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Menders are an order of humans trained in magical arts. Their base is called Manaharr, built near Arberrang, the seat of the human king. Menders possess significant political power and they are generally well respected and 'healthily' feared, by both humans and Varl.
Valka[edit | edit source]
Valka is the name used for some of the most powerful Menders that played a key-role in stopping Dredge invasions in past ages, banishing them in the far northern region of Valkajokull, beyond the Varl lands. According to Juno, Valka were the human weapon against Sundr, the 'champions' of the Dredge army. Unlike the Sundr, Valka are subject to natural death; however, they are able to pass on their knowledge and train new members, thus replenishing their order.
- Named Valka include: Gaukr (dead), Juno, Zefr, Dusi and Eyvind.
The male Valka are often prone to unstable behaviour unlike the women, with their leader Eyvind being an extreme case.
Characters[edit | edit source]
In the first part of The Banner Saga, two characters that belong to the Mender order are met: Juno and her apprentice, Eyvind. Eyvind is a playable character unit, who is able to use devastating lightning-arc attacks that hit multiple enemies. Juno is a support (unplayable) character of significant importance to the story, who possesses powerful mind-control abilities.
Two new Mender Heroes are met in the second part of The Banner Saga: Zefr and her apprentice, Nikels. Zefr is a Valka with the ability to buff ally unit stats and movement range. Nikels is still in training and possesses no special abilities apart from Mend. In the last chapter of the game, we are also acquainted with Dusi, the head of the Mender Council in Manaharr.
Eyvind is revealed to actually be a Valka as well as their leader in the third part.