Language Windows Into the Vagrant Underworld

Since I was first exposed to D&D, I’ve thought it was neat that one of the languages you could be proficient in was “thieves’ cant,” a language for rogues. Real life and real languages are more complicated, but secret languages do exist, and they have been used in criminal activity. One such is Rotwelsch, a […]

I’ll Sell You Sicily, but You’ll Still Have to Conquer It (Part 1: The Hook)

From 1250 to 1266, four successive popes worked to sell the Kingdom of Sicily to any capable European warrior-aristocrat who could afford the steep asking price. The trouble was, the papacy didn’t own Sicily. In fact, Sicily already had a king who was none too pleased with the whole affair. These popes weren’t selling control […]

Feodor Fedorenko

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The Bishop-Rumors of Notker the Stammerer

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The Rose-Realm of Laurin, King of Dwarves and Giants

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The Mos Teutonicus and the Excarnates

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The Hoard of Sigurd Fafnir’s-Bane

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1936 Olympics in Berlin

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Germanic Barbarians As Orcs

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The Hinterkaifeck Murders

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