Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Kingdom of Unkerlant
A BRIEF HISTORY
Sir Ogden Cotsworth
Being a history of the Unkerlant Kingdom from it’s origins to the present day, and a complete geographical survey of its territories, with particular reference to recent internal hostilities, and several interesting remarks on its native customs.
Part I: Early History
The Battle of Lechfield (10 August 955), perhaps the defining event for holding off the Magyars from entering Central Europe, was a decisive victory by Otto the Great, King of the Germans. Scattered by the victorious Germans, many Magyar tribesman wandered the hills and valleys looking for escape from their pursuers. One of the Magyars was Unkar, a low level chieftain, and what few survivors of the battle he could muster.
By all accounts, Unkar was a very unlikable fellow. Not particular bright or handsome, he had managed to attain what rank he had by shear brutality and intimidation. Fleeing through southwest Germany, he stumbled upon a large valley surrounded by steep mountains and almost impenetrable mist. With no one pursuing him and his band, he decided to stay and set up his own little kingdom. The locals seemed indifferent to his plans, barely etching out a living from the rocky soil. The local nobility, such as it was, quickly submitted, even offering up daughters for royal marriage.
Thus the land of Unkar, or Unkerlant as the locals called it, was created.