Valhalla

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  • A Realm Since: 2009 Summer
  • Practice Location: PSU Student Rec Center room 350 (MAC Court) & Park Blocks on Portland State University campus
  • Practice Schedule: Wednesdays 1:30-4:00 and Saturdays 1:00-3:00
  • Website: http://medievalcombat.groups.pdx.edu
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About Valhalla

Valhalla began as "PSU Medieval Combat Club", which was originally created in order to bring fighters of varying disciplines together to fight together and socialize. However, due to personality conflicts between varying members of the group, they dispersed. Over the next few years, leadership changed hands, and while the club had been using rules heavily based in Belegarth, it was not officially affiliated. In 2009, the club began work on beginning to affiliate itself officially with Belegarth, building connections with Cronus and Tir na nOg. Finally, in the summer of 2009, the club became officially affiliated with Belegarth, obtaining the realm name of Valhalla.

Being a student organization, Valhalla maintains a steady roster of PSU students, and due to the rules of the school organization, membership is restricted to PSU students, alumni, and staff. The club has a large armory of weapons (all of which are maintained by the club's armsmaster, Barl) that are available for everyone to use, though if fighters have personal weapons, they are encouraged to bring them.

History

Valhalla is one of two homes for slain warriors in Norse Mythology. It is said that half of all the warriors that fall in battle are taken by Odin to Valhalla, while the other half are taken by Freyja to Fólkvangr. Valhalla itself is described as an enormous hall in Asgard where fallen warriors feast, drink, and prepare to help Odin in the coming battle of Ragnarok. More a place of preparation and congregation than reward or rest, Valhalla differs from many other visions of the afterlife in that it serves only to hold the armies of the dead until the great cataclysm of Ragnarok takes place.

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