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Thor: God of thunder, lighting, storms & strength

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September 25th, 2013

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Character Name: Thor

Pantheon: Norse

Parentage: Odin and Jord

Patronage: Thunder, lightning, storms, strength, the protection of mankind, and oak trees.  You heard me, oak trees.

Residence: Thor's traditional home is the hall Bilskirnir, in Thrudheimr, a plain in Asgard.  Though none of the Norse halls could be considered dainty, Bilskirnir does a fine job of proving that in the extreme.  There are 540 rooms in the hall, and in recent years he's taken to remodeling some of them into theme rooms for his own amusement.  His current favorites are the Jungle Room, the Igloo room, the Jaws room (complete with half a shark coming out of the wall), and the Under The Sea room (which is where he's been sleeping since putting in the salt-water tank that takes up an entire wall).  The common areas, like the halls, dining rooms, dens, and such are full of dark woods with silver engraved with ruins and artwork.  He prefers things that feel soft, so there are a number of furs, but here an equal number of velvet pillows and throws.  There may even be a few satin coverlets in some of the bedrooms.  Anybody that would tease him for those choices is quickly acquainted with his formidable temper, followed by a demonstration of why velvet is awesome.

Personality:  Thor is generally a very genial person and quite likes the company of others.  He may be a bit loud and boisterous, but for the most part, his heart is in the right place and he holds little ill will towards those that have not wronged him.  Unfortunately, he can take mild slights very personally, and his temper can get blown out of proportion very easily.  It wasn't always this way, but has been for so long now that most don't recall what he was like before the brain injury that prompted such mood swings.  When he stops to think about that, it makes Thor rather depressed.  And he feels a good deal of guilt after the fact, but during his rages, he really has no impulse control at all.

Because he does carry so much guilt for his actions, however uncontrollable, Thor does his best to be helpful and cheerful the rest of the time in an attempt to make up for it.  Sometimes that cheerfulness can be forced, if his mind chooses to dwell on all he's done wrong, but most of the time he can compartmentalize that while he's up and out and doing things.  It makes it easier to deal with the day when he doesn't have to think too hard.  But at night, alone, when he's still, the remorse can start to eat at his spirit.  Thor doesn't sleep much at all, when he even bothers to stop and try.  Usually he doesn't, he simply keeps going until exhaustion forces him to sleep.

Which can take quite a bit of time because his endurance is as legendary as his strength, and the belt Megingjord, which doubles his strength seems to have a similar affect on other aspects of his physicality.  Consequently, Thor gets quite a bit done when his "day" can stretch a week or longer.  The big, bluff, hearty god does his best during his wakefulness to help those that are none of those things, knowing that mankind often needs a helping hand.  Though he has to admit, that most of the time, he helps a very specific group of humanity.

At one point, his father had said: “Odin’s are the nobles who fall in battle, but Thor’s are the thralls.”  This did not offend Thor in the slightest.  In fact, it made him rather proud.  After all, there were far less nobles and royals, and far more of the laborers and farmers and everyday folk who made comfortable life possible for the nobility.  Which meant that not only did he work harder than his father, he worked to help those that needed an extra hand because they weren't given all those blessings of wealth and privilege and education.

To a certain extent, that last was part of the reason that Thor was drawn to those of the "lower" class.  He wasn't exactly the brightest bulb in the string, and he knew it.  He couldn't keep up with the likes of Loki or Odin in a battle of wits, so he didn't try, and he still takes that attitude.  He's not as stupid as many think him to be, but clever is not a title that was ever ascribed to him so he's not even going to try to change that.  He'll just be the big guy that smashes things, and he's fine with that.  He just does his best to smash the right things.

Because he understands how devastating it is to lose something important in your life because of the selfish actions of another.  Family is incredibly important to Thor.  Despite the fact that he butts heads with his father, he still loves him very much, along with his mother.  It took him some time to forgive Frigg for what she'd done to that relationship, but his love for her was strong as well and he did let it pass eventually.  He adores his half brothers, all of them, and would go to the mat for any of them.  But what breaks his heart, to this day, is that he's still in love with Sif.  And he still misses the Loki that was his best friend.  So when one of his tempers does the sort of damage to someone else that Loki did to him, taking away something precious and irreplaceable, Thor spends days in a funk of depression and regret.

