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Barbarian Reliquary Dice Set

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.   – Dyan Thomas

Barbarian Rage

Few things invoke fear in a foe like the unbridled rage of a charging barbarian. It may be stirred by a connection to the primal spirits of nature, the rumblings of the coming storm, or even just a deep well of wrath. It matters little when the Barbarian’s heavy great ax descends. 

Uncivilized Savages 

Barbarians historically are perceived to be uncivilized, primitive, or savage. Coming from the Greek barbaros, meaning one who does not speak Greek; the name Barbarian, was applied to any and all tribal cultures from Germany, to Scandinavia, and as far as Britain.  Though many of these tribes were far from the uncivilized brutes Rome made them out to be.  

Barbarians at the Table

If you can control their fiery rage, Barbarians make for one of the strongest melee classes in most RPG’s. Often depicted as illiterate but loveable oafs, these endearing characters become rage fueled killing machines when hard pressed in an encounter. Shrugging off massive damage that would leave other PC’s bleeding out and making death saves, these half nude warriors laying waste to fields of foes with their trademark great axes. 

The Finest Materials

These sets are crafted from wood as hearty as the tough and weathered Barbarian and colored to match the spilled blood of their enemies.  Bloodwood is an incredibly dense wood and, as such, makes a solid set of dice well worth rolling in the most deadly of encounters. We have engraved each one with our Norse Runic font and encased them in a finely crafted Cherry wood Reliquary gaming case.

Norse Runes

The second of our ancient numbering systems, Norse Runes, predates the Japanese use of Kanji; but their use has long since been abandoned. Runes were in active use from right around 150 AD to 1100 AD and span three different but related alphabets: Elder Futhark (around 150–800 AD), the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400–1100 AD), and the Younger Futhark (800–1100 AD). The Vikings sometimes used the Runic alphabet as shorthand numbers. Though typically numbers were spelled out. Researchers have found instances where the first letter of the number’s name is used as a place holder for the number. The means that the symbol  or feoh could mean wealth or the ordinal number one (first in the English language).  Using this system of shorthand numbers, we get these symbols standing in for their Viking numbers.

Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Viking fyrstr annarr þriði fjórði fimmti sétti sjaundi átti níundi tíundi
Rune
Number 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Viking ellifti tólfti þrettándi fjórtandi fimtándi sextándi sjautándi átjándi nítjándi tuttugandi
Rune
Many thanks to the Viking Answer Lady for posing a list of ordinal numbers in Old Norse.

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