, they gradually vanished, leaving behind historical relics with their bloodline down to the Northern Valers.

According to the legends of Northern Valers, their ancestor, the Iceland Golems followed the Lord of Light away from the Land of dawn and went to the remote strange dimension, where they built the giant Sacred Palace to accommodate those who died in the battlefield.

To the Northern Valers, dying on the battlefield is a unique honor. They believe the souls of the heroes died in the battlefield would be reunited in the Sacred Palace built by the ancestors, where they could feast and wine. They would make merry and laughter from day to night. Cowards would be sentenced to the Frozen Hell, where they would suffer from endless coldness and never-ending piercing wind along with poisonous rain.

Also, the Northern Valers worship all the warriors who died in the battlefield.

Valkyrie

Among the Northern Valers, there is a unique group of people, who are called as Valkyries. They are led by the High Priest and inhabit the grand Martyr Hall. Only the bravest and the strongest female warriors of each tribe can be selected as Valkyries, and the best Valkyrie will be the High Priest.

According to Northern Valers' religion, the fate of all the Valkyries is to guide the souls who died on the battlefield to the Martyr Hall and help them to go to the Sacred Palace. As time goes by, the Valkyries have shoulders another important mission: protecting the peace in Northern Vale. Every time when someone is selected as a Valkyrie, it will be a huge honor for the Valkyrie's tribe and all the Northern Valers. However, becoming a Valkyrie means abandoning secular happiness as Valkyries cannot marry nor bear a baby - they need to devote their whole life to the Northern Valers.

Folk Customs: Ocean Dominator

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Bane Icon.png Bane's Ship

Due to the geographical reasons, the crops are extremely in shortage. However, the jewels and beasts' fur of the Northern Vale is extremely famous in the Land of Dawn. And that's how the sea trade of the Northern Valers becomes prosperous. Therefore, many Northern Valers become either fishermen or pirates. Obviously these two occupations are totally different. Those who choose to become fishermen can only drive their rugged fishing boats, either with their families or with their partners, to catch fish. Then, they sell them to the businessmen. Every day, the fish they can catch are so few and they can barely depend on them for a livingly. On the contrary, the pirates are there to plunder ships passing by to get brilliant profits. Meanwhile, those pirates hold enough will try to catch those giant and strong sea beasts, which can be sold for numerous money.

The pirates are usually well-organized. They act together and can go very far away with their giant ships. Besides plundering business ships, they will hunt for giant sea beasts, because the profits bring exceed far more than plundering business ships. However, high profits always go alongside huge danger. Those beasts are not only huge in the figure but very cruel. They can do every kind of horrible things.

Compared with ordinary fishermen, the ships of those pirates are so much bigger. The ships are tall, wide and heavy. Even in the most thunderous ocean, they can sail steadily. Moreover, the pirates installed giant horns at the front of the ships and put numerous cannons at the side to attack other ships.

Besides ships, the pirates of Northern Vale have developed various delicate instruments to hunt sea monsters. To those pirates, experienced and hard-working sailer skillful in using harpoon and diving make the perfect candidate for captain.

The time-honored culture stimulates the development of Northern Valers, who make a living by the side of the sea. Under such circumstances, famous navigators come into existence this way. They sail fearlessly in the board ocean and search for the broader world unknown.

Creatures in Northern Vale

Bears

Masha Icon.png Masha sees one of the bears got wounded after the raid.

As the aboriginal inhabitant in Northern Vale, strong and tall Bears are the aboriginal and were the best predators in this land. They were furious with a strong sense of territory. However, they will not attack people voluntarily. The Northern Valers also make peace with the bears and will never set foot on their borders nor their territory. For thousands of years, the bears and Northern Valers co-exist with each other harmoniously.

Wolves

Kupa Wolf (Companion of Popol Icon.png Popol)

Wolves are the most dangerous predators in the Northern Vale. They invade in groups, leaving no trace behind. They show no mercy to whatever they are after, either their prey or enemies. They have already attacked human for multiple times.

Fighters on the Stormy Sea

Main Article: Fighters on the Stormy Sea
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"War breaks out on the sea of Northern Vale again! On one side is the cruel and rapidly-rising pirate society of Bane Icon.png Bane, and the other the fearless tribal warriors led by Franco Icon.png Franco. But this time, the fragile balance between the two factions is broken by a mysterious figure with a powerful artifact."

Heroes

Related Heroes

  • Tigreal Icon.png Tigreal went here to escape from pressure back home and established a deep friendship with the tribes here.

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Trivia

  • Northern Vale was previously called Nost Gal (means off-life).
  • The region is mostly based on Scandinavia, a subregion in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural, and linguistic tie or even the Nordic Countries.
    • Due to the region mostly references to the Nordic Culture and Norse Mythology.
    • Two of the heroes in Northern Vale: Freya Icon.png Freya and Franco Icon.png Franco have Norse and Viking properties in their character and background.
    • According to Norse mythology, Hilda Icon.png Hilda is one of the Valkyries.
    • Masha Icon.png Masha also could be possibly based on the indigenous people of the Sápmi Region which is part of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, Which her accent and her connection of this region makes sense on this.
    • In Norse Mythology, Valhalla from Old Norse means hall of the slain.
    • Bane's monstrous form is based on a Kraken.
    • Aurora is possibly based on Skaði.
    • If connected, Grock Icon.png Grock's Starlight Skin Starlight Skin Tag.png - Iceland Golem is based on a Jötunn.
    • Kupa is possibly based on Fenrir.
  • Grock Icon.png Grock's Starlight Skin Starlight Skin Tag.png - Iceland Golem is related to Northern Vale because it was one of the ancestors in Northern Vale.
  • Northern Vale (in its name) is somehow similar with hero Vale Icon.png Vale, but he does not live here. He is in Agelta Drylands locations at Wind Fort & Fire Throat.
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