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.”
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.
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.
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.