Areadbhar

A spear out of myth and legend

Category:
weapon (melee)
Description:

Representative of a number of enchanted spears featured in Celtic stories and mythology, Morgan and Joshua found this as a simple spear-head resting in a pool of water in one of the Verbena Seasonal Realms. It has since had a spear-shaft fashioned out of Primium for it, as nothing else seemed up to the task of holding it. Enchanting the Primium proved extremely difficult, but useful; the shaft can take three different lengths, making it a one-handed weapon, a proper spear or glaive, or a lance. When not quenched underwater, the spear-head heats up and bursts into flame.

Morgan gave the spear to Joshua to use, since, at the time, she had no business messing around with a flaming spear — didn’t go well with her while she was still undead. The weapon has no one name, although Joshua might think ‘Areadbhar’ suits it well, based on his mythological studies.

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Some background information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BAin_of_Celtchar

http://www.geocities.ws/dagonet_uk/weapdata.htm#spear

Magical spears are better known in Irish than Welsh sources. A possible divine origin for hero’s spears can be seen in the invincible spear of the sun god Lugh: - Out of Gorias was brought the spear that Lug had. No battle was won against it or who held it in his hand. Ancient Irish Tales, eds. Cross, T. P., Slover, C. H. (1936), Barnes and Noble, 1996, P.28.

Another spear from Irish tradition had properties that could possibly have been at the root of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s statement that Arthur’s spear was thirsty for slaughter:

“A great lance in the hand of the midmost man, with fifty rivets through it. The shaft therein is a good load for the yoke of a plough team. The midmost man brandishes that lance so that its edge studs hardly stay therein, and he strikes the shaft thrice against h is palm. There is a great boiler in front of them, as big as a calf’s cauldron, wherein is a black and horrible fluid, and he plunges the lance into that black fluid. If its quenching be delayed, it flames on its shaft and then thou wouldst suppose that there is a fiery dragon in the top of the house. Liken thou that, O Fer Rogain!” “Easy to say. Three heroes who are best at grasping weapons in Erin, namely, Sencha the beautiful son of Ailill, and Dubtach Chafertounge of Ulster, and Goibniu son of Lurgnech. And the spear Luin of Celtchar mac Uthercair, which was found in the battle of Mag Tured, this is in the hand of Dubtach Chafertounge of Ulster. That feat is usual for it when it is ripe to pour forth a foeman’s blood. A cauldron full of poison is needed to quench it when a deed of manslaying is expected.s Unless this come to the lance, it flames on its haft and will go through its bearer or the master of the palace wherein it is. It will kill a man at every blow, when it is at its work, from one hour to another, even though it may not reach him. It will kill nine men at every cast, and one of the nine will be a king or crown-prince or chieftain of the robbers.” Ancient Irish Tales, eds. Cross, T. P., Slover, C. H. (1936), Barnes and Noble, 1996, pp. 119-20.

This spear had to be quenched in order to prevent it’s inherent destuctive power raging uncontrolled. In this it was like that owned by the Persian king Pisear in the tale called ‘The Fate of the Children of Tuirenn.’ Here Lug (a sun god) demands the spear as a part of the compensation for the killing of his son, Cian, by Brian, Iucharba and Iuchar sons of Tuirenn.

An excellent poisoned spear, of which Pisear king of Persia is possessed: Aredbair it is called; and every choicest deed is performed with it; and its blade is always in a cauldron of water, lest it melt down by its fiery heat the city in which it is kept; Ancient Irish Tales, eds, Cross, P. T., Slover, C. H., (1936), Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1996

Areadbhar

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