Old Man Yawl was a famous and well-respected cheiftain in The North, who was opposed to Bethod's ruthless ambitions to be King of the Northmen. Amongst his loyal Named Men were Blacktoe and Red Hat. Eventually, he offered Bethod a duel in the circle. Although he met Fenris the Feared bravely, the unstoppable monster broke him like a dog. He was allowed to live so others could learn from his mistake, but he didn't live long.