|“||And here I thought my family was fucked up||„|
|~ Baldur's statement about his family after witnessing Atreus shot Kratos.|
The Aesir from God of War are a tribe of Gods known for their warlike nature and association with knowledge. They are natives of Asgard, one of the nine realms of the World Tree. Odin is the king of the Aesir and its founder after he killed Ymir and cemented his rule as the Allfather under the self righteous belief that he and the Aesir are the rightful rulers of the nine realms and deserved to be such. Most of the members of Aesir are cruel, barbaric, and war loving Gods as they love to cause war and chaos in the nine realms simply for their own amusement or to eliminate anyone else who they believe posed a threat to their reign. Tyr is the only known Aesir who wasn't as corrupted as his family as he believed in peace and unity, but sadly this led to his presumed death at the hands of his own father Odin who suspected him plotting with the giants to overthrow him and disapproved of his method to stave off Ragnarok. Because of this they're feared and hated by many inhabitants of the nine realms and making them the main antagonist of the Norse era of God of War series.
Centuries before the main event God of War (2018)
The First Gods
The first Aesir God to ever exist is Búri who was one of Ymir the primordial giant's many creations. Búri would later sire a son named Borr who was later followed by his grandsons Odin, Ve, and Vili. Not long after their creation the Aesir believed that they're more superior than any races that Ymir ever created and they should hold dominion over all creation. The strongest among them, Odin, raised arms with his brothers against their progenitor and slew Ymir, eventually leaving the Realms at the mercy of Asgard.
Plan To Eradicate The Giants
Due to Odin's action almost every giants born from Ymir drowned in the flood caused by Odin spilling Ymir's blood leaving Bergelmir and his wife Nal as the only survivors of the disaster and caused their descendants have always held bitter resentment to Odin and the Aesir, with the Allfather always looking for ways to eliminate their race completely. Both envious and paranoid of their innate affinity with foresight, as well as their strange connection to his own death, Odin eventually made the decision to genocide the giants using his now extended Aesir tribe/family. Following a botched attempt at peace organised by the diplomatic God of War, (who was unwittingly used by Odin as he tried to steal secrets from Jötunheim); the Allfather utilized the strength of his son Thor to carry out Giant slaughter across Midgard, though several Jötnar Shrines depict that Thor was not the only god involving themselves in this brutality.
At some points later after Tyr successfully sealed away any possible travel to Jötunheim to save the giants from his brethren's brutality he was presumably killed by his own father.
Besides the Giants, the Aesir had simmering tensions between their rival tribe, the pacifist Vanir. It was when the Aesir attempted to murder one of their leaders, Freyr, after the Vanir's attempts at diplomacy that the two fractions of gods finally broke out in war. Though contests of raw power were easily won, the Vanir proved to be their equal and delivered serious damage to the Aesir. Their battles raged on for centuries until both sides finally put an end to the senseless conflict, having no choice but to compromise in order to achieve peace.
Mimir served as the ambassador of the two tribes, proposing that Odin should marry one of the leaders of the Vanir, Freya. The proposal finally brought peace to both the Aesir and Vanir. Odin was, at the time, distraught over the death of his beloved, though Freya's presence brought him comfort. Freya soon bore him a son.
Odin's increased Paranoia
Odin didn't give up on his quest of finding a way to Jötunheim and to eliminate any giants he could find. At some points Odin and the Aesir bounded Fenrir with unbreakable chains due to Odin's paranoia over the colossal wolf and took his sons Sköll and Hati to raise and later used them to keep the sun and moon moving after they grew mutinous due to an unknown reason (possibly due to Helios death at the hands of Kratos in God of War III).
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Abilities & Power
The Aesir have always been a powerful tribe that values strength above all else, always remaining unchallenged until they met their match against the Vanir.
However, Mimir notices that while they were an unstoppable force, they lacked strategy, coordination and planning. Also, most of the Aesir look down on the practice of magic, relying solely on their skills in brute combat.
All Aesir seen so far can use elemental power to enhance their physical abilities and weaponry; Baldur can imbue his attacks with light and later with ice and fire, and likewise, Thor and his sons can imbue their weapons with lightning.
- Búri: The first Aesir God to ever exist.
- Borr: Son of Búri and the father of Odin, Vili, and Vé.
- Odin: King of the Aesir, the Raven God.
- Thor: Son of Odin, the God of Thunder.
- Baldur: Son of Odin, the God of Light.†
- Týr: Son of Odin, the God of War.
- Magni and Modi: The Sons of Thor.†
- Thrúd: The daughter of Thor.
- Mimir: Former counselor of Odin, the God of Knowledge.
- Heimdall: Gatekeeper and Guardian of Asgard.
- Sif: The golden-haired wife of Thor.
- Bragi: Bard of Valhalla, the God of Poetry.
- Höðr: The blind son of Odin.
- Hœnir: An obscure Aesir god.
- Vili and Vé: The younger brothers of Odin.
- Ullr: The son of Sif, and stepson of Thor.
God Of War II
Creatures in God of War