Skeanland

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    Skeanland (SKÉNLAND) also known as Northland, was a land east of the Denmarks. The Eastern part was invaded by Finns, who were only stopped at Godaburg. Wodin lead an army to drive the Finns back, after which he became their king, much of his army settling the land alongside the former invaders. Godaburg and Lindaburg/Lindasnose were burgs in Skeanland.

    Fragments

    8a. Magyars and Finns

    One hundred and one years after Aldland sank, [051] a folk came out of the East. They had been driven out by another folk. Beyond our Twiskland, they had fallen into dispute; they divided into two large groups, and each went its own way. Of the one part, no account has come to us. But the other part invaded the rear of our Skeanland. Skeanland was sparsely populated, and the far coast the most sparsely of all. Therefore, they were able to occupy it without conflict and, as they did no other harm, we had no desire to go to war over it.

    Eighty years later — the Yulefeast had just begun — they assailed us unexpectedly and, like a blizzard, fell over our lands. Those who could not flee were cut down. Frya was called upon, but the Skeanlanders had neglected her advice.

    8b. Wodin and the Magus

    When the young warriors had assembled, they chose Wodin as their army leader, or king. The sea warriors chose Tunis as their sea king and Inka as their watch-by-night. The fleet then sailed to the Denmarks, where they took on board Wodin and his brave army. The wind was fair [054] and so they shortly arrived in Skeanland.

    11a. Denmarks Lost

    [079/11] As a result of Wodin’s foolishness and indiscretion, the magus had become master over eastern Skeanland, though he dared not cross the mountains or the sea. The mother did not want it back. She spoke, declaring: “I see no threat in his weapons, but indeed in taking the Skeanlanders back, as they have become mixed and corrupted.” The assembly agreed, and so the land was left to the magus.

    Now the ornaments had to be sold, but while the steersmen were underway with them, frost came and laid a sheet over sea and strait. When this bridge of ice was full built, vigilance crossed it [081] to forsake the land, and treason took its throne. Instead of guarding the shores, the people hitched their horses to their sleighs and drove to Skeanland. The Skeanlanders, who longed for their ancestral land, came to the Denmarks. On a bright night, they arived. They laid claim to the land of their ancestors and, during the fighting which arose thereof, Finns sneaked into the empty villages and kidnapped the children

    13a. Adel-Bond-Alliance

    [090] I am called Apollania. Twice thirty days after my mother died, my brother Adelbrost was found slain upon the wharf, his skull split and his limbs torn asunder. My father, who was already ill, died of the shock. Then my younger brother, Apol, decided to leave and sail to the west coast of Skeanland, where he built a burg named Lindasburg and prepared to take revenge. For this, Wralda granted him long life. He received five sons, who are a curse to the magus and a blessing to my brother.

    13b. A Treacherous Maid.

    Shortly thereafter, one of our messengers killed his comrade. Because he had committed no past crimes, [093] my burgmaid was permitted to merely banish him. However, instead of delivering him into the Twiskland, she herself fled with him over the Weser, straight to the magus. The magus, who wished to placate the Frya folk living in his lands, appointed her mother of Godaburg in Skeanland.

    13i. Along the Rhine.

    [108/28] Before a burgmaid takes up her post, she must travel through the land for a full year, accompanied by three elder burg lords and three old maidens. This, I, too, have done. [109] My journey was along the Rhine, this shore upstream and along the other side downstream. The further upstream I came, the poorer the people appeared to me. Jetties had been built out from the banks to catch sand, which was filtered on sheepskins to win gold. But the girls wore no crowns made of that gold. There were more people there in the past but, since we lost Skeanland (with its iron), they go to the mountains to delve ore, from which they produce iron.

    14f. Northland.

    [130/21] This writing was given to me about Northland, or Skeanland: During the time when our lands sank down, I was in Skeanland. This is what happened there.

    There were great masses that bulged from Earth’s surface like blisters. Then they burst asunder, and from the cracks flowed a substance like glowing iron. The tops of some mountains collapsed and tumbled downward, decimating woods and towns. I witnessed one mountain [131] being torn from another and sinking straight down. When I later went there, I saw that a lake had come into being.

    16b. Friso:Alliances

    In the southwest corner of Skeanland lies Lindasburg, also known as Lindasnose — founded by our Apol, as described in this book. All inhabitants of the coast and the surrounding regions have remained true Fryas. But, out of lust for revenge against the Gola and the Kelta-Followers, they joined forces with the Sealanders. That alliance did not last because the Sealanders had adopted many abhorrent practices and habits from the vile Magyars, to the offense of Frya’s folk. Eventually, each went pirating separately; but when it suited them, they stood loyally by one another.

    16e. Purity of Language.

    "The language of the East Skeanlanders was debased by the vile Magyars, and the language of the Kelta-Followers was debased by the creeping Gola. We have indeed been so generous as to take the returning Hellenia-Followers back into our midst, but I hesitate and am very afraid that they will reward our generosity by debasing our pure language."

    19e. How Punishment came.

    Once, they together conquered a whole fleet from out of the Middle Sea. The ships were loaded with purple cloth and other valuables that all came from Phoenicia. The weak members of the crew were put ashore south of the Seine, but the strong were held to serve as slaves. The best looking were made to serve ashore, while the unsightliest and swarthiest were kept on board to row on the benches. At the Flee, the loot was meted out — but, so too, unbeknownst to them, was their punishment. Of those who were placed on the foreign ships, six died of pain in the belly. The food and drink were believed to be poisoned, so all of it was [208] dumped overboard. But the belly pain continued to strike and flared up wherever slaves or goods arrived. The Saxmen brought it over their marks; with the Jutters it sailed to Skeanland and along the shores of the Baltic Sea; with Askar’s steersmen it was spread to Britannia.