Welsh Pantheon



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Created On 3 November 2002
Last Updated On 3 November 2002
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Bran the Blessed
Description: King of Britain, his sister married Irish King, he gave Cauldron of Plenty as a gift, Irish King imprisoned his sister, he waded the Irish Sea with a fleet to recover her, killed, head cut off, taken back to Britain and buried at White Tower in London, prophecies, guards Britain from harm/invasion
Skills: Human Lore, Craft (Kingship), Spear Attack, Shield Parry, Play (Harp), Recite Poetry
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Divine Magic: Worship Bran, Know Future
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Know Future

Amatheon
Description: Son of Don, probably a wild husbandman/farmer agriculture god
Skills: Craft (Goatherd), Craft (Shepherd), Animal Lore, World Lore
Spirit Magic: Heal
Divine Magic: Worship Amatheon, Speak With Beasts, Gather Flock
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Speak With Beasts

Arawn
Description: God of Underworld, huntsman pursuing a stag with a pack of red-eared hounds
Skills: Track, Ride, Spear Attack, Sling Attack, Train Dogs
Spirit Magic: Bladesharp, Mobility
Divine Magic: Worship Arawn, Sound Horn, Track Soul, Summon (Ghost, Wraith, Shade)
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Sound Horn

Arianrhod
Description: Mistress of the otherworld tower of initiation, Caer Sid, sister of Gwydion, and mother of his son perhaps, she is the goddess of the Corona Borealis
Skills: Dance, Act, Human Lore
Spirit Magic: Light
Divine Magic: Worship Arianrhod, Dancing Lights
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Dancing Lights

Beli Mawr
Description: Sun God, father of Caswallawn, Llefelys and Lludd, known to Irish as Bile and to the Gauls and Romans as Belenus
Skills: Spear Attack, Shield Parry, Bow Attack
Spirit Magic: Light, Lightwall
Divine Magic: Sunbright, Truespear, Predict Future, Heal Body, Sun Spear
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Sunbright
 

Blodeuwedd
Description: Flower Bride of Llew, formed by his father so that he could marry, nobody asked her and she loved a herdsman with whom she plotted his death. Punished by being turned into an owl
Skills: Dance, Craft (Cosmetics), Seduce
Spirit Magic: Glamour
Divine Magic: Worship Blodeuwedd, Flowers, Become Owl
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Become Owl

Caradawc
Description:  Bran's steward, left to guard kingdom when Bran attacked Ireland, was overthrown by Caswallawn
Skills: Craft (Steward), Human Lore, World Lore, Bargain
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Caswallawn
Description: Son of Beli Mawr, Welsh King, conqeurs Britain in absence of Bran, based on Cassivellaunos of the Catuvellauni who fought Caesar.
Skills: Spear Attack, Sword Parry, Craft (Kingship)
Spirit Magic: Bladesharp
Divine Magic: Worship Caswallen, Shield, Truespear, Concealment
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Truespear

Ceridwen
Description: Goddess of inspiration, hag-goddess - initiator wife to Tegid Foel, had 2 children Creirwy and Afagddu, the ugly. She prepared a cauldron of wisdom for him to compensate him but the servant boy Gwion bach spilled some on his finger and licked it, gifting him with knowledge, she chased him in many forms, everntually eating him as a piece of wheat as a hen, giving birth to Taliesin
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Divine Magic: Worship Ceridwen, Change Shape, Bestow Wisdom, Bestow (Art), Become Ugly, Bless Beasts, Bless Crops
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Change Shape

Cigfa
Description: Wife of Pryderi, daughter of Gwyn Gohoyw, lived with father-in-law Manawyddan until enchantments on Dyfed was lifted
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Creiddylad
Description: Daughter of Lludd Llaw Ereint, eloped with Gwythyr ap Greidawl, was abducted by Gwynn apNudd before they could sleep together. Afterwards, they would fight each year for her with the winner possessing her that year - Spring Maiden being fought for by Winter/Summer
Skills: Dance, Craft (Cosmetics), Seduce
Spirit Magic: Glamour
Divine Magic: Worship Creiddylad, Flowers, Love Charm,
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Flowers

Creirwy
Description: Daughter of Ceridwen and Tegid Foel, one of the three fair maidens of Britain
Skills: Dance, Craft (Cosmetics), Seduce
Spirit Magic: Glamour
Divine Magic: Worship Creirwy, Flowers, Charisma
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Charisma
 

