Midgard, the ancestral home of Humanity has been isolated from the Higher Realms of Alfheim, Asgard, Svartaflheim and Vanaheim for over 200 years since the events of Ragnarok took an unexpected turn.
Hel and her forces of Niflheim, known as the Feigr, overwhelmed the forces of Asgard by defying prophecy and bringing destruction to all in her path.
As Gods, Valkyries, Einherjar, Humans and Jotunborn (bestial creatures not loyal to Hel) fled across the Bifrost to the relative safety of the Higher Realms, Heimdal, wounded from his battle with Loki stayed behind. He destroyed the Bifrost, cutting off Midgard from the Higher Realms and ensuring the safety of all who resided there.
Since then the Aesir, Vanir, Alfar and Svartalfar have lived together with the Human and Jotunborn refugees, and societies upon these worlds have changed and adapted to their new normality.
Alfheim, home of the Alfar (or 'Elves') saw the rise of a new faith known as 'Provenance', choosing to move away from the worship of the Aesir and Vanir, feeling that they had been abandoned and forgotten.
Asgard, home of the Aesir, continues to embody the old ways of Midgard and is considered to be the reflect the more traditional 'Viking' culture.
Svartalfheim, home of the Svartalfar (or 'Svarts/Dwarves') became a very secular society, with Svarts holding all the power in Svartalfheim, and the Human/Jotunborn refugees being forced to live on the outskirts in tribal communities.
Vanaheim, home of the Vanir, became a world of equality. Regardless of your origin, whether you were a God or mortal, you are considered equal amongst the population. Vanaheim is considered to be the most accepting of all worlds.
Now, for reasons unknown, the Bifrost has reformed, reforming the connection between the Higher Realms and Midgard.
Here you can find out more about the Realms and Lore that make up the background of Beyond Ragnarok; from timelines throughout history, to information about the Gods themselves and other creatures throughout the Realms. As the story grows and develops, more lore will be added throughout the course of the game.