Gaels

GaelRaiders.png The Gaels are from Hibernia (Ireland) and they’re Britain’s original notorious raiders and pirates. Before the coming of the Saxons, the Hibernians were the scourge of Britannia’s shores. They’re a Celtic people, with similar Gods, but these days Hibernia is strongly under the sway of the Christian faith. Though there are slight differences in the “Celtic” Church from the “Roman” Church, the doctrine aligns more and more each year with Rome. As such, many pagan Gaels (and even Pelangianist converts) have left Hibernia to found kingdoms in Scotia and other areas of Britain and the islands of the sea (including Ellan Vannin… The Isle of Man… the center of Druidic power).

Roleplay

The Gaels are are Celtic and have similar customs to the Britons. Their native Gods are slightly different.

Oaths

Again, the Gaels are similar to the Britons here as well. The major difference is that the Romano-British concept of a “Lord” is still alien to them. Swearing to a Chief is a personal thing… it has little to do with what parcel of land the chief claims as his or her own.

Goedelic

Goedelic is “Gaelic” today, it has similar grammar and structure to Brythonic but the vocabulary is generally incomprehensible to each other (maybe 1 in 10 words is the same). It also uses the Ogham alphabet (and often with greater ease than Brythonic), but usually only Druids actively “write” using it.

Names

Gaels only have one given name, however they will have a patronymic, and though they may not use it daily, they will have a tribal/familial clan name which will nearly always be another male name. If a Gael warrior has a particularly distinctive trait or is famous for a particular event, they will often drop the patronymic in place of the descriptor (the red) or honorific (the strong arm).

  • mac = Son of (male name)
  • ní = Daugher of (male name, lenited)
  • uí = of the clann of (male name)

  • Example 1: Fergus mac Conchobhar uí Niall (Fergus son of Conor of the clann Niall – aka “O’Niell”)
  • Example 2: Bríd ní Chonchobhar uí Niall (Bridget daughter of Conor of the clann Niall)

    Gaels also have an informal name system of given name, father’s name, grandfather’s name. However, the father’s name and grandfather’s name are “lenited” and the initial consonant is “softened” with an H. However usually only folks from the same village or very close friends use that system (folks that would have actually known the father and grandfather personally).

  • Example 1: Fergus Chonchobhair Chonn (Fergus, who is Conor’s kid, who is Conn’s kid)
  • Example 2: Bríd Chonchobhair Chonn (Bridget, who is Conor’s kid, who is Conn’s kid)

    Male Names: Abbán, Ádhamhnán, Aibhne, Ailill, Aimhirghin, Ainbheartach, Áinle, Ainníleas, Ámhra, Anamcha, Ánrothán, Aodh, Aodhán, Buadhach, Cairell, Calbhach, Caoimhín, Cass, Cassair, Cassán, Cathaír, Cathal, Cearbhall, Cian, Ciarán, Cillian, Cináed, Coinneach, Colmán, Comhghall, Conall, Conán, Conchobhar, Conlaodh, Conn, Cormac, Cuán, Cúmhaí, Curnán, Daigh, Daighre, Daimhín, Dáire, Dallán, Deaglán, Deasmumhnach, Diarmaid, Domhnall, Donnchadh, Dubhaltach, Dubhgall, Dubhghlas, Ealadha, Éamonn, Éanna, Earnán, Eoghan, Faolán, Fearchar, Feardorcha, Fearghal, Fearghus, Fechín, Fiachra, Fial, Finnén, Finnseach, Fionn, Fionnbharr, Fionntán, Garbhán, Gilleagán, Giolla Chríst, Glaisne, Gobán, Gormghiolla, Iarfhlaith, Iarlugh, Iobhar, Iomchadh, Irial, Labhraidh, Labhrás, Lachtna, Lachtnán, Laisrén, Laoidheach, Laoire, Lasair, Leannán, Lochlann, Lomán, Lonán, Lorcán, Lughaidh, Mac Nisse, Mac Táil, Mael Íosa, Maeleachlainn, Mainchín, Maine, Maolán, Marcán, Meallán, Mel, Mochta, Molaisse, Morann, Muircheartach, Muireadhach, Murchadh, Murchú, Naithí, Naomhán, Neasán, Niall, Niallán, Nuadha, Odhrán, Ógán, Oilithir, Oilleóg, Oillill, Oillín, Oisín, Olcán, Ólchobhar, Onchú, Orthanach, Osán, Osgar, Ríoghán, Ríordán, Robhartach, Rónán, Ross, Rúadhán, Ruaidhrí, Ruarc, Samhradhán, Sárán, Scannal, Scannlán, Scáthach, Scoithín, Scolaí, Sé, Seachlann, Séadhna, Seanán, Seanchán, Síoda, Siollán, Sléibhín, Somhairle, Suibhne, Tadhg, Taichleach, Tanaí, Tassach, Teimhnín, Tighearnach, Tighearnán, Tiobraide, Tíreachán, Toirdhealbhach, Tóla, Tomaltach, Torcán, Torna, Treasach, Tuama, Tuathal, Uaithne, Uallachán, Uallgarg, Ultán, Urard