Custennin
Description: Giant herdsman who guards the flocks of Yspaddaden Pencawr
Skills: Craft (Goatherd), Craft (Shepherd), Animal Lore, World Lore
Spirit Magic: Heal
Divine Magic: Worship Custennin, Speak With Beasts, Gather Flock
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Speak With Beasts

Diwrnach/Dyrnwch
Description: Possessed a magic cauldron which would not boil the food of a coward, Steward of the King of Ireland, a giant
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Spirit Magic: Strength, Vigour
Divine Magic: Earthmight
Divine Spirit Possession: Earthmight

Don
Description: Mother of Welsh pantheon, associated with Irish Danu
Skills: Orate, Craft (Household)
Spirit Magic: Healing
Divine Magic: Bless Crops, Bless Birth, Bless King, Bless Land, Worship Don
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Bless Crops

Dylan
Description: Son of Arianrhod and brother of Llew, "Son of the Wave" because he swam into the sea after being baptised
Skills: Swim
Spirit Magic: River Eye
Divine Magic: Float, Breathe Water
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Float

Efnissien
Description: Brother to Nissien the Peaceful, sister of Bran the Blessed, he caused war between Britain and Ireland, guardian of Sovreignty, his sister, who married the King of Ireland
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Fflur
Description: Flower Maiden, beloved of Caswallawn but was carried off by Julius Caesar, her beloved quested to the gates of Rome to retrieve her - Aspect of Sovreignty
Skills: Dance, Craft (Housework)
Spirit Magic: Glamour
Divine Magic: Flowers, Bestow Kingship, Bless King, Curse King, Bless Land, Curse Land
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Bless King
 

Gilfaethwy
Description: Son of Don, desired his uncle Math's footholder Goewin, his brother helped him gain her by raising war between Gwynnedd and Dyfed, as punishment he was changed into a hind, boar and wolf-bitch and bore young to his brother also in wolf form
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Gilfaethwy
Description: Son of Don, desired his uncle Math's fotholder, Goewin, his brother Gwydion helped him by causing war between Gwynedd and Dyfed, as punishment he was changed into a hind, boar and she-wolf and his brother fathered cubs on him
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Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr
Description: Arthur's gatekeeper at calends of January, engaged in a riddling contest - ala Lugh/Nuadu
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Goewin
Description: Virgin footholder of Math, raped by Gilfaethwy, married Math
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Gofannon/Govannan
Description: Son of Don, slayed his nephew Dylan accidentally, Welsh equivalent of goibniu, Smith god
Skills: Craft (Armouring), Craft (Weaponmaking), Craft (Smithing), Craft (Brewing), Mineral Lore
Spirit Magic: Heat Metal
Divine Magic: Armouring Enchantment, Worship Gobniu, Sharpen Weapon, Enchant Iron, Enchant Bronze
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Sharpen Weapon

Goleuddydd
Description: Mother of Culhwch, gave birth to him after running through the woods and being frightened by pigs
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Gronw Pebr
Description: Lover of Bloedeuwedd, slayer of Llew, when Llew was resurrected he begged mercy and held a large stone between humself and Llew, but his spear pierced the rock and his chest
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Gwawl
Description: Betrothed to Rhiannon, appeared at her marriage to Pwyll who granted him his heart's desire, so he asked to marry Rhiannon, similarly at their marriage, Pwyll appeared and asked for his bag to be filled with food, however the bag was bottomless and Pwyll said that it would only be full if a nobleman pressed down on it with his feet, this he tried and was captured in the bag whereupon Pwyll and his men kicked it around in "Badger in the bag" gamne until he relinquished his claim on Rhiannon
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Gwyddno Garanhir
Description: Father of Elphin, king of a kingdom beneath Cardigan Bay, had a magical container which fed any who took from it
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Gwydion
Description: Priest King, magician skilled in poetry, prophecy, divination
Skills: Disguise, Poetry
Spirit Magic: Image Creation, Silver Tongue
Divine Magic: Conjure (Horse, Greyhound), Know Future
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
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Gwynn ap Nudd
Description: Hunter of Souls, Leads the Wild Hunt, Lord of the Dead, lived in otherworld kingdom behind Glastonbury Tor
Skills: Track, Ride, Spear Attack, Sling Attack,
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Divine Magic: Worship Gwynn ap Nudd, Track Soul, Summon (Ghost, Wraith, Shade), Free Ghost, Bind Ghost
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Track Soul

