History Headscratchers / TheSecretOfKells

11th Feb '16 9:33:31 AM mtcorias
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* Might be a bit of Fridge Brilliance, in that the abbot doesn't actually know anything about warfare. He might even have thought that the sight of the wall might be enough to deter any attackers. He wouldn't have been able to attain any information on the subject either, being surrounded by monks in a pre-hollywood society.

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* Might be a bit of Fridge Brilliance, in that the abbot doesn't actually know anything about warfare. He might even have thought that the sight of the wall might be enough to deter any attackers. He wouldn't have been able to attain any information on the subject either, being surrounded by monks in a pre-hollywood society.society.
*Also, if it's strong enough a wall on its own could do the job; an attacking army has to worry about food (and other supplies) as well as weather, illness, injury, and moral. If your ravaging army saw a wall that would take weeks, maybe months, to get through, they may decide to seek their fortune elsewhere.
27th Jun '14 1:54:36 PM DanielLC
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*** I'm not saying it was hopeless. I'm just saying that she couldn't have been nearly certain enough of it to bet Brendan's life against a pretty book.
18th Apr '13 11:14:12 AM erufailon42
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[[WMG: Why wasn't the wall manned?]] Okay, that's all well and good that he wants to build a wall. walls are effective defenses. But why does he not have anyone manning the damn things? I realize that he is a peaceful monk and stuff, but he could have built the wall to be the height of a skyscraper and all it'd have done was delay the Northmen if they have no one to actually repel the attackers from.

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\n** According to the main page, celtic folklore stated that cats were capable of going to otherwordly realms that others couldn't enter. Maybe she just needed a bit of prodding?

[[WMG: Why wasn't the wall manned?]] Okay, that's all well and good that he wants to build a wall. walls are effective defenses. But why does he not have anyone manning the damn things? I realize that he is a peaceful monk and stuff, but he could have built the wall to be the height of a skyscraper and all it'd have done was delay the Northmen if they have no one to actually repel the attackers from.from.
* Might be a bit of Fridge Brilliance, in that the abbot doesn't actually know anything about warfare. He might even have thought that the sight of the wall might be enough to deter any attackers. He wouldn't have been able to attain any information on the subject either, being surrounded by monks in a pre-hollywood society.
25th Nov '12 9:46:45 PM Jerkass
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* The WMG page suggests the cat is also a fairy so maybe her magic works on her but not on humans? Or maybe the magic doesn't work on Christians? Or she can't cast a spell on someone inside a religious building?

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* The WMG page suggests the cat is also a fairy so maybe her magic works on her but not on humans? Or maybe the magic doesn't work on Christians? Or she can't cast a spell on someone inside a religious building?building?

[[WMG: Why wasn't the wall manned?]] Okay, that's all well and good that he wants to build a wall. walls are effective defenses. But why does he not have anyone manning the damn things? I realize that he is a peaceful monk and stuff, but he could have built the wall to be the height of a skyscraper and all it'd have done was delay the Northmen if they have no one to actually repel the attackers from.
19th Oct '12 5:57:49 PM Murgatroyd314
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*** Others did use it. We may not have seen them doing so, but there's a beaten path from the wall to the forest.
23rd Apr '12 6:21:04 PM Arawn444
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* She could have seen its assorted pages while her wolf pack shredded the Vikings.
23rd Apr '12 4:49:14 PM Arawn444
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*** The Abbot didn't see the attack occur. He would have assumed it was the work of the overactive imagination of a young boy and told Brendan off - or worse, believed his already wayward nephew was being possessed by Satan himself and exorcized him. And [[OhMyGods the Dagda]] forbid he learn Brendan was consorting with a pagan demigod.
18th Feb '12 5:39:36 PM blueranger
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[[WMG: If Aisling can turn living beings to ghosts and back, why didn't she do it to Brendan and allow him to escape instantly?]]

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[[WMG: If Aisling can turn living beings to ghosts and back, why didn't she do it to Brendan and allow him to escape instantly?]]instantly?]]
* The WMG page suggests the cat is also a fairy so maybe her magic works on her but not on humans? Or maybe the magic doesn't work on Christians? Or she can't cast a spell on someone inside a religious building?
14th Dec '11 12:21:22 PM MaxChaplin
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* According to the opening narration she has seen the book alright, so the question is when. The most probable answer is that Brendan has sneaked it out of the scriptorium to show Aisling, though now the question is why was it off-screen.



** But he was ''attacked'' by it, along with Aisling. That doesn't seem very imaginary.

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** But he was ''attacked'' by it, along with Aisling. That doesn't seem very imaginary.imaginary.

[[WMG: If Aisling can turn living beings to ghosts and back, why didn't she do it to Brendan and allow him to escape instantly?]]
5th Dec '11 5:01:13 PM vampergreen
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** She repeats the line "Turn darkness into light." She believed that there was some hope that Crom Cruach could be defeated by the book and/or Brendan himself.
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