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Loki (pronounced “LOAK-ee") is the wily Trickster God of the Aesir. The Sky Traveler is a God of Fire and Mischief as well.

While treated as a nominal member of the Norse Pantheon, Loki occupies a highly ambivalent and ultimately solitary position amongst the Gods, Mythborns, and the other classes of legendary beings. His familial relations attest to this.

His father is the mythborn giant Fárbauti (“Cruel Striker”), and his mother was one of the Vanir killed by Ouranos during the First Titanomachy. Loki himself is exceedingly old, older than the rest of the Pantheon - and than most Gods - so old that even himself is not sure when he was born. Loki demonstrates a complete lack of concern for the well-being of his fellow Gods, a trait which could be discerned, in vague outline, merely by considering his offspring.

Loki is the father of Hel, the Goddess of the Grave (by the giantess Angrboða); Jormungand, the Great Serpent who will slay Thor during Ragnarok; and Fenrir, the Wolf who is Fatebound to bite off one of the hands of Tyr and kill Odin during Ragnarok – hardly a reputable brood, to say the least.
Loki often runs afoul not only of societal expectations, but also of what we today might call “the laws of nature.” In addition to the progeny listed above, Loki is also the mother – yes, the mother – of Sleipnir, Odin’s divine eight-legged horse, whom Loki gave birth to after shapeshifting into a mare and courting the stallion Svaðilfari.

Loki is a scheming coward who cares only for shallow pleasures and self-preservation. He’s by turns playful, malicious, and helpful, but he’s always irreverent and nihilistic. Traveling in disguise and sometimes even shapeshifting, he is capable of being on anyone's side — or no one's. He once sheared off Sif's hair as a practical joke, before tricking the dwarves into replacing it with hair of spun gold. Another one of his feat was when the giantess Skadi, arrived in Asgard demanding restitution for the slaying of her father by Loki. One of her demands was that the Gods make her laugh, something which only Loki was able to do. To accomplish this, he tied one end of a rope to the beard of a goat and the other end to his testicles. Both he and the goat squawked and squealed as one pulls one way and the other pulls the other way. Eventually he fell over in Skadi’s lap, and the giantess couldn’t help but laugh at such an absurd spectacle. Here, Loki once again came to the aid of the gods, but simply by being silly and outlandish and fixing his own mistakes, not by accomplishing any feat that the typical Aesir would have found to be particularly honorable.

Loki alternately helps both the Gods and the Titans, depending on which course of action is most pleasurable and advantageous to him at the time. During Ragnarok, when the Gods and Giants engage in their ultimate struggle, Loki is fated to join the battle on the side of the Titans. He and the God Heimdall will mortally wound each other.

Loki is perhaps best known for his malevolent role in The death of Baldur. After the death of the beloved God Baldur was prophesised, Baldur’s mother, Frigg, secured a promise from every living thing to not harm her son. Well, almost everything – no such oath was obtained from the mistletoe, which the Gods thought too small and safe a thing to harm Baldur. Upon discovering this omission, Loki carved a mistletoe spear, placed it in the hands of the blind god Hodr, and instructed him to throw it at Baldur. Hod, not knowing the origin of the weapon, complied, and Baldur was impaled and died. The God Hermod rode Sleipnir to Helheim and implored Hel to release Baldur, pointing out how beloved he is by all living things. Hel retorts that if this is so, then it shouldn’t be difficult to compel every being in the World to weep for Baldur, and, should this happen, the dead God would be released from the grave. Every living thing did indeed cry for Baldur’s return, with one sole exception: a frost-hearted Giantess named Tokk (Þökk, “Thanks”), who was Loki in disguise. However, due to the sacrifice of Nanna, Fate was changed and, by the striking of his foot by Thor, Loki cried and Baldur was saved… Until Ragnarok that is.

Loki is not evil per say (in the Christian sense of the term). While most Aesir Gods are held to the standards of honor and manliness exemplified by such figures as Tyr, Thor, or Freyr, for example, not everyone is necessarily held to these standards. Loki’s a model of one of the countless, and often opposing and contradictory, principles and meanings of which life consists. Odin, for example, shares many of Loki’s boundary-crossing, trickster-like attributes. However, the All-Father seeks a higher purpose than mere survival and profit, unlike the Trickster God. Loki disdain the concept of something being sacred : to him the Gods are not to be worshiped, but ignored, be overcome and even mocked. However, this rebellious attitude is not motivated by values of freedom or a wish to fight against the establishment : it is personal gain and pleasure that makes Loki move forward. Loki is particularly pleased by the image he has in the modern World (who wrongly depict him as a witty and smiling bad boy)… It allows him more wiggle room when he double-crosses.

When he visits the World, Loki's sharp figure can be found lurking in twisted clubs, fancy parties and backdoor poker games. He is the malicious joker but, unlike Anansi and Sun Wukong, his stories are not made to amuse or teach, but simply to make him laugh. When things go bad, suddenly, he is nowhere to be found. As professional poker player with a cheating tendency or a double-agent sowing dissent in both sides of a conflict for their personal gain, Loki and his rare Godborns are never in charge : they seem to do shady deal with everyone but escape unscathed and innocent when things go sour… most of the time. They are rarely trusted by other Godborns (after all, two children of Loki became very powerful and aggressive titan avatars) and seldom join a team of Godborns (as they have a tendency to backstab them or disappear when they are most needed). However, none can deny than, by creating enmities between the Titans, Loki's progeny have accomplished a lot… However, none can tell how much dissent they have spread on the God's side either…


Associated Powers


Fey Sorcery - Winter
Light - Brightness
Depths - Shadows
Night - Moon
Fey Sorcery - Summer
Prophecy
Epic Senses
Fire - Strife
Night - Obscurity

Associated Abilities


Manipulation
Stealth
Notice
Will
Technology
Rapport
Lore



Known Godborns