The Duchy d’Falcondonia

Foundation

The Duchy of Falcondonia in Vargaaard on Ærth was established in 125> (Before Atlantl’s Fall, our 875AD) by the court of Charlemagne at the site of a Basque fishing village at the mouth of the Riviere d’Lenape (our Delaware River). For the most part the colonists were from what is now Provence in modern France, with the Atlantl Lenape providing the bulk of the native population. Relations with the natives was good to begin with, and soon the two populations had largely integrated, with Lenape notables providing additional aristocracy and nobility to supplement what the Franks provided. In a few generations contact was made with towns and villages further inland, and it was not long before what is now Eastern Falcondonia had been organized under Frankish rule.

The Lenape and other nations had long ago adopted what was then Frankish culture, and had even gone so far as to integrate Greco-Roman deities into their beliefs. It wasn’t long until the Frankish colonists had embraced the various native spirits and minor deities into their worship and incorporated local rituals and rites. Indeed, stories and myths of Jupiter’s involvement of the creation of the Lenape and Massachusets quickly appeared, and Mercury and Raven were soon gallivanting about pulling tricks, delivering messages, and riling up the weather with their athletic fornication.

Enter the Mohawk

At this time the Mohawk were an independent nation not yet part of the Haunosanee. An aggressive bunch, the Skraeling greatly resent the presence of the Franks in what they considered their territory, and soon the tribe and the new Frankish county were at odds, with both sides taking part in atrocities and crimes. Lenape/Mohawk relations before the founding of Falcondonia didn’t help matters any either. At one point there was talking of Charlemagne himself coming to Vargaard to lead an expedition to crush and extirpate the Mohawk, but dealing with a Saxon rebellion in the eastern part of the Frankish empire made that impossible.

The Æropan Lenape

About a generation after the Franks arrived to establish Falcondonia (c95>) the Atlantl Lenape and allied tribes and clans had decided to join other Lenape ex-patriots already living in the Frankish Empire, most especially in the Loire Valley and the Vosges, where they have pretty much integrated into the local population. In fact their appearance is now large that of the western White, though they are noted for distinctive “Skraeling” traits. In fact they are renown for the quality of their cattle and horses, while the Falcondonian Kentuck are famed for their zebromegas, raised on Kentuck bluegrass.

So There You Have it

That is a brief look at the Falcondonia of Ærth’s Vargaard. Soon, I hope, I’ll be presenting a look at the early relations between Falcondonia and the early Haunosanee.

Aerth is not Earth

That is one thing you do need to be aware of, the world of Ærth is not our Earth. It has a different history, it has a different structure. Heck, to some extent it has a different physics which allows for things we can’t have. And one important difference lies in just how long the New and Old Worlds have been in contact.

In our case contact between the two worlds goes back some 1,000 years, to the arrival of the Norse in what is now Canada. On Ærth it happened about 5,000 BAF (Before Atlantl’s Fall), our 4,000 BC. People have just had a longer time to get used to the idea, and to move around from world to world more often and with greater facility.

Falcondonia in Vargaard for example started off as a Frankish colony around  125 BAF (our 875 AD), around the time of Charlemagne. At present she is a French duchy, though she amounts to a grand duchy and is in negotiations for independence and the status of monarchy. Which means that Pequot and Massachusetts nobility are part of the Parisian court, with the royal family having Wyandot relatives.

As a result the various populations are more mixed than they are here, and that the Skraelings (as they’ve chosen to call themselves) actually have a greater population and greater power. 

Recently Iroukia took in British and Tuatha immigrants with the decision of the French government to expel those populations then living in Falcondonia. In fact, the Tuatha are now one of the nine lodges of the Haudosanee, and the British are petitioning to become the 10th. As you can see, it’s not your Earth.

So keep this in mind as I write more on Ærth.