Olaf the White, also known as Amlaíb Conung, was a Viking king in Ireland. He came to Ireland in the year 853 AD and used the Dublin settlement and longphort as his base of power. Together with his brothers Ímar and Óisle he ruled the surrounding lands and tried to expand their influence in Ireland. The three brothers were also named 'kings of the foreigners'.
The family of Olaf consisted of his wife Auðr, daughter of Ketil Flatnose, and his sons Thorstein and Carlus. His father was Gofraid. king of Lochlann who ruled part of the kingdom of the Isles.
In 856 a war between Olaf and Máel Sechnaill, the overking of the Southern Uí Néill, started to errupt. Máel was a powerful king and his lands were close to that of Dublin. He had a small army of Norse-Irish Vikings. The fighting was focused on Munster for their power had been weakened in 856 by a Viking raid on the royal centre at Lough Cend in which many leaders were killed. This weakness drew the attention of Olaf and Máel to expand their influence in Munster.
The early battles went in favor of Olaf and his brother, they inflicted a rout on the troops commanded by Caitill Find. In 858 Ímar routed a force of Norse-Irish at Araid Tíre. He had allied himself with Cerball, king of Ossory, a kingdom which was wedged between Munster and Leinster. The following year Olaf, Ímar and Cerball conducted a raid on the heartlands of Máel in Meath. After the attack the alliance dissolved and Cerball pledged allegiance to Máel again.
A new ally had to be found by Olaf and Ímar and they forged a new alliance with Áed Findliath, overking of the Northern Uí Néill. In 860 Máel and Cerball led a large army of men from Munster, Leinster, Connacht and the Southern Uí Néill into the lands of Áed Findliath near Armagh. While the southern forces were encamped there, Áed launched a night attack, killing some of the southern men, but his forces took many casualties and were forced to retreat. In retaliation for this invasion Olaf and Áed led raids into Meath in 861 and 862, but they were driven off both times. In later years, the alliance between the Northern Uí Néill and the Vikings of Dublin became a regular occurrence.
Olaf's reign in Dublin
Olaf's campaigns in England
Máel Sechnaill died in 862, and his territory in Meath was split between two rulers, Lorcán and Conchobar. Olaf and Ímar were now joined by their younger brother Óisle, and sought to make use of this change to extend their influence in the lands of the Southern Uí Néill. In 863 the three brothers raided Brega in alliance with Lorcán, and the following year Olaf drowned Conchobar at Clonard Abbey. Muirecán, overking of the Uí Dúnchada, was killed by Vikings in 863, probably by Olaf and his kin trying to expand into Leinster.
Beginning around 864 the three brothers halted their campaigns of conquest in Ireland, and instead campaigned in Britain. In 866 Olaf and Óisle led a large army to Pictland and raided much of the country, taking away many hostages. The native Irish kings took advantage of this absence to fight back against the growing Viking power in Ireland. In 866 a number of longphorts along the northern coast were destroyed by Áed Findliath. In 866 a battle was won by Flann, overking of Brega, against the Vikings, possibly in retaliation for the raids on his lands. Numerous further setbacks for the Vikings occurred in 867 when their camps at Cork and Youghal were destroyed, an army was routed in Kerry, two battles were lost against the native Irish in Leinster, and Olaf's fort at Clondalkin was destroyed.
Olaf returned to Ireland in 867, probably to try to stop the string of defeats. Around this time his brother Óisle was murdered by a kinsman. In 868 his son Carlus died in battle at Killineer, fighting against the forces of former ally Áed Findliath. In retaliation for this defeat Olaf raided the monastery at Armagh, which was one of the most important religious places for the over-kings of the Northern Uí Néill.
In 871 he returned to Lochlann to aid his father Gofraid in a war. During the war he was killed during a protracted campaign against Causantín in 874.
Olaf the White is fierce and strong opponent. He has exceptional primary skills in tactics and maneuvers, his secondary skill is ship maneuvering.
Olaf's assets are a town (one random town card with port), two villages and a fort. A huskarl force of 50 (warbands of 10), one drakkar ship of large size (one large sized drakkar ship card), 80 karl warriors (warband cards of 5, 10 or 20). In coin he owns 100 silver and has a yearly income of 35 silver.
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