The battleaxe used as my avatar was found in a state of near miraculous preservation at an archeological excavation on the grounds of Elsinor castle. Other artifacts prove it was the personal weapon of King Thorgrim the Terrible (fl. ca. 800CE), one of the initiators of the centuries of Viking raids, and one of the the most rapacious figures of the era, having hewn the Faithful all the way up the Thames to the walls of London, and all the way up the Seine to the walls of Paris. Thorgrim is known to have led the charge in a number of battles. The most famous was one which took place along a French river. While sailing up the river, Thorgrim and his fleet encountered two armies of the Faithful, one on each bank. The Vikings immediately landed on one bank, routed the opposing army with great slaughter, and cruelly tortured all prisoners in full view of the army on the other bank, which fled in panic at the sight, rather than risk suffering the same fate. Micrscopic anaysis of the axeblade revealed lingering traces of blood and gore. These have been removed for forensic historical studies. What an awful sight that blade must often have been, before Thorgrim wiped it clean! I plan to keep my own version clean as well, in consideration for our more fainthearted members.