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8-09-2010 @ 3:12PM
I never did trust that Benedictus, always sending toons to RFD even though it's crazy far away and horde territory. He was just sending us out to die so there would be less people in his way on his rise to power. And what kind of a name is Jarl?
8-10-2010 @ 9:47PM
Jarl is likely a reference to the Scandinavian word, which is where the title 'Earl' came from, a title of peerage regarded as roughly equivalent/subordinate to a Count. A Jarl was a trusted, loyal and well-known peer to a Scandinavian/Nordic lord who had risen above the rank of Huscarl (house man - roughly equivalent to a member of a lord's court) to be entrusted with running a town or hamlet as a chieftain in the lord's stead. Becoming a Jarl was mark of high distinction, since a Jarl was likely a young, popular, honored and respected warrior who could conceivably overthrow the aging local lord whose time of glory was past. Entrusting such a warrior with ruling in the lord's stead was dangerous as it put them a half-step away from declaring themselves lord of the land as they were also charged with raising and keeping a hird (armed band) for defense of the town. Less trusted warriors would receive individual tokens of reward or would be taken in as Huscarls.
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