Born in the Crimea in the Christian Year 1056, on
the feast day of St. Jude the Obscure. Eldest Son of
a Khazar woman and a Crimean Goth father.
Juda's young history is shadowy and the stories
he has been known to tell are often contradictory. He
has made reference to his father as a sailor (though
this may be a euphemism for 'pirate'). It is known that
1082 he took service with a small personal retinue
guarding a wealthy merchant, Gaius Rufus Eracticus
Fronto , traveling south overland from Trepeziod (on
the Northern Anatolian Coast) to Jerusalem. Their
caravan was attacked; and while the Marauders were
driven off, their employer Rufus died soon after
(either of wounds or drink, it is unclear).
The next few years are hazy; but it is known that by
the time of the arrival of the first waves of the First
Crusade, Juda was found in possession of modest
(but confortable) holdings just north of the Sea of
We can piece together (from Juda's occasional
drunk slurred recollections) that he and his band of
Turcopoles, under the double cross standard of St.
Aldo, joined the Norman band of Tancred, Prince of
Galilee, and took part in fighting around Jersusalem,
in which he participated in "many unspeakable and
violently cruel acts...and that was just Monday."
Despite his brash outer appearance and incurable
lust for battle, gold, battle, women, battle and beer (did I
Lord Juda is considered an accompished singer
unrepressable poet (believe me, we have tried to
repress him), a sometimes brewer and (girly boy)
cultivator of roses.
His Wife of several years, Olympea Ptolemea, a
Greek of Alexandria, has been seen to exercise
considerable restraint upon his more gregarious nature
(but this might just be advancing decrepitude disguised