Welcome to what we know as earth. Midgard is where we live, where our ancestors lived. Humanity has evolved here for thousands of years, hunting, gathering, coming together to form large civilizations, and becoming the top of the food chain.
The creations and culture of man are seen worldwide, and their impact span across many of the continents. Unlike the other realms, Midgard has no beings capable of manipulating the elements. The lack of magical beings may be one of the reasons humanity was able to rise to domination of the world so quickly.
Beigns from other realms do occasionally make this world their home, and they will often be worshiped as Gods when they do. However, humans are quite free willed and hard to tame, thus many times they will rise against their “Gods”, and often, be successful in gaining their freedom.
Another reason for the overall lack of interest in Midgard is that the mineral resources are pretty common and useless. Because of this, humanity has been left on its own without much influence from the outside realms.
Humans themselves (as born on Midgard) are pretty useless. Very short life spans, limited strength, basic intelligence, and no magical abilities whatsoever, their purpose to other beings is small. However, a unique trait about them is that they have a soul, Firar, basically giving them an immortal conscious, even though their bodies may not be. These souls prove useful to the Aesir, whom have valkyrie collect them and transfer them into a much stronger vessel. This process turns the human souls into Einherjar, warriors of the Gods. The bodies of these warriors are much stronger than their human counterparts, and can die over and over again to be simply revived and continue fighting on. They are indeed an excellent soldier and the Aesir use them well.
Yggdrasil is the first realm, the realm of all Creation, the realm of Godly Origin. It is considered by all life forms to be “The World Tree”. It is heavily forested. Hidden among the vegetation are eight Fjor Tres (Life Trees), each supporting its own realm. Yggdrasil remains the only way to travel between all the worlds. Long since abandoned by the Gods, there are few life forms that consider Yggdrasil a home. One of these are the Norns, creatures that keep the eight Fjor Tres tended too.
Since Yggdrasil is the only gateway between all the realms, the Gods of the Aesir have long ago cast a curse upon these lands. It is a divine spell that drives all those without protection into madness. This curse prevents large armies of the Vanir, Jotun, and Dark Elves from marching upon Asgard (The Realm of the Aesir Gods). However, this curse also affects those whom must make a natural journey throughout the realm, the souls of men, Firar. This curse causes numerous souls to traverse aimlessly throughout the realm, lost, driven to madness by visions of their mortal life. Their only salvation is to be rescued by Valkyries, whom are naturally immune to the curse, or to be devoured by any of the soul devouring creatures that wander Yggdrasil, often called “Creperum” or “The Darkness”
Yggdrasil is a beautiful, yet dangerous world. It is a mystical realm, unmatched by any of the other worlds. It is also the reason for their existence. Without Yggdrasil, the “World Tree”, nothing would exist. This is a truth that is forgotten by most of the Gods
Niflheim, the realm considered by many to be home of the dead. It’s the coldest and darkest of the 9Realms, this is due to this earth being stuck in a planetary Ice Age. The terrain is rocky and tough, covered in thick layer of snow. Lifeforms are able to exist within this world, however the beings are primitive and dangerous. This is a harsh world, and as such, to live one must be savage. Rough oceans do still exist in this realm, however, most other liquid bodies have frozen over.
Because of the emptiness of this world, the Aesir have created a large prison here, one that bounds and tortures the most notorious of criminals. It is here that Loki is tortured and imprisoned for his crimes in the death of the highly beloved Balder.
Underground of Niflheim is a rare and valuable resource, a liquid that heals the fatal wounds of lesser mortal beings. The name of this green liquid is called Svaenlain, and it is only found within this realm. The liquid has all but lost its use to the Aesir and the Vanir, but other beings still fight over this valuable resource. To keep order, the Aesir appointed Hel, daughter of Loki, to rule the drilling operations. Hel went about creating a barren kingdom, calling it Helheim.
Queen Hel guards the domain with vicious cerberus like creatures called Rakki. Her most dangerous and loyal Rakki is named Garm. To mine the resource, Hel employs the service of a corrupted Valkyrie, whom brings her the souls of humans. Because of this, rumors are spread among the Einherjar that the souls of humans who die of sickness and old age go to Niflheim. This is simply not true.