At the center of the Norse cosmos stands the great tree Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil grows out of the Well of Urd, whose depths hold many of the most powerful forces and beings in the cosmos. Among these beings are the Norns, three maidens who create the fates of all beings. One of the most powerful techniques they use to shape fate is carving runes into Yggdrasil’s trunk. After watching the Norns from his throne, Odin become somewhat jealous of their knowledge and embarked on a mission to know the runes. A mission which nearly killed him.