Thapoli-Naglfar War is the war between isolationist witch nation of Thapoli and Naglfar that take place after Industrial Revolution at Norway mentioned in Little Witch Academia: Witches of Midgard. The war lasted for at least 200 years, started from the 18th Century (around the same year where Golden Age of Magic began) before finally ended in 20th Century (1930s).
Following Ragnarok and Loki's imprisonment, Nine Olde Witches and Thapoli helped humanity to recover and restore the land ravaged by the war. Though imprisoned, Loki, through his surviving child Hel and allies Surt, Skoll, Hati, and Hrimgandr, influenced many magic users and converted them to their cause. These magic users then formed Naglfar, a sect of magic users dedicated to release Loki from his imprisonment and ensuring Jötnar's domination over Midgard. They named their sect after Hel's shipwrecked warship which made from remains of the dead.
After amassing enough power, in 1700s, Naglfar launched an open attack on peaceful settlements of both humans and Pomokai Holoholonas at Norway in order to declare war on those who followed the ways of Nine Olde Witches. The reason why Naglfar also attacked Pomokai Holoholonas was because they condemned their existence as affront to Jötnar for they were originated from Great Lindworm, one of beings who responsible for Loki's downfall in Ragnarok. Naglfar was confident that they can undo everything Nine Olde Witches built for humanity and their enemies were helpless to stop them. However, once the war begins, they proved to be wrong.
Unknown to Naglfar, experiments conducted by best witch-blacksmiths of Thapoli on a magical alloy called Solais Metal has given the rise of a group of elite witch-warriors called Valkyrie Corps. The corps, alongside their wizard counterparts Drekherjar Corps, launched an assault on Naglfar outposts starting at Hoddmimi's Holt, the homeland of Pomokai Holoholonas. Thapolian forces however, met an obstacle in form of civil war among Pomokai Holoholona tribes- Naglfar forces that occupied the land had either destroyed or taken away the local tribes' food supplies to ensure a fight among them and worse, forcing them to raid neighboring human settlements just to survive. Fortunately, they met unlikely allies in form of seven young Pomokai Holoholonas who orphaned by Naglfar invasion, a group that would be known as the legendary Wrath of Thor.
The Battle of Hoddmimi's HoltEdit
Skirmish at Gardar the Terrible's OutpostEdit
The seven friends, German the Eikthyrnir, Asger the Ratatoskr, Jalk the Slidrugtanni, Fjolnir the Heidrun, Pongo the Geri Freki, Thekk the Huginn Muninn, and Harr the Vedrvolnir, barely remember which tribe they came from, for their home had been burned to the ground, forcing them to fend on themselves. Dismayed to see other members of their once peaceful kind reduced into savages, and knowing that Naglfar was responsible for their suffering, decided to descend from the mountain to do something about it.
Aiming to unite all Pomokai Holoholonas against their common enemy, Harr and his companions begin their quest by invading an outpost belonged to Gardar the Terrible, a ruthless Slidrugtanni who had pillaged countless villages. Using their wits alone, they even their odds against Gardar's men who guarding the outpost and finally confronting Gardar himself just as he and his followers about to feast on a large amount of food from their latest raids. Though surprised to see "a bunch of younglings" managed to break through his defenses, Gardar believed that they just lucky and ordered his men to kill them while he snuck away, only to be stopped by Jalk and Harr in a confrontation. The three battled, and Gardar eventually defeated, ending his reign of terror once and for all.
To the seven friends' delight, this heroic act not only earned them respect from Gardar's own followers who fed up with their leader's depraved ways, but also from a squadron of Thapolian solders led by the Valkyrie Thrasla who originally sent to stop Gardar. With their newfound allies, Harr and his companions continue stopping the infighting among Pomokai Holoholona tribes at Hoddmimi's Holt.
Punitive Expedition At MeinbalkrEdit
As they continue the fight to unite all Pomokai Holoholona tribes, Harr and his allies heard the news about a Huginn Muninn named Hagen the Dreaded who betrayed his own race for Naglfar by aiding the sect kidnapping young Pomokai Holoholonas and forced them to work as their slaves at his heavily guarded keep called Meinbalkr. To add insult to injury, Hagen turned out had the younglings mass-producing dangerous artifacts of forbidden magic which then given to warring Pomokai Holoholona tribes in hopes of them destroying themselves with those artifacts. Outraged, Harr and his friends set out to launch a punitive expedition on the prison. Thrasla offered to aid him and his friends attacking the fort and freeing the younglings, but the Vedrvolnir refused, stating that it was their kind's responsibility to do so. Nevertheless, Thrasla gave Harr Lightning Claws, a pair of enchanted battle claws specifically designed for the Vedrvolnir made of remains of Mjolnir, Thor's legendary hammer, special weapon that proved to be crucial for defeating Hagen.
