The Celestial Wars
By J E F Rose
Map of Our World in the First Age during the Celestial Wars.
The Celestial Wars were waged throughout the First Age, finally consuming it. Beau place after
beau place fell until finally only the barricaded Old Citadel of the Dwarves burled deep in the
Pale of the Central Mountains and the besieged Havens far to the west were left. Both bastions of
civilization barely survived. But why were the Celestial Wars waged? Who waged them? For
The answer lies deep in prehistory and therefore is still shrouded by myth and epic and distorted
memories and cunning lies that are told to this day. But perhaps the most simple answer is that a
sentimental Sidh god saw a small creature torn to pieces by a feral wolf and he wept. In the end a
tear started the Celestial Wars and a tear ended the Celestial Wars.
But first we must digress to the dawn of time for gods are involved as well as mankind and gods
have prickly memories for their divine fingerprints are all over the crime scene that is the
Mother God told Cleardan that she remembered being born to the sound of music and the vision
of glorious beauty. And Mother god of the Waters also recalled being perfectly happy....
But Father god of Fire recalled being born in a moment of violent catastrophe.
And Father god of Fire said if he was 'born' then he must surely 'die'. And a universe that was
born must also surely die ---- violently.
Father god was troubled by the two faces of the universe.
Mother god of the Waters fell in love with Father god of Fire.... and she was very happy.
The gods of the West however remembered being born in a moment of brilliant golden light.
And the gods of the West said they remembered no darkness until after Father god discovered it.
The Dragons,.ever contrary, said they were born in the depths of dark night in the ice of comets.
They only see the brilliance of fiery light when they are impregnated by the fertile sky when they
fall like stars to the earth and erupt into life from stone eggs plunged deep in the soil of life.
Vexed by the contradictions of all the other gods, the gods of the West declared themselves to be
the first of the gods for they were born in the brilliance of golden dawn. Mother god demurred
but said that the primaeval mists were just as beautiful as the brilliance of golden dawn. And be
it the dawn or the dusk when she was born, or even before the brilliance of golden dawn, she
declared she was perfectly happy. Father god however was troubled by the two faces of gods.
Father god perceived that the beauty and the music of the mists of the universe but veiled the original face of violent catastrophe. And the veil was diaphanous. And a hole was there. And Father god of Fire called that hole 'Finitude'. And Father pondered what that meant.
Did Finitude mean perhaps 'Time'? Dawn? Dusk? Beginning? End? Yes. Father decided. Time. It meant Time.
'Change'? Yes. Father decided there was also Change.
'Death'? Yes. Father decided there was also Death.
Perhaps even the death of the universe? Yes. Father decided the universe would die. All would
Then Father saw his own death. And Father accepted his death. And Father was reconciled for
now Father understood the two faces of the universe. He told Mother. Mother was grieved but
still she accepted Finitude as part of the beauty and the music of the universe for it but made the
beauty and music more poignant. And she said she was still happy.
Father declared that Time and Change and Death were fundamental for life in the universe and
life on the earth and he brought his vision to pass. And there was Time and Change and Death.
And a beautiful creature fell to the ground and whimpered and bleed and died. And a feral wolf devoured it.
And a shadow passed over the face of Father god of Fire and that shadow became his shadow.
The Shadow of
Father god of
Fire: The Dark
And Arawn the Sidh god wept for
the sight of a beautiful creature
dead on the ground, bloody, and being eaten by a feral wolf. But
Arawn should have wept for
himself. For later his pater Dagda
The Bow pondered and declared
that now the Sidh gods were mortal
too, caught in the snare of Time
and Change and Death. And the
Sidh gods would die. All gods
would die. Great gods like the gods
of the West. Lessor gods like the
Sidh gods. All would die. The earth
itself would would one day die.
And the universe would one day
A stone carving of War.Old Arcadia Mother Mountain. Prehistoric Twilight Terra Elve.
And Dagda The Bow plucked a magical arrow and shot an arrow into the sky to declare he would not accept Time and Change and Death. And Dagda The Bow defied the vision of Father god of Fire.
Mother god of the Waters demurred and tried to mediate -- to no avail. So that day did Father
god of Fire have a second vision and he created Strife and Competition and War. And Father declared that the universe could not live without Strife and Competition and War, and the earth
could not live without Strife and Competition and War. Therefore there was Strife and
Competition and War. Survival demanded Strife and Competition and War.
