With traces of dried blood adorning their hulls the ashmen inched up the river. The natives watched from afar, events over the last decades had taught them to be very careful when the sea pirates appeared. Gunnar saw them but did not worry, for this time he intended to stay, and to create a place of trade. When he saw the ruined city and the open land bordering the forest of Galtres, he knew Freya smiled on him. The other two longships followed the Dawn-raider to the river bank, and Yorvik was born. This time Gunner sent the thrall Aldred on land first, not a warrior.