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The AGE of COLONISATION

Over five hundred years after the Norrans originally tried to invade the Celts, they returned. Over the centuries, the Norrans in Albion built up ties with the Bretonians and the two nations became quite closely linked. In the Imperial Year 1853, a very quick surprise attack by the Norrans comlpetely overran the tuathamhóir of Alba and the province was declared as part of Albion. In Eriu the chieftains mustered as they pondered whether to attack or wait to see if the Norrans would hold out. Suspicions that the Bretonians were involved ran high around the nation and ports all around the East coast were fortified in case of a similar invasion.

After a year of laying siege to Scór-Crinach the Norrans finally suceeded and the king had to surrender. Many Celts in Eriu could not take this and a small infiltration force headed to Alba to help drive away the Norrans. The Norran leader at the time, General Flemming, urged the king of Bretonia to anounce open support of the Norran initiative and launch a full scale invasion of Tír na nÓg. After months of pleading, King Charles of Bretonia finally gave in and a powerful invasion fleet was sent to Eriu. The invasion turned out very successful, the Celtic warbands not used to fighting against highly trained Royal knights. Together with the Norran forces the first movement captured a large chunk of the middle of Eriu stretching from Dubh-Linn across farther than Tara into Chonnacht. The King of Bretonia claimed the whole island as of the Bretonian kingdom. In return for the Norrans help, Albion became the official kingdom of King Flemming I, who controlled the whole of Albion. The bretonian colony attempt was quick and very efficient. The quickly surveyed the land that they had already captured and began shipping the Celts who did not pledge allegiance to the King to the worst lands in chonnacht. Those who did not leave were exterminated or shipped out of the country as slaves. Rich Bretonian settlers took the place of the Celts who were removed from the colony. The entire initiative took less than ten years, as the Bretonians had learned a system of colonisation from capturing lands in the New World and Lustria.

The colony of the Bretonians in Tír na nÓg lasted nearly three hundred years. And in all that time both the Celts and the Bretonian settlers were very unhappy. Naturally the Celts were unhappy from being shifted off their land and the Bretonian settlers were very unhappy as the Celts constatly attacked their dwelling-places and fought bitterly to defend their homes. All in all it was a dark and black patch in the history of Tír na nÓg. When the Celts could no longer stand the colonisation as the Bretonians tried to spread, they needed a leader to plan a strategy for fighting the powerful, well armoured Bretonians, a leader who could be clever, a leader who could unite them and free back their home. That such leader was an Ulsterman by the name of Hugh MacNeill.

Hugh MacNeill was born a very lucky Celt at that time. He was born in the North of Ulster where the Bretonians hadn't reached that far in their colony attempts. He was brought up to a terrible Tír na nÓg where food was hard to come by, and people hid and lived in fear of the Bretonians. While other people spat on the books of the old times full of legends and heroes while they lived in squalor and oppresion, Hugh enjoyed them and read ever single one he could find. He turned from a boy full of dreams of freedom, to a young educated man who had a burning passion and a mission. The Bretonians had made it clear quite early on that they wanted no united Celtic armies to face them and set about purposely executing the High Kings of the five provinces. Now Tír na nÓg had no rightfull leaders and no hope, so Hugh took the situation into his own hands and declared himself the Acting-General of the United
Celtic Army. It may have sounded a very fancy name for someone who had no army, but the title did have an effect, people saw an important looking name and a strong face to match that name and soon they rallied around that leader. The news spread quickly among the Celts and soon they had something they had lacked for over two hundred years, hope.

Hugh massed is army in Ulster, but knew that they could never win on an all-out attack. He realised that they could use the terrain they knew so well to their advantage. They set out the army into hundreds of smaller warbands and each had a simple mission, to cause as much havoc as possible. Quick raids on villages, and hidden ambushes proved very successful and soon the Bretonians realised they had a new competent foe to face. What is now known as the Seven-years war had begun.

