The badger earls of Oregano live in a dry sunny climate, densely planted with the herb from which they take their name. The sixth Earl of Oregano, ruler of the walled town known as Oreganum, successfully stood off the Mongol hordes for over three months, until the Mongols got bored and went looking for easier prey. (Being nomadic horsemen does not make one terribly good at long sieges.) As it is nearly impossible to dig out a badger that doesn't want to come out of its den, Oreganum never fell into the hands of either enemy or ostensibly friendly forces. (Attempts to use the town as a friendly base of operations were met with polite refusal and later boiling oil.)
Many of the most beloved cultivars of oregano still emerge from this region, often from striped and surly gardeners.
One of a series of spice labels I've been fooling around with. Digital, Painter 7, prints available (and maybe someday stickers for use as labels!) at Red Wombat Studio: [link]