The Bog of Cullenmore - OOC

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Postby Aryan » Sat Sep 07, 2002 1:33 pm

Welcome to the Bog of Cullenmore Thread...The background so far is thus:-<BR><BR>Some say that the mystical Isle of Cullenmore lay to the Western Cost of Ireland. Seldom seen, for dense fog continually shrouded it from view. Once every seventy years, the veil of fog would lift, and an enchanted sunken island with mountains, pastures, gleaming cities and clammy bogland would materialise. In this Celtic land of enchantment dwelled faerie people, druids, mages and healers. Few pure humans ever found their way to this mystical land although many heroes were beckoned by the mirage of gold-roofed towers and domes. Whenever they approached the land, it sank beneath the water unless magical flames could bind it into place. Even then they had the wrath of the water magicians to face, the shape changers and the lure of the sea-sirens coaxing their boats to treacherous rocks that ground their wooden hulls to a mushy pulp.<BR><BR>Only the coastlines of of that island claimed gleaming cities of gold, bridges of shimmering silver and dust-free roads cobbled with marble. The inlying areas were dark and treacherous. As havens the cities stood, circling damp, foul boglands and windswept mountains of ice and cruel cold. Homes of the evil. Lairs for creatures which could strike terror and fear into the hearts of the most gallant heroes and the most skilled of enchanters.<BR><BR>Few ventured forth from their cities on the coast.<BR><BR>But there were those who lived there lives as guardians and protectors of those city dwellers, despite the fact that few of these protected knew of the dangers beyond their balustrades and columns of gold. Some remnants of Elven folk lived in the woodlands outside the city areas, thriving in their treetop world safe from the vermin that burrowed underground. The icy mountains harboured a breed of bocans, a goblin like creature that dwelt in caves. Some were safe and respectable; others boded ill for all that found their nests.<BR><BR>Along the edges of the biggest stretch of marshland across the Island, the notorious Bog of Cullenmore, lay tiny earthy dwellings of clay and mud. Hardly noticeable and well-camouflaged in the soggy terrain, Lurachers dwelt theirein. A tiny slim built race about two feet high, with limited magical powers but with a stealth and prowess that matched elven rangers. They ferreted out creatures of evil that lurked within the bog and protected the outlying areas from the greatest threats. Despite the company that shared their lands, the Lurachers were a happy people, that loved singing, dancing and mucic and were often mischievous.<BR><BR>Unsurprisingly maybe, Aryan Sparrowhawk is a Luracher. One of the wisest trackers of her people, her stealth and archery matched by few of her elders. The Tale of The Bog of Cullenmore tells of her quest to find the Shape-Shifter "Caochlaideach" whom she believes to be in the form of a vulture-like beast known as a death-sheerie that feeds on rotting flesh in the Bog of Cullenmore. Once found, she hopes to enchant the beast to enlist it's aid to find her mentor and trainer, Giladeish. A silver arrow she carried, if it hit Caochlaideach would destroy it's enchanted shape and fix the creature in it's natural form.<BR><BR>Giladeish went missing deep in the Bog of Cullenmore searching for the lair of the earth-daemons. Earth-daemons, creatures like monstrous serpents that lay their eggs in watery niches in the Bog of Cullenmore are reputed to live far below the watery surface in muddy burrows and trenches. These creatures have become an evil plague upon the land, burrowing like the gigantic worms they are across Cullenmore, trapping the elven people in their treetop domain and devouring young bocans. The Bocans can no longer roam with ease through their deep subterranean caves but hide out in caverns higher up the mountain slopes.<BR><BR>Aryan has set forth on her quest, alone and unaided, as is the wont of the Luracher tracker. It remains the truth that she would more than welcome the company of those she could trust....the Bog of Cullenmore is far, far from a being pleasant place to travel alone..<BR><BR>----<BR><BR>(Be glad to have any fellow travellers to help in the quest and who knows what mythical Celtic or fantasy creatures may lurk in Cullenmore. This thread was to be free with imagination but there is a very basic plot. Find the shape-changer. Work out how to enchant him. Find Giladeish (if he lives), which may lead to finding the earth-daemons and work out how to stop their encroachment across Cullenmore without dying in the process.<BR><BR>( P.s. If anyone knows how to delete unwanted posts owing to duplicates - please advise)<BR><BR>Aryan
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Postby Lady-Greenleaf » Sat Sep 07, 2002 2:45 pm

count me in. i'd really like to get into this thread. celtic mythology is fascinating to me. i think this thread is a great idea.
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Postby *Silvertears* » Thu Sep 12, 2002 2:46 pm

Hot darn! I like it! I think I will join, if there are no objections.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Aryan, let me just say you are quite a genius. Lovely writing.
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Postby Aryan » Sat Sep 14, 2002 9:28 am

Great to have you with us Silver Tears and many thanks for the compliment!<BR><BR>This thread is free for all to join in as long as it fits in with the basic storyline, if anyone wants to specifically play any parts of the basic plot, please feel free and post here, i.e. the Shape-Shifter "Caochlaideach" or Giladeish for instance. <BR><BR>
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Postby Llinos » Sat Sep 14, 2002 10:40 am

Wow! looks good! I'll definatly join! I've got a character to play what d'ya think? : <BR>Name : Llinos<BR>Race : Welsh Celt<BR>Gender : Female<BR>All the other stuff : Llinos is obviously from wales, she lived deep in the Valley's in teh heart of the mabinogion her knowledge grew, many told that she was a type of mythical goddess, and the celts named her Delwen Hwiangerdd which ment white lullaby for they believed she was the goddess of words and music, those who saw her claimed she was draped in white whispering forgotten songs to their hearts. Of course though immortal she is not, and is most like any other maiden, except her life has been ruled by Myths and a belief in wales. She grew alone in the mountains after being outcast by her people, they rejected her when she was young and regretted it for long days. Growing amoung the mysteries of Wales she became a mystery herself and none knew of origins, she claimed other names like Siarad Draig dragon whisperer for she tamed the untameable with her voice etc, she lived amoung nymphs and and elves and other mythical creatures that many believed only existed in tales. And so it was she came to Ireland drawn by the tales of a lost land. But she does not come alone, with her she has Magien and welsh horse of rare grey markings one of the wilds of the mountains that she tamed and above the skys roams Cynan a red dragon, the true pride of wales and yet only the wisest of beings can see him.
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Postby Aryan » Sat Sep 14, 2002 12:32 pm

Sounds excellent Llinos, will look forward to your posts too <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR>I like Cynan- think he will come in useful. I was possibly thinking that the Earth-Daemons may be a type of hatchling hybrid-dragon, with a nest of hybrid dragons deep underground so he may be worth his weight in dragon gold.
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Postby Arwen32315 » Sun Sep 15, 2002 5:09 am

Name: Norana (nor/ay/na)<BR>Race: Elf<BR>Gender: Female<BR>Look: 6'5"; long, black hair, green eyes; loves music and aspires to be like her grandmother, Cilta.
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