And Mother god demurred to no avail. She too had a vision and she created 'Civilization' and
she said Civilization could insure survival as well, or even better, than Strife and Competition
and War. But neither Father or Dagda listened to her. And she was no longer happy. And she
parted from Father god. And Father god wept to be parted from Mother god and he said he would
not wage war himself. And Father god of Fire left the field. But his Shadow stayed in the field.
And so started the Celestial Wars.
The Eight Sidh Gods Monoliths in Old Arcadia erected in prehistoric time to worship the Sidh.
An entrance to a prehistoric underground Brugh monolith. Old Arcadia.
The interior of a prehistoric underground Brugh monolith. Old Arcadia. The Twilight Terra
Elves worshiped the Sidh gods there.
All Elves erected monoliths. The Dark Elves created giant monoliths and the Green Elves carved cave walls. The Twilight Terra Elves created monoliths with elaborate rune serpents of magic while the Dark never cut runes into their sacred monoliths.
The Fianna Monolith. Arcadia. Prehistoric.
Examples of sacred monoliths of the Twilight Terra Elves.
The left is believed to be the remains of the sacred Stone
of Fate created by Arawn to anoint kings. Angus Mac Org shattered the giant monolith that once rose up to the
Shining Plains of High Heaven into a thousand pieces, vexed because Dagda The Bow said the monstrous
changeling god was unworthy of being the next king of the Sidh gods. This is possibly therefore one of the Five
Treasures of Dagda.
Prehistoric stones of the Sidh gods erected by the Twilight Terra Elves in Old Arcadia, the
Westlands, and the Heartlands.
The Celestial Wars brought down the Sidh gods. But who really
created Strife and Competition and War? The Sidh said Father god of Fire created that second
triad of dark gifts. But when Dagda The Bow defied Father's first triad of dark gifts did not he
create Strife and War?
And why did Father god quit the field? Father god never waged war on humanity. And today does not the theories of Evolution say Father god is right?
Dagda The Bow was the Pater of the Sidh gods.
His Doogs of Wars were Cusith and Mautha. His bow shot magical Arrows of Death and Disaster. His star rises in Summer. He is the Lion, and the Sacred Oak was his talisman. He called himself the Father of the Alliance for Life. Dagda The Bow was a generous god, big hearted, passionate, noble, a parent and a leader.
But after he was grievously wounded by the Dark Lord in the Celestial Wars he lost one eye and
so lost his wonderful ability to shoot arrows that could not miss. Then he became a painful god
much vexed, snapping at his children. As the Celestial Wars waged on without end, blood on top of blood, he grieved much. Then his elder son Angus Mac Org and his younger son Fianna plotted to depose him and Dadga The Bow died of a broken heart, his brugh and crown stolen from him.
Oohagh The Fair was the Mater of the Sidh gods.
Her Glamour was the stillroom, medicine,
healing, the hearth, the house cat, the Cauldron of Blood, the Scales of Justice, the Mirror of the
Soul. Her talisman was the flowers of nature. Her star rides the sky during the Autumn Equinox.
Oohagh denounced her elder and younger sons when they betrayed her consort Dagda The Bow
and she slew Fianna. Angus Mac Org was cursed to murder first the thing he loved and then
himself. As a feral bear he killed his wife a lovely Elve, and then in grief and shame he slew
Angus Mac Org was the elder scion of Dagda The Bow and Oohagh The Fair. Oohagh gave birth
after dreaming of bears and so birthed the first changeling. Through Angus Mac Org did all the
changelings and Were Creatures of Our World come forth. Angus welded a giant stone axe. His
talismans are the wild Thorns and Nettles of Sorrow and the Bed of Brambles. His star rides the
sky in Autumn. Sometimes he is called the Scorpion for he was compelled to hurt all, even
himself. His creatures include the Firbolgs, Fomorians, Trolls, Giants, Orges, and other progeny
of chaos and anarchy for Angus was both wild, mysterious, passionate, promiscuous, virile, and
also anxious, fearful, bestial. He usurped the brugh and crown of his pater Dagda and broke his
pater's heart. But in the end his own feral nature broke his own heart as well.
Maeve The Virginal Gesith of Battles was sired by Dagda from fertile earth itself. She was the
opposite of Angus in every way. Her weapon was the magical Spear of Oaths and her talisman
was the holly. She drove the dreaded chariot for Dagda while Arawn rode one of her terrible
White Horses the Ushteys to hack a way through enemies with his Sword of Heros for the chariot of war to pass savely through. Maeve cut oaths on her spear shaft and so invented the Transmutation
Curse for oaths violated. Valor clear eyed and true is Maeve Valor. Her strengths were chastity,
bravery, practicality, and
common sense. Her
weakness was un-forgiveness of weakness in
Fiannalana The Weaver
was the twin to Fianna The
Slinger, howbeit they were
born six months apart.
