Rørik comes to Draugar Vinlands from Birka, Sweden. His father, a great Slavic viking, traversed the eastern territories as a merchant, but finally settled in Birka after meeting the woman who would become his wife. Rørik has spent his early years along the Baltic coast, and it was during this time that his experience with the Danes led him to his affinity with the axe. When Rørik swings his dane-axe overhead, shields splinter, armor buckles, and limbs fly in his wake.