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    Here are some characters from mythology who might make interesting True Fae. Caorthannach

    The mother of all demons, the Caorthannach is one of the greatest foes that St. Patricks was ever said to face. This demon was said to give birth to the devil himself, and for hundreds of years produced many off spring that caused havoc all across Ireland. She was said to live in a cave underneath Lough Derg (Loch of The Red Eye) which acted as a direct gateway to the otherworld.
    When St. Patrick began to rid Ireland of her off spring, he believed that if he challenged her and defeated her, the rest of her kind would retreat. Patrick made his way up to the peak of Croagh Patrick and sent a mighty wind across Ireland, which banished any snake in the island and force them out to sea. Since Caorthannach was snake like in her appearance she was affected by this action, but her powers were stronger than Patrick had anticipated. She rode the wind to the base of Croagh Patrick, and quickly made her way up to the summit and attacked the saint. The two fought nonstop for over 48 hours. As the battle waged on, the Caorthannach began to question if she could win the battle, and fled back towards the safety of Lough Derg.
    Saint Patrick followed on horseback, and in and effort to slow him down, the Caorthannach began to poison every well she passed, knowing that Patrick would have been thirsty after the long battle. By denying him an opportunity for a drink, she thought he would be too weak to keep up with her. Fearing death from the thirst, Patrick began to pray for something to quench his thirst, when a well sprung up in front of him.
    With his thirst quenched, he raced forward towards Lough Derg, reaching the lake before the Caorthannach. When she arrived, he battled with her in the waters and allowed himself to be swallowed by the demon. He attacked her from the inside and defeated her by bursting through her stomach. Her dark blood filled the lake and lead to it receiving its name Lough Derg.

    Dullahan

    t is said that after sunset, on certain festivals and feast days, one of the most terrifying creatures in the spirit world, the Dullahan, can be seen riding a magnificent black stallion across the country side.

    Wherever he stops, a mortal dies.

    Clad in flowing black robes, the Dullahan has no head on his shoulders. He carries it with him in his hand, and because he is endowed with supernatural sight, he will hold the head up high. This allows him to see great distances, even on the darkest night.

    But beware watching him pass by. You’ll be punished by either having a bucket of blood thrown in your face or you might be struck blind in one eye. The biggest fear of all, however, is if he stops wherever you are and calls out your name. This will draw out your soul and you’ll no longer be among the living.

    Unlike the Banshee, which is known to warn of an imminent death in certain families, the Dullahan does not come to warn. He is a definite harbinger of someone’s demise and there exists no defence against him - except perhaps, an object made of gold. For some reason, the Dullahan has an irrational fear of gold and even a tiny amount may be enough to frighten him off.


    One story from Galway says that a man was on his way home when all of a sudden he heard the sound of horse’s hooves pounding along the road behind him. In dread , he turned around to look. It was the Dullahan. He tried to run, but nothing can outrun the angel of death. Then the man remembered that if he couldn’t outrun him, he could outsmart him. With that, he dropped a gold coin on the road. There was a loud roar in the air, high above him, and when he turned to look again, the Dullahan was gone.



    While no-one knows for certain how the Dullahan originated, it is thought that he is the embodiment of the Celtic fertility god, Crom Dubh, who was worshiped by an ancient king of Ireland, Tighermas. Each year, Tighermas sacrificed humans to Crom Dubh, and the usual method was decapitation. The worship of Crom Dubh ended in the sixth century, when Christianity came to Ireland and the old sacrificial traditions went out of favor. But Crom Dubh was not to be so easily forgotten, for it’s said that he then took on a physical form - the headless Dullahan - which means dark man - riding his mighty charger and using a human spine for a whip. And, while this is the way he is most often described, in some parts of Ireland, he drives a black coach drawn by a team of six black horses. They travel so fast that the friction from their hooves is said to set the hedges on fire along the sides of the road. And, no matter how firmly they are locked, all gates fly open to let the Dullahan through.



