The land of Norsca lies to the far north of the Empire across the stormy sea of Claws. This is a harsh land of snow and ice with mountains of Frost and Dusk that reaches unto the heavens themselves and march right down to the sea. The humans that live here are powerfully built, with large, well muscled frames and long limbs. The Norse are a bloodthirsty people whose society is based entirely around war and fighting. They make or produce very little in there inhospitable homeland and their attitude to take whatever they need from the lands of others. Many a time their dreaded longships have brought terror and destruction to the lands of man and other races. The Norse people live in marauder tribes or clans much like the Unberogens who were, centuries earlier, the founders of the Empire. It is for these reasons that the Norse tribes openly worship the dark gods of Chaos as their own.
All Norse warriors are trained in the art of war at a very young age and become skilled in the use of the sword, axe, and shield for theirs is a brutal society where only the strongest survive. Probably because of their well-founded fearsome reputation the Norsemen have few allegiances apart from to their clan and their ancestors and so make excellent mercenaries.
Despite their brutish behavior the Norse make superb natural sailors rivaling even the High Elves and it was indeed the Norse who were the first humans to discover Lustria and the South Lands. In their longships,the Norse sailed from the Old World to Lustria, establishing the first colony, Skeggi. The Norse plague the coast of Lustria raiding many coastal settlements but it is their desire for riches and saga that have driven them further inland to pillage the temples of the Slann.
All Norse Warriors are subject to the following special rules:
Seamen: The Norse are a sea faring people and spend much of their time rowing boats. To represent this, all Norse warriors get +2 to Strength when trying to row a boat.
A Norse Warband must include a minimum of three models. You have 500 gold crowns to recruit your initial Warband. The maximum number of warriors in the warband may never exceed 15.
Jarl: Each Norse Warband must have one Jarl to lead it- no more, no less
Berserker: your warband may include up to two berserker.
Wulfen: Your Warband may include up to one Wulfen
Marauders: Your Warband may include any number of Marauder.
Hunter: Your Warband may include up to five Hunters
Wolves: Your Warband may include up to five Wolves provided if includes a Wulfen in it.
A Jarl starts with 20 experience.
Berserkers starts with 11 experience.
Wulfen starts with 11 experience.
Bondsmen start with 0 experience.
Henchmen start with 0 experience.
Norse are human, albeit rather nasty and ferocious but human all the same and so will use the human maximum characteristics from page 121 of the Mordheim rulebook.
Norse Heroes with the Special skill list available to them may use these skill lists instead of the normal ones when they gain a new skill
Norse warriors begin training with shields when they are still children. Some warriors become so skilled with these weapons that they can block almost any blow against them. When this hero is armed with a shield he may parry with it in addition to getting a 6+ save.
The Norse are very skilled with weapons that many other races see as primitive and savage. When this hero is armed with an axe or double handed weapons, he may re-roll all failed to hit rolls when he charges.
Norse warriors train in almost all of their spare time. They are expert fighters and learn to put all of their strength into very powerful attacks. No enemy may parry an attack made by this hero because it strikes with such power that it pushes right threw a buckler or sword.
Only a hero with the leader skill may gain this skill. It allows models within 12" of him use his leadership, rather than the normal 6"
As Norse warriors strive to die bravely in battle, they learn to fear nothing and embrace hardship. This hero never needs to take all alone tests and may re-roll failed fear tests.
70 gold crowns to hire
The Jarl of a Norse Warband is the most battle-hardened veteran of his group and often a lesser clan chieftain of his tribe. He has seen many battles and is used to bloodshed. While some Jarls choose to command their forces with strategy, most just run into a fray with the rest of the warriors. However the Jarl decides to run his warband, all of the other warriors respect him and look up to him.
Weapons/Armour: A Jarl can be armed with weapons and armour chosen from the Heroes Equipment list.
Leader: Any models in the Warband within 6" of the Jarl may use his Leadership instead of their own.
50 gold crowns to hire
Berserkers are some of the most ferocious warriors in any Norse Warband. They have proven their worth over countless battles and have learned that deaths is nothing to be feared. They charge into battle without any regard for their own safety and are really quite demented.
Weapons/Armour: Berserkers can be armed with weapons chosen from the Heroes Equipment list but they may never wear armour.
Berserkers: Berserkers are subject to Frenzy as detailed in the Psychology section of the Mordheim rulebook.
90 gold crowns to hire
Wulfen are Berserkers with a very rare mutation. When there is a full moon, or when blood starts flowing on the battlefield, the mysterious and deadly Wulfen turn into blood hungry beasts, part man part wolf or bear. These creatures are know and greatly feared as werewolves to most Old Worlds. These monstrous beasts tear through flesh and armour with ease with there massive fangs as they rampage through the melee.
Weapons/Armour: A Wulfen is a ravening beast of teeth and claws and may never use weapons or armour although suffers no penalty for being unarmed
Fear: Wulfen are terrifying creatures to behold and causes fear.
Bestial: Wulfen are ravenous beasts and therefore immune to psychology. Also despite being greatly revered by their barbarian fellows Wulfen are too feral and uncontrolled to become the leader of the warband.
15 gold crowns to hire
These are young fighters who are still inexperienced and the are ‘bonded’ to the Jarl by the oath of servitude.
Weapons/Armour: A Bondsmen may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Heroes Equipment list
25 gold crowns to hire
Marauder are the standard warrior to any Norse Warband. They have had their share of bloodshed and have been trained since they were children. They are referred to as Marauder as they are pirates and raiders.
Weapons/Armour: Marauders can be armed with weapons and armour chosen from the Henchmen Equipment list.
25 gold crowns to hire
Hunters are the most skilled in hunting wild game in Norse society. They are experts with bows as well as all of the other weapons common to the Norse. They often follow champions on voyages to offer ranged attacks as well as additional hunting skills.
Weapons/Armour: Hunters can be armed with weapons and armour chosen from the Henchmen Equipment list.
15 gold crowns to hire
The harsh lands of Norsca are inhabit by a great many ferocious beasts: massive woolly mammoths, vicious polar bears and wolves far larger than those encountered elsewhere in the world. Norse hunters make use of these beasts when trained and they are formidable foes.
Weapons/Armour: Wolves don’t need and cannot use weapons.
Animals: Wolves are animals and thus do not gain experience.
Pack Leader: Wolves are feral pack animals that only respond to the strongest in their pack - the Wulfen. In the event that there are no Wulfen in the Warband due to death or injury the wolves cannot be used until he is replaced.