Vidar Odinson May 5, 2015 2:47:54 GMT
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NAME: Vidar Odinson
ALIAS: Vidar the Silent, Vidar the Redeemer, Vidar the Vengeful.
OCCUPATION: God of Vengeance. Also associated with Silence, Redemption and the Hunt.
MEMBER GROUP: Asgardian.
POWERS AND ABILITIES: Vidar possesses the standard suite of Asgardian abilities, from increased stamina, durability, reflexes, speed, and longevity. Where strength is concerned, Vidar is tremendously strong, and is second only to Thor in terms of raw, physical strength.
He also has some abilities associated with his divine purviews. Being God of the Hunt, he has animal communication. Opposite of his brother Baldr, Vidar is especially gifted at speaking to animals on Midgard and Jotunheim, and finds animals on Asgard more difficult to communicate with. Additionally, though he is good with all animals, mammalian life forms are particularly endeared to him. This is particularly evident in his friendship with Darkmoon, who is close to a familiar.
Being the God of Silence, Vidar can also remove all sound, or selective sounds within a certain radius of him.
And as God of Redemption/Vengeance, Vidar can also innately tell if someone truly regrets their actions, and on what scale, which he uses when passing judgment against them.
Lastly, are his magic boots.
The boots have several properties to them. One is that his feet are perfectly invulnerable while wearing them (a necessity given that he'll step on Fenris' jaw in the future). Two, is that they constrain his proportions to Asgardian rather than giant size. Three, is that they allow him to walk upon any surface, including intangible ones. This essentially means he can walk across snow without breaking the crust, trudge through sand dunes, walk across water, or even walk through the air. And finally, they enhance his speed significantly, should he break into a full run.
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Wild: Vidar is the God of the Hunt as well as the God of Silence, and both take root deep in his personality. Having little love of language, Vidar speaks very rarely. So rarely that he is said to have spoken only a hundred times outside of matters of Vengeance, making him average an instance of speech once every nine years. With that being said, most manifestations of his thoughts and feelings come through in his body language. Even his face is unusually stoic except where joy or anger are concerned, the rest of the time his features are practically made of stone. This makes him difficult to read, and oddly animal-like.
But his similarities to an animal don't stop there. Those that have attempted to read his mind find his patterns of thought eerily similar to how an animal might think. Rather than thinking in language, he instead thinks in imagery and emotions. It can still be deciphered, but it is certainly alien to how a typical human, or even Asgardian would think.
Uncultured: Even by Asgardian standards, Vidar speaks strangely. He doesn't really fit in where he belongs, let alone Midgard. He understands Midgard given his dealings there, but he adheres even less to expectations on earth. He will be polite, in what he perceives to be polite, but he refuses to fundamentally change himself in order to abide by someone. Given that he doesn't talk very much (if at all), he can come across as superior and rude. Those that don't assume him to be stuck-up usually assume that he is foreign and slow... perhaps even mentally debilitated.
This is not the truth. Vidar is intelligent, but he is intelligent in a way that most people would not understand. He doesn't read, because he finds it to be a waste of time. Why read about doing something or being somewhere when you can actually do it, or be somewhere? Why learn through reading when you can learn through experience, which is the best teacher of all? As such, his knowledge concerning academia is scattered at best, and mostly comes through his observations and experiences on Midgard.
God of Vengeance: Vidar is the God of Vengeance, which is not to be confused with Justice. Justice implies upholding the spirit of the law, and treating criminals in a similar, albeit somewhat varied fashion depending on the severity of the crime. Vengeance does not imply what is right, but simply what is fair, and there is a massive difference between the two. Vidar is extraordinarily fair, to the point of sometimes being accused of being disloyal. Depending on your interpretation, this is true, as he is loyal first to what is fair, and secondly to his family.
Vengeance means that Vidar rarely advocates mercy, except in a few circumstances, where his handle "the Redeemer" comes into play. What vengeance expects is biblical in its principal "an eye for an eye". If a man were to kill another man's child, Vidar would not advocate the man faces life in prison. Instead he would say the fair thing to do would be to kill the man, and award one of the man's children to the father of his victim. A rapist would deserve to be castrated, beaten, and made to embark on the walk of shame. His fairness will not waiver, not for friends nor for family. If his brother were to kill a man in cold blood, Vidar would petition his brother be slain.
It is for this that Vidar has quite a reputation amongst his fellow Asgardians. Some view him admirably, but most given him a wide berth. Even his immediate family has difficulty being close to him.
God of Redemption: Though Vidar would ordinarily petition that a debt be paid in full, and all that entails, his divine abilities have granted him insight into the heart of a criminal. If the criminal truly regrets their course of action, Vidar will know, and advocate leniency for them once. And only once. Repeated offenders for the same crime will meet their ends. But a man who murdered in the flurry of the moment and truly regretted it would be met mercy. No matter how heinous the crime was, if it was their first instance, and they feel genuine remorse, Vidar will proffer them a second chance.
This too has been met with some controversy. The assailant in a grizzly murder has been let go several times throughout history because of Vidar's insight. Some people view his ability to give others the chance to redeem themselves, regardless of their crime as being soft. Or worse, unfair given his usually severe response to most crime.
