haha it was on an episode of Vikings and then i googled it
I think the plebeian concept that any dude with a bunch of Nordic tattoos is a viking is what’s making the reference.
He’s not a viking. That whole way of life died out eons ago. It was replaced by piracy, which he is also not.
At most, he’s a tattoo’d babass from Norway (Which also makes no sense since he’s from HUB… who are supposed to be the snooty we-own-it-all people of the galaxy).
P.S. I apologize if this sounds a bit harsh. I think his character design is fantastic. I just think his backstory & descriptor are bad).
Swedes were the real vikings fyi.
Space viking is a way of life, not subject to your limited imagination, sir. If Torvald wants to be a viking, or if players want him to be a viking, then he can be a viking. (Nothing about being a viking is in his official backstory though. He was the Chief Technical Officer of a ship, and he’s from a planet called Clocktower colonized by Scandinavians. And Ultimate Frisbee.)
Viking (Noun) : a member of a group of Scandinavian people who attacked the coasts of Europe in the 8th to 10th centuries A.D.
It most certainly was a way of life, and it ended. I’m not talking about my own imagination, I’m talking about HISTORY.
Anyone can wish to be a viking, most kids to at one point. If that’s the case, he’s a viking wannabe.
I much prefer his actual story. He’s certainly badass, and I approve of your descriptor far better than the previous explanation.
Is there a list of the references ? like dialogues or something ?
That wasn’t ever what his character was, that was just the way fans describe him, which you’re being absurdly literal about for… no apparent reason. I was trying to make a joke out of it and you start quoting the definition of viking. Come on dude.
Lol. Sorry. I suppose my want for a good background story and interest in history took over. Once again, sorry to kill your joke
@Matthew I was told to include you in this post
It might interest you
The fact im enquiring about the norse refrences behind evolve and the fact everybody has jumped on board
I like being included in things!
What’s the question exactly? Viking references? Which ones?
Space Viking (noun) : A member of a group of people from Scandinavian descent who roam the fringes of the Galaxy in the 26th century A.D.
There you go, easy.
Joke aside, it would not be the first time that the name of a Tribe, secret society or very specific ethnic group are resurrected centuries later to be appropriated by their descendants (biological or philosophical)
Think about “berserkers”. Nowadays, the term applies in most fantasy universes and describe fighters under the influence of extreme bloodlust (more or less), but it is ALSO an Norse term.
If you fight a “Troll Berskerer” in some game, you’re not gonna say “hold on, this is not a true berserkers, as berskeres were Norse warriors who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk. Berserkers are attested to in numerous Old Norse sources. It has been suggested they consumed hallucinogens before battle, particularly the mushroom amanita muscaria.”
Just all the hunter skins being named after norse stuff
the assult skin is ragnarok - end of days
the trapper skin is blood eagle - norse torture
the medic skin is valkyrie - women who deliver warriors to valhalla
Then Torval rocks up all space viking
I love it I think its awesome I was just wondering about a developer’s deep seeded norse obssesion haha
That or maybe it was in the orginal creation ideas
Torvald is deffinately viking. Markov is also viking in the way he thinks. He wanna die young n beautiful on the field of battle the same way a Norse god worshipping 18 something viking raider would. Meads hall and Valkyrie awaits in vahalla!!!
He accidentally responded to this thread on another thread accidentally
We are saying Torvald is actually a legitimate space Viking? I thought we meant that figuratively cause he is Norwegian and he acts like a warrior going into battle, like maybe how an actual Viking would act
What about the supports? Also, are the tempest skins meant to have a Nordic reference?
No, it’s figurative. Someone was being a space Viking Nazi.
That totally answered my question
I would not consider the desire to die in battle against a worthy foe, saving innocents or protecting the weal or whatever, sufficient for this.
Death and glory in battle fits the bill, but you find it in many other cultures and even modern propagandas.