In writing Horn of the Kraken I wanted to explore the miscommunication of cultures. Much has been made of the Viking raids over the centuries, but few know that those raids came in response to the Christian practice of padding the bill in all business dealings for non-Christians. To an honest Norseman this practice was viewed as an insult to his honour inviting retribution in the form of a raid. Thus a practice that the intruding culture viewed as an act of devotion was viewed by the existent culture as a grave insult. Things like this happen when ever two cultures meet. We tend to forget this in our media saturated world. Back in the day you couldn’t jut Google and see that the other guy didn’t mean it the way you’re taking it.
On the other hand, I also wanted to touch on the fact that the crusader’s supposed virtue was more a result of the winners writing the history than any actual fact. The crusaders in our real world were far more about controlling the trade routes for profit than any concerns of faith. Fighting men are and always have been fighting men. War brings out the worst in people. Even the schism I hint at between Hakon’s royal guards and the crusaders is mirrored in the rivalry between the various branches of today’s militaries.
Horn of the Kraken is a new novel from the keyboard of Stephen B. Pearl. It is set in the universe of the Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok Role Playing Game and will be crowd sourced for its production expenses at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/horn-of-the-kraken/x/10328491
During the sword age of Ragnarok, a group of unlikely heroes must steal the Horn of the Kraken from Hakon, the bastard pretender to the throne of Norveig, who is using it to force kraken to sink the ships of Jarl Eric Bloodaxe, in a bid to win the war between them and destroy the Norse way of life towards enslaving all the peoples of Midgard.
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