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New World of Darkness:Shadows of IceLand

New World of Darkness:Shadows of IceLand

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This was White Wolf Publishing's April Fool's joke for 2008. However, so many people liked it that we're keeping it available for future customers. Enjoy!
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Chapter Three:Isolated in the Ice
Chapter Three: Isolated in the Ice
Iceland is a land o extremes. From the vast glacial expanses o the interiortundra, to the pools o mineral water and hot springs rom the volcanic lakesand baths; rom the urban environs o Reykjavik, to the secluded armlands;rom the ertile shing waters surrounding the island’s peninsula, to the deso-late stretches o rock, crag and shard; rom the seemingly everlasting darknesso winter, to the midnight sun in mid-summer. The island’s inhabitants knowand recognize the limits, paradoxes and boundaries innate to their homeland.Living on this island is not easy, nor is it or everyone: Iceland’s population o barely 300,000 can attest to that act. Yet experiencing the radical fuctuationsinherent in the landscape breeds a certain type o culture, a certain o personand a certain type o monster. Iceland is not or everyone; but everyone livingin Iceland is a product o the land.
 Darkness on the Islan
The World o Darkness does not belong to the monsters. Sure, monstersroam the land in the most obscure recesses. In many ways they seem to own it,their political machinations and supernatural soirees continually orming theoundation o the human world. But, in the end, it is still the
world – themortals are the ocus and driving orce throughout the lands, and they are theones who infuence the shape o society and culture throughout. Monsters comerom humans and are judged in relation to these humans, despite the monsters’best eorts to argue to the contrary.With this in mind, Iceland contains a unique population o supernaturalcreatures within its shores. This is due to a number o actors. First, with sucha small population, most supernatural creatures cannot exist in large numberswithout drawing attention to themselves. This act particularly rankles somedenizens o the World o Darkness; despite their magnicent works and grandschemes, i too many humans know it will only lead to the monster’s destruction.Second, the supernatural have their own unique orm o natural selection, anevolution that denies them access to certain geographical areas or the plaintruth that a given destination could kill them outright: a vampire cannot livein the barren desert, or example. Third, some places are just too damn weird oranybody but the incredibly odd. Iceland is one o those places; it has a strangeculture that is, i not outright supportive, at least more open to the notion o the “others.”Unlike the deeply entrenched supernatural societies o North America andEurope, Iceland’s supernatural citizenry is composed o a reer, more independentgroup. Or at least that’s the impression they like to give. In reality, Iceland’ssupernatural population is dierent rom other Western societies because only aew types o monsters really want to live there, whether because o the climate,the land or the people.
To put it bluntly, a vampire would not be ound (un)dead in Iceland, atleast not as a permanent resident. The main reason or this is simple: The chat-tel’s herd is much too shallow and spread out. While it may be possible to nda Kindred or two in Reykjavik, which harbors the vast majority o the island’s
 If you are ever lost inan Icelandic forest, just stand up.- Magnus Magnusson
population, you will not nd any vampire outside o thosecity limits. There is a more subtle reason or the lack o the Damned in Iceland: It is absolutely no un to Dansewith yoursel. A truly enterprising vampire may rejoice ata country completely beret o competing Kindred interestsand establish her powerbase in the outskirts o Reykjavik.But without others o her kind to interact with, she willlikely do as so many settlers to Iceland have done beore:pack up and leave, damning the land as she goes.There are some tales and legends o a small coterieo vampires living in the Settlement era o Iceland backaround the eleventh century, just ater the rise o Chris-tianity in the island. Born into slavery on a armstead o a local chietain, their vampire lineage is said to deriverom a demon that visited the arm’s outhouse. While agroup o them cleaned up ater a winter estival, the de-mon cursed the lot, claiming that the only way to rid theland o rival pagan orces was to spread his own brand o evil throughout the land. Thus, as the story goes, the rstvampires in Iceland were created. An obscure saga, theSaga o Hilmar Pétursson, details a brie encounter withthe Kindred, but any written record o vampire activitywas lost soon ater. Today, there is no trace o this lost clan,except an inverted stone cross at the edge o a glacier saidto mark the place o the armstead’s outhouse.
Eternal Days, Eternal Nights 
Another explanation or the dearth o Kindred ac-tivity is the geography o Iceland. There are essentiallytwo seasons in Iceland: summer and winter. (Although anative Icelander might describe the seasons as “cold” and“colder”.) Vampires absolutely do not travel to Icelandduring the summertime: It is practically suicide to livewhere the sun is out nearly twenty hours a day, whichis the case during the height o summer in Iceland. But,while summer brings eternal sunshine to the island’sshores, winter brings a vampire’s natural habitat: eternalnight. Where humans might travel to the Caribbeanislands or some other tropical paradise in the middle o winter, vampires take their vacations in Reykjavik andthe rest o Iceland around the time o the Winter Solstice,when the nights are at their longest. These are not longvisits; the Kindred oten leave the country ater a week ortwo, the long nights generally wearing them out rom theextended activity. For vampires, a trip to Iceland is likeCarnival, except with cold weather, snow and sparselypopulated cities. No matter – the streets o Reykjavikhold more than enough human chattel or a vampire tobe able to drink his ill, especially during the Saturdaydrinking marathons that Reykjavik is known or.
The Tribes o the Moon are not unknown through-out the glacial plains o Iceland. The weather is notdetrimental to their nature, nor is the population densitya drawback or them. In act, the Tribes can be partial toIceland’s vastness and bleakness, especially in the centraland eastern parts where rugged armsteads and ishingvillagers are more the norm than in the peninsula aroundReykjavik. The Uratha are not particularly discouragedby the cold, either. No, there are dierent reasons or werewolves toavoid Iceland: bad spirits. The island is ull o nastyspirits, and it’s not entirely clear why. Some say it’s arelection o the violence inherent in the early settlers.Others theorize that, much like the various Diasporas inthe physical world over the centuries, the Spirit Realmsurrounding Iceland have been a generous host to all thedisaected spirits, both good and bad, rom the warringbands in the Otherworld. Like the United States was orimmigrants during the nineteenth and twentieth centu-ries, so too was Iceland or the emigrating spirits. Oneinal postulate is that this land has always been hometo a high density o spiritual beings, especially in themillennia beore Iceland’s settlement; thus, humanitywas only able to colonize the island during a particularlyweak time or the spirits.Regardless o 
the spirits got here, the actremains that Iceland has a remarkably high proportiono spirits and spirit-dwellers within both the physicaland Shadow realms. Most o Iceland’s human popula-tion actively believes in the spirit realm, despite the

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