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Odin (pronounced “OH-din”; Old Norse Óðinn, Old English and Old Saxon Woden, Old High German Wuotan, Wotan, or Wodan, Proto-Germanic *Woðanaz, “Master of Ecstasy”) is one of the most complex and enigmatic Gods alive. He’s the chief of the Aesir, yet he often ventures far from their kingdom, Asgard, on long, solitary wanderings throughout the cosmos on purely self-interested quests.

He’s a relentless seeker after and giver of wisdom, but he has little regard for communal values such as justice, fairness, or respect for law and convention. He protects both rulers, and also of outcasts. He’s a War-God, but also a Poetry-God. He’s idealized by those in search of Prestige, Honor, and Nobility, yet he’s often cursed for being a fickle trickster.
In modern culture, Odin is often portrayed as being an eminently honorable ruler and battlefield commander, but he is nothing of the sort. In contrast to more straightforwardly noble war Gods such as Tyr or Thor, Odin is a charismatic ruler and a cunning wizard, not a fighter : he brings people to question themselves, make them grow and join his battle against Fate itself. In keeping with his associations with sovereignty, Odin doesn’t generally concern himself with average warriors, preferring instead to lavish his blessings only on those whom he deems to be worthy of them. Many of the greatest Germanic heroes have enjoyed Odin’s patronage, such as Starkaðr and the Volsung family.

Tyr is also a patron of rulers. However, the crucial difference between Tyr and Odin in this regard is that Tyr has much more to do with rule by law and justice, whereas Odin has much more to do with rule by magic and cunning. Tyr is the sober and virtuous ruler; Odin is the devious, inscrutable, and inspired ruler. Paradoxically, Odin is a helper of outlaws, those who had been banished from society for some especially heinous crime, as well. Like Odin, many such men were exceptionally strong-willed warrior-poets who were apathetic to established societal norms.

For Odin, any kind of limitation is something to be overcome by any means necessary, and his actions are carried out within the context of a relentless and ruthless quest for more wisdom, more knowledge, and more power, usually of a magical sort. One of the most striking attributes of his appearance is his single, piercing eye. His other eye socket is empty – the eye it once held was sacrificed for wisdom and increasing his Wyrdseeing powers. On another occasion, Odin “sacrificed himself to himself” by hanging on the world-tree Yggdrassil for nine days and nights, receiving no form of nourishment from his companions. At the end of this ordeal, he perceived the Runes. This constant struggle to grow has made him a master of many forms of magic, including forms of Spiritwalking, Runes as well as Wyrdseeing and Augury. He was the one to create the Berserker Enech to empower his Godborns. The All-Father particularly excels in the magical tradition known as Seidr, second only to Freya, as well as Invokation of Order.

Odin speaks only in poems and the ability to compose poetry is a gift he grants at his pleasure. He stole the mead of poetry, the primeval source of the ability to speak and write beautifully and persuasively, from the giants. Odin presides over Valhalla, the most prestigious of the dwelling-places of the dead. After every battle, Freya and her Valkyries (“choosers of the fallen”), comb the field and take their pick of half of the slain warriors to carry back to Valhalla. While there are several reasons Odin maintains this commerce with the dead, including his desire to learn what knowledge and wisdom they possess, the most significant reason is his dread-driven desire to have as many of the best warriors as possible on his side when he will face his death by the wolf Fenrir during Ragnarok – some say he has not accepted this Fate just yet.

Odin has in him a primal animating force that permeates all life. Or, to put it in Nietzschean terms, he has the "Will to Power" (German die Wille zur Macht) that dwells at the heart of the World, by which the cosmos eternally strives to overcome itself, to grow and to flourish and to sweep away stagnation. As such, he thrives to escape Ragnarok at all costs, ta save the Aesir from certain doom and to allow his quest for knowledge and understanding to continue for eternity. In Divine Geopolitics, the Aesir themselves are not as powerful as the Deva or the Theoi. With the combined forces of the Tuatha and the Bogi Lyudei in the Northern Concord, Odin rules alone over one of the strongest divine alliance…

Whatever their social stature, Odin's Godborns are distinguished by their intelligence, creativity, and competence in the proverbial “War of all against all.” Whether such people become kings or criminals is mostly a matter of luck. They are the highest ambassadors of óðr, the ultimate and unconditional life-affirming force, and their will is rarely denied. Their fathers inspires them to grow, not out of care, but because he hopes to use his progeny to change his Fate. Like an all-seeing chessmaster, he wants his pieces powerful and does not care sacrificing them if it means helping the Aesir as a whole in the long run.


Associated Powers


Mythcalling
Mystery
Prophecy
Tai Yi - Nature
Fey Sorcery - Winter
Chwal - Puppeteer
Epic Beauty
Depths - Abyss
Light - Brightness

Associated Abilities


Will
Presence
Manipulation
Athletics
Rapport
Notice
Resources




Known Godborns





Spoilers

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