I happen to think she's Burgundian. They were just the sort of fabulously wealthy you might expect to produce such a lovely and refined daughter, and the Cross of Burgundy is just too cool not to feature on her heraldic arms.
>>24853 Gonna be honest, the term 'cadet branch' confuses me. I was about to use it in a discussion once, felt unsure, looked it up, and found it didn't mean what I thought it did. And what it did mean seemed not to be straightforward for me to parse in a few seconds.
Breaking kayfabe: I really don't know if I hate the idea of Remi being a frog or of her being English more. Either one is dumb. I really don't even know where the former comes from, and the latter isn't one I see floated around in the English-speaking fandom a lot, but it feels like an assumption in the Japanese.
>>24873 The former just comes from the romanisation of フランドール as "Flandre", I think, and maybe the fact that Rémi is a common French forename (albeit for men). With regard to her being English, she is at least literate in English as seen in FS; although probably for the same reason as the resting Japanese assumption, that every foreigner is an Englisher unless otherwise specified.
My personal belief is she had to have settled for at least some time in England or its colonies in the past two centuries, though she was probably not born there so many hundreds of years ago; and that ancienter past is what I care to know.
>>24874 I liked Scarlet Tycoon's version where she's French Belgian. That's at least more inventive.
My guess, though, is seriously that she's Hungarian in origin, ultimately. Vlad Tepes was a Magyar aristocrat, and the whole concept of vampires is pretty hard to separate in popular consciousness from Ol' Drac.
>>24876 French Belgian could well be Burgundian, insofar as the County of Flanders was part of the holdings of the Burgundian Netherlands. And as for the whole thing around Tepes, it's for that same reason I think she has to be anything but. Picking up an unprovable hereditary claim based on modish associations after the publishing of a popular novel seems like just the sort of thing she might do.
Speaking of vampire backstories, it's the writer of Exile here. The way I came around to Kurumi's backstory is a little complicated—I had some sort of linguistic thread going in my head; "kurumi" means "walnut", and the word "walnut" itself literally means "foreign nut", "walhaz" ("walh") being the Proto-Germanic for "foreign" (Romance- or Celtic-speaking foreigners especially) and appearing in names like "Wales" or "Cornwall" or "Walloon" or even "Gaul". I don't know how exactly I got from there to thinking that Kurumi was from or lived in the HRE, though, other than that it was a convenient idea at the time.
I'm still thinking off and on about how to continue that story through to the climax I had in mind; it's tough coming up with all the colourful little bits that have to go in between the major beats. I may also have to rewrite a portion or two which should have been important but which I ended up just punting for want of time.
I've been thinking of properly reading Eschenbach's Parzival for more context (and thereby inspiration), but alas I just... haven't done it yet.
Funny enough, "walh" was also borrowed into Proto-Slavic "volxъ", more narrowly meaning "Romance speaker", and eventually became the root of "Vlach" and "Wallachia". I think it's a few steps too far to make anything of, though.
>>24876 Ol' Vlad was very much not a Magyar but a Vlach. >>24892 In my own headcanon I like to think that there's a chance that's she's basically a no one who didn't have any sort of titles or even money. But she built it up quickly enough and then pretended that she came from a distinguished bloodline, both human and vampire as it were. So if you actually were to know about history and the finer things in life and accidentally pushed too hard it would make her sputter.