  • #2
    I've got another one. What about Dumah, the thousand-eyed silent Angel of Death I have this vague memory from a collection of Jewish horror stories about a humanoid figure covered with icy blue eyes, with an entire head that was just a ball of eyes. He would stop time and only be seen by the one he had come for and sometimes a family member or loved one that happened to be close by. He carried a scimitar dripping with deadly poison, and if you stared too long into his eyes, you would be transfixed, and a drop of poison would fall from the tip of the blade into your wide-open mouth. The scimitar was used for violent deaths largely. If he came for you in your sleep he would suck the breath of life from you like a dementor. He was not an evil figure, but he had a job to do at any cost and only those who had lived long full lives would see him come for them as a friend.


    A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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    • #3
      That Cool! I haven't heard of Dumah

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      • #4
        These are cool. Dumah feels more huntsmen though (not a bad thing)

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        • #5
          that makes sense


          A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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          • #6
            How about Krampus as a True Fae? Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon",[1] who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure (see Germanic paganism).
            In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns.[2] Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten.
            The history of the Krampus figure has been theorized as stretching back to Pre-Christian Alpine traditions. In a brief article discussing the figure, published in 1958, Maurice Bruce wrote:
            There seems to be little doubt as to his true identity for, in no other form is the full regalia of the Horned God of the Witches so well preserved. The birch – apart from its phallic significance – may have a connection with the initiation rites of certain witch-covens; rites which entailed binding and scourging as a form of mock-death. The chains could have been introduced in a Christian attempt to 'bind the Devil' but again they could be a remnant of pagan initiation rites.[3]
            Discussing his observations while in Irdning, a small town in Styria in 1975, anthropologist John J. Honigmann wrote that:
            The Saint Nicholas festival we are describing incorporates cultural elements widely distributed in Europe, in some cases going back to pre-Christian times. Nicholas himself became popular in Germany around the eleventh century. The feast dedicated to this patron of children is only one winter occasion in which children are the objects of special attention, others being Martinmas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and New Year's Day. Masked devils acting boisterously and making nuisances of themselves are known in Germany since at least the sixteenth century while animal masked devils combining dreadful-comic (schauriglustig) antics appeared in Medieval church plays. A large literature, much of it by European folklorists, bears on these subjects. ... Austrians in the community we studied are quite aware of "heathen" elements being blended with Christian elements in the Saint Nicholas customs and in other traditional winter ceremonies. They believe Krampus derives from a pagan supernatural who was assimilated to the Christian devil.[4]
            The Krampus figures persisted, and by the 17th century Krampus had been incorporated into Christian winter celebrations by pairing Krampus with St Nicholas.[5]
            Countries of the former Habsburg Empire have largely borrowed the tradition of Krampus accompanying St Nicholas on 5 December from Austria.

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            • #7
              I also think a True Fae who is a manifestation of the Devils connection to pagan lore would be an interesting character. When the modern concept of the devil was developed in the middle ages, they drew heavily on pagan mythology. The Devil's goat horns and hooves come the Greek Deity Pan, while the devil's pitchfork was originally Poseidon's Trident. Using such a character would be an interesting vehicle to explore Christianity's connection to pagan religions.

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              • #8
                Two years ago I made topic solely on Krampus as True Fae - I even prepared his stats for play.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Madhatter View Post
                  Using such a character would be an interesting vehicle to explore Christianity's connection to pagan religions.

                  We could start with the fact that Easter has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus in any way. It's actually a pagan fertility ritual, as they used to use rabbits to test for pregnancy by having the woman urinate on them. The concept of the Easter Bunny, and searching for eggs with treats inside is supposed to be symbolic of the rabbit finding a fertilized egg.
                  Last edited by Nyrufa; 11-12-2016, 04:26 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Two groups of beings who would make GREAT True Fae characters are the Fomorians and Jotuns.

