Norse mythology states that Gleipnir (Old Norse “open one”1) is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenrir. The Gods had attempted to bind Fenrir twice before with huge chains of metal, but Fenrir was able to break free both times. Therefore, they commissioned the dwarves to forge a chain that was impossible to break. To create a chain to achieve the impossible, the dwarves fashioned the chain out of six supposedly impossible things.
In reality, Gleipnir is seven wards used to prevent anyone from accessing the World Chair, with Fenrir just being one of the seven wards. The truth in the legend is that these wards appear to have been fashioned using seven impossible things. As of late the wards have been decaying. One has been restored by Bobby Chan’s self sacrifice mingled with the Blood of a Star. One of the wards acted as a veil, preventing anyone from remembering or thinking about the chair, with the destruction of the Fear of the Fairy Queen that ward has failed and the veil has been lifted. This has exposed the true purpose of the wards and the World Chair is no longer hidden beneath Witch’s Hat Tower.
The wards are potent and nearly impenetrable. It appears they can be broken if a caster is able to channel enough energy and has access to one of the totems. If the original totem is destroyed the corresponding ward appears to fall. It appears to restore a ward one would need significant gesture of self sacrifice along with an appropriate totem in the appropriate ritual circle.
The Forgers of Gleipnir
These individuals created the Impossible Chains to seal away the World Chair’s power.
Craig, I wonder if there are seven totems, one for each ward? The impossible thing could be something that each binder gave of themselves! Like Titania or, more likely Mab, gave the Fear of the Fairy Queen. Chrysophylax, the Generosity of a Dragon. Hmmm, I wonder who gave the Blood of a Star….I don’t, maybe I’m just grasping at straws – Beth