Fiannalana' star rises at the
Her talismans are the elder
flower, mead, ale, and beer.
Dagda often called her The
Crab, an odd name for she
was always lavishly
dressed for she was the god
of spinning, weaving, and
the loom and spindle.
Arawn gave her magical
needles that could sew
anything and she misused
The saying: 'the third arm
of betrayal' comes from
Fiannalana who was born
with an embryotic third
arm and hand. Because the
birthroom was taboo no one knew of her deformity except her mater. Seduced by her twin
Fianna, Fiannalana plotted the death of Maeve. She appeared one night apparently defenseless
and Maeve was not wary. Then the third arm and hand emerged from the elaborate tunic and
drove a magical needle into Maeve's heart like a stiletto. So died Maeve.
Fiannalana was seduced by Fianna who asked her to sew a magical sash belt for him. The twin
did and together they chanted the magical words told to them by the evil dragon Red Bishamon.
The belt seized the soul of Fianna, a separate soul, which was Black Glamour indeed. But then
Fianna appeared fearless in battle for he could not die unless the magical belt that contained his
soul was harmed. So Fianna became the hero of the day in the Celestial Wars and the aging, much wounded Arawn was shamed. When Fianna appeared fearless (because he had rigged the game of war) then Arawn appeared the coward. And Arawn was exhausted and ailing from waging war heroically from the front when Fianna The Slinger waged war from hidden places.
But Fianna feared anyone discovering his evil and so he seduced Fiannalanna fatally - for she fell
madly in love with her own brother. Today she is the god of misplaced love, passion, watery
emotion, and hidden
betrayal. For her
misplaced love she also
undermined Arawn with
her 'gifts' of drunken
alcohol to deliberately undermine him. Love can inspire
the best and the worst in
people and that love is
Beware the cat! Fianna
The Slinger was good at
logistics and his magical
Crodh Cattle fed the
world. And he was good
at welding the sling to kill
by stealth. But he envied
Arawn theWarrior, his
own brother and so
coveted to be the hero
instead. Fianna cast his soul into a
magical sash belt and so
became invincible. But
the magic came with a
He won the Celestial
Wars for he alone was
now immune to Father's triad of dark gifts of Time and Change and Death. Black Glamour of his now seperate soul rendered him timeless and ageless and beyond death unless his magical sash belt was harmed. But
his separate soul withered away and he became scornful of all 'merely mortal' life - including his
own family and so he plotted to betray Dagda. Now that he was inmortal he despised inferiors and all life on earth was now inferior to him.
But Oohagh saw with her Mirror of Souls that Fianna now possessed no soul and so she resolved to kill her
now monstrous son. But how? He appeared invincible? Then one day her hearth cat 'Sourpuss'
played with the fringe of the lovely sash belt Fianna always wore. Fianna kicked the cat. The cat
then slashed at the belt with it's claws. Fianna cried out in pain! Oohagh then killed Fianna by
tricking him so her cat could snatch the belt away for her to destroy! So died Fianna.
Fianna The Slinger's star rises in the winter solstice and his talisman is the horse chestnut and the
bullet that can kill the soul. For Fianna killed Arawn's soul by way of such a magical bullet.
Fianna is the god of guile, cunning, tenacity, and so is the god of statesmen, politicians, knaves,
and scoundrels alike. Fianna was prudent, cautious, ambitious. Then his soul died and he became saturnine, moody, morose, and ruthless. But still his Crodh Cattle fed the world. So no god is ever all bad. Nor was Fianna bad - until he lusted in envy. So Envy and Jealousy is always
portrayed as the horned demon for it twists the soul and even kills the soul. And so a person can
become a living monster.
Badhb the Goddess of War was not a Sidh god but fought for them against the Dark God and the
Dark Lord for she
gloried in war. She is
portrayed as the Triad
God of Morrigu
Fearlessness, Neamhan berserk fury,
and Macha intoxication
by violence. Her
talisman is the death
willow, the raven, the boot knife
and the ram's horn that
cries out for battle.
Her worshipers are the
banshees who weave
the shrouds of the dead
and they wash the
clothes of those doomed to die in
doom. Her star rides the
sky at the Spring
Badhb is all energy,
reckless, and defiant.
