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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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In another departure from the practices of their
neighbors, the comparatively heightened status
of women means that they are expected to
initiate sex as often as are their husbands. The
inevitable effect is that, when compared to
Romans or Germans, Celts have sex more
often. More opportunities to become
pregnant, combined with greater health
allowing more pregnancies to come to
term, means more children.

This also has led to the Greek and
Roman view of all Celtic women
as promiscuous, with claims that
Celtic men share wives. While this is
not exactly true, neither is it a lie
manufactured from whole cloth.
Legendary Queen Maeve, after all, has sex
with those with whom she desires
friendship. And in many tribes, lesser levels
of marriage are also recognized (in essence,
“friendship with privileges”).

Like many customs, marriage varies within the
broad Celtic world. It is seen as a bond
between two independent people rather than

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the transfer of property rights from father to
husband. Marriage is a pact formed for the
purpose of procreation. The female partner
does not give up her legal or property rights,
and can make agreements outside the marriage
with or without her husband’s consent. This
can theoretically extend to feuds by a woman
against her husband and his clan, though to
actively participate in a violent act against
one’s spouse (or to consent to such an act by
others) is considered very bad form and leads
to substantial loss of status. A marriage bond
may legally exist only to spawn children, but in
practical terms it represents an alliance between
individuals and usually their families as well.

Powerful families arrange marriages between
their children to cement political bonds.
Daughters have much less say in these
arrangements and are considered less desirable.
A child of marriage age is expected to assent to
the needs of his or her family.

Lack of sexual satisfaction is considered
grounds for divorce. Adultery is terribly
embarrassing to the other marriage partner, and
it indicates their inability to please their
spouse. If one partner grows very fat, divorce
almost always results; Celts find obesity highly
unattractive and consider such a person unable
to satisfy their partner.

Celts frown on homosexuality. They are not as
rabid in their hatred for the practice as the
Germans, who burn those caught in
same-sex liaisons to death. But those
who are openly gay are shunned by
society, and catching a spouse in such
an act is always cause for immediate
divorce.

The one exception is among the
warrior societies. Many men and
women join these societies because of
their sexual orientation, which is
accepted in these groups. Here, same-
sex relationships are seen as another
aspect of the bonding between
comrades-in-arms.

It should be noted that a married
woman has “honor in sex.” Women
who are married are expected to hold

true to that promise (whether it is for a year
or for life) and never have intercourse with
anyone other than their husband. However,
unmarried woman are not expected to be
ashamed or ignore opportunities for sex. This
sexual freedom frightens and confuses Greeks
and Romans, who believe that Celtic women
are harlots and sexual mavens. Celtic rites
often require sex to be performed in order to
consecrate the ritual (particularly a ritual of
fertility such as those performed at Beltaine or
other planting festivals). The women who grow
pregnant from these rites are considered to
bear the child of a god since most of them will
not know who their partners were from the
actual rite.

It is equally common for women in the Celtic
world to ask for a man’s hand as it is for a man
to ask a woman to marry him. Such “equality”
does not extend to all things in the home, but
sex and sexuality in particular is seen as a
partnership where both sexes must participate
in order for balance to be attained. Such things
are seen as “forward” or “harlot-like” by the
Romans, but in the lands of the Celts it is a
simple matter of practicality.

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