Little is known of the fire-giant Surtr. His origins are shrouded as by a haze of forge-smoke, his secrets mingled with the ashes of his fiery home. Even Odin the All-Wise cannot see the spark that started Surtrâ€™s fire. But he knows the giantâ€™s end...for it is the end of the gods, and of mankind, as well. Surtr is the very embodiment of the fire that will burn the old world to ash, so that a new one might rise in its place.
It is said that when mighty Surtr moves from his post on the frontiers of Muspell, the heavens shall break apart, the earth shall burn and warriors will tread the path from Hel. Carrying his bright sword, he will lead the sons of Muspell into battle with the Norse gods â€“ a battle which will end with Surtrâ€™s flames engulfing the world.
But until that day, Surtr stands sentry against those who would dare invade the lands of his people, be they mortal or divine. Over the millennia, many gods have trespassed on Surtrâ€™s territory, either in the course of a quest or simply because they desire a challenge. Some believe that these periodic incursions into Muspell are encouraged by Odin as a test of Surtrâ€™s vigilance, while others claim that the Norse gods hope to keep Surtr weak through constant warfare. Regardless of the reason, he has faced gods in battle many times, and he has tasted many defeats at their hands.
Over and over again, Surtr is cast down only to rise again, like a rekindled flame. But with each defeat, the heat of his wrath grows ever stronger...as does his desire to lead his people to war against those who would see them bound to their lands for all eternity. And soon â€“ sooner, perhaps, than the gods realize â€“ Surtr will leave his post at last, and march to the worldâ€™s ruin.