She is also the god of savors,
leaders, prophets, and enemies of
the people's welfare
alike. Are they not the
He was the god of Heros. But Arawn was also a tragic god. He was the inventor of metallurgy,
Glamour, things of beauty, wonders of prehistoric science, and he led the war for Dagda, his
general in the field.
Arawn's star rises in the Spring and he is often called the Bull at Sacrifice, the Hero's Sword,
and the Protector of Life. His talisman is the rowan ash of good luck. He invented chess. His
worshipers were the Night Men who give supernatural warning to save people from calamity.
Arawn was intelligent, resourceful, determined, devoted, affectionate, musical, strong, and
brave. But he was also indulgent, stubborn, earthy, compulsive, addictive, and therefore he is the
god of melancholy, misfortune, tragedy, and suicide.
Arawn bore the brunt of waging the Celestial Wars for he led in the field. But elusive victory wore him down, and the ascalation of battle wounds wore him down, and the mounting dead wore him down, and most of all the dangers of metallurgy wore him down. Arsenic from smelting arsenic bronze poisoned his blood. And the hand of the Dark Lord on his throat burned him. Arawn started to doubt the wisdom of the war but could not openly question the decison of Dagda to declare war on Time and Change and Death. So Arawn grew melancholic and turned to alcohol. Drink first stilled his troubled soul but then undermined him.
All gods, nature, even the souls of all people show two sides, like the opposite sides of a coin.
One is good. One is bad. But it is the same coin. The gods of the West for instance are the gods
of both celestial glory and celestial calamity, divine blessing and divine cursing, and their
talisman is the Apple of Fertility and Fatality. Their star rises in the spring and their qualities
were logic, inquisitiveness, intelligence, muti-tasking audaciousness. Yet they were also
whimsical, restless, inconsistent, misleading, tempting, and damning.
Oohagh the Fair was the Mater to life yet she was also the final judge of life and she slew her
own son when he betrayed his pater. Oohagh might appear to be charming, gracious, open
minded, and kindly yet she welds the Scales of Justice and measures life and death on those
Father god of Fire, whose star climbs the sky at Autumn, was the archer of comets and cast
falling stars through the heavens. You beget Father god of Fire by merely striking a flint against
steel. But fire can both give life and take life. The children of Father can be both fun loving,
carefree, adventurous, expansive, and optimistic. Yet they can also be careless, blundering, and
His worshiper was his own Shadow the Dark Lord but is Father not also Evolution?
Mother god of The Waters rises in the sky every winter to bless the world with hope of spring
and her worshipers are the sailors and healers of the world. She is the god of Mercy, Tolerance,
Healing, and Kindliness. So her followers are the unconventional, the progressive, the
democratic, but also the detached, the eccentric, the nervous, the self doubting.
Maeve accused Angus Mac Org of every weakness. Maeve was as rigid as her Spear of Oaths --
and just as unforgiving and intolerant. For Angus was the god of Were and Were has its' good
and bad qualities like all of life:
Were is shape shifting, metamorphosis, transformation, evolution, and growth. Therefore Were
can be bildungsroman, liberating, escaping, discovering. It can be absolutely wonderful.... Or
absolutely frightening: deceitful, devious, devouring, damning, dangerous.
Were can be Were Weird in all it's wonders and horrors. Every adolescent can testify to that.
Were can be Fear for Were is the root word for Fear. There is nothing more frightening.
Were can be Willy or Willful, cunning or devious, inside out or outside in. All that is Were.
Were can be Werg Rogue as every deceptive desperado, adventurer, and maverick can attest.
Were can be worn, 'to weri the wolf' is to wear the skin of a wolf with that fatal Byronic allure.
Were can be sexual, to be a 'wolf' and who has not fallen in love with that fatally attractive
Were can be Warg for Wargs are knaves and killers who wage war on the world.But who can see
them behind their charming Were mask of guile and charm? The worst predator is a warg.
Were can be Varg too, vague as a Varg, changeable, the turncoat, the traitor, the actor too.
Arawn created as well as killed. He was
a soldier and also an inventor and singer.
He invented metallurgy, smelting the
first copper, gold, silver, tin, and then
He created from natural material like the
lovely shell bracelet on the prior page.
He created this lovely bronze bracelet
too that is in the Wisteria Collection. He
had a flare for beauty.
All of Arawn's music is lost or deeply
embedded in folk music that exists a
ancestral memories of ancient times.
