Runes of Mayhem is a fast-paced, competitive, historical tactical card game for two. The game is set in the early Medieval Period, and is based on the fights of the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons during the 8-10th centuries. The players face each other on the field of battle, they create powerful formations and lead their forces with the aid of mighty heroes to victory. The game features tokens and dice too, expanding it beyond the limits of a mere card game, creating an exciting combination of tactics and luck.
Their existence were always debated, considered merely a myth, but in the light of recent findings, it is more than possible that shieldmaidens are in fact existed. Legendary women who chose to be warriors, take up arms and fight side by side with men. They are recorded to have fought at the Battle of Brávellir and at the Siege of Dorostolon, just to mention the more famous cases. The mythical female figures of the Valkyries - the carriers of the fallen to Valhalla - are probably based on these real life warriors.
One of the most prestigious ruler of the Anglo-Saxon period, Egbert ruled Wessex from 802 until 839.
His ancestry is a matter of debate, it is possible that he was of Kentish descend and his whole ancestry was a forgery to back his claim on the throne of Wessex. During the 780s, the supreme power in Britannia was Mercia, King Offa of Merica's influence extended over Wessex, and when Egbert tried to claim the throne he was forced into exile. After Offa's death, Mercian influence weakened, and he could return and now successfully claim the throne for himself, probably by the aid of Charlemagne and the Papacy.
He continued his fight against Mercia, and eventually broke the Mercian Supremacy over Britannia. In 825, he won the Battle of Ellandun, securing the South for himself. In 829 he invaded Mercia and forced King Wiglaf into exile. He became Bretwalda, the "wide-ruler" of all Britannia. A year later, in 830 he fought the Welsh and extended his influence even further.
Later his influence diminished over Britannia. His foreign ally, the Frankish Empire got weaker due to inner conflicts, Wiglaf returned to power in Mercia and he had to face the invading armies of the Vikings.
King Egbert of Wessex died in 839, leaving his legacy weakened, only to be enstrengthened by King Alfred the Great 30 years later.