Nordlings, also called Northmen or simply Northerners by the Imperials, are the Men who live in the wild and untamed expanses of Northrim, above Achaea. They are known as hardy folk and fearsome warriors.
Nordlings have fair skin; blond, brown, or red hair; and, generally, blue or green eyes. Darker complexions are rare. They are among the tallest races of men, and most have strength and hardiness to match.
Unlike the Achaeans to their south, the civilizations of Nordlings are divided into various tribes, kingdoms, and clans, each with their own unique cultures. Achaeans view Northmen as barbaric and savage, but this is a sweeping generalization. Although some tribes are indeed savage and uncivilized, numerous Nordling clans are highly developed and prosperous civilizations. The Bjornings are among the foremost of these, with the Frost Ravens providing a prime example of the opposite. The Wulfings are known for their powerful shamans and connections to the spirit realm. Generally speaking, Nordlings have a warlike culture, but their ties of brotherhood are often strong, and many of them abide by a code of honor that extends hospitality to all guests in need.
A proud and warlike people, the Nordlings worship the Aesir and the Vanir. Most Nordlings worship the Aesir, with prime deities including Odin, Thor, and many others. They believe in the glory of battle, seeking to die in combat in order to join their gods in Valhalla and prepare for Ragnarok, the end of the world as men know it. In order to stave off Ragnarok, the most zealous Nordlings devote themselves to fighting against the Chaos Races to weaken the armies of Surtur and help prevent, or at least delay, the end of the world.