Ancestors of Albion 1105 before the Chosing of the Trinity

Ancestors of Albion

The ancestors of Albion are many and varied. With the arrival of the Empire into this land, patron ancestors of Albion have also awoken to claim Albion as their own.

Nurturing Ancestors

Many of the Ancestors of Albion could be described as nurturing ancestors. Their primary aims are to look after the people of the land defend and heal them.

The Mother

The Mother has been worshipped in Albion since the forming of the Empire of Man. She is commonly worshipped in three forms … the Maiden – a bearer of arms that can fight along side the warriors, giving them healing on the field of battle; the Mother – a nuturer of children and patron of healing; and the Crone – the lady of wisdom. Rarely worshiped in current times, the Crone represents the protection of the dead. The Mother is most strongly worshipped in the east of Albion.

Nethras

Nethras was the patron of the tribes of Albion before the forming of the Empire. When the Mother was weakened by the Void Entity, Nethras made a resurgence. Although at first hostile to the people of Albion, many members of Albion society have worked with her and her followers, and she has grown in both strength and acceptance. This is especially in Gloucester which is the stronghold of her worship. Like The Mother she has three forms … the Maiden is a warrior who will lead others in battle; the Mother is the guardian of hearth and home; and the Crone is the bringer of death and lady of wisdom.

Igraine

In Cornwall, worship of Igraine as a primary ancestor is becoming more prevalent. She is seen as a guardian of Cornwall and a protector of its people, and is as much as symbol of freedom and she is an Ancestor. Igraine is the regarded as the she who will fight for the people of Cornwall, heal their wounds and watch over them when they pass over.

Wild Ancestors

A second group of ancestors of Albion are the wild ancestors. These are primarly the guardians of the wild places and the creatures that call Albion their home.

The Hunter

The Hunter has been worshipped in Albion since the founding of the Empire. He was often seen to be an aspect of Tebron (the ancestor of the occupying soldiers) and Albertus Hroc, the self proclaimed Pendragon, is known to follow The Hunter and be blessed by him.The Hunter was corrupted by the Void Entity, but unlike the other ancestors of the time his followers killed his mortal body so he could be reborn. The Hunter has four aspects which he has revelaed to his followers. The Alpha – the leader of the Hunt; the Consort – the partner and protector of The Mother; the Woodsman – the protector of the woods; and finally, the Trickster – who shows the weaknesses of an enemy so that they may be exploited. The trickster aspect is the weakest of The Hunter’s forms and it is believed that Puck has stolen this role for himself.

The Green Man

The Green Man is an ancestor of the ancient tribes of Albion. At its height it was the strongest of the ancestors and, even trapped by imperial enchantment, he managed still to teach The Hunter how to hunt in the wild. The Green Man is still respected by many in rural areas and superstitions relating to him are common across Albion. It is thought that The Green Man has been driven mad by The Enchantment Of Albion and is thrashing out against anything he perceives as a threat. The destruction of the towns of Elf’s Rest and Castleford in the summer 1105 was attributed to the actions of The Green Man and his followers.

Mannanan

Mannanan is an ancestor of the seas and is known to be a cruel master. Along mainly costal areas many will throw tribute to him to make sure that the seas do not After the salting of the land in Cornwall, many believe that the tidal waves that lash the coast are a manifestaiton of his wrath, and his worship in Cornwall is growing.

Ancestors of Change

The third group of ancestors represent change. These are the most varied of the ancestors and the seem to reflect the lives of their followers during the time they were primarly worshipp.ed.

Puck

Once a lowly forest sprite, Puck has somehow managed to elevate his station to become one of the major ancestors of Albion. There is much resentment to his status from many quarters of Albion, but his loyalty to the land has never been in doubt and often he acted in its defence. Puck seeks to inpsire others to better themselves, not only by nuturing their hopes and dreams but also by mocking supidity, laziness and dogma wherever he encounters them. Puck is worshiped across Albion although, due to his nature, his followers are not great in numbers.

The Architect

The Architect was originally an Imperial ancestor and one that lost much power after the destruction of the Empire. He represents wealth, prosperity and civilisation … and encourages his followers to see such things as signs of personal growth. Worship of the Architect is on the increase, especially in the southern duchies of Cornwall and Winchester. He is however often shunned by Albion’s more tribal races (such as the elves).

