The Tragedy of Emain Macha
- The Tragedy of Emain Macha -
Written by Lesley
Written by Lesley
Erinn River runs down as if it splits the Uladh continent in half, and it is the source of one beautiful lake called Sen Lake. Emain Macha is a beautiful town placed right beside this beautiful Sen Lake. There are many travelers visiting every year in order to experience historical places around the town.
However, many people are not aware of something. Not too long ago, this beautiful city was burned down completely, by the invasion of Fomors...
People remember that incident as The Tragedy of Emain Macha.
Beginning of the Tragedy
Everything started at the peaceful night of Samhain. There were few signs of warning from days before the Fomors' raids, such as increased appearances of Goblins and Kobolds at Coill Dungeon. However, no one took it seriously, until they came... As the sun was completely setting, powerful Fomors appeared from Coill Forest and that was the beginning of the Tragedy.
Fomors entered through the north gate of Emain Macha and destroyed everything on their way while heading south. The most heavily damaged structure was the Lord's castle at the north of the town. The north gate of the castle was completely collapsed, and many soldiers sacrificed their lives while defending it. Fomors seemed to know the confusion created by the enthronement of the new lord Rian, since their timing of their invasion could not have been better.
Fomors advanced toward the south and hunted down every human they could find, and the town's lack of preparedness cost many lives.
The Royal Guards and Paladins tried to stop the Fomors, but the Royal Guards weren't strong enough to fight against Fomors, and the Paladins' delayed reinforcement caused even more havoc. Fortunately, the Royal Guards and Paladins joined forces rather quickly and fought against the Fomors together. Eventually, they forced the Fomors away from Emain Macha. Under the command of the new lord, the Fomors were forced as far as Coill Dungeon.
During the process of driving the Fomors back to their dungeon, a few soldiers and the Lord were injured, but most of the damage had already been done at the beginning. Compared to the destruction of earlier, damages during the latter part were minimal.
After forcing out every Fomor back into Coill Dungeon, magic scholars examined the entrance and seal of the Statue of the Goddess. However, they weren't able to find out how the Fomors could have escaped the dungeon. This spelled trouble for Emain Macha because soldiers could not prevent the Fomors' charge until they had approached town.
Therefore, Emain Macha's defense system went through a big change.
The first goal was to have more powerful Royal Guards. Lord Rian's injury wasn't serious, but it was a serious matter. The Royal Guards' duty was to protect the Lord at all times and in any situation. However, an injury to Lord Rian was a cause for concern to many people, and many projects to make powerful Royal Guards were ordered for.
Next, the Paladins were promoted to a group under direct control of the Lord. Originally, the Paladins were created in the name of Lugh the Knight of Light. They were trained to protect the righteousness and goodness of this world and were under control of the Cathedral. However, as they lost most of their troops during the Tragedy, including their captain Redire, their ability to handle extreme situations like this was questioned. In addition, people weren't very sure if their existence would be of help to their safety anymore.
Therefore, Esras, the minister of Emain Macha, reorganized the Paladins to be under direct order of the Lord so that they could aid the Royal Guards in case of an emergency.
Esras did many more incredible things in order to remedy the chaos that this Tragedy created. Free medical care and tax cuts for those who were injured, plans to rebuild and reinforce damaged buildings, modified the defense system for possible future invasions, and created jobs for people who lost their workplaces by launching a number of rebuilding projects for city infrastructure. With her quick and effective countermeasures, Emain Macha recovered faster than anyone could ever imagine.
Things we Learned from the Tragedy
The Tragedy of Emain Macha cost many lives but they taught us a valuable lesson.
People re-realized the existence of the Fomors that were almost exterminated during the Battle of Mag Tuireadh. People learned that the Fomors had regained their power and become a legitimate threat to humans yet again.
On the other hand, even after a disaster like this, it is better to stay busy by focusing on appropriate recovery projects than stay down with your sorrow and despair.
People learned a lesson, they learned that they cannot ignore anything about Fomors even if it is an insignificant event. Moreover, we need to be prepared against a Fomor invasion even in peaceful days in order to prevent another tragedy like this.
This book is trying to tell all of you that you should be prepared to stand against the Fomors at all times. I hope you can learn from our costly mistake.