Gwythyr ap Gredawl
Description: Intended husband of Creiddylad and fought Gwynn ap Nudd - Summer versus Winter
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Hafgan
Description: Fought Arawn each and every year
Skills: Spear Attack, Shield Parry
Spirit Magic: Protection, Bladesharp
Divine Magic: Healing Blow
Divine Spirit Possession: Healing Blow

Hefaidd hen
Description: Father of Rhiannon, Underworld King
Skills: Evaluate Treasure, World Lore, Mineral Lore, Scout (Caves)
Spirit Magic: Detect Gems
Divine Magic: Summon/Command/Bind Gnome, Bind Ghost
Common Divine Magic: All
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Llassar llaes Gwfnewid
Description: Giant who lived under a lake in Ireland, had a cauldron of rebirth on his back, married to Cymidei Cymeinfoll who was twice as big as him and bore him a child every 6 weeks, after 6 weeks the child was as big as an armed warrior, Matholwch took them in but put them in an iron house which he heated up, they escaped and gave the cauldron to Bran
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Spirit Magic: Strength, Vigour
Divine Magic: Earthmight
Divine Spirit Possession: Earthmight

Llefelys
Description: Son of Beli and King of France
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Llew Llaw Gyffes
Description: Counterpart of Lugh, associated with shoemakers and Spear/Sword of Light. Son of Arianrhod after a test of virginity, fostered by her brother. His mother refused to name him and give him arms and also not to marry a wife of earhly lineage, he tricked her into giving him a name and arms and was given a wife Blodeuwedd who was made of blossom and was his flower-wife, but she fell in love with Gronw Pebr and betrayed him
Skills: Spear Attack, Sword Attack, Shield Parry, Sling Attack, Javelin Attack, Craft (Cobbler)
Spirit Magic: Speedart, Bladesharp, Light
Divine Magic: Truespear, Sureshot, Heal Wound, Sunbright, Penetration
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Heal Wound

Llewd ap Cil Coed
Description: Cousin of Gwawl, enchanted the land of Dwfed and spirited away Pryderi and Rhiannon to the Underworld, defeated by Manawyddan
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Lludd/Nudd/Nodens
Description: Son of Beli, brother to Llefelys, rebuilt London Town, defeated three curses which afflicted Britain, analagous to Irish Nuada, master of three healing hounds
Skills: Sword Attack, Shield Parry, Craft (Kingship)
Spirit Magic: Bladesharp, Fanaticism
Divine Magic: Shield, Sever Spirit, Truesword, Worship Llud, Cure All Disease
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Truesword

Llyr
Description: Father of Manawyddan, Bran, Branwen, Efnissien and Nissien, "of the sea", sea god, also called Lludd of the Silver Hand ala Nuadu/Nodens
Skills: Boating, Swim, Ocean Lore
Spirit Magic: Endurance
Divine Magic: Float, Hie Boat, Worship Llyr, Summon Undine, Command Undine, Breathe Air/Water
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Breathe Air/Water

Mabon
Description: Son of Modron, called Wondrous Youth, cult in Northern Britain, hunter and harper, similar to Angus
Skills: Sing, Seduction, Craft (Love Making), Play (Harp), Track, Sling Attack
Spirit Magic: Glamour, Sleep
Divine Magic: Charisma, Worship Mabon, Love Charm, Sureshot, Sleeping Tune
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Love Charm

Manawyddan
Description: Son of Llyr, left landless on Bran's death, husband of Rhiannon, master craftsman , instructor and teacher
Skills: Boating, Sword Attack, Shield Parry, Seduce, Animal Lore, World Lore, Drive (Chariot), Craft (Saddlemaking), Craft (Shoemaking), Craft (Shieldmaking), Craft (Farming)
Spirit Magic: Light, Bladesharp, Protection, Image Creation, Repair, Endurance
Divine Magic: Shield, Sunbright, Truesword, Sever Spirit, Float, Hie Boat, Command Swine, Worship Manannan Mac Lir, Change Shape, Float, Worship Manamman mac Lir, Summon Undine, Command Undine, Hie Wagon, Water Walking, Become (Creature), Clairvoyance, Know Lore
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Change Shape

Math
Description: Son of Mathonwy, uncle to Gwydion, Gilfaethy and Arianrhod, full of wisdom, great king, could change other's shape, made Blodeuwedd
Skills: Human Lore
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Divine Magic:  Wind Words, Change Other's Shape, Detect Virgin
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Wind Words

