Hibernian Pirates

Assorted information related to the raiders coming from the Western side of Britannia. I used real or real-ish names where I could from the time period… then madly created new ones for names of wives, other children, and so forth where necessary.

Boats

Basic boat construction is a bent framework of wattle sticks/strakes over which is stretched animal hide which is then waterproofed further with something (wool grease/lanolin or plant resin/pitch).

Coracle

Coracle.png In Welsh cwrwgl (COOR-oo-gul) – if you can avoid humming the nursery rhyme “Rub a Dub Dub” when you see images of these glorified walnut shells, you’re a better person than I.

These small vessels are generally for river and coastal usage. However, a particularly large one and an especially stubborn Celt could probably cross a larger body of water (Irish Sea, The Channel, etc.).

Currach

TimSeverinBrendan1976.png The Irish word for a Coracle is often pressed into service to describe a particularly large Coracle that’s built in a more boatlike shape (much longer than it is wide).

These larger boats; in the years after the time period of Age of Arthur, would be so associated with Irish Missionaries, that the slang name for them is “Naomhóg” (NEEV-owg, Little Saint). These are the much larger and much more seaworthy vessels used by Hibernian raiders. They even feature small hide covered “cabins” to protect passengers from the waves and storms (and can be buttoned up tight in particularly stormy seas).

In fact, they’re so seaworthy that British Historian Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to Canada in a replica of a small one in the 1970s.

Hibernia (Ireland)

Though just about any inlet or length of shoreline can have a small fishing village with a raiding Currach, for the most part, these are the primary actors…

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Laigin (Leinster)


These are the Gaelic families that live in Laigin; what is today the cuige (KWIG-uh, fifth) or “region” of Leinster, south of what is today Dublin (Baile Á Cliath, BALLA-klee-ah) are the primary raiders that attack Wales.

Uí Ceinnselaig (Kinsella)

(Modern day County Wexford)

Led by their (REE, King) Crimthann mac Énnai, this is the largest Túath (TOO-ah, a specific land and its tribe of people) in Laigin. Twenty years ago, they went to war against the High King of all Ireland (at the time Lóegaire mac Néill or the O’Niall dynasty) and captured him, only to ransom off the High King in exchange for never having to pay the “cattle levy” (aka “tax”) again. Laigin has reaped 20 years of bountiful cattle expansion since and the wealth thereof… and 20 years of wealth has brought all the troubles that come with it (greed, envy, jealousy, etc.)

He has ruled Laigin for over 40 years, and his personal life could later lead to a soap opera. He married three sisters, oppressed various branches of his distant kin (distant cousins) and pushed them off his lands to make room for more cattle, and then got baptized by St. Patrick. Well, though he’s trying to live his life as a good Christian now with his third young wife (Cinniu) and his new daughter (Eithne Uatahach)… those he oppressed in his young and pagan years still want vengeance (and their lands back). The new folks that have since moved onto the lands (and are loyal to Crimthann) don’t want to move – those are the Déise and the Fothairt.

Usual Target: All of Wales (Gwynedd & Dyfed)

Uí Bairrche

(Modern day County Wexford/Wicklow Border)

Usual Target: Gwynedd (North Wales)

Uí Máil

(Modern day County Wicklow)

Usual Target: Gwynedd (North Wales)

Fothairt

(Modern day County Kilkenny)

Usual Target: Dyfed (South Wales)

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Mumhan (Munster)


Some of the very last of the Érainn families still call Mumhan home. Before the coming of the Gaels, these Proto-Celtic speaking humans walked the land alongside the Tuatha dé Danann, intermarried with them, served them, or were slaves to them. However, the Gaels brought with them a new language and new ways of fighting, and a magic all their own.

For game purposes Érainn characters are Gaels with Proto-Celtic as a language choice.

Déise

(Modern day County Waterford)

Usual Target: Dyfed (South Wales)

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Mídh (Meath)


Midhe is the sacred “fifth” of Ireland that contains the Hill of Tara. High Kings, the Fomorians, the Tuatha dé Danaan, etc. have all symbolically and mystically ruled the island of Hibernia from this hill for nearly 4000 years.

The most powerful artifact and symbol is the Lia Fá (LEE-a FALL) the Stone of Destiny, placed upon an Forrad (ahn FOR-ad, the Inauguration Mound) by the Tuatha dé Danann. The man who is crowned atop this phallic symbol is the High King of Hibernia and possesses all the symbolic and literal powers thereof.

The great treasures of the Tuatha dé Danann are

Name Element User
Lia Fáil
(LEE-a FALL), Stone of Destiny)
Earth Mortals
Sleá Bua
(SLAW BOO-a, Spear of Victory)
Air Lugh
Claíomh Solais
(KLAY-uv SOL-aysh, Sword of Light)
Fire Nuada
Coire Dagdae
(KOY-reh DAG-da, Cauldron of Dagda)
Water The Dagda
Uí Dúnlainge

(Modern day County Dublin)

Usual Target: Gwynedd (North Wales) or Rheged & Gododdin via Ynys Mannau

Brega

(Modern day County Meath)

Usual Target: Gwynedd (North Wales) or Rheged & Gododdin via Ynys Mannau

Airgíalla (Oriel)

Fernmag

(Modern day County Louth)

Usual Target: Rheged & Gododdin via Ynys Mannau

Ulaidh (Ulster)

Uí Eachach Coba

(Modern day County Down – South)

Usual Target: Gododdin or also Rheged via Ynys Mannau

Dál Fiatach

(Modern day County Down – North)

Usual Target: Gododdin or also Rheged via Ynys Mannau

Dál nAiraide

(Modern day County Antrim – South)

Usual Target: Gododdin or sometimes Rheged via Ynys Mannau

Uí Thuirtre

(Modern day County Antrim – North)

Usual Target: Gododdin or Pictish lands, sometimes also Rheged via Ynys Mannau

Ciannachta

(Modern day County Derry)

Usual Target: Pictish lands, sometimes Gododdin

Hibernian Pirates

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