Arriving at Meinbalkr, the seven friends saw the keep had been decorated with heads of multiple creatures on spikes, leading them suspecting that the heads might belonged to those who attempted to either escape the keep or recklessly attacking it from the outside. Brushing the grim sight aside, the group conducted the reconnaissance on the keep for weeks. After gathering enough intel, they launch a punitive assault on Meinbalkr from both inside and outside: Thekk and Harr would neutralize the sentries around the keep whereas Asger sabotaged every single one of traps and wards so they ended up harming the guards instead of intruders and prisoners as the rest waiting for Harr's signal. As they did, Harr summoned a ferocious thunderstorm around the keep to distract the guards with use of his new weapon. Once the three done enough damage within the prison, Harr signaled the rest of his comrades to overrun the keep by having Asger opened up the gate. Dispatching the remaining guards, the seven friends freed all prisoners and evacuated them to safety before eventually came face-to-face with Hagen who finally revealed himself.
Harr and his companions fought Hagen, but the rogue Huginn Muninn proved himself stronger than either of them imagined, as he transformed into a powerful monster enhanced by forbidden magic he learned from Naglfar. At that moment, Thekk realized that Hagen was drawing strength from four Helheimian Runestones placed around the keep, and they must be destroyed in order to defeat him. Upon informed about Hagen's source of powers, Harr summoned a lightning bolt to destroy the first one, angering the corrupted Huginn Muninn that he failed to realize his opponents' friends done the short work on two more of his Runestones; Asger, German, and Thekk destroyed the second one whereas Pongo, Jalk, and Fjolnir the third. Harr then destroyed the last runestone by blasted Hagen towards it with another lightning blast, killing him in process.
The words about the seven friends' deeds, including the successful punitive expedition at Meinbalkr, soon spread throughout the Hoddmimi's Holt, inspiring the rivaling Pomokai Holoholona tribes to look past their differences for the common good. They, along with Harr and his companions, formed Sword of Laeradr, an order of warriors exclusively comprised of Pomokai Holoholonas dedicated to protect Midgard from threats. Around this time, the seven friends decided to call themselves Wrath of Thor, inspired by the origin of the weapon wielded by Harr and its role in vanquishing Hagen the Dreaded.
Liberation of Mimir's TreeEdit
Mimir's Tree was a colossal tree that considered to be sacred by Pomokai Holoholonas, for it was the very place the first generations of their kind gathered by Nine Olde Witches as well as the same place that once a safehaven for first king and queen of Thapoli, Lifthrasir and Lif, during Ragnarok. However, following the occupation of Naglfar, the sacred tree was desecrated and became part of an ominous stronghold at which the evil sect producing weapons of war for their cause. As such, it was their duty to retake the iconic location of their homeland and why they now united under one banner.
Accompanied by the Thapolian wizard Farmatyr and Asger, Harr sabotaged the mechanism that controlling the gate, demolishing it and allow the allied forces of Thapoli and Sword of Laeradr to pour into Mimir's Tree. The three regroup with their comrades in time to see one of Naglfar's High Druids, Elder Erik, unleashed their insectoid beasts of war called Apollyons upon their enemies. Things looked dark, as many brave warriors from the allied forces fell. However, Wrath of Thor, the seven friends who had made it this far to liberate their home, refused to give up without a fight. Combining their magic, they turn the tables by magically bringing the trees around Mimir's Tree to life and had them decimating Apollyons and demolished the entire strongold, securing the allied forces' victory and restoring the sacred colossal tree.
The battle to free Hoddmimi's Holt from Naglfar's clutches, which culminated to liberation of Mimir's Tree, was the very historical event that led Wrath of Thor gain the recognition as heroes and eventually, legends in Thapoli and magic community. Even so, the battle to save Midgard was far from over, and they, Thapoli, and the rest of Sword of Laeradr must continue fighting until they defeated Naglfar and Jötnar.
