A Vala is a woman who cast spells and reads the fortunes and parentage of the new Einherjar. The vala can read the stones to see an einherji's fate.
When Magnus goes to his first dinner in the feast hall. He sees the Vala for the first time. She reads the runes for Lars Alhstrom, Dede, two humans and two more demigods. Before she can read the ruins for Magnus, the Norns arrive and do it instead.
The vala is an ancient-looking woman in a green hooded robe. Her face was hidden in the shadows of her cowl. She carries a leather pouch from the folds of her robe.