Medieval America Mark III

Then how about the ruling family of the Vegan Empire ruling out of Caesar's Palace and calling themselves Caesars? I still like the idea that the first Caesar being named Randall because it makes it clear that his dynasty was started by random charismatic man. The image of an Ozymandian monument amongst the ruins is too good not to include.

Plus there could be a cult worshiping a goddess they call "Lady Luck". The fall of Vegas would ironically strengthen the cult since they'd see it as Lady Luck striking down the Vegans for trying to "cheat the system" or something.
I actually was thinking that "Caesar" would be the title, Hosue would be the family name.

What about Randall House?
 
What about a guy named Random House after the publisher. Like he picks up a book, the rest of it is faded except for the publishers logo
 
I actually was thinking that "Caesar" would be the title, Hosue would be the family name.

What about Randall House?
That'll work. Caesar Randall I of the House Dynasty. The family that ruled the city for centuries before the civil war, the collapse of the dam, and a major cave-in in the city caused the mighty empire to fall. Most of the House family at the time was killed except for the bastard son of one of the House cousins at the time. He was living in a small home on the outskirts of the city as the cousin hadn't wanted his bastard in the public eye. Ironically that allowed him to survive and help lead the remnants of the city rebuild as best they could. His capable leadership was the only reason why the Vegan survivors didn't collapse into total anarchy.
 
Here There Be Monsters: The Brine Giants
Here There Be Monsters: The Brine Giants


The Great Salt Lake of Deseret is one of the most barren ecosystems in America. Barely anything can live in this warm and thick body of water except a few brine shrimp which seem like mere specks compared to many creatures of the ocean. The people of Deseret however disagree. Their cities have thrived by this inner sea and where cities thrive, myths form. There are legends of beings great and powerful that swim in these waters. Tales and stories range from the lake containing the body of Joseph Smith to it being the very gateway to hell. Yet no myth has been stranger than the brine giants.

There is a tale that the deserts of North America were once covered by an entire ocean with islands dotting the sea. The people would often fish trout that could swallow two men whole from these waters. However, the people of the islands became greedy and sinful. They would murder for the sheer sport of it and give none of their riches to charity. This angered god who lowered the oceans until the islands that they stood upon became mountains. In this new world, the rains never came and they depended on the lakes for survival. And when that was not enough to stop their sinful behavior, god made the lakes saltier than the very oceans they used to fish on. While the Church of Mormon does not believe this tale to be true, a Deseret man will usually cry "Your water is salt in the eyes of god!" to someone they don't like.

Yet, within this myth lies another stranger myth that you will often find Salt Lakers speaking about. The legend goes that there used to be gigantic fish within the former Sea of America. And when God shrunk the oceans, he took pity on these magnificent creatures and brought them to the Salt Lake. However, there was no food within the lake except for the hardy brine fish. God, told them to use their mouths as vacuums to suck in the water and catch as much shrimp as possible. The only price was that they were to worship God like the humans did. Without the ability to pray, they would leap out of the water during holy days to show their praise of god.

As the societies of Medieval America began to thaw, they sent warriors further and further into the unknown. The Casadians began to act more benevolent to the Deseret raiding parties and would not enslave them as long as they renounced Mormonism and converted to Buddhism. Thanks to their hardiness, they were often invited to travel long treks towards the Pacific shoreline. Much to their surprise, giant beasts inhabited the waters that would jump out of the ocean only the splash back in. The only difference between the giants and the humpback whales were the fact that all whales were air breathing creatures. Other than that, the shape of the fins and body were spot on.

This was not the only time empires have had similar myths. In fact, the Dark Wizard Vader was prominent in both Californian and Casadian cultures. Much like the Jersey Devil and Jackalope, these extremely similar legends would remain mysteries for many years to come.
 
Yellowstone (Western Montana)
Yellowstone (Western Montana)

Whilst this region was once part of the state of Montana, the eastern part of this state has become cowboy territory. Now a days Montana refers a fairly nebulous region bounded by the Milk river to the north, the Absaroka and Bighorn Mountains to the south , the Rocky Mountains to the West and is west of Dakota, wherever the boundary between the two lands is. This is generally agreed as about halfway between the Yellowstone and Missouri River.

What was once Yellowstone National Park is now a forest home to monsters galore, and Yellowstone now refers to confusing maze of mountains, streams and drylands of western Montana.


This land had great mineral wealth, sparking various gold and gemstone rushes and nowadays Deseret has set up various colonies in the region to be able to mine and extract these valuable resources. These colonies are far away from Salt Lake City and Deserti patrols rarely if ever visit some of the furthest flung ones. But as long as the gold wagons arrive in Pocatello unmolested then Deseret does not care about what goes on. This has caused these colonies to become de facto independent states. This should give Deseret cause for worry because some of these states like Flathead and Missoula have been converted to Buddhism by wandering monks as well as ethnically Mormon converts. It opens up another front against Deseret and heaven knows that Deseret needs more enemies.

