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Celtic Age - Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts

Celtic Age - Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts

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Published by Darkenning
Out of print historical fantasy role-playing game
Out of print historical fantasy role-playing game

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Published by: Darkenning on Apr 29, 2013
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According to Celtic legend, the universe began
as the mythical Sun-Egg. This cosmic egg (a
feature common to other early peoples and 21st
Century “Big Bang” cosmology) was laid by a
goose. Most Celtic tribes therefore hold
the goose to be sacred since
it predates the
existence of all else,
and eating goose-
flesh is a terrible
crime. All people
are under a geisto
never kill a goose,
even if the bird
attacks them. The
miscreant will
surely die a
horrible death.

Flocks of geese are often found in Celtic
settlements, where they warn against danger and
attack interlopers. Geese are not very smart, but
they are fierce and bad-tempered. Their loud
honking and hostile nature makes them very
effective guardians. Not only do they watch for
human enemies, they drive away hedgehogs,
which Celts believe are insidious little thieves

who sneak into cattle pens and drain cows’
udders dry.

Most Celtic war gods are accompanied by war
geese, which fly into battle alongside them and
smite their enemies with deadly pecks. Some
Celtic warriors have tried to take geese into
battle with them, but it is very dif-
ficult to train a goose to tell
friend from foe and they
are not nearly as effec-
tive as a war dog. The
experiments continue,
however, as a goose can
easily unman a naked
Celtic warrior and this
makes them the ulti-
mate battlefield terror
weapon. Trained geese
are not unknown in the Celtic world, but they
are highly unusual.

Oddly, while geese have a strong dislike for
humans – they are not even particularly fond of
their masters – they do like other animals and
often form bonds with them. Geese will attach
themselves to dogs, horses, or cows and follow
them about for fellowship. But they will not
return affection to humans.

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Goose

Size:Small Animal
Hit Dice:1d8+1 (3 Hit Points)
Initiative: +0
Speed:20 feet, 50 feet Flying (Poor)
AC:13 (+1 Size, +2 Natural)
Attacks: Peck +2 melee (1d4+3)
Face/Reach:5 feet by 5 feet / 5 feet
Special Attacks:None
Special Qualities:None
Saves:Fort +1, Ref +2, Will +0
Abilities:Str 14, Dex 11, Con 13,
Int 1, Wis 10, Cha 8

Skills:Intimidate +2*,
Intuit Direction +4, Listen +2,
Swim +2, Wilderness Lore +2

Feats:None
Climate/Terrain:Any Temperate
Organization:Solitary
Challenge Rating:1/3
Treasure:None.
Alignment:Always Neutral
Advancement: —
*Skills:A goose on the field of battle
with naked men running around,
gets a +4 Circumstance Bonus to
its Intimidate checks.

Gora McGahey (order #19251)

69.136.21.109

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