Grandmother’s House | E. Christopher Clark

Grandmother’s House

Grandmother’s House, built in the early years of The Second Age, was the home of Charlotte Goose during the time of War of Western Aggression. A Wonderlandian Historic Landmark since the establishment of that register, it is located on the edge of the Forest of Fangs and is nominally within the city limits of Covenant (capital city of the Wonderlandian province of Promiseland).


Once the childhood home of Promiseland’s famous Queen Marnie Miller, the quaint cottage was passed down through the junior branch of the family for generations. Eventually, during the time of the aforementioned Charlotte Goose, it was the epicenter of the movement to unite the seven kingdoms of the south into one United Kingdom of Wonderland. It was here, within these walls, that Charlotte Goose pieced together the evidence which proved her granddaughter, Frieda Jacobs, was descended from the seven queens and therefore the rightful Queen of Wonderland.



The two-story cottage was designed by Earthling refugees from the Second Calamity to resemble the renaissance-era cottages of their world’s popular storybooks. It is laid out in a vaguely T shape, with the narrower side of the home anchored by a beautiful stone chimney.


Built by Frederick Miller and his wife Joan Charles in the months after they wandered into Eden after the collapse of their iteration of reality, it was the home where their daughter Marnie, the future Queen Consort of Promiseland, would be born nine months later.


After Joan died during childbirth, Frederick turned to drink and began boasting of his daughter’s beauty—the only thing he felt like he could be proud of anymore. Eventually the tales grew taller and taller, until Frederick was telling stories of magic Marnie possessed. She could spin straw into gold, he told one of the king’s men at a pub one evening. And that’s when the family's troubles began.


It was in Frederick’s cottage near the Forest of Fangs that Marnie made her infamous deals with the halfling trickster Rumpelstiltskin. It was in the cottage that Frederick would drink himself to death after his daughter went off and married. And later—much later—after Marnie’s descendant, the aforementioned Charlotte Goose, began to plot for the rise of Wonderland, that the Big Bad Wolf would attempt to the dirty work of the neighboring Empire of Oz and murder Goose and her granddaughter.


An attempt that didn’t go well and eventually led to the War of Western Aggression.

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Second Interregnum
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Dec 4, 2022 15:07 by Tillerz

Good start, woohoo! \o/ There is a typo: "of the movement to united" and your copyright in the footer ends 2021, you might want to edit that to 2023. :)

Dec 4, 2022 19:14 by E. Christopher Clark

Hey, thanks for catching those typos and for reading it. Yeah, I'm feeling better after churning out 3,000+ words today.

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Dec 4, 2022 15:08

Always fun to see what nice twists you make the existing fairy tales ^^ Pretty intersting that such a small house also became important to the politics off Wonderland.

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Dec 4, 2022 19:15 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! Yeah, I've been imagining this one for a while. I'm definitely inspired by things like the comic series Fables and the TV show Once Upon a Time, but love to put my own spin on things.

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Dec 4, 2022 18:56 by Carolyn McBride

A brilliant take on the origins of the fairy tales so many of us are familiar with!

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Dec 4, 2022 19:15 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much! I've got more where this came from!

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Dec 11, 2022 14:38 by Chris L

It's great to see you hitting your groove and knocking out foundational stuff in your world building!

For your consideration, my submissions for the WorldAnvil Worldbuilding Awards 2024. (I've also included some of my favorites other worldbuilders.)

Dec 11, 2022 19:32 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks! I hope I can stay in the groove. I feel like I keep falling out of it and then getting upset with myself for doing so. But then this afternoon I just surpassed 10,000 words, which was my initial goal, and it's only the 11th. I wish I could stop giving myself such a hard time.   Anyway, I hope you get a chance to work on stuff soon. I know you've been busy, but I look forward to what you cook up.

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Dec 13, 2022 15:13 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oo, what a history in this tiny cottage. I love how you've interwoven all these fairytales together - it's one of my favourite things about your world. :)

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Dec 13, 2022 17:58 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! This next year or so for me is all about building out and writing in this world. I've been teasing it with worldbuilding for so long, it feels like it's about time prose came out of it for people to read!

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Jan 4, 2023 12:44 by Racussa

Thank you for this funny article. The mood of your 'wonderland' is caught to the point. I also like the depiction of Rotkäppchen (I think it's called little red riding hood in english) an the wolf in fighting positions (although the fairy tale goes in a different direction). The origin of the houses architecture is explained logically, so is the line of owners and their sorrowful fates.

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Jan 4, 2023 18:01 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you for reading it! Yes, my tale of Rotkäppchen goes in a different direction. Hopefully it'll be a fun one, once I'm done with it.

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