But he doesn't stay in that state as long as he used to, and that is almost solely because of what he still has that is most  precious and irreplaceable to him: his children.  As much as Thor loves his family, he loves his children a thousandfold more.  In fact, he may be a bit smothering and overbearing as a father, though he tries not to be, because he adores his children so very much and can't bear the thought of anything happening to any of them.  Magni and Modi, he doesn't worry about quite as much; they've proven how tough they are and Thor couldn't be prouder.  He'd like it if they were a little less like him, and a little more like their mother Járnsaxa.  She isn't as irresponsible and reckless as Thor sometimes is with his own safety: something Thor sees in his sons, whether it's actually present or not.  Ullr might not be his by blood, but he always thought of the boy as just as much his as Magni and Modi were.  His pride in Ullr's accomplishments was not diminished at all simply because he was a step-son.  And Thrud; Thor simply wants to wrap her up in cotton batting and keep her safe and secure and away from any and all dangers.  Especially the male sort.  He knows what they're like far too well.  Thor absolutely dotes on and spoils his children.  In his eyes, they can do no wrong.

History: As far as Thor is concerned, his childhood was very typical: a lot of adventures and getting dirty and into trouble.  It was such fun, he saw no reason to stop doing those things.  He grew older, but he continued to have adventures, get dirty and into trouble.  The difference was that he could get himself out of whatever trouble he caused, and usually he was trying to help somebody in the process.  Just because he had a duty to do, he didn't feel that meant he had to be so damn serious all the time.  Thor had a great enjoyment for life, and saw no reason not to share that.  That didn't change, even after his "accident."

But prior to that, Thor was a loving, giving, generous god, who may have had a bit of a wild side, but was generally good-hearted.  He had a couple of sons that were his whole world, followed by the addition of a daughter that became the center of his universe after he married the most beautiful goddess ever created.  He had a grand time getting into and out of trouble with Loki.  He'd even managed to rescue two bright young people from a life of drudgery, though it was a bit of bluster that helped him remove Thjalfi and Röskva from their parents.  He wouldn't have punished the children, even though Thjalfi lamed his goat; it was obvious the boy only sucked the marrow out of the thigh bone because they were near to starving.  So he yelled and looked fierce, and the parents had quickly handed over their progeny, which only proved to Thor that he'd done the right thing.  Who gave up their children?  He even took Thjalfi with him occasionally on their adventures.

Then came the day that changed Thor.  He'd gotten into bit of a tussle with Hrungnir, a stone giant with a penchant for getting drunk and issuing challenges.  Thor was more than able to defeat him, but in the process, Hrungnir bashed him in the head with his ax made of whetstone and parts of it broke off inside Thor's skull, then had the discourtesy of falling on top of him when he died.  This drove the bits of stone even deeper into his brain, and it took days for him to get out from under the rubble.  Actually, it was his brilliant boy Magni that lifted the damn stone giant off of him.  In order to get the fragments out, a seeress named Groa was called.   Which was a happy coincidence, because Thor had known her husband.  He was more than happy to tell her how they'd been acquainted, and just how Aurvandil's frozen toes had been tossed into the sky to become stars.  Groa, who had obviously never heard the story before, stopped chanting to listen... and then couldn't remember the incantation again to finish what she'd been doing.  Which left Thor with bits of whetstone embedded in his brain.

After that, though he still loved to laugh and have fun, he seemed prone to sudden unreasonable fits of anger.  Small things would irritate him far more than they should.  But sometimes, he would hold his temper in the face of deliberate taunting, and think that he'd beaten the problem.  Only to have it resurface again at another time, over some small slight.  Occasionally, he'd manage to keep his calm, but it would make the next rage that much worse when it happened.  Whenever his frustration flared, it was always explosive, and usually out of proportion.  And he frequently, nearly always, felt horribly guilty afterward, recognizing that his anger had been misplaced, but unable to prevent the outbursts.  The only ones that seemed completely safe from these fits were his children and his wife.  It upset him, and he grew a bit bitter over the loss of control.

