I was discussing ways of keeping a backstory short and tight, which led me to 'poetic' style and reminded me of this:
Name: Vanir Knight
Primary: Big Sword
"So, long and long and long ago I, Alflogi son of Ljótr, was a warrior-poet of the Vanir.
Then came the Aesir, out of the east - we battled fiercely, but they proved stronger.
To end the conflict and ensure the peace, we exchanged hostages. Our lord's son, Yngvi went to join the Aesir and I was with him. Soon the tribes united, two parts of one nation, fighting together to win the land.
Eventually, long in years, I fell in battle and the Choosers carried my spirit to Valhalla.
There, I found old friends and new, and feasted and fought, as the eras rolled by, unnoticed. One such shield-mate was Donar of the Aesir.
Then the word came, from the lords of Valhalla - 'true warriors' would be chosen to return to the living lands, as emissaries and reminders that Valhalla had not forgotten them. So, I tricked my doughty friend Donar into volunteering with me, and lo, we were chosen, he for the Aesir and I for the Vanir.
Now reborn, we fight together, in this new place of heroes, and mighty indeed shall be our tale!"