Rather than having an old established world with lots of history and lost empires and such, Audhum is at the dawn of it’s civilization. Mankind is organized into loose tribes and city states and is just beginning to understand how to organize and project itself into the world. Characters have a chance to be the real movers and shakers of the world, influencing events in the present but also influencing the path of whole cultures.
Erik the Red. Originally from Norway. Outlawed from Iceland for 3 years for manslaughter. Went to Greenland, came back after 3 years over and sold some Icelanders on moving to Greenland for a great opportunity to become landowners.
The Eastern and Western Settlements, both established on the southwest coast, proved the only two areas suitable for farming.
In Eystribyggð (Eastern Settlement), Erik built the estate Brattahlíð, near present-day Narsarsuaq. He held the title of paramount chieftain of Greenland and became both greatly respected and wealthy. The settlement venture involved 25 ships, 14 of which made the journey successfully; of the other 11, some turned back, while others disappeared at sea.
For much of the time that the Norse survived in Greenland, they had a very tough life that demanded finding a balance between maintaining population levels and finding enough food and supplies to survive. Most of the time they had just enough supplies to continue their societies. Despite the Norse settlers’ constant struggle, at Norse Greenland’s peak at c. 1126 the inhabitants numbered between 2000 and 4000.8 The Eastern Settlement had around “190 small farms, 12 parish churches, a cathedral, an Augustinian monastery and a Benedictine nunnery”. Even though smaller than the Eastern Settlement, the Western Settlement still had “90 farms and four churches”, while the smallest Middle Settlement had only around “20 farms”.