Matholwch
Description: King of Ireland, maried Branwen, deposed by Bran
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Modron
Description: Mother of Mabon, cult of mother who loses her son
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Pryderi
Description: Son of Rhiannon and Pwyll, snatched from cradle by monstrous claw, found in stable, married Cifga and became king of Dyfed, went hunting when Dyfed was enchanted, stuck to golden bowl and rescued by Manawyddan in Underworld
Skills: Craft (Saddlemaking), Craft (Shoemaking), Craft (Shieldmaking)
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Pwyll
Description: Lord of Dyfed, encountered Arawn lord of Annwn, exchanged places and drove of Hafgan his enemy, won Rhiannon as his wife
Skills: Craft (Kingship), Spear Attack, Sword Attack, Shield Parry
Spirit Magic: Bladesharp
Divine Magic: Chaste Bed, Worship Pwyll
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Rhiannon/Rigantona
Description: Daughter of Hefaidd Hen lord of the Underworld, rode a white mare and married Pwyll after he saw her, followed her, asked her father for her and was tricked into giving her to a rival Gwawl, she showed him how to trick Gwawl and they married. Associated with horses and birds, asociated with Modron because her son was stolen
Skills: Ride, Horse Lore, Craft (Raise Horse)
Spirit Magic: Mobility
Divine Magic: Worship Rhiannon, Speak With Birds, Speak With Horses, Ride Fast
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Speak With Horses

Taliesin
Description: Wizard,Bard, drank 3 drops of wisdom, knew past, present and future
Skills: Play Harp, Sing, Recite/Compose Poetry, Orate, Fast Talk, Seduce
Spirit Magic: Silvertongue, Glamour, Sweet Voice
Divine Magic: Predict Future, Claivoyance, Truetune
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Predict Future

Teyrnon Turf Liant
Description: "Lord of the Raging Wave" "Great Lord" god of the Sea, possibly father of Pryderi
Skills: Boating, Swim, Ocean Lore
Spirit Magic: Endurance, Sea Eye
Divine Magic: Float, Sink Boat, Worship Teyrnon Turf Liant, Summon Undine, Command Undine, Breathe Air/Water, Call Wave, Flood
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Breathe Air/Water

Wild Herdsman (Archetype - often seen as Custennin. Guardian of the beasts, black giant armed with a club, shamanic deity)
 
 

Otherworld Creatures


Afanc
Description: Primeval monster which lived in the River Conwy, sometimes seems like a giant beaver which dragged people into the waters. Lured to sleep in a maiden's bosom, dragged ashore by oxen and killed.
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Bwca
Description: Does housework in return for milk
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Cwn Annwn
Description: Hounds of Annwn, death portents, great being when close, white with red-tipped ears, part of Arawn's hunt
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Cyhreath
Description: Welsh banshee, crying sounds like groans of the dying, normally invisible but can be seen in corpse-light
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Fferyllt
Description: Welsh Faeries and alchemists
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Gwaragedd Annwyn
Description: Lake Maidens who give gifts tomortalsand may marry mortalmen as long as they are never hit
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Gwrach y Rhibyn
Description: Form of banshee "Hag of the Warning", warns of death and is often encountered at a crossroads or a stream
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Places

Annwn
Description: British Underworld, place of ancestral power which mortals may visit and from where the Wild Hunt rides out
 

The Goddoddin


Erthal
Description: Chief of the Goddoddin, warrior and king
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Gelorwydd
Description: Warrior in Goddoddin, called "Gem of Baptism" because he gave extreme unction on battlefield with his own blood
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Gwyglet
Description: Hero of the Goddoddin, fell at the battle of catreath (Catterick)
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People

Elena
Description: Mother of Constantine the Great, Maxen dreamt of her in Rome and sent messengers to find her.She was supposed to have built many of the Roman roads
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Maxen Wledig
Description: Emperor of Magnus Maximus (383-388), dreams of unknown woman, messengers find her in Wales,marries Elena
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Culhwch
Description: Hero and nephew of Arthur, performed thirty nine impossible tasks to gain Olwen as wife, also travelled to Underworld to obtain some of the Thirteen Treasures of Britain
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Llwch Llawwyanawc/Lleminawc/Llenllawc
Description: Warrior, accompanied Arthur to Annwn to gain the Hallows, had a shining sword (Sword of Light), cleared the way to the cauldron. Similar to Lugh, Llew, Lancelot
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