GTM – 13th Warrior

One of the greatest lines from the movie, the 13th Warrior, is this solemn recitation, first spoken at the funeral of the old leader and then as a statement of unity between Ahmed and the Northmen at the end.

“ ‘Lo, there do I see my father. ‘Lo, there do I see…” – Buliwyf
My mother, and my sisters, and my brothers. – Herger the Joyous
‘Lo, there do I see… – Buliwyf
The line of my people… – Herger the Joyous
Back to the beginning. – Edgtho the Silent
‘Lo, they do call to me. – Weath the Musician
They bid me take my place among them. – Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
In the halls of Valhalla… – Buliwyf
Where the brave… – Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
May live… – Herger the Joyous
…forever. – Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
'Lo, there do I see my father. 'Lo, there do I see... - Buliwyf
My mother, and my sisters, and my brothers. - Herger the Joyous
'Lo, there do I see... - Buliwyf
The line of my people... - Herger the Joyous
Back to the beginning. - Edgtho the Silent
'Lo, they do call to me. - Weath the Musician
They bid me take my place among them. - Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
In the halls of Valhalla... - Buliwyf
Where the brave... - Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan
May live... – Herger the Joyous
...forever. - Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan

Great stuff for any campaign.  Great words.

The naming of the Northmen was also interesting.  A single name followed by a descriptor.  If your players are struggling to get a good role-playing handle on their character, find one descriptor.  It may not be true of them all the time, but it is an expectation they can play with, a nickname bestowed upon them and marking them as one of the group.  I think it would a good technique to help unify a party of PCs.

The Northmen

  • Buliwyf (Leader)
  • Herger the Joyous
  • Edgtho the Silent
  • Roneth
  • Ragnar the Dour
  • Helfdane the Fat
  • Rethel the Archer
  • Haltaf the Boy
  • Halga the Wise
  • Skeld the Superstitious
  • Weath the Musician
  • Hyglak the Quarrelsome

In terms of game systems to use with 13th Warrior, I’ve been told that Hellfrost with the Savage Worlds Rules System would be an ideal choice, though I’ve not explored it myself.