Lore Special: The Somstrynd Clans
When the Northern kingdoms fell in the War of Calamities, many groups disintegrated in the ensuing chaos. However, especially in Lamniemalos, some groups held together. One such group was a coalition of clans that would form what would be called the Somstrynd, the “Concord of Kin,” a pact that bound the four clans - Beran, Hafecas, Wulfas, and Holnas - into a unified power. The Somstrynd Clans then took and rebuilt the fortresses in the western mountains of Lamniemalos, giving them great influence in the regions surrounding them. To this day, they are one of the most feared powers in the North.
In the cold northern reaches of the Somstrynd territory, the great warriors of Clan Beran have established themselves in the fortress of Mórsael, their strength and hardiness reflecting the bears for which their clan is named. Clan Beran are renowned for their sheer strength in battle, wielding their great bardiches in battle with great skill. They are also known for their vast mines, many worked by slaves and prisoners garnered through war, raids, and conquest.
Clan Hafecas, whose seat of power is at Fort Heábold, is home to some of the deadliest archers in the North. They hold sway mainly in the southern regions of the Somstrynd’s holdings in Lamniemalos and are known to be a more reasonable clan than the others. Like the hawk, they can strike swiftly and are at home in the craggy heights they inhabit. Clan Hafecas was the last to join the Somstrynd and was the most hesitant. This reticence combined with their oft questioning of the common practices of the northern clans has led to them being distrusted by many within the Somstrynd.
Taking after the wolves that appear on their banners, Clan Wulfas’ warriors are known as being cunning and deadly hunters, stealthy and yet brutally effective in combat. Unlike the other clans, Clan Wulfas has a heavy emphasis on subterfuge: sabotage, assassination, and espionage are all standard fare in their war tactics. In the rise of Thenodar, Clan Wulfas lost their stronghold of Faestan and were forced to set up their headquarters in Clan Beran’s second fortress, Fort Ísmúr. As such, Clan Wulfas is the most aggressive towards Thenodar and often attempts raids in Thenodar’s northern lands. If there is to be war between Thenodar and the Somstrynd, it is likely to begin with Clan Wulfas.
Clan Holnas, whose stronghold is Holenburg, is the chief clan of the Somstrynd and is also an oddity among its brethren: while the clans Beran, Hafecas, and Wulfas are all originally northern peoples, Holnas was originally a more southern clan. As such, Clan Holnas is more “civilized” in the conventional sense, bringing over both military and social structures from the more urbanized areas in the south of Lamniemalos. Their knights go unmounted very often, wielding great claymores or deadly hammers, and their armor is forged by the Somstrynd’s finest smiths. They often go into battle adorned with holly, an ancient symbol of spiritual warriors. However, these heroic visuals belie their true nature, for Clan Holnas rule their lands with an iron grip.