Taranis

Taranis – like the Archetect – is a previously thought dead ancestor. The Void entity took the forms of both these ancestors, but when it was defeated the followers tried to find the truth behind their worship. Taranis is the lord of the storms and the mists, and like Mannanan expects tribute. He believes that destruction allows rebuilding and rebirth, and encourages people to put aside the old in favour of newer, stronger and better ways. Taranis does not have very strong worship in Albion but it is obviously growing – especially in Cornwall.

The White Dragon

Seeminly a fairly new ancestor to Albion, the White Dragon has called several nobles to himself. The White Dragon is worshipped by a small minority in Gloucester and Keswick – but it has become increasingly obvious that he has had links with other ancestors in Albion in the past. The details of such ties are not widely known and It may be that there are things about the White Dragon that his followers do not know, or will not admit.

Reann ap Nimh, High Incantor of Albion
Summer 1105


Lesser Known Albion Ancestors

The Circle of Balance

These twelve white knights fought long and brave against the lords of darkness in that great battle. They fought for justice and to uphold nature’s law. Great warriors and evangelists, they fought with the songs of battle on their lips. Though ferocious in battle, away from the field they were withdrawn and austere. They commanded great respect, and still do as the single Ancestor the Circle of Balance. A single god of twelve in one. One of the great mysteries of the Balance, this saw with great wisdom, that single men cannot be forever wise, and only in aiding and advising one another can we truly triumph. The Twelve work together to keep the Balance of life and death, wisdom and ignorance, light and dark. They recognise that man is base, and urge men to learn and grow to achieve the balance. They have set the scales on the side of light, and will forever maintain this balance. The Twelve in One are powerful, righteous and honourable. Their complete set of true names are not remembered although it is believed that they were the original members of Arthur II’s council.

The Seeker

A great philosopher, archivist, musician and mathemagician, the Seeker was led by the Dun Cow to the then village of Elvet. Here he laid the cornerstone of the great library, also called the Tower of the Mathemagicians. His name is lost to the people of Albion and subtly ironic since he is the lord of Knowledge, as well as being worshipped as the lord of Magic and Lore. The Seeker is also the ancestor of the Bards and is ocassionally refered to as Ogma, although this name actually relates to the langauge of the bards guild. This is said to be the first written language and it is suspected to be created by the Seeker.

Enias Charenton


Also missing from the list is the Fisher King, The Grove, St Cuthbert, Cathol and Elysia.

Percival de Gales


And Herne, and the Beastmen ancestors.

Genevieve


Also The Raven, and others worshipped by some of the host i think and some of those linked to House Corvidae. Corvus perhaps could enlighten us further.

Lady Madelaine


To my understanding Herne is not specifically an Ancestor of Albion as such, as He is revered across Erdreja.

Solstice


You am not forget Dodo…poor Dodo. He am ancestor too and so am Quicksilver now. Flight am ‘cant in both their names.

Tyto


What can be said about the civilised ancestors of Albion. Of the Architect I am sure you are well versed and educated, but knowledge and study of the other ancestors are often neglected. In my time it has been my passion to learn of the Architect’s two siblings, the Seeker and the Smith. Although the Architect himself may be the all-important keystone of Albion faith, those other members of the pantheon serve as the foundation that he has built on.

The Seeker

The Seeker, or if you prefer Ogma or even Cermait as he is also known by these names, is by far the most eloquent of Albion’s ancestors. He is an ancestor who is an inspiration to many through his encouragement of the pursuit of the finer arts of literature and poetry.

It is said that the Seeker invented the first written language, a simple form of writing called Ogham (some of his followers name him after his invention). Ogham consisted of a series of marks either above or below a horizontal line. Each symbol was said to magical object that not only represent a base letter but also a type tree and the things that were associated with it. At first this is a strange concept that trees could represent anything other than simply a tree, but the Seeker teachers that even a simplest mark can represent a universal concept that could take years to full understand. Even the smallest document is so infused with knowledge that it could be studied for many years to truly understand all of its secrets.

By creating language the Seeker gave us a way of taking a complex thought and expressing it so that it could be passed on. This gave us the ability to understand more about the energies of the universe and with each generation our knowledge accumulated like a snowball rolling down a hill. When we look at where we are now and how far we have come I can only wonder in awe where we will be 500 years from now. Although the Seeker is one of the old ancestors he is certainly the father of civilisation without whom we would be nothing more than savages living in forests beating our chests and chasing dear.

Many of those outside of the faith view the Seeker as a dusty old librarian permanently stooped over parchment with a quill in his hand, but he is in fact a much more lively ancestor. His skill as a poet and performer are well documented. He teaches his followers that like all things poetry hides a deeper knowledge and that it is a means of focusing energy and a way of deeper understanding.