However his game of chess does
continue to delight all.
The serpentine stone below has been tested and found 'peculiarly strange' and 'saturated' with Glamour. But no one knows what it was suppose to do. Prehistoric experiments are today just mysterious talismans in display cases. Glamour is after all but prehistoric experiments in science which today we just do not understand. We can lose knowledge as well as gain knowledge. Glamour is a science now lost to us.
Metallurgy tainted Arawn's blood and poisoned him. He invented Arsenic Bronze but Arsenic Bronze slowly killed him. Today his known examples of arsenic bronze can beat iron and only steel can best the arsenic bronze of Arawn. But invention always comes with a price. Arawn wage war from the front and he waged invention from the front but being first is always fatal.
Arawn experimented with iron just before his death.
This wooden drinking cup is
reputed to be by Arawn too.
The cup would be passed
around the mead hall for all to
drink from. It has eight handles
carved in the rich rowan wood.
Fiannalana was the god of
intoxication for she became
intoxicated herself with the
mad passion of love. She plied
her older brother with hard
cider, harder ale, and harder
beer as well as a primitive but
Melancholic from the suffering
and stress of the Celestial Wars,
the blood, the mounting
casualties, the battle scars and
battle wounds, and the grief of
war that never seemed to be
winnable, Arawn turned to the
solace of alcohol. Alas no one
knew that alcohol provided but
false allure of hope. Arawn
soon was ensnared in the trap of addiction to an invisible fiend.
The Celestial Wars faltered on Arawn's drunkenness as well as his battle wounds, failing health,
and despair. But Dagda refused to change command or trust either of his two other sons, to their
fury. Angus Mac Org was rarely there, wild, unreliable, and undependable. Fianna was not loved for he was of a cold and reserved temperament while Arawn was much beloved for his attention to his fighting allies, his care of the wounded, his bravery in battle, and his loyalty to all.
Maeve was unforgiving but also unpopular so she could not assume command. She was also only
loyal to Dagda, his self appointed Gesith or bodyguard. She cared for no one else on earth.
Dagda sided with experience in battle,
loyalty, and devotion, that is to say with Arawn. Resentful, Angus Mac Org and Fianna The
Slinger then plotted a coup to depose of Dagda and Arawn. Fianna used magical bullets that
could poison the very soul on Arawn. Fiannalana used alcohol. But the Grip of the Dark Lord on
the neck of Arawn in the Battle for the Pale (the mountain reserves of tin and copper and needed
for bronze) hurt Arawn most of all. After that battle his body, undermined by arsenic poisoning,
Metallurgy was one of the greatest inventions of prehistoric times. Even Durham the Deathless of
the Dwarves accredited the glory to Arawn. But Arawn was an inventor and later the Dwarves
fast surpassed him in skill at metallurgy. His remaining relics appear crude today compared to the
Genius of the Citadel. But invention is always crude, dangerous, and must be respected. Being
the first at anything is always dangerous work. Arawn led in front in battles and in metallurgy
and finally that courage killed him.
Arawn did not invent an alphabet. These
runes are only to slash into metal or stone
for oaths. Oaths were slashed on flesh, on
stone, or on metal to bind the oath taker to
his oath. The first oath was slashed on
flesh but only lasted as long as the 'bloody
handshake'. So oaths sworn or slashed on
stone or metal represented a promise
'beyond the grave' or eternally given.
Many monoliths are slashed with these
runes. Many oath swords also have these
runes. Gildagad owned an oath sword,
made by Durham the Deathless from
'special metal recycled from a prior
project by Arawn' which Gildagad
slashed first with his oath to Our World in
the form of his Courts of Equity.
Everyone then slashed their oaths to
Gildagad on that sword.
Gildagad told Durham that the oath sword
appeared to 'drink his blood' when he cut his flesh on it. So he never allowed anyone else to
slash their flesh on the blade. Durham never confessed but today many believe that Durham used
the 'special metal' given to him by Arawn which was no less than the first prehistoric experiment
in the smelting of iron in fiery charcoal fires called 'White Fire' or Calibur Fire. Hence the name
of the oath sword of Gildagad: the Calibur. Arawn's experiment was to be called the Claiomh
Solais or briliant white fire.
But Arawn also gave Durham his own Sword of Heros, of arsenic bronze, which was a known
'vampire sword' that drank blood. Indeed all of his original arsenic bronze talismans drank
blood or sweated blood or craved blood and demanded blood and would turn on the owner. Arawn's Sword of Heros turned on him and cut him and demanded his blood to drink if he could not continously wage war to satisfy it's craving for blood. Arawn grew to fear his Sword of Heros.
