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Much of Mabinogi, including its name, characters, places, etc. are based on Celtic Mythology. This page is dedicated to summarizing the similarities and differences of Celtic myths and their in-game counterparts.

Mabinogi/The Mabinogion

  • The game's name is taken from a medieval anthology of Welsh legend, The Mabinogion, or the Four Branches of Mabinogi. The tales are based on international legends, pre-Christian British Celtic myth, and medieval historical traditions. The only game content drawn from it is the occasional personal or place name.

Non-myth-based Characters

  • Aodhan
    • Game: An NPC in Emain Macha, he guards the castle.
    • Myth: Possibly named after Áedán mac Gabráin the King of Dál Riata, or Aeddan ap Blegywryd, a Welsh prince of Gwynedd.
  • Kelpie
    • Game: A human NPC involved in Generation 8.
    • Myth: A supernatural water horse, said to mesmerize people into getting on its back, and riding it as it drowned them in its lake.

Non-myth-based Locations

  • Bangor
    • Game: A mining town located in the southern region of Uladh.
    • Myth: Bangor is Welsh word meaning enclosed space. There is a city in Wales and a city in Ireland both named Bangor.
  • Ceo Island
    • Game: An island located near Emain Macha where Golems are kept.
    • Myth: Also known as Kea, it is an island located 60km SE of Athens on the Aegean Sea.
  • Erinn
    • Game: The "realm" where everything in Mabinogi takes place.
    • Myth: The island of Ireland, which was named by the Milesians (Milletians) after the Goddess Ériu.
  • Iria
    • Game: The eastern continent of Erinn.
    • Myth: Iria is another spelling of Ériu, whom Ireland was named after.
  • Taillteann
    • Game: The city of Alchemists.
    • Myth: A city named after the Goddess Tailtiu, who was the foster mother of Lugh. Also known as Taillten or Telltown.
  • Tara
    • Game: Capital of Uladh
    • Myth: A hill in Ireland with numerous ancient monuments, and was said to be the seat of the High King of Ireland. Lia Fáil sits on the hill. It is believed that Tara served as a spiritual capital for roughly the middle to northern half of Ireland at one point in time.
  • Uladh
    • Game: The western continent of Erinn.
    • Myth: A people of early Ireland. They gave their name to the modern-day province of Ulster. Also called Ulaid.
  • Cobh Harbor
    • Game: A city east of Dunbarton
    • Myth: A seaport town in Ireland, where according to legend one of the first colonists of Ireland landed.