                    The Fomorians were an ancient sea-faring race it is thought that they originally came from Northern Africa or Asia as they are described as having dark hair and dark skin in the original accounts.They are often portrayed as hostile and monstrous beings who come from the sea or underground. Later, they were portrayed as giants and sea raiders. The name 'Fomor' literally means 'beneath the sea' from the Gaelic faoi-mhuir. Today scholars believe that 'Mor' means 'phantom' or 'spirit' and therefore proves that the Fomorians were considered to be Gods with magical powers.

                    Conaing is one of the first of these Fomorians to have settled and they seem to have settled on all the Northern Islands along the coast of Ireland and across to Scotland and Norway. They were reputed to have great magical powers. Some accounts have them living beneath the waves. It would seem that they split up into different tribes and that some did decide to reside in the Underworld such as Tethra the Fomorian faery king. They were certainly renowned Sea-farers and their ships were important to them. An account from the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh says that their fleet stretched from Norway to the North-east coast of Ireland.
                    Most Fomorians are described as dark-haired but there are exceptions Elatha the father of Bres being described as having 'golden-hair and being the handsomest man in sight'. He also seems to have been less blood-thirsty and more interested in justice. He refused to go to war with his son Bres against the Tuatha De, because it was an unjust cause.

                    According to the ancient accounts in the Lebor Gabala Erenn the tribes of the Nemedians, Fir Bolg, andTuatha Dé all spoke the same tongue and were supposed to be descended from the same family, the Fomorians were a completely separate race. With separate language and customs. Although they do intermarry with the Tuatha De Danann in these accounts see The Story of the Tuatha De Danann below.
                    In some accounts the Fomorians are described as one-eyed, one armed, one legged monsters with vast magical powers. In ancient times a curse was always pronounced on someone using this one-eyed, one armed, one legged stance as it was deemed to have great magical power, Lugh uses this method to cast a curse at his enemies in the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh.

                    A Jötunn are giants in Norse mythology a member of a race of nature spirits with superhuman strength, described as standing in opposition to the races of the Aesir and Vanir. Their otherworldly home was Jötunheim. They were created by Ymir. when he slept a giant son and a giantess daughter grew from his armpits, and his two feet procreated and gave birth to a monster with six heads. Supposedly, these three beings gave rise to the race of hrímþursar (rime giants or frost giants), who populated Niflheim, the world of mist, chill and ice. When the giant Ymir subsequently was slain by Odin, Vili, and Ve, his blood (i.e. water) deluged Niflheim and killed all of the giants, apart from one known as Bergelmir and his wife, who then repopulated their kind.

                    There are also fire giants, who reside in Muspelheim, the world of heat and fire, ruled by the fire giant Surtr("the black one") and his queen Sinmore. Logi, the god and personification of fire, is another member of this race. Their role in Norse mythology is to bring about the final destruction of the world by setting the world tree Yggdrasil on fire and killing all but a few of the gods and a man and women rescued by Odin through sending them into a forest that is not burned down.

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                    • #11
                      Here are specific members of the Fomorian Tribe.

                      Cichol: A leader of the Fomorians, during the invasion of Ireland by the Partholanians.

                      The only source for Cichol comes from a single reference in the Lebor Gabála. At that time, the Fomorians were described as race of people, with horrible deformity. Each Fomorian warrior only has a single arm and single leg. The Partholanians defeated Cichol and the Fomorians, driving them out of Ireland.

                      Conand: A Fomorian leader and champion. Conand had lived during the time of Nemedians arrival in Ireland.

                      Neit: God of war, son of Dagda, and father of the Fomorian people. Neit was said to have been the father of the Fomorians: Delbaeth, who was the father of Elatha, and of Dót, who was the father of Balor. (This Delbaeth should not be confused with the Danann son of Ogma or Angus.)

