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Avalanche Press - Celtic Age - Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts by Azamor

Avalanche Press - Celtic Age - Roleplaying the Myths, Heroes and Monsters of the Celts by Azamor

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Published by: Jonathan Azamor on Apr 15, 2012
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Most Celts belong to the working class. These
men and women face heavy taxes and labor
obligations, giving their efforts and what little
cash they come across to the comforts of their
betters. They do not enjoy the lengthy drinking
bouts of the free classes, nor do they eat a
tasty and varied diet. Instead they work day
after day, tilling the fields for the most part.

Many of these people fall into slavery, often
because they cannot pay their debts. Every
Celtic community has a large number of slaves,
usually the personal property of the chieftain.
Slaves are considered less than human but
cheaper than animals and worked accordingly.
They try desperately to escape and, as a result,
are usually bound by iron chains for their
entire lives. An escaped slave has an
opportunity to start over elsewhere and often
will claim to be of higher social status and
simply down on his or her luck.

Slaves are chattel – the property of their
owners – to be disposed of on a whim. An
owner can kill a slave with impunity. They are
often used as currency, and Roman wine traders
often take them in exchange for their wares –
one slave per large amphora of wine. Celts have

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Celtic Society

Celtic society, like that of Rome, is based on class oppression. The Celts simply use a different model to grind
the faces of their lower classes into the dirt. Elements of this organization will survive long after the Celts
in the classic medieval arrangement of those who work, those who fight, and those who pray.
In later centuries, some will come to look back on the Celtic world as a social paradise, labeling all things
Celtic as good. While the Celts have many admirable traits, however, they are no less a product of their
environment than the Germans or Romans. Given the opportunity, their brutality can easily match that of
their neighbors. The world is a rough place, with dangerous animals and even more dangerous people. But
if one is born into the right circumstances, he or she can get great enjoyment out of their 30 or 40 years.

Gora McGahey (order #19251)

69.136.21.109

Some workers must serve the warrior and priest
class directly as maids, footmen, body servants,
and other household employees. While the
physical workload can be much less than
fieldwork, this is only true
in theory. Celtic warriors
don’t normally supervise
farmwork, having only
some vague notion that
plants and animals are
important to it, and so it
is relatively easy to slack
off out of sight of the
landlord.A servant who
angers a drunken Celtic
warrior often finds a
spear shaft protruding
from his or her chest.

When a Celtic tribe is
defeated by Romans, its
peasants and slaves usually
pass into the hands of
the Romans. Their will
brokenby a lifetime of
servitude, they usually
adapt well to the harsh
conditions of Roman slavery. One brutal
masteris the same as another, and Celtic
slaveshave little care whether their
oppressors speak their language or not. When
the conquerors arrive, the Celtic lower classes
rarely flee.

These people are not generally included in the
descriptions of Celtic life given here. While
they are definitely “important” to themselves
and their Creator, few if any adventuring
characters are going to come from such a
background. In the future, they will be ignored
by historians and by those claiming to admire
Celtic culture. Sadly, this book will, for the
most part, do so as well.

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