The Family Tree of Frieda Jacobs | E. Christopher Clark

The Family Tree of Frieda Jacobs

The Family Tree of Frieda Jacobs is a pedigree chart created by Charlotte Goose during Eden’s Second Age. The document played a pivotal role in the development of The United Kingdom of Wonderland, proving—alongside the documentation Goose gathered to back up her claims—that Frieda Jacobs was indeed the queen promised in the legend “The One About the Woods.”

Purpose

According to the popular southern yarn, a girl would rise from the commonfolk who was born of the blood of the “seven queens”—girls of “the forest” who the monarchs or heirs apparent of seven southern kingdoms of Eden had married in the hopes of bringing magic back to the land.

 

Charlotte Goose believed her granddaughter Frieda was that prophesied girl, and she created the chart—following years of research—to prove her theory and to rally the kingdoms of the south to her cause.

 

Historical Details

History

Charlotte Goose, born Charlotte le Fay, grew up hearing tales of the prophecy as bedtime stories. But though her own descent from royalty was well-documented (she grew up in the house which had once belonged to Marnie Miller, after all), and though she knew her husband was descended from Motherlandian, Fatherlandian, and Realmish royalty, Charlotte knew all too well that the woman who had given birth to her granddaughter was a second-generation prostitute of decidedly low birth.

 

However, each time her granddaughter made the trek from Watersmeet to Covenant to visit—that long journey over the river and through the woods—Charlotte grew a little more intrigued. How did that girl in her little red riding hood make it all the way each time with nary a scratch on her body and with no nightmares in her head at bedtime?

 

Charlotte began asking Frieda to bring books from the royal library in Watersmeet along with the sweets and other goodies she usually packed her picnic basket with. And slowly but surely, Charlotte pieced things together.

 

Word spread of Charlotte’s findings and the neighboring Empire of Oz grew worried of a kingdom that might rival their own in size and power. They grew so worried that their then-emperor, the aging and paranoid Oscar Diggs, hired the Big Bad Wolf to slaughter Goose and her granddaughter and put an end to the threat once and for all.

 

Goose was finishing a final draft of the family tree when the wolf attacked her and swallowed her whole. The version we have today was a copy she made of her lost original—dissolved in the stomach acids of the wolf’s belly. The surviving document was crafted immediately following Frieda’s slaying of the wolf and rescue of her grandmother, during their brief overnight stay in far-off East Dumbstruck, just hours before they set off to use the tree and the story of their ordeal with the wolf as justification to unite the south and go to war with Oz.

Public Reaction

Citizens of five of the seven kingdoms who heard tell of the document—led by those who were lucky enough to see it with their own eyes—were quick to pressure their sovereigns to bend the knee to Jacobs. And the holdouts didn’t hold out for long. By the outbreak of hostilities in the War of Western Aggression, the more hesitant kingdoms of Promiseland and Neverland had agreed to the creation of the United Kingdom.

Legacy

The document remains a national treasure, enshrined now in the royal library in the City of Hearts. Copies are kept in the Edenian Athenæum and the The First Imperial Bank of Oz as well, now that the nations of Eden live in relative peace with one another.

Type
Record, Historical
Medium
Paper
Authors

An Interactive Version of the Tree


Comments

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Dec 9, 2022 18:48 by Amanda McRoberts

Absolutely amazing way to tie things together and create the queen of hearts.

Dec 10, 2022 14:09 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks! Yeah, I wrote the initial, basic story a few WA events ago for a Myth prompt, but figuring out exactly how to make it all work logistically was definitely a challenge. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Dec 11, 2022 15:05 by Chris L

Now do the Family Tree Ouroboros!


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Dec 11, 2022 19:35 by E. Christopher Clark

Hahaha! Okay, I'm putting it on the list!

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Dec 29, 2022 14:03 by TJ Trewin

Really interesting mashup!


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Dec 29, 2022 20:50 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! This is one of my favorite things to do, and I'm glad people are getting a kick out of it.

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Jan 9, 2023 01:00 by Deleyna Marr

So much fun the way you pulled all of this together!

Deleyna
Jan 9, 2023 12:03 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Jan 9, 2023 22:11 by Koi

This feels like a proper wikipedia article. I enjoy how professional and concise it is!

Jan 10, 2023 16:50 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much! That really means a lot. I worked hard on this one, so I'm glad that the professionalism comes across and that it feels concise!

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Jan 28, 2023 18:21

Love the origin and the family tree! You captured the only past moment but it feels epic when I found out that the document survived to these days.

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Jan 28, 2023 20:00 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much for reading! I'm very proud of this one and I'm continuing to work on it offline by creating portraits for the tree (which I'll upload later, once all the competitions and things are over).

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Mar 24, 2023 13:13 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is a really fun document, and I can tell you've put a ton of work in - even before the portraits! Which are great, by the way.

Mar 24, 2023 13:15 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much! Yes, this is the heart (backstory-wise, at least) of the new thing I'm writing.

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