Yrsa Kolbeck was born in a harsh winter that had claimed the lives of many people from her community, she grew up hearing tales of what happened that winter, that it wasn't the cold that took her people.
It was monsters.
Yrsa, even as a young child, was skeptical of those fairytales, sure, she believed in the gods, or she said she believed out loud, but the idea of monsters like trolls, draugr and fossegrim seemed far too incredible to be even remotely real. But she was wrong, very wrong.
She kept growing up, focusing on herbs and fungi to help the warriors who came back from their voyage overseas. The girl was content with her current skillset, although she had thought about becoming a shield maiden several times before.
But her happines and satisfaction was soon interrupted. One day, horrible news came to her home, her father had died, in fact, twenty four men and women who were part of the crew had also died, only one survived, but it was said that he had gone mad with no explanation. Not even Yrsa's herbal remedies were able to help the man.
Before he passed away, he told Yrsa his last words.
"It was them, the Draugr, they took their lives. "
This left a mark on the girl's mind, her skepticism had faded, and had turned into a great hatred of the beings mentioned by the old man.
As much as her mother did not want her to become a warrior, no one could stop the girl, she trained several hours of the day, built herself into a great warrior and prepared, all with the intent to keep everyone safe and never allow anything like that to happen again.
Now, she sails, guiding her commnunity with her knowdlege and strength, always in search of better lands and raiding towns in the process, keeping her own people alive and always putting their needs before hers.