Vidar was the product of an extramarital affair between Odin Allfather and Grid, the Storm Giantess. The affair came only a few years after the birth of Odin and Frigga's son, Baldr. In spite of this, Vidar found acceptance from Frigga, and was granted the ability to visit Asgard freely, even as propriety dictated he be raised on Jotunheim with his mother.
The first few years of his life passed with some oddity. The first of which was noted was Vidar's tremendous growth. Though his brother Thor was also half-giant, it seemed his mother's height bypassed him. This was not the case with Vidar, who grew. And grew. And continued to grow. By 3, he was four and a half feet, a full eighteen inches larger than the average 3 year old. By 6, he was nearly six feet tall. As he was still visiting Asgard and playing with his smaller older brother, Odin considered his considerable height unacceptable. Speaking with Grid, he asked the Storm Giantess to make use of her considerable crafting abilities, and fashion her son something that would constrain his sizable proportions while is Asgard. With some work, she created him a pair of boots that would fit his feet no matter how large he grew or shrank to be. The boots were tough, had a few magical properties to their name, and helpfully kept him at six two in height, even as his natural form grew to eventually reach ten feet tall.
Of course, getting the child to wear the things was damn near impossible. At Asgard he'd have to be forced into the boots, reprimanded, guilt tripped and bribed in order to wear them. Wearing them was, and still is uncomfortable. Tantamount to wearing a full-body corset.
But his considerable size was only the most outwardly noticeable thing about him. As Vidar grew, Grid and Odin shared concerned. At first, they thought nothing of him speaking. Then, by 2, he'd said nothing at all, not even his first word. By the time he was 5, it was suspected that he would never speak, and that he was mute, or impaired in some fashion. His constant silence and usually very good behavior (except where eating and wearing his boots were concerned) meant that he was frequently overlooked on Asgard in favor of the other boys. Thor and Loki were usually causing a ruckus, and Baldr followed after Loki most of the time. Frigga and Grid both doted upon the boy. Grid because she was his mother, and he her only child, and Frigga because it was within Frigga's nature to nurture the overshadowed.
Though Baldr was more attentive to Loki, he and Vidar were still quite close. Baldr was certainly Vidar's favorite brother, and the closest to him in age. And perhaps more importantly, Vidar did not care for the thundering about of his older brothers. The sneaking, goading of Loki and the domineering pride of Thor. And Tyr? Tyr was barely a factor. This made Baldr a natural. And it was his closeness with Baldr that prompted him to speak for the first time. Caught in the crossfire of a ruckus, Vidar warned Baldr to "move" before he was bludgeoned. Baldr did not, but he did remember Vidar saying the one word, and went to tell the rest of the Asgardians. None of whom believed him and were firm in their stance that Vidar was, in fact, mute.
So much time passed that even Baldr began to doubt that he heard Vidar speak. Several years later, he spoke again, this time whilst the family was gathered to hear. A long bout of silence followed soon after, with most too stunned to believe what they heard. Odin was the first to speak, and asked Vidar to repeat himself as his voice had mostly been drowned out by the others--but he refused. Something that they would eventually learn was true of him. He would never repeat himself, so there was no point in asking him to. Nor was there any point in asking for clarification.
Unlike many of his Asgardian fellows, Vidar was not content to remain in Asgard, or even Jotunheim where he was raised. All of the nine realms held appeal for him, and he took to venturing. Wanting to familiarize himself with all of the wonders of all of the realms meant that he was gone for years, sometimes decades at a time. Eventually his exploration took him to a secluded realm lying halfway between Asgard and Nornheim, a realm of Brushwood and High Grass and wild, abundant nature. Brushwood became his home away from homes, and the realm he most predominantly trekked.
As paths existed between Midgard and Brushwood, Vidar ventured into the world of man. What he saw was not pleasing where crime and violence were concerned. He took action, and indeed, many of the more draconian laws in pockets of Medieval Europe were greatly influenced by him, either directly or indirectly.
His penchant for Justice, or rather, Vengeance, was eventually notice by Odin, who used him as a consultant where criminals were concerned. Indeed, Vidar seemed very in tune with the criminal mind, and seemed to take remorse into account when considering what punishments best fit the guilty. Though Odin did not always go by his son's suggestion (as matters of Vengeance were one of the few times Vidar might say anything, and his suggestions were frequently severe), Vidar became synonymous with corporal punishment. It earned him a rather nasty reputation amongst certain circles, and many Asgardians were content to give the man a wide berth.
This reputation furthered when Loki's murder of Sigyn's intended came to light. Despite being the man's brother, Vidar petitioned Odin for the death penalty on behalf of his crimes and deceptions. Odin disregarded Vidar's advice, and Vidar grudgingly bowed out in acknowledgment of propriety.
After that, though, his presence in Asgard became virtually nonexistent. Jotunheim, Midgard and Brushwood became the realms of his choosing. He frequently went five or more decades between sightings, only returning to Asgard when Odin had need of him in dire situations or matters of Justice. His returns were usually greeted warmly by Frigga, Baldr and Hogunn, whom Vidar found a kindred spirit in. But Hogunn was not the only of the Warriors Three that Vidar was close to. Sif was observant of the laws of silence whenever the two hunted together, endearing her to him.
When the usurpation of Asgard happened, Vidar was in Brushwood. Loki (wisely) chose not to call Vidar in, so he remained unaware of the events until the bifrost was repaired and he was summoned at a later date.