I decided to have a Viking persona because although the popular image of the Vikings is as a bunch of raping, pillaging, murdering scum, that is only the popular image from the people who were getting raped and pillaged and murdered by them. I like the fact that what survives of their culture in laws reflects more personal freedom for both men and women than could have been found under the equivalent Christian European societies at the time — which in many cases were quite repressive, especially to women.