In Northgard you have to choose a Clan. It works similar to Factions/Races in other RTS Games.
Each Clan has his own Starting bonus,
Fame bonus and a slightly differing Lore tree.
Starting and Fame Bonuses
Killing Wolves and Brown Bears provide (20 for wolves, 140 for bears)
Military units eat 30% less and provide
200 (Assault): Your military units gain 15% attack bonus when fighting outside your territory
500 (Dominion): Your Berserker can colonize for free (with a cool down)
Start with +75 , and
Hall of Skalds replaces Brewery and provides additional Fame
200 (Supplies): Gain +150 , and , and +10
500 (Dedication): Upgraded buildings gain additional 10% production bonus
Hlidskjalf Your warchief gains the ability Annexation: whenever your Warchief uncolonizes a tile, you will colonize it for free
Start with 1 Sheep and can build the Sheepfold
Increases production of bonus of Feasts to 30%
200 (Spare Tools): You gain 2 free tools to increase villagers' productivity
500 (Team Work): Defense Towers and all Military units gain 20% resistance when feasting. You get 1 free Feast
Gefjun's Jar Spend to summon villagers and sheep
Cost is based on your current population
Reduce the needed by your population by 10%
Huginn and Muninn
Can colonize with rather than
Can build a Harbor (replaces Longship Dock) to explore coastal areas and later send mercenaries to attack
200 (Recruits): Obtain +3 Villagers, 3 max population and +1
500 (Mercenaries): You can hire Mercenaries at your Harbor and send them to raid coastal areas
Naglfar You can send Sons of Hrymrs raids
Sons of Hrymrs have AoE attacks, hurting and fearing enemies (1 out of 3 attacks) and get resources to players (like a regular raid)
Cooldown: 6 Months
and penalties are reduced by 30%
Instead of having reduced power, your military units get 10% resistance bonus during Winter
Can summon Kaija, The Armored Bear at the Training Camp for 40 and 40 (Cannot enter enemy territory)
200 (Kindred Spirit): Having Kaija or a Shield Maiden in an area, increases local production by 15%
500 (The Bear Awakens): You gain +3 Fame per enemy unit killed in an area with the Shield Maiden. Your Military units gain 1% power per 100
Scabbard of Gram Your Warchief gets Gram, the legendary sword and gains +15% Att and Def
Gram freezes enemies when hit. When frozen, nearby enemies get -20% att speed and -20% move speed
Mender's Hut replaces Healer's Hut. Mender's produce +1 while not healing
Each additional territory gives +2 max population
No Happiness penalties for non-upgraded houses
200 (Heritage): 1 free Lore (doesn't count towards Lore Victory or Blessings)
500 (Greater Blessings):
~Freya: Blizzard Penalty is hugely reduced (50%)
~ Baldr: +5
~Jord: Warchief and upgraded tower get +10% Attack
Mask of Gullinbursti When built, a Giant Boar spawns in every forest on the map
Reveals every Forest tiles on the map
Giant Boars in ally territories are peaceful and defend you and your allies
When owning the Relic, Giant Boars can be sacrificed for 500
Age 15 (The Cunning): You start with your warchief, the young Signy.
is not needed to summon Signy
The clan doesn't have access to . Signy grows up, getting strong and unlocking new abilities instead.
Age 16 (Pride of the Clan): Signy gains 5% move speed and can now attack at range
Age 18 (Tears of the Earth): Signy can use Scorched Earth to burn any area during 3 months (3 month cooldown). Burned zone: -50% production, snakes units and buildings +50% attack.
Signy moves faster and can go through tiles with foes without engaging combat
Gungnir If you have unlocked a military path, you can unlock a new military path
Your military experience is common for both paths
Eitria and Brok are the 2 clan Warchiefs, they can be recruited in the Forge, instead of the usual Military Camps, for 150 , no needed
Both Warchiefs can fight, mine ore and forge
Warchief mining and forge speed +10%
The Clan does not have access to Quarry/ Iron Mine, Miners or Smiths
Völund's Forge replaces the regular Forge
Villagers build and repair buildings 25% faster
200 (Thane: Craftsmen): Upgraded tools get an additional +5% production bonus. Selling or gives 20% more and trading partner gets twice the amount of those resources
500 (Jarl: Legacy of the Earth): You can build a second Relic. Two and two deposits are discovered in your terrirtory
Dainsleif & Tyrfing Your warchiefs gain +20% Attack, +20% , +20% Health, +20% mining and +20% forge speed.
Your civilians can go into neutral territory.
No Happiness or production penalty for being wounded.
You start with Sacrificial Pyre. You can build a Dragonkin Altar instead of other military camps
Start with 2 Thralls and only 3 Villagers. You can buy thralls from your Longship Dock
200 (Reluctant Workforce): Receive 5 Thralls. Your gauge is extended, and bonuses are increased
500 (Tenacious Grudge): +10% attack power against an opponent for each victory condition in which they are ahead of you (Commerce, Lore and Fame). Your Dragon Essence gauge is complete, and bonuses are increased
No commercial Victory. No port. No Lighthouse. Can build Fishery on lake tiles and beaches to assign fishermen.
+50% colonising and wood building cost on non coastal zone. -30% fighting power on non coastal zone.
Can build Hörgr to assign Norns. Only female vikings can become Norns. Replaces Tavern.
Norns produce Happiness and Wyrd.
may activate special abilities.
The Clan of the Kraken starts with 400 .
Edda of Vör This Relic allows your Norns to earn .
When the Relic is built, it gives 1 000 .
Your Warchief is the powerful Torfin.
Torfin can find Ancestral Equipment from Ancient Battlegrounds and equip them to become even stronger.
Your units are tougher, larger and eat 10% more than the other clans.
Your units have a +15% attack power and defense bonus.
Specialized civilian units have a +40% base production bonus, except Loremaster.
Non-upgraded buildings can hold only one unit, and houses hold less people.
Aegir It unlocks Ram ability for Torfin, which can target an enemy building with a powerful charge, immediately destroying it and scaring nearby enemy units on the way.