The Tuatha

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The Tuatha Dé Denann


Brigid

The Dagda

Lugh

Manannán mac Lir

The Morrígan

Nuada

Ogma

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Long before their people fought religious wars over Christianity, the Tuatha Dé Danann were revered as the gods of Ireland, larger-than-life figures who inspired as much by their squabbles and intra-family troubles as by their awesome prowess in combat. Descended from the mother goddess Danu, they freed Ireland from the depredations of the Fomorians and ruled it in relative peace for centuries before the invasion of new peoples and religions eventually forced them to follow their High King into the fairy mounds and depart from the world for all but the most important of matters. With an unmatched ferocity for battle and passions to match, the Tuatha, despite having few worshipers remaining in the World and little in the way of power bases, are respected for their equal combination of fighting ability and mental acumen.


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Virtues

Courage Expression Intellect Piety
When it comes to courage, the Tuatha Dé Danann are second to none. Fiery warriors, brawlers, and rousing storytellers, they never shy away from danger or even consider capitulation to their enemies, seeing every conflict through the the bitter end for their own honor and the joy of the battle itself. They seldom retreat, never surrender, and laugh in the face of overwhelming odds. The arts are especially important to the Tuatha, who hold storytellers and bards in almost as high esteem as they do warriors; after all, if there were no bards, there would be no one to tell of the warriors’ glorious deeds. They prize beautiful things and those who can make them extremely highly, and can be found more often than not offering their patronage to those promising performers and artists who strike them as being destined for true greatness. Not only simple warriors with no capacity for greater thinking, the Tuatha are also the keepers of great mysteries and ancient secrets, the patrons of druids and mystics alike. Their occult vision is well-known, as are their contributions to their peoples’ early development, and the academic prowess of the wisest among them is never discounted in times of need. The Tuatha, despite the long-ago demise of their actual worship, believe utterly in their pantheon and in themselves. They are secure in their place in the world – as part of its heritage, legend, and the invisible machine of Fate – and seldom hesitate to commune directly with one another when the need arises.

Other Deities

Lir Fand
The sea-god is one of the most ancient and powerful of the Tuatha, so old that his origins are lost to antiquity. One of the most beautiful of the Tuatha, Fand is a goddess of beauty and pleasure, but also of vengeance against slights suffered in love. She had a brief fling with the hero Cu Chulainn, but returned to her husband and vowed never to leave again.
Dian Cecht Balor
The god of healing is a surprisingly fiery and temperamental figure, the father of uncountable children and a being infamous for his temper. The one-eyed king of the Fomorians was a fearsome creature, an implacable foe of the Tuatha until he was finally slain by his grandson, Lugh.
Cethlenn Elatha
A fearsome Fomorian prophet, Cethlenn warned her husband of his fated death at the hands of his grandson and rode into battle herself to try to prevent it, wounding the Dagda in the process. A moon god that some claim to be a Fomorian in disguise, Elatha is one of the most beautiful of his pantheon, and his company is said to be full of humor and highly sought after.
Eochaid Aine
A figure renowned for his sense of justice and fair play, Eochaid is the husband of the fair Etain, and was High King of Ireland for a short while. Aine is the goddess of summer and of wealth; her great beauty has led many kings and lesser gods to attempt to ravish her, but those who succeed find that her wrath leaves them maimed or doomed to die.
Niamh Clidna
The Goddess of the Golden Hair is one of the fairest and most cherished children of the Tuatha, a gentle goddess of beauty and fulfillment. The Queen of Banshees, despite her terrifying aspects, is also a goddess of love who can turn her voice to sing sweetly, healing the ill and drawing the birds of the sky down to hear her.
Miach Airmed
A healer of incredible skill, Miach was able to create a new flesh-and-blood hand for Nuada to replace his silver hand, but his father, also a god of healing, was so jealous of his skill that he killed him in a fit of rage. The goddess of healing and herbalism, Airmed is the only creature, mortal or god, who knows the full secrets of the lore of healing plants.
Cian Ethniu
A transformation god with a fondness for pigs, Cian was slain by the sons of Tuireann, causing Lugh to wreak terrible vengeance upon them. This Fomorian princess possesses such unbelievable beauty that she bewitches nearly all who see her, and her many trysts with the Tuatha have made her the mother of several of its most important gods.
Boann Gavida
Boann is Nuada’s disobedient wife, a river goddess who became pregnant by his son and eventually lost her life by challenging the sacred well of knowledge, becoming forever one with the waters. Cian’s smith-god son raised Lugh, his half-brother, while hiding him from Balor’s searching eye.
Ernmas Caer Ibormeith
A mother goddess of the Tuatha, Ernmas was mourned sorely by the other gods when she was killed in the second battle of Mag Tuired. A maiden of surpassing beauty, she was rescued from an evil spell that kept her imprisoned in the shape of a swan when Aengus correctly identified her and took her as his wife.
Cairbre Tuireann
The silver-tongued bard of the Tuatha is largely responsible for the fall of Bres, whose reign and person he mocked so mercilessly as to make him a laughingstock while he was High King. A thunder-god and son of Ogma, Tuireann died of grief after Lugh killed all his sons in retaliation for his father’s death.
Badb Macha
A crow-goddess renowned for her ferocity in battle, Badb is but one part of a trio of war goddesses made up of her and her sisters (or even, some say, but one part of the Morrigan herself). Goddess of sovereignty and war, Macha is also a prophetess capable of laying great curses; it is suspected by some that she and Badb are merely other faces of the Morrigan, though no one has ever dared suggest such to her face.
Midir Bodb Derg
The Dagda’s cocky son attempted to steal Etain from Eochaid, but despite his magical powers was thwarted in the end when she aided her husband to find her. The Dagda’s strong-armed son served a short stint as the High King, though he could never force the iron-willed Lir to bend to his word and eventually ceded the throne in the hopes that someone else could.
Bres Ruadan
Bres the Beautiful became High King when Nuada lost his hand, but so oppressed the Tuatha that they overthrew him and banished him from Ireland, sparking another war with the Fomorians; at the end of the war, despite his surrender, Lugh killed him. A headstrong youth and nascent god of war, Ruadan accompanied his father into battle and fought for the Fomorians but was slain, prompting his mother to invent keening in her grief.

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