                      Neit may have been the consort of Morrigan, but was also married to Babd and Frea. Neit was also said to be the father of Esarg, who was the father of the Danann physician, Dian Cecht.

                      Neit was the Danann king of Ireland before the arrival of the Milesians. He was killed in battle against the Fomorians. His three sons succeeded him: MacCuill, MacCecht and MacGrené (MacGrene). (According to alternative tale, they were the sons of Ogma or Cermait. The three sons were married to Banba, Fohla and Eriu.The three wives were the three goddesses of Ireland. The Milesians invaded Erin (Ireland) during his sons' reign.

                      Balor:Leader and champion of the Fomorians.
                      Balor was a son of Dot and grandson of Neit.
                      Balor was the Fomorian's greatest champion, and their leader. Some have referred Balor as being king of the Fomorians, but that's not quite true. In Cath Maige Tuired, it was Indech who was king of the Fomoire, while Balor himself was the king of the Hebrides, which is known as Insi Gall. The Hebrides are islands off the west coast of Scotland.
                      His piercing eye can destroy 200 men, burning them with poison. The only way to contain the destructive power of his gaze was to keep his eyelid close. The lid was polished, and it take at least 4 men to prop it open. So the polished lid was never open unless in battle.
                      According to the Cath Maige Tuired, the origin of Balor's destructive power of his eye, resulted when he was young. His father's druids were brewing magic, and the fume had affected his eyes.
                      In the 2nd battle of Mag Tuired, Balor killed Nuada, his wife Macha, and number of others before Lug confronted him and killed him with stone, flung from Lugh's sling, which sort of reminisced with the young Israelite David killing Goliath.

                      Eithne: Mother of Lugh. Eithne was sometimes spelt Ethlinn or Ethniu. Eithne was a daughter of Balor, leader of the Fomorians.
                      Balor know of a prophecy that if he was to have a grandson, he would die. So like the Argive king Acrisius, who locked away his daughter Danae to keep men away from her, Balor locked Eithne away in a tower in Tory Island, hoping to stop his doom from being fulfil.
                      Eithne had fallen in love with Cian, one of the Danann leaders. But Cian with the help of Danann druidess, Birog,managed to spirit him to visit the Fomorian princess. Eithne became pregnant with triplets. Balor learning of this, tried to have his grandsons killed, by tossing them from the tower into a whirlpool. Two of Eithne's sons died, but the youngest of the triplets, survived, and taken away by Cian and Birog. Cian named their son, Lugh, or Lug.Confusedly, Eithne was said to be also the mother of the Dagda, Ogma and Allod (father of Manannan), by Elatha. And in another version in the Book of Invasions, she was not only the mother of Lugh and the Dagda, but also Nuada, Dian Cecht, Goihhniu, Credne and Luchta.

                      According to the Duanaire Finn, after the death of her father, Lugh arranged Eithne to marry, Tadg, son of Nuada. Eithne became the mother of Muirne.

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                      • #12
                        Surtr: is a fire giant and the first being in Ginnungagap. He is king of the fire giants and the guardian of Muspelheim. He possesses a sword made entirely of fire. During Raganorak, he will face and kill Freyr in battle, though Freyr will stab out one of the giant's eyes, and destroy the world with fire, only for it to be made anew.

                        Fornjot is an ancient giant in Norse mythology, the father of Logi(fire), Kari(wind), and Aegir(ruler of the seas)

                        Logi is the god or personification of fire in Norse Mythology. He is the son of Fornjot, and the brother of Kari, Laufey, Gymir and Aegir. His wife is Good, and he has two daughters named Eisa and Eimirya. He was present at Utgard, a realm of Utgarda-Loki, where he was challenged to an eating competition by Loki. Logi won, eating not only the meat, but the bone and wooden trencher.

                        Kari: The personification of wind.

