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Althingi Opening Ceremony

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Althingi Opening Ceremony

Annual Session of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age


* In the Althingi Hall the Members of the Althing have assembled at the edge of the Floor of the Law Council Chamber. They are awaiting the arrival of the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia who is to open the Annual Session of the Althing of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age by performing the Althingi Opening Ceremony. The mood among the Members of the Althing is upbeat for they are very content about the what was achieved in last year's Annual Session of the Althing in which diligently and wisely many, many issues were tackled and solved and the Members of the Althing are very much looking forward to the upcoming 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 Opening Ceremony, are made of ebony and ivory and covered with precious soft materials.

The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then enters the Law Council Chamber and graciously walks towards the Floor in the center of the Law Council Chamber, followed by two Stormarkgythias who are carrying a golden rope. All three of them are dressed in magnificent white gold-embroided ceremonial robes made of the finest wool and linen available. Solemnly, graciously and joyfully at the same time the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then walks the Sacred Perimeter. The two Stormarkgythias follow the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia, marking out the Sacred Perimeter with the golden rope.

Once the Sacred Perimeter within the center of the Law Council Chamber has been fully cordoned off with the golden rope by the two Stormarkgythias, save for a small entrance, the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia moves to the center of the Sacred Perimeter. The Stormarkgythias then leave the Law Council Chamber, returning shortly with the Harrow and placing it in the center of the Sacred Perimeter. The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then raises her arms and commences with chanting aloud. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:
"Come, People of the Lands of the Longships Throne! Come to the Althing of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire, to debate and to make decisions for Our Most Glorious Viking Nation!"

* The Members of the Althing then solemnly but eagerly enter the Sacred Perimeter. Once all Members of the Althing are within the Sacred Perimeter, the Stormarkgythias close the rope perimeter. *

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 us, all those who are remembered, I greet you and bid you welcome. Ancestors, share your wisdom with us, and be with us when we attend the Althing. Hail the Ancestors!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail the Ancestors!"

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Landvaettir, Husvaettir, wights of this place, I welcome you. Those who are seen, and those who are unseen; all those who live in the Althingi Hall, I ask you to join us and share this Sacred Perimeter with us. Please protect all what we hold dear, and be with us when we attend the Althing.

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

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:
"Behold the Hammer's fiery dance!
It streaks across the evening skies
Majestically as the Goats prance
Before the chariot Thor drives."

"Mjolnir's blow makes thunderous cries
As its strike does righteously tear
Through another thurse who denies
The Hammer's strength when brought to bear."

"The girdle the Thunderer wears
Gives Him the power forever
To toss the Hammer far and near."

"The Hammer is fast and clever;
It shall always out-wit its foes
And force them into their last throes."


All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia raises the Hammer of Thor from the Harrow and faces north, tracing the shape of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:"Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then faces east, tracing the shape of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:"Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then faces south, tracing the shape of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:"Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then faces west, tracing the shape of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:"Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then moves to the center, tracing the shape of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia:"Mighty Thor, hallow this ground!"

All of the Assembled: "Hail Thor!"

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 open the Annual Session of the Althing of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age. With wisdom has the Althing during past sessions 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 ask you to grace us with the calm and the wisdom to make decisions without sowing discord among us! We do hereby open this session of the Althing, the Annual Session of the Althing of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age."

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

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia then runs the Hammer of Thor over the blot-bolli, tracing the pattern of the hammer. *

Lady Principal Stormarkgythia: "Mighty Thor, hallow this libation."

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

* The Lady Principal Stormarkgythia sprinkles the libation on the Harrow, using the sprig of oak. The Members of the Althing file past the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia, each one being sprinkled with the libation. Then, each Member of the Althing is given a share of the libation. After each Member of the Althing has taken a drink, the remainders are poured into the blot-bolli. The Stormarksgothi pours the mead from the blot-bolli onto the ground, to share the libation with the wights.

The Members of the Althing then solemnly take their seats and the Lady Principal Stormarkgythia departs the Law Council Chamber, her assistants bringing the Harrow. *

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* Emperor Harald rises from his seat. *

 

Fellow Members of the Althing,

 

I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself, on the occasion of the opening of the Annual Session of the Althing of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age, of congratulating you all on the present favorable state of the affairs of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire. The previous Annual Session of the Althing has been a very good one in which diligently and wisely tackled and solved many, many issues.

 

I wish you all a great Annual Session of the Althing of the Nineth Year of the Second Viking Age in which we all may continue to work for the betterment of Our Most Sovereign and Noble Viking Empire.

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