The setting I originally chose for my story is proving increasingly difficult to research the history of the land as much was obliterated with the Christianisation of the region. In an effort to be realistic, I find that I am at a stale mate in spite of looking for information for about a year. I've been to libraries, used Google, e-mailed those who are considered experts on the region and received little to no results. My thoughts are to simply create my own world. In some respects this would be easier, but I don't want to delve into the magical. I wanted to focus on the transition to Christianity (as it creates a beautifully tragic conflict for my characters) but I suppose this could simply be the introduction of any new deity at this point. However, again, I don't really want fantasy with magic and elves and spells and creepy ghouls coming from the depths. Is it possible to make a realistic kingdom that doesn't exist without jumping full force into the fantasy genre? I'm anxious to get writing, but I may need to take serious artistic license in order to make my original setting work at this point.