Clan Ingjald is said to have made its name on the corpses of its enemies. Some say that Thor’s madness runs deep in their blood, that one of their ancestors was cursed with rage unquenched. In reality they pride themselves on being practical and strong in both body and mind and fiercely loyal.
Asger Brennasson, it is told, fought a giant to retrieve his bonded daughter Inga Gerdasdotter, spilling much of his blood before the giant was overcome. Inga had been taken by the fearsome giant on the eve of her initiation as Jarl. Upon returning home they found her place taken by her jealous sister, Erika Gerdasdotter (having made a pact with the giant). Asger flew into a rage and fought Erika and four of her Bjornstokum, leaving his blood spilt across Elivagar. However, when he slew Erika, Inga cursed him for this, disowning him as Guardian. She fought one-on-one with Asger, and took his life with a fell blow. Inga’s descendants formed Clan Ingjald.
The current Skati of Ingjald is Haskell Nannasson. He is different from him forebears in that he is not a great warrior but a great peacemaker and philosopher. When he was a young man on his first Viking, he was gravely wounded. As he lay dying, he talked of a being who entered his vision and promised him life. In return he swore a blood oath to never raise a weapon again. For this he was healed. The being told him they would return for him one day. He calls this day his spiritual awakening, and ever since he was raised to the position of Skati he has been speaking of making peace with the ancient rivals, the Wylfings. This has caused much tension between his supporters and critics.
The popular ditty of the moment, sung by the Ingjald longhouse fire by the cheeky young Skald Eysta Gyrsdotter, is about her friend Helga Snorasdotter who is building the greatest ship that the Skyldings have ever seen. While the song is in jest, Helga is known for her visionary techniques in boatbuilding, and recently completed a commission for Jarl Torrun of a new longship which she plans on testing this Autumn.
The Clan Symbol is a bloody hand.