Earngyld Device    Shire of Earngyld




An only daughter with twelve brothers, Althea was raised to be the flower of maidenly virtues in her small fjord settlement. However, at young age she discovered the Scandinavian game of whack-a-penguin along with her competitive nature. She and her siblings became great whack-a-penguin players as they grew up. You can only imagine their disappointment when they traveled all the way down to Uppsala in the family longship only to discover that the European championship whack-a-penguin games had to be cancelled due to an absolute lack of any remaining European penguins! (See editorial note to the right!)

The youngsters did not feel that they could return home honorably without a prize. There was also their concern over food now that there would be no penguins left to whack for dinner. So with heads full of tales about their grandfathers’ Viking exploits, they had the idea of converting their whacking skills to other uses, bought a few second hand maces, and sailed their dilapidated longship to the Scottish coast. After being brutally reminded that penguins do not whack back like Scotts, they nonetheless seized a small coastal town in a bold daylight raid! They were so confident in their success that they stayed in the little town to practice their Viking skills of burning, pillaging, and whatever else that other thing was. Then their party of youthful Vikings were set upon one moonless night by savage Scotts! These Scotts were not wearing the traditional kilts, but rather skin-tight shearling wool, and they swung out of the trees gibbering like nothing ever heard of in the old tales from home. Even their vicious wolves were covered in sheep skins! Without hesitation, the Vikings fled to their longship and pushed off. Fortunately they had provisioned their longship with enough that the raid was not a great loss.

Their plan was to sail home to their fjord, but unfortunately they had been so busy playing whack-a-penguin growing up that they had not studied their lessons in geography, languages, and navigation very hard. Althea and her party are still sailing around raiding and trading to this day.


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A Note from the Editor

If you thought Karl was only kidding about the penguins, it turns out that there
was a breed of penguins in the Northern hemisphere that were wiped out as
recently as the 19th century.  Here are a few links to articles.  So now Althea
has documentation for her penguin...

Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

The Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis, formerly of the genus Alca, was a large,
flightless alcid that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It was the only
modern species in the genus Pinguinus, a group of birds that formerly
included one other species of flightless giant auk from the Atlantic Ocean
region. It bred on rocky, isolated islands with easy access to both the ocean
and a plentiful food supply, a rarity in nature that provided only a few
breeding sites for the auks. When not breeding, the auks spent their time
foraging in the waters of the North Atlantic, ranging as far south as New
England and northern Spain through Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Faroe
Islands, Norway, Ireland, and Great Britain.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Auk for the much longer full article)

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