What is Stáv

The Five Principles

Trel (or Thrall)

The Trel principle refers to the slave or serf. Traditionally, they have no social standing. Within Stav, the Trell is considered to take no responsibility. In the Stav system, the Trell is associated with the color black and the deities Loki and Hel.

Karl (or Churl)

The Karl principle refers to the freeman. Traditionally they are farmers and craftsmen. Within Stav, the Karl is considered to take responsibility for himself. In the Stav system, the Karl is associated with the color green, and the deities Frey, Jord, Freya, Njord

Herse (pronounced Hashur)

The Herse principle refers to the warrior. Traditionally this would have been the local lord, but it refers to warriors generally. Within Stav, the Herse is considered to take responsibility for the wider community. In the Stav system, the Herse is associated with the color red, and the deities Vidar, Thor, Baldur, Tyr.

Jarl (pronounced Yarl)

The Jarl principle refers to the priest. Traditionally the word means Earl, and refers to a higher level of authority than Herse. Within Stav however, the Jarl is more of a background figure, taking responsibility for the more esoteric side of life. In the Stav system, the Jarl is associated with the color white or light grey, and the deities Heimdall, Skadi, Ull.

Konge (pronounced Kong-yur)

The Konge principle refers to the King or wiseman. Although traditionally this would mean literally the king, within Stav the Konge has gone beyond everyday responsibility and is able to fill in any of the roles of any of the Classes. In the Stav tradition, the Konge is associated with the color blue, and the deities Odin and Frigg.