- Brytha The Early Years
It occurred to me that while a name such as Albion would fit were the Romans to have any real part in the history, in a world such as Ærth where they never conquered the place it really wouldn’t.
So I decided to use an older name. In this case Brytha, from with with get Brython which applies to someone or something of Brytha. Brython in term is where we get Britain from.
Brytha is the kingdom which takes the place of England in our world. In general terms it covers pretty much the same territory as England. Brytha also includes the principality of Kernow—our Cornwall, which is located in the south-west of the kingdom.
Brytha is Kelltic by culture, which the people thereof adopted from the Gallic Kelts sometime in the 4th century>—Before Atlantl’s Fall. It is thought that Kelltic Culture was adopted because the Kelltic language of the time gave the natives a way to communicate, something their various languages did not really allow them to do. As part of adopting the language other aspect of Kelltic culture came along, thus the proto-Brytha became a Kelltic people.
Before becoming Kellts the Brython may have been known as the Prydain after the land of Prydai, a name given to what is now Brytha before it became a Kelltic realm. Prydai is now the name given to that part of Brytha along the Irish Sea north of Cymru. Inhabitants of Prydai are usually known as the Prydain, and there are locations there were the language is sometimes a pre-Kelltic one.
The first settlers of what later became Brytha are known to have come from what is now Iberia, specifically the north-west corner. These proto-Euskara—our Basque—apparently arrived in dugouts carved from local Iberian trees which for the most part carried individual families arranged in clan groups, or which arrived alone. It is most likely that those families which arrived alone subsequently formed new clans, while those who arrived as clans would later organize into what we now know as tribes.
These proto-Prydain would later spread inland and along the coast, taking up life as hunter-gatherers until the arrival of the farmers from the East.
The Farmers Come
These were a people from Ærth’s Near East who had develop agriculture sometime in the 11th millennium>—our 10th millennium BC. Having greater population than the proto-Prydain, and able to support a greater population, these invaders were able to wrest land from the aborigines for the most part. Though as the first peoples came to adopt agriculture that advantage soon passed away.
The First Elves
Though there were those who kept resisting the farmers and refusing to take up agriculture. Faced with eventual extinction they apparently discovered portals to the world of Phæree which they wound up migrating to. There the goddess known as Phæree changed them into the beings we now call elves, the better to fit them into her world.
Later certain Elven clans returned to Ærth and Prydain where they became known as the Alf. Other elves ended up in what is now France, Germania, and the Skandic Countries—where last they became known as the alfar.
The Kellts Arrive
As I mentioned before the Kelltic Culture first arose in what is now Western France along what is now the Brythic Channel—our English Channel. These early Kellts had a distinctive mode of dress, their own style of weapons and accessories, and a particular style and focus of worship. Through trade they came to establish settlements along the Prydain coast, and through to settlements their culture spread. This is also when the term Brytha first came to be used among them, apparently referring to their settlements which came to be known as the Brython lands and themselves as the Brythic people. Where Brytha and its derivatives came from his not known, but there are some who think it may come from the Prydain for “stranger”.
These first Brythic Kellts found it a bit harder than the original farmers to take control of the land, but marriage and cultural assimilation they really had no trouble becoming the dominate culture. Though it did have an impact on their language, which soon picked up a number of Prydain words and usages.This giving us Brytho-Kelltic.
And there you have my first post on the Kingdom of Brytha on the island of Brytha west of mainland Ærope. Next up comes the post on early Kelltic Brytha and their first contact with the Romans.
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