Lore Ipsum: Lay of Thrym

Hello! Today’s card will turn your creature into a bride.

As always, this myth was recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill, which i highly recommend you watch before you proceed to the card. I won’t be covering the whole myth in detail, only the aspects my card drew from, and she tells it far better than i ever could. Let’s get started!

 

Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, went missing one morning. After sleuthing around for a while, Loki discovered that Thrym, king of the frost giants, was responsible for the theft. Thrym refused to return the hidden hammer unless Freya agreed to become his bride. Loki and Thor presented this plan to Freya and quickly regretted that decision, as she became furious and stormed off, breaking her necklace and probably much of the surroundings in the process. The gods had a gathering and eventually came up with a better plan: they would dress up Thor in a wedding gown, give him Freya’s necklace, and pass him off as the goddess. Agreeing that nothing could possibly go wrong, Thor and Loki — dressed as a bridesmaid, because why not — returned to Jotunheim to hold the ceremony.

As the wedding feast began, Thor, being Thor, promptly ate an entire ox and drank the majority of the ale in the hall. Thrym was shocked. “My, what an appetite you have!” To which Loki promptly intervened, “Freya was so excited to be your bride that she fasted for eight days.” Touched by this response, Thrym moved closer to kiss his bride, but was greeted by a furious stare piercing through the veil. “My, what angry eyes you have!” “Freya was so excited about the wedding that she didn’t sleep for eight days”, Loki proclaimed. Pleased and convinced, Thrym clapped his hands and had Mjolnir brought and placed on the bride’s lap, as was customary. Thor grinned, grabbed the hammer, cast away his veil, probably uttered a witty catchphrase like “Hammer time!”, and proceeded to beat up Thrym and the rest of the giants.

Lay of Thrym

I first considered making this an equipment, specifically Freya’s necklace, but that would enable shenanigans and cause templating issues i’m not sure could even work. While an aura makes less sense, it does the job: your creature will be disguised as another until it’s looked at up close (and Loki isn’t there to make a clever save).

Until next time!

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