Mercantile, crude, and merciless: these three words best sum up King Hrothgar II of Nordland, the driving force behind the Nordic colonization and exploitation of Vinland. The king is known to be a man of his word, but he pushes hard for deals that can be brutally tough for those on the receiving end, and he is absolutely vicious about collecting on his debts. He is famous for once putting a dozen nobles whom he considered his personal enemies on a boat with a lead keel and a levitation spell, and sending them out to sea in choppy weather. The levitation spell ended an hour after their departure, as did they.