However most colonies remain Mormon, though the form of Mormonism they practice can be fairly divergent. The divergence comes from their isolation from Salt Lake and the influence from pagans, herdsmen and buddhists. However in recent years, ever since the reconquest of the Mormon homeland, the faith has come more in line with the dogma preached by the priests in Salt Lake. This is because the old mainline faith died with the destruction of the Temple. The new mainline faith grew from the various Mormon divergences of the Hilljack and Great Basin Mormon tribes. Also, with the reemergence of the temple in Salt Lake, preachers and soldiers wander these hills and keep the colonies in line, religiously and politically.
 
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The Laskan Republic
The Laskan Republic



-System of Government: Clan-Based Feudalism
-Head of State: President, the eldest male next-of-kin from the ruling Holt family
-Population: 100,000 swearing some degree of fealty, only 30,000 directly controlled by Ankrage
-Religion: Laskan Orthodoxy
-Totemic Symbol: Kodiak Bear


There was a time when Ankrage got the short end of the stick in Alaskan politics. Denied capital status despite being by far the largest and most metropolitan of the Alaskan cities, Ankrage was denied the influence over state affairs that were its god-given right. But the fall of civilization would grant it its place in the sun.

An excellent port, not divided into hundreds of tiny islands that would prove impossible to be managed, and with access to Laska's greatest farmland, it quickly established itself as a true power when nearly every other city in Laska was either starving to death or devolved to the status of minor city-state.

When the Great Coldspell of the Year 300 struck, it was Laskan warriors that took initiative- one warrior in particular, a half-Eskimo named Alan Holt. Converting their fishing fleets for the purposes of war, the sailed from village to village, compelling people to either join the great War-Fleet, or be looted themselves. The Lasan Raiders nearly exterminated the people of coastal British Columbia, and sailed into the Puget Sound, putting the coastal cities to the torch. The ships made it as far south as San Francisco, where they siezed all the gold in the Federal Reserve Bank. Planting the Alaskan flag, their ships loaded with food, booty and thralls, they returned home.

While it looked as if Laska was sure to dominated the entire region at that point, it was not to be. Laska is too large and disjointed to be centrally administered. Most local towns and communities declared independence when old Alan Holt died, including Joono which proclaimed the "State of Alaska", with the blessing of the Orthodox church. Most of the Alzandar Archipelago came under their grasp, making them a strong bulwark against Ankrage.

Ankrage declared the Republic of Laska, focusing more heavily on colonization than control of pre-existing communities. It was Ankragemen that settled the coasts of British Columbia and Graham Island, that settled Kodiak and the Alaskan Peninsula, even establishing a few outpost on Kamatchka.

With the rise of the Buddhist merchants in the Alzandar Arhcipelago, the fates of Joono have turned significantly south, with Ankrage swooping in to pick up the slack, getting many communities under its wing.
 
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The Laskan Republic



-System of Government: Feudalism
-Head of State: Governor, the eldest male next-of-kin from the ruling Holt family
-Population: 100,000 swearing some degree of fealty, only 30,000 directly controlled by Ankrage
-Religion: Laskan Orthodoxy
-Totemic Symbol: Kodiak Bear


There was a time when Ankrage got the short end of the stick in Alaskan politics. Denied capital status despite being by far the largest and most metropolitan of the Alaskan cities, Ankrage was denied the influence over state affairs that were its god-given right. But the fall of civilization would grant it its place in the sun.

An excellent port, not divided into hundreds of tiny islands that would prove impossible to be managed, and with access to Laska's greatest farmland, it quickly established itself as a true power when nearly every other city in Laska was either starving to death or devolved to the status of minor city-state.

When the Great Coldspell of the Year 300 struck, it was Laskan warriors that took initiative- one warrior in particular, a half-Eskimo named Alan Holt. Converting their fishing fleets for the purposes of war, the sailed from village to village, compelling people to either join the great War-Fleet, or be looted themselves. The Lasan Raiders nearly exterminated the people of coastal British Columbia, and sailed into the Puget Sound, putting the coastal cities to the torch. The ships made it as far south as San Francisco, where they siezed all the gold in the Federal Reserve Bank. Planting the Alaskan flag, their ships loaded with food, booty and thralls, they returned home.

While it looked as if Laska was sure to dominated the entire region at that point, it was not to be. Laska is too large and disjointed to be centrally administered. Most local towns and communities declared independence when old Alan Holt died, including Joono which proclaimed the "State of Alaska", with the blessing of the Orthodox church. Most of the Alzandar Archipelago came under their grasp, making them a strong bulwark against Ankrage.

