Village of Eglantine Grove, a Hidden Gael enclave in Brycheiniog

Hidden in the remote wooded northern foothills of the Devil’s Beacon mountains, the village consists of a dozen cozy cottages built in harmony with nature, and a nearby grove of ancient trees (Oak, Ash, and Thorn) considered sacred to the Gael culture.
The nearest trade town is the village of Ruiger Moor, who trade with Aberhonddu, half a day’s travel downstream to the north. Ruiger Moor recently suffered a defeat in battle courtesy of raiding bandits, who made off with livestock and captives. Continue reading Village of Eglantine Grove, a Hidden Gael enclave in Brycheiniog

Ruiger Moor, Village in Kingdom Brycheiniog

Situated in a valley in the northern foothills of the Devil’s Beacon mountains, the village proper lies on a low hill surrounded by a ditch, with an excellent view in all directions (and encompassing the greatest extent of arable land within several miles).
Ruiger Moor has been inhabited for more than a millenia, back to the last alliance between the Cymru and Fair Folk, before the arrival of the Holy Empire. While there is a shrine to the Annuaki of the Imperial Church in the village, religious enthusiasm is somewhat dampened by the number of ancient bloodlines (with likewise ancient religious practices). Continue reading Ruiger Moor, Village in Kingdom Brycheiniog

Talgarth, Capital City of Kingdom Brycheiniog

Situated on the northern bank of the River Usk, near the border with the Kingdom of Gwent (to the east), Talgarth has been the capital of the kingdom of Brycheiniog since the Gaelish Prince Brychan was granted the lands formerly known as Garth Madrun.

The city supplies the keep of Bridgeford along the River Wye two days to the north with grain and legionnaires, while Bridgeford keeps the refugees streaming south from Saexa occupied Powys to a manageable rate. Continue reading Talgarth, Capital City of Kingdom Brycheiniog

Beyond the Black Gates of Death

A monochrome “photo negative” landscape of a desolate and broken country. Seven immense thrones before you, and seven giants in hooded robes upon the thrones. The only features you can make out are mouths and chins; some strong, some weak, some kind, some cruel. You recount the story of your life honestly as you remember it, and the story of your death (very accurately indeed). They have … Continue reading Beyond the Black Gates of Death

Lamashtu

In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamashtu (Akkadian dLa-maš-tu) was a female demon, monster, malevolent goddess or demigoddess who menaced women during childbirth and, if possible, kidnapped their children while they were breastfeeding. She would gnaw on their bones and suck their blood, as well as being charged with a number of other evil deeds. She was a daughter of the Sky God Anu. Lamashtu is depicted as … Continue reading Lamashtu

Ninhursag

Ninhursag (or Ki) is the Babylonian Antu, and is known in the Western lands as Juno. Ninhursag was connected with all aspects of the life of women, most particularly married life, fertility, and matriarchy. Ninhursag’s spouse was Enki. Ki’s spouse was An, and Enki was descended from her. Incestuous lot, that pantheon. In a triparte maiden / mother / crone taxonomy, Ninhursag is mother and … Continue reading Ninhursag