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#141

Edgy has fallen victim to RAPEAXE


#142

Yeah, but he liked it.

What a degenerate.


#143

I think your RAPEAXE may be set on "pleasure." They usually are at first.

Tech support says we will need to do a hard rest of the devices to properly configure them.


#144

I assume you meant a HARD reset? What will that entail?


#145

If I did, I'm sure I didn't like it.


#146


I'm pretty sure it was you who liked it, my sweet BlueGirl~


#147

Just wait till my RAPEAXE!!!!!!!!!!!!! is reconfigured. Then we'll see how much you like it.

And good luck with your planned invasion of Canada after I'm done with you.

:stuck_out_tongue:


#148

Examining a real Viking ship:


#149

"Even though the grave had been plundered before its excavation, research has revealed remains of burial gifts, parts of a ski, the skeleton of a horse and remnants of his weapons including a sword handle."

THAT'S how I want to fucking journey to the afterlife! Seriously!


#150

We are put on the Earth to amuse the gods, if they find amusement in us we will find their favor in Asagard.

If we die in battle with a sword in our hand, we get to enter Valhalla, and fight during the day, and drink ale and cavort with the ladies at night.

that sounds like the heaven that I want to go to~


#151

Valhalla Rising is coming on IFC in 5 minutes.


#152

The following have ruined my childhood:

1) Hollywood remakes
2) Iron Dwarf


#153


Epic battles, but battles were to be fought for plunder, since the Vikings were only around to gain baubles.

this was by no means a disciplined army, there was a warlord and those who fought with him. Alliances changed frequently based on who could provide the most chances for plunder.

Once confronted with a disciplined military, the Vikings were no longer a large scale threat, and were reduced to just small scale rape and plunder.


#154

Truth hurts?

lol


#155

Eh, they did pretty well against the English. What really stopped them was getting fat and happy and interbreeding.


#156

Do you mean that miscegenation made them weak?


#157

I don't know that the Norse and English are different races. I'm just saying they got settled and intermixed with the English blurring the lines.

And I'm not saying it made them weak, it just made them absorbed into the collective english society. Many started adopting Christianity and such.

Ironically enough it was really the Norse invaders that unified england. There may not have been an England without them.

Also in terms of them fighting a unified army, it isn't necessarily that they couldn't, it's more that they didn't. They went after low hanging fruit. Why battle a big organized army, when you can sail a little ways and take plunder easier?

They were in it for profit, and there isn't much profit fighting armies.


#158

True, True, True, and True -

Crazy shit to think about, no?


#159

Intawestin'.


#160

Cool Viking Facts

The word "Viking" was originally a verb, describing the action of seafaring, and so applies only to Scandinavians who were seafarers, not necessarily all Scandinavians.

The ancient Vikings navigated by depending on the instincts of birds. They took on board several ravens, releasing them one at a time as they sailed westward. If the raven flew back along the course from which it had come, the Viking ships continued due west. But when a raven flew a different way, the ships would change course, following its flight path in search of new lands.

Due to Iceland's geographical isolation from mainland Europe, no humans ever set foot on Iceland until mediaeval times. The first humans to arrive on Iceland were Irish explorers, who arrived no later than the year 795. They established a colony, but it didn't last. By the time the Vikings arrived eighty years later and established a permanent settlement, only a few hermits remained.

In the ninth century, Vikings (known as Varangians in the East) were raiding Constantinople, at the mouth of the Black Sea. These expeditions were launched from Kiev via the Dnieper River.
St. Edmund the Martyr (841?869), King of East Anglia, met his death at the hands of the Vikings, either by undergoing the blood eagle rite (having his ribs pried open to expose the still-breathing lungs) or by being whipped, shot through with an enormous number of arrows, and having his head cut off.

Dublin was founded by Viking raiders in the ninth century.

In a single raid on Britain around the year 1000, the Vikings used a fleet of eighty "dragon ships", each carrying 100 soldiers.

To encourage his fellow Norsemen to go to a large, snow- and ice-covered island that he discovered in 982 A.D., Eric the Red named it Greenland. In a few years, twenty-five ships filled with eager settlers sailed for the island.

