Knights of the Realm
Long, long ago, “in the legendary times, before Rome was even founded,” refugees from Troy came to this island seeking their destiny. Their leader was Brutus, a grandson of Aeneas, and from his name the island was called Britain. Brutus and his men drove out the savage race of monstrous giants who inhabited it.
They established relationships with the ancient gods and goddesses and with the faerie races that live underground and in hidden kingdoms. They settled far and wide, giving every place its proper name. Ever since, the Cymric people have been the dominant British people.
Cymric principles are not based on imperial aggression, like the Romans. They are based on “humility, honor, and unity” and on “recognition of our place in the land.” The Cymric peoples, or Cymri, rightfully disdain “Roman greatness,” which is based on an arrogant and selective memory.
They don’t talk about the fact that the great Julius Caesar was driven off. Yes, Rome came back and “temporarily conquered” the island, settling many cities, but when the empire dissolved into civil war, it was a Briton, Constantine the Great, who took British soldiers and united it again. When Armorica was devastated by barbarians and disease, it was Britons who resettled it. So the Romans came, but the proud Cymri were not assimilated and have subsequently reasserted their national character.
Stereotype: The common people, regular, serious-minded folk who work hard and do their best for their families and the nation.
Self-image: Cymri are the upright people of this island, proud of their heritage and abilities, but not arrogant. Their ancient traditions of family and class have maintained a good way of life for centuries, and they will endure forever. They manifest a quiet certainty regarding their quality and way of life as being the best, but without being dogmatic or insistent―the fact that “everyone” is like them proves the point.
Male: Addonwy, Aeron, Afan, Aneirin, Aeddan, Amig, Amlyn, Athrwys, Arddur, Buddfannan, Blaen, Bledri, Bradwen, Bleddig, Cadfannan, Cadfael, Cadwallon, Cilydd, Cynon, Cynfan, Cyfulch, Cynrain, Cunvelyn, Caradoc, Cibno, Ceredig, Cadlew, Cynwal, Clydno, Cynhafal, Dafydd, De , Dwyai, Edar,
Edern, Eiddef, Erthgi, Elad, Eudaf, Eiffin, Gwefrfawr, Gwegon, Gwion, Gwyn, Gwarddur, Gwern, Gwyleged, Gwrien, Gwraid, Gorthyn, Gwaednerth, Gwengad, Brugyn, Gwenabwy, Gwrfelling, Gwair, Graid, Geriant, Gwanon, Hyfaidd, Hywel, Ieuan, Llywel, Marchlew, Moried, Morien, Madog, Morial, Mynyddog, Merin, Neilyn, Nwython, Nai, Nerthaid, Neddig, Nidian, Owain, Padern, Pedrog, Ricerch, Rhodri, Rhufon, Rhun, Sawel, Seriol, Sywno, Tathal, Tathan, Tudfwich, Tyngyr, Uren, Uwain, Ysgarran.
Female: Adwen, Annest, Angarad, Arianwen, Briant, Duddug, Collwen, Dwynwen, Eleri, Ffraid, Glesig, Glesni, Gwen, Heledd, Indeg, Leri, Lleueu, Lilo, Melangell, Meleri, Nest, Nia, Tydfil.
Pronunciation Guide: Cymric vowels are long in stressed syllables. Stress is always on the second-last syllable, except in very long names, where there is a second, lighter stress on the first syllable to help move the word along.
- © is roughly equivalent to English k.
- (w) is roughly equivalent to English oo
- (dd) is roughly equivalent to English th, as in the
- (ff) is roughly equivalent to English f
- (f) is roughly equivalent to English v
- (ll) is the “Welsh sound,” an aspirated l-sound. Put the front of your tongue on the roof of your mouth and blow the air out the sides, between your teeth.
Religion: British Christian
“Ours is the First established Christian Church. Before Saint Peter was in Rome, the most holy Joseph of Arimathea founded his church here. And Joseph brought the Holy Grail, which is the most important relic of Christianity, for it held the blood which He spilled to redeem mankind.”
Religion: British Pagan
“Our religion is based on respect for the land and its resident powers, whom our ancestors have worshipped for uncounted generations. It is natural and local, and we wouldn’t abandon it for an upstart minority creed started by a prophet who lived far away, in a land entirely unlike ours.”