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King Conchobar and the Coire Dagda


The hall of high king Conchobar was grand and mighty. His kingdom was prosperous and peaceful. His tables full of the bravest and fiercest warriors. His high queen was strong and her bosom white. He was called the most beloved king and his named was rejoiced by poets throughout the land.

Though great was the reign of Conchobar, and great was his kingdom, heaviness stung in his heart. Many daughters had the fertile hips of the queen given King Conchobar but only one son. This Prince was named Connor, and though born beneath a warriors star, was plagued with illness in childhood. The feverish fits of childhood took their toll and as the boy prince grew he remained delicate.

Conchobar worried that such an infirmed and delicate prince would never be king. High King Conchobar called upon his High Druid Cathbad to use the Coire Dagda to give the prince strength and beauty. High Druid Cathbad warned the king of the cauldrons curse, but the king laughed and demanded that the prince be bathed in the cauldron.

Cathbad preformed the rite of the Coire Dagda as the king demanded, and the prince was reborn from its waters. Prince Connor was now strong and beautiful and unable to be wounded by common weapons. The King was pleased and sent Connor out to battle many ancient monsters of the kingdom. Connor slayed the many headed water snake of Medb and butchered the fire Ox of Valineal. He sealed the giant Arges in his cave and skinned a wolf of Erular to make a fine furry mantle for his mother. Great was the name of Connor and great were his deeds…

…But such immortal greatness cannot be held by the likes of men, and the horrible sea beast Ebarius woke from the island of hydras to challenge the prince. Prince Connor was unceremoniously defeated, and his burned remains returned to his weeping mother and father.


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Re: King Conchobar and the Coire Dagda


The kingdom of Conchobor was beset with grief over the loss of their most glorious prince.

For seven days and seven nights the women wept and keened for the body of fallen Connor.

For seven days and seven nights the Lugaid-bound warriors stood watch over his remains.

For seven days and seven nights the druids of Cathbad’s circle prayed and chanted for the spirits safe passage through Erawyn’s forest and to the hearth of Avalloch…

And on the seventh night Cathbad plead with Conchobor, “Release your son to the earth from which he was born my king. You must surrender his body to the great cycle from which others will be born. Free him to the great circle, and free yourself of this mourning which drains joy from your land like a weeping wound.”

But Conchobor was stubborn with grief was deaf to Cathbads counsel. There were no funeral pyres assembled, no tombs dug, no monuments carved. To his hall the hearth keeper of Modron and Master Engineer of Dagda were summoned and with Cathbad commanded to restore breath to the lifeless remains of Connor. Cathbad plead again with his lord and warned Conchobor that such a ceremony would break the laws of Wormrot and call down upon his kingdom the curse of the Coire. But King Conchobor could not be persuaded and poor Cathbad who was still as young and green as the trees of his grove yielded to the broken heart of his mortal King....


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