Bjorn Icebay

Mercenary folk-hero

Description:
Bio:

Originally from an extended family of fisherman in Angmark, Bjorn Icebay made his way to the Freelands seeking a new, less salty life for his wife and young son. He ended up joining the Brightstone League as a mercenary militiaman, and his family moved into the Brightstone Keep settlement. Bjorn was not a particularly honorable or brave man (quite the opposite), but when he died during an ill-fated scouting foray his compatriots toasted him as if he were a great hero, a mercenary’s mercenary.

The other mercenaries composed a ballad in Bjorn’s honor. The catchy tune spread throughout the western end of the Freelands, and has eclipsed the real story of Bjorn. Almost no one knows the name Bjorn Icebay, but many now know of Bjorn, the Hero of Brightstone. The Ode of Bjorn (and its variations) has become a favorite tavern song among sell-swords, telling the tale of an everyman mercenary caught between greed, bravery, and an incompetent commanding officer.

The Ode of Bjorn

Bjorn! The man they call Bjorn!

He fought for the rich and attacked the poor,
He stood up with the Dwarf and it got him what for.
Our love for him now, you’re best not to scorn,
The hero of Brightstone, the man they call Bjorn!

Our Bjorn saw the valley was taken
He heard the mothers’ laments
He saw that bandits were taking
Every scield and leaving five cents.
So he said, “You can’t do that to my people”
“You can’t wear them with fatigue”
Bjorn strapped on his hat
And in five seconds flat
Struck out to fight orcs with the League.

He fought for the rich and attacked the poor,
He stood up with the Dwarf and it got him what for.
Our love for him now, you’re best not to scorn,
The hero of Brightstone, the man they call Bjorn!

Now here is what separates heroes
From common mercenaries like you and I.
The man they call Bjorn
He took out his horn
When he saw that griffin in the sky.
It dropped and fell on his body
It knocked him off of the ledge
And that man they call Bjorn,
A name not to scorn,
The hero we all loved is dead!

He fought for the rich and attacked the poor,
He stood up with the Dwarf and it got him what for.
Our love for him now, you’re best not to scorn,
The hero of Brightstone, the man they call Bjorn!

Bjorn Icebay

Hellfrost piraticaltaoism piraticaltaoism