The Hidden Battle for London Town
Coblynau, often corrupted or misused as simply goblins by English speakers, is a blanket term used for the Fae creatures that survived the Celtic Massacres. They are numerous in type and form, with some considered benign, even benevolent, while others are strictly harmful and violent.
The Celtic Massacres
There have been several Celtic Massacres over the course of history. These are calculated attempts by the Roman pantheon, and masters of the British Empire, known as the Augustin, to remove the Celtic pantheon, the Tuatha, from the face of the world and prevent their continual threat to their new dominion as the Tuatha are determined to take back their homeland. Their are been several notable instances. The first massacre occurred during the Roman Invasion of Britain in the first century AD, which led to the death of many Celtic gods and their greatest scion of the time, Boudicea. The Romans were forced to leave Britain within the next millennia allowing the Celts control again, under their greatest scion, Arthur Pendragon, who staved off many a Roman assault. But another massacre occurred in the 1000s, as William the Conqueror, son of Mars, stormed Britain and removed the Celtic-friendly governments installed there. In the 1300s, William Wallace, a son of Macnannan Mac Lir of the Tuatha, led an unsuccessful revolt which led to the deaths of both him and his father. In the 1600s, the Augustin, using King Richard III, attempted to curb Celtic influence by banning traditional ceremonies and languages, though this caused a rebellion that led to Richard's death at the hands of a Welsh Rebellion. The Celts enjoyed another period of influence under the Tudors and won a major victory with the expulsion of the Roman church under Henry VIII and brought Scotland into the fold with James I of the Stuarts. However, they were greatly weakend by the Civil War led by Oliver Cromwell, which led to their eventual expulsion and the Roman regained the crown with George I, a former monarch of the Holy Roman Empire. The latest massacre is more cerebral in nature and is colloquially known as the Great Potato Famine, which forced hundreds of Irish men and women to flee the Tuatha in order to not starve to death. Due to these continual battles, very few Celtic gods remain – though both the Morrigan and the Dagda have not been confirmed deceased by the agents of Mars.
Goblins are creatures that served the Tuatha, but without their guiding influence have turned to their baser natures. Their are dozens of different types and all interact with the world very differently. Due to London's nature as an immigrant town, Coblynau are numerous within the city, especially in the lower class districts.
Different Types of Coblynau
- Tommyknockers – Mischievous little buggers who like to play pranks on people who are mean to them, like knock on doors and then run away. In larger numbers, they can be quite dangerous and have been known to bash at the foundation of mines and cause cave-ins. They are brown, muddy looking creatures that come to about waist height on a man.
- House Elves – Submissive creatures who bind themselves to a master or mistress and serve them without question. They are highly sought after by the elite and are often passed down as prized possessions.
- Ogres – Much larger goblins, sometimes twice the size of a man, known for their great strength and their unyielding appetites. They are known for eating literally everything from regular food to garbage to rotting food to people.
- Hobgoblins, or simply Hobs – Man-sized goblins, which can blend into crowds, though frequently have a tell that gives them away. They are skilled tricksters and cunning liars.
- Faeries – Tiny little creatures who live in natural areas. They are known for being kind to children, but horrible to adults. They are often blamed for many child kidnappings.
- Spriggans, or Leshys - Tree spirits, who manifest as creatures made of wood and animated with a green fire. They are frequently thought to be the dead daughters of the Dagda.
- Lubber fiends – Hairy, man-sized creatures with tails. Their love of alcohol is well known, but so is their propensity for hard work under the right circumstances.
- Puccas, or Changelings - Shapeshifting creatures, who are greatly feared by mortals. Legends say that Puccas will replace a human baby with their own in order to avoid having to care for it. Thus, babies who seem odd in some way are sometimes thought of as the victim of a Pucca baby swap.
- Morgens – Water creatures who often take the form of beautiful women and sing to passers by in order to lure them to the water.
- Cewri, better known as Giants – The most famous and feared of all Coblynau. Very few still exist, but they are known to be creatures of great power and, obviously, great size. Scions who bring down a Giant are often revered and rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.