The Vikings founded a settlement in North America almost 500 years before Columbus "discovered" the New World. In the year 1000, Leif Ericson, son of Eric the Red, sailed from Greenland on an epic westward voyage that took him past "Helluland" (probably Baffin Island) and "Markland" (probably Labrador) to a land called "Vinland" (modern-day Newfoundland). The Vikings later founded a colony on Vinland, near the modern-day fishing village of L'anse-aux-Meadows. However, the Vikings soon discovered that the lands were already inhabited by "Skraelings" (probably Inuit), who were often hostile. After a few years, the first European colony in the New World was abandoned and the colonists sailed home.

The replica Viking houses at L'anse-aux-Meadows settlement, with their stone foundations and turfed roofs, are significantly more permanent than the original buildings built there, and have already been in use longer than the original buildings were in use.

Around the year 1000, the world's largest slave market was in Dublin, run by Vikings.

When Viking Leader Harald Hardrada invaded England in 1066, he quickly defeated the northern militia near York and waited for the big showdown with King Harold II who was on the south coast anticipating a Norman invasion. Not expecting the English troops for days, Hardrada and his men camped on meadows on both sides of the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge and, as it was a nice day, many removed their armour and indulged in some sunbathing. They didn't even rouse themselves when they saw approaching soldiers, presuming them to be a detachment of Vikings. By the time they realised it was the English army, it was too late. The Vikings were overwhelmed and Hardrada was killed.

Vikings were used as guards by some Byzantine emperors.

The Icelandic language is remarkably similar to Old Norse. Icelandic schoolchildren have no difficulties reading the Eddas and the sagas, the great epics written in Old Norse.

Russia was essentially founded as a by-product of slave raids by Vikings travelling between Scandinavia and the Byzantine Empire in the ninth century.

Viking ships were steered by rudders on the right side, which the Vikings called styrbord, Old Norse for "steer side", from which the English word "starboard" comes. The Vikings docked their ships on the left side, which they called the ladebord, the "loading side". This eventually became the English "larboard", which sounded so much like "starboard" that it caused problems. Eventually, the British Admiralty ordered that the left side be known as the "port" side.

The Vikings established a colony on the southwestern coast of Greenland that lasted around four centuries, from 982 to nearly 1400. The colonists routinely sailed to North America to get wood, as there were no trees on Greenland, long before Columbus "discovered" America. In the late 1300s, the Black Death ravaged the colony, Eskimos attacked, and the climate grew colder, and the colonists finally either died out or left.

The worst possible death for a Viking chief was to die peacefully in bed.

Only one Viking helmet has ever been found, in a Viking grave in south Norway. It did not have horns.

At Viking victory celebrations, they drank draughts of their enemies' blood out of drinking vessels fashioned from human skulls. The toast "Skol!" may be derived from this custom.

In Iceland, the Vikings developed a code of laws, a version of a Parliament, and a court that had the power to pass judgement and legislate laws.

The world's oldest parliament is in Iceland, which first met in the year 930 when Viking chieftains met, outdoors, to argue their differences.

The kingdom that the Vikings founded on the Isle of Man lasted until the early fifteenth century, when the island voluntarily submitted to King Henry IV of England.

The Bluetooth technology is named after a tenth-century king of Denmark and Norway, Harald Bluetooth. Harald was known for uniting various warring tribes in Denmark and Norway, as the technology is intended to unite various other technologies.

The Vikings had a god of snowshoes, named Ull.

On November 8, 1898, Olof Ohmann found a slab of rock weighing 202 pounds entwined in the roots of a 40-year-old poplar while clearing a field in Kensington, Minnesota. While controversy exists about the authenticity of the stone, it appears to contain a runic text, written in authentic 14th-century Swedish, describing an expedition of Gotlanders and Norseman to this part of North America.

A Viking longboat would require around 80 oak trees to build.
Viking graves have turned up artifacts from as far away as North America and India, demonstrating the extent of their trading networks.