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.