                        Aegir is a sea giant and personification of the ocean Ægir is identified with Gymir and Hlér (anglicized as Hler), who lived on the isle of Hlesley. However, elsehere, Gymir is the name of the jotunn father of the beautiful maiden Gerd (the wife of Freyr) as well as the husband of Aurboda. In Lokasenna, he hosts a party for the gods where he provides the ale brewed in an enormous pot or cauldron provided by Tyr. During the party, Loki enters and begins to insult the gods in turn. This results in Loki's eventual incarceration until Raganorak. The story of Tyr getting the kettle for the brewing is told in Hymiskvida. The prose header of Lokasenna states that his hall is a place of sanctuary lit with bright gold and where the beer pours itself.Origins and FamilyMany versions of myths portray him as a jotun, however, some do not. In some texts, he is referred to as something older than the jotun, and his origins are unexplained; "Ægir (the sea), like his brothers Kari(the air) and Logi(fire), is supposed to have belonged to an older dynasty of the gods, for he ranked neither with the Æsir, the Vanas, the giants, dwarfs, or elves, but was considered omnipotent within his realm." Ægir would therefore have to be a giant. However, the brotherhood of Kari, Ægir and Loki is most probably just symbolic, as they represent the elements of classical myth. Ægir is a son of Fornjot, a jotunn, and brother of Logi (fire) and Kári (wind). Ægir is said to have had nine daughters with his wife, Ran. His daughters were called the billow maidens. They were named Bara(or Drofn),Blodughadda, Bylgja, Dufa, Hefring, Himinglaeva, Hronn, Kolga, and Unnr, each name reflecting a different characteristic of ocean waves. Snorri lists them twice in Skáldskaparmál but in one instance he replaces Bára with Dröfn. Heimdall is described as being the son of nine maidens, sometimes depicted as waves. Ægir's daughters may or may not be those maidens.

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                        • #13
                          From the Coraline wiki, discussing the Romanian version of the Beldam, the inspiration behind The Other Mother

                          God gave Beldam (Muma Pădurii) the designation to stand for the forest and inhabitant away from people unkindness. The Beldam is a spirit of the forest in a very ugly and old woman's body. Sometimes she has the ability to change her shape. She lives in a dark, dreadful, hidden little house. In time, however, the Beldam started to hate foolish people increasingly because they have destroyed what she was trying to defend. If she primarily scared and ran them out, altogether she got to kill indiscriminatingly those who she has met walking in the forest. The Beldam had a girl, The Forest Girl (Fata Pădurii). She is a demon who attracts the young people in the forest, where she kills them. She has two appearances: for the first time when she appears to them, she is a young and very beautiful woman. After the victim is charmed by her beauty, the Balder transforms into a hideous and tremendous monster, she kills the young and eats his heart because only like this she can keep her youth appearance. She came out only at night and she never gets out the forest, so she never attacks the people villages but only those who pass through the forest. "

                          What's interesting to note is that when swearing on her Mother's grave, The Other Mother says that she buried her herself. To me, that suggests that the Beldam we see in the book is actually a Forest Girl who killed her "mother" and took control of her Domain.


                          A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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                          • #14
                            Here's the quote:
                            • Beldam: "I swear it on my mother's grave."
                            • Coraline: Does she even have a grave?"
                            • Beldam: "Oh yes. I put her there myself. And when I found her trying to crawl out, I put her back."
                            • Coraline: "Swear at something else so I can believe you."


                            A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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                            • #15
                              Carman: Carman is a goddess who has a festival held in her honour every year like Macha and Tailtiu. She has three sons Dian 'Violent' , Dub 'Black' and Dothur 'Evil'.
                              She uses charms and incantations to bring about destruction. the sons brought it about by violence, dishonesty and plundering. They blighted the corn in order to destroy the Tuatha De Danann. But the Tuatha De Danann sang lampoons, witchcraft and spells on them until by their superior magic they drove them across the sea, retaining Carman as hostage. She died of grief and her aenach was held at her burial place.

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