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It tells the story of Solveig Fia Bjørnstad, a young woman who must wage a one-woman guerrilla war in the mountains, not only to thwart the German export of heavy water, used for research into atomic weapons, but also to save her captured mother, Astrid.
For three years, Norway, along with most of Western Europe, has been under occupation by Nazi Germany. Since the evacuation of its royal monarchy and the installation of a puppet government in 1940, the territory has been used by the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe to extend control over the North Seas. 400,000 Wehrmacht soldiers have been stationed in the country to protect these interests, while the general population is under the control of the Geheime Staatspolizei, the Gestapo. Despite this, during 1943, Norwegian saboteurs collaborate with the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in commando missions to cripple the war effort, one of which is a heavy water production plant at Rjukan, Telemark.
Still and Silent
Three days before the events of the story, Astrid Bjørnstad, a technician at the heavy water plant, assists a group of British Commandos in their attempt to destroy the German-held facility. The raid fails however and all surviving members are executed. Her role in the raid exposed, Astrid is arrested and brought before the base commander, Leutnant Weber. Weber interrogates Astrid for information on the "monsters in the woods" - resistance operatives and suspected survivors of the raid, who have been found to be killing German troops in the surrounding area.
One such "monster" is Solveig, who has been tracking her mother since her capture in an attempt to rescue her. Equipped with skis, Throwing Knives, an old service rifle and her trusty hunting knife, Solveig successfully infiltrates the heavy water plant and locates her mother. Before they leave however, Astrid insists they retrieve a dossier of intel and sabotage the machinery. On the single viaduct leading outside the base, they are surrounded by Weber and his men, who convinces them to spare Astrid as she is an invaluable asset, while Weber suspects Solveig is one of the British commandos. With few options left and fearing for her daughter's life, Astrid entrusts the dossier to Solvieg before pushing her off the bridge.
All is Ash
Injured but alive, Solveig awakens to the distant sounds of German search parties descending upon the ravine. In the bitter cold and driving winds of a snowstorm, she proceeds through the area in order to deliver the dossier to a resistance dead drop, but accidentally slips into a river and almost dies from hypothermia. With the last of her strength, she shambles to a nearby cabin, surprising the German resting inside, killing him before fainting.
Wolf and Dog
The next day, Solveig retrieves opens the dossier to find a letter written by Astrid to the resistance. She reveals that millions of lives are at stake if Germany succeeds in creating a working atomic bomb from heavy water. Armed with this knowledge, Solveig sets out on a journey to cripple the heavy water shipments in a dockyard and a warehouse, as well as destroying Norwegian resistance intel collected by the Gestapo in their headquarters in a nearby village.
Reconning the other side of the frozen fjord, she comes across a heavily guarded bunker. Infiltrating the base, she discovers more heavy water being prepared for transport within a convoy of trucks, as well as Astrid escorted by Weber. Upon learning that Astrid knows of the German atomic weapons program, he reveals his own motivations for helping with the project - namely ensuring that they beat the British or Russians in building the bomb. Solveig is found by a German soldier, alerting Weber, and the convoy escapes with the shipment. Solveig gives chase across the ice on a Kettenkrad, catching up with the trucks in the middle of the lake. However a German U-Boat surfaces and begins taking aboard the remaining heavy water, as Weber and Astrid also embark for Germany. Solveig tries desperately to free her mother by shooting her guards, but she is surrounded and disarmed, while Astrid is shot by Weber during her escape attempt. Astrid makes one last move by detonating a stick grenade, killing herself and Weber, and sinking the submarine and the heavy water on board. Solveig's own fate is not shown.
Later in the same year, Operation Gunnerside would take place, sinking a shipment of heavy water in a ferry, led by Norwegian SOE saboteurs.
Still and Silent
All is Ash
- Find all Letters
- Warm up at all the camp fires
- Stay undetected in the storm
- Disable the substation
Wolf and Dog
- Nordlys is very similar to the War Story Nothing Is Written in Battlefield 1. Both feature female resistance fighters as playable characters who carry out stealth missions and night raids against a much larger force, as well as antagonists who have wronged the main character's family in some way.
- The word Nordlys is a Norwegian and Danish word for Northern Lights.
- Solveig and Astrid both wear a paperclip at some point in the story. The paperclip is a symbol of Norwegian national unity during World War II, and are worn by members of the Norwegian resistance movement.