Twilight of the Gods
South of the Anglo-Saxon lands is the land of the Franks – a kind of Holy Empire of the White Christ. They are numerous, but do not tend to fare well against Norse in battle, and it wasn’t so long ago that they once again besieged Paris, waiting until they were offered tribute by the so-called King of Francia before they withdrew, raiding their way back into the north.
The Franks are widely renowned for the quality of their blades, and many masterwork swords come from those lands originally. They are high enough quality that they can be handed down from father to son as well as they are well-cared for.