The seven years war is exactly as it sounds, a war that lasted seven years. For seven years Hugh's forces acted out his plan, constantly harrassing the Bretonians with quick ambushes and strikes and gradually pushing back the colonists bit by bit each year. By the seventh year, the Colonists only occupied the middle half of Laighean, all the way out to Choillmharnach. Hugh MacNeill sent messengers to Estalia for aid in the war, as at that time the Bretonians and the Estalians were on edge with each other and were close to a war. The Estalian fleet arrived at Dún Bhiogaire in Mumhan and with the combined forces of all the Celts and the Estalians, Hugh finally led a full scale attack at the colony. The counter invasion worked very well, and within three months the Bretonians were pushed back all the way to Dubh-Linn. The Celtic army halted for the best part of a month and summoned every Celt from the land who was willing to help free his (or even her) country. The Bretonians a year previously had built a large ringed wall around the surrounding area of Dubh-Linn and they armed the main gate to the teeth. The massive Celtic army mustered two miles away from the wall and in the middle of the night on the eve of the 1st of Samhain 2148, the night known as the Night of Redemption, the massive horde lead their attack on Dubh-Linn. As if by magic over forty Zoats all around the perimeter of the massive ringed wall appeared out of the woods. Using their strange magics they began launchig powerful bursts of magical energy at the fortified walls and soon many holes appeared in the Bretonians amazing defensive precaution. The Celtic army spilled through the gaps in the wall and completely ignored the fortified gate and marched on the city. The frighetened Bretonian colonists who had been hiding in the over-populated fortified city were woken in the middle of the night by marauding Celts who burnt down the Bretonian houses with a mad fury unlike anythign they had seen before. The startled Bretonians tried to flee in their hundreds in the ships in the harbour and although over 600 escaped, more than 4,000 were slauhgtered by the bloodlusting Celts that night. As the Celts overran and burnt down the city, Hugh MacNeill sought out the man he wanted to kill in single combat, the leader of the Bretonian forces, Commander Maschartes. Climbing onto the rooftop of the Bretonian's large townhouse, he caught Maschartes trying to leave on his prized Pegasus. "You'd leave without a fight, wouldn't you Maschartes, you coward," Hugh uttered with pure contempt in his eyes. "No, I won't" Maschartes said and stopped from mounting his Pegasus "unlike some around here I still have some honour". Hugh laughed and lunged straight for Maschartes, the fight lasted only a few seconds as the valiant MacNeill delivered a fatal blow to the overwieght pompous Bretonian overlord. He fell to the ground and MacNeill beheaded him. Carrying the head, he dropped to the ground, intending on heading to the mob to show that they had victory. But before he could do anything he heard laughing from behind him. He spun around to face Strongbow, the head of the exiled Celts from Dubh Linn. He was almost about to greet his old friend with joy and tell him of the news but he noticed there was something malicious about the way he was smiling condesendingly and laughing at him. Before he could think another thought, strongbow fired a crossbow bolt into his torso which knocked Hugh to the ground. He prised the head of Maschartes out of Hugh's hand just before the main Celtic mob poured down their street. Hugh groaned as he tried to move, with a grimace he ripped the bolt out of his side and tried to sit up against the wall. He realised suddenly what Strongbow was doing. Most of these Celts were part of Strongbow's men and would trust him in any matter, they hardly knew Hugh, just a distant lord who had helped them muster the troops. Strongbow told his deceptive lies to the mob, that he had found Maschartes and killed him, that he had found MacNeill plotting with Maschartes and trying to kill them. All of a sudden the wounded MacNeill remembered a rumour that had circulated about five years earlier that Strongbow was a Norran traitor, MacNeill had dispelled the theory and trusted his old friend, now he was here on his night of glory being betrayed. And then Strongbow had finished his story of lies and the mob went for MacNeill with bloodlust in their eyes and with a burst of energy like some gift of the Gods, Hugh ran for his life, faster than he ever had, rushing towards the docks. The news spread quickly among the different mobs that were swarming and raiding the city that Hugh was a traitor and must be killed. they all wanted his head on a stick for what reason they did not know, but their bloodlust that night kept them far away from any reasoning or conscious decision. Hugh ran for his life and eventually reached the docks, where he found one of the Estalian ships getting ready to set sail in pursuit of the fleeing Bretonians. The Estalians knew him and stood loyal to him and took him onboard. And so on the night of Redemption, Hugh MacNeill won freedom and independance for his people and was exiled from that kingdom which he was the rightfull ruler.


Meanwhile in Alba, a fierce similar rebellion was taking place as the furious Celts including the powerful highlanders and the frenzied berserkers launched a major assault against the Norrans to drive them out once and for all. With news of the results in Eriu, the Norrans were disenhartened and quickly dropped back. The final battle when the Celtic army of Alba under Slí-am MacAonna defeated the Norran army and Alba was finally freed of the oppressors.