Battle At Horgsholt Fortress Edit
The rise of Sword of Laeradr and liberation of Hoddmimi's Holt only steel the Naglfar's resolve to destroy their enemies along with Nine Olde Witches' legacy, and so the war became more ferocious than ever. Their Hel Druids have created the Gate of Helheim to summon the army of the dead, and both Sword of Laeradr and Thapoli realized that their alliance was crucial to save Midgard. However, stopping Naglfar won't be easy with the Gate was constructed within the fortified walls of Naglfar's Horgsholt Fortress guarded by numerous Hel Druids, Apollyons, rock golems, and a number of Frost Jotnar. Fortunately, Thapoli's advancements of technology enabled them to even their odds against Naglfar.
When Naglfar was about to complete the Gate of Helheim, neither of the members of the sect were expecting that their enemies would attack alongside strange machines that bested their defenses while multiple battering ram demolishing every single one of the gates of Horgsholt Fortress. During the siege, one of the battering rams was demolished by two Frost Jotnar who then confronting Jalk and Fjolnir when they about to destroy another. The two almost overwhelmed by the Jotnar's might until German and Asger join the fight, at which they swiftly decimated their foes. Around this time, Pongo questioned Harr whether there's a way to solve the conflict without have to spill each other's blood, at which Harr unsure whether he had the answer. Just then, Thekk appeared and notified that the alliance have managed to breach through the gates, prompting the three to notify the rest of their comrades to join the fray.
As the seven friends fighting their way for the Gate of Helheim, Pongo reflected on their past battles as he decimating several druids who stood on their way. It was true that they had no issue in resorting with violence if there's no other way around and their motives to join the war were for pure and just cause. But something in this very fight began to bother him as he catch up with his comrades who now closing in for the Gate of Helheim to see it guarded by Hel, the Goddess of Death herself.
Just then, two young eikthyrnirs unexpectedly appeared to recklessly attacked Hel. The Goddess of Death released a blast of miasma to drove them away before gave a whistle, summoning her shadowy hound Garm to her side. The two eikthyrnirs stood up on their feet ready to attack, only to realized some part of their bodies began to rot due to Hel's attack earlier, prompting German to evacuate the two as his friends fighting Hel and her demonic hound.
The Sword of Laeradr's fight against the Goddess of Death and her demonic hound proved to be difficult as their adversary possessed the power over death and disease; they were unable to fully engage both Hel and Garm, every time they clashed their magic, undead warriors would rush for their side and at the same time, they had to avoid contact from the Jotunn's conjured miasma. The seven friends' only reprieve was how easily it was to kill the undead warriors as long as they remained vigilant. To made matter worse, even though the alliance gained the upper hand, the Gate of Helheim eventually completed, threatening to overrun Midgard with an army of the dead.
When the hope seemed lost for the alliance, the Valkyrie Thrasla sacrificed her life to destroy the Gate of Helheim, causing it to collapse into an unstable vortex that sucked in the Goddess of Death along with Garm and most of unfortunate Naglfar members as well as leveling the entire fortress in process. Most of the allied forces, including Sword of Laeradr, managed to escape from an impending doom, though their victory was a bittersweet one. The alliance had lost many of their best warriors including Thrasla herself and two young eikthyrnirs that attacked Hel earlier, the latter that had succumed to their injuries.
Scouring for possible survivors in the doomed fortress, Pongo and his friends found a diary belonged to a fallen Hel Druid which, to his surprise, expressing its owner's both sincere love to his family and the dream to ensure their happiness. As he study the diary while continuing the search, the Geri Freki stumbled upon an abandoned doll among the wreckage along with a dead body of little girl nearby. Initially suspecting her as another prisoner of war, further investigation revealed that the little girl was in fact, the daughter of one of Hel Druids stationed in the fortress, the same Druid whose diary now on his paws. This shocking revelation disgusted Pongo that he left Wrath of Thor for the more reasonable side (House of Cavendish), much to the dismay of his comrades.
Clashing Ideals Edit
Following Pongo's departure, the Wrath of Thor decided to went ahead in their fight against Naglfar. Though their contributions in the war ensured the alliance's victory over their enemies again and again, this in turn gave them a bad reputation in Pomokai Holoholona community in Hoddmimi's Holt, since more pacifistic Pomokai Holoholonas considered that it gave a bad impression about their kind that originally peaceful magical creatures that abhorred senseless violence. This initially not became an issue until they discovered that both Pongo and the House of Cavendish healed their Naglfar captives and even spared their lives, prompting the Wrath of Thor to confront them for it. The clashing ideals between two factions sparked a rift between them, as Wrath of Thor disagreed with House of Cavendish's altruistic methods where they heal those who need treatment regardless of which side they are on.