Ankrage declared the Republic of Laska, focusing more heavily on colonization than control of pre-existing communities. It was Ankragemen that settled the coasts of British Columbia and Graham Island, that settled Kodiak and the Alaskan Peninsula, even establishing a few outpost on Kamatchka.

With the rise of the Buddhist merchants in the Alzandar Arhcipelago, the fates of Joono have turned significantly south, with Ankrage swooping in to pick up the slack, getting many communities under its wing.
I love this post but didn't you say that Joono was going to be the one lead by a Governor? I thought Ankrage was going to have a President.
 
I think we've got four posts left in Laska before we move back to the Lower 48.
  • The State of Laska at Joono
  • The City of Ketchikan
  • The Admiral in Baranoff
  • A brief post on any minor Sherrifs who have managed to go it alone.
 
Ostar, the Rabbit king of Spring
Ostar: The Rabbit King of Spring


In the Holy Church of Saint Nicholas, there are dozens of men, women, and children hard at work. With their knives, they cut at the hard and brittle pine wood to create many idols each one stranger than the last. To the people of Laska, they are known as elvens or the shop workers. At a very young age, they tested for their eyesight so they may cut the finest of details on their strange toys. Only the best of the best will be picked to craft such marvelous playthings. The church will give out these idols during holy days such as Christmas, Halloween, or Pentecost. However, one of the most strangest holidays may be the day of Ostar.

The day of Ostar marks the day Saint Nicholas brought greens to the frozen land. The legend says that many, many years before the Regression, Laska was even more frozen than it was today. In fact, the world was so cold, much of the sea became ice which allowed Laska to connect to the far western islands. The only reason the saint did not travel on this land bridge is because it was a dangerous land filled with pagans and heretics. These heretics would often raid the first settlers of Alaska, burning down their huts and taking the children. It is said that they used enormous hairy beasts with large noses and tusks for their livestock and steeds. Saint Nicholas prayed to God for a solution and God gave him an answer.

The very next day, the saint ordered all of the townsfolk to collect seven eggs of the ptarmigan and their finest jewelry. He then headed to the forge to melt all of their jewelry into molten gold and gems. When the precious stones were warm enough, he covered the eggs of the ptarmigan with the molten concoction and wrapped them in cloth. After placing the eggs in a circle, a large bunny wearing a crown upon its head burst from the center of the pattern.

Saint Nicolas then said to the bunny, "Hear us oh lord of nature and blossom. Accept these gifts for these are people hungry and kind. They have never seen a flower bloom or the sun warm their bodies. We require warmth and farmland to fight our oppressors. Please Ostar, king and sovereign of the rabbits. We beg for you to be kind and caring."

Ostar collected the eggs and then traveled back into his burrow. As the days slowly passed, spring returned to the land bringing joy and prosperity. Two weeks after the rabbit lord's visit, Saint Nicholas ordered his people to travel west to where the raiders once lived. Much to the people's surprise, the home of the raiders was flooded with ocean water. There were no more heretics to raid their villages after the rising sea drowned the homes of the pagans. However, the frost has returned to Laska once again. Crops and farms have failed to grow and the people now live in fear of starvation. Now, they pray to Ostar and Saint Nick to bring back the warmth of the sun. Soon, their prayers shall be answered as the ice sheets will shrink and the land of Laska will prosper once more
 
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Very good, though the church actively employing thousands of people to carve idols is absurd in a society like Laska, or any society for that matter. Dozens at most, with the majority of idols being constructed by local priests and private citizens.
 
The elven are only a few dozen people who create idols that are distributed to the children of the higher classes. The peasant children aren't given the wooden idols but it's still tradition for the adults to give them something during the holy days.
 
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Schooling almost certainly does not exist for the overwhelming majority of children, and no parent will pull them out of work for something so frivolous.

These special Elven idols are probably only made by a couple dozen church-employed artisans.
 
You're a very good writer for a 13 year old. Certainly better than I was at your age. You have a bit of a problem with improbability and silliness, but your style and ideas are very, very good.
 
You're a pretty good writer if only changing one word makes your post fit in without issue. With Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus given such prominence in Laska it's only natural that his elves come along with him. Plus having the Easter Bunny practically revert to its former status as a religious icon in its own right works too. I wonder if A Christmas Carol has been religicized in some way. It'd been around for 160 years so I think it'd have staying power. It's a story of a corrupt man being given three chances to repent his sins. It'd fit right in with a medieval Christian theology.
 
You're a pretty good writer if only changing one word makes your post fit in without issue. With Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus given such prominence in Laska it's only natural that his elves come along with him. Plus having the Easter Bunny practically revert to its former status as a religious icon in its own right works too. I wonder if A Christmas Carol has been religicized in some way. It'd been around for 160 years so I think it'd have staying power. It's a story of a corrupt man being given three chances to repent his sins. It'd fit right in with a medieval Christian theology.
Feels likes more of a Northeastern thing.
 
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