Isenbrad was recognised as a paragon of Wisdom.
Isenbrad of the Steinr was a smith known for excellent judgement and good counsel. He quested with Godric against a terrible troll kingdom. Upon loss of their weapons, he turned his legendary skills to shaping weapons of ice and carved the secrets of his art upon the walls of the cave using runes.
Isenbrad is one of the most famous Steinr to rest in the swamps of Kallavesa.
The assembly of Wisdom cited the following signs as demonstration of Isenbrad's paragonhood.
- His Legacy is the magic of the runes used throughout the Empire.
- He Inspires adventurers, artisans, and magicians to this day. When in a tight spot, many followers of the Way ask themselves "what would Isenbrad have done?"
- His tireless fight against the enemies of the people of Wintermark, his wise counsel, and his relentless commitment to the unity of the three people, are a demonstration of his Benevolence.
- His practicality, and his refusal to bow to tradition when innovation was required, lead to new ways of thinking among his people, setting them on a path to enlightenment. This is a clear sign of Salvation.
- The miraculous circumstances surrounding his death are a sign of Liberation.
- Among several other feats of magical prowess, Isenbrad is known for the Miracle of forging weapons from ice. This story demonstrates the power of using the tools at hand in a practical and unexpected way.
Isenbrad in Play
Controversies and Later History
- The miracle of forging weapons from ice is often contested by pragmatic secularists and virtuous histographs who argue that it is most likely a metaphor. Critics often quote the work of Hengist of Kalpaheim who argued that there are several locations in Wintermark where actual metal weapons are entombed in ice, and that this element of Isenbrad's story could well be a misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the paragon freeing such weapons from the ice where they were preserved.
- Isenbrad is credited with being the first runesmith, and bringing knowledge of the runes to the people of Wintermark. The true provenance of the runes, however, is a subject for some debate among theologians, runesmiths, and historians. There are questions about how the Jotun and Thule came to employ them - the accepted argument is that they learned them from the Winterfolk, but both barbarian tribes refute this explanation. Objects have been found from time to time that appear to date from before the time of Isenbrad yet bear obvious rune markings and are clearly the work of humans from the north-western Empire.
- As with several older paragons, scholars associated with the virtuous histograph school of thought point to the many stories of Isenbrad's innovation and suggest that this is a clear example of the inspirational actions of several real figures being ascribed to a paragon who may or may not have been a real person.