Fortunately, Pongo managed to break up the tension between both House of Cavendish and Wrath of Thor before it eventually get worse, and he finally confessed to the latter why he abandoned them in the first place: He grew to resent war more than Naglfar, as in spite of them managed to unite their people against their common foe, it doesn't change the fact that they gradually became as violent as their enemies. The Geri Freki emphasized this statement by pointing out how much Wrath of Thor had changed ever since participating in the war and adding that Naglfar, while detestable for their evil ways, harbored people who capable of love and passion. With that, Pongo made up his mind to stay with House of Cavendish as both assistant and mentor of the witch family's champion Eir and concluded with a statement that would haunt his comrades for the rest of their lives; "War transformed us into beasts." By the time Harr and his fellow Wrath of Thor grasped the meaning of the said statement, it was already too late...
During what would be their last battle, the Wrath of Thor, alongside a squadron of Thapolian Drekherjars led by Farmatyr, were responsible for decimating a Naglfar settlement called Gloomfang Outpost and killed most of its inhabitants inside where among them revealed to be parents of a 6-years old young girl named Lara. Feeling immense guilt upon discovering they have taken away lives of parents of an innocent little girl, coupled with heel realization that they truly had become as worse as their enemies (as Lara turned out to the last member of Gray Wolf Clan they came close to eradicate), Harr and Asger gave Lara their ration upon finding her alone and starving at the forest not far from her doomed home. To the surprise of his friends, Asger offered to adopt the traumatized Lara and raised her as his own kin, all while giving up his life as Wrath of Thor's best assassin. The decision was met with mixed reaction from his friends: German, Jalk, and Harr supported Asger's decision while Fjolnir and Thekk voted against it, wary towards the little girl due to her dark background. But nevertheless, they agreed to kept the true reason for the loss of her parents a secret from Lara. Pongo, upon hearing this news, later speculate that these actions were the result of post-traumatic stress from his and the rest of Wrath of Thor's childhood experiences in war.
While regarded as one of the most devastating conflicts in the magical community, Thapoli-Naglfar War saw Thapoli's advancements in science, magic, and technology as well as how Pomokai Holoholonas that initially divided into multiple clans looked past their differences in an effort to protect their common interests with a solid proof in form of foundation of Sword of Laerader, all of which proven to be crucial in the war against Naglfar. On the other hand, as result of their enormous loss from the Battle at Horgsholt Fortress, Naglfar's war efforts was severely underminded that they reduced into shadows of their former selves and were forced into hiding. To made matter worse, Hel's disappearance caused remnants of Naglfar to be fractured into smaller factions with no clear leader, creating a lasting tensions between splintered groups. Following the end of the war, Harr and his friends officially disbanded Wrath of Thor, with Harr decided to accompany Asger raising Lara and helping her regain what she had lost.
Though the war taught Pomokai Holoholonas of Hoddmimi's Holt the meaning of unity and standing up for themselves, it also taught them horrors and desolation of the war in a hardest way possible. In fact, while Wrath of Thor inspired their brethren to fight and putting aside their differences for the common good, neither of them knew how to cope from post-traumatic stress resulted from the war and in spite of House of Cavendish's best efforts to help them recover, any Pomokai Holoholonas who returned from the war were never same anymore. In spite of finding happiness from becoming Lara's adoptive father and seeing how she developed into an energetic and cheerful young woman who aspired to become a Valkyrie, Asger was fearful around her due to the immense guilt that he felt after killing her birth parents, always reminded to their death each time he looked on her eyes. Even some Thapoli-Naglfar War veterans from Thapoli didn't fare better, as one of them, Farmatyr, isolated himself in his own workshop most of the time, conducting shady experiments to cope with his PTSD. Some said that he's trying to find alternate source of magic, while others stated that he studied some odd magic salvaged from Naglfar outposts he had destroyed back during the war. The latter seemed to be likely, as there were disturbing rumors circulating what he actually worked on.
