- The Tragedy of Emain Macha -
The Tragedy of Emain Macha

Written by Lesley


1. Introduction
2. Beginning of the Tragedy
3. Aftermath
4. Things we learned from Tragedy

1. Introduction

Erinn River runs down as if it splits down Uladh continent in half, and it is the source of one beautiful lake called Sen Lake. Emain Macha is a beautiful town located right beside this tranquil Sen Lake.
There are many travelers visiting every year in order to experience historical places around the town.

However, many people are unaware of one thing. Not too long ago, this beautiful city was burned down completely due to the invasion of Fomors...

People remember that incident as 'The Tragedy of Emain Macha'.

2. Beginning of the Tragedy

Everything started on the peaceful night of Samhain.
There were few forewarning signs even days before the raid of the Fomors, such as increasing appearance of Goblins and Kobolds in Coill Dungeon.
However, no one took it seriously... As the sun was setting, the powerful Fomors appeared from Coill Forest... And that was the beginning of the Tragedy of Emain Macha.

The 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 located at the north of the town.
The north gate of the castle was completely collapsed, and many soldiers sacrificed their lives while defending it.
The Fomors must have known the effects of the confusion created by the enthronement of new Lord Rian, since their timing of invasion could not have been better.

The Fomors advanced toward south and hunted down every human they could find, and the town's lack of preparedness cost many lives.

The Royal Guads and Paladins tried to stop the Fomors, but the Royal Guards were't strong enough put up a fight against the Fomors and the delayed reinforcment of the Paladins brought on even more havoc.
Fortunately, the Royal Guards and Paladins joined their forces rather quickly, and fought against the Fomors by forming an ally. Eventually, they forced the Fomors out of Emain Macha. Under the command of the new lord, the Fomors were forced out 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 which took place at the beginning, the subsequent damages were minimal.

3. Aftermath

After every Fomor was forced back into Coill Dungeon, the scholars of magic examined the entrance and the seal of the Statue of Goddess. However, they weren't able to find out how Fomors could escaped the dungeon.
This spelled trouble for Emain Macha, as the soldiers could not prevent the Fomors' charge until they approached near the town.

Therefore, Emain Macha's defensive system went through a big change.

The strived to further strengthen the Royal Guards.
Lord Rian's injury wasn't serious, but it could not be taken lightly. The duty of the Royal Guards is to protect Lord Rian at all times under any circumstance; however, Lord Rian had been injured, posing concerns to the townspeople. Hence, many projects to make powerful Royal Guards were ordered.

Next, the Paladins were promoted to a group under the 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 the goodness of this world, and had been under the control of the Cathedral. However, as they lost most of their troops during the Tragedy, including Captain Redire, their ability to handle extreme situatiosn like this was undermined. In addition, people were hesitant to trust the Paladins with their safety.

Therefore, Esras, the minister of Emain Macha reorganized and put the Paladins under the direct order of the lord, so that Paladins could aid the Royal Guards in case of emergency.

Esras did many more incredible things in order to cope with the chaos this Tragedy had created. Free medical care and tax cuts were provided for the injured, plans to rebuild and reinforce damaged buildings were ordered, modification took place in the defensive system for possible invasion in the future, and created jobs for people who had lost their jobs. With her quick and effective countermeasures, Emain Macha recovered faster than anyone could ever imagine.

4. Things we learned from Tragedy

Although many lives were sacrificed in the Tragedy of Emain Macha, it has taught us a valuable lesson.

People realized and acknowledged the existance of the Fomors who were almost exterminated during the Moitura Battle. People learned that the Fomors had regained their power, and became a legitimate threat to humans yet again.

On the other hand, it also taught us that even through a time of disaster and despair, it is better to actively strive to come up with a plan, than to mope around in sorrow and become pessimistic.

People learned a lesson- they learned that they cannot overlook the Fomors even if they may appear to be of minor threat. They also learned the necessity of preparing themselves for possible invasions of the Fomors even in peaceful days, in order to prevent another tragic event.

This book is intended to inform all of you that you should always be prepared and readily equipped to stand against the Fomors at all times. I hope you will learn from our costly mistake.