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Vali (pronounced like the English word “valley”; from Old Norse Váli) is the Aesir God of Debate and Duel. He’s the son of Odin and the Vanir Giantess Rindr.

When the God Baldur was killed, Odin was angered at Hodr, who mistakenly killed him with an arrow of mistletoe (fashioned by Loki), the only thing able to hurt the loved God of the Sun. The All-Father sired Vali for the sole purpose of avenging his son as his death meant the beginning of Ragnarok. Vali performed this feat when he was only one day old. He grew into a full adult in a day and, seizing his weapons, confronted the much older and powerful Hodr.

Before confronting him, Vali made his case, explaining and detailing to all the reasons behind this duel. Although Hodr was blind and his murder was accidental (and orchestrated by another), the responsibility was still his. By following the wicked words of another, he had doomed the Aesir and had to pay for such a crime. Right then Vali demonstrated, despite his very young age, a great gift for both intellectual and physical duels. The only one to did not know Baldur, his judgement was not clouded by grief and his purpose was clear : to make things right. The fight between the two Gods lasted seven days, shaking the Halls of Valhalla. However, when the dust settled, Vali had emerged victorious.

Vali is a great warrior and debater. He follows the path of the unsafe, independent thinker, exposing his ideas to the dangers of controversy. He speaks his mind and fears less the label of 'crack-pot' than the stigma of conformity. An odd juxtaposition arises with him, as he is uncompromisingly honest, but will argue tirelessly for something he does not actually believe in, stepping into another's shoes to argue a truth from another perspective. In the Aesir, he is a progressist with a very positive influence on the pantheon, making it able to maintain a form a youth and energy despite their fated doom. Vali is fated to survive Ragnarok, just like his half-brother Vidar. However, unlike him, the God of Debate actively mingles with other Gods, including from other pantheons, in order to ask questions and challenge. This can be a great help with more open-minded Gods and has generated good diplomatic ties with beings like Hermes, Legba or Chasqua.
He has had a few friction with more "rigid" gods, like Horus or Amaterasu and his talents of duelist have helped him survive a few heated encounters.

When he visits the World, Vali uses his powers of persuasion to make people question themselves. As a personal coach, a consultant for international companies, a psychologist, a criminal prosecutor or a fencing teacher, Vali's intelligence, curiosity and sound reasoning skills are a force to be reckoned with. Him and his progeny will always be able to find just the right argument, the weakest chink in their opponent's armor, or the way out of a seemingly hopeless situation (even if sometimes, their sharp tongue can bring them trouble). Their fearsome debate skills and impressive knowledge allow Vali's Godborn to overcome many challenges.

Associated Powers

Epic Strength
Epic Toughness
Order - Control
Sky - Destruction
Sky - Tempest
Order - Gravity
Epic Presence

Associated Abilities