The Durþrólinn are an ancient race that have deep rooted origins within the Nordic Realms. They are Blood Diviners that have descended from within the roots of Yggdrasil. Within the tree, there are four deer in which eat from the branches. Duraþrór, “Thriving Slumber” and Dvalinn “The Unconscious One”, both ancestors to these sinister diviners. Many generations have changed them into a different entity entirely, dwelling within the dark shadows of the roots of Yggdrasil. Their realm shifts within those shadows, neither staying in one place or another.
Durþrólinn can be described as close to eight feet in height, towering over many humanoid races. They are bipedal, though they have a humanoid appearance that closely resemble an emaciated corpse. Many choose to use staffs or other weapons to walk with, keeping themselves cloaked in some form. Atop their heads are large antlers, which even the females carry at a smaller size, each decorated with bones and other forms of identification. They have long, angular faces of the cervid, with massive canines that belay their carnivore preferences. Long humanoid hands, with an extra joint in the fingers, curve to sharp nails at the ends. Most of the Durþrólinn have a red or brown color to them, although the purest albinism is considered for the birthright of a Shamanic position within the groups. For this purpose, almost all of the albinism occurs within the females, lending to the credence of the Nordic Völva or Völuspá.
Their history is a long one, once being two separate races. One worked with the Blood Magic and Divination, the other worked with more Shamanic practices and Dream Work. Many generations of working with another led to the races becoming intertwined and they become one, the Durþrólinn. Their nature is one that is sinister, having gone through the Millenia of wars between the realms as well as individual wars. Bloodshed is a part of their culture, in many ways not just sacrifice. Millenia ago, they hunted even humans during the height of them working with the Nordic pantheon. Human sacrifice and flesh eating was not uncommon. Although, with the changing of times, they do not partake as much except for in ritual cases. Many still carry the hunger and desire for the hunt.
Leaders of the Durþrólinn are chosen through combat. Most of the time the Durþrólinn prefer to not fight, instead keep to themselves beyond hunting. In times of conflict and war, some of the Durþrólinn choose to become Warriors in addition to their natures. Much like the Aesir and the Vanir, the Durþrólinn are incredibly long lived and some have been around through many of the realm wars. These Warriors are highly respected and chosen as the Leaders, or called Hart. While simple in name, the Hart is used in respect for their ancestral origins from the Great Four.