The Flame War
Ten millenia ago, before the current commonly accepted state of ancient history, was a country in the far north, in the land that is now known as the Scandinavian Province of Germany. This country was a land of a proud warrior people, who believed in violent gods and life in eternal battle with their ancestors for the worthy. These people were called Nords, and this land was called Norðurbrún (NOR-thur-broon).
What happened to this land? It’s unclear. Quinn Ico, a man out of time, remembers a long and tumultuous war against a cult known as the Cult of Ymir, but he was frozen before the battle could conclude. As Ymir was then the mighty god of ice and ruler of the Jötunn, and the country’s history was mostly lost due to an ice age that followed, it can only be assumed what happened.
The people of Norðurbrún spoke a language they called Nordic, phonetically similar to the slightly more modern Icelandic, though rather severely archaic. Quinn is likely the only man alive fluent in this lost tongue. It is a harsh language written in runes, and some small fragments of their culture may yet remain carved in stone. If so, it is likely preserved in Scandinavian museums.
The land itself was shattered by the pressure of a huge glacier that slid across the plate thousands of years ago, submerging much of the land into what is now the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia, and the Barents Sea. It is also possible that this shift is why the land is much colder than Quinn recalls.
Other secrets may yet lie frozen in the ice that still covers parts of the region. Some, like the Godly Conflagration, have already attempted to stake their claim on the rewards of such a search. Other treasures have yet to be found. For interested academics, such a find would be truly sensational, providing information on an entire lost culture that predates much modern knowledge. For others, such an atavism would be a threat to their carefully constructed propaganda.