The “Giant’s Court” was discovered by mountaineers in 2058 in Jotunheimen, part of the Scandinavian Mountains range. The group stumbled on what appeared to be a simple crack in the earth, but upon making cursory investigation into its depths discovered something much vaster – a palatial hall lying ruined beneath the mountains, its architecture ripped from Norse mythology.

As news of the unearthing instantaneously erupted across social networking and news sites the rumour mill went into over-drive, citing ancient civilisations, lost kingdoms and the always popular visitation by space-faring Gods.

Follow-up expeditions revealed a much more mundane explanation: the cavity had been recently carved out. Interest then turned to Jötungard’s creators, as no one had come forward to claim the great abode. Initial suspicion fell upon Long-Lived Eternalists but this would turn out to be only partly true. It quickly became apparent that Jötungard was part of a viral campaign for the MMRG (Massively-Multiplayer Real Game) Worlds of Folklore which was launched the following year.

Banal have criticized the game, citing it as an example of the way in which Eternalists squander their time. It went on to become hugely popular however and is still running to this day, with Long-Lived devoting decades of their lives to immerse themselves in fantasy roles.

Jötungard itself became a tourist attraction and has been dubbed the Mecca of fantasy role-playing.

John Valentich

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