X-rays of the Calibur reveal a double core of arsenic bronze and a primitive steel, commingled,
the two rods twisted around each other before being hammered into their final shape. There are
also traces of alien metal from a comet (?) Arawn claimed to have seen and found. Was this the source of
the original 'special metal'? If so that is very dangerous indeed for Arawn claimed the metal
bled 'strange blood'.
Some scientists however say that iron can rust which leaves 'blood like color' and that arsenic
bronze, better than iron, can poison. Hence the legend of drinking blood and being a vampire
sword. Toward the end of his life Arawn limped, a sure sign of arsenic poisoning. All metallurgy
gods limp. Arsenic poisoning can also cause depression too. Arawn became profoundly
depressed as the Celestial Wars failed to draw to any conclusion but one: prolonged Strife,
Competition, and Death without end. The Alliance for Life sank into a quagmire of death. The
Dark Lord assembled his own Alliance of Death which included the Slaugh Unforgiving Dead,
Monsters, Orges, Orcs, and fiends of all types. But most of all the Dark Lord used Fear and
Arawn's skill improved and this is a lovely example of a kilt pin reputed to be by Arawn. Arawn
made many gifts for people and give away talismans to everyone and never hoarded fame, glory,
wealth, or power. This is in the Durham Collection and Durham boasted it was a gift from
Durham the Deathless and Oderic were the founding patriarchs of the Dwarvish Race. Oderic worked with Arawn on the creation of the Flammarion Book of Prehistoric Science, the Cosmati Mosaic ( a
the Goetia that
caged the worst
72 demons of
the Pale forever to free
the Dwarves to
seize the Pale
of the Central
build the Old
Solais was their
was the first
the smelting of
iron. Arawn supplied the mysterous metal and dictated the mixture for smelting, Oderic welded the hammer over the stone anvil, and Durham welded the bellows to flame the white hot fire fired by mysterious 'charcoal' Arawn also supplied --- also from that mysterious pit where the 'comet' fell to earth from the sky and 'bled'. They poured the melted metal into a stone carved mold and then 'birthed' or drew forth a primative sword from the stone. But Durham was vague about what happended after that.....
the property of
the Master of
along with the
Mosaic and therefore are
dangerous, and too volatile. This copper sheet shows what the Flammarion might look like. It has never been decoded.
Arawn worked well with the Dwarves. But then Arawn worked well with everyone. This talisman in the Royal Collection might be the last known Arrow of Death and Disaster that Arawn created for his father Dagda The Bow. The tests reveal 'profoundly strange properties' in the arsenic bronze and traces of an alien substance. Sidh Glamour gives off known readings and the Royal Collection Scientists are experts in prehistoric Sidh technology which the ignorant call magic but which is but ancient science lost to modern knowledge. If this is one of the Arrows of Death and Disaster then it is one of the Five Treasures of Dagda.
During one battle Dagda got within shooting distance of the Dark Lord, the Shadow of His Nature, the Shadow of Father god of Fire. Dagda winged the Shadow. As the Sidh became individualistic, even Badhb congealing from three blurry monsters of war into one triad god, so The Shadow congealed into an increasingly solid mass of evil. When Badhb declared she was now a 'she' triad god [dess] of war then the congealing mass of evil that was the Shadow declared he was now a 'he' and he named himself the Dark Lord when before he was 'The Shadow of His (Father's ) Nature.
The Shadow interpreted Father
god of Fire as Evil and Fear and Despair. It should be noted that Father god of Fire was not any of those things. His Shadow misinterpreted Father god. So did the Sidh. So did history. Only
Mother god said Father god was beautiful and she loved him. But by the time of the Celestial Wars she had separated from Father god and picked a lover who better displayed her belief in the redemption of Civilization to counterbalance Strife, Competition, and War as needful for the survival of life on earth. Cleardan was the first Master of The Havens. Arawn liked him too.
As for that battle? The Shadow threw demon after monster before him as a shield wall and
Dagda The Bow used up all but one of his magical arrows. Dagda dared not use up all his magic and the Dark Lord had an endless shield wall of monsters so the Dark Lord lived to win the Celestial Wars.
Arawn made for Maeve. The spear head is slashed by ritual runes of oaths.The talisman is known to 'sweat blood' even in a sterile and airless display case. Tests reveal Sidh Glamour Alchemy readings. Therefore this is considered the Second Treasure of Dagda The Bow.
