Deities of The Celts



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Celtic Pantheon (General, not specific to an area)


Camulos
Description: God of war of the northern Britains and of the Remi in Belgium, also known in the city Camulodunum (Colchester), had an invincible sword
Skills: Sword Attack, Shield Parry
Spirit Magic: Bladesharp, Fanaticism
Divine Magic: Truesword, Sever Spirit (One Use), Shield
Common Divine Magic: All 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Truesword
 

Cernunnos
Description: "Horned One" god of shamans and the Lord of the Beasts, has a leadership torc, associated with Underworld, Earthly Fertility, snakes and money
Skills: Animal Lore, Plant Lore
Spirit Magic: Vigor, Strength
Divine Magic: Command (Snake, Stag, Woodland Beasts), Hide Wealth,  Invigorate, Speak To Beasts, Bless Beast
Divine Spirit Possession: Speak to Beasts
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Priests: Priests are shamans

Epona
Description: Goddess of horses and horsemen, depicted as a naked woman on a horse, often associated with twins and the key which unlocks the underworld
Skills: Ride, Animal Lore, Craft (Raise Horse)
Spirit Magic: Mobility
Divine Magic: Speak With Horses, Command Horse, Bless Beasts
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Mindspeech With Horses

Nemetona
Description: Goddess of Sacred Groves, partner of Mars, general title of many goddesses
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Spirits


Washer at the Ford (Irish/Scottish - otherworldly woman - dark apsect of the goddess. Seen washing her bloody linen by warriors who are about to die)
 

Cornish Pantheon

 

Spirits


Spriggans (Sprites who act as Fairies' bodyguards)
 

Gaulish Pantheon

Lugus
Description: Gaulish equivalent of Llugh/Llew, name found in Lugdunum (Llyon)

Ogmios
Description: Sun God, wields whip of the Invincible Sun, similar to Maponus
Skills: Whip Attack,
Spirit Magic: Light, Lantern, Whipsharp
Divine Magic: Sun Whip, Sunbright, Shield
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Sunbright

Maponos
Description: The GAulish equivalent of Mabon, God of Youth, equated with Apollo

Sucellos
Description: "Good Striker", had a following in Britain, carried a long hammer, maybe god of Thunder
Skills: Hammer Attack, HammerParry, Thrown Hammer
Spirit Magic: Speedart, Bludgeon
Divine Magic: Thunderbolt, Lightning, Thunder Shout, Crush
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Crush

Taranis
Description: The Thunderer, spoked wheel - equated with Jupiter, monuments found from the Adriatic coast to northern Britain (Taran means thunder in Breton and Welsh)
Skills: Drive Chariot, Spear Attack, Shield Parry
Spirit Magic:
Divine Magic: Thunderbolt, Lightning, Thunder Shout, Cloud Call, Rain, Hie Chariot
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Lightning

Mocus
Description: God of Pigs
Skills: Animal Lore, Craft (Swineherd)
Spirit Magic:
Divine Magic: Command Swine, Become Swine
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Command Swine

Nantosuelta
Description: Consort of Sucellos, "Winding River" accompanied by raven associated with dovecot/small house
Skills: Mineral Lore, Water Lore
Spirit Magic: Endurance, River Eye
Divine Magic: Bless Water, Breathe Water, Summon/Bind/Command Undine, Drown
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Bless Water
 

Manx Pantheon


Cabyll-Ushtey
Description: Water spirit, delighted in pulling people into water to drown
Skills: Seduce
Spirit Magic: River Eye
Divine Magic: Drown, Call Man, Summon/Command/Bind Undine
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Drown

Caillagh ny Groamach
Description: "The Old Gloomy Woman" associated with change of weather, if St Brigid's day (1 Feb) is warm she comes out to gather sticks, otherwise she stays indoors and makes it harder to keep warm, later. Sometimes seen as a great bird carrying sticks - ala mountain mother dropping sticks to make mountains
Skills: Predict Weather, World Lore
Spirit Magic: Glamour
Divine Magic: Worship Cailleach Bheure, Snow, Freeze Earth
Common Divine Magic: All
Divine Spirit Possession: Freeze Earth
 

Spirits


Buggane
Description: Shapeshifting goblin, vicious and spiteful, undoes the work of humans
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Ferrishyn
Description: Manx Faery Host
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Foawr
Description: Manx form of Fomorfians - stone throwing giants
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Glaistyn
Description: Manx form of each-uisge, had ability to appear in human form, fair and handsome but with horse-ears
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Roman Britain


Maponus
Description: Ala Mabon, found from Gaul to Scotland, similar to Apollo
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

Rosmerta
Description: "Good Purveyor" goddess of fruit/basket/purse, wife of Mercury
Skills: Craft (Gather Fruit), Plant Lore
Spirit Magic: Food Song
Divine Magic: Bear Fruit, Sunripen, Accelerate Growth
Divine Spirit Possession: Bear Fruit

Silvanus
Description: Woodland God, transported from Italy, associated with Stags, named Callirus - Woodland King - depicted with hammers, pots and billhook, associated with local god
Skills: Craft (Woodsman), Plant Lore, Scout (Forests), Dance
Spirit Magic:
Divine Magic: Speak to Stag, Command Stag, Tanglethicket, Summon Warrior of Wood
Common Divine Magic: 1 point spells
Divine Spirit Possession: Speak to Stag