Nordic and Scandinavian mythology (writing inspiration)
Skadi is the Viking Goddess of winter. Her name is said to mean shadow or shade. She is the Queen of the shades. She is a huntress, a dark magician, a giantess Goddess, ruling especially over mountains, wilderness, winter, revenge, knowledge, damage, justice, and independence. It is said that she gifted hunters with the bow and the skill to use it. The scythe, wolves and venomous snakes are sacred to her. Also sacred to her are skates, skis and snowshoes.
Norse shamanism. The name “völva” means simply “woman with a staff”. The staff, in Norse also called “gandur” (refer to the English word “wand”), was a symbol of power and, like in this case, control of the supernatural. The bishop’s crozier, the king’s sceptre and the magician’s magic wand are relics from this special kind of symbolism. The Norse word “gandur” means both wand and magic in modern Faroese and Icelandic.
In Norse mythology, Mist (Old Norse "cloud" or mist) is a Valkyrie. Mist appears in Valkyrie list in the Poetic Edda poem Grímnismál and both of the Nafnaþulur Valkyrie lists. No further information is provided about her. Rudolf Simek says that her name, Mist, is likely related to Old Norse mistr, meaning "cloud, mist," and that this "reminds us of the way in which Valkyries can ride through the air and over water." She is one of the few Norse Goddesses who`s names are intact in Modern English.
Hrímfaxi, frost maned horse of Viking myth In Norse mythology, Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi are the horses of Dagr (day) and Nótt (night). The names Skinfaxi and Hrímfaxi mean "shining mane" and "rime mane" (or "frost mane"), respectively. In stanza 14 of the Vafþrúðnismál, the third poem of the Poetic Edda, Odin states that the horse Hrímfaxi "draws every night to the beneficent gods" and that he lets foam from his bit fall every morning, from which dew comes to the valleys.