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Kroyl

kroyl

The Kroyl is a funny sea serpent that’s soooo long it gets tangled up and occasionally needs to be saved from itself. I like to imagine that it gets really excited and swims around spastically, like a puppy-dragon, until it is too knotted to move anymore. It was originally created by Isaac Cates during the early world-building phase of Cartozia Tales, and has since been drawn by a number of amazing artists, as it has appeared in several issues. I won’t be including it in any of my stories, but couldn’t resist blogging my own version.

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Senlac Hill

A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

Senlac Hill was the site of the Battle of Hastings, in which King Harold II attempted to defend England against Norman invaders from across the Channel. I think this battle is a very interesting episode in history because both sides were people who had migrated from other lands and undergone some degree of transculturation and assimilation. It represents layer upon layer of cultural clashes, compromises, and exchanges.

Linguistic fun (from Wikipedia): Senlac Hill was originally known in English as Santlache (“Sandy Stream”), which the Normans punned into Sanguelac (“Blood Lake”) which was then shortened to Senlac.

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Kalkriese Hill

A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

I am interested in the culture clashes of ancient times that helped form modern ideas about nationality. Kalkriese Hill was the site of one of those clashes. In 9 AD, when the Roman empire was spreading across Europe, the Germanic leader Arminius lured 3 Roman battalions into a vulnerable position–a narrow strip of land between a swamp and a large, tree-covered hill, where tribesmen were waiting in ambush. The Romans were routed, and subsequently abandoned the idea of expanding beyond the Rhine into what is now Germany.

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