Étaín Samuels MacTiernan
|Player||Kes||Demeanor||Judge||Concept||Druid of Ordú Croí de Ndúl
|Chronicle||New Orleans by Night||Age/Birthday||25 (October 8, 1992)||Avatar (picture)||Molly Quinn|
|Additional Abilities / Specialties|
|Melee||Staves||Intelligence||Trained Memory (near-eidetic)|
|Correspondence (Lammas)||Life (Vernal Equinox)•||Prime (Hub of the Wheel)|
|Entropy (Autumnal Equinox)||Matter (Winter Solstice)||Spirit (Samhain)|
|Forces (Midsummer)||Mind (Imbolc)||Time (Beltane)|
Applied August 17, 2014
Approved August 17, 2014
Also tracked here
Natural Shapeshifter: Wendy is a natural and talented shapeshifter when using Life magic. She is never in danger of losing herself to the identity of her beast-forms, and the shapes she assumes are as natural to her as the one she was born in. Moreover, the difficulty of Arete rolls to change her own shape is two less than normal.
Limited Forms: All Druids have a limited set of animals they can turn into: A hoofed animal for speed, a clawed predator for fighting, a bird to fly around as and an aquatic animal for swimming. These are represented by the zoomorphic bands circling the right bicep. The human form is the topmost of these zoomorphic bands.
The forms Wendy can assume are: Hart, black bear, goshawk, and otter.
Honored Lineage: Descended from the Mac Tighearnán line of druids that goes back to the Tuatha Dé Danann/Wyck
Geas: Druid magic cannot be used to kill or cause lethal harm directly, or the druid's own magic will kill her on the spot. Imposed by the Earth. (Linked to Avatar BG)
Scáthmhaide (SKAH-wa-jeh) or Shadow Staff
Beautifully carved oak staff with Celtic bindings for strength and speed on both ends, inlaid with cold iron on one end and silver on the other, flush to the wood. When activated, will produce a similar effect to Strength of Earth.
Necklace made of strung-together 1" square iron charms, stamped with various sigils and symbols, around a 2" round center pendant with Celtic knotwork pattern. Frequently used to store Tass.
(not taken as a flaw, but plot hook) A MacTiernan family legend that is nearly never spoken of
In the long ago and far away, Eochaidh Ó Caoimháin, as he was known, loved well. He loved the Earth, She who made him and sustained him and called him to Her service. He loved a young woman, gentle and fair of face. He was loved in return, for as Airmid held his heart, so he held hers.
But it came to pass that Airmid fell ill, and despite the powers at Eochaidh’s command, he could not heal her. In desperation, he took her to one of those who walked the land only by night and subsisted on blood. The neamh-mairbh took both of the lovers and drained them, then fed them so they could rise as he had risen. Airmid was drained too far, for the neamh-mairbh had not the experience he boasted. Eochaidh rose broken in heart, soul… and most importantly, mind. The neamh-mairbh was of the Childer of Malkav, whose blood held the curse of insanity. Eochaidh knew himself to be Cernunnos, the Horned God.
Rejected by his family, and teachers, he gathered some few of his students and the beginnings of a cult were formed, eventually designating themselves the Dheisceabail an Cernunnos. Through the ages, he tended and nurtured a hatred for both his own family and that of his beloved, including the order they formed in the ensuing years.
From time to time, a young woman of the MacTiernan clan looks alike to Airmid to be near to her own beloved self, and in rare moments of lucid memory, Oscar Kavanaugh (as he is now known) looks upon her and hates her for not being the one whose semblance she bears.
It has come to pass that one such has partnered with a Hale, a descendant of those who most strongly urged his own family to shun him. Worse yet, the two have moved to near his own demesne! Now, among the lowest of those who gather about the edges of his cult have started to move against the pair, declaring them anathema to their god, and marked for destruction.
MR - Mage Revised
RDO - Rote Database Online
Kes - Made up by me, usually different names for rotes found elsewhere
|The Mac Tighearnán line is a widely varied one with
branches, but that at least claims to trace back to the Tuatha Dé
Danann. This particular outlying branch of that line is often thought
of as one of the nut-bearing ones by the closer-lying branches in the
Gardeners of the Tree. Hippy-dippy neo-druids long before there even
was such a thing, this particular slender line is one of those rather
grudgingly acknowledged, even though they’ve produced some fairly
The most recent of which is the daughter of Grania MacTiernan and Pat Samuels. Neither had chosen to be mages, but the potential was especially strong in Wendy, so she was apprenticed to a cousin of her mother's at age 10 and awakened by introduction to the mountain elemental Santa Ana. Sithneach Mac Tighearnán was not only a mentor in magics, he was a teacher in all things. Wendy was homeschooled in all the usual subjects as well as her magical studies, and got a high-school diploma. Most of her apprenticeship, however, was memorizing theory. Learning the knotwork and the meanings behind it that would go into her tattoos, learning the bindings of everything from the atomic bonds of matter to the complex bonds between people to the bonds of the planets with the fabric of space.
Wendy passed most of her tests with relative ease, academic, physical, and magical. One major test turned out to be crucial: the Baolach Cruatan or Dangerous Trial. Wendy found herself in a glade with three exits guarded by wild pigs (peccaries), a bobcat, and a bear. After finally reluctantly killing one of the pigs with a stout branch to make the rest scatter, she stepped through that exit to be confronted by two of the Tuatha Dé Danann – Brighid and Flidais. Brighid seemed to be there mainly to bear witness, but both goddesses questioned her understanding of the test and her actions. A test of courage and resourcefulness in a situation where magic and weapons are unavailable, the test is that of character in a crisis. Neither the cowardly nor the bloodthirsty are wanted to bond with the earth. After Wendy answered the questions, she awoke with a plain staff and added training in fighting with it to her studies.
Eventually, Sithneach took Wendy to a small cave, cast a sacred circle, took out specially made inks and a hardened sharpened thorn that was still attached to a living thornbush, and stabbed her foot with it. Wendy passed out, flooded with the presence of the Earth. For the time it took her mentor to finish the first loop of her tattoos, an inhibitor loop that would allow Wendy to feel Gaia's presence without being overwhelmed, she slept. When her still raw and bloody foot was pressed to the floor of the cave, Wendy woke and was told that was her last get-out-of-pain-free card for the duration. The process took from the Vernal Equinox to Beltane. Once finished, Wendy had a line of knotwork from the loop on the bottom of her right foot up her right side past the curve of her breast, over her right shoulder, and down her right arm. Four loops circled her bicep, each holding a representation of one of the forms she could assume once she reached sufficient skill with Life magic to achieve shapeshifting. The process and the intense communion with the Earth forged her soul further.
After the tattoos healed, Sithneach took her to meet the elders of the family. They gifted her and feasted, reminiscing about their own experiences. One gift was a special staff, introduced to her as Scáthmhaide, or Shadow Staff. A beautiful staff of oak, carved with knotwork similar to, but miles beyond, that in her tattoos. At the end of the party, Sithneach told her that she needed to expand her horizons, to learn how others did things and to integrate her magic with theirs. He gave her a name and a location. Shalae Silvanus and New Orleans.