Information on Gaelic folklore:
edited 14th May '13 7:24:26 AM by SalmonPunch
edited 14th May '13 10:38:45 AM by peasant
edited 14th May '13 6:20:58 PM by Sharysa
- A hidden or faraway land populated by The Fair Folk, with no suffering, death, or age.
- The Folk will often need to invite you to the Otherworld, but there are places and times where one can reach the Otherworld without them. Newlyweds and newborn children are very susceptible to being abducted by the Folk without warning.
- Places: Standing stones, the seashore, the sacred mounds/hills, cliffs, particularly old/sacred trees, sacred bodies of water, and forests.
- Times: The major holidays are when the veil/barrier between this world and the Otherworld are thinnest. Samhain, Bealtaine, Imbolc, and Lughnasadh are among the most powerful days among the Irish.
- Time is different in the Otherworld. A hour here can be weeks in the Otherworld, or vice-versa.
- Morality is different in the Otherworld.
- Gods and The Fair Folk are similar, but very distinct. (Christianity demoting most gods into Fair Folk does not help at all.)
- Gods understand people, because they are products/embodiments of human needs/wants/doings. The Folk are not human at all.
- Gods are more powerful than the Folk, but the Folk are nigh-unpredictable.
- If you fuck with a god, you can make amends. Really, really, really big amends. And if it was unintentional, they might let it slide as long as you never do it again.
- If you fuck with the Fair Folk, there is no telling what they'll do.
- Sometimes the Folk use humanity's pants-wetting fear of causing offense to take advantage.
- The Fair Folk do not feel love as humans understand it. Gods do.
- The Fair Folk do not fear death, because they are not bound to any part of the physical plane and so they don't die. Gods die on occasion and they certainly don't like it, but they don't fear death because it's not PERMANENT for them.
- Most gods have a basic understanding of the Folk, but among the most experienced with them are the Morrigan, Manannan MacLir, Ogma, and Aengus Og.
edited 15th May '13 1:27:21 PM by Sharysa
edited 15th May '13 11:15:35 PM by peasant
- The Welsh Otherworld is called Annwn/Annwfn (roughly pronounced "Ah-nu(fe)n"), ruled by Arawn or Gwyn Ap Nudd. Usually it's Annwn. Annwn is either beneath our world or, like the Irish Otherworld, an island (or group of islands) across the sea.
- Arawn is the earlier King of the Otherworld, while Gwyn Ap Nudd is king much later. More frequently, Gwyn Ap Nudd is the leader of The Wild Hunt.
- The fairies are called the Twyleth Tegg and are beautiful, ethereal blondes. The Twyleth Tegg are not the only denizens of Annwn, as some Otherworld creatures are nightmarish.
- Much like the Irish sidhe, the Twyleth Tegg frequently abduct children, especially beautiful/talented ones or unbaptized infants.
- Annwn/The Otherworld before modern times (especially pre-Christianity) is not the afterlife. The House of Donn is where human souls go after death.
- Also like Irish folklore, the Twyleth Tegg are said to fear iron.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.