After a few months, peace was gradually restored to the land although the country was still in turmoil as people tried to find their homes or just claimed new land and began their lives again. Dubh-Linn was purposely redeveloped and became a very popular town for Celts with no homes to head to. The general feeling among the land was that Hugh MacNeill was a hero and was done wrong and the negative feeling against Strongbow at the thought of treachery was high. But there were more important matters as Tír na nÓg tried to get back on its feet. Three years after the war ended, The old Zoat Quartand came out of the woods of Choillmharnach and informed the cheiftains that indeed Hugh MacNeill had been done wrong and that Strongbow was a treacherous Norran. Once the news spread, messengers were sent to Estalia to bring Hugh out of exile and Strongbow fled into hiding. Eventually Hugh MacNeill returned to Tír na nÓg to a hero's welcome and was immmediately crowned King of Ulster, and many believed he could be a new high King also.

Ten years later when it was highly rumoured that Hugh will become the next High King, Strongbow broke into the sacred temple of Danu in Tara and stole the Lia Fáil to make sure that Hugh would never be crowned High King. After three months in hiding, strongbow was caught and the Lia Fáil was returned, but the sad news of Hugh's untimely death in Ulster reached the Druids of Tara and they felt ultimetely guilty that he had never the chance to see if he would be high king. Many actually think that Hugh was a great leader but never intended to be High King, they say that the gods acted through Strongbow to make sure Hugh never stood on the stone and save him the embarassment and shame of the nation on him. Others think that Hugh would have been a great High King and that Strongbow got everything he deserved when he was beheaded in Dubh-Linn the following year.


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Posted: 23-Nov-2008, 10:18 AM
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The CURRENT DAY

Now, over two hundred years since the death of Hugh MacNeill, Celtic life has returned to the norm. There may be common cattle raids and bickering chieftains of the small tuathaí, but generally there is peace throuhgout Tír na nÓg, and although Drune Lord and Fomorian threats are ever present, the Celtic isles remain secluded and safe.

This ends this story.

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gandolf3339,

Thanks for the Celtic History quite interesting and I will reread it for sure for I always read twice.

A note. I have taken off the words "end of this thread" because no one "ends" or "close" any threads on CR except for the moderators or the owner...the members do not have the freedom to close or delete any topic anymore.

By "ending" a thread, members cannot posts their comments on the subject at end.
So this topic is still open to all that are interested in posting their comments or questions in regards of the story.

I will look forward to read about the Irish Mythology history. thumbs_up.gif

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Again thank you Lady-of-Avalon, I did not mean for this to end only the story was at it's end. I would appreciate more member post it would hopefully give me direction on what to research next. I think my next thread will be The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge) as there is mention of it in this story.

Thanks to all that have read this story and those that comment.

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Ohhhh but I love the stories....especially those of Fionn and the Fianna. wink.gif

...good reading along with a wee dram. thumbs_up.gif
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I will have to print these off so that I can read them later. I love learning about the history of all lands Gaelic/Celtic. Keep up the great work, please.


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I just read your stories and think they are wonderul. Please place some others here or us to read when you find them.


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Thank you Lady McLaren,
I have started a second thread, please take a look at it. I will be posting more there this weekend. Travel, Holidays, sickness and now work has slowed my post on it but hopefuly I can get it done soon. I already have 3 more stories in mind and hope to get started on them soon.

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QUOTE (gandolf3339 @ 25-Nov-2008, 01:51 PM)
Again thank you Lady-of-Avalon, I did not mean for this to end only the story was at it's end. I would appreciate more member post it would hopefully give me direction on what to research next. I think my next thread will be The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge) as there is mention of it in this story.

Thanks to all that have read this story and those that comment.

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Dear Gandolf,

I take this opportunity here, since it's been a little while that I looked up in the "Historical Archives" for new interesting threads from our members, to thank you for your contribution in our forum, I really appreciate your involvement.

I certainly encourage you to continue entertaining us with these great stories.After all stories played a great part in history for before history was written is was sung by bards through out the lands.

So I condider you our Historical Archives's bard and I will look forward to read these wonderful stories as I see that I'm not the only fan...you'll end up with quite the "fanclub" soon. thumbs_up.gif

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Gandolf,
I haven't posted here in awhile but I want to let you know that I am faithfully reading your stories. I am definately a member of your fan club. Thank you.
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Lady Valpal59 and Queen Lady-of-Avalon thank you both for your words of encouragement, I am glad you enjoy these tales.

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