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Heimdall

Profile

He can hear the grass grow and spot a fly on a giant's nose from a mile away. The sound of his horn strikes fear in the hearts of the gods—they know it means Ragnarök is close at hand. That's right: he's Heimdall, watchman of the gods and guardian of Asgard. Tasked with keeping constant tabs on traffic over Bifröst Bridge, the only entrance into the gods' homeland, it's Heimdall's job to keep the giants out. Work and play mingle for Heimdall: his house's convenient location where Bifröst meets Asgard means that he can enjoy a fine cup of mead in his banquet hall even as he scours Bifröst for signs of giants. On the few occasions when Heimdall abandoned his post, it was for good reason—once to recapture Freyja's stolen necklace from Loki, and another time to sire the three Middle-Earthling classes of serfs, craftsmen, and nobles.

Basic Information

Nickname

The Watchman, Hallinskiði, Gullintanni (gold-toothed), Vindhlér (protector against the wind)

Sex

Male

Current city

Asgard

Work & Education

Occupation

Watchman (pretty self-explanatory, right?)

Education

Asgard Security Training Services

Beliefs

Political views

Isolationist (The giants should stay out of Asgard!)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Nine maids (all sisters); I don't know who my father is

Siblings

Nope, I'm an only child

Children

Þræll the serf, Karl the craftsman, and Jarl the nobleman

Friends

Freyja (I rescued her necklace)
I'm on friendly terms with all the Asgard

Enemies

Loki (I got Freyja's necklace from him—oh, and he's the guy who will kill me at Ragnarök)

Relationships

Relationship status

Lover to the human women Edda, Amma, and Moðir

Interested in

Humans

Favorites

TV Shows

Law and Order
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Quotations

"May he who holds in his hands the destinies of nations, make you worthy of the favors he has bestowed, and enabled you with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge he has committed to your keeping."
– J. Reuben Clark

"One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard."
– Publilius Syrus

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force."
– Patrick Henry

"You can observe a lot just by watching."
– Yogi Berra

"All along the watchtower / Princes kept the view / While all the women came and went / Barefoot servants too."
– Bob Dylan

Books

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Watchmen by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore
The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Compleat Meadmaker: Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations

Music

All Along the Watchtower performed by Jimi Hendrix, music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
The Police (everything they do, obvi)
Tubthumper by Chumbawumba
I Fought the Law performed by The Clash (Hear that giants? The law always wins!)
Frank Sinatra (nothing beats Sinatra for kicking back with a glass of mead)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
Someone to Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin
Everything Louis Armstrong

Movies

Watchmen (2009)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Chinatown (1974)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Activities & Interests

Likes

Mystery stories
Mead
Bridges
The brass section (trumpets, horns, you know)
The brass (police)
Elaborate dental work
Watchtowers and border walls

Interests

Hornblowing
Horseback riding
Detective work
Surveillance and Security

Groups

Gods of Asgard
Security Workers United
Fathers of Mankind
Mead of the Month Club