During the pre-Christian times they were the priests and counselled the leaders about thewill of the gods. Their magick was devoted to practical things like helping the crops,fishing and hunting, protecting the people from wild animals and worse, controlling theweather and protecting the universe from the forces which sought to bring aboutRagnarok, the destruction of the world.During this time magick was more common than today, and most people knew a fewminor magics. These were often of a simple protective nature and used to protect againstspirits, the faeries, the dead, injuries, accidents and bad luck. These magics consistedoften in inscribing a special rune (The runic alphabet was regarded as magical, and to beable to inscribe runes was regarded as a kind of magic), or singing the galders, songssung in a high-pitched voice. These rotes were passed down through generations, or givento people by the priests or sibyls. All in all, minor magic seems to have been quitecommon, a bit like how most people today know a few tricks with technology.Year 829 AD a monk named Ansgar arrived in Sweden. He was sent out by emperor Ludwig to convert the Vikings of Sweden to Christianity (perhaps to lessen their raidsand make them easier to trade with). The attempt failed, but soon other missionariesarrived. The Celestial Chorus were probably among them, and a struggle ensued betweenthe pagans and the Choristers. The struggle continued for several centuries, butChristianity slowly became the religion of the kings and leaders and later the rest of theinhabitants. Both groups adapted to each other, and it seems as the Asatru wentunderground and continued its activities with support from the people, while theChoristers left them and their beliefs more or less alone as long as they weren't visible.Then came the Technocracy, which defeated the Celestial Chorus. Asatru remainedhidden.
Today the Asatru has survived in remote corners of Scandinavia. During its long persecution by the Church and Technocracy its members have become adept at hiding,often in plain sight. Much of the old faith has survived as old superstition and localcustoms, and the secret priests have carefully protected the faithful. Most of the believerslive in rural or wilderness areas far from civilisation. They live in small settlements in theforests of Sweden, in small fishing villages in Norway or in the remote corners of Iceland(their current stronghold). Some of them emigrated to America during the 1800s and builttheir own small communities there, far from civilisation. They often keep to themselves,and avoid outsiders. The belief often goes in the family, tying the tradition together with bands of blood.While their enemies control the political world and society at large, the believers inAsatru work on the local scale, with practical methods. They promote their own andsimilar beliefs, often spreading the old superstitions to undermine the new faith. Theyhave succeeded very well with spreading respect and affinity to nature among the massesin Scandinavia. They infiltrate agricultural organisations and influence their work, oftenusing them as tools to strike at the projects of the city-dwellers. They promote a healthy