How Rabbit Hat Got Its Name
By Gary R Switzer
MOB asked, so I looked at my copy of Sun County and came up with a number of clues to build a story around:
The original name of the fief is "Golden Ears", referring to the hoped-for bountiful harvests of barley and corn.
The first holder of the fief (or some notable later one) had a helmet like the one worn by the figure on the left of Roger Raupp's wonderful cover painting (a "Corinthian" style with side plumes and a crest) that he wore on ceremonial occasions and was passed down to later fief holders as a symbol of their rightful possession. Just as office-holders in the Sun Dome are often known simply by their title - Light Keeper, Librarian, Guardian, etc. - fief holders are known by the name of their fief ("Lords Wyoh and Golden Ears to see you, Cellarer, it's about their taxes.")
Human nature being what it is, there was undoubtedly a less than notable
lord somewhere along the line and, one day while bustling along he came
upon a group of farmers sneaking a quick hazia break and one wag says "Here
comes Old Rabbit Hat, look busy!" and the name eventually stuck.
Chances are good that even before the place was wiped out by Bison Riders
the locals would have given you a blank look if you'd asked them why
it was called "Rabbit Hat Farm".
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