Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Presented here is a very rare sketch of Duke Vader,c. 1690. As leader of the Imperial forces, he almost captured most of the known world. If not for his last minute conversion to the rebel cause and subsequent assassination of the Emporer, things might be quite different now. Also pictured is an even rarer glimpse of the Rebel Cossack leader Chewbacski.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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.
I have managed to get my hands on some photographs from the recent exhibition at the Royal Museum, "The Wonders of Steam". It contained all manner of contrations from around the civilized world, and some captured weaponry belonging to the nefarious Professor Nightshade. Will the marvels of man never cease?
Some recently discovered paintings have come across my desk. After quite a bit of research, I'm convinced they are of the little known Renaissance battle of Tabilltoppo. This brief but bloody battle introduced the world to Leonardo Di Vinci's wooden tanks, flame cannons and volley guns that we have all come to know.