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Althingi Closure Ceremony

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Althingi Closure Ceremony

Annual Session of the Eighth Year of the Second Viking Age


* In the Law Council Chamber of the Althingi Hall the Members of the Althing have assembled and taken their seats. They are awaiting the arrival of the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia who is to close the Annual Session of the Althing of the Eighth Year of the Second Viking Age by performing the Althingi Closure Ceremony. The mood among the Members of the Althing is upbeat for they are very content about the what was achieved in the past Annual Session of the Althing in which diligently and wisely many, many issues were tackled and solved and the Members of the Althing are already looking forward to the next Annual Session of the Althing.

The Althingi Hall was according to the Old Tale, the Saga of Stormark's Creation, built by Tyr himself and it indeed very much shows. It is located on the Thingvellir a huge plain just outside the City of Haraldsborg which belongs to the Sacred Lands of Stormark. The Althingi Hall consists of several buildings, each one of them magnificent in its own right.

The Law Council Chamber is a huge breathtakingly beautiful hall, awesome and comforting at the same time. Its floor is covered with a thick, green and soft carpet made of the finest wool available and its walls and ceiling are highly ornamented with woodcarvings and precious materials such gold and gems. The seats surrounding the Sacred Perimeter within the center of the Law Council Chamber, where the the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia will perform the Althingi Closure Ceremony, are made of ebony and ivory and covered with precious soft materials.

The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then enters the Law Council Chamber, followed by two Stormarkgythias. All three of them are dressed in magnificent white gold-embroided ceremonial robes made of the finest wool and linen available. The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia and the two Stormarkgythias walk to the Sacred Perimeter within the center of the Law Council Chamber which is cordoned off with a golden rope. One of the Stormarkgythias opens the rope perimeter to let the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia, the other Stormarkgythia and herself into the Sacred Perimeter; As soon as all are in, she re-closes the rope perimeter. The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia followed by the two Stormarkgythias then moves to the center of the Sacred Perimeter. She then raises her arms and commences with chanting aloud. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:
"Hail the blest Gods! See the rainbow of Asgard,
Bifrost, the bridge to the Aesir's abode!
Hail to the far-seeing watcher and guardian,
Faithful defender of radiant road.
Hail to you, Heimdall, our elder and ancestor!
Hymns we will sing to the High Ones and you.
Come, let us call to the Megin once more,
Rig, tell the Regin their folk still is true."

"Say, shall we give now in grateful devotion
Praise to the gods, and offerings divine:
Bread from the cornfield and fish from the ocean,
Mead from the beehive and gold from the mine?
All our lives shall be one dedication,
All our efforts to them shall belong.
Dear to the gods is the soul's adoration,
Near to their hearts are our prayers and song."


All of the Assembled: "Hail the Aesir! Hail the Vanir! Hail the gods!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Honored ones, those who have come before, all those who are remembered, I thank you. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, and thank you for attending the Althing. Hail the Ancestors!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail the Ancestors!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Landvaettir, Husvaettir, wights of this place, I thank you. I thank you for sharing this Sacred Perimeter with us, and I thank you for extending your protection to all that we hold dear. Thank you for being here to attend on the Althing. Hail the Landvaettir! Hail the Husvaettir!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail the Landvaettir! Hail the Husvaettir!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:
"Lord Tyr, we honour you.
Law god, whole abide.
Thing god, strong king.
You fed the wolf, when others would not.
You took his troth, when tied was he.
Your hand took the wolf, when you bound the outlaw.
So one handed god, they call you.
Tiw you are a symbol, you hold troth well.
With the princess, when you travel.
Over night's mists, never do you mislead.
Victory symbol to many, loyal leader on paths.
Those whom right hold dear, our hand call on.
For truth, for law, and for what's dear.
For great deeds, and mighty words.
The people praise your hall, and praise your name.
Victory lord, truth father.
One handed god, law god.
Deem good our deeds, and our legislators."


All of the Assembled: "Hail Tyr!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Lord Tyr, god of the Thing! We are here to close the Annual Session of the Althing of the Eighth Year of the Second Viking Age. With wisdom has the Althing during the past session debated and decided matters of import, and has worked as ever for the betterment of the Lands of the Longships Throne. "

All of the Assembled: "Hail Tyr!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Lord Tyr, Dispenser of Law and Justice! We thank you for gracing us with the calm and the wisdom to make decisions and avoiding discord! We do hereby close this session of the Althing, the Annual Session of the Althing of the Eighth Year of the Second Viking Age."

All of the Assembled: "Hail the Law! Hail the Althing! Hail Tyr!".

* The Members of the Althing rise and leave the Law Council Chamber. The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia walks the Sacred Perimeter, making the sign of Thor's Hammer. The Stormarkgythias follow her, taking down the rope surrounding the Sacred Perimeter. *

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