The giant cauldron hung above a fire that had settled back to a sullen red glow. Cathbad sat staring into the embers, deep in thought or devoid of it, while his druid assistants tended the cauldron, chanted, or fidgeted nervously. Few enough of the small-folk remained, but when word of war had filtered out with […]
Iamerge didn’t want to feel like he was being imposed on, but he did. Six times a day, interminably it felt sometimes, all the monks of the community were at prayer. Only five men remained in the guesthouse-turned-hospital, but for all those hours of chanted obeisance to their god it was left to Iamerge to […]
So Niall Noigiallach sits at this cusp of Irish history. He is a notable culmination of Irish political power despite being the son of a foreign princess. He raids outside the insular boundaries of the five fifths of Ireland taking hostages and holding sovereignty in Scotland, Britain, Mann, and perhaps Brittany on the European mainland.
I’m sure you are familiar with the naming convention of many Celtic peoples where a son is named after his father or at least a notable fore-bearer. Among the Irish you have Mc and Mac and O s which are really Ui s. The Welsh use Ap and Map the same way. In short O’Neill […]
Why was he following her? The scenery changed rapidly as they walked, Oatie silent, Lugh following. Sad to say he really had no place else to go, certainly no place better. He was a wanderer who roved until he stuck, stuck until his habits cast him out, and then wandered again until some opportunity or […]
It was the time of the sacrifice of the bull and the subsequent seeing of Cathbad. Nobody knew what the chief druid would see, what he would divine from the liver, and from reading the entrails of the sacrifice. Ever since Cathbad had risen to the chief druid this sacrifice had always been a great show. […]