|Æsa - household skills
Æsa has been traveling with us for a while hunting for a good husband. She finally found one -- (Rig) and promptly sent him along with us so that he would make enough money to buy her more supplies.
|Astrid - looking cute
Astrid, Gudrunsdottir (or Grimboldsdottir depending on what she has been doing lately) joined the crew very recently. Aside from regularly becoming the focus of a lot of attention, she hasn't yet shown signs of many serious skills although Grimbold appears to have plans for her as a carver.
|Auðr - spinning
Auðr Oddsdottir is Þora's impoverished cousin from Hedeby. She helps with the household work in return for a roof over her head and food. Auðr and her husband had a falling out when he decided to start trading toward Byzantium. He wanted Auðr and the two children to move in with his parents while he was away, but Auðr couldn't face the thought of living with her mother-in-law, so she was forced to leave the children behind in Hedeby and move in with Þora and Grimmr. She hopes to make herself so useful that Þora will agree to let her bring the children to Yorvik.
Although she and Þora get along very well, Auðr likes to spend time grumbling about her lot in life. She is constantly bothering Grimmr for new spinning and weaving tools, or plotting yet another fish dish for Þora, who believes all meat should once have had hooves or feathers.
|Bera - cooking, textiles
Bera is Ketill's wife. They joined the crew in Dubhlin and really miss the city life with all its luxuries. She tends to be the "chief wife" along on the trips and works hard to keep the other wives under control, co-opting people as necessary to make sure things are done. She's often seen working around the fire either on foods or various textiles.
|Grimbold - carving, iron smelting
Grimbold and his wife Gudrun joined the crew a while ago (from the home countries). They've lately added their dottir Astrid to the crowd and of course bring their þrall Kadja along to care for the youngster and whatever else needs doing. Grimbold tends to spend his time carving antler and bone but doesn't limit himself to making just little things from those materials.
|Gudrun - textiles, household skills
Gudrun and her husband Grimbold joined the crew a while ago (from the home countries) Gudrun is a quiet woman with a healing way who weaves. She's lately added their dottir Astrid to the crowd.
|Jorunn - textiles
Jorunn travels with her husband Þorgeir and baby Snorri.
|Kaðlín áburðarkona - Ambatt, Weaving
Kaðlín was a small town girl living on the shores of Scotland in the mid 800s when Vikings raided the nearby church and stole some of the young womenfolk away. She was promptly renamed by her Viking captor, Ragnarr, who says he couldn't pronounce "that pig grunt language the Scots use" anyway. She now lives with Ragnarr in Iceland as his ambatt. Kaðlín seems to have adjusted well to her life as an ambatt but retains a fondness for the plaids of her homeland.
|Kadja eldsfullr - Þrall, Cooking
Kadja joins the crew whenever Grimbold decides to bring her along. He picked her up on a voyage down the rivers of the Rus. She was traded north after her father sold her. She was almost gambled away by Grimbold one night while playing games but he paid off his debt and her future is much more certain - maybe not happier but certain.
|Ketill ellimóðr Einarsson - Blacksmith
Ketill, like many young Norse men from Norway, went 'a viking', and was involved in the battles in Ireland. He was fascinated with the work of the weapons smiths, and learned how to work iron, spending more and more time in the forge - and less and less on the battlefield. In his middle age, he decided to settle near Dubhlin with his wife Bera, spending his hard earned silver on a small farmstead. He now balances his work as a blacksmith with seasonal trading voyages to Jorvick and Birka.
|Kjarval - carving, bronze casting, iron smelting
Kjarval and his wife Unn joined the crew a while ago. Kjarval is many kinds of a carver and is often off making things with Grimbold.
|Ragnarr Þorbergsson - games, navigation,
trade goods, beads, generalist
Ragnarr started viking with many of his Danish friends. As the years passed and he started slowing down he began to spend more time on trading than raiding. Now he splits his time at his home in Iceland and travelling to trade. He's usually found sitting near a pile of trade goods whiling away the time by gaming and gambling, or carving (usually soapstone to keep his nice soft viking hands in good shape). He is often attended by his ambatt Kaðlín. Some say he is too lenient with her but he seems untroubled by this (maybe he's just gotten used to her).
|Rig - music, pewter casting
Rig, fortunate enough to miss the boat on its first ill fated voyage, is a skald and a caster in pewter. He accompanies the crew (as many artisans do) working off the cost of the transport of him and his goods. With luck he may even someday catch up with his wife Æsa who is wandering the North Atlantic looking for him.
|Snorri - looking cute
Snorri is now our newest crew member. Its a silly name for a dottir but it makes Jorunn and Þorgeir happy.
|Þora Þorbjornsdottir - soapstone
Þora Þorbjornsdottir was brought up on a farm near Otley, west of Jorvik. She has joined the traders in order to support her ailing husband and her cousin who always seems to want something else. She has even augmented her husband's business by making soapstone lamps and trinkets to sell. Like most good farm girls, she has a healthy suspicion regarding all things to do with the sea -- especially with the idea that food could possibly come from it. Even so, she's pulled up roots, and now travels on the much-mistrusted water. She sometimes even eats fish. Aside from hitting defenceless stones, Þora organises and manages anything else she thinks needs doing.
|Þorgeir - woodwork
Þorgeir travels with his wife Jorunn and their child Snorri.
|Þorgrimr - carving
Þorgrimr Gunnarson is a carver who works in bone, antler, ivory, jet, amber, wood, and stone.
|Unn hinn rauðr - pottery, cooking, textiles
Unn hinn rauðr and her husband Kjarval joined the crew a while ago. She tends to be active around the kitchen.