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Head of state: Queen Freya

Freya (in local language: Frøya ['frœja]) is the first and current Queen of the Blood Realm.

Freya I of Blodrike
Frøya I. av Blodrike


Born

BR –145 (AD 880)

Age

1139

Race

vampire

Sex

female

Orientation

homosexual

Marital status

single

Partner

many

Children

0


Predecessor

unknown

In office

BR 0 (AD 1025, 14 years ago)

Term length

no limit

Political party

none

Religion

Norse polytheist

Alma mater

none

Previous position

none

Military service

none


Biography

A long time ago, the many peoples of the north lived in harmony. Humans, vampires, elves, trolls—it was a peace that lasted for hundreds of years.

But it all came crashing down. An exotic new cult, whose followers called themselves "Christians", had firmly planted itself in the heart of Scandinavia. Since the 8th century, the Christians had been trying to make inroads into Viking lands, but their attempts had been largely fruitless. However, things were different this time. In the year AD 995, LinkOlaf Tryggvason ascended to power. Like the Roman emperor Constantine 600 years before him, Olav was the first Christian king of his nation. Now that their cult enjoyed the state's blessing, the Christians began to show their true colors.

Relations between the different races went sour. The Christians believed that they, humans, were the "chosen people" of their deity, and all others were abominations created by the devil. They turned the human population against the non-humans—the vampires took the brunt of the abuse because they were seen as savage and subhuman for their lifestyles. Emboldened by their beliefs and the complicit king, the Christians took pleasure in taunting and beating any vampires they encountered. The victims acting out of survival instinct would bite and lash back, but their tormentors would retaliate with more beatings, as well as torture and execution. It is estimated that 1000–3000 vampires were killed in the genocide.

Frøya was one of the survivors. When the Christians stormed into her house, she narrowly escaped being killed by hiding in a large pot. The rest of her family weren't so lucky—they were violently stabbed and bludgeoned to death by the so-called "bringers of goodness". With nobody to feed or take care of her, she was left to her own devices and forced to fend for herself. But over the course of many moons, she became very skilled at hunting and gathering, and could capture almost any prey—including dragons, which would normally send others running.

In 1025, Frøya did something really daring: she assembled a party of about 80 people who were also fleeing Christian persecution. Taking several ships, they set off from Scandinavia's shores in search of a place to call their own. They landed on a rainy uninhabited island and moved in. Upon stepping off her ship, Frøya saw a bright rainbow appear in front of her and knew it was a sign. Word of this discovery made it back to the mainland, and settlers flocked to the island, where they were met with open arms as long as they were not Christians. By the next century, nearly all of Scandinavia's remaining vampires had left their homeland to settle the new land.

With universal support of the people, Frøya became the new queen and named her nation Blodrike (Blood Realm). The spot where she landed is now the vibrant port city Regnbuehavn, named for the rainbow she saw. Ruling with a fair and gentle hand, Queen Frøya is admired by her subjects as a hero and protector. Her fearless courage has inspired similar movements elsewhere, including the famous LinkUnderground Railroad nearly 700 years later.


Ideology and views

FOR: bodily freedom, homosexuality, polyamory, private property, economic freedom, right to bear arms, death penalty, isolationism

AGAINST: Abrahamic religions, social conservatism, asceticism, morality laws, marriage, prohibition, chauvinism/machismo, indoctrination, forced labor, communism, collectivism, rights for criminals, globalization, international law, oil


Personal life

*WIP*


Did you know?

  • She's ridiculously terrible with numbers, so much that she struggles at basic counting and arithmetic.

  • The queen is open about her homosexuality and romantic life. She's dated over 30 women in total, including her foreign minister and chief scientist.

  • She still has occasional flashbacks of the horrors she suffered at the hands of the Christians. It's best not to bring up this topic or even mention the Christian god's name when around her.

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