    Female Names: Aillean, Áine, Áinfean, Ainnir, Aithche, Álmhath, Ana, Aodhamair, Aodnait, Brónach, Caoilfhionn, Caoimhe, Ceara, Ciar, Clíodhna, Dáirine, Dáirinn, Dairinn, Damhnait, Dearbhail, Deirbhile, Deirdre, Dunfhlaith, Eadan, Easnadh, Echna, Eibhear, Éibhleann, Éile, Éirne, Eithne, Émer, Étaín, Fainche, Feidhelm, Feme, Féthnaid, Fianait, Fionnait, Fionnghuala, Fionúir, Geiléis, Gobnait, Gormlaith, Gráinne, Grian, Íde, Íonait, Laoise, Lasairfhiona, Líadan, Liamhain, Life, Líobhan, Luiseach, Marga, Meadhbh, Meallá, Moinnine, Móirne, Moncha, Mór, Muadhnait, Muireann, Muirgheal, Muirín, Muirne, Naomh, Nárbhflaith, Neacht, Neamhain, Neasa, Niamh, Nuala, Órlaith, Órnait, Osnait, Rathnait, Ríofach, Ríona, Róinseach, Róisín, Rónnad, Rós, Rúadhnait, Sadhbh, Saorla, Saraid, Sárnait, Scoithniamh, Scoth, Scothnait, Séanait, Searc, Síomha, Sláine, Sorcha, Suaibhseach, Suanach, Taillte, Teafa, Teamhair, Téide, Treasa, Tuamnait, Tuathla, Tuileach, Tuilelaith, Uaine, Uaine, Uainionn, Uallach, Uasal, Úna

    Pronunciation

    For game purposes Goedelic uses modern Irish pronunciation… and also because I as the bloody DM speaks Gaeilg’ Uladh and I’m likely the only one to be saying these words anyway… I’m going to put it back to the proper way. Is fuath liom an fuaimniú ins an leabhar seo. Aontaím le na údair – tá sé simplí níos mó… ach is mí-cheart iad fós.

  • B, C, F, G, H, L, M, N, P, R are like in English (or close enough)

  • The vowels A, O, and U are “broad” and consonants behave as expected around them, for example D, T, and S
  • The vowels E and I are “slender” and mutate a handful of consants if they’re next to them. D is the J or DG (john or budge), T is the TCH (hatch), and S is like SH (fish).

  • “Soft” consonants are the ones followed by an H
  • Ch is like Loch Ness in Scottish or the Composer Bach in German
  • Fh is silent
  • Ph is an F sound
  • Sh and Th are the H sound (which really confuses English speakers)
  • Broad Bh / Mh are the W sound, Slender Bh / Mh are the V sound
  • Broad Dh / Gh are a gutteral G sound (like gargling), Slender Dh / Gh are the Y sound

  • Vowels with accent marks are “long” vowels
  • A like trap, Á like father
  • E like bed, É like in Italian “bene” (good)
  • I like thin, Í like see
  • O like dog, Ó like caught or all
  • U like put, Ú like soon
  • Dipthong: AO = like uee in Queen
  • Vowels at the end of a word are never silent

  • Stress falls on the first syllable.
  • Dipthong ‘pro tip’ … after the first syllable, if there’s no accent mark… just use the unstressed “schwa” generic vowel sound.
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