Unable to ignore Farmatyr's disturbing rumors any longer, Lara, Asger, and Harr decided to pay their friend a visist where to the latter two's shock, they caught him experimenting with mystical substance Eitr, a substance he succesfully created with help of research notes left behind by Elder Erik. While conducting an illegal experiment already bad enough, the two Pomokai Holoholonas and the Valkyrie-in-training were horrified with the maddened wizard's intention to use the substance to try to revive the dead, including Lara's deceased birth parents. Farmatyr attempted to justify that his said intention was for Lara's happiness, but Asger, in spite of agree with him deep inside, begged against it. This encited a tense argument which culminated to Farmatyr, in a fit of rage, brought up the truth about the death of Lara's parents and exposed the ratatoskr as their killer in process, with Lara overheard their whole conversation. Horrified and devastated that her adoptive father and brother figure turned out the very person who had taken away her original family, Lara ran off with tears, prompting Asger and Harr to give chase.
The Ratatoskr and Vedrvolnir managed to find Lara sitting alone on the edge of a cliff, crying. They tried to reason with the depressed girl, but Lara responded by lashing out on them for not telling the truth, deriding Asger as a murderer: A ferocious fight erupts between adoptive father and daughter with Harr desperately attempted to stop to no avail (and ended up severely injured in process), during which Asger used his outstanding combat skill which only confirmed Farmatyr's accusation. Unfortunately, the said fight caused the cliff where they stood on collapsed, severely injuring them. Worse, Lara's wounds were severe that she unlikely survive the night even with Asger and Harr's best efforts in saving her life.
Things took the worst turn when Farmatyr took Lara away in order to heal her with Eitr, either out of guilt from revealing the truth or simply to use her for his own twisted experiment (the latter seemed to be likely given to his descent into madness). Before he could infuse her body with the said substance however, he was stopped by Asger and Harr at the very last moments. Outraged, Farmatyr attacked the two Pomokai Holoholonas with a magic blast, but in process the mad wizard unintentionally damaged the experimental machinery he used to refine Eitr, causing an explosion that killed both himself and Lara and leaving Harr and Asger severely injured.
Though miraculously survived, Asger and Harr were devastated by Lara and Farmatyr's death from the overexposure to Eitr resulted from the blast. Upon hearing the sad news, the rest of former Wrath of Thor members immediately came to comfort their saddened comrades. As they about to held Farmatyr and Lara's funeral however, Lara unexpectedly returned to life in front of Asger's eyes, seemingly unable to remember anything. This greatly surprised everyone present, unsure whether it was a miracle or otherwise until they realized it was actually the latter case; because one of them accidently brought up the fact that she had died, the memories about intense and heartbreaking circumstances surrounding her death drove Lara over the edge in form of PTSD breakdown, reducing her into a crazed killing machine. Losing her sense of self, Lara went berserk, attacking Asger and his fellow Wrath of Thor and even tearing off one of Harr's wing at one point, forcing Asger to put her out of her misery by pushing her to the same cliff she previously died seemingly to her second death.
Lara's presumed second death negatively affected the Wrath of Thor members, especially Asger who repressed the memories of the event. Having lost his drive to lead a normal life, Asger turned back on the life of soldier, believing peaceful life and ensuring others' happiness are things he never meant to capable of. The Wrath of Thor also chose to cover up the fact that they spared Lara, the last member of Gray Wolf clan, to avoid the ridicule over sparing a Naglfar member back during the war (though the group ended up forgiven by the time they revealed the truth, for the tragedy pertaining Lara and her family became the remainder for Sword of Laeradr to avoid become as warlike as their enemies). Lara on the other hand, who revealed to still alive albeit as an eitr-walker, would spent decades of her undeath life to find more about her family and planned her revenge on Asger. Farmatyr, who later revealed to reanimated as an Eitr-walker, would continue his twisted experiments with Eitr and even aiding both Helviti and Elder Erik in creating new types of Clockbeasts and Apollyons, though both are genuinely disturbed by his gradually deteriorating mental state. Whereas Farmatyr eventually received the comeuppance of his actions where ended up turned into one of Helviti's monsters and ultimately struck down by Molly in painful manner, the hope of both Asger and Lara to reconcile was restored thanks to the effort of both Akko and Ursula, the only ones who genuinely understanding the tragedy they had went through.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- The Thapoli-Naglfar War is inspired by real-life Vietnam War.