The following is a poem recited to me by a priest of the seeker. Notice right away that the poem itself is in an old tongue and before you can even learn even its most basic of meanings you have to study and wrestle with it. This is so representative of the Seeker that I decided to include it here.

Preiddeu Annwn

bu kyweir karchar gweir ygkaer sidi.
trwy ebostol pwyll aphryderi.
Neb kyn noc ef nyt aeth idi.
yr gadwyn trom las kywirwas ae ketwi.
Arac preideu annwfyn tost yt geni.
Ac yt urawt parahawt ynbardwedi.
Tri lloneit prytwen yd aetham ni idi.
nam seith ny dyrreith ogaer sidi.

Neut wyf glot geinmyn cerd ochlywir.
ygkaer pedryuan pedyr ychwelyt.
yg kenneir or peir pan leferit.
Oanadyl naw morwyn gochyneuit.
Neu peir pen annwfyn pwy y vynut.
gwrym am yoror amererit.
Ny beirw bwyt llwfyr ny rytyghit.
cledyf lluch lleawc idaw rydyrchit.
Ac yn llaw leminawc yd edewit.
Arac drws porth vffern llugyrn lloscit.
Aphan aetham ni gan arthur trafferth lechrit
namyn seith ny dyrreith o gaer vedwit.

Neut wyf glot geinmyn kerd glywanawr.
ygkaer pedryfan ynys pybyrdor
echwyd amuchyd kymyscetor
gwin gloyw eugwirawt rac eu gorgord.
Tri lloneit prytwen yd aetham ni ar vor.
namyn seith ny dyrreith ogaer rigor.
Ny obrynafi lawyr llen llywyadur
tra chaer wydyr ny welsynt wrhyt arthur.
Tri vgeint canhwr aseui ar y mur.
oed anhawd ymadrawd aegwylyadur
tri lloneit prytwen yd aeth gan arthur.
namyn seith ny dyrreith ogaer golud.

Ny obrynaf y lawyr llaes eu kylchwy
ny wdant wy pydyd peridyd pwy.
py awr ymeindyd y ganet cwy.
Pwy gwnaeth arnyt aeth doleu defwy.
ny wdant wy yrych brych bras y penrwy.
Seith vgein kygwng yny aerwy.
Aphan aetham ni gan arthur auyrdwl gofwy.
namyn seith ny dyrreith o gaer vandwy.

Ny obrynafy lawyr llaes eu gohen.
ny wdant pydyd peridyd pen.
Py awr ymeindyd y ganet perchen.
Py vil agatwant aryant ypen.
Pan aetham ni gan arthur afyrdwl gynhen.
namyn seith ny dyrreith o gaer ochren.

Myneich dychnut val cunin cor.
o gyfranc udyd ae gwidanhor.
Ae vn hynt gwynt ae vn dwfyr mor.
Ae vn vfel tan twrwf diachor.

Myneych dychnut val bleidawr.
o gyfranc udyd ae gwidyanhawr.
ny wdant pan yscar deweint agwawr.
neu wynt pwy hynt pwy yrynnawd.
py va diua py tir aplawd.
bet sant yn diuant abet allawr.

So that you can also appreciate its complexity I have also included my own translation here. The secrets that I have uncovered in my time studying it are also marked and given at the end.

The Spoils of Arcadia

Gwair’s prison in the fairy isle was in order [1]
Throughout the course of the story concerning Pwyll and Pryderi.
No-one before him went into it –
Into the heavy blue chain a faithful servant it held.
And on account of the spoils of Arcadia he was singing bitterly
And our poetic invocation shall continue until Judgement.
We went, three full boat loads into it; [2]
Apart from seven, none came back up from the fairy fortress.

I am honoured in praise. the song was heard
In the four-turreted fort, fully revolving.
It was concerning the cauldron that my first utterance was spoken: [3]
It was kindled by the breath of nine maidens.
The cauldron of the Chieftain of Arcadia: what is its fashion?
Dark and pearls around its rim
It will not boil the food of a coward; it has not been destined.
The flashing sword of Lleog was thrust into it
And it was left behind in Lleminog’s hand.
And before the doors of Hell lamps burned.
And when we went with Arthur – resplendent toil –
Apart from seven, none came back up from the fortress of the Mead-Feast.

I am honoured in praise. the song was heard
In the four-turreted fort, the island of the radiant door.
Fresh water and jet are mixed.
Sparkling wine their drink before their host.
We went, three full boat loads by sea;
Apart from seven, none came back up from the fortress of stone.

