The odal rune - heritage
Valkryja is a system that is very personal to me - it began as a simple project to make automation for myself in the mud Aetolia (link) when I started to develop arthritis in the wrists and couldn't keep up with its frenetic and fast combat by hand anymore. As such, while it has certainly grown far and well from that starting point, I have always themed it with a lot of my personal heritage in mind. Although I am Scottish by birth, and my family for a few generations is from there, it originally draws from Finnish and Norweigan settlers to what we now call Scotland, and I hold that past and history very close. A lot of various things in the system are named after the runes, or nordic concepts. I explain some of that, and further things here, so if that interests you, read on!
Valkryja, or, what's in the name?
KaunaKauna, sometimes also Kaunaz or Kaunan, is the rune in the Futhark for fire and enlightenment. It represents the enlightenment offered by fire and refers to moments of revelation. It also represents the simultaneous promise of fire to help or to harm - light if held aloft, pain if held in hand! - which, given the amount of trouble that coding, maintaining, and debugging a user interface which provides as much information as Kauna is, seems appropriate to me in both aspects.
The History of Valkryja
Fróðr sá þykkisk
er fregna kann
ok segja hit sama
megu ýta synir
því er gengr of guma
Most Norse traditions, be they the stories of myth or ethical guidelines of their times, were preserved in the Konungsbók - an Icelandic codex which is thought to have been written around 1270 or thereabouts. The Hávamál is no exception, being the second poem thus preserved.