Other Non-myth-based Concepts

Myth-based Characters

  • Ethna
    • Game: The bank keeper in Qilla.
    • Myth: Also written as Ethniu, she was the daughter of the Fomor Balor, and mother of Lugh.
  • Morrighan
    • Game: The goddess of War and Vengeance. Macha and Neamhain are separate Goddesses.
    • Myth: Morrighan is the goddess of War and Vengeance. Morrighan is often depicted as a triple goddess, with Macha, Neamhain, and Badb being the most common members of the triad. Her name is also written Morrigan.
  • Cichol
    • Game: God of the Fomors.
    • Myth: Earliest mentioned leader of the Fomorians. Also called Cíocal Gricenchos.
  • Glas Ghaibhleann
    • Game: The final boss of Generation 1 and reappears as a regular boss in Generation 9.
    • Myth: A sacred magical cow. She was believed to have an endless supply of milk. Some sources claim that her owner was the legendary blacksmith Goibne. Glas Ghaibhleann is also referred to as Gavelen.
  • Esras
    • Game: The prime minister and druid of Emain Macha. Esras is, in fact, a necromancer trying to take over Erinn.
    • Myth: The poet of Gorias, and one of the earliest druids of the Tuatha de Danann. Esras is actually a he in the myths, and not a she.
  • Lugh Lavada
    • Game: The Knight of Light.
    • Myth: A war leader of the Tuatha de Danann. He was given control of the army to battle the Fomors. He fought in the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh and defeated Balor, his grandfather. This freed the Tuatha de Danann from their oppression. His name is also written as Lug and his last name outside of the game is Lámhfhada.
  • Macha
    • Game: The Goddess of Destruction.
    • Myth: A war goddess. She is usually depicted as a triple goddess with her sisters Neamhain and Badb. Emain Macha is named for her.
  • Morc
  • Cromm Cruaich
    • Game: The final boss of Generation 3. It was just a stone copy of the real Cromm Cruaich, who took Ruairi.
    • Myth: An old god who was associated with human sacrifice.
  • Elatha
    • Game: An Incubus on the Humans' side whom met in Generation 9.
    • Myth: A prince of the Fomorians. He took part in the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh. He was the father of Bres, the Fomor king who lead the Fomor forces during that battle against Lugh. Was described as being beautiful, despite being a Fomorian.
  • Neamhain
    • Game: The Goddess of Light.
    • Myth: A war goddess. She is usually depicted as a triple goddess with her sisters Macha and Badb. Her name has also been written Nemain, Nemhain, Nemon, Neman, and Nemainn.
  • Nuadha
    • Game: The king of the Gods.
    • Myth: Also written Nuada. Full name is Nuada Airgetlám (Nuada of the Silver Arm/Hand). He was a king of the Tuatha de Danann.
  • Tethra
    • Game: A Shadow Commander.
    • Myth: Tethra had ruled over Mag Mell after dying in the Second Battle of Mag Turieadh.

Myth-based Locations

  • Tir Chonaill
    • Game: The town where beginners start. It is not much more than a small farming village.
    • Myth: Tyrconnell was a kingdom in Ireland until 1607. It was part of Ulaid.
  • Emain Macha
    • Game: A coastal castle city named after Macha.
    • Myth: A fortress built by those enslaved by Macha. It is a real-world location but is less of a fortress and more of an altar.
  • Gairech
    • Game: A hilly region between Dunbarton and Bangor.
    • Myth: Gairech was the location of the final battle of Táin Bó Cuailnge.
  • Sidhe Sneachta
    • Game: A snowy region north of Tir Chonaill.
    • Myth: The word Sidhe is a term used for a fairy burrow or mound, and sneachta means snow.
  • Tir Na Nog
    • Game: A parallel universe to Erinn. Eventually, the player finds out that Erinn is actually Tir Na Nog.
    • Myth: Proper name Tír na nÓg. It was the "Land of the Ever-Young" - equivalent to Elysium(Greek) or Valhalla(Norse).
  • Falias
    • Game: The city of the Gods.
    • Myth: One of the four cities of the Tuatha de Danann. It is where the Stone of Fal(Lia Fail) came from.

Other Myth-based Concepts

  • Tuatha de Danann
    • Game: The NPCs of the game.
    • Myth: The "People of the Goddess Danu." They were the fifth group to settle Ireland. Their original cities were Falias, Findias, Gorias, and Murias.
  • Fomors
    • Game: Monsters like Kobolds, Goblins, etc. Wild animals in Uladh are controlled by fomor scrolls.
    • Myth: Referred to as Fomorians in the Mabinogion. Fomorians were semi-divine humanoid monsters capable of killing gods.
  • Milletians/Milesians
    • Game: The players.
    • Myth: The descendants of Míl Espáine. They were the final group to settle Ireland, and drove out the Tuatha de Danann.
  • In-Game Days
    • Game: Renamed days of the week.
    • Myth: The names of various holidays and solstices.
  • Lia Fail
    • Game: The Ancient Wisdom in Baol Dungeon.
    • Myth: The Stone of Destiny. It was the coronation stone for all High Kings of Ireland. Potential kings were required to pass three challenges before the stone would accept them as king, at which point it would scream loudly enough to be heard in all of Ireland.
  • Claimh Solas