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  • Askeladd is a half-British descendant of the legendary King Arthur and his birth name is revealed to be "Lucius Artorius Castus", the name of a real Roman soldier who some think was the "original" King Arthur because he once lived in Britain. Presumably "Lucius Artorius Castus" was in fact King Arthur's real name in-universe and Askeladd was directly named after him. Based on this theory, the King Arthur movie from 2004 (before the manga started) brought it to a wider audience. But the movie was far from historically accurate, despite selling itself as the true story behind the legend. And the theory itself is a very weak one, one point being the real Artorius lived hundreds of years before King Arthur supposedly did. The only possibly solid link between Artorius and King Arthur is the name.
    • Vinland Saga already stated that its Arthur was the leader of the British against the invading Saxons, which follows the traditional legend. Instead of "Lucius Artorius Castus", Yukimura could have used the name "Ambrosius Aurelianus" after another guy who did just that, and is another candidate for the "original" Arthur. "Artorius Ambrosius Aurelianus" has a nice ring to it.
  • How can they plant anything in September and it still grows? Or did it grow the next year?
    • Winter wheat is a thing, yeah. You plant it in the autumn and it waits until spring to grow. Around the time you harvest it, you plant the wheat you'll harvest in autumn.
      • OP here. It would be nice to have a reminder when the story jumps 6 months forward.
    • It is also worth noting that the story is set in the 1010's, during the global climate event known as the Medieval Warm Period. winter came later in the year and generally was not as cold as it would later become. The end of 1st millennium started a gradual cooling, which would culminate a couple centuries later in the Little Ice Age but at the time climate conditions in iceland, england, and scandinavia would have been fairly mild most of the year. (you wouldn't see major cooling events until the 1200's or so)

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