Mythos said:This was part of the back story of my first Conan game.
An Argossian ship had been blown off course and ended up landing on the coast of Vanaheim. While there he managed to establish some trade with the villages near the sea. He discovered that there was nothing like the seal skins and walrus ivory in the southern markets and that he had a sole monoply on these trade goods.
In return for iron, silk, and grain, he made a number of voyages up the coast and would also bring back locals who were interested in seeing the wonders of the south.
I do not think that it is impossible for a village to start thinking that they could do better for themselves if they took the ship and started doing their own trading.
EDIT; I see that Vincent beat me to it.
Neeklus said:I know there is no pirate "gang" of Nordheimir mentioned in the Pirate Isle's book, but I was curious (as these norse men will eventually become vikings) if there were any stories by REH or his contemporaries that detailed the Nordheimir as pirates or even sailors.
VincentDarlage said:Since I am a non-whaler then, can you explain to me the difference between hunting whales and whaling? It seems to me the Eskimos actively hunted whales and succeeded at it, thus meaning that the Vanir can also actively hunt whales and succeed, either by massed boats or shore-based hunting techniques.
VincentDarlage said:I will admit I may have erred when I mistook "whaling" to mean "hunt and kill whales." I don't know any other definition.
Etepete said:It'd be a pity not using the Vanir coast at all. I'd not give them anything like the viking excellence at sailing and boatmaking though: crude proto-longboats similar to certain smaller bronze-age vessels (more angular than the iron age longboats, and lacking sails) would be feasible. They'd be a possible threat for northern Zingarian outposts in the pictish wilderness. Of course, stray boats might end up around the Barachan isles or even further south.
Either these folks would be raiders, but rather more feasibly and stylishly correct they'd be whalers (now, if you can catch a whale with but a boat at all). A classic would be a boatparty dragged south by some uncommon brute of a whale...