In the atmosphere the spear head can generate fox fire (St. Elmo's Fire). Legend says Maeve could threw the spear by the command of 'Ibur' and retrieve it with the command of 'Athibar'. The Five Tresures of Dagda were reputed to generate the Glamour of Totality but what that was is still unknown today. A test of the Glamour of Totality in the 4th Age blew up part of the Courts of Equity, incinerated three people, and scared everyone. But not one talisman was damaged.
Arawn Glamour was always unstable, dangerous, and unpredictable. His Mannaz Rune of Metamorphosis was too dangerous to use. The Goetia Cage of 72 demons can grant three wishes but the only person to use it died horribly. The Cosmati Mosaic is too unstable to be analyzed though descriptions prove it was indeed a prototype calculating machine. The Cosmati is partially organic and that is also both too advance a technology and too unknown a technology to be studied successfully. The Master of The Havens knows a great deal and says nothing, but it is known he uses the Cosmati before nominating the King of Our World. It is rumored that the genius or soul of Arawn is in the Cosmati and that Oderic killed himself to fuel the machine with the blood of human sacrifice. All of Arawn's talismans were vampires.
The Sangraal Cauldron of Plenty, made for Oohagh, by Arawn, is on the next page. It too drank blood.
The Dark Lord , seen in this modern illustration by the Second Age artist Puccii, was the evolution of the Shadow of Father god of Fire. The Shadow of His Nature, evolved into an increasingly solid identity of his own nature: Evil. By tradition the Dark Lord is colored red with black, based on the color of fire.
The Dark Lord led the Alliance of Death against the Alliance for Life. Father god of Fire ignored the whole war as immaterial and absurd. Each time Dagda added allies to his alliance the Dark Lord added allies to his Alliance. Each battle triggered another battle. Every leap of technology simply inspired a corresponding leap of technology. So did the Dark Lord lead the war? Or did the Dark Lord merely respond to action. That is a profound difference that the Sidh never understood. If Dagda had not declared war on Death, would the Dark Lord have evolved at all?
The Sidh gods were busy gods but not the only gods in Our World in the prehistoric era. The Firbolgs were gods worshiped by the Dark Elves. And the Green Elves worshiped the Fomorians. The' Savage Gods' were black haired. Their eyes were almond shaped adn midnight blue. The Sidh were blond and grey eyed. The Fomorians also had slight beards. Such 'hairiness' was proof of their 'savage' nature. The 'Savage gods' backed the native Dark and Green Elves while the Sidh backed the invading Twilight Terra and Celestial Elves who wanted the land the 'savages' occuplied but refused to 'farm'. Each side accused the other as being 'savage' and monsterous. But in the end the issue came down to land and who would own it and how that land would be used. As always, the farmers defeated the hunter gatherers.
The Trolls ignored everyone as being too silly to endure. They also kept 'ITS' as pets too so that says something about Trolls. Giants, high strung, went away when Our World became 'too noisy'. the Orphans of the Forgotten Gods also 'went away' ie were driven away by everyone.
Angus Mac Org married a daughter of the King of the Firbolgs and then abandoned her to die of a broken heart. She wanted to marry Arawn, mistaking his presence at the camp as wooing when he was merely there to try to find Angus Mac Org to give him a gift: an arsenic axe that could chop off the head of anyone or anything. Arawn liked the Firbolgs but then he liked
everyone. But the rest of the Sidh and the Twilight Terra Elves thought them savages beyond enduring. Angus Mac Org later married into the Fomorians and trolls and other savage races and species but always called them 'savage' even when he reverted to a bear and ate them.
Durham the Deathless of the Old Citadel Dwarves.
The Twilight Terra Elves migrated into Our World during the Celestial Wars and joined the Alliance for Life. Some of the Elves migrated to the coast and became the Ocean Twilight Elves. But the issue of land bled the Alliance for Life and Arawn did not approve of the killing of 'savages' because he liked them and saw them as perfectly nice people. So
Cleardan and Arawn drew a line to mark the border of civilization to allow the 'savages' and
their lessor savage gods' the right to live their own lives outside of civilization'. Later Elves saw
that border as the line of exile and drove lessor gods and lessor Elves into the wilderness beyond
the borders of civilization to seize the Heartlands, Westlands, and Arcadia for themselves.
