"I'm no hero, Akko... Never was. I'm just an old killer... One who soaked his hands with too much blood."
Personality & Character Edit
Asger is the Thapoli-Naglfar War Veteran and reluctant ally of new Valkyries Akko, Lotte, and Sucy. Described by Ursula aka. Chariot as lone wolf who keep his feelings to himself, the ratatoskr is a stoic and serious individual who strongly believes Valkyries and Sword of Laeradr (organization he affiliated with) should not involve themselves with normal humans outside combating threats and maintain utmost secrecy. Because of his beliefs and bitter disposition, he is easily annoyed by Akko's happy disposition and impulsive personality, often finding himself questioning her worth as Valkyries. However, he also acknowledged Akko's strengths and determination. He also fiercely independent and confident in his own skills and powers, resulting him hating to ask favors from anyone. Due to his and Akko's conflicting personality, Asger dislikes working with the Fire Valkyrie unless absolutely necessary and prefer working alone, but able to cooperate with Diana, Chariot, and his fellow Thapoli-Naglfar War veterans in spite of their distant relationships.
Most of Asger's negative personality was result from PTSD, both from his war experience in Thapoli-Naglfar War and losing Lara, the young witch he once cherished as a little sister that he never had. He spent much of his youth as a child soldier who fought during Thapoli-Naglfar War where he later became Sword of Laeradr's best assassin under the title "Blood Squirrel" through his cruel war tactics: He would trick enemies into letting their guard down by acting with charm of "cute and cuddly squirrel", before killing them with "the ruthlessness of a demon". One day, during the last days of the war, Asger, alongside his brothers-in-arms Harr and Farmatyr, were responsible for massacring inhabitants of a small Naglfar outpost where Lara lived. Feeling immense guilt upon discovering the terrified six years old child whose parents killed before her eyes and later, seeing her lost and lonely in the forest, the ratatoskr decided to adopt her, caring for her as a younger sister whilst keep the truth about her parents' death a secret. Asger's guilt and trauma from both the murder and the war got worse after Lara learned the truth about her parents' death and later, her own demise and reanimation as a draugr who brutally turned against him and his friends before left. This effectively led him distancing himself from others, leading a lone wolf path.
However, his lone wolf facade starts to break upon meeting Akko, because Akko reminds him much to Lara before her fall to darkness that he reluctant to admit his feelings for her. After dangerously transformed into Black Beast state due to influence of Spear of Torment Lara put on him during their reunion and came close in destroying Blytonbury and killing Ursula, with Akko ended up injured due to her attempts to return him to his senses, Asger initially contemplating about commit suicide by exposing himself to Wagandea pollen, not wanting to die as a monster. Ursula found him in the forest and upon seeing his mind still intact, tried to reason with him. Asger replied by yelling to her about horrors of war he and his friends had gone through and believeing no one can understand him, especialy about how it costs the life of his adoptive sister. Ursula argued otherwise, goes so far recounting how she came close in ruining the dream of her precious student Akko in the past in spite of it not entirely her fault. That, coupled by seeing that Lara that he knew and love not completely lost through her emotional and brutal fight against reluctant Akko (who understands Lara's pain too well as she once felt a similar betrayal months back), Asger realizes that his attitude to that point has dangerously made him a heartless monster Lara believed him to be, and finally able to be honest to Akko and improved his relationships with the young Valkyrie. He swears from then on to become a better protector, asking Akko to smack him on his face as hard as she can as a reminder.
Despite still a serious and no-nonsense, Asger's personality softens and more open to others. Though still depressed with Lara's curren undeath state, Asger now more optimistic to save her from corruption that seemingly destroyed her, inspired by Akko who did the same thing beforehand. Thankfully, both of them finally able to make amends with each other in latter's last moments, with Lara gave him and Akko a gift which turned out crucial in stopping Naglfar.
Skills & Abilities Edit
- Ratatoskr Physiology: Asger is a ratatoskr, one of seven Pomokai Holoholona races that resemble a squirrel.
- Magic: As with other Pomokai Holoholonas, Asger possesses innate talent with magic.
- Shiny Arc Bomb: Like other Pomokai Holoholonas, Asger can conjure condensed ball of magic in front of his snout which can level multi-story building. He can even utilze this technique to teleport from one place to another through ley-lines.
- Lightning Magic: Asger can magically conjure and manipulate lightning on ease.
- Alchemy: Asger possesses impressive mastery over alchemy, able to transmute object on ease. This is the very skill he utilised to forge his Caerbannog Armor.
- Object Control Magic: Asger can magically manipulate objects from distance at will.
- Combat Mastery: Asger is often considered to be one of the strongest member of Wrath of Thor and in greater extent, Sword of Laeradr, slaying even the strongest of enemies with minimal effort in spite of his size. Even prior to undergo proper training as first members of Sword of Laeradr, he already displayed formidable combat skills he learned by himself in order to protect his friends.
- Spear Mastery: Asger is an extremely skilled master spearman, able to wield his signature segmented spear with utmost dexterity and precision, enable him to slay highly skilled and powerful enemies as well as deflecting projectiles with incredible ease.
- Sword Mastery: Asger possessed extraordinary mastery with his cursed magic sword Tyrfing, but he stopped honing his skills with swords since his murder on Lara's parents.
- Survivalist Intuition: As result of being forced to spent his entire childhood avoding fighting around him and his friends during the early conflicts of Thapoli-Naglfar War, Asger developed impressive survival skills and intuition.
Tools & Equipment Edit
- Caerbannog Armor: A heavily modified Raider Armor that specialized in stealth combat.
- Tyrfing: A magical straight sword with bloody history, once cursed that it will cause three great evils upon being constructed. The sword's curse had been broken, but its bloody history resulted its blade permanently shine blood red. Biri Biri stopped using the weapon after slaughtering Lara's parents with it.
- Construct Ribbons: Multipurpose magical ribbons which can be used for variety of purposes.
- Segmented Spear: Asger's signature weapon made of Construct Ribbons. While steel hard, it is extremely flexible, and can extend or bend easily. The handle can be broken down into numerous pieces, connected by a chain, allowing him to attack or defend over a wide area. The chain runs along the handle, ending in a heavy ball at the blunt side. The ball's weight is used to easily wrap the chain around foes, restricting them.
Asger originates in Old Norse and means "spear of God".
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Asger's working name is Biri Biri.
- Asger's character loosely based on two characters, Lukather Harden from GARO: Vanishing Line (for his initial anti-social mindset) and Gray Fox from Metal Gear Solid (for the trauma from killing parents of an innocent girl he later adoped to make up the guilt, early life as child solider, and notoriety as an assassin).
- He also slightly alluding Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail with his charm as "cute and cuddly" rodent (though Asger is a squirrel instead of a rabbit) and Caerbannog armor, which named after the cave where the killer rabbit reside alongside The Black Beast of AAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!