The inspiration behind this story is a song I actually couldn’t include in the story, because the song I was inspired by is not currently available for purchase. You’ll also see in the video below that some of the scenery also played a part in the inspiration for the village of Lysa and the Lundar Mountain.
I was particularly inspired by the kulning featured in the song.
For those who don’t know, kulning is an ancient herding call with its origins traced back to Sweden and some parts of Norway. Here’s an example of kulning if you’re still unsure of what I’m talking about.
I absolutely love the sound of it, so I knew when I set out to create a winter-inspired playlist, I had to somehow include it in there.
I managed it thanks to a video game called “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons” which has a bit of kulning in its main theme. It’s also a fantastic video game with such a powerful story, so I’m glad I got to use its music.
Creating the playlist was actually quite easy. There were many songs that just reminded me of winter and the north.
Two of these songs I’ve known since high school actually.
The first is called “Cry of the Last Unicorn” by Rossano Galante, which is the part where you encounter the marauders at Faycastle.
I was in my high school symphonic band (I played alto clarinet), and I remember I was talking to a friend as we waited in the back of the auditorium when the Wind Ensemble began to play this song.
It was like I entered into a trance. Whatever my friend was saying to me was now hitting a wall, because my gaze went straight to the stage. All I could do was listen to this song.
I had pretty much the same reaction when I heard our high school choir perform “Northern Lights” by Ola Gjeilo, which is the part where, you guessed it, you see the northern lights.
Something about “Northern Lights” pulled me away from reality, and I was lost in my own imagination, amongst the colorful ribbons in the sky.
I hope one day to see the northern lights in person and to listen to this song while I gaze up at them.
The last thing I’ll say about this story is that it actually holds a very special message at the end of it.
I think, when you look at the story as a whole, you realize it’s actually a story of someone putting so much effort into others that they forget to take a moment to breathe for themselves.
I am very much that person who will take care of everyone and everything until I am completely spent.
Often, I forget that to aid others, you must first help yourself. I really wanted to emphasize that in the end, when Ylda tells you that it’s time to take care of yourself.
It doesn’t matter what exactly happened to the jarl’s wife and the young child. You know that you helped the whole village with your efforts, and that is enough.
I hope you liked this story. It’s not as adventurous as one might expect, but this story has heart, I think.