He hid that bitterness as well as he could, though, and to most, besides the occasional burst of temper, his personality seemed primarily unchanged.  And his thirst for adventure was unabated despite the incident.  He still loved to travel, mostly with Loki.  Perhaps it was Loki's sense of humor or ability to think on his feet, but Thor felt safest going with the fire giant as it was a rare thing for him to lash out at the Trickster.  Though Thor distrusted most jotun, Loki was different.  Loki was one of them, part of Asgard, and even Odin treated him as a brother.  Besides, it was never, ever boring when he and Loki spent time together.  Thor considered him his best friend.

Which was why he was so utterly crushed  when he found out that Loki had slept with his wife.  Loki, his best friend.  And Sif, the woman he adored with all his heart.  The two people he loved most in the world besides his children, and they have betrayed him.  With each other.  Thor was so deeply hurt that he couldn't even be angry.  He was too devastated at that point.  All he could manage was to threaten Loki until he shut up, but it was too late.  The words had already been spoken, the damage already done, and nothing would ever be the same again.
After that, Thor's rages became sharper, his temper showed more frequently and he laughed less.  it was this prevailing mood, coupled with the deep sense of betrayal, that was present when Loki was caught and punished.  Thor had a direct hand in it, and he made no protest when Loki and Sigyn's sons were brought forward.  All he felt that day was satisfaction in Loki's suffering.

Later, though, the guilt nearly ate him alive.  Whatever Loki deserved, the boys had not earned that punishment.  If it had been his own children, if it had been Magni and Modi, it would have killed Thor; his body might have continued to function, but his soul would have been dead.  And he did that, not only to Loki who deserved some suffering for all he'd done, but to Sigyn.  And to the boys.  He'd hurt the boys.  A great depression overwhelmed him then and for many years after, there was not much jolly about Thor.

It took centuries before Thor could do more than his duties, and perfunctorily help humanity.  In those dark days, it was only his children that kept him from quitting altogether.  Truthfully, he was not much fun to be around during that time, and he's more grateful than he knows how to express for his sons and daughter.  But slowly, his natural enthusiasm for life reasserted itself.  By then, much of his former lifestyle was gone, his best friend bound to a rock and his wife... Well, at least he still had his children.  And he could relearn the enjoyment he once had.

Having adventures had soured somewhat for Thor, until he realized that maybe he could do more good with his actions than helping a person here or a couple of people there.  He could really make a difference for people if he applied himself.  For some reason that idea really helped him feel better.  Which was how he came to do missions to places that were ravaged by war or oppressed by some dickhole calling himself a general or supreme leader.  It gave him somewhere to expend his boundless energy and kept him from being dragged down by constant regret.
He needs that distraction.  When left to his own devices, he really prefers to find something to do with his hands especially.  If he can keep busy, he doesn't have to think; if he doesn't have to think, he doesn't have to feel.  It has gotten to the point that if he doesn't keep his hands busy, the thoughts start crowding into his head, and he starts getting fidgety.  Consequently, he learned origami.  He had been folding and unfolding things anyway, so he decided why not make them into pretty things while he was at it.  Thor likes to give them away as gifts.

And yes, he's read the comics and seen the movies.  He finds them hysterical.

Miscellaneous: Thor possesses a bunch of nifty things!  Obviously, he's got Mjölnir, his  mountain-leveling hammer, which always returns to his grasp.  But he's also got a belt Megingjörd, which doubles his strength; the iron gloves Járngreipr, which help him use Mjölnir; and he owns the staff Grídarvölr.  He's also got a pair of goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.  They pull his chariot, and when he's got a case of the munchies, he'll cook at eat them, but only the meat.  In the morning, he puts their bones in the skins, wave his hammer over them, and they're reborn.  They don't seem to mind the process, and Thor's always careful to kill them as quickly and humanely as possible since he has no idea if they remember it the next day, but just in case he doesn't want there to be any hard feelings.  And though he doesn't own them, he does have a pair of servants, Thjalfi and Röskva, a brother and sister respectively.
Plot: LOKI! LOKI! LOKI!  Also Freyja, Odin, Frigg, and he's really, really eager to meet a lot of other gods.  He's a friendly guy.  Really.  Just duck if he starts growling.

References: http://www.pantheon.org/articles/t/thor.html
http://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/thor/
http://thenorsegods.com/thor/
http://www.timelessmyths.com/norse/aesir.html#Thor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

Played-By: Adam Copeland

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