Next the Dwarves migrated into Our World. The Elves accused them of being the Scion of Father god of Fire and therefore the enemy, and inferior. The Dwarves considered themselves the equals of man and god alike. The Dwarves joined the Alliance for Life to prove they were the equals of Elve and Sidh alike. They also wanted the Pale for the minerals there and needed to fight the
Dark Lord and his infestation of monsters to get it.
Durham's name also hints of another reason too of course.
Maestus the Damned. Artist Unknown. Today not considered a 'reliable' image.
Maestus the Damned was the elder son of Finn, the
patriarch of the 'Blond' or 'Gold' Elves who fled
Our World when Death was created to live timeless
and changeless and deathless in the West with the
gods of the West. But if it was such a good deal
then why did the newly minted 'Celestial Elves'
return to Our World? That question has never been
answered. But there are many suspects. The chief
suspect is Maestus the Damned.
Maestus the Damned was the child of Finn but not
acknowledged by the Elves Finn led into paradise. The Blond Elves pressured Finn to divorce Cinnibar and disinherit Maestus.
The disinheritance vexed Maestus. Finn's
humiliation by his second wife Tara The Fair was
also vexing to Maestus who still loved his weak father. Being humiliated himself, Maestus loathed to see his weak father Finn also humiliated by the arrogant Blond Elves who renamed their race 'Gold' when they saw some of Arawn's gold and later renamed themselves 'Celestial' when they visited paradise as guests of the gods of the West. They were way too uppity!
Maestus the Damned heard about the Celestial Wars from Mother god who asked the gods of the
West to bring peace. Instead Maestus offered to bring a sword -- to be exact iron swords. He just
invented Iron -- and five novelties he called the 'Five Devices'.
Maestus returned from paradise to Our World in stolen fishing boats full of iron, his red haired
scion, some gold haired scion of the hated Tara bored with paradise and eager to conquer Our
World and profit from the Celestial Wars, and a lot of gold belonging to Ringold and Gloriana,
the bastards of Tara the Fair. Needless to say the overloaded stolen boats sank and a lot of bodies
washed up on the shores of Our World -- mostly of the neutral Far Fishing Elves who originally
owned the fishing boats and were absolutely neutral.
Dagda thought he could win the Celestial Wars with his Alliance for Life of native Elves,
Dwarves, and now the newly minted Celestial Elves. But Maestus the Damned did not give a
damn about the Alliance for Life. He was after the hide of the Dark Lord who stole the
knowledge of Iron and also Five Devices from his worktable - and murdered Finn. And the Dark
Lord ran for ground to the Fiery Fissure, a fortress on a tiny island in the middle of a giant lake
that actually was the core of a submerged and smoking volcano. The Valley of the Fiery Fissure
was lovely -- until the day that volcano might decide to explode.
Maestus lay siege to the Fiery Fissure and so the Celestial Wars moved to the Fiery Fissure. But
no one know what the Five Devices were or why the Dark Lord hoarded them so much he let the
war lapse -- until attacked by Maestus. From then on the Dark Lord fought purely a defensive
war to keep the Devices against the Celestial Elves who wanted the Devices. And no one
bothered to tell the native Sidh gods or native Twilight Elves what the Devices were.
So the Alliance for Life
floundered, hijacked by
Five Devices - and lies.
A lot of Celestial lies.
The Valley of the Fiery Fissure was perfectly lovely -- except for that volcano - and some odd creatures who lived there. The was a rip in time that allowed life going extinct elsewhere to
continue to live there. The Elves and Sidh thought the creatures were 'dragons' and ran away.
Three great battles were waged there and all ended with greater defeats. Later two more lessor
battles were waged there and they too were defeats. In the end a volcano exploited and that
finished the Fiery Fissure. But by then the Dark Lord had fled, cut off from Father god of Fire,
alone, clutching only one Device, and the Shadow was congealing yet again into the most
beautiful Elve Our World would ever see -- and that Elve would bring down the 2nd Age much
as he brought down the 1st Age. But Father god of Fire had the last word: for the Dark Lord
morphed into an Elve and therefore a finite species of mortality. So an abstract thing became a
concrete being with a shelf life of 5 thousand years. The Dark Lord signed his own death warrant.
lot but in
knowledge that the
unwinnable. All that
it. Worse he knew his father Dagda made a fundamental mistake to shoot that arrow into the air.
But Arawn loved his father too much. So Arawn took the blame and Arawn killed himself. His
last invention was suicide by hanging. Dagda wept over the dead body of his most beloved son
and the grief broke his heart. So the Sidh perished in war.