Askeladd (アシェラッド, Asheraddo) or Lucius Artorius Castus is a cunning, mysterious pirate Viking. He is the son of a Norse Viking and a Welsh noble woman. Witnessing how his mother, and her people was mistreated by the Norse and the English, Askeladd dispises his Scandinavian heritage and embraces the Romano-Celtic heritage of his mother, although, he is nevertheless shown to be a believer in the Norse Gods. Sharing the belief of Welsh people, Askeladd longs for the day when his King Artorius would return and liberate the Briton people from the Germanic oppression. However upon encounter with Prince Canute, he realizes that belief is nothing more than a fairy tale and decides to aid Canute in the greatest cause. Through his Welsh mother, he is a direct descendant of King Arthur and aims to change the world by putting an end to viking culture while keeping Wales safe.
Askeladd's role in the series is the captain of a notorious band of Viking pirates. He is the unlawful murderer of Thors. He's Thorfinn's 'boss' even though Thorfinn rarely listens to him, apart from when he gets a chance to fight Askeladd (his usual reward). He is a mentor for Thorfinn and a catalyst that brings about the change in Canute. Askeladd serves as antagonist and surrogate father-figure to Thorfinn during the first arc of the saga, pushing around the younger man through having killed his father Thors and using the promise of revenge to make Thorfinn follow him.
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Name: Askeladd, real name is Lucius Artorius Castus
Origin: Vinland Saga
Age: Unknown, likely in his mid-30s
Classification: Human, pirate/Viking, descendant of King Artorius
Lifting Strength: Peak Human
Striking Strength: Wall Class
Durability: Wall level
Stamina: High, can fight groups of men
Range: Extended melee range with his sword
Intelligence: Highly adept in warfare and combat, Askeladd is very cunning and was planning to overthrow Canute's father, the former king of Denmark
Standard Equipment: His sword and armor
Weaknesses: None notable