Long ago there was a time of strife, neighbouring factions started fighting for control and civil war ran rampart everywhere. After years of fighting, house Alduin had through force, diplomacy and marriages managed to subjugate these factions and laid the foundations of what was to become Anor. A former trader that had turned soldier during the war, returned home to his village in Anorath to start his new life in peace. Having returned his weapons and armour, he carried only his pay and his father’s knife. Upon returning, he found it burned down by deserters that had turned to banditry.
Some few survivors were found around the still burning ruins, walking like ghosts, unable to rest or comprehend what had happened. What little the man managed to learn from the broken folk, was that about 20 men had set upon the village in the night, burning, pillaging and raping their way through each house.
Shifting through the wreckage of his home, he found the charred remains of his parents and younger siblings. The young man buried first his family, then his friends, then his neighbours. Soon after, the young man took a longbow that had survived the fire and set of into the night.
Little is known of what happened during the nights the man was gone, but when he returned, it was with three wagons and their horses, stolen by the bandits. One carried the money and loot the bandit had taken, two carried the bodies of the bandits. With him came dozens of women and children, taken by the bandits to be raped and sold.
Neither the man nor those he rescued ever spoke of his arrival in the bandit’s camp, but they always looked at the man with both awe and fear.
The man led the survivors, the women and children to an abandoned village deep in the forest. And there they began to rebuild what they had lost.
The man, named Brandr Molander became the first mayor of the new village of Vanaheim. More and more refuges form the war began to drift into the village, and it grew accordingly. Brandrs past as a trader and a soldier served his new home well, trade began to blossom as crafters arrived and his newly formed militia made short work of any threat that approached.
After decades, the man passed away in his home, surrounded by his family. Finally, being granted the peace he had so long sought. Today, a statue of him stands at Vanaheims town center. On it, a tablet depicting his story. So that all may remember the man who laid the foundation of their home.