I do not deserve the lords little men
Who had not seen Arthur’s valour beyond the fortress of glass. [4]
Six thousand men were standing on its wall;
It was difficult to speak with their sentinel.
Three full boat loads went with Arthur;
Apart from seven, none came back up from the fortress in the middle of the earth.

I do not deserve little men, their shields hanging down,
They know not what was created on what day
what hour of midday Cwy was born.
Who made them who did not go to the meadows of Defwy.
They do not know about the brindled ox, stout his collar,
(with) seven score links in its fastening.
And when we went with Arthur – a lamentable expedition –
Apart from seven, none came back up from the fortress of the great peak.

I do not deserve little men, feeble their intent,
Who do not know on which day the king was created.
what hour of the midday the owner was born,
What animal they guard, silver its head.
When we went with Arthur – sorrowful strife –
Apart from seven, none came back up from the enclosed fortress.

Monks howl like a choir of dogs
from an encounter with masters who know:
Whether the wind a single path, whether the sea a single water,
Whether fire – an invincible tumult – is a single spark.

Monks pack together like young wolves
from an encounter with masters who know.
They do not know when the darkness and the light divide,
Or the wind, what is its course, what is its onrush,
What place it devastates, what land it strikes,
How many saints are lost in the void, and how many altars[5].

[1] The island of Lundy is known to the cornish as ynys weir, “Gweir’s Island,”
[2] Prydwen is the name of a great sailing vessal used by Arthur as a flagship. Although I have translated this as boat loads in reality the line means three loads of a large ship.
[3] Cauldron could easily be some similar object such as a chalice, well, or bowl.
[4] Glass traditionally refers to Cymbrja and all things related to it.
[5] The word Altars could possibly also refer to Champions.

I will not spoil the poem any further and leave the rest of its secrets for you to discover.

Wayland the Smith

Wayland is another old ancestor who made the transition into civilisation and helped lay down a foundation that the Architect was able to build on.

Wayland is said to originate from the frozen wastelands of the far north where he was called Volund or possibly Volundr. Accounts that exist of his life here indicate that he was a wizard trained in his art by the Kald Alfar and smith of extraordinary ability who was trained how to craft by the dwarves that resided in the frozen mountains of Kar-Noir. His desire to further increase his art led him to travel further south to the lands inhabited by the Fairy. In a small number of accounts he is said to have made a deal and studied under the Fae, although the majority of accounts disagree with this and instead say that he was captured and imprisoned by the Fae King Nudd (or Nidud) and forced to forge treasures for his captor and his court. During his imprisonment, Wayland is said to have learned many of the secrets of the fae as well as discovering a great deal of things by himself unknown by all at that time. One such discovery accredited to Wayland is that of how to forge cold iron. He is said to have forged a weapon of cold iron and used it to finally escape from the domain of King Nudd. During his escape he is said to have killed the two sons and the daughter of the Fae king. The king was said to be so furious with Wayland that it is said that the reason the fae ventured into the real world was to try and capture him and return him to answer for his crimes.

Although Wayland is considered the ancestor of the smithy, worshipping him helps creativity in whatever form it may take, whether you are poets, artists, architects, storytellers, teachers or craftsmen then Wayland’s word is of benefit to you. He teaches his followers to excel at their abilities, crafts, and arts whatever they may be; only through hard work and study can you reach the pinnacle of what you do.

You must remember your place in society and that you do not strive for perfection for yourself, instead you must always remember that your abilities should be used for the benefit of others. Remember those that taught you and in turn teach others that come along after you.

Remember also that there is more than one discipline and even the greatest master can learn a lesson from an apprentice of another craft. Do not underestimate that which you do not understand, to achieve true perfection you must be the master of all disciplines. Wayland himself was not only the master of all craftsmen, but he was also a powerful wizard. It was the combination of both these arts that allowed Wayland to create the swords that combined to make the blade Excalibur. These weapons were not only forged physically perfect but also enchanted to the highest standards possible.

Wayland also teaches that you do not achieve the best for yourselves or anyone else if you do not enjoy what you are doing. When work becomes a chore, it is time to reflect and find a new direction. It is due to this tenant that his followers are so against slavery and unfair working conditions, often campaigning for an honest days pay for an honest days work.
Wayland’s ancestral realm is said to be the Smith’s Cave, it is rumoured to be a simple place with no fixtures except for an anvil outside. It is said that those that need the aid and services of Wayland need only leave a sacrifice on the anvil and return later to find that which they sort complete and the warm anvil bare.