Fir’bolg Overview

From the mist and mud of Morread hail the Fir’bolg, the folk of the Bog Kingdom. They are as resilient as they are powerful, capable of enduring the woes of the world and thriving despite all odds.

Kingdom Symbol: The symbol of the Bog Kingdom is the Witch-Eye’s own personal symbol: a scarred eye over a field of green.

Outlook: There are those that bemoan the cruelty and the harshness of life. The Fir’bolg know the truth: their god is a god of cruelty and malice and therefore, life is truly cruel, harsh and unfair. But the sons and daughters of Morread do not waste breath or thought upon the injustices of their existence – they endure, outwit and outfight their problems. They work to make their difficulties work for them not against them. Morread is a place of death for the unwary and unaccustomed – thus do the Fir’bolg learn of and from their home to harness its deadliness to their advantage, much to the dismay of foreign invaders.

Morread is mother and teacher to the Fir’bolg. Despite its dangers, the folk of the Bog Kingdom love their marshland home. It is not like most loves, it is a love as fierce and as harsh as given to the Fir’bolg themselves. They scoff at the softness of foreign lands and scoff at the softness of foreign folk. Would that their enemies had lived beneath Morread’s gaze and Cruach’s hand, they would be crushed as surely as mist comes in the morning. The Fir’bolg do not spurn nor belittle comfort, but they are proud of their roots and proud of their trials.

And they feel cruel Cruach’s hand upon them and his baleful gaze upon their very souls. Many Fir’bolg rituals focus on appeasing their vicious god or turning his eye from them – that he may visit dooms upon someone else. The Fir’bolg fear their god and fear what lies after this life: a grey, wasting eternity upon Cruach’s mountain. Thus do they do what they can to survive, for death is truly the end for Cruach’s folk.

Mannerisms: Almost all Fir’bolg respect and fear Cruach’s gaze; they never invoke his true name for fear of earning his attention. Thus are most Fir’bolg a strong but quiet folk, not easily given to bragging and boasting.

But some Fir’bolg reject this notion entirely. They seize every moment and taste every passion, defying death and the grey afterward with every breath that they take.

They believe that if their deeds impress Cruach, they will be awarded a honored place at his side, away from the bleak eternity reserved for the mediocre. These Fir’bolg strive to be stronger, faster, wiser and better than all others so that the Cruel God may judge them worthy. And if they’re doomed anyway, it matters not. After all, have they not seized every moment and tasted every passion known to mortals? Therefore, these Fir’bolg brag, bluff and bluster to their heart’s content, savoring any challenge that may approach them.

Accent: Players who wish to use accents in their speech are encouraged to use a Celtic accent.

Names: Fir’bolg names are usually Celtic in sound and in theme. When a child is born in Morread, it is not named until two years after it has been born – a horrifying number of infants do not survive their first year. They are called “little one” or “wee one” at this time. Children are named upon their second year of life, usually after plants, beasts, heroes or ancestors. There are no last names among the Fir’bolg and folk with the same name are usually given a descriptor or an epithet to differentiate them from one another (Tall Bran, Bran One-Arm, Bran Browntooth).

Fir’bolg that hail from a Great Clan or have been adopted into one may invoke that Clan’s name when they formally announce themselves. The word “Cu” or “Mac” is placed between one’s name and the clan name “Bran Mac Cullain” or “Bran Cu Cullain”

Male: Angus, Cyric, Dunstan, Fallon, Garret, Kegan, Lann, Miach, Perth, Weylin

Female: Annan, Blair, Caellan, Enys, Fiona, Kala, Maara, Seanna, Vanora, Ula

Historical Allusions:

The Fir’bolg are based off of mish-mash of Celtic culture and fictional creation. Inspiration of the mythos and the culture of the Fir’bolg is drawn from Celtic mythology and the epic “the Breaking of the Red Branch” but also from Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian civilization – the latter